North Adams Man Charged with Murder

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NORTH ADAMS — A city man has been charged with murder after his young wife died early this morning at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where she had been hospitalized since being assaulted last week.

Eugene A. Shade Jr., 34, of Edgewood Avenue, pleaded not guilty to one count of murder when he was arraigned this afternoon in Northern Berkshire District Court before Judge Michael Ripps, according to the district attorney's office.
  
Julie Shade, 22, was taken to BMC on Tuesday, July 22, after Shade allegedly tried to strangle her at their Edgewood home. She had remained in critical condition since being admitted.

Eugene Shade was arraigned last week on one count of attempted murder and one count of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and one count of assault and battery. He pleaded not guilty and was being held on $250,000 bail in the Berkshire County House of Correction.


Ripps ordered Shade continue to be held at the jail without bail. A pretrial conference has been scheduled for Sept. 8. The case is likely to be moved to Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield.

The Shades have two daughters, ages 1 and 3; they are reportedly in the custody of the Department of Social Services.

The investigation is being conducted by members of the North Adams Police Department and state police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office. 
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Messy Mix of Ice, Rain, Snow Expected Monday Night

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The Berkshires missed any messy commute on Monday but that doesn't mean we're out of the woods. More sleet and freezing are on the way.

Forecasters over the weekend had warned of possible icy conditions on Monday morning that slipped on by us. However, there's a winter weather advisory in effect for Monday into Tuesday at 10 a.m. for freezing drizzle that could start by the afternoon.

"Areas of freezing rain after sunset will gradually turn to sleet and snow after midnight," cautions the National Weather Service's Albany, N.Y., bureau. "Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of around one-10th of an inch."

Accuweather says a storm will be battering the eastern seaboard while an icy mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow will be falling Monday night over the Berkshires and eastern New York and Southern Vermont.

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