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Lenox Woman Struck Crossing Route 7 on Friday
04:52PM / Saturday, June 15, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An 85-year-old Lenox woman was struck by a car on South Street, Route 7, on Friday night.

The victim, whose name has not be released, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center by Action Ambulance with what police are describing as "serous injuries." The woman was initially treated at the scene by firefighters.

According to police, officers were dispatched at about 9:36 on Friday night to the area of 1035 South St. for a reported pedestrian accident. There are a number of businesses in that area, including hotels and several eateries.

The preliminary investigation has shown that just prior to the collision, a 2011 Toyota Sienna van operated

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Video Leads to Animal Cruelty Charge For Pittsfield Woman
Staff Reports,
07:28PM / Wednesday, June 12, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are charging a city woman with animal cruelty after a video of her carrying her small dog by the collar went viral locally.   Police say on Sunday at about 9:30 a.m. they responded to a report of cruelty at the First Street Common earlier in the day. Police reviewed video evidence and witness accounts and determined to summons Melinda Alston, 44, to answer for a single count of cruelty to animals.   Police said the dog in question was observed and is in good health.   A video of the incident had been posted to Facebook showing the woman, police believe was Alston, yelling at the small dog before picking up into the

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Deer Relocated After Getting Stuck in Pittsfield's Downtown
By Andy McKeever,
04:26PM / Thursday, June 06, 2019

MassWildlife was successful in tranquilizing the deer. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Authorities relocated a deer that was trapped downtown.   Police received a call of a deer trapped in fencing at First and Fenn Street. The deer then fled to the Brien Center near First and Third Street, where it tucked itself in an alcove behind an air conditioning unit.   "We received a call for a deer stuck in fenced-in areas in the downtown. Patrol officers did their best to free it from those fenced in areas but given the congestion and the urban downtown environment, the deer has no way to get back," Police Capt. Matthew Kirchner

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Pittsfield Firefighters Battling Stubborn Building Blaze
By Andy McKeever,
04:24PM / Thursday, May 23, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters are battling a stubborn fire in a four-family home on Tyler Street on Thursday afternoon. 

  Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said at about 4 p.m. that he expected to be on the scene for at least the next few hours if not all night.    "We've got a very stubborn fire in the attic right now, we're not sure where exactly that fire started," said Czerwinski, an hour or so after the call came in. "It looks like it may have been rolling on the front porch when we arrived and extended up into the attic."    Crews were moving a second aerial truck into the back yard to bring more

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Pittsfield Firefighters Snuff Back-to-Back House Fires
By Andy McKeever,
09:14PM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A police officer talks with children at the Wahconah Street fire.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters quickly snuffed out two back-to-back minor fires on Wednesday night -- but they were serious enough displace a dozen people.    The first was a dryer fire on South Onota Street that displaced two families, a total of eight people.   "It looked like it was just overheated," said Deputy Chief Tom Sammons. "Now again, that got out of the dryer and started a little bit of the surroundings on fire. ... So we pulled an inch and three-quarter line there, knock down the fire that was coming out of the dryer, removed the

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