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Superior Court Briefs: December 20 - December 21

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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, December 20

Robin Connors, 27, of Lee had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - a second offense- distribution of heroin - second offense - drug violation in a school zone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Connors was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety bail.

The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lee on Nov. 9.

David Jones Jr., 28, of Adams had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of receiving stolen property over $250.

Jones was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $1,000 bail. Jones was allegedly in possession of stolen property in Adams between July 24 and Aug. 5.

Margaret Pendlebury, 43, of Bennington, Vt. had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of possession of methadone with intent to distribute, drug violation in a school zone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Pendlebury was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on November 22, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Monday, December 21


Raheem Garrett, 27, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on seven counts of armed robbery while masked, two counts of armed assault with intent to rob, two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and attempt to commit armed robbery.

Garrett was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 bail. The charges stem from a series of armed robberies in Pittsfield between Aug. 22 and Nov. 22.

Laura Methe, 21, of Washington had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on seven counts of armed robbery while masked, two counts of armed assault with intent to rob, two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and single counts of attempt to commit armed robbery and failure to stop for a police officer.

Methe was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 bail. The charges stem from a series of armed robberies in Pittsfield between Aug. 22 and Nov. 22.
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North Adams Swears In Firefighter, Police Officer

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North Adams has two new public safety personnel in Police Officer Ben Austin and firefighter Kevin Alicia. The two were sworn in by Mayor Richard Alcombright last month to comply with a public safety grant but had their public swearing in for family and friends at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

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Pittsfield Man Charged in Wellington Ave. Homicide

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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.  
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Police Arrest Man For Pittsfield Wellington Ave. Murder

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
 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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Pittsfield Police Investigating Apparent Homicide

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield police are investigating an apparent homicide that took place late Sunday evening on Wellington Avenue.  

Police received several 911 calls shortly after 11:30 p.m. reporting gun shots and a man down in the middle of Wellington Avenue. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and found 23-year-old Nikolas S. Carnute of Pittsfield lying in the street. 

Carnute was rushed to Berkshire Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

An autopsy, to determine the cause of death, will be conducted at the office of the chief medical examiner in Boston on Tuesday.  

Investigators are seeking a white sedan, possibly a Pontiac, with a rear spoiler seen fleeing from the scene, and are asking anyone who may have witnessed this attack or who might have information about the vehicle to contact the Pittsfield Police Department at 413-448-9700.  

Carnute was charged in a stabbing incident on Burbank Street five years ago.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department.  

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