Egremont board clears ‘wire-tapping’ officer accused by police chief

Egremont  board clears ‘wire-tapping’ officer accused by police chief

Selectman McGurn asked to release confidential minutes of probe to dispel invention of ‘fake facts’ By Hannah Shirley EGREMONT — In a complaint filed with the selectboard last June, Police Chief Erik Josephson accused full-time Officer Hans Carlson of creating audio recordings of people without their consent, a criminal violation of Massachusetts Wire Tap Law. […]

Selectmen threaten chief with discipline for talking to Record

Selectmen threaten chief with discipline for talking to Record

EGREMONT— Angered by Police Chief Erik Josephson’s published allegations that the town administration has pressured him to commit felonious acts, the Board of Selectmen has scheduled  a disciplinary hearing to be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 24. At the Jan. 8 regular select board meeting, Vice Chairman George McGurn said the board’s concerns with Josephson’s […]

Egremont police chief says he won’t renew his contract

Egremont police chief says he won’t renew his contract

EGREMONT — The town’s police chief, Erik Josephson, has disclosed that when his contract expires in June he does not plan to ask to have it renewed. Whenh asked why, the chief replied. ““I am supposed to be able to run the department as I see fit. They’re interfering in the day-to-day.” “This is not […]

Police shortage leaves Egremont uncovered during hours at night

Police shortage leaves Egremont uncovered during hours at night

From midnight until 8 a.m., no one’s on duty EGREMONT—During many overnight shifts, from midnight to 8 a.m., the phones in the Egremont police station will ring but there’s no one to answer. There is often no overnight coverage and Egremont residents are left to rely on the state police or Great Barrington and Sheffield […]

Southern District asking to be indemnified for suits in school lead paint issues Lawyers believe neither district nor Egremont can be liable-free if children develop problems

Southern District asking to be indemnified for suits in school lead paint issues Lawyers believe neither district nor Egremont can be liable-free if children develop problems

SHEFFIELD —A motion made by E. Bonnie Silvers and approved by the Southern Berkshire Regional School District school committee includes a clause that deems the district and the school committee harmless for the wellbeing of the children attending the school district. The clause was part of a larger motion that provided updates and new proposals […]

Two Egremont police officers resign, adding to department’s retention issue

Two Egremont police officers resign, adding to department’s retention issue

By Theodore Nappo EGREMONT — Two probationary police officers have resigned and one has requested a leave of absence until the beginning of 2019. The select board identified the two officers, Sean Boynan and Brandon Yap. The resignations were not correlated and were announced separately. When Bruce Turner,the board chairman, announced at the town’s Monday, […]

Schoolhouse receives another lead paint report, safety conclusions remain vague

Schoolhouse receives another lead paint report, safety conclusions remain vague

EGREMONT —A preliminary report commissioned to determine the extent of harmful lead paint in the historic Egremont School found that two dozen items were rated “poor.” In some instances, X-ray fluorescence analysis determined that exterior woodwork had alarmingly high ratings and were deemed unsafe. The report, dated Sept. 24 and prepared by ATC Group Services […]

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