07/29/2015 08:27 PM EDT - In Southern Berkshire District Court Monday: Michael L. Perrier, 45, Little John Drive, Becket, submitted to sufficient facts for a plea of guilty to one count of assault and battery.   Full Story
 
Gospel concert to benefit Back to School Supply Drive
07/29/2015 07:33 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD >> With the cost of school supplies rising annually for parents, a group of local organizations is banding together to try to alleviate some of that financial burden. Full Story

07/29/2015 07:31 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD >> The city's 90-degree drought continues. While some Berkshire communities may have flirted with 90 on Wednesday, Pittsfield Municipal Airport reported a high of 86 late in the afternoon.   Full Story
 
Some of Baker budget cuts reversed in override votes
07/29/2015 07:22 PM EDT - BOSTON >> Lawmakers began a series of override votes Wednesday aimed at restoring nearly $100 million in spending vetoed from the state budget by Republican Gov. Full Story

07/29/2015 07:32 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD >> A city man has been ordered held without bail after he allegedly assaulted a woman on Saturday for the second time in less than two months.   Full Story
 
Police: Man tried to use hatchet to crack gun safe in Pittsfield home
07/29/2015 07:12 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD >> A city man is facing felony charges for allegedly using a hatchet to break into a home — and to try to break into a gun safe inside — before he was discovered and fled. Full Story

07/29/2015 07:12 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD >> A city man is facing charges for allegedly ordering an acquaintance to empty his pockets at gunpoint, then leading police on a chase on his scooter for several blocks before his arrest Tuesday.   Full Story
 
Alexander Ciccolo, accused of terror plot, denies weapons, assault charges
07/29/2015 07:20 PM EDT - SPRINGFIELD -- In a brown prison jumpsuit, his hands and feet shackled, Alexander Ciccolo spoke for the first time in open court on Wednesday, pleading "not guilty" to both of the charges against him. Ciccolo, 23, of Adams, has been charged in U.S. District Court on one count each of illegal possession of a firearm and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Full Story

07/29/2015 12:21 PM EDT - Archived: Live coverage of suspected terrorist Alexander Ciccolo's arraignment in U.S. District Court in Springfield from Wednesday, July 29.

Ciccolo, who was indicted by a grand jury on July 23, will be arraigned on illegal weapons and assault charges. He was arrested Adams, Mass. on July 4. FBI agents allegedly recovered bomb-making materials from his Murray Street home in Adams, Mass. It remains unclear if any terrorism-related charges will be filed against him.   Full Story

 
Police: Vermont state worker accused of selling heroin tied to Massachusetts arrests
07/29/2015 06:08 AM EDT - BENNINGTON &mdashT; A state employee was released on $5,000 bail Tuesday after being arraigned on felony charges alleging that she sold heroin to a person she met through her work as a child support specialist. Full Story

Gillian Jones — The Berkshire Eagle
07/29/2015 07:22 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD — Three Berkshire state lawmakers want federal officials to suspend discussion of Kinder Morgan's scaled-down Tennessee Gas pipeline until citizens in the path of the massive project can thoroughly digest the revised plans.

Photo Gallery | Federal Energy Regulatory Commission meeting on Pipeline   Full Story

 
$10,000 bail for North Adams man in home invasion, assault
07/28/2015 05:47 PM EDT - NORTH ADAMS >> A city man accused of breaking into a Brayton Hill Terrace home and assaulting a resident with a knife has been ordered held on $10,000 bail. Full Story

07/29/2015 07:57 AM EDT - Supporters of Bernie Sanders in his presidential campaign will host get-togethers across the country on Wednesday — and about 1,000 people across Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires plan to participate.   Full Story
 
Mayoral candidate Linda Tyer pledges to target residential blight
07/29/2015 07:25 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD — Against the backdrop of a run down, vacant home, mayoral candidate Linda Tyer on Tuesday said more intervention is needed to clean up neighborhood eyesores.

Photo Gallery | Linda Tyer addresses 'problem properties' in Pittsfield Full Story

07/29/2015 07:26 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD — Local labor and material will be a vital component to the construction of the new Taconic High School.   Full Story
 
 
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Judge to consider fate of convent Katy Perry wants to buy

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday about whether the Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles can sell a hilltop convent overlooking Hollywood to pop singer Katy Perry. Full Story
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Is Ben Affleck dating kids' nanny?

The actor's reps deny a report that he started to get close with his kids' 28-year-old nanny during his separation from Jennifer Garner.