Berkshire Superior Court Sept. 6

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Pittsfield - A 22-year-old Adams man pleaded not guilty to one count of rape of a child with force during a Sept. 6 Berkshire Superior Court arraignment. Kevin L. Welz of 25 Park St. was released on personal recognizance by Judge John Agostini. Welz was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim. Welz was charged after an investigation into a Nov. 4 incident that allgedly occurred in North Adams. The alleged victim is a 15-year-old female.
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Pittsfield Receives Insurance Grant to Inspect Parks

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

City Council accepted a number of grants and referred several matters to the Finance Subcommittee. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city received a $10,000 grant from the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association to inspect all playgrounds and provide inspection trainings.
 
The City Council accepted the $10,000 grant Tuesday. Superintendent of Parks Chris Evangelisto told the council that it will allow the city to inspect its own parks instead of outsourcing the service.
 
"Previously MIIA had a risk assessor they would send out. They haven't done it in three-plus years but that is why we went after this grant," Evangelisto said. "To get an unbiased inspection by a third party and have the ability to do that in house."    
 
The initial inspection would allow for a comprehensive safety inspection of all playgrounds and playground equipment.
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