AboutAmanda Burke is Cops and Courts Reporter for The Berkshire Eagle. An Ithaca, New York native, she previously worked at The Herald News of Fall River and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise.
Nearly a year after two people were charged with abandoning 15 cats in the Berkshires, their criminal cases are winding to a close.
The trial of Yulanda Chadwell, sister of man acquitted of murder in the 2017 shooting death of Paul Henry, began on Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court. She is accused of misleading police leading the homicide probe.
A man accused of a litany of child sexual assault crimes in local court is now facing federal charges for allegedly producing child pornography.
Judge John Agostini said he is aware of about health complications 70-year-old Donald Monsees Sr. reportedly faces — but hasn't been shown official medical records. For now, he opposes the man's release.
There were about seven crashes in Pittsfield since just before 8 a.m., including an SUV that rolled over on Crane Avenue. One person was transported to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of injuries.
Garrett Vil is facing a possible decade in prison for allegedly assaulting and kidnapping a woman last September in Pittsfield.
UPDATED: Five people — two from Pittsfield and three from New York — were arrested Wednesday following a bust of what police called a "large scale drug distribution operation" in the city.
Donald Monsees, 70, of Kittler Avenue in Adams, is seeking release from pretrial custody, where he is being held pending his Superior Court case on alleged child rape charges.
Two men are being held in custody as they face charges in connection with the intentional burning of the doors to St. Joseph's Church on North Street in Pittsfield in August 2021.