In the Courts


A Pittsfield man will serve between six and eight years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

John Poole, 52, was sentenced Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court. Judge Daniel Ford ordered Poole to serve the time at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.

Poole pleaded guilty to nine counts of possessing visual material of a child depicted in sexual conduct.

The investigation was conducted by state troopers assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Poole was arrested in Pittsfield on Dec. 19, 2012.


A Pittsfield woman pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge, while two drug charges against her were dismissed on Tuesday in Berkshire Superior Court.

Katie Lynn Denise Powers, 27, was placed on a year of probation for one count of conspiracy to violate drug laws for possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute.

One count each of trafficking in cocaine and possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute were dismissed at the prosecutor’s request.

Powers conspired with others to sell cocaine between Dec. 22, 2009, and March 3, 2010, according to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation was carried out by members of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force, state troopers assigned to the District Attorney’s Office, and members of the Pittsfield, Adams, North Adams, Dalton, Lee, Lenox, Williamstown, Lanesborough, Great Barrington and Stockbridge police departments. Federal investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation also were involved in the investigation.


A North Adams woman was sentenced to seven months in jail after she was found guilty on several charges in Northern Berkshire District Court.

Tory Blanchard, 39, of Jackson Street, was found guilty of malicious destruction of property over $250, larceny over $250, and possession of a burglarious instrument.

Blanchard will serve the time at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.

In a separate case, Blanchard was found guilty of breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony, vandalizing property, trespassing, and possession of a burglarious instrument. She was handed a seven-month sentence to run concurrently with the former charges, with a 61-day credit for time already served.


An Adams woman admitted to sufficient facts on charges of assault and battery on a police officer and disorderly conduct.

The charges against Christina Saldo, 35, of Burt Street, were continued without a finding until Jan. 20, 2015.

Saldo was fined $50.


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