Pittsfield Police Arrest Minor Believed To Be Involved In Armed Robbery

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Oct. 12 at approximately 8:30 PM, Pittsfield Police responded to the 20 block of South John Street for the reported armed robbery of a Liberty Pizza delivery driver. 
 
Responding Officers spoke with the victim who stated that upon exiting his vehicle to make a delivery, he was approached by an armed person with a hoodie up over his head. The suspect struck the delivery driver with a handgun and then held it to his head, demanding the victim's money. 
 
The delivery driver complied. The suspect then fled on foot. 
 
The delivery driver did not suffer any serious injury during this incident.
 
A search for the suspect was initiated, based on the victim's description. A K9 unit was dispatched to the area and a track was conducted. Members of the Detective Bureau, Crime Scene and Drug Unit responded to assist with the investigation.
 
The K9 track and subsequent investigation resulted in locating, identifying, and arresting, the suspect. His identity is not being released due to his age. At the time of the suspect's arrest, additional evidence was found that connects him to the crime.
 
The Pittsfield Police Department is currently investigating a similar robbery that occurred on Oct. 9 in which another delivery driver was robbed on Backman Avenue. That case remains under investigation.
 
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Department Detective Bureau (413-448-9705), call the Tip line (413-448-9706), or send us a tip via text message by texting "PITTIP" and your message to 847411 (TIP411)
Detective Jeff Arena is the Lead Detective on the case and can be reached at 448- 9705 ext 527.
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BCC Sees Increase in Enrollment Count

PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) recently released its enrollment data for fall 2021 — a season still  impacted by COVID-19, but with a growing number of first-year and continuing students. 
 
 Key findings include: 
  • Overall enrollment is up 1.4 percent over 2020 
  • The first-year student population is up 16.4 percent 
  • Continuing students are up 3.9 percent 
  • Full-time equivalent (FTE) students are down 1.2 percent 
  • Readmitted students (those who leave college for less than a year and reapply) are down 27.27 percent
The number of non-degree-seeking students has also grown, largely due to BCC's Early College program, which offers up to 15 free college credits to high school juniors and seniors. BCC has increased the number eligible students for the program.  
 
"I'm thrilled that our new student and continuing student numbers are up. The BCC team has worked so hard to create an environment during the pandemic in which students could continue to thrive," said Adam Klepetar, BCC Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. "We continue to operate successfully in a very challenging enrollment environment, with decreases in the number of high school graduates and increases in competition." 
 
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