(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY OCT. 4, 2017) — The only silence you hear in the bedraggled city of Pittsfield comes from when the mayor, police chief, council president, and school committee chairwoman in that rank refuse to officially speak to the public through the press following yet another shooting and murder.

Indeed, if the Las Vegas mass murder had happened in the “dynamic, vibrant” city in the valley with the new $6000 cheeseball garbage cans, citizens begging for information would have discovered The Lovely Linda Tyer suddenly vacationing in Montreal, interim police chief Mike Wynn having rushed to an important charity golf tournament in Worcester, city council president Peter Marchetti playing with himself in a broom closet at the Pittsfield Co-op Bank, and school committee chief Kathy Yon having her body lowered after doctors determined the hopelessness of a facelift.

And so it happened again, a short Par 3 from Hotel on North and Trashcan Tyer’s “vibrant, dynamic” downtown, that a bystander met a piece of lead with her name not on it. That didn’t stop the bullet, however. Errant shots from a “hail of gunfire” do not have GPS.  A day after the shooting, morally bankrupt city “leaders” still had not uttered a word on the matter except for a lame statement from the D.A’s office, leaving the streets to begin their buzz. That’s not the best way to get information, but when the Knowers won’t spill what they know, the guessers will begin to guess.

THE PLANET wasn’t even looking for this story, but it found us. We were the first media outlet reporting the incident through our vast network of correspondents, spies, gum shoes, and Z-agents in the Secret Squadron, who got to us faster than Shot Spotter though not “faster than a speeding bullet.” PLANET commentators got word here first. From there, it spread like wildfire (yeah, “no one reads us!”). They couldn’t go to The Boring Broadsheet because that site’s new management long ago blocked access and shut down readers’ ability to comment on stories, something this site has never done and will never do.

THE PLANET gladly credits an assist from our colleagues at iBerkshires, with that website coming in shortly after with more details and at least the semblance of a news story. Under the circumstances, it did a great job.. In fact, through iBerkshires’ initial reports, we learned that the police department wouldn’t talk to the press. We put that in italics for emphasis. Dutifully, in its first story, iBerkshires reported that upsetting fact. In its update to the story, however, the website removed that juicy tidbit of information.

Here it is, a news organization calling the police on a murder, with a million questions outstanding, and the police refuse to talk. That, my friends, is spectacularly unacceptable. In any other city with the kind of responsible leadership Pittsfield does NOT have, that would have led to an immediate phone call from the corner office rectifying the situation, even if heads had to roll.

We also credit Masslive for being first in to publish a picture of the victim.

Here are the facts are we know them:

  • Just before 11 p.m. Monday night, a “hail of gunfire” broke out at and near the intersection of Dewey Avenue and Linden Street.
  • Asiyanna Jones, 22, was hit with a bullet.
  • Jones was a passenger in the front seat of a car. It appears the car was parked near there and not in motion, although that hasn’t been officially confirmed.
  • The driver of the car took the wounded woman to BMC (bad timing with the nurses on strike).
  • From there she was airlifted to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
  • She died at 4 a.m.

Because neither the mayor nor police will officially answer reporters questions, THE PLANET went through the back door. In a “lockdown” city, neither press nor citizens are deemed worthy enough to receive the information they need to respectively report the facts thereby receiving the information they need to adequately self govern.

From police sources and our eyes and ears on the street, here’s what we’ve been told. Keep in mind that none of this is confirmed. Your clammed-up city officials would have it no other way:

  • Jones was in a parked car.
  • She wasn’t the intended victim.
  • She may have known one of the shooters.
  • The gunfire involved multiple shooters
  • There was a shootout, that is, shots fired and shots returned.
  • The shootout came from a gang turf dispute.
  • There also may have been a drug deal gone bad.
  • The police’s refusal to speak with iBerkshires came on direction.

Police sources, speaking strictly on condition of anonymity and on the further understanding that no actual quotes be used, say that after the shooting, a directive came from on high (Tyer? Wynn? They wouldn’t say.) not to speak with any press people calling about the incident, including THE PLANET. Here’s the worst part. They tell us further that the move was done while Jones was still alive.

Apparently, the city’s “leadership” were pinning their hopes on the shooting not being fatal, that the woman would recover. This would allow them to downplay the incident and even keep it from the public’s knowledge altogether, in a similar manner that you haven’t heard a further peep from Tyer, Wynn, or anybody else on the recent shooting-by-cop.

If that information is correct, the cynical move makes the sleaze of Pittsfield’s typical, everyday barroom politics look like they had just passed Mr. Clean‘s white-glove inspection. It would call for an independent and highly public probe. It would also be in line to demand the mayor’s immediate resignation.

That’s fantasy, we realize, because this is Pittsfield, where the nefarious, larded “taken care of” Elements own all of the city’s primary governmental, social, and cultural institutions: mayor’s office, city council, police and school departments, courts, local daily newspaper, museum, you name it: All, bought by The Suits, who will never sell back to citizens, at any price.

They only way Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski will ever get back their government is to take it by force.

That, too, will never happen. Unless …

Pittsfield is dead, thank you.


“It don’t really matter to me, baby. Everybody’s got to fight to be free. See, you don’t have to live like a refugee”Tom Petty and the Heatbreakers.



The Usual Disclaimer.


  1. Nota
    October 3, 2017 at 7:18 pm #

    Dan couldn’t have put it more bluntly. Transparent as usual, with a hint of humor and a whole lot of truth. Dan, you’re the best, please don’t ever leave again.

  2. Radar
    October 3, 2017 at 7:32 pm #

    The mayor has recorded and shared a statement on Facebook. She is dressed like a clown – no really, it’s weird – and she starts off the statement with an inappropriate hint of humor. It’s bizarre.

    The statement is bland and not helpful. Nor is it inspiring or particularly sincere. She shows no sign of being affected. At all.

    And I think you are wrong on several of your observations/info. The story will come out but you can cross out drug deal gone bad and turf war. Sadly, the simplicity of the situation makes it that much more devastating. You’re right though, she was not the intended target.

    • May Hemm
      October 3, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

      Nice job radar, spot on.

    • CosbiesLadies
      October 4, 2017 at 4:44 am #

      The video looks like an unsincere lion tamer without a top hat and whip.

  3. Jonathan Melle
    October 3, 2017 at 7:40 pm #

    Pittsfield politics need to post the following to protect their law-abiding citizens:

    Stay off of:
    North st.
    Tyler st.
    Lincoln st.
    First st.
    Second st.
    Cherry st.
    Burbank st.
    Kent ave
    Madison ave
    And Seymour st.
    And you might survive.

    • Jonathan Melle
      October 3, 2017 at 7:52 pm #

      When Carmen built the new jail, the criminals came to Pittsfield from all corners of Massachusetts, and now Pittsfield has shootings, murders, violent crime, drugs, and the opposite of a “Vibrant, Dynamic” community!

      Downtown Pittsfield is a nice place to visit from 6 am to 6 pm. However, downtown Pittsfield is a scary place to be from 6 pm to 6 am! Pittsfield’s “Vibrancy” and “Dynamism” is taken over by violent criminals from dusk til dawn.

      Pittsfield politics is part of the problem. Their response to every problem the city faces is to raise taxes, vote in their Good Old Boys stooges, and go on lockdown of information when there is a crisis.

  4. Pat
    October 3, 2017 at 8:51 pm #

    On Tuesday morning police sirens were blaring throughout the city from 6 am to 10 am at least. Were they tracking down all those involved in the shootout? You are right Dan that this city does a complete lock down on information to the public at the time when we need it most.

  5. Spagirl
    October 4, 2017 at 12:06 am #

    Time for a citizen united and Taxpayers to join a commission with momentum and teeth. Stop handing over taxes without representation!!

  6. The school committee
    October 4, 2017 at 1:22 am #

    Miss Tyer was not prepaired to be Mayor.We continue down the same path of throwing money at Mccandless and business.
    I have said for years take the rest of the economic developement fund and hire 30 to 50 new police.Get veteran officers from other cities.Stop neighbors from our Rockwell towns from buying their drugs in our city.
    How long can mayor Tyer not address the Pittsfield Gang war.Why wont the mayor along with the city council fight this war on heroin.Where is Marchetti, and Bouvier .These people are not capable and should resign.
    Wake up,people dont want their kids educated here because of the Gang War.Pittsfield Ma. Is ground zero in Gangster town.Yes Mayor Tyer leads a gangster city,President Marchetti of Gangster city……Jobs wont come here and Our leaders think they are coming.

    • Disapointed tax payer
      October 4, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

      Bouvier is a bag of hot air. Her only accomplishment is getting the illegal aliens the right to get a drives license (added voter base).

      How about doing something business friendly. You know something to bring an actual employer to our area with real jobs..

      Police and the court system are only part of the resolution. Employment is another that is just important. No business want to

  7. Spagirl
    October 4, 2017 at 2:08 am #

    That was the most insincere theatrical performance ever by Mayor Linda Tyer. And reading from a paper. Really.

    • Shelly Liver
      October 4, 2017 at 5:34 am #

      Excellent portrayal, Spa!

  8. dusty
    October 4, 2017 at 2:09 am #

    Very soon the Berkshire Eagle will be coming out with their list of candidates we should all vote for in the upcoming election It will be released as soon as they receive it from the special interests who really run the city.

    History shows us that the candidates pushed by local printed media often come with overlying self serve interests which are not always the best thing for ordinary citizenry. Good luck with voting in Pittsfield because there is are big special interest unions voting against the common man.

    Do not ignore referendum questions as they are the ones you actually have a chance of effecting.

  9. Spagirl
    October 4, 2017 at 3:54 am #

    At the top of their list should be… Gullible

  10. Pat
    October 4, 2017 at 4:20 am #

    Can anyone imagine the level of outrage by liberals if President Trump responded to a tragedy by going on Facebook to address a tragedy rather than appearing in public? The mayor needed to make a public statement in person about this tragedy. She did the same thing during a previous tragedy in the city and was criticized and now she has done the same thing again. It’s obvious she has no intention of running for a second term as mayor.

    • dusty
      October 4, 2017 at 4:50 am #

      Trump tossed paper towels to victims of a category 5 hurricane. What more do they expect from him? He is just one man. Give him a break already. MAGA

      • Pat
        October 4, 2017 at 5:18 am #

        Stop watching Joe and Mika every morning. All they do is put down Trump. They had a love fest over Obama. Everything Obama did was beautiful and wonderful according to all of the liberal media during his 8 years. Obama could do nothing wrong even though we know he did.

        • dusty
          October 4, 2017 at 5:30 am #

          Right Pat. As far as I know Obama never even offered paper towels to anyone even if they spilled salad dressing on their new dress pants. I agree with you that the paper towel tossing shows Trump is a much better president than Obama could ever hope to be. And such accuracy. Didja see him land one right in the arms of that bedraggled woman half way down the the right side? He pinpointed it right through the outstretched hands of a greedy 7 foot man who had already taken one off the table and was trying to get another. MAGA

          • Pat
            October 4, 2017 at 9:44 am #

            Trump didn’t give billions of dollars to North Korea to build dangerous nukes. Obama did, but liberal media covers it up.

  11. The school committee
    October 4, 2017 at 4:36 am #

    Hello Pat,He handles all problems by going on twitter to make insane statements

  12. The school committee
    October 4, 2017 at 4:40 am #

    By the way Pat,Trump tax cut is going to cost you some cold hard cash.You heard they stated most Americans make over 100k….yes the great middleclass president does not have a clue and you wont be able to deduct your house interest .

    • Pat
      October 4, 2017 at 5:19 am #

      Should we get local Massachusetts politicians on the job instead of Trump? Do you think they will help the middle class?

  13. The school committee
    October 4, 2017 at 4:44 am #

    Tyer will resign over Pittsfields huge gang war.Yon as President of education will never mention Pittsfield needs more money to fight the Gang War in Pittsfield Ma.

  14. mi
    October 4, 2017 at 4:53 am #

    Uncle Timmy probably won’t run for D A, he’s now the premier attorney in Berkshire Cointy.

  15. h
    October 4, 2017 at 5:56 am #

    Vegas killer din’t like red necks. That’s it, y,don’t know.

  16. Cosbies
    October 4, 2017 at 6:28 am #

    When Priests began molesting children years ago, my outlook towards the Catholic Church change dramatically, today I try to be the best person I can towards other people, it is very hard sometimes because of the nonsense out there.Two things in life that are principles and have great meaning. Money is the root of all evil,without your health you have nothing. It is terrible when one has to live in fear, for some it is next to impossible, thus all the goings on in this Country, people turn to drugs and crime and many die because of it, it’s a damn piss poor quality of life, but that’s the reality of it. Trump represents a bad image and panders to the chip on the shoulder crowd, with his rhetoric. We are a Democracy, the United States has always led the way, shown the way of what Freedom can be and how we should make all Countries the same model and principle as our founding fathers laid out, for us. The mentality of this administration is everyone for themselves, especially now,we have become a devisive nation.

    • Spagirl
      October 4, 2017 at 7:59 am #

      Yes Cosbies,
      The sad reality also is, there is absolutely no moral code for young people to learn from, or emulate.
      The adults, in life, leaders, etc, have turned so greedy, so corrupt, self-indulging, this Country is rotting from the top down.
      People are struggling, while the rich keep taking.
      This is what the youngsters are learning. Evil is the rotten core.

  17. LoneGunMan
    October 4, 2017 at 7:29 am #

    Wouldn’t be a public strike without people like John Krol and Helen Moon bending over to the unions for votes. Don’t you have a job Mr. Krol?

    Anyone else wonder how ‘non-partisan” any of the Iberkshires coverage is since Andy Mckeever’s sister is a regsitered nurse (seen in many photos!) and he clearly tailors to the big D (in more ways than one probably) and the unions. He’s a hack and has been since high school

    This county is a joke.

    • War Pigs
      October 4, 2017 at 8:59 am #

      Helen Moon will be the worst Ward 1 councilor ever. And with the GOB and unions backing her she’s a shoo in.

      • LoneGunMan
        October 4, 2017 at 9:48 am #

        The only direct campaign promise I saw was to kill whitey. Or at least end his reign of power

        she cares nothing about Pittsfield, unless you are an “oppressed” minority. Just another useless hack with an activist agenda and no real plan to fix anything.

      • Diet Red
        October 4, 2017 at 4:13 pm #

        She is being ba cked by the nut jobs. Her campaign manager, Darcie Sosa is a mega MOONBAT.

  18. The school committee
    October 4, 2017 at 9:15 am #

    What will Moon do to stop our city War?people dying in the streets of Pittsfield by shotgun murder,we are being assasinated near City Hall.What will Moon do about it.

    • LoneGunMan
      October 4, 2017 at 9:52 am #

      nothing. As long as her political career takes off, She wont open her eyes to the plight of the city. Im quite sure we will pay for a whole lot of tax increases, social service increases, “feasibility studies” and nothing but another 2 years of Democratic slap ass and blame

    • Diet Red
      October 4, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

      She’ll help flat Tyre cut ribbons on garbage cans and help her put together Emmett Kelly outfits for Facebook statements.

  19. Radar
    October 4, 2017 at 9:43 am #

    I hate to break it to you but the whole Gang War rationalization for increased crime and violence in Pittsfield is an overly dramatized cop out. You have groups of people who associate together, who do not like other groups. But this isn’t LA or Miami. Yes, a “gang mentality” (violence, disdain for authority, etc.) factors in. But Pittsfield is not in the midst of a gang war.

    The violence is due to the shift in the mindset of how to approach conflict. Beefs aren’t settled through fist fights anymore. The standard approach has become to shoot first. I don’t like you? I’m going to shoot you.

    The lethal shooting over the weekend was the result of a conflict between two women, not involving the victim. The conflict was accelerated and settled with gunshots exchanged. The victim was a causality of the increasingly casual attitude toward gun violence.

    • Still wondering
      October 4, 2017 at 10:14 am #

      Sorry Radar but you are wrong about the gangs. Have you ever noticed how many red shirts and hats appear after the cops finally make arrests or just after a shooting? Open your eyes.

      • Shakes His Head
        October 4, 2017 at 10:41 am #

        Radar is spot on. Or are you also noticing how all the jeans are blue and all the khakis are brown?

        • LoneGunMan
          October 4, 2017 at 11:01 am #

          there is a 100% confirmed, massive presence of affiliates of the Blood gang here in Pittsfield (and Western MA)

          If you dont notice people dressing head to toe daily in all red, not to mention dying their hair red too, and don’t realize what it means you are a fool. I shake both heads at you

        • Diet Red
          October 4, 2017 at 4:10 pm #


      • Radar
        October 4, 2017 at 11:23 am #

        And you know what? They are the ones walking around in red hats and shirts. They aren’t the people participating in active gun play…

        • dusty
          October 4, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

          Let’s hope they were not watching cable news the last couple days where they described how many more people you could kill by adding a bump stock to your assault rifle. Not sure why CNN found it necessary to keep repeating this over and over and over. Who was their target audience?

          And I hate the looping of the gunfire. What is the point of playing it 500 times? We get it already.

      • danvalenti
        October 4, 2017 at 11:35 am #

        Both RADAR and SW have a bit of the truth. There is a large, identified gang presence in the Pitts. That said, the prevalence of firearms in the hands of idiots means that a good fist fight isn’t enough to settle a dispute.

        • Arial Black
          October 4, 2017 at 3:38 pm #

          Radar gots a secret squadron.

  20. Len X Abhorant
    October 4, 2017 at 10:19 am #

    Linden St.. Is the hub of a lot of activity.

  21. Don T
    October 4, 2017 at 11:01 am #

    linden no kidden.Went by there an hour ago, some clown pulls up on the grass near the corner some bond bimbo with a cig in her mouth gets out and some dude with a red black baseball cap heads west toward the corner. He didn’t look like he was buying, but maybe collecting.

  22. Tricksie
    October 4, 2017 at 12:27 pm #

    The Mayor’s FB “release” was beyond real. I don’t hold her accountable for the brutal acts of violence in PTSFLD but I do hold he accountable for her lack of maturity in dealing with crisis – her and cadre of supporters – Durwin, Ward, Krol, Kerwood, Clairmont, Dr. Suksausage and the rest are really just a bunch of spoiled entitled brats…..

    • Diet Red
      October 4, 2017 at 4:17 pm #

      She was wearing a clown outfit.

      • h
        October 4, 2017 at 5:16 pm #


  23. The school committee
    October 4, 2017 at 12:49 pm #

    The gang violence again is being underplayed.Gangs when not shooting are in prostitution intimidation assaults knifings and putting herion in the arms of Pittsfield children. Mayor Tyer just not qualified to deal with the gangsters.Are the overdoses not alarming to what if Radar s not seeing it.It is here and hundreds of kids go to school hearing gunfire every night as they hunker down not knowing where the bullets will go.We need a council that wont deny the gunfire…..More gunfire last night on Onota,I guess gunfire just seems loud yo kids on a bike or in a bed

    • Radar
      October 4, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

      Actually, I very much do know what is going on in these streets.

      But I disagree here: “Hundreds” of kids in Pittsfield do not go to bed every right hearing gunfire.

      I do agree the number of overdoses is alarming. But they are not the result of a gang war. Pittsfield has been plagued by drug use since the introduction of crack cocaine in the late 1980’s. Police have spent decades criminalizing drug use in the forms of arrests, raids, seizures, and incarceration. To no avail.

      The number of overdoses locally is a reflection of a nationwide epidemic that began when the pharmaceutical and medical industries teamed up to promote patients’ rights to battle pain. While the poppy growing Middle East was being further destabilized by the Iraq war, the US was creating a population dependent on opioids. OxyContin anyone? But it was an acceptable dependency, medically prescribed, not a rob-your-mother junkie addiction. Until the prescriptions ran out…

  24. Shelly Liver
    October 4, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

    I’ve told the Planet one hundred times, a woman Mayor will be run over by Criminals.They’re Not Afraid and aren’t intimidated by a Police Force who’s mission is overtime, or a Mayor Interested in things like Chesnut Seeds and giving Covanta a half million and upwards. People need jobs!! Not Tyler Street Garbage Cans.

  25. Shelly Liver
    October 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    Chest nuts

  26. gocometti
    October 4, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

    Why do people refer to our Mayor as Linda Tyer ? She doesn’t run the show…Jim Ruberto is the Mayor not Linda Tyer

    • Madame Du Barry
      October 4, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

      And both are doing a terrible job.

      • Jonathan Melle
        October 4, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

        Jimmy Ruberto said he had a rolodex of business contacts to bring jobs to Pittsfield. PEDA still has 0 tenants! No Fortune 500 company has moved to Pittsfield since 2004!
        Jimmy Ruberto’s supposed rolodex was really filled with all of his Good Old Boys contacts!

        • Roberto Del Halitoso
          October 4, 2017 at 7:59 pm #

          Those contacts if they existed probably know Ruberto to be the moron he actually is.

  27. Madame Du Barry
    October 4, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    And the previous six were just as bad

  28. Bill Q
    October 4, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

    Tillerson calls Trump a Moron.

  29. The school committee
    October 4, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    When gunfire happens in a densely populated neighborhood like downtown westside or over in morningside hundreds of kids hear the gunfire.Gangwars are on in Pittsfield and there is money involved.

  30. Ron Kitterman
    October 4, 2017 at 5:43 pm #

    Odd isn’t it, how breaks the story ? And crickets follow

  31. Sal
    October 4, 2017 at 7:07 pm #

    New Letter:
    City officials, police play strike politics
    Posted Wednesday, October 4, 2017 4:57 pm

    To the editor:

    I find it ironic that on the front page of Wednesday’s Berkshire Eagle about the BMC nurse’s strike, the mayor and the city’s police department expressed concern about public safety because of the striking BMC nursing staff.

    Mayor Tyer’s spokeswoman stated, “The role of the city is to provide safety.” Police Lt. Gary Traversa said he expected a round-the-clock presence for the 24-hour strike and said the police have contingency plans in place in the event of a civil disturbance. “It definitely puts some stress on personnel,” he said.

    These statements were published on the same day The Eagle also informs us, sadly, of yet another loss of life from a shooting (“Woman dies after Dewey Avenue shooting”). Are the city administration and police playing politics? Or are they truly afraid of a gathering of caring professional health care workers exercising their right to strike?

    I would rather our police force “be stressed” from combating the shootings and violence in our city and protecting our nurses who are striking in the “combat zone.”

    Mark Tully,

  32. The school committee
    October 5, 2017 at 8:51 am #

    Cant wait to find out whos on the take.

  33. Sara
    October 5, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

    Just a guess but maybe law enforcement is focused on solving the case and bringing this poor girl’s killer to justice versus massaging the egos of bloggers and other journalists? When they do, as they nearly always do, where will you be?