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Pittsfield Man Arrested After Riot in U.S. Capitol

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man is among those facing charges after the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. 
David Lester Ross, 33, was recorded in the Metropolitan Police Department's listing for "Unrest-Related Arrest Data" on Wednesday, Jan. 6. He was the only Massachusetts resident charged as of Jan. 7 but his hometown was not provided. reported Friday that he is a Pittsfield resident. 
Ross was charged with curfew violation and unlawful entry. He was picked up in the 100 Block of First Street NW in Washington, D.C., an area northwest of the Capitol building, according to police. The time he was arrested is not listed in the arrest data but reports that police say he was arrested after 7 with a number of other people for refusing orders to abide by the curfew.
Police say Winter "without lawful authority, did enter and attempt to enter certain public property, that is, the United States Capitol Grounds, against the will of the United States Capitol Police."
It is not clear if he was involved in the mob that broke into the Capitol building during the counting of the electoral votes for president. 
Five people died in the attack, including one Capitol police officer. Numerous other officers were reportedly injured.
Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, regarding the riot, said on Thursday that "anyone who traveled from Massachusetts with the intent to commit such crimes will be prosecuted in the District of Massachusetts."
More than 50 people were arraigned on Thursday, mostly for curfew violations and unlawful entry. They were ordered to leave the District of Columbia with return dates set to face charges. reports that Ross has a court date of June 10. His attorney is Darryl Daniels II.
A Facebook page for a David L. Ross shows him holding a firearm in his profile picture with a "Trump Pence" logo. There are posts of conspiracy theories, such as Bill Gates chipping people, and of supporting the president. He also apparently attended a Trump rally in New Hampshire in October. The page gives his history as having served in the infantry in the Army and the National Guard. It says he also worked at Family Dollar and Big Y and is originally from Catskill, N.Y. 
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MassWildlife Asks Public Not to Feed 'GE Deer'

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If you have ever driven down New York Avenue and seen the deer grazing behind the fencing that encases General Electric's property, it is likely that you have been inclined to feed them.

Though this action is rooted in kindness, it is not healthy for the woodland friends and could be fatal, which is why MassWildlife has put up signs asking that residents do not throw food over the fences.

"Obviously, people see the deer in there and they probably think 'what are they going to eat? They're limited in there they're stuck in there.'  I will say, they're definitely not stuck in there," MassWildlife's wildlife biologist Nathan Buckhout said.

For decades, the deer have found an unlikely sanctuary in the former GE site that includes two landfills, Hill 78 and Building 71. Buckhout explained that they have been there for decades, spawning offspring and becoming completely self-sufficient within the fenced area.

"They're doing just fine," he said. "And they obviously are getting enough food and water, otherwise their population would be limited, they wouldn't be able to produce their offspring so there would be fewer fawns, and eventually they probably would have disappeared — but they haven't."

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