Pittsfield Man Sentenced on Child Sexual Assault Charges

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Tuesday, Feb. 20, Lochan Kissoon, age 68, pleaded guilty to two counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14.
 
Kissoon was sentenced in Berkshire Superior Court by Judge Agostini. He was sentenced to 2 years in the House of Corrections. Upon release, Kissoon is ordered to have no contact with anyone under the age of 16 and to register as a sex offender.
 
He was charged in connection to a June 2021 incident when he sexually assaulted a minor. The incident took place in his apartment.
 
Chief of the Child Abuse Unit, Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Ilberg represented the Commonwealth. Victim Witness Advocate Kristen Rapkowicz served on behalf of the Berkshire District Attorney's Office
 
 
 

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West Side Residents Build Ideal Neighborhood At Zoning Session

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Program manager James McGrath opens the session at Conte Community School.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Residents mapped out a West Side they would like to see during an input session this week, utilizing multi-use properties to create robust density.

Held at Conte Community School on Monday, this was the second meeting of a project to examine zoning in the neighborhood. The Department of Community Development, in partnership with Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, has been working with an urban planning and design consulting team on the effort that will conclude on June 30.

"This is a really important project for your neighborhood," Park, Open Space, and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath said.

Multifamily houses with spaces to accommodate a small business were popular. A community center, church, year-round farmer's market, and even a place to draw in commerce appeared as elements on the tabletop street.

An emphasis was also placed on the amount of immigrants coming to the area in need of housing.

Max Douhoure, community outreach coordinator for Habitat, explained that he grew up in Africa where people liked to live together, which his build reflected.

"I wanted to improve their conditions," he said. "That’s what I did."

During the first meeting in November, the team heard desires for businesses and commercial uses — including a need for small, family-owned business support. The session provided an overview of what zoning is, what zoning can and can't do, how zoning can improve the community, and the impact on residents.

"Today's exercise is really about creating spaces in buildings and on properties to do a combination of residential [uses] that meet the needs and commercial uses that meet the needs of the neighborhood,"  Emily Keys Innes, principal of Innes Associates explained.

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