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In Berkshire Superior Court on Wednesday:

Antoine T. Chrichlow, 37, of Pittsfield, was arraigned on two counts of rape, and one count each of strangulation, assault and battery on a family or household member, intimidation of a witness and threatening to commit a crime. He was ordered held on $10,000 bail by Judge John Agostini.

Chrichlow is alleged to have assaulted a 31-year-old woman on Jan. 13 and 14 and threatened a Pittsfield Police officer on Jan. 14.

In Berkshire Superior Court on Thursday:

Russell J. Allison, 43, of Pittsfield, was arraigned on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of heroin and possession of cocaine, all second offenses. He was ordered held on $2,500 bail by Judge John Agostini.

The charges stem from a response to a report of an unconscious man inside a car on Dec. 23.

Lionel Ortiz, 34, of Hartford, Conn., was arraigned on one count of armed robbery. He was ordered held on $15,000 bail by Judge John Agostini.

Ortiz is alleged to have participated in an armed robbery of the Lipton Mart on South Street, Pittsfield on Feb. 23.

Vincent L. Thaxter, 38, of Hartford, Conn., was arraigned on one count of armed robbery. He was ordered held on $10,000 bail by Judge John Agostini.

Thaxter is alleged to have participated in an armed robbery of the Lipton Mart on South Street, Pittsfield on Feb. 23.

Joseph A. Walker, 42, of Pittsfield, was arraigned on charges of trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws. He was ordered held on $5,000 bail by Judge John Agostini.

The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Cheshire on Jan. 21.


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