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Hoosac Valley High Informs Parents of Facebook Threat
08:10PM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017
CHESHIRE, Mass. — School officials say they are working with local law enforcement on strengthening school security after a described "threat" was made on Facebook.    Superintendent Robert Putnam did provide information on the nature of the threat, when it occurred or how it was brought to the school's attention. A letter was sent home with Hoosac Valley High and Middle School students on Thursday, the first day of school.   "A threat was made on Facebook that could have potentially impacted Hoosac Valley High School," he wrote. "We have been working closely with Adams Police Department, the Cheshire Police Department,

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Windsor Man Shot In Parking Lot of Pittsfield Restaurant
Staff Reports,
12:43PM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Windsor man was shot in the parking lot of a Seymour Street restaurant Tuesday night.   Police say at about 8:51 p.m. officers were dispatched to a home on Dartmouth Street for a disturbance. Shortly after, were called to Vong's Restaurant for a reported shooting.   There, officers found 33-year-old Shane Brennan, of Windsor, had been shot twice in the pelvic area. The investigation has linked both the Dartmouth Street disturbance and the shooting together.   Brennan was taken to Berkshire Medical Center. Lanesborough Police and Massachusetts State Police also assisted with the investigation. The incident is currently

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Lipton Mart On Elm Street in Pittsfield Robbed At Gunpoint
Staff Reports,
12:38PM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lipton Mart on Elm Street was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night.   Police say at about 10:44 p.m. two black men, dressed in dark clothing hooded sweatshirts and ski masks and standing about six-foot-one inch to six-foot-two inches tall, robbed the store at gun point.   An undisclosed amount of cash was taken. The robbery is currently under investigation.

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Police Detect 'Large Scale' Credit Fraud Through Gas Pump Skimmers
Staff Reports,
04:42PM / Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Images of a card receiver, left, and one with a skimmer, right, from the Minnesota Department of Commerce. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A "large scale" credit card fraud operation was detected in the city.   Police say skimming devices were found inside two local gas pumps, at both Lipton Marts at 580 North St. and 460 South St. Police said it is not known how long the devices had been in place nor how much credit card information was stolen.   Police say the number of locations with such devices could increase as authorities worked to inspect gas pumps throughout the city.   The devices take credit card information when the

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Gasoline Smell Brings Williamstown Fire Department to College Dorm
by Stephen Dravis,
09:17PM / Thursday, August 24, 2017

  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fire Department plans to investigate the construction work that appears to have produced a smell of gasoline in the mechanical room of a Williams College dormitory.   Fire Chief Craig Pedercini said the smell appeared to be related to the use of gasoline by a contractor working on a steam line replacement project on West Lawn, to the west of Morgan Hall, a 100-bed residence hall at the corner of Spring and Main Streets that currently is not occupied.   After evaluating the situation for nearly two hours, Pedercini said there was no fire or health issue, but the Fire Department and college were

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