Lanesborough man hospitalized after allegedly being beat with frying pan

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PITTSFIELD — A Lanesborough man was hospitalized with a fractured ankle, a pair of fractured ribs and injuries to his face and head after allegedly being beaten with a frying pan Sunday afternoon at his home.

One of the suspects in that alleged attack, Kenneth M. Ducharme, 20, of West Lebanon, N.Y., denied attacking the man, telling police he'd been at his mother's home that day.

The victim told officers he was getting ready to take a shower when he heard a car pull up in front of his home, according to Lanesborough Police, which responded to the Monica Drive home about 2 p.m.

He said he saw Ducharme exit from the passenger side and a man he did not recognize exit from the driver's side. He told police he'd been having issues with Ducharme amid rumors involving the victim and Ducharme's sister.

The victim heard banging and locked the door but heard it being kicked in while he was getting dressed.

The two men entered the home, according to the victim and a witness, where Ducharme punched the victim and beat him multiple times with a frying pan while the unidentified assailant held him in what was described as a choke hold.

Ducharme allegedly struck the victim four more times with the pan before he and the other man left.

The victim was transported to Berkshire Medical Center. Police said his ankle — which was apparently fractured when the two men fell upon him — will require surgery.

Ducharme pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery and felony breaking and entering.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Megan Tesoniero argued for setting bail at $1,000, noting Ducharme's new charges violated an open probation matter as did his testing positive for cocaine and marijuana following a Monday morning drug screening.

Ducharme's attorney Kenneth Warren argued in favor of releasing his client on personal recognizance, noting he has, "virtually no record," and that the information provided so far is very preliminary.

"There's a lot more than meets the eye here," Warren said.

Judge William Rota set Ducharme's bail at $1,000 with the conditions he have no contact and stay away from the alleged victim and the witness. A pretrial hearing was set for Sept. 13.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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