08/31/2015 08:56 PM EDT - NORTHAMPTON >> Jurors in the rape trial of Adam T. Liccardi will begin deliberating Tuesday after hearing the defendant on Monday deny taking part in the alleged gang rape of a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012.   Full Story
New court dates set for Thomas Lee Newman Jr.
08/31/2015 08:39 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD >> New court dates have been set for the city man accused of gunning down a childhood friend and another teenager in a July 31 daylight shooting on Tyler Street. Full Story

Ben Garver — The Berkshire Eagle
08/31/2015 06:19 PM EDT - Schools are in, the calendar is flipping to September, daylight is two hours shorter than in late June, but the lazy, hazy days of summer are rolling out for a weeklong encore.   Full Story
Mayoral candidate Craig Gaetani set for trial in alleged phone threats
08/31/2015 05:54 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD >> City mayoral candidate Craig Gaetani will go to trial in December on charges he threatened to shoot a city employee and take away her job and benefits during a series of harassing phone calls in July. Full Story

08/31/2015 09:53 PM EDT - GREAT BARRINGTON >> The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center has met its three-year, $2.   Full Story
In the courts
08/31/2015 04:18 PM EDT - In Berkshire Superior Court on Thursday: Reymon Delacruz-Batista, 26, of Pittsfield was arraigned on charges of cocaine trafficking, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and illegal ownership of a firearm. Full Story

08/31/2015 12:41 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD >> The recent birth of a daughter to Director of Administrative Services Julia Sabourin and her parental leave have forced some changes in staffing, Mayor Daniel L.   Full Story
Pittsfield council candidate has history of lawsuits with neighbors, city
08/31/2015 02:50 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD >> Neighbors of City Council candidate Tammy Ives contend she and family members have used the court system to harass them for more than a year, and to drag out a battle with the city over alleged violations identified by inspectors. Full Story

08/31/2015 06:55 AM EDT - LANESBOROUGH — The town could save $1.6 million a year by joining the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, officials say.   Full Story
Retiring Lee town employees leave a legacy of longevity
08/31/2015 06:45 AM EDT - LEE — Retirement parties have become a regular occurrence in Lee town government. Full Story

08/31/2015 06:46 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD — Former City Councilor Richard Scapin is making a bid to return to his former seat in Ward 5.   Full Story
Adams' Alert Hose Co. to get new ladder truck
08/31/2015 06:47 AM EDT - ADAMS — The Alert Hose Company will soon be able to replace its ladder truck thanks to recently awarded grant funding. Full Story

Stephanie Zollshan — The Berkshire Eagle
08/30/2015 07:59 AM EDT - CUMMINGTON — Struggling with a winch he'd attached to the rear window of an impossibly battered 1995 Saab, David "Pinhead" Williams thinks of the perfect line.

Photo Gallery | 2015 Cummington Fair   Full Story

Monument to UFO visit unveiled in Sheffield
08/31/2015 05:59 AM EDT - SHEFFIELD — First affirmation as a historical event came by an adjacent town's historical society in February, and now a 1969 UFO siting in Sheffield is again affirmed with a 5,000-pound granite monument paid for by witnesses.

Photo Gallery | Monument for UFO sighting in Sheffield Full Story

Stephanie Zollshan — The Berkshire Eagle.
08/30/2015 08:19 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD — Arts and culture may be a driver of the local economy, but running a venue in that field is a challenging venture.

Related | Stellar performance at two renowned theaters help sustain Pittsfield economy

Photo Gallery | A decade of theater in downtown Pittsfield   Full Story

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