Three denied bail, remain jailed


PITTSFIELD — Defendants in three separate and unrelated criminal cases will continue to be held in pretrial detention, a judge ruled last week.

During the June session in Berkshire Superior Court, Judge Maureen Hogan had taken under advisement bail requests in the cases of Patrick Coyne, Jerrel Hall and Cassie Stapelberg and denied bail in all of them.

Coyne, 34, has pleaded not guilty to one count each of being an armed career felon, illegal possession of a firearm (second offense), possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building in connection with a May 19 incident.

It's alleged Coyne opened fire toward traffic in the area of Wahconah Street and Pecks Road in the early afternoon and he was apprehended after a brief pursuit.

Hall, 24, faces charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and illegal possession of a firearm — both second offenses — and one count each of being a career armed felon and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number.

Hall and a juvenile were arrested on warrants by police who spotted them while canvassing the Circular Avenue neighborhood on May 30, looking for witnesses and evidence in a gunfire incident from the previous evening.

The warrants were unrelated to the shooting incident and neither Hall nor the juvenile were charged in it.

Stapelberg, 38, is being held amid allegations she threatened a Department of Children and Families worker via a Facebook post.

In the post, the worker was warned that he should be, "ready for his karma," addressed him by name and said he, "met the wrong (woman)," and had to, "face the real music."

The post also featured a photo of the DCF worker with his minor daughter.

Stapelberg also has pending charges of disorderly conduct and kidnapping of a minor by a relative for allegedly helping to engineer the flight of her 17-year-old son from Berkshire Medical Center, where he was being treated for gunshot wounds to his knees.

The disorderly conduct charge was incurred during a confrontation in January between Stapelberg and Pittsfield Police and DCF.

A reckless child endangerment charge, originally part of that case, has since been dropped.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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