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Images of the suspect from a security camera.

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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Marchetti Announces Jazz Art Contest Winners

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Brooklyn Duck is this year's winner of the contest and her work will be used for the Pittsfield City Jazz Festival. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield High School has 75 jazzy artworks in City Hall, one of which was chosen to represent the 2024 Pittsfield City Jazz Festival.

Mayor Peter Marchetti on Thursday congratulated the winners of the annual Berkshires Jazz Student Art Contest. PHS junior Brooklyn Duck won first place followed by senior Nye Stedman and sophomore Karalin Melendez.

Duck's artwork features a colorful array of musical instruments and musicians with piano keys winding down the center.  She said that she was inspired by her teacher Lisa Ostellino and of course, jazz music.

"It's always good to invite people in the city hall and it's actually really great to be walking outside of my office and seeing the artwork," Marchetti said.

The festival runs April 18 to 28 with various events in Downtown Pittsfield.

Judges remained anonymous but it was revealed that they thought Duck's figures were well done and worked well with the curving piano keys. They felt that Stedman's piece featuring cats was fun with plenty of attention-grabbing aspects and a good concept. The judges liked Melendez's use of strong bold colors and graphics.

President and founder of Berkshires Jazz Edward Bride said Jazz Appreciation Month is a "big deal," officially recognized by the Smithsonian Institution and Congress.

"And we're making it a big deal with our student art contest," he added. "We want to thank Mayor Marchetti for allowing us to hang this wonderful work in the City Hall quarters and for being here to make the announcement of who the winners are."

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