Tom’s Top 3 for 5/21: Becket Man Faces 6 New Charges
*Information for this story was obtained from a story by Bob Dunn in the print edition of The Berkshire Eagle. The story is apparently no longer available on the Eagle's website.
A Becket man charged with human trafficking is now facing a series of additional charges, ranging from providing obscene materials to a minor to open and gross lewdness.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that 46 year old Randy Lambach was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on the new charges last week and was ordered held on $50,000 bail. Lambach entered not guilty pleas to six charges. They include: one count each of open and gross lewdness and providing obscene materials to a minor and two counts each of enticing a child under 16 – and accosting or annoying a person of the opposite sex.
A bail hearing in the case was schedule for this coming Friday. Lambach stands accused of recruiting women into prostitution, posting online ads for their services, taking them to appointments and keeping most of the money.
Lambach, in February, entered not guilty pleas to nine counts of trafficking a person for sexual servitude, seven counts of deriving support from prostitution and one count each of conspiracy to traffic persons for sexual servitude, paying for sexual conduct and intimidation of a witness. He is accused of trafficking nine women over a three-year stretch. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for June 13th.
Adams Terror Suspect Set To Enter Guilty Plea
An Adams man, accused of plotting a terrorist attack on a college campus to support the Islamic State group, was expected to plead guilty on Monday. A plea hearing for Alexander Ciccolo is being held in federal court in Springfield. Prosecutors and Ciccolo's attorney declined to comment last week on the specifics of the charges. He was arrested in July 2015 after receiving guns from a federal informant. He was also later charged with assaulting a jailhouse nurse after his arrest.
Prosecutors say that Ciccolo planned to detonate homemade bombs similar to the pressure cooker bombs used in the 2013 Boston Marathon attack. Ciccolo was scheduled to go on trial next month.
The plea was scheduled to take place at 1 PM.
Reilly Hearing Moved To June
A hearing to dismiss charges filed against Laura Reilly in connection with the disappearance of Joanne Ringer last year has been moved to the first week of June.
The Berkshire Eagle reports that the hearing to dismiss the charges and another to suppress evidence were originally scheduled to take place in Berkshire Superior Court this Wednesday.
According to court records, the scheduling change was at the request of both legal teams. The 43 year old Reilly, of Easthampton, faces three counts of misleading police in March and in April of last year, during the investigation into Ringer’s disappearance.