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Customer Halts Robbery of East Street Video
Staff Reports,
01:29PM / Thursday, August 17, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A store patron stopped an unarmed robbery of East Street Video Wednesday night.   Police say at about 8:45 p.m. Ivy Rogers, 32, of Pittsfield allegedly entered the store wearing a mask and multiple layers of clothing. She then slammed the clerk's head into the counter and demanded the money from the register.   After taking the money, she attempted to flee the store but was confronted by a customer. That individual eventually pinned Rogers down until police arrived.    Rogers was arranged in Pittsfield District Court Thursday morning on a single count of unarmed robbery.

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North Adams Man Accused of Stabbing Pizza Driver Arraigned
11:16PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A North Adams man accused of stabbing a 50-year-old Domino's delivery driver and trying to rob him of money was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Berkshire Superior Court.   Travis T. Perras, 25, of Union Street had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf for single counts of armed assault with intent to murder, armed assault with intent to rob, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.   Judge Daniel Ford ordered that he continue to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $100,000 cash or surety bail.   It is alleged that Perras stabbed Charles Sauer on July 14 at about at about 11:30 p.m.

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Pittsfield Man Injured After Firework Explodes In Hand
Staff Reports,
04:32PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man was taken to the hospital after a large firework blew up in his hand.   Police say at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday a 911 caller reported hearing "a loud bang and someone outside the residence yelling" on View Street. First responders found a 33-year-old man with severe injuries to his hand.   Police and Fire then called in the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad, the State Fire Marshal's Office, District 4 Hazmat Teams, and ATF agents for the investigation "based on the nature of the incident and as a precaution."   Authorities executed a search warrant at the home and determined that the

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Pittsfield Anti-Crime Unit Arrests Man on Drug, Firearm Charges
01:07PM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city's Anti-Crime Unit arrested a Stockbridge man on Monday on drug and firearms charges.    According to police, police officers in plainclothes encountered William Lacy, 26, walking in the area of Center and Bradford streets. The encounter occurred at about 7 p.m. and officers say they developed probable cause for believing he was in possession of narcotics.    Lacey was searched and police said he was found to be in possession of 42 bags of heroin and a crack pipe. After he was placed under arrest, they conducted a search of the backpack Lacey was wearing. Inside the backpack, officers discovered a 9mm handgun

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Superior Court Briefs: Aug. 1 - Aug. 3
Staff Reports,
09:09AM / Friday, August 11, 2017
  24, of North Adams had not guilty plea entered on his behalf on single counts of trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on May 17, 2017.      45, of North Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of rape, two counts of indecent assault and battery, and a single count of assault with intent to commit rape.   He was ordered to serve five to eight years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the rape and assault with intent to commit

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