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Two Men Found Guilty of Charges in October Mountain Shooting

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two Pittsfield men have been found guilty of charges related to the shooting of Nicholas Carnevale on Aug. 21, 2018, at a party at the Ashley Reservoir on October Mountain.
Kevin Nieves, 22, and Daquan Douglas, 28, were found guilty by a Berkshire Superior Court jury after a two-week trial but not of armed assault with intent to murder, which they had been charged with originally. 
The jury found Nieves guilty of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily harm, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, armed kidnapping with serious bodily injury, two counts of assault and battery, and a single count of malicious damage to a motor vehicle. The jury found Douglas guilty only of misleading a police officer.
Nieves and Douglas are two of four accused of attacking then 19-year-old Carnevale, of Cheshire, which included pulling him from a vehicle, assaulting him, and then shooting him in the head. Douglas lied to police during the investigation. The cases against co-defendants Christopher Frazier and Luis Delvalle-Rodriguez related to the shooting are still pending.
Carnevale was critically injured in the attack. 
"I am truly in awe of Nick's strength during his long and difficult recovery from the injuries he sustained that night. He is an inspiration to our entire community, and I look forward to hearing about and seeing every milestone in his continued fight," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.
"I thank the jury for their thoughtful consideration of the facts presented at trial. It is difficult for people to take two weeks away from their work, life, kids, and family to serve on a jury, but that service is the most important part of a fair justice system. I thank the State Police for their investigation into this horrific shooting and I am proud of my team for their comprehensive presentation of the facts for the jury to decide."
Judge John Agostini scheduled sentencing for Thursday at 10 a.m.

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Pittsfield Council Puts North Street Ballot Question to Rest

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The North Street ballot question was put to rest on Tuesday.

In a 7-2 vote, the City Council rescinded a Jan. 24 vote on Councilor at Large Karen Kalinowsky's petition to place a question on the Nov. 7 ballot that asks voters if North Street should return to a four-lane way.

Because Councilor at Large Peter White announced his intention to motion to rescind, it required a majority vote rather than a two-thirds vote, as clarified by City Solicitor Stephen Pagnotta.

Kalinowksy insisted that constituents want a say in the road configuration. She feels that the city did not properly consult the council and residents before making the change.

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