In the courts

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In Berkshire Superior Court Monday:

Mark A. Ring, 53, of North Adams was arraigned on two counts of intimidation of a witness and ordered held on $50,000 bail at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction.

According to the Berkshire District Attorney's office, Ring allegedly intimidated a witness in a pending criminal case on Dec. 24, 2015 and Feb. 7, 2016.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force.

Michael Cowan, 41, of Little Rock, Arkansas, was arraigned on one count of rape of a child with force and nine counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

According to the Berkshire District Attorney's office, Cowan allegedly sexually assaulted a girl, now 14, in Lee between Jan. 1, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2011.

Cowan was released by Judge John Agostini on his personal recognizance on the conditions he have no contact with the alleged victim and keep the Probation Department apprised of his current address.

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


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