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Death of 11-Year-Old Hannah Nazareth Still a Mystery
Staff Reports,
04:28PM / Monday, February 08, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The cause of 11-year-old Hannah Nazareth's death may never be known.   District Attorney David Capeless' office said on Monday that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner was unable to determine a cause of death because of the condition of her body.   The bodies of Hannah and her father, Anthony Nazareth, 52, were found inside their third-floor apartment at 72 Plunkett St. on Aug. 3.    The autopsy showed that Anthony Nazareth died of a heroin overdose just days before his body was discovered. The results showed Hannah died "as much as a month before her father."    "Followup

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Fire Displaces Five Pittsfield Residents
Staff Reports,
05:10PM / Friday, February 05, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Thursday night fire caused nearly $10,000 worth of damage to a Worthington Street home.   Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Garner said the department received a report at 7:43 p.m. of a basement fire at 10-12 Worthington Street, located near the intersection of West Housatonic Street and Center Street. The fire displaced five residents from the two-family home but nobody was injured.   Garner estimates some $8,000 to $10,000 worth of damage.    On arrival, firefighters found fire encompassing a small room in the laundry area in the rear portion of the cellar.   "Engine 3 mounted an aggressive attack with a

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Pittsfield Police: Eight Robberies In Six Weeks
Staff Reports,
11:37AM / Saturday, January 09, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is averaging more than one armed robbery per week for the last month and a half.   Police say there have been eight armed robberies since November 23, 2015, seven of which are still unsolved.   The stores robbed include Angelina's on West Housatonic Street,  an Empire Pizza delivery driver on Parker Street, the Gulf Station on Wahconah Street, Zuke's Variety on West Street, the Getty on Elm Street, Greylock Federal Credit Union on Upper North Street, the Salvation Army on Dalton Avenue, and Dawes Avenue Variety.   "With the exception of one case (robbery of Zuke's store on 12/10/15, in which

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Pittsfield Police Restructures Command Staff
Staff Reports,
05:38PM / Friday, January 08, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Police Department is restructuring its command staff following the retirement of Capt. Patrick Barry.   Barry is a 27-year veteran of the force and announced his retirement from the department effective Jan. 3. He was the commander of the detective bureau for 15 years. He was briefly appointed acting chief at one point. Despite his retirement, he will remain in the profession as the chief of police in another community.   With his position open, the department is making a number of changes to top positions, which be be in place in the next few days.   "Captain Barry's departure led to an opportunity for

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Multiple Berkshire County Schools Subject Of Bomb Threat
By Andy McKeever,
03:52PM / Thursday, January 07, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Numerous schools were the target of bomb threats Thursday afternoon triggering responses from police and fire departments.   Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn said targets were identified in five communities but he did not reveal which ones.    "There was a timeline given in the call and an indication that the caller would make another call," Wynn said.   However, the time elapsed without incident and the individual never called back. Wynn said the caller making the threat was "scratchy" and "difficult to hear."   "We're working it an as active

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