Pittsfield man pleads guilty to blood assault

A Pittsfield man who police said deliberately sprayed blood on a nurse and others at a city hospital has been given a one-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to assault and battery and disturbing the peace. Authorities said Ronald Bailey, 64, pulled out his IV line while at Berkshire Medical Center in August 2012 and was waving his hand around. He doused a nurse and also spilled blood on security staff, patients, and other medical professionals. There was a fear that Bailey had hepatitis C, a communicable disease, but tests showed he did not.