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Two Arrested After Manhunt
By Andy McKeever,
12:45PM / Wednesday, March 20, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The two men who led authorities on a manhunt on Tuesday are facing a number of charges.   Police say Arnold Chapman and Shannon Brown were arrested after leading police on a lengthy chase spanning from North Adams to Pittsfield. The incident started when the two allegedly attempted to return some $2,000 worth of stolen merchandise to the North Adams Walmart. They fled in a black pickup truck with Florida plates as North Adams Police were responding to the store.   The suspects fled shortly after 2:15 p.m. as police from North Adams, Adams, and Cheshire chased the vehicle. The drivers then cut over the Connector Road in Lanesborough to Route 7, where the

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Pittsfield YMCA Planning $5 Million Renovation Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The YMCA has been an anchor on North Street for years and may soon get a face-lift. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The YMCA is planning a $5 million renovation project to its downtown building.    The plan is to overhaul the interior of the building and restore large windows on the front and side facades.   The organization believes it will increase the amount of space in all areas while preserving the architectural landscape.   "Our plan is to modernize the front of the building, make it all glass," said Executive Director Randy Kinnas.   The work will restore the outward appearance of the building to the original 1909 condition. It will re-open bricked

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Pittsfield's Columbus Avenue Garage Set to Be Torn Down
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Wednesday, March 20, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Columbus Avenue parking garage will be torn down at the end of this month.   After years of pushing for state funding to build a new garage on the site to no avail, the city is moving forward with demolition  and will replace the structure with a surface lot. The work is expected to start on March 25 and people are directed to park in the Depot Street lot instead.   Concerns about the garage's condition date back to 2013 when the City Council allocated $160,000 to reseal the top floors to extend the life a bit but on inspection the following year, it appeared worse than expected. The city never moved forward with those

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Berkshire Blizzard Brings Home Trophy
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02:53PM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019
WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- The Berkshire Blizzard 14-and-under girls hockey team won the the Thousand Island Ice Out Tournament last weekend.   "The girls fought hard going with two big wins on Saturday before going to the championship game," Blizzard coach William Rech said.   The team includes: Kellie Harrington, Lizzy Hunt, Serena Batacchi, Jordanne Brazie, Beatrice Garvey, Meg Loring, Nyla Hess,  Maddy Rawling, Christy Rech, Mia Paligo, Tori Jarvis, Mia Alfonso and Cyra Pacher. 

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Steinman Leads St. Anselm into Elite Eight
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12:21PM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019
The remarkable run by Pittsfield’s Peyton Steinman and Grace Guachione and the St. Anselm College women’s basketball team continued Monday into the quarter-finals of the NCAA Division II tournament.   The Hawks defeated LeMoyne College, 63-61, to advance to next Tuesday’s Elite Eight games in Columbus, Ohio.   Steinman played every minute of the Sweet 16 contest, scoring 19 points, including a 3-pointer and 12-for-12 shooting at the free throw line.   “It’s surreal,” Steinman said in the post-game press conference. “I’m going to use the word again, it’s electric down there. We got knocked out early in the NE-10, and we

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Berkshire Beat: Herberg Team Wins 20th Annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge
11:21AM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tyler Vosburgh (left) and Bella Zeno operate the Herberg HBP robot during the championship match. Robotics Challenge

Herberg Middle School HBP (Heavy Brain Power) defeated Williamstown Elementary School (WES) LEGOHeads I, 78-54, in the finals to win the championship of "Into Orbit," the 20th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge, conducted March 16 at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.

The competition involved 16 Berkshire County teams comprising more than 130 students ages 8 to 14 using programmable robots built from LEGO kits to complete a variety of hypothetical missions that focused on space-themed missions – such as growing food in space, fighting muscle atrophy

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Pittsfield CPA Committees Gets $1 Million Worth of Requests
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nine entities are looking for more than $1 million from the Community Preservation Act to fund an array of projects.   But the city only has about $613,000 to dole out. The Community Preservation Committee will spend the next month or so decided which projects to fund and at how much.    "This year we're trying to aim to have this package to the City Council at the first meeting in May," said City Planner CJ Hoss.   Voters approved the act at by ballot vote in 2017 and held the first round of funding last year. In that cycle, funds were asked for 11 different projects for a total of $823,026. The committee ultimately recommended

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Berkshire DA: Propane Tanks Used to Set Fire in Sheffield Murder-Suicide
By Andy McKeever,
07:30PM / Monday, March 18, 2019
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The district attorney's office says there is "overwhelming evidence" suggesting that Luke Karpinski killed his wife and children before setting their Home Road residence on fire.   District Attorney Andrea Harrington said on Monday that Justine Wilbur, 41, was found dead on the first floor with signs of "a traumatic injury" that appears to have occurred prior to the start of the fire. Authorities also say they found an accelerant throughout the home, including two 20-pound propane tanks on the upper floors, used to start the blaze.   "This investigation is complex and ongoing, but we have uncovered overwhelming evidence

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Pittsfield Police Arrest Two For Violent Crimes
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05:02PM / Monday, March 18, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police arrested two city residents this weekend for separate violent crimes.   On Saturday Anthony Miller, 50, was arrested for allegedly severely beating and sexually assaulting a woman. Tina Marie Provost, 53, was also arrested that evening for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend.   Police say Miller is being charged with rape, kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a household member, and witness intimidation. Miller was held on $100,000 bail. He was arrested at the home in which the alleged victim lives.   Provost was arrested when officers were called to a residence for a reported domestic disturbance. On

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Boys and Girls Club 5/6 Girls Finish with Tourney Win in Chicopee
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03:11PM / Monday, March 18, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires’ fifth- and sixth-grade girls basketball team finished a remarkable season by winning the Ed Szlats Memorial Tournament this weekend in Chicopee.   The team went for 3-0 in pool play in the B division before knocking off St. Stan’s 39-11 to win the title.   The team competed in eight tournaments this year, winning five and finishing runner up in the other three. It finished its season with a record of 33-4 displaying outstanding talent, teamwork, toughness, and sportsmanship along the way.   The team includes: Gionnah Levardi, Kyana Summers, Alivia Mauer, Harolyn Castillo, Dezerea Powell, Maddy Stetz,

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Boys and Girls Club 7/8 Girls Finishes Successful Season
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02:53PM / Monday, March 18, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires seventh- and eighth-grade girls travel basketball team recently wrapped up the 2018-19 season.   This year's team finished the year with a 37-5 record and were undefeated against Western Mass opponents. The team won five tournaments including the West Side Tournament (West Springfield), the Boys and Girls Club Tournament (Pittsfield), the CYC Tournament (Pittsfield), the Berkshire County Tournament (North Adams) and most recently the A Division of the Ed Slatz Memorial Tournament (Chicopee).   Team members include: Brittany Lummus, Britain Sadowy, Charlotte Goodnow, Brenna McNeice, Alex Hudson, Randi Duquette, Ahna

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for March
01:45PM / Monday, March 18, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during January.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Plainfield and Alford for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Alford Town Offices, 5 Alford Center Road Plainfield Town Offices, 304 Main St., from 11 to noon Plainfield Town Hall, 348 Main St., from noon to 1 p.m., during the senior lunch Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at

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