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Attorney Files For Dismissal In Nilan Case
Staff Reports On: 11:23PM / Thursday March 01, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A controversial hit-and-run case took another twist on Wednesday afternoon when defendant Meredith D. Nilan's attorney filed a motion to dismiss.

According to a report on Masslive.com on Thursday, attorney Timothy Shugrue filed the motion because copies of a show-cause hearing in January and following appeal hearing were not available. Shugrue told Masslive that "no one appears to know where they went."

Nilan, 24, daughter of Berkshire Superior Court Probation Chief Clifford Nilan, was charged Wednesday morning with leaving the scene of personal-injury accident and negligent operation of a vehicle.

Police say Nilan hit Peter Moore, 45, a hospital administrator, on Winesap Road on evening of Dec. 8, 2011, as he was walking his dog. Moore suffered severe injuries including a broken neck and brain trauma.

The show cause hearing by a Westfield clerk-magistrate found no probable cause for charging her. Police appealed and a judge found for the criminal complaint to proceed.


     
Pittsfield Police: Robbery Related to Elm St. Incidents
On: 12:25PM / Sunday February 26, 2012
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police are reporting an armed robbery occurred on Saturday, Feb. 25, at approximately 9:55 p.m. at the Lipton Mart located on West Housatonic Street.

The suspect is a short, thin, white female who was wearing a black jacket with fur around the hood, black-hooded sweat shirt, black mask, black gloves and black pants. She carried a small black handbag and displayed a small handgun.

The suspect's vehicle was described as a slate blue smaller sport utility vehicle.

Police believe the suspect is the same person responsible for the recent Elm Street armed robberies and that she may be changing vehicles for each incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705 or email tkoenig@pittsfield.net.


     
Pittsfield Police Investigating Early Morning Shooting
By Joe Durwin On: 09:38AM / Tuesday January 31, 2012
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Update: Jan. 31, 2012, at 4:14 p.m.

Pittsfield Police remained tight-lipped throughout the day about a shooting that occurred in the vicinity of Memorial Drive near Wahconah Street this morning.

As of Tuesday afternoon, details surrounding the shooting, which occurred sometime before 5 a.m. Tuesday, remain sparse. Investigators would not divulge the identity of the 40-year-old man who was shot in the chest.

"It's a shooting, it's still under investigation, and that's all we're going to release at this time," said Lt. Michael Grady of the Detectives Bureau.

Police Chief Michael Wynn told The Berkshire Eagle that the victim had given his assailant's first name but information on the shooting, including the time and place, weren't matching what investigagors were finding.

Representatives of Berkshire Medical Center, where the victim was taken, said they were unable to disclose any information about the man's condition.


PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police were called to Memorial Drive off Wahconah Street around 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday, after getting a call that a man had been shot in the chest.

Few details are known at this time but according to broadcast reports, police responded to the scene and found a man described to be in his early 40s, with a possible gunshot wound in the chest. The victim was transported to Berkshire Medical Center for evaluation. Nothing more was known about the victim.

Police were reportedly looking for a possible male suspect and had some footprints and tire tracks in the fresh snow to look at, but nothing further has been released.    
— Larry Kratka, Berkshire News Network


     
Pittsfield Man Charged in Wellington Ave. Homicide
Staff Reports On: 11:49AM / Friday December 16, 2011
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man was arraigned Friday morning in the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Nikolas S. Carnute on Dec. 4.

Kurt H. Hudson, 25, pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court to a single count of murder. Judge Frederic Rutberg ordered him held without the right to bail in the Berkshire County House of Correction.

Carnute was gunned down in the middle of Wellington Avenue late in the evening on Dec. 5. Police arrested Hudson three days later in Columbia, S.C.

Hudson will be back in court on Jan. 20, 2012, for a pretrial conference. The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department.  


     
Police Arrest Man For Pittsfield Wellington Ave. Murder
By Andy McKeever On: 10:17AM / Wednesday December 07, 2011
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 PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Police have arrested and charged a city man for the murder of Nikolas Carnute, who was gunned down on Wellington Avenue on Sunday night.
 
According to spokesman for District Attorney David Capeless, Kurt Hudson, 25, was arrested in Columbia, S.C. Tuesday night for the murder. Hudson is being held in South Carolina as a fugitive of justice and is being charged with one count of murder. Hudson's last known address was on West Union Street.
 
The 23-year-old Carnute died in the street from a single gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at Berkshire Medical Center.
 
Police were seeking information about a white sedan with a rear spoiler but it is unclear if any tips led to the arrest.


     
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