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Pittsfield Couple's Autopsies Show Trauma, Suicide
Staff Reports,
07:00PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Authorities have ruled that 39-year-old Celeste Kordana died from a blunt force trauma to the head. John Kordana, 53, died from asphyxiation and loss of blood from multiple superficial wounds.   John Kordana's injuries appear to be self-inflicted, according to District Attorney David Capeless' office. The autopsies were conducted on Wednesday by Associate Medical Examiner Robert Welton at the Holyoke Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.   The couple was found dead inside their Harryel Street home on Monday afternoon after Police were asked to do a well-being check. Firefighters were

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Williamstown, North Adams Police Seek Reports of Stolen Jewelry
Staff Reports,
04:32PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police are asking area residents to report recent losses of jewelry that may be connected to a North Adams woman who was arraigned on Wednesday.   Jessica Morgan, 30, of Gregory Avenue, was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on one count of larceny over $250, Williamstown Police reported on Wednesday.   "On July 3, 2017, a Williamstown resident contacted the police department to report a significant amount of jewelry missing from her residence," the police news release read. "A subsequent investigation revealed that Morgan worked as a home health care worker in this home. It was later determined that jewelry

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Stabbing On Dalton Avenue
Staff Reports,
04:01PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two individuals were stabbed Tuesday night on Dalton Avenue.   Police say at about 9:44 p.m. officers responded to 42 Dalton Avenue for reports of the stabbings. They found two victims outside the home.    At the same time, dispatch received another call regarding a fight on the nearby Harvard Street and officers there found another individual with a laceration to one of his fingers. All three individuals were transported to Berkshire Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.   The incident is under investigation but police say both incidents were connected.

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Report: Pittsfield Officer Used Excessive Force, Lied About Incident
By Andy McKeever,
05:04PM / Monday, July 24, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An internal affairs report contends that Pittsfield Police Officer Michael McHugh attempted to cover up an assault committed by a friend.   McHugh had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, misleading a police officer or other person, and being a public employee making a false report on July 12.    His co-defendant is Jason LaBelle, 37, who had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on Monday on single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, falsely reporting a crime, misleading a judge, and

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Superior Court Briefs: July 17 - July 20
Staff Reports,
01:42PM / Friday, July 21, 2017
  31, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.   She was ordered to serve one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant in Pittsfield on October 9, 2015.    A single count of conspiracy to violate drug laws was dismissed by the state.   57, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, possession of heroin, and resisting arrest in connection with an incident in Pittsfield on June 6, 2016.   He

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