Pittsfield man struck, killed by a tractor-trailer truck

PITTSFIELD — A 73-year-old man was killed after being struck by a tractor-trailer truck. On Monday at approximately 7:12 p.m., the individual was walking into the driveway of Unistress Corp., a manufacturer of precast concrete structures located at 550 Cheshire Road in Pittsfield, when he was struck by a 2019 tractor-trailer truck. The vehicle was […]

Barrington police ramp up downtown traffic coverage

Barrington police ramp up downtown traffic coverage

GREAT BARRINGTON— Police have ramped up enforcement in the downtown following traffic complaints. Last month, several residents came forward voicing concerns for pedestrian safety and motorists traveling at speeds much higher than what’s posted. Area residents like David Rosenberg questioned why there wasn’t a police officer consistently present to deter people from violating traffic bylaws. […]

Berkshires has only one officer who can testify for pot-related OUIs

Berkshires has only one officer who can testify for pot-related OUIs

With pot on the rise in Berkshire County, a unique set of challenges is facing county police departments: What to do about enforcement? Currently, there’s only one officer in the county who has undertaken Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) training. Officer Brennan Polidoro of the Lanesborough Police Department is the county’s lone DRE certified officer, which […]

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 […]

Lee shuts down local dispatch center in favor of countywide service

Lee shuts down local dispatch center in favor of countywide service

LEE — Beginning this week, the town’s emergency calls will be handled by the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Control Dispatch Center. The switch to countywide dispatch took place at 5 p.m. on Oct. 2, nearly a month ahead of the originally planned start date of Oct. 31. The date was moved up due to the absence of […]