Saturday June 30, 2012

City resident denies drug charges

PITTSFIELD -- A Pitts field man pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court before Judge Mary Lou Rup to conspiracy to violate the drug laws. He remains out on $300 bail.

Jermaine Eurquhart, aka Mango, 40, of Francis Avenue, allegedly conspired with others to sell cocaine in Pittsfield in March.

The investigation was handled by members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.

Gun possession
nets prison sentence

On Wednesday, JC Chadwell was sentenced to between three and five years in state prison on a single count of possession of a firearm with a prior drug offense and possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card.

Chadwell, 33, of Pittsfield, pleaded guilty to the charges on June 11 and was sentenced by Judge Mary Lou Rup on Wednesday.

The charges stem from a traffic stop by the Pittsfield Police for an unrelated warrant on Aug. 22, 2009, when police found a Ruger .44-caliber Super Black Hawk handgun and ammunition in the car in which he was a passenger. Because he had a 1998 conviction for distribution of a class B substance, he was charged with a more severe gun charge.

3 years for rape of sleeping woman

In Hampshire Superior Court, Judge Daniel A. Ford sentenced Stephen K. Matthews, 23, of Pittsfield, on Tuesday to between two and four years in state prison for his May 16 conviction for the rape of a now 29-year-old woman.


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A Berkshire Superior Court jury spent about seven hours deliberating over a two-day period before returning a verdict of guilty on one count of rape on May 16. The jury found Matthews not guilty of a second count of rape.

The trial saw the testimony of the victim, but not the defendant.

Police and prosecutors said Matth ews, an acquaintance of the victim, raped her while she was asleep next to her boyfriend the night of Feb. 13, 2010.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department.

3-month sentence in child porn case

On Tuesday Aaron Prov encher appeared before Judge Daniel A. Ford in Hampshire Superior Court and was sentenced to serve three months of an 18 month sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction plus two years of probation.

Provencher, 37, of Hinsdale, pleaded guilty May 17 in Berkshire Superior Court to 12 counts of child porn possession and three counts of dissemination of visual material of a child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct.

The defendant must obey a number of conditions while on probation, including registering as a sex offender, attending counseling, refraining from possessing pornography and allowing the probation department to search all his electronic devices. He must also refrain from using drugs or alcohol and agree to testing for those substances.

The incidents occurred in Hinsdale between Nov. 10, 2009 and Dec. 1, 2009 and were investigated by state police detectives assigned to the District Attorney’s Office and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

-- Andrew Amelinckx, Berkshire Eagle Staff