District Attorney’s Office Renews Call For Information About Homicide

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire District Attorney's Office is renewing a call for information about the 2014 murder of Joshua S. Bressette.
 
"This weekend, on June 6, his loving family should be celebrating Joshua's 33rd birthday but instead mourn their loss. They deserve closure and justice," District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.
 
Bressette was last seen at the former Price Chopper on Route 2 in North Adams on May 5, 2014. He was reported missing on May 7, 2014 and on May 8, 2014, New York Police discovered his body on a rooftop in Bronx, N.Y. He died from multiple gunshot wounds.
 
The Berkshire State Police Detective Unit and the North Adams Police are assisting New York authorities in the investigation with connections and potential crimes occurring in Massachusetts.
 
"The State Police and North Adams Police continue to work this case diligently to hold the perpetrator accountable and we ask the public to help us. We hope people who may now remember additional information or those who were unwilling to be forthcoming will break their silence, do the right thing, and help give this family closure," Harrington said. 
 
The Berkshire State Police Detective Unit is asking for anyone with information to call troopers at 413-499-1112 or the North Adams Police Department at 413-664-4944.
 
Bressette was born in North Adams in 1988. He is the son of Kevin Bressette and Kenna Waterman. He attended North Adams Schools and worked last as a bicycle mechanic at The Spoke Shop in Williamstown. He enjoyed drawing, motorcycles, art, tattoo art, music, animals and the outdoors.
 
Bressette's family is carrying his memory on through the Josh Bressette Commit to Save a Life Foundation. The foundation provides financial support to people who seek recovery from substance use disorder.
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Berkshire NAACP President Reflects on Juneteenth Origins, Plans Rally

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Juneteenth was celebrated Saturday for the first time as a local, state, and national holiday.  
 
The city of Pittsfield added the holiday to its municipal roster in May, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill making Juneteenth a state holiday last July, and President Biden signed a bill making it a national holiday on Thursday.
 
Berkshire NAACP President Dennis Powell spoke to iBerkshires about the origins of the date and its implications in modern-day society.
 
Though he is glad to see it adopted nationally, Powell expressed mixed feelings about Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery and has been celebrated in some parts of the country as Emancipation Day.  
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