Third Man Convicted In 2018 Catalano Murder

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Bruce Romano, 31, of Pittsfield pled guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Friday to a single count of manslaughter for his role in the Oct. 15, 2018, killing of William Catalano.
Judge John Agostini sentenced Romano to serve 12 to 15 years in state prison.
Romano is the third and last defendant responsible for Catalano's death. The Berkshire District Attorney's Office previously secured a life sentence for Jason Sefton, who stabbed Catalano multiple times during the attack. Sefton pled guilty to murder on Dec. 1, 2021.
Co-defendant Anthony Boone pled guilty on Feb. 10, 2020, to a single count of manslaughter. Agostini also sentenced him to serve 12 to 15 years in state prison for his role in the homicide.
"I send my heartfelt condolences to Mr. Catalano's family, friends, and everyone who is devastated by this tragic loss. Mr. Catalano was a beloved and cherished member of our community and will always be remembered for bringing joy to the world. I hope these convictions bring Mr. Catalano's family some closure and supports their healing," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.
Romano was one of the three individuals who attacked Catalano outside Robbins Avenue. Romano and Boone both physically assaulted Catalano while Sefton stabbed him. Emergency medical services transported Catalano to Berkshire Medical Center, where he subsequently died because of the two stab wounds to his chest.
The Pittsfield Police Department, with assistance from the Berkshire State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, forensic scientists from the State Police Crime Laboratory, and the Berkshire County Sheriff's Department investigated the homicide.
"I thank the Pittsfield Police Department and the State Police for their thorough and diligent investigation into this senseless attack," Harrington said.

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BEAT: Conserving Flowers and their Pollinators

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Joan Edwards will speak at the May Pittsfield Green Drinks event on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 PM and give a slideshow presentation about the rapidly decreasing biodiversity that is taking place globally, known as the sixth extinction. 
She will specifically focus on flowers and their insect visitors. 
This sixth extinction is primarily driven by human actions, from habitat loss to climate change. The impacts of biodiversity loss are far-reaching, resulting in biological communities that are less resilient and with diminished ecosystems services. As part of the discussion, Joan will explore the impact of biodiversity loss in the pollinator-flower world and examine how the surprising dynamics of flower-pollinator networks can help to conserve both flowers and their pollinators.
Joan Edwards is a botanist interested in understanding the biomechanics and adaptive significance of ultra-fast plant movements—plant actions that are so quick they occur in milliseconds. Using high-speed video (up to 100,000 fps), she studies the evolutionary significance and biomechanics of fast movements, including the trebuchet catapults of bunchberry dogwood, the vortex rings of Sphagnum moss, the splash cups of liverworts, and the "poppers" of wood sorrel. Her early fieldwork was on the impact of moose on plants in the boreal forests of Isle Royale National Park. 
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