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Missing Pittsfield Plane Crashed in Vermont
02:21PM / Thursday, November 23, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The pilot of a small plane that left Pittsfield Municipal Airport on Wednesday died when the plane crashed on it's way to Middlebury, Vt.

The pilot was identified late Thursday afternoon as Norman Baker, 89, of Windsor. State Police said Baker was an experienced pilot who had been flying since he was 13.

Police say they located the crash site on the east side of Route 7 in the town of Pittsford. The plane sustained heavy damage and the pilot was deceased at the scene.

The plane, a white Cessna with maroon trim, was reported missing late Wednesday when the pilot failed to arrive on schedule.

The Federal Aviation Administration put out an alert for the

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Motorist Misses Hairpin Turn, Speeds Into Golden Eagle Parking Lot
Staff Reports,
03:18PM / Wednesday, November 22, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A driver headed up the Mohawk Trail missed the Hairpin Turn completely on Wednesday and sped through the small parking lot at the Golden Eagle Restaurant and slammed into owner's pickup truck.   The accident occurred around 1:30 p.m. and restaurant owner John Morris said it was the second time that day someone had missed the turn and ended up in his parking lot.    This time, it was a small Buick Lacrosse sedan whose driver either failed to negotiate the tight turn or didn't realize it was there. He barreled through the parking lot, hit Morris' white Ford F250 and pushed it into a small shed at the end of the lot. The

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Pittsfield Police Break Up Alleged Prostitution Ring
Staff Reports,
10:50AM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police have broken up an alleged prostitution ring.   Police arrested Randy Lambach, 45, of Becket, and Joseph VanWert, 65, of Pittsfield, on charges of human trafficking, knowingly permitting prostitution on the premises, and sexual conduct for a fee. They are currently being held without bail.   In the spring, the Department noticed an increased number of calls regarding proposition and solicitation in certain areas. Patrol officers gathered information, relating those involved in the alleged prostitution with narcotics addiction.    Officer Brenna Dorr led a lengthy investigation which Police said revealed that

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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 13 - Nov. 15
Staff Reports,
01:49PM / Friday, November 17, 2017
  28, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and possession of cocaine.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Lee on October 10, 2017.   , 34, of Greenfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, two counts of rape and abuse of a child aggravated by an age difference, and a single count of disseminating harmful matter to a minor.   He was

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No One Injured in North Adams Head-On Collision
Staff Reports,
01:38PM / Thursday, November 16, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A head-on collision on Thursday closed a section of Massachusetts Avenue for close to an hour.    No one was hurt in the noontime accident but both vehicles had to be towed from scene.   The accident occurred near 1406 Mass Ave., near the Blackinton Honor Roll shortly after noon. A westbound red older model Ford Explorer crossed the center line into the path of an eastbound gray Dodge Caravan, knocking the van up onto the banking on the north side of the road.    Lt. Jason Wood said driver of the Ford told police he had dropped his cup of coffee, distracting him as the van was approaching. The driver was cited

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