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Pittsfield Police: Multi-agency Operations Lead To 32 Arrests
Staff Reports,
02:59PM / Monday, December 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A series of four police operations have led to some 32 arrests over the last three weeks.   The operations consisted of highly visible patrols in areas identified as higher crime areas in the Morningside and Westside neighborhoods. Police say the series of operations were done both in response to recent violent crimes in the city and the anticipation of dangerous driving behavior during the holidays.   The first three operations were performed by the city's Police Department with help from the Berkshire County sheriff's office and the state police. The final operation was on Friday and involved the Police Department, the

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Pittsfield Fire Stops Kitchen Small Blaze On Appleton Avenue
Staff Reports,
01:36PM / Monday, December 10, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters snuffed out a small kitchen first in an Appleton Avenue apartment.    Deputy Chief Daniel Garner said at about 10:37 a.m. Monday morning firefighters responded to 65 Appleton Avenue for a fire alarm activation. Firefighters found light smoke showing from the rear of a second-floor window.   The Engine 6 crew forced entry into the unoccupied unit and found a small kitchen fire extending into the cabinets. The fire was extinguished and Truck 2 provided ventilation to the unit.    The damage is estimated to be minor and there were no injuries. The occupants will not be displaced.

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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 5 - Dec. 6
Staff Reports,
03:40PM / Friday, December 07, 2018
  , 40, of Bronx, N.Y. entered a not guilty plea on a single count of murder.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. He will return to court on January 4, 2019.   Burke was arrested on November 20, 2018 in New York on a warrant for the November 3, 2018 shooting death of 30-year-old David Green Jr. in Pittsfield.      22, of Springfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.    He was placed on probation for six months on the drug charges and

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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 20 - Nov. 29
Staff Reports,
12:26PM / Friday, November 30, 2018
  , 24, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of intimidation of a witness and larceny from a person.    She was given concurrent one-year sentences at the Hampden County House of Correction. The charges stem from an incident involving a 24-year-old woman in Pittsfield on March 4, 2017.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Nov. 26.   43, of Springfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.   He was ordered to serve two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Dyer will begin serving his sentence on January 10,

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Thermostat Causes Small Fire In Pittsfield Apartment Building
Staff Reports,
02:38PM / Monday, November 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters snuffed out a fire at 99 Second Street Monday afternoon.   According to Deputy Chief Daniel Garner, firefighters responded to the address at 12:45 p.m. and found "moderate smoke condition" in apartment 104. A thermostat unit had failed, causing it to set on fire.   The plastic melted and then dripped and set carpeting, trim, and a portion of the wall to ignite. Firefighters evacuated the north wing of the first floor and extinguished the blaze with portable extinguishers.    There were no injuries reported and the fire was estimated to cause less than $1,000 worth of damage.

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