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Pittsfield Police Investigating Armed Home Invasion

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are investigating an armed home invasion on Mohawk Street that left one victim seriously injured with a gun shot wounds.
 
At approximately 9:10 P.M. on Wednesday Sept. 22 Pittsfield Police responded to the area of 50 Mohawk St. for multiple ShotSpotter activations. While en route, Pittsfield Police Dispatch received additional calls reporting shots fired in that area with one shooting victim inside 50 Mohawk St.
 
Upon arrival, police located a 47 year old male from Pittsfield inside the residence, suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to BMC with serious but non-life threatening injuries and later transported to Albany Med for further treatment.
 
Members of the Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau, Crime Scene Services and Drug Unit responded. Further investigation revealed the incident was an armed home invasion resulting in one of the occupants of the house
Victim and witness reports stated three masked individuals forced entry into the residence prior to the shots being fired. A vehicle believed to have been involved in the incident was towed from the scene and is in police custody.
 
Pittsfield Police Department Crime Scene processed the scene and additional evidence was collected. A member of the Pittsfield Police K9 Unit conducted a track for the suspects after receiving reports that they may have fled on foot.
 
Pittsfield Police believe this to be a random incident. At this time, those involved remain at large. Area video surveillance is being collected and reviewed. 
 
This incident remains under investigation. The majority of the Pittsfield Police Department Patrol Division was committed to this scene for some time. Mutual aid was requested to assist with calls for service during this time. 
 
Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department Detective Bureau (413-448-9705), Tip line (413-448-9706), or send us a tip via text message by texting "PITTIP" and your message to 847411 (TIP411).
 
Detective Michael Murphy is the Lead Detective on the case and can be reached at 448-9705 ext. 582.
 
The Pittsfield Fire Dept. and County Ambulance responded.
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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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