Pittsfield Police Investigating Three Car Accident On South Street.

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A three car accident on South Street, in which one driver was charged for speeding, leaves two with minor injuries.

On Saturday, Jan. 9 around 3:12 pm Pittsfield Police Department, Pittsfield Fire Department and County Ambulance responded to the intersection of South Street and South Mountain Road for a report of a vehicle accident with unknown injuries. 
 
As a result of the preliminary investigation, it was determined the driver of a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, identified as 35 year old Matthew Arico of Cheshire, was traveling northbound on South Street and struck the rear of a 2016 Toyota Camry, operated by 31 year old Ryan Harmon of Pittsfield. This impact pushed Harmon's vehicle into the rear of a 2014 Toyota Corolla, being operated by 57 year old Gina Squires of Dalton.
 
Investigation showed Harmon's and Squires' vehicles were stopped or had just started forward traveling northbound at the intersection when Arico struck the rear of Harmon's vehicle. 
 
Based on the amount of damage to the vehicles, it is believed Arico was traveling higher than posted speed limit. 
 
Arico and Harmon were transported by County Ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Squires refused medical transport at the scene. 
 
Northbound traffic was diverted at Dan Fox Drive while the accident was cleared and the roadway was opened up at approximately 4:00 PM. Arico was cited with failing to use care and speeding. 
 
The accident remains under investigation by the Pittsfield Police Traffic Unit. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact Officer David Hallas at 448-9700 Ext. 560 

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Lanesborough Tax Bills to Rise From Increased Property Values

By Brian RhodesiBerkshires Staff

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Due to increased value of properties in town, the tax bill for the average property owner is expected to increase by 6.45 percent in fiscal 2023.

The Select Board unanimously voted Monday to maintain a single tax rate for the town, estimated to be $17.67 per $1,000 of assessed value, a $1.43 decrease from FY2022. But the average tax bill will rise by $322 to $5,313, compared to $4,991 in FY2022.

"[The tax rate] is down again this year for the second year in a row," said Town Assessor Ross Vivori. "And a lot of that is because of the growth that we've had and the real estate market that's driving those values up and pushing that tax rate down."

The value of an average single-family home increased to $300,705, up by $39,405 compared to the average value last year. The total town value grew 14.6 percent to $508,755,124, an increase of just over $55 million from last year.

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