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Propane Tank Explosion in Cheshire Destroys Property
By Jeff Snoonian,
02:44PM / Saturday, October 12, 2019
CHESHIRE, Mass. — A propane tank explosion rocked Lake Shore Drive on Friday night at about 8. Miraculously, there were no injuries but the recreational vehicle and adjacent structure are a total loss.    Occupant David Willett said he was fortunate to get out unharmed.   "I was up watching TV and smelled a weird odor," he said on Saturday at the scene. "I got out of there and called 911."   Two minutes later the propane tank exploded.    Lake Shore Drive is a dead-end road off Lanesborough Road, not far from the Route 8 intersection. The lane runs down the center of a small, curving peninsula into

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The Independent Investor: Brokerage Business Not What It Used to Be
By Bill Schmick,
04:15PM / Thursday, October 10, 2019
Last week, Charles Schwab, the mega-discount broker, disrupted the brokerage industry yet again by dropping its per-trade commission rates for U.S. and Canadian stocks, exchange traded funds (ETFs), and options for both mobile and internet trades. It was inevitable and simply recognizes what the future holds for that segment of the financial industry.   Since Schwab's announcement on October 1, three additional big brokers — TD Ameritrade, E-Trade and Fidelity Investments — have thrown in the towel leaving only Vanguard (among the big houses) left out of the zero-commission trend.   The stock market reacted in shock. Traders hit the sell button

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Pittsfield Man Struck, Killed by Tractor-Trailer
Staff Reports,
05:20PM / Tuesday, October 08, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local man was killed Monday evening after being struck by a tractor-trailer on Route 8.   Ernest Millette, 73, of Pittsfield was pronounced dead on the scene in the area of 550 Cheshire Road.   At about 7:12 p.m., a 2019 semi-truck operated by Matthew Osak, 34, of Lee, was northbound and turning left into Unistress. Upon making the turn, the vehicle struck Millette, who was walking in the driveway.   Pittsfield Police and Fire, state police, Berkshire County sheriff deputies, and County Ambulance responded to the scene.   The crash remains under investigation by Officer Michael Silver of the Pittsfield Police

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Adams Police Arrest Suspect in Val's, Racing Mart Break-ins
09:17PM / Sunday, October 06, 2019
ADAMS, Mass. — Police say they have arrested a suspect in the burglaries committed at Val's Package Store and Racing Mart Gas Station early Sunday morning.    According to a statement from the Adams Police Department, officers responded to both Columbia Street businesses for what employees of the businesses reported as a breaking and entering that had occurred during the nighttime. Property was destroyed and money was stolen from both locations.    Night- and day-shift officers on Sunday, working with a detective, investigated the break-ins and arrested the suspect within hours.   The State Police Crime Scene Unit

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Adams Man Charged With Murder In Columbus Avenue Shooting
02:50PM / Monday, September 30, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An Adams man has been charged in the murder of 32-year-old Stephanie Olivieri of Yonkers, N.Y.   Tyler Sumner, 25, was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on a single count of murder on Monday.   He is being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.   Sumner was arrested in Adams on Saturday by Pittsfield Police, with assistance from Adams Police and North Adams Police. The charge is in connection with the Aug. 25 shooting on Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield that killed Olivieri.   Olivieri, a native of Pittsfield, suffered a single gunshot wound while sitting in a silver sedan near

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