Wednesday May 30, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield Police reported a busy Memorial Day weekend, responding to more than 50 disturbance calls between Friday even ing and Monday night and made 20 arrests for crimes ranging from break-ins to witness intimidation.

There were more than a dozen reported assaults in that period in the city, with six of them resulting in arrests.

Other arrests included five people charged with multiple felonies for allegedly stealing golf carts and going for a joy ride; a police chase involving a man allegedly driving a stolen pest control company truck; two motor vehicle damage hit-and-run accidents; and two reported burglaries on South Street, among others.

"It's been an incredibly busy weekend," Pittsfield Police Sgt. Michael Maddalena told the Eagle on Mon day, a sentiment echoed by Pittsfield Police Captain Mullin on Tuesday.


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Even so, according to Mullin, there were fewer service calls for police this Mem orial Day week end, 361, com pared to 383 in 2011 and 406 in 2010.

The calls to police don't nec essarily equate to the number of ar rests made in a given year; the num bers of ar rests made in prior years during the same time frame were not immediately available on Tuesday.