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Pittsfield Police Seeking Info on Vandalism Reports

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information on widespread incidents of vandalism that happened overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning.
According to report from Lt. John Soules, authorities believe most of the property damage was caused by the firing of BB and/or pellet guns.
"The damage most likely occurred during the nighttime or early morning hours and cases have been reported throughout different parts of the city," Soules wrote. "No injuries have been reported at this time."
Police are asking any owners of residential or business video surveillance systems to review their footage and report any suspicious activity that may be tied to these acts. Anyone with information regarding the vandalism is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Tip Line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and message to TIP411 (847411).

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Methuselah Closed Until Further Notice for COVID-19 Complaints

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A lounge owned by a city councilor is again being investigated for COVID-19 violations and ordered closed by the Health Department.

Methuselah Bar and Lounge, owned by Councilor at Large Yuki Cohen, was issued an order not to open on Saturday in relation to alleged violations from Thursday evening captured on video. The establishment will not be open until the Health Department completes its investigation.

"At this point, it's still under review with the Health Department," Director of Public Health Gina Armstrong said Tuesday. "We're working with the owner, you know, addressing, I don't want to release too much information at this point, but the Health Department is reviewing the matter and working with the owner."

The videos, which were originally posted on the social media platform Snapchat, depicted Cohen dancing atop the bar unmasked with other patrons, patrons standing up unmasked, and a general "club-like" atmosphere.

"We are addressing several violations to the COVID-19 safety standards for restaurants," Armstrong said. "The review also includes working on a plan for operations that ensure compliance with the COVID-19 standards."

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