State & Region Briefs

Friday, February 09, 2018
Man, girlfriend plead not guilty to father’s killing

PLYMOUTH — A 37-year-old man and his 29-year-old girlfriend have pleaded not guilty to charges in connection with the killing of the man’s father in Massachusetts.

Eli Perry has been ordered held without bail Thursday after entering his plea to charges of murder, assault and battery and illegal disposal of a human body. His girlfriend, Paige Malone, pleaded not guilty to the same charges Wednesday.

The man’s father, 64-year-old Raymond Perry, had been reported missing Dec. 1 after he didn’t show up to planned visits with his granddaughters. His body was found buried in Plymouth Dec. 19. The state Medical Examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide by blunt force trauma to the head and cutting wounds to the neck.

Waitress gets probation for stealing $15K from restaurant

NORTHAMPTON — A waitress who stole more than $15,000 from a Northampton restaurant has been placed on probation for three years and ordered to repay the money.

Shiva Antmann, 36, paid $5,000 in restitution on Thursday and must pay the rest by the end of her probation. If she does so, her case can be dismissed without a conviction.

Antmann was charged with stealing from Jakes in Northampton from 2013 to 2017. Police say she used the computerized bookkeeping system to edit customer orders that were paid in cash and pocketed some of the money herself.

Her attorney says she spent most of the money on other people “to win their approval.”

Man who killed kittens ‘for fun’ gets 1-year jail sentence

MILFORD — A man accused of killing kittens because he was bored has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Authorities say Milford resident Miguel Medina threw one kitten into a wall and burned another in a fire pit, prompting his arrest last year. A witness told police Medina talked about killing kittens “for fun” when he was bored.

Medina, 22, was convicted of killing or maiming an animal and animal cruelty. He will receive credit for the 100 days he already has spent in jail.

Nurses at Berkshire hospital make strike decision

PITTSFIELD — Nurses at a Pittsfield hospital have voted to authorize a strike if necessary.

Registered nurses at Pittsfield’s Berkshire Medical Center announced Thursday they will strike Feb. 27 unless contract negotiations progress. The nurses allege the hospital is understaffed, affecting patient safety.

They held a one-day walkout in October. Hospital officials say a second strike will cost up to $4 million.

From Associated Press