Friday October 26, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Two men accused of an armed robbery in a city motel in September are being held in jail after pleading not guilty to the charges in Berkshire Superior Court.

Both Jerrod L. Kendig and his codefendant and cousin, Michael G. Dion, allegedly robbed 23-year-old Anthony Shepard on Sept. 10 when Shepard answered the door of his room at the Quality Inn on Cheshire Road.

According to a Pittsfield Police report, the defendants stole $580 from Shepard, an acquaintance of the men. A BB pistol made to look like a handgun allegedly was used in the robbery.

Kendig, 32, of Deming Street, and Dion, 28, of Spring side Avenue, each pleaded not guilty to a single count of armed robbery. Ken dig additionally pleaded not guilty to single counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Kendig, represented by attorney Thomas J. Donohue Jr., is in jail in lieu of $20,000 cash or $200,000 bond. He was arraigned Thursday.

Dion, who was arraigned on Wednesday, is being held on $15,000 cash or $150,000 bond. He is represented by attorney Jill Sheldon.

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A 24-year-old city man is being held on $5,000 bail after pleading not guilty to seven larceny and weapons charges related to the alleged theft of several handguns in July.

Lance O. Roberts of Ches hire Road denied three counts each of receiving stolen property over $250 and illegal ownership of a firearm and a single count of possession of ammunition without a license.


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Three stolen handguns were allegedly found at Roberts’ residence on July 22.

Police said they recovered evidence that suggests Rob erts was keeping a list of calling hours and funeral service times for the recently de ceased, with the intention of breaking into the homes when friends and family would be attending funeral services. In an unrelated case in Central Berkshire District Court, Roberts allegedly burglarized a man’s home while he was attending his wife’s funeral and stole the deceased woman’s jewelry.

Roberts is represented by attorney Raymond J. Jacoub.

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Two Pittsfield men police say were dealing crack cocaine in Pittsfield were arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court this week and were held on bail.

Yarmi L. Cofield, 38, of Linden Street, who also has a Springfield address listed in court documents, and Sadowell Hudson, 45, of Columbus Avenue, were both arrested following separate drug raids at their residences in Pittsfield on Sept. 19 by members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.

On Thursday, Cofield -- represented by attorney Marc C. Vincelette -- pleaded not guilty to four charges, including second offense possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and illegal ownership of a firearm.

Judge John A. Agostini ordered that he be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $20,000 cash or $200,000 bond.

On Wednesday, Hudson pleaded not guilty to a single count of second offense possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. He is being held on $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety bail. Attorney Nathaniel Green is representing Hudson.