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Data Shows Serious Traffic Collisions On The Decline In The Berkshires

The county's rate of serious traffic accidents in the Berkshires is declining faster than the state average. Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Senior Transportation Planner Eammon Coughlin reported Tuesday projections that show a continual decline in the number of vehicle fatalities and serious injuries. Based on five-year rolling averages calculated each year, there has been a 17.27 percent decline in fatalities and a 15.57 percent decline in serious injuries since 2011.

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North Adams Struggling to Recruit, Retain Police Officers

Low pay and high call volume are making it harder to attract and retain police officers in the city.

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Pittsfield Awarded 73K To Continue Youth Mentoring Programs

The city was awarded $73,000 dollars to continue its young violence prevention programming. On Tuesday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced the next round of Charles E. Shannon Grant funding, of which $73,000 will be coming to help continue to Pittsfield Community Connection.

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Pittsfield Accepts Gift To Deploy Gunshot Detection System

On Monday night Sgt. Nicholas DeSantis heard gunshots and started heading in that direction. He noticed a suspicious car speeding away and chased it down. It led to the arrest of four individuals on gun-related charges. Police Chief Michael Wynn and his command staff then went and looked at the 911 calls reporting the shots. All four of the calls the department received were from the opposite side of the incident from where DeSantis was at the time. That means if he hadn't seen the car, he wo

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North Adams Groups Holding Toy & Clothing Drive

The city's emergency responders are teaming up with the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA and North Adams Rotary to conduct a Holiday Toy and Clothing Drive this Thursday, Dec. 8, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Walmart on Curran Highway.

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Pittsfield Public Safety Advisory Awaits Mayoral Appointments

The Public Safety Advisory Committee wants to get working, but needs the mayor to appoint a full board. What was left of the sparse committee met on Monday and said they've been trying to meet with Mayor Linda Tyer about the committee to no avail. They plan to put a written request to meet with her in hopes to get the board together.

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