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EAGLE INVESTIGATIONS: The Berkshire Eagle obtained the final report of the Pittsfield Police Department’s force investigation team tasked with investigating the fatal shooting of Miguel Estrella on March 25. The release of the — highly redacted — final report comes more than three months after the release of the preliminary report.

EAGLE INVESTIGATIONS: "Just plain ugly." That's how North Adams Mayor Jennifer Macksey describes parts of the concrete channels that carry the Hoosic River through her city. This distressed system of "flood chutes," which has protected North Adams since the 1950s, may get a fresh look. That's welcome news to people who want the river to be less an urban captive — and more a public gem.

EAGLE INVESTIGATIONS: Friends and family say that in the last years of his life, Miguel Estrella tried to break free from troubles of his youth, including links to people with criminal records. One night in February 2020 showed how hard that can be, when Estrella tried to claim he owned the gun Adams police found in his car. Police believe he was coerced to say that.

When Berkshire Flyer service got the green light this week, it seemed a dream of easier rail trips linking New York City with Berkshire County had been achieved. But simply getting to Berkshire County isn’t the whole story for rail travelers. We follow one family trying to get four miles in Pittsfield without a car. 

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