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The families of those killed in impaired driving crashes gathered at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church to remember the loved ones that they lost. A total of 55 names were read, with candles lit for each of them.
Local police have logged a sharp increase in shoplifting crimes, compared to the average in recent years. Lack of prosecution following arrests is cited as a factor, though the incoming DA has signaled a change in policy.
A 32-year-old Dalton man was sentenced to up to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges he beat and severely injured a man in 2021, and separately led Dalton police on a chase, tossing a gun and drugs as he drove.
Next week, the current and incoming district attorney will meet to discuss the transition in leadership at the top law enforcement office in Berkshire County.
A jury convicted 37-year-old Korey Laviscount of Pittsfield of charges he assaulted and strangled a person last year.
Two brothers from Pittsfield have been convicted by a jury of first-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Jaden Salois three years ago.
Timothy J. Shugrue has a series of tasks to accomplish in the months before he becomes the new Berkshire District Attorney: close down his private defense practice, finalize a transition team and develop new office policies. At the top of Shugrue’s list, when he takes office in January, will be watching his staff in action in the courtroom.
In siding with Mr. Shugrue as the new district attorney and Sheriff Bowler for another term in office, the Berkshire County electorate sided with the candidates who leaned on their relevant experience, knowledge and the ability to the jobs for which they were campaigning.
Tuesday's primary election saw voters send one incumbent, Sheriff Thomas Bowler, and one challenger, District Attorney-Elect Timothy Shugrue, in two high profile races to office by wide margins.
Challenger Timothy Shugrue defeated incumbent DA Andrea Harrington in the Democratic primary on Tuesday night.