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Pittsfield Police Warns of Phone Scam
Staff Reports,
01:28PM / Tuesday, January 15, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are warning residents of a phone scam.   The department received a complaint on Monday that woman received a call asking for donations on behalf of the department. The caller asked the woman for her credit card information. Police, however, say that neither the Pittsfield Police Officers Union Local 447 nor the Pittsfield Police Supervisors Union Local 447S is currently running a fundraiser.   The woman did not give her credit card information and Police urge others to do the same.    "As always, we urge residents to err on the side of caution if you are unsure of any calls you may receive asking for

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Berkshires Impacted By Sporadic 911 Outage
Staff Reports,
01:10PM / Friday, December 28, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The 911 system has been sporadically out of commission statewide on Friday and affecting most of Berkshire County.   The Massachusetts State Police released a statement shortly before 7 a.m. encouraging residents to call their local public safety departments directly instead of using the emergency reporting system. The issue was affecting both cellular and landline service.   "A nationwide outage affecting CenturyLink, an internet communications company, is impacting wireless 911 call capability in various parts of the country," reads the statement from state police.   Shortly after 1:30, MSP released an update

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Pittsfield Police: Multi-agency Operations Lead To 32 Arrests
Staff Reports,
02:59PM / Monday, December 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A series of four police operations have led to some 32 arrests over the last three weeks.   The operations consisted of highly visible patrols in areas identified as higher crime areas in the Morningside and Westside neighborhoods. Police say the series of operations were done both in response to recent violent crimes in the city and the anticipation of dangerous driving behavior during the holidays.   The first three operations were performed by the city's Police Department with help from the Berkshire County sheriff's office and the state police. The final operation was on Friday and involved the Police Department, the

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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 6 - Nov. 15
Staff Reports,
04:55PM / Friday, November 16, 2018
  43, of North Adams had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of rape and abuse of a child.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $10,000 bail. The incident allegedly occurred in North Adams on Nov. 1, 2017, and involved an 8-year-old girl.   34, of Pittsfield had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of child pornography, and dissemination of visual material of a child in a state of nudity.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. He is accused of being in possession of child pornography in

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Four Residents Displaced Following Pittsfield Fire
By Andy McKeever,
02:21PM / Saturday, November 10, 2018

The slate roof kept heat and fire inside the apartment. Firefighters had to punch a hole through the roof for ventilation.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four people are displaced after a fire tore through the rear of their South Church Street home.   Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said firefighters responded at 12:24 Saturday afternoon to the call at 7 South Church St. One of the occupants, who was the only one home at the time, of the two-family home heard the smoke alarm and then found a fire on the rear porch. He escaped the building through the front stairway.    "On arrival, there was heavy fire on the second floor rear.

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