Pittsfield Woman Charged with Husband's Murder

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Charlene Grandson Martin, 45, entered a plea of not guilty on Monday to one charge of murder related to the stabbing death of her husband, Aurthur Martin.

Charlene Martin was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court before Judge Frederic Rutberg. Her case was continued to March 9 for a pretrial conference.

According to police reports, Martin said she and her husband were watching television when he left the room and re-entered with a knife. She allegedly told police that they were joking around when she pushed his arm away and he was struck by the knife.

Her explanation was reportedly inconsistent with the findings of the medical examiner, according to The Berkshire Eagle. Police said the couple had a history of domestic incidents and that Martin has been the "agressor." The knife was found in a closet.

Martin is being held without bail in the Berkshire County House of Correction.

Posted Feb. 8, 2009

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has determined that stabbing victim Arthur Martin bled to death.

Martin, 49, died early Saturday morning at Berkshire Medical Center. His wife, Charlene Grandson Martin, 45, is facing a murder charge in her husband's slaying.

Dr. Andrew Sexton, an associate medical examiner, conducted the autopsy on Arthur Martin on Sunday in Holyoke. The autopsy revealed that Martin bled to death as a result of a stab wound to his thigh, which cut the femoral artery. 


Posted Feb. 7, 2009

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield woman has been charged with murder in connection with the apparent stabbing death of her husband last night.
 
Charlene Grandson Martin, 45, is being held in the Pittsfield Police lockup on $1 million bail pending arraignment Monday morning in Central Berkshire District Court in Pittsfield. She is facing one count of murder in the apparent stabbing death of her 49-year-old husband, Arthur Martin.

Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless, in a statement released this morning, said the Pittsfield Police Department received a 911 call about 11:20 Friday evening reporting a stabbing at 341 West St., Building 40. 

Police, fire and emergency medical technicians responded to the call.
 
Arthur Martin, a resident of that address, was transported to Berkshire Medical Center, suffering from an apparent stab wound. He was pronounced dead early Saturday morning. An autopsy will be conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Holyoke within the next several days.
 
The investigation is being conducted by members of the Pittsfield Police Department with assistance from the state police Crime Scene Services Section. Detectives Thomas Bowler and John Gray are the lead investigators on the case. 

Anyone who has any information pertaining to this incident is asked to call the Pittsfield Police Department at 413-448-9700.
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Miss Hall's School to Present 'Gut Girls'

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Take a step back in time to late-Victorian England and the "gutting" sheds of a South London cattle market, where the lives of the women working there are about to be turned upside down.

The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will present "Gut Girls," a gritty drama about working women at the turn of the 20th century. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15; 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. All shows will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall's School campus.

Call 413-395-7023 to reserve tickets. General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating is available. The performance is rated PG-13, with adult content and implied violence.

This MHS production features senior Erica Morales-Armstrong as Maggie; senior Emily Carmel of Pittsfield as Polly; junior Jiho Shin as Ellen; sophomore Keely O'Gorman of Lee as Kate; and freshwoman Olivia McKeon of Pittsfield as Annie. They are the "gut girls," plying their trade in less than glamorous conditions. That is, until well-meaning socialite Lady Helena, played by junior Hannah Holt, pays a visit to the market and is intent on reforming the women.
 

The production also stars junior Olivia Doerr of Lenox and sophomore Halie Swallie as Priscilla and Arthur, an upper-crust couple. Additionally, Halie performs as Harry, who is the gutting shed foreman, and as Mad Jacko, a music hall performer. The cast also includes sophomore Milie Madourie as Edwin, who is a friend of Lady Helena's, and as Len, a local Deptford pub owner; junior Nya Mielke, of Richmond, as Kate's love interest, Jim, who also works in the gutting shed; sophomore Olivia Kick-Nalepa of Dalton as Emily, Lady Helena's maid; senior Betty Xiao as Eady, Maggie's mom; junior Linda Le as Edna, Polly's mom; and freshwoman Lucy Garrison of Pittsfield as Nora, Lady Helena's downstairs maid.

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