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Pittsfield Man Shot On Linden Street

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 24-year-old man was shot on Linden Street early Thursday morning.
 
Police say ShotSpotter notified officers of gunfire on upper Linden Street around 1 a.m. Responding officers did not find anything there but were quickly diverted to Berkshire Medical Center for a report of a victim with a gunshot wound.
 
The victim had one wound and his injury was non-life threatening. The detective bureau and patrol units recovered evidence of a shooting back on upper Linden.
 
The shooting is currently under investigation and police issued no further details.
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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 11 - Sept. 14

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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, September 11.
 
Robert Brady III, 35, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
 
He was released on $500 bail pending sentencing on Sept. 28. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant on Burbank Street in Pittsfield on April 14, 2016.
 
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Thursday, September 14.
 
John Despard, 34, of Pittsfield had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf on a single count of trafficking in heroin. He was released on $2,000 bail. 
 
The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in Pittsfield on August 15, 2016.
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Pittsfield Police Investigate Reports of Man Trying to Grab Women Off Street

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information in the wake of several reports of a man acting aggressively toward, or possibly assaulting, women. 
 
The incidents may be related as a number of witnesses have provided similar descriptions of a man calling to them to get into his vehicle. Some have reported two men in the car. 
 
The suspect is said to dark-skinned, standing about 6-feet-tall, with short hair and accent described as possibly Jamaican or African. The individual was seen operating, or as a passenger of, an older tan or silver Toyota Camry (or similar vehicle).
 
In one case, a victim reports that the individual described above tried to physically force her into the vehicle, but she was able to strike him and flee.
 
The Pittsfield Police asks that anyone who may know the identity of the above man, or who has knowledge of recent similar cases, to contact the Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705. Tips can be left anonymously by telephone, texted to Tip411 or via the Facebook page.
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Pittsfield Fire Snuffs Out Blaze On Lakeway Drive

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two people have been displaced from their Lakeway Drive home after a fire caused heat and smoke damage Wednesday evening.
 
Deputy Fire Chief Raymond Tart said firefighters responded to 61 Lakeway Drive shortly before 6 p.m. There they found smoke coming from the first floor and quickly snuffed it out. There were two occupants, both of whom made it out of the home safely.
 
"It appears it was objects and not the room [that burned]. There is no structural damage at all. There is fire damage to the contents and heat and smoke damage on the first floor," Tart said.
 
One of the occupants is on oxygen and the tanks could have posed a hazard. But, firefighters made a quick stop and halted the fire from spreading. Tart said he believes the fire is accidental but isn't sure exactly what started it.
 
"The fire started in the central bedroom. We are unsure of the cause at this point. We have an investigator called in," he said.
 
There were no firefighter injuries and, within the hour, the engines left the scene. Lakeway was closed at Onota and Acorn streets for the duration.
 
Tart praised the work of the firefighters.
 
"It was awesome. The fire is out and we are going home soon. They made short work of it," Tart said as the firefighters wrapped up the hoses used to extinguish the blaze.
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Dog Takes Bite Out of Lanesborough Thief's Pants

By Andy McKeever
iBerkshires Staff
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Good boy.
 
A German shepherd thwarted a would-be robber in the Balance Rock and Potter Mountain Road neighborhood Monday night. Police say there has been somewhat of a rash of attempted break-ins in the neighborhood, with three reported in the last two days. 
 
However, at one home, the cat burglar met his foe — the dog. 
 
Police say the homeowner returned home to find his dog outside and a back door open. Later, he found remnants of what appears to be someone's ripped pants.
 
Despite the doggo scaring the burglar from one home, police say at another the perpetrator was able to steal a number of items — exactly what items isn't being revealed because the case is under investigation. 
 
On Tuesday, police received another report of a homeowner in the same area returning and hearing somebody upstairs. The homeowner didn't find anyone but did find a garage door open.
 
Police are reminding people to lock their windows and doors and if they see something, say something because they'd "rather investigate suspicious activity that turns out to be harmless than to miss an opportunity to potentially catch someone in the act of committing a crime."

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