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Pittsfield Police Investigating Home Invasion

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. - Police are investing an armed home invasion on Maplewood Avenue.
 
Police say on Sunday, March 6 at about 10:20 p.m. dispatch received a call reporting the invasion. Four victims were said to have been inside the residence when three men entered the unsecured home with weapons. The men allegedly assaulted the residents, bounds their hands, and stole cash and personal property.
 
The suspects then fled on foot. The investigation is active and anyone with information is asked to call the detective bureau at 449-9705.
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Pittsfield Youth Arrested On Charges Of Mayhem, Possession of Stun Gun

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One juvenile was struck by a shovel. And another was arrested for assault and battery with a stun gun during a fight between two juveniles in the area of Cherry and Lincoln Streets Monday.
 
Police say at about 3:35 p.m. officers were dispatched to the area for a fight among two juveniles. Police say at first there were conflicting reports of an injured victim who was either stabbed or struck with a shovel. 
 
The first responding officer found a victim with a severe facial injury from being struck by a shovel. Investigation developed probable cause for another juvenile for mayhem, possession of an electric stun gun, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (an electric stun gun).
 
The juvenile was arrested and arraigned in Central Berkshire Juvenile Court on Tuesday while the other was transported to Berkshire Medical Center and has since been released.
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Pittsfield Police Investigating Armed Robbery of Big Y Express

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating an armed robbery of the Big Y Express on West Street.
 
Police say on Sunday Night at about 11:30 p.m. police responded to a report of the robbery; a clerk said the store was robbed by a man with a gun. There were two clerks working at the store at the time when the suspect, a white male described as 5-foot 7-inches tall with medium build and gray sweatshirt and gray sweatpants displayed a gun and demanded money.
 
Police said the clerks were not injured and the suspect fled with "an undisclosed amount of cash." 
 
The incident is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the detective bureau at 413-448-9705. 
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Early Morning Fire Damages Merriam Street Residence

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A second floor porch of a Merriam Street home sustained extensive damage in an early morning fire on Monday.

The Pittsfield Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 75 Merriam St. at 3 a.m. Monday. Upon arrival, firefighters reported fire showing on the front porch of the second floor apartment but were quickly able to knock it down.

Minor damage was found on the inside of the second floor apartment and the building sustained minor water and smoke damage.

There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

 

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Adams Police Arrest Suspect in Bus Shooting

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There is a heavy police presence on Lime Street between North Summer and PrintWorks Drive.

Update at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 5:

According to a statement from the Adams Police Department, Bailey Hisert, 20, of Adams was arrested Friday for shooting out windows on two buses.

He was charged with single counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, malicious destruction of property over $250 and disorderly conduct. He is further facing three counts of assault with the dangerous weapon.

Further charges may be pending. The investigation is still continuing at this time. Hisert is currently being held on $25,000 dollars bail.

Police say reports that two buses were possibly shot out were received at 2:22 p.m. on Friday. The reports indicated that a window on each bus had been shattered and a "popping noise" was heard upon impact.

Officers were deployed to the area, which was contained and isolated. During the investigation it was quickly determined that a firearm was not involved and that the damage sustained was caused by a BB or pellet gun.

According to the report, "there were no involved parties injured. The incident was isolated to one specific location. Because of the fact that the area in question was quickly isolated with all traffic being rerouted, it did not present any danger to the other buses, vehicle traffic or neighborhood residents. The quick containment of the area allowed the proper busing of students to continue. At no time were any other buses in harm's way and as stated this was an isolated incident which was quickly contained."

The Adams Police Department was assisted by the North Adams Police Department and its director, state police and Crime Scene Services, members assigned to the Berkshire County Special Response Team, the Adams Ambulance Service, the North Adams Ambulance Service and representatives from DuFour Bus Co.


Update at 5:27 p.m.: Police Chief Richard Tarsa said the weapon used was a BB gun and that the suspect, whom he did not identify, had turned himself in.

"Two school buses that were on their routes were struck by an object that was found to be a projectile from a BB gun," he said. "We have one [person] in custody and the suspect admitted to it so we're very confident we know what happened."

The police chief said the incident is still under investigation even though a suspect is in custody.

"It's still a fluid scene," he said, adding that further information will be available on Saturday.

"The most important thing is no one got hurt."

Responders included the special reaction team, or SRT, which brought heavy equipment and includes representatives from local police departments. Also at the scene was North Adams Police Director Michael Cozzaglio and state police, as well as North Adams Ambulance.

Update at 5:11 p.m.: Adams Police have confirmed that an individual has been arrested in relation to the bus incident.

There were two buses involved but no one was injured.

(Update later Friday evening) One bus was from St. Stanislaus Kostka School on Summer Street. Principal Linda Reardon said in an email that parents were contacted and there were no children on the bus at the time. Children who live in the Lime Street area were picked up by parents; other children who would have taken that bus were either picked up by parents or taken home on a different bus.

The other bus had completed dropping off Hoosac Valley High students, according Adams-Cheshire Superintendent Kristen Gordon. The only occupants were the bus driver and the driver's child at the time of the incident.


ADAMS, Mass. — The area around Lime Street and North Summer is being limited to traffic after the report of a suspected shooting, possibly a BB gun, at a school bus.

It does not appear there were any injuries.

The incident reportedly happened shortly after 3 p.m., according to a parent whose child was on the bus. The bus is believed to have immediately returned the school.

Police have not confirmed that report but have stationed law enforcement, including Pittsfield Police and members of the Berkshire County sheriff's department, and emergency responders in the area.

A source at the scene said the incident was weapons related but there is no currently active shooter.

Heavily armed police are searching the neighborhood.

A resident of North Summer Street posted on Facebook that police and a K9 unit have that street blocked and told a neighbor to back into the house because the area is not safe.

A command post has been set up at the east end of Lime Street near Print Works Drive.

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