For the third time in two years, Lach's Lounge was before the Licensing Board after a violent crime.
But this time, the Licensing Board struggled to find how the bar was related to a Sept. 10 shooting in which a 32-year-old resident was shot multiple times. The incident occurred in the parking lot at about 1:20 p.m., a good 20 minutes after the bar had closed. While the victim had been a patron earlier in the evening, it is not known whether the shooter was there or not. Bar officials say the
Police Lt. Michael Grady said the 17-year-old's shooting was likely gang related. He doesn't believe the shooter was inside of Methuselah at the time but that "associates" of the shooter were. The victim walked into the bar, had a drink — as has been shown on the surveillance footage provided to police by Cohen — and then left after 20 minutes. It was then he was shot right outside.
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier is not going to take a moment of silence for the victims of the Orlando shooting. She's not going to take 49, one for each one. She's going to be loud.
She's going to be loud in fighting to stop the list of shootings from growing. She's going to be loud in her support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. And she wants everyone to join her in her fight to "stop the madness."
Mayor Linda Tyer is calling for an increase of nearly $1 million to boost staffing in the Police Department.
The mayor was joined by an array of elected officials, community leaders, and law enforcement Monday in a press conference addressing increased gun violence in the city. Tyer said the fiscal 2017 budget calls for a $936,000 increase to bring on a half-dozen new officers and new equipment.
Residents of South Pittsfield received a wake up call this weekend when a 17-year-old man was shot on Bartlett Avenue.
The incident was a little too close for comfort for the area which hasn't seen the type of violent crime while other areas have. The City Councilors representing two South Pittsfield wards have set a meeting in hopes to bring residents together discuss safety.