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Up to 18 years in prison for Pittsfield man convicted of raping teen

PITTSFIELD — "This is about as bad as it gets." Those were the words of Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, moments before sentencing Omar Enriquez to nearly two decades in prison for repeatedly raping a girl beginning in 2014, when she was about 14.


Pittsfield BagShare Chapter Wants To Put A Reusable Bag In Your Hands

Following the model of a nearby community, Pittsfield, Massachusetts residents have organized a bag share program to promote the use of reusable bags. Almost six years after a petition was first introduced to its city council, Pittsfield voted a plastic bag ban into law in March.


Stop & Shop stores nearly empty as strike takes toll

Outside the Stop & Shop in North Adams late Wednesday morning, a steady stream of passing motorists blared their car horns in support of roughly a dozen picketing workers. But inside, the store was dead quiet, with not a single customer walking through the aisles.


Massachusetts Doctor Arrested for Paying 14-Year-Old for Sex

A Massachusetts doctor is facing charges for allegedly paying a 14-year-old boy for sex. Sujan Kayastha, 37, was arrested following a four-month investigation by the Attleboro Police Department. Authorities initiated the investigation after they received information that an Attleboro boy had been se


Pittsfield: Hydrant flushing begins April 22

The Department of Public Utilities will begin the annual flushing the city water system on Monday, April 22. Water mains will be flushed through hydrants over the course of four weeks to remove accumulations of pipeline corrosion products.


Massachusetts State Police seek couple suspected of iPhone theft at Castle Island in Boston

Massachusetts State Police are asking the public for help in the search for a couple wanted in connection to an iPhone theft in south Boston. The couple is wanted for questioning on an iPhone theft that occurred at Castle Island sometime on Wednesday, state police said in a statement.


North Adams: Pickleball clinic for new players

A pickleball clinic for beginners and new players will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, April 22 and 29, at The Armory on Ashland Street. Rackets will be provided. For more information, contact Mark at mcvad@hotmail.com or 413-662-2246.


Opioid crisis in Massachusetts: Where we've been and where we're going

The death totals may be down compared to previous years, but the opioid crisis continues to kill. "People show up for treatment on Friday, don’t come on Tuesday, and then we find out later they died over the weekend,” said Dr. Genie Bailey, a psychiatrist who heads both the research department and m


Night Beat: UFOs, more common than we realize?

ALBANY - It was 12:20 a.m. March 2 when a Voorheesville resident was awoken by the sound of the household's German Shepherd barking at the window. "I figured it was the wind blowing the trees or something," the person wrote in a report published on the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) website.


Read it here: Mueller Report released

WASHINGTON (WWLP) - The Department of Justice has released the redacted Mueller Report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Find 22News on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to reportit@wwlp.com.


BCC Suspends Nursing Program For One Year

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is suspending its nursing program for a year. The decision is another blow — hopefully a short-term one — to nursing education in the region following the impending closure of Southern Vermont College. The associate's degree program will go on hiatus f


Young woman 'infatuated' with Columbine is found dead

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — A young Florida woman who traveled to Colorado and bought a shotgun for what authorities feared would be a Columbine-inspired attack just days ahead of the 20th anniversary was found dead Wednesday in an apparent suicide after a nearly 24-hour manhunt.


Register your alarm system for free online in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (NEWS10) - City of Pittsfield residents and business owners can now register their property's alarm system for free through a new electronic form available on the city's website.


A windfall in shades of green for county's cannabis retailers, town coffers

GREAT BARRINGTON — Results are in, and the picture is, well, very green. Early earnings from the county's first two marijuana retailers show signs of a blossoming industry capable of sending millions into the community each year, though revenues trickled in more slowly in Pittsfield than in Great Ba


John Cena, WWE icon and Massachusetts native, eyed to star in ‘Suicide Squad’ sequel

WWE wrestler John Cena is in talks to star in the followup to the superhero blockbuster “Suicide Squad.”. The West Newbury native and Springfield College graduate would join Margot Robbie and Idris Elba in the sequel to the 2016 Warner Bros. box office hit, Variety reported.


Two 19-year-old Lawrence, Massachusetts men sent to prison for fentanyl trafficking

CONCORD — Two 19-year-old Lawrence, Massachusetts men have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for participating in a fentanyl trafficking conspiracy. Steven Guerrero received a term of five years and nine months while Julio Saldana was sentenced to 11 ½ years behind bars. Guerrero and Saldana pl


AG says Adams Select Board violated open meeting law

ADAMS — A ruling by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has affirmed a complaint that the Select Board violated the state's open meeting law last June. Edmund St. John III, Adams town counsel, agreed with the ruling, and said that steps have been taken to prevent them from occurring again.


Lesley Herzberg is new executive director at the Berkshire County Historical Society at Arrowhead

PITTSFIELD — Building on her career within Berkshire County's cultural institutions, Lesley Herzberg has taken on the role of executive director at the Berkshire County Historical Society at Herman Melville's Arrowhead.


Pittsfield Boys Excel in Sprints at County Invitational

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Pittsfield boys dominated the sprints on Wednesday at the Berkshire Invitational at Monument Mountain Regional High School. Emmanuel Nda, Sam Higuera and Mark Amenlemah went 1-2-3 in the 100 meters with Nda leading the way with a time of 11.47 seconds.


Traversa Leads Pittsfield Baseball Past Wahconah

DALTON, Mass. -- Joe Traversa went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles Wednesday to lead the Pittsfield baseball team to an 8-0 win over Wahconah. Traversa drove in three runs for the Generals, who improved to 3-0.