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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REAL ID Credential Won't Be Needed Until 2025

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is alerting the public the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the REAL ID full enforcement date from May 3, 2023 to May 7, 2025.  

Beginning May 7, 2025, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID compliant driver's license or identification card, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification, for domestic air travel and to enter certain federal facilities.  TSA publishes a list of its acceptable identification documents on its website:  https://www.tsa.gov/real-id

These credentials can include an RMV-issued REAL ID driving license or ID, or a valid U.S. passport. The Registry is currently serving customers seeking a license renewal, or new license, the opportunity to make an appointment to get a REAL ID compliant license. 

Documents required for this transaction include two proofs of Massachusetts Residency, proof of a full Social Security Number (SSN), and proof of lawful presence. These required documents must be original or certified versions. The RMV recommends customers to check these documents early, as well as to order replacements before license/ID expiration.

"The Registry continues to assist any residents seeking a REAL ID credential even though the federal government has extended the full enforcement date until May 7, 2025," said Registrar Colleen Ogilvie. "While federal REAL ID travel requirements won't take effect for a few years, and customers with a valid U.S. Passport may never need a REAL ID, the RMV and our partners at AAA stand ready to accommodate and provide plenty of time for customers to take advantage of a REAL ID upgrade."

Currently Massachusetts is at 48 percent REAL ID adoption, out of approximately 6 million active credentials total. The other active credentials consist of around 450,000 legacy credentials and over 2.4 million standard / non-compliant credentials.

Customers are eligible to renew online up to one year in advance of the expiration date printed on their license or ID, and up to two years after the expiration date.

Prior to May 7, 2025, customers will not yet need a federally compliant REAL ID for the purposes of boarding domestic flights or entering certain federal buildings. The fee for renewing a non-commercial standard or REAL ID license is $50, while the fee for upgrading to a standard or REAL ID card is $25.

Massachusetts residents may go online for information about the REAL ID and about online renewal eligibility:

  • Visit https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-registry-of-motor-vehicles, login to "myRMV" account, and find out if credentials are permitted to be renewed online.
  • Customers can visit https://www.mass.gov/ID to find detailed information on REAL ID, including a helpful checklist that conveniently outlines the documentation needed to secure a REAL credential.
  • Customers are highly encouraged to begin their transaction online by visiting https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-registry-of-motor-vehicles, clicking on "Online Service Center," selecting "Apply for a REAL ID," and then following the prompts to verify their identity and start their transaction. Customers will be prompted to complete a summary document which should be presented along with required REAL ID documentation during their in-person visit. REAL ID credentials are mailed to customers within 7–10 days of a visit to RMV Service Center and/or AAA location.
  • Anyone who holds a valid U.S. passport or other federally compliant form of identification may never need an RMV-issued REAL ID.
  • Customers who already have a full-term REAL ID are eligible to renew online up to a year in advance of their expiration date.

Appointments can be scheduled by RMV customers at https://atlas-myrmv.massdot.state.ma.us/myrmv/ or by AAA members at https://northeast.aaa.com/automotive/registry-services/schedule-rmv.html.

Document issuing agencies may be experiencing delays in fulfilling requests. Full details can be found at https://www.mass.gov/guides/massachusetts-identification-id-requirements

For additional information and details on these and other RMV service offerings, please visit www.mass.gov/rmv or https://www.mass.gov/info-details/rmv-covid-19-information.

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