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Conflicting accounts in trial of Pittsfield man accused of child rape

PITTSFIELD - Christopher Root's inappropriate behavior with a 15-year-old girl boiled over into multiple sexual assaults in the summer and fall of 2014, prosecutors told a jury on Tuesday. But Root's attorney said the girl made up the story of sexual assault. "This simply didn't happen," Joshua Hoc

BERKSHIRE EAGLE - 2018-03-21 07:00:00

Connecticut man pleads guilty to dealing drugs in Pittsfield school zone

PITTSFIELD - A Connecticut man has been sentenced to up to seven years for drug-distribution charges and a school zone violation. Michael A. Martin, 36, had been a target of a 2016 investigation by the Berkshire County Drug Task Force for allegedly selling drugs from a Lincoln Street apartment, whi

BERKSHIRE EAGLE - 2018-03-21 07:00:00

Last call at Del Gallo's: Pittsfield tavern to close its doors after 85 years

PITTSFIELD - The cigarette machine is gone, but a menu from August 1971 is still hanging on a wall behind the bar. The crowds that used to fill the place for lunch or after shift changes when GE was in its heyday are gone now, too, and no one's cashed a weekly paycheck in here in recent memory. But

BERKSHIRE EAGLE - 2018-03-20 07:00:00

Adams man charged with stabbing in North Adams parking lot dispute

NORTH ADAMS - An Adams man is due back in court March 26 on an assault charge after he allegedly slashed a man during a dispute, causing a deep gash to the victim's arm. Joseph Martin, 25, of Leh's Lane, allegedly stabbed Wes Ouimet in a parking lot near Friend Street. Police initially received a c

BERKSHIRE EAGLE - 2018-03-21 07:00:00

State Police: Two arrested in connection to liquor store robbery

BERLIN, NY (WRGB) Two have been arrested in connection to a robbery of a Berlin liquor store back on Tuesday. State Police say at around 4:30 PM Devin Delevan, 21 years old, of Stephentown and Dylan Kellar, 18 years old, of Berlin entered Vonadeau Wine and Spirits on 70 South Main Street in Berlin d

WRGB - 2018-03-21 15:09:22

Car crashes into Schenectady school

Schenectady firefighters inspect damage to a classroom at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School after this car drove though a window on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Schenectady firefighters inspect damage to a classroom at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School after this car drove though a windo

DAILY GAZETTE - 2018-03-21 11:13:58

Pittsfield: Melbourne Place hosting egg hunt

Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place will host an Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 24, at 140 Melbourne Road. Community members are invited to bring the kids, hunt for prize-filled eggs and have pictures taken with the Easter Bunny. Light refreshments will be served. This event

BERKSHIRE EAGLE - 2018-03-21 07:00:00

Pittsfield man on parole for motor vehicle homicide arrested on firearms charges

PITTSFIELD - A city man who served prison time in connection with a fatal car crash is back in custody after being arrested on firearms charges - less than a month before completing his parole. Philip K. Baruch Jr., 24, was arrested about 11:45 p.m. Thursday at his North Street apartment after his


Officer Derby Looks to Buy Ice Cream Truck For Pittsfield PD

Officer Darren Derby at this year's Operation Copsicle taking a selfie with the youth. PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Police Officer Darren Derby is looking to buy an ice cream truck. Two years ago, Derby had read about Boston Police owning an ice cream that they used to reach out to the children in the commu


Police Rescue Suicidal Child in New Lebanon

According to police reports, Troopers were dispatched to Darrow Road, New Lebanon for a call that the child was suicidal. They quickly arrived and began to talk to the minor. However, the State Police say the increasing number of emergency personnel and vehicles made the child more upset. Troopers


Long-awaited Pittsfield biotech center faces environmental hurdle

PITTSFIELD - The planned Berkshire Innovation Center on former General Electric Co. land must vault another hurdle, this one tied to the site's legacy of environmental degradation. Before people younger than 18 are allowed to take part in the $13.8 million center's educational activities, the Pitts


Cole's Collision owner convicted on multiple charges in connection to DWI crash

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) - A local business owner has been convicted of multiple charges in connection to a DWI crash. John Cole, the owner of Cole's Collision, drove his BMW into a tree last March on Sitterly Road in Halfmoon. One of the passengers in the backseat suffered injuries that left


Pittsfield Schedules Public Hearing With Spectrum On Cable Changes

Mayor Linda Tyer has activated a part of the contract requiring Spectrum to hold a public hearing. The city welcomed Izinna Lytle as the first black woman in the Police Department. PITTSFIELD, Mass. - The city is invoking a clause in its contract with Spectrum to get answers about changes to televis


'Stocking strangler' suspected in Albany killing executed in Georgia

'Stocking strangler' suspected in Albany killing executed in Georgia 1 / 77 Back to Gallery A killer suspected of an Albany woman's slaying in 1970 was executed Thursday in Georgia for the rape and slayings of three other women decades ago. Carlton Gary, who was known as the "stocking strangler" for


3 injured in head-on collision on Cheshire Road

PITTSFIELD - One man and two women were hospitalized with serious injuries Friday evening, after a head-on collision on Cheshire Road. Shortly before 7 p.m., police and rescuers were called to the 300 block of Cheshire Road. The man was traveling northbound on Cheshire Road in a Saturn Ion and "fo


Inmate lied about plot to kill Albany judge, sheriff said

ALBANY - A prisoner at the Albany County jail made up a story that he heard about a plot to kill state Supreme Court Justice Thomas Breslin, Sheriff Craig Apple said Friday. Nicholas A. Dayter told investigators in January that he'd heard other prisoners talking about a plot against Breslin, an alle


Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing four people, crushing cars

MIAMI - A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing at least four people, officials said. First responders recovered at least four bodies from the scene, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Do


Woman Found Not Guilty in Williamstown Hit-and-Run

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - A Williamstown woman was found not guilty on Wednesday of leaving the scene of a hit-and-run that has left a local woman in a coma for two years. But she and her husband were both found guilty of misleading police in the days following the incident that seriously injured Chery


North Adams pair held after raid turns up drugs, stolen gun

NORTH ADAMS - Two city men are facing drug charges after police found a stolen gun, heroin and crack cocaine during a raid on their North Street residence. Tariq Westbrook, 20, and Jonathan Sprowson, 22, allegedly worked as a team to distribute narcotics in North Adams. Investigators built a case


Pittsfield: Brain Injury Awareness Day open house

The local office of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts at 180 Elm St., Suite C, will hold a Brain Injury Awareness Day open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. In addition to food, music and raffle prizes, the open house will give visitors an opportunity to talk with staff ab