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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 15 - Dec. 1
Staff Reports,
03:02PM / Friday, December 02, 2016
  60, of Lee, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of child pornography.   He was given a two-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on three-years probation.   Schaffer was in possession of child pornography in Lee on August 1, 2015.     43, of Pittsfield, had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, armed career felon, and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. The charges stem from

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Pittsfield Teen Accosted On Elm Street
Staff Reports,
10:30PM / Monday, November 28, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are looking for a man who accosted a 17-year-old girl on Elm Street on Monday afternoon.   Police say the teenager was approached by the suspect shortly after 2 p.m. in the area on Elm between Ontario Street and Elmhurst Avenue. The girl was not injured.   Police are looking for a man described at being white with brown hair, in his late 20s, having a medium build, standing between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8 and being either slightly bald or having or crew cut. He was wearing a blue hooded sweat shirt and tan colored pants. He was last seen running onto Putnam Avenue.   Anyone who witnessed it or has information is asked

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Pittsfield Man Pleads Guilty to MassHealth Fraud
01:33PM / Monday, November 28, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in connection with making duplicative claims for personal care services, resulting in an overpayment of approximately $82,000 in funds from the state's Medicaid Program (MassHealth), $46,500 of which was paid directly to him, Attorney General Maura Healey announced on Monday.

Frederick Phillips, 56, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to charges of Medicaid fraud and larceny more than $250 by false pretenses.

"This defendant defrauded a system that provides vital health-care services to people with chronic or long-term disabilities," Healey said in a statement. "He took

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Teen in Critical Condition Following Pittsfield Shooting
Staff Reports,
11:55AM / Monday, November 28, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 17-year-old is in critical condition following a Friday night shooting.   Police did not identify the male victim but said officers responded to shots being fired in the area of 391 North St. - the address of Methuselah Bar and Lounge - Friday night at 11:28 p.m. Upon arrival, police found the victim with a single gunshot wound to the torso.   The 17-year-old is believed to in be stable but critical condition, police said Monday.   The shooting is being investigated by the detective bureau, along with assistance form crime scene services and the drug unit. Anyone with information is asked to contact the department at

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North Adams Apartment Fire Forces Out Five Families
By Tammy Daniels,
05:00PM / Wednesday, November 23, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — At least 20 people were forced from their apartments on Wednesday afternoon after a fire broke out in the attic above one of the units.

The report of a fire in one of the rear units in the six-apartment building on Crossey Place came in before 3 p.m. The call came into dispatch from a resident in the apartment who said her walls were warm and "turning black."

"There was a report of the walls turning black and paint bubbling on the walls, said Fire Chief Stephen Meranti. "We did indeed find the wall turning black and the paint bubbling."

An all-call was put out to bring in off-duty firefighters; three engines including the

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