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Woman Arrested In Pittsfield Stabbing

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 27-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a 34-year-old man on Madison Avenue.
 
Police say Nakesha Peltier-Tarrance is being charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and is currently being held on $10,000 bail related to the incident Monday morning. 
 
Police say officers were dispatched to the area of Madison Avenue and Seymour Street at 10:42 a.m. for a reported disturbance and stabbing. On arrival, officers encountered Peltier-Tarrance and the victim, who was suffering from multiple stab wounds to the upper chest. 
 
Officers administered first aid and the man was transported to Berkshire Medical Center, where he is reportedly in stable condition. 
 
Peltier-Tarrance was arrested on the crime and a knife seized as evidence. Police say there is no risk to the general public.
 
Police are still investigating the incident and anyone with information is asked to call the detective bureau at 413-448-9705.
 
The stabbing is the second violent crime in the city this weekend.
 
A man was murdered early Sunday morning on Edward Avenue. In that case, the man was discovered outside and sustained at least one gunshot wound and was pronounced dead on the scene. The district attorney's office provided little information regarding the incident and the name of the victim was being withheld pending notification of his family. 
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Pittsfield Police Investigating Murder On Edward Avenue

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating a homicide on Edward Avenue.
 
Authorities were called to the location shortly after 2 a.m. for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, a man was found with a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead on the scene. 
 
The victim's name is currently being withheld by Police. Anyone with information relating to the incident is asked to contact the Police Department at 413-448-9705, through the drug tips hotline at 413-448-9708, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).
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Pickup Truck Collides With Trestle Foundation in North Adams

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A driver is facing charges after smashing head-on into the train trestle foundation on Church Street. 
 
The accident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. on Friday and initially was reported as happening on Ashland Street. 
 
The gray Dodge Dakota pickup was headed south on Church Street when it veered across the northbound lane to strike the corner of the massive stone block foundation. The truck incurred significant front-end damage. 
 
Police say speed appeared to be a factor and that the driver would be facing charges. The driver was treated at the scene by Northern Berkshire EMS but not transported. 
 
The southbound lane was kept open to allow the light traffic going both ways to get through. A tow truck had been called to the scene to remove the vehicle. 
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Pittsfield Home Damaged When Car Hit Porch

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The concern for first responders was the potential weigh being put on the roof of the porch when the snow storm comes this weekend.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Wellington Avenue home was damaged when a vehicle collided with the porch Friday night.
 
The operator of the black Chevy Cobalt with at least one, possibly two, other passengers got out of the vehicle and left the scene.
 
Police were searching for those involved at about 6 p.m.
 
It appears the operator was going eastbound on Maplewood and failed to navigate the turn onto Wellington, slid off the road, and then crashed into the porch.
 
The stairs leading to the small porch and entrance were destroyed and a support beam was compromised.
 
Firefighters on scene attempted to re-center the post but were still concerned with its ability to bear weight, especially with a heavy amount of snow in the forecast. 
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Fire Displaces Four Pittsfield Families

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff

The flames poked through the roof of the building but Engine 5's crew controlled the blaze.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Four families are displaced after a fire caused significant damage to a Cherry Street apartment building.

But quick work and awareness from the firefighters ultimately saved the building. 

Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Noyes said firefighters were dispatched to 2-4 Cherry Street at about 6:30 Wednesday night for the reported fire and almost immediately after arriving, it was reported that the fire was out.
 
That wasn't the case.
 
"Upon arrival, we were advised that it was out. Engine 3 was the first crew in, Capt. Miller had his thermal imaging camera and noticed it was already going in the walls. He called for a line right away, we got a line up to him, they started hitting it from there," Noyes said. 
 
The occupants escaped the building and nobody was hurt. But the flames climbed up the walls, into the attic, and eventually popped through the roof. As Engine 3 worked on the walls on the second-floor apartment, a second engine was called to the scene.
 
"We immediately sent the second crew to come here into the attic, which is Engine 5's crew. It extended into the attic already and started breaking through the roof. They were able to keep it in check there," Noyes said.
 
In cold and blustering conditions, Noyes was near the point of calling in a second alarm to bring more firefighters to the scene but those working in the attic were able to get control of the blaze quickly. A total of three engines and 12 firefighters worked the scene.
 
"It was just a great stop by the crew. Everybody did their job like they were supposed to and worked like a well-oiled machine tonight," Noyes said.
 
The Red Cross was called to the scene to help the 10 individuals who will not be able to stay in the building tonight. A cat was reported missing but Noyes thinks that it likely got out through the open back door firefighters had used to access the building.
 
"There is quite a lot of damage to the roof but this is not a total loss by any means but there is going to be some serious work that needs to be done. There is water damage, smoke damage, so it is going to be a lot before anybody can go back in there," Noyes said.
 
Noyes said the fire had begun on the second floor, at 4 Cherry, in about the middle of the large multi-family building. It isn't yet known what caused the blaze but investigators were called to the scene. The deputy chief expects some answers on Thursday. 
 
The home is at the end of a dead end and that section was closed by the Police Department as the firefighters worked on the scene for more than an hour. The building is listed as being owned by Gary and Claudine Burchard, according to documents on file with the Register of Deeds.
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