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Pittsfield School Bus Involved in Minor Traffic Accident

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Westfield man was cited Wednesday for a rear-end collision that involved a Pittsfield Public Schools bus on East Street. 
 
The accident occurred at approximately 3:37 p.m. when a 2012 Honda Civic operated by Anthony Disanto of Westfield rear-ended a 2009 Nissan Versa, operated by Daniel Hammer of Pittsfield, which then struck the bus. 
 
The school bus was stopped in traffic on East Street near the intersection with First Street. The school bus was transporting approximately 19 elementary school-aged children. The collision caused Hammer's vehicle to be pushed into the rear end of the stopped school bus.
 
The school bus was not dropping children off at the time of the collision. The bus driver was waiting for the signal light at East and First to change. No injuries were reported. 
 
Traffic Officer Michael Silver investigated the accident. Disanto was cited for failure to use care in stopping.
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Pittsfield Police Investigating Robbery of Greylock Credit Union Branch

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Greylock Federal Credit Union branch on Elm Street was robbed Wednesday morning.
 
Police say at about 10:30 in the morning officers responded to the credit union for the robbery.
 
According to police, a woman, described as being in her 20s with a slim build, had passed a note to a teller — no weapons were shown — and then left with an undetermined amount of cash.
 
The suspect is described as wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, baseball cap, and ripped jeans. She was carrying a large purse and then fled in an unknown direction of travel.
 
Police do not believe there is any danger to the public and nobody was injured at the time. Police are asking any additional witnesses or anyone who may have information to contact the detective bureau.
 
Police are also asking to see any video surveillance systems around the Elm Street, Pollock Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, and the surrounding areas.
 
Officials at Greylock Federal Credit Union praised the way the employees had followed protocols and were happy that no one had been hurt during the incident.
 
"In these types of unfortunate circumstances, our No. 1 concern is for the safety of our employees and our members," Chief Risk Officer Jeffrey Gerard said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.
 
"We are pleased that all employees reacted in exactly the way they are trained to do. We appreciate the prompt response of local law enforcement and we are cooperating fully with the investigation being conducted by the Pittsfield Police Department."
 
It is the second time in six years that branch was robbed. In 2012, two individuals were arrested in Boston after robbing the credit union under similar circumstances.
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Pittsfield Police Seek Information On Domino's Pizza Robbery

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information on a robbery of Domino's Pizza on Elm Street. 
 
Authorities say at about 11 p.m. on Thursday a black man in his late teens or early twenties, standing about six-foot-three-inches tall and weighing 180 to 190 lbs. with a slim build and deep voice robbed the store at gunpoint. 
 
The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a black head covering, black gloves, black pants, and a mask. The suspect then ran south toward Hazelwood Terrace. 
 
Police are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the robbery or has information about it to contact the detective bureau at 413-448-9705.
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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 6 - Sept. 7

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 6.
 
Dylan Litchfield, 24, of Peru was found not guilty by a jury on single counts of mayhem, armed assault with intent to murder, and aggravated assault by means of a dangerous weapon.
 
The charges were related to an incident in Windsor on June 13, 2016 involving a 29-year-old man. 
 
Austin Litchfield, 20, of Peru was also found not guilty - through a direct motion approved by Agostini and not by a jury -on a single count of attempt to commit murder in connection with the same incident.
 
Brandon Griffin, 22, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault by means of a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a firearm, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling relating to an incident in Pittsfield on July 5, 2018.
 
He also had not guilty pleas entered on two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, and single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, and resisting arrest relating to an incident in Pittsfield on July 11, 2018 when officers attempted to arrest him.
 
He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.
 
Shelly Nichlen, 38, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on two counts of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, and a single count of home invasion.
 
She was released on personal recognizance. The charges stem from an incident in North Adams on September 19, 2019 where a 39-year-old man was assaulted.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 7.
 
Louis Hoffman, 28, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of assault with a dangerous weapon in connection to an incident on Appleton Avenue in Pittsfield on January 20, 2017. He pleaded guilty to single counts of armed assault with intent to rob and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon in connection with a robbery of the Gulf Station on Wahconah Street in Pittsfield on February 8, 2017. 
 
He was ordered to serve concurrent four to six years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the charges of armed assault with intent to rob and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. On the assault with a dangerous weapon charge, he was given concurrent four to five years in state prison. The charges of illegal possession of a firearm, armed robbery while masked, and home invasion were dismissed by the state.

 

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Pittsfield Man Charged In Tuesday Morning Hit and Run

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A city man is being accused of hitting a woman with his car and driving away.
 
Police say at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to the area of Pecks Road, near Valentine, to an accident. There they found a 20-year-old woman lying in the roadway. She was taken to Berkshire Medical Center where she was admitted with serious internal injuries.
 
Police later arrested Alfredo Maya Osorio, 25, on charges of aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a motor vehicle_, and leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury.
 
The case remains under investigation and police are asking anyone with information to contact Lt. Michael Maddalena at 413-448-9705.
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