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Superior Court Briefs: October 26 - October 27
Staff Reports,
03:31PM / Monday, October 31, 2011

, 26, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on 23 counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, 20 counts of malicious destruction of personal property under $250, seven counts of carrying a dangerous weapon, seven counts of illegal possession of a firearm, two counts of breaking into a depository, two counts of larceny from a building and single counts of receiving or possessing a stolen motor vehicle, larceny over $250, vandalizing property, common and notorious thief and armed career felon.

Knight was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $2,500 cash or $25,000 surety bail. The charges stem from a series of break-ins in Pittsfield


North Adams Police Charge Former Rink Manager With Theft
By Andy McKeever,
02:20PM / Monday, October 31, 2011
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The former manager the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink has been charged with larceny and city officials are alleging more than $20,000 is missing from the public facility's accounts.

Katherine Wilk, 27, of Adams was arraigned on charges of larceny more than $250 on Friday in Northern Berkshire District Court for allegedly taking cash from the rink's receipts.

Wilk was terminated this past spring after an administrative investigation. According to court documents, Public Safety Commissioner E. John Morocco was notified by the city's Office of Community Development on July 29 that more than $22,000 was missing from fiscal years 2010 and 2011.



Firefighters Rescue Woman From Burning House
By Andy McKeever,
04:41PM / Friday, October 28, 2011

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Firefighters rescued a woman from a second-floor window Thursday night after an electrical fire trapped her in the bedroom.

According to Fire Director Steve Meranti,  firefighters responded about 10 p.m. to 176 Ashton Ave., where the blaze had trapped Patricia Siciliano inside her bedroom.

When they arrived, Siciliano was hanging out of the second-story window from bed sheets that she tied to her bed while still on the phone with dispatcher Amanda Cornellier. Acting Lt. Scott Barbeau and Ray King then rescued the woman in what Meranti


Former Pittsfield-based Pharmacist Sentenced For Stealing Pills
Staff Reports,
02:30PM / Wednesday, October 26, 2011
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A former pharmacist was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday to three years in prison for stealing OxyContin from Price Chopper and filling prescriptions with other drugs, the Boston Globe is reporting.

Nichole Bombardier, 31, of Cheshire pleaded guilty to tampering with consumer products charges in federal court in March 2010. Prosecutors claim Bombardier stole at least 239 OxyContin from three different bottles from the Pittsfield Price Chopper pharmacy between May and September of 2008. At least one customer was hospitalized after taking medication used to treat high blood pressure instead of the painkiller.

Bombardier was also sentenced earlier in the


North Adams Police Seeking Information On Wanted Man
Staff Reports,
01:57PM / Tuesday, October 25, 2011
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Police are on the look out for 22-year-old Jordan McDonald of West Shaft Road.

McDonald was last seen in the area of Furnace Street but police have not released the reason why he is wanted. Police are asking residents not to approach the person and if he is seen to contact the North Adams Police station at 413-664-4944. If a resident spots him outside of North Adams, contact that police in that municipality.

Any other information can be emailed to

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