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Authorities Release Details of Alleged Assault at Simon's Rock
12:58PM / Thursday, October 17, 2019
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The details of an alleged assault at Bard College at Simon's Rock more than two weeks ago have been released by the authorities, and several aspects of the account aren't adding up.   The victim, an unidentified student of color, has said they were assaulted on a trail on the college campus and dragged into the nearby woods. This allegedly occurred on Friday, Sept. 27, and the campus safety office was alerted at 2 p.m. that day. The student was taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center, treated for minor injuries and released.    The investigation into the reported assault continues, according to the Berkshire

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Pittsfield Man Charged with Setting A-Mart Convenience Store Blaze
Staff Reports,
11:48AM / Thursday, October 17, 2019

PITTSFIELD,  Mass. — A Pittsfield man has been arrested in relation to the devastating fire that destroyed the A-Mart convenience store on Tuesday night.   Thomas Roberts, 51, was arrested Wednesday on charges of arson and injuring a firefighter.    Authorities determined the blaze as suspicious after an investigation by the Detective Bureau and Crime Scene Services, along with fire investigators. The building is most likely a total loss.    Roberts was located by members of the police anti-crime unit in a motel within the city. He is being charged with injuring a firefighter because one

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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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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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