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Pittsfield Police Seek Info on Armed Robbery

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are looking for the public's assistance in identifying a suspect involved in a recent armed robbery.
Lipton Mart gas station located at 320 West Housatonic St. was robbed shortly before 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, by a man brandishing a black handgun. 
The subject left with an undisclosed amount of cash along with a few other items. He is believed to have come from the Barker Road area and left heading north on Britton Street toward the train tracks.  
The suspect is described as a white male standing 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 and wearing gray ripped jeans, black sneakers, a blue "Patriots" short-sleeve hoodie over a red long-sleeve hoodie with white paint stains on both sleeves, red gloves, a white face mask, dark sunglasses, gray hat with an oval shape on the front and possibly wearing a fake nose of some type. 
Those who live or have a business in the area of Barker Road at West Housatonic Street, Britton Street, Merriam/South Merriam Street, Catherine Street or the Jason Street area near the train tracks are being asked to check surveillance cameras to see if the suspect is on them.  
 Anyone with information regarding this incident, with video footage of a possible suspect, or who know the whereabouts of the suspect, call the Detective Bureau at 413-448-9700. You have the option of reporting an anonymous tip through "tip411" here.

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Pittsfield ConCom OKs Zebra Mussel Treatment

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Conservation Commission has OKed a zebra mussel pesticide treatment in Onota Lake if the invasive species are confirmed.

On Thursday, the panel approved a notice of intent application for the use of EarthTec QZ within a specified treatment area of the lake.  

"We're not entirely 100 percent sure that there is an infestation of zebra mussels at Onota Lake. Last September, a water sample was taken and the DNA of zebra mussel was detected in that water sample. This was a water sample taken near the boat ramp at Burbank Park. Subsequent water samples were taken later in the fall and very early this spring, there were still non-detects in those water samples for DNA showing the presence of zebra mussels," Park, Open Space and Natural Resource Program Manager James McGrath said.

"We continue to, most recently as this Tuesday, we are sampling for zebra mussel EDNA and we should know the results of those samples certainly by early next week."

McGrath addressed the commission with a sense of urgency, as the lake is currently around 52 degrees Fahrenheit and the zebra mussels begin to activate around 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  He described it as "an opportunity to take what could be a potential massively serious ecological issue at Onota Lake and nip it in the bud."

"What we're proposing here is a collaborative approach where there are many stakeholders involved," he said. "This is not Jim McGrath proposing the use of EarthTec QZ at the lake. This is something we have been very deliberative about."

The application was continued from the previous meeting so that it could be filed as a state Ecological Restoration Limited Project.

"Really what it means is that it's eligible, which I think this project meets the eligibility requirements, it affords the right to not have to comply with general performance standards for the resource area that's being impacted," Conservation Agent Robert Van Der Kar said.

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