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Barn Destroyed in Early Morning Fire in Adams
Staff Reports,
06:53AM / Sunday, September 23, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — An early morning fire at Ziemba's farm on Walling Road destroyed a hay-filled barn complex.   Firefighters from nearly a dozen fire departments spent hours containing the blaze and preventing it from spreading to adjacent buildings and the farmhouse at Broadlawn Farm.   "The back barn was fully involved when we got here and the owners were trying to get the cows out," said Fire Chief John Pansecchi during a pause around 5:30 a.m., nearly three hours after the fire was first reported. "By the time we got here [the barns] were gone."   Pansecchi believed all or most of the dairy cattle

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UPDATE: Suspected Pittsfield Arsonist Apprehended
Staff Reports,
07:07PM / Saturday, September 22, 2018

Phillip Jordan was arraigned in Vermont on Monday afternoon on a fugitive from justice charge and is being held on $25,000 bail. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf and his case was continued pending an examination to determine his competency to participate in court proceedings regarding his fugitive status.

Jordan is facing three counts of burning a dwelling house in connection with fires at homes on Appleton Avenue, Ridge Avenue and Fort Hill Avenue in Pittsfield on Saturday. The investigation is continuing and more charges may be pending.

Pittsfield Police say Phillip Jordan was apprehended at the Canadian border by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 17 - Sept. 18
Staff Reports,
04:04PM / Friday, September 21, 2018
  50, of Lenox pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and battery on a disabled person and two counts of caretaker abuse on a disabled person.   The case was continued without a finding for six months. Puntin assaulted two students while employed at Eagleton School between September 1, 2015 and December 21, 2015.   37, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a disabled person, and caretaker abuse on a disabled person.   The case was continued without a finding for one year. Lopez-Lucas assaulted a student while employed at Eagleton School

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Man Arrested After Berkshire Bank Robbery Monday Morning
Staff Reports,
03:56PM / Monday, September 17, 2018

A sign on the door alerted customers that the branch is closed for the day. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Police were able to apprehend the suspected robber of a Berkshire Bank branch within hours of the crime Monday morning.   At about 10:50 in the morning, officers responded to a reported robbery of Berkshire Bank branch on Elm Street.   Two hours later, police arrested 37-year-old Christopher Rock in connection with the crime.   Police say the suspect showed a note to a teller demanding money "in certain denominations" and then fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.    The suspect

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Woman Found Deceased in Car
Staff Reports,
02:56PM / Monday, September 17, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The body of a woman from outside the area was discovered Sunday morning in the parking area of the former Holy Family Church on State Road.    The woman, who was reportedly from the eastern part of the state, was found sitting in a car by a resident of the nearby elderly housing complex. She appeared to have been there for some time.   Local authorities say the death is not considered suspicious. The woman's car, a late model Subaru, was towed from the scene.    The woman's name and age have not been released and it is not clear what she was doing in North Adams. 

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