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Pittsfield Police Investigate Reports of Man Trying to Grab Women Off Street
03:15PM / Thursday, September 14, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information in the wake of several reports of a man acting aggressively toward, or possibly assaulting, women.    The incidents may be related as a number of witnesses have provided similar descriptions of a man calling to them to get into his vehicle. Some have reported two men in the car.    The suspect is said to dark-skinned, standing about 6-feet-tall, with short hair and accent described as possibly Jamaican or African. The individual was seen operating, or as a passenger of, an older tan or silver Toyota Camry (or similar vehicle).   In one case, a victim reports that the individual

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Pittsfield Fire Snuffs Out Blaze On Lakeway Drive
By Andy McKeever,
07:14PM / Wednesday, September 13, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two people have been displaced from their Lakeway Drive home after a fire caused heat and smoke damage Wednesday evening.   Deputy Fire Chief Raymond Tart said firefighters responded to 61 Lakeway Drive shortly before 6 p.m. There they found smoke coming from the first floor and quickly snuffed it out. There were two occupants, both of whom made it out of the home safely.   "It appears it was objects and not the room [that burned]. There is no structural damage at all. There is fire damage to the contents and heat and smoke damage on the first floor," Tart said.   One of the occupants is on oxygen and the tanks

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White Terrace Apartment Fire Ruled Accidental
By Andy McKeever,
11:02PM / Tuesday, September 12, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Fire officials say the fire was caused by a battery charging on a bed and then catching the mattress on fire.

Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said the electronic device set the mattress on fire. Doors were left open, allowing the fire to quickly spread to other units. From there, tenants on the third floor evacuated, leaving doors open and the fire expanded from there.   Czerwinski asks residents to remember to close doors to help restrict fire expansion.   Czerwinski said the building is "heavily damaged" but is still be assessed.    In total four people were transported to Berkshire Medical Center for

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Pittsfield Resident Suffers Multiple Gunshot Wounds
Staff Reports,
11:25AM / Sunday, September 10, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police say a 32-year-old resident was shot multiple times early Sunday morning.    According to a statement released Sunday morning, a Shotspotter activation sent police to 101 Fenn St. Officers confirmed a shooting had taken place near the Fenn and First Street parking lot.    The victim, a Pittsfield resident, had been taken to Berkshire Medical Center prior to the officers' arrival.   The Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau and Crime Scene Services responded and recovered numerous shell casings and other evidence. The incident remains under investigation.

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Man Shot And Killed By Pittsfield Police During Domestic Disturbance
By Andy McKeever,
02:26PM / Friday, September 01, 2017
The preliminary results of an autopsy on Daniel Gillis indicate was shot seven times and died from multiple gunshot wounds.   Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Sexton conducted the autopsy on the 36-year-old Gillis on Saturday afternoon at Holyoke office of the Chief Medical Examiner.   PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield Police officer shot and killed a man who allegedly charged officers after first barricading himself in his home.   District Attorney David Capeless' office says Daniel Gillis, 36, of 43 Taylor St. was shot by Officer Christopher Colello Friday afternoon. Officers had responded to the address at 12:50 in the

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