Pittsfield Man Arrested After Stabbing Incident

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police arrested Pittsfield man Joshua Lofink who was charged with Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Vandalizing Property.   
 
Thursday, Sept. 17 at approximately 10:30 PM, Police received the report of a disturbance involving a motor vehicle crash and multiple stabbing victims in the 700 block of Tyler Street.
 
Officers responded and found two people who were stabbed. Police provided medical aid with the assistance of bystanders,  the fire Department, and County Ambulance. 
 
The victims were transported to Berkshire Medical Center with serious injuries, and are currently both in stable condition.
 
Patrol Officers and Detectives identified the suspect as Joshua Lofink, age 36, of  Pittsfield.
 
This afternoon at 12:22 PM, Mr. Lofink was taken into custody by members of the Patrol Division, Anti-Crime Unit, and Detective Bureau.
 
He is charged with:
  • Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (2 counts)
  • Vandalizing Property (vehicle tires) (2 counts)
Lofink is expected to be arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court this Friday Sept. 17.

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MFBF Names Sunderland Cat Barn Cat of the Year

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — The Farm Bureau Federation named Thomas Farm & Dairy's Sophie-Jane as Barn Cat of the year.
 
“Sophie-Jane exhibited the qualities of an excellent barn cat," said MFBF Promotion and Education Chair Meg Gennings. “Not only does she keep rodents and birds out of the barn at Thomas Farm and Dairy but she also is extremely affectionate and an excellent napper. Those qualities are what make barn cats popular." 
 
Sophie-Jane was adopted through Dakin Humane Society's barn cat program, which pairs cats who are either too feisty or too shy to live in traditional homes with working barns. These cats are spayed or neutered, and the owner is required to provide them with a warm bed (in Sophie-Jane's case that meant a cat door into the warm room where Thomas Farm and Dairy raises baby goats).
 
"We are so happy that Sophie-Jane found a loving home/barn and has now earned the title of Barn Cat of the Year," said Stacey Price, Dakin Humane Society director of development and marketing.  “We are incredibly thankful to those who open up their barns to cats like Sophie-Jane. They are truly doing lifesaving work by making this choice. Cats like Sophie-Jane are used to being outside, some may not even like people and prefer the company of other cats making it difficult for animal shelters to sometimes find living quarters for them. And even though these cats are wild they deserve equal compassion, love and humane care within the environment for which they thrive. Congrats Sophie-Jane for representing all barn cats."
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