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Steele-Knudslien Arraigned on Murder Charge in Superior Court
10:36AM / Monday, January 22, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A man accused of killing his wife was arraigned Monday morning in Berkshire Superior Court on a murder charge.    Mark S. Steele-Knudslien, 47, entered a plea of not guilty of one charge of murder in connection with the death of his wife, 42-year-old Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien.   Steele-Knudslien allegedly beat his wife with a hammer and stabbed her on the evening of Jan. 5 in their Veazie Street home in North Adams. Police say they discovered her body, wrapped up in the basement, after her husband entered the Adams Police Station hours later to report the crime.   Judge John Agostini ordered Steele-Knudslien

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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 18
Staff Reports,
07:12PM / Friday, January 19, 2018
.   , 29, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of reckless endangerment of a child and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.   She was ordered to serve one year of a two-year sentence at the Western Massachusetts Woman's Correctional Center and placed on two-years probation.    The incidents involved a child who was 11-months-old at the time between September 1, 2014 and October 5, 2014.    Single counts of assault and battery upon a child with injury and assault and battery upon a child were dismissed by the state.   40, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on

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Negotiators Talk Man Out Of Harming Self In Pittsfield Hotel Room
By Andy McKeever,
01:57PM / Sunday, January 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police negotiators were able to talk a man out of harming himself inside a local hotel room.

  The Berkshire County Special Response Team successfully convinced the unnamed individual who had reportedly threatened to harm himself after three hours at the Econo Lodge on Cheshire Road.
  "Shortly after 9 o'clock this morning we received information through the crisis team that one of their clients had contacted clinician, despondent, possible intoxicated, and made the threats to do harm to himself. He indicated that he may have had access to a weapon," Police Chief Michael Wynn

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Cheshire Fire Blamed on Heating System; Structure a Total Loss
By Jack Guerino,
05:07PM / Friday, January 12, 2018

The building burned to the ground.  CHESHIRE, Mass. — The fire that destroyed a local business is believed to have started in an attached garage.   Fire Chief Thomas Francesconi said the blaze that razed the former Kubota dealership last week likely started from the heating system.    "The Mass State Fire Marshal's office did investigate the scene the following day. The cause of the fire is officially listed as undetermined, however, both myself and the investigating marshal believe the fire started with the heating system in the garage area," Francesconi said. "This was the area of origin for the

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Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 8 - Jan. 10
Staff Reports,
02:16PM / Friday, January 12, 2018
  , 24, of Springfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.   He was ordered to serve two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Cheshire on January 29, 2017.   44, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: distribution of heroin.   He was given a one-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on one-year probation. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on January 21,

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