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Pittsfield Firefighters Respond to Burning Fence
Staff Reports,
05:38PM / Monday, August 08, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters responded to burning fence on Monday that caused nearly a $1,000 in damage.

The call was initially reported at 10:23 a.m. as a structure fire at 31 Richardson St. Upon arrival, firefighters found a section of fence ablaze and extending to detached one-car garage. A neighbor was trying to put the fire out with a garden hose.

The fence was burned and the vinyl siding on the garage was damaged.

The report by Deputy Chief Daniel Garner stated no one was injured and the fire was not considered suspicious. The cause has not been determined.

He also said that while help such as that of the neighbor's is appreciated, residents should


Pittsfield Investigating Apparent Homicide
Staff Reports,
11:36AM / Sunday, July 17, 2016
  Dr. Mindy Hull, an associate medical examiner for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, conducted the autopsy on 38-year-old Joseph Brown on Monday in Boston. Dr. Hull's preliminary results ruled the manner of death as a homicide from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man was shot dead early Sunday morning, according to the district attorney's office.

The body of Joseph Brown, 38, of Pittsfield was found in his driveway at 343 Columbus Ave. at about 2 a.m. Sunday after 911 call reporting a man down.   District Attorney David Capeless' office said Brown appeared to have died from a single


Vehicle Towing Boat Catches Fire Near Pontoosuc Lake
By Andy McKeever,
05:20PM / Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Reader John Friend submitted this photo of the blaze. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters were able to save a boat after the vehicle towing it caught on fire.   Deputy Fire Chief Mark Cancilla said he and six firefighters from two engines responded to Upper North Street, near Pontoosuc Lake between Zucchinis Restaurant and Hancock Road, shortly after 2:30 Wednesday to find a Honda Pilot towing a boat fully involved.   Firefighters blocked off the road and ran two hose lines to extinguish the blaze in just 15 minutes — quick enough to save the pontoon boat from further damage.   "It was a hot fire. It damaged

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Pittsfield Man Arrested in Armed Robbery of K&K Liquors
Staff Reports,
04:09PM / Tuesday, June 28, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 25-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after robbing a liquor store.   Sean Matthews, 25, of Pittsfield is accused of armed robbery of K&K Liquors on North Street with a knife at about 10:13 a.m. Police says local and state officers arrived on scene and performed an initial search of the perimeter and shortly after detectives developed Matthews was the suspect. No injuries occurred during the robbery.   A short time later, Matthews was arrested and charged with armed robbery and intimidation of a witness. Police are asking any witnesses in the case to contact the detective bureau at 448-9700.   "The

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Series Of Shootings
By Andy McKeever,
04:52PM / Thursday, May 19, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sections of Wahconah Street and Peck's Road were shut down for more than an hour Thursday afternoon in response to reports of gunfire.   Police arrested 34-year-old Patrick Coyne "after a brief pursuit" and charged him with carrying a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, and being armed career criminal. He is being held at the Pittsfield Police Department pending arraignment on Friday in Central Berkshire District Court. Police say additional charges may be forthcoming.    There were no injuries in Thursday's incident.   "Evidence of the

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