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Pittsfield Firefighters Pull Man From Burning Building
By Andy McKeever,
09:15AM / Thursday, December 08, 2016

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters pulled one man from flames after the apartments above Tahiti Takeout caught fire early Thursday morning.   The department responded to the blaze shortly before 4:30 a.m. and upon arrival there were heavy flames shooting out of the back of the building. Firefighters were told there was one person unaccounted for and launched an interior search, finding one man in the flames.   "Upon arrival they found heavy fire in the back of the building. Our crews found out some of the occupants were outside of the building  and one occupant was unaccounted

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Superior Court Briefs: Nov. 15 - Dec. 1
Staff Reports,
03:02PM / Friday, December 02, 2016
  60, of Lee, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession of child pornography.   He was given a two-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on three-years probation.   Schaffer was in possession of child pornography in Lee on August 1, 2015.     43, of Pittsfield, had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a loaded firearm, armed career felon, and assault by means of a dangerous weapon.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. The charges stem from

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Pittsfield Teen Accosted On Elm Street
Staff Reports,
10:30PM / Monday, November 28, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are looking for a man who accosted a 17-year-old girl on Elm Street on Monday afternoon.   Police say the teenager was approached by the suspect shortly after 2 p.m. in the area on Elm between Ontario Street and Elmhurst Avenue. The girl was not injured.   Police are looking for a man described at being white with brown hair, in his late 20s, having a medium build, standing between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8 and being either slightly bald or having or crew cut. He was wearing a blue hooded sweat shirt and tan colored pants. He was last seen running onto Putnam Avenue.   Anyone who witnessed it or has information is asked

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Pittsfield Man Pleads Guilty to MassHealth Fraud
01:33PM / Monday, November 28, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in connection with making duplicative claims for personal care services, resulting in an overpayment of approximately $82,000 in funds from the state's Medicaid Program (MassHealth), $46,500 of which was paid directly to him, Attorney General Maura Healey announced on Monday.

Frederick Phillips, 56, pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to charges of Medicaid fraud and larceny more than $250 by false pretenses.

"This defendant defrauded a system that provides vital health-care services to people with chronic or long-term disabilities," Healey said in a statement. "He took

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Teen in Critical Condition Following Pittsfield Shooting
Staff Reports,
11:55AM / Monday, November 28, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A 17-year-old is in critical condition following a Friday night shooting.   Police did not identify the male victim but said officers responded to shots being fired in the area of 391 North St. - the address of Methuselah Bar and Lounge - Friday night at 11:28 p.m. Upon arrival, police found the victim with a single gunshot wound to the torso.   The 17-year-old is believed to in be stable but critical condition, police said Monday.   The shooting is being investigated by the detective bureau, along with assistance form crime scene services and the drug unit. Anyone with information is asked to contact the department at

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