Thursday, March 28, 2019
Good day, people of the Berkshire hills! Today, as with most days throughout the year, The Berkshire Eagle is loaded with local news.
I have a trifecta of municipal malfeasance stories to offer you:
♦ Firstly, the ex-police chief in Lee is now out of federal prison, having done his time on an extortion charge, and he wants to collect his $1 million pension. He has been denied thus far.
♦ Secondly, in Great Barrington, the town has had to pull in some freelance help for its bookkeeping, after the former assistant treasurer/collector was dismissed for financial discrepancies. No one has been charged, although the state police investigation is ongoing.
♦ And thirdly, the former city solicitor in North Adams has had to pay up $7,500 for an ethics violation.
In other news, Major League Baseball is on tap, but Bay Staters will have to wait a little longer while the Red Sox play a string of early season games on the road.
A Plainfield man is facing charges after allegedly striking a pedestrian with his 2016 Volkswagen Jetta; the driver was cited for operating under the influence of alcohol.
And please enjoy these other articles from across the county ...
DISCIPLINE OR ASSAULT?: A court case will decide if a Clarksburg father figure allegedly went too far when he repeatedly struck a teen over grades he deemed not high enough.
SUPERINTENDENT AND CUSTODIAN FEUD: In Lanesborough, accusations of bullying, counter-accusations of threats and disgruntlement on social media have mired the school district in controversy.
WATER, PLASTIC ISSUES BUBBLING UP: In Great Barrington, a plastic bottle ban is under fire just as a different group is making headway in establishing water refilling stations in town.
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