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Slocum Sentenced To 101 Years For Murder, Arson
Staff Reports On: 02:08PM / Friday March 30, 2012
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The New York man found guilty of kidnapping a woman with local ties after killing his mother, her husband and her husband's son was sentenced to 101 years in prison.

According to the Albany Times Union, Washington County, N.Y. Judge Kelly McKeighan sentenced on Friday Matthew Slocum to 101 years for murder, arson and three other felonies.

On July 13, 2011, Slocum shot his mother Lisa Coon Harrington, her husband Dan Harrington and Dan Harrington's son Joshua O'Brien with a 12-gauge shotgun. He then set their Eagle Bridge, N.Y. home on fire and kidnapped his girlfriend Loretta Colegrove, who has family living in Berkshire County, and their 4-month-old son.

Police embarked on a multi-state manhunt and sent out Amber Alerts for Slocum. He was seen in Adams that morning at Colegrove's mother's home in Adams before being found that night in Gilsum, N.H.

Slocum was found guilty by a jury earlier this month to the crimes.


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Superior Court Briefs: March 26 - March 27
Staff Reports On: 12:20PM / Friday March 30, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, March 26.
 
John Gardner, 48, of Bennington, Vt. pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of methadone with intent to distribute, drug violation in a school zone and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent one day sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the possession and conspiracy charges. He was given a two year sentence on the school zone charge.
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on November 22, 2010.
 
Margaret Pendlebury, 44, of Bennington, Vt. pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws, to wit: possession of methadone with intent to distribute.
 
She was ordered to pay a $1,250 fine. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on November 22, 2010. Single counts of possession of methadone with intent to distribute and drug violation in a school zone were dismissed by the state.
 
Shaun Borden, 21, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, drug violation in a school zone, illegal ownership of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, possession of a stun gun, receiving stolen property and possession of oxycodone.
 
Borden was sentenced to one day sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the drug charges and concurrent two year sentenced on the other charges.
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on July 21, 2011. One count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony was dismissed by the state.
 
Danielle Weed, 33, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, drug violation in a school zone, conspiracy to violate drug laws, illegal ownership of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card,  possession of a stun gun, receiving stolen property and possession of oxycodone.
 
Weed was sentenced to one day sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the drug charges and concurrent two year sentenced on the other charges.
 
The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at her home on July 21, 2011. One count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony was dismissed by the state.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 27.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 27.
 
Michael Taylor, 52, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute and two counts of drug violation in a school zone. 
 
Taylor was sentences to concurrent one year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the possession charges and concurrent sentences on the school zone charges.
 
The charges stem from incidents in Pittsfield on June 15, 2010.


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North Adams Seeking Public Safety Commissioner
Staff Reports On: 07:12PM / Friday March 23, 2012
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city has posted the position for public safety commissioner.

The posting, on BerkshireJobs.com, is asking for a someone with a "strong background in public safety" including a at least a master's degree in a related discipline such as police, fire or management, and be a ranking member of a public safety department with relevant experience.

According to the posting, the commissioner will be oversee the police, fire, wire and alarm, public buidings, weights and measures, and health inspection. He or she will also be responsible for coordinating intermunicipal mutual aid, write grants and do strategic planning and budgeting.

The application deadline is April 16.

There had been some discussion of doing away with the commissioner post, one of the few in the state, but with current commissioner's time coming to an end, the adminstration asked to continue the post. The Public Safety Committee concurred.


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Police Investigating Student Attack At McCann
By Andy McKeever On: 06:28PM / Friday March 23, 2012
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — At least one juvenile is expected to be charged with attacking a McCann Technical School student.

According to Police Director Michael Cozzaglio, police responded to an assault at the school at about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. One student was transported to North Adams Regional Hospital. No arrests were made and the case is still under investigation. However, Cozzaglio said at least one individual will face charges in what he characterized as a "fight."

Cozzaglio said he could not release much information about the case because those involved were juveniles.


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Superior Court Briefs: March 20 - March 23
Staff Reports On: 03:04PM / Friday March 23, 2012
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, March 20.

Michael Taylor, 52, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to two counts of drug violation in a school zone and single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute.

He was released on $10,000 bail pending sentencing on March 17.

Three counts of distribution of cocaine - his second offense- and three counts of drug violation in a school zone were dismissed by the state.

The incidents occurred in Pittsfield on June 15, 2010.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, March 21.


Ariana Kulturides, 20, of Pittsfield had a single count of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon continued without a finding for a year.

Kulturides allegedly conspired with others to assault a 22-year-old man in Pittsfield on August 16, 2009. Two counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and a single count of armed assault with intent to murder were dismissed by the state.

Jason Daigneault, 25, of Cheshire pleaded guilty to single counts of armed assault with intent to rob, assault by means of a dangerous weapon and breaking glass in a building in connection with an attempted robbery of West Street Wine and Spirits on July 6, 2011.

He also pleaded guilty to single counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, larceny from a building and breaking glass in a building in connection with a break in at Aaron's Sales and Lease on July 1, 2011.

Daigneault was sentenced to two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the assault by means of a dangerous weapon and an addition two years on the breaking and entering charge. He was given a concurrent six month sentence on the breaking glass in a building charges and placed on one year probation.

Brittany Johnson, 22, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, distribution of cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

She was released on $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bail pending sentencing on March 28. The charges stem from incidents in Pittsfield between September 27, 2919 and May 4, 2011.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, March 22.

Nolan Gamari, 19, of Clarksburg had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on six counts of rape and abuse of a child and single counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and enticing a child under the age of 16.

Agostini set bail at $5,000 on condition that he does not have any contact with the victim or her family and that he close his Facebook account. The charges stem from a incident in Clarksburg on Feb. 12 and allegedly involved a 13-year-old girl.

Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 23.


Sean Begley, 33, of Pittsfield was sentenced to serve three to four years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on possession of a possession of heroin with intent to distribute charge and places on five years probation on other charges.

On March 14, Begley pleaded guilty to six counts of possession of ammunition without a firearm, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, three counts of improper storage of a firearm, three counts of illegal ownership of a firearm, and single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine - his second offense - and possession of anabolic steroids.

The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant at his home on July 1, 2011.


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