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THREE SHOOTINGS IN TWO YEARS, ONE A MURDER, BUT DRINKS STILL FLOWING AT LACH’S LOUNGE

BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION OCT. 8-10, 2017) — At 1:20 a.m. Sept. 10 in the Fenn Street parking lot adjacent to the building that houses Lach’s Lounge, a 32-year-old Pittsfield man was shot multiple times. Judging by the cold bullet casings littering the ground and earwitness testimony, the gunman got off at least 10 shots. According to police, the victim had earlier been in Lach’s. THE PLANET had one wag caution against ordering a shot and a beer at the bottom-scraping barroom. We would only add if you do, drink the beer first, because the shot will likely leave you full of holes.

We’re not saying we haven’t occasionally enjoyed the atmosphere of the bar or that we have, but it’s generally not a good sign when you enter a gin joint and the first thing you see is the outline of a body chalked on the floor. Likewise, we tend to avoid bar and grilles that list the Heimlich Maneuver as “Today’s Special” and feature Naloxoneas an “entrée” selection.

Lach’s has been connected with three shootings and one murder in two years:

  • The Sept. 10 shooting, which we shall dissect in a moment.
  • A fatal head-shot delivered to James Dominguez III, 30, a Springfield resident, whose body was found in January 2016 in the parking lot at 129 Fenn St. Dominguez, police said, had earlier left Lach’s. A 911 call had been made at 1:30 a.m. He had taken “two in the hat,” as they say on the street. The medical examiner concurred. Pittsfield police said Lach’s had been “overserving” patrons on the night of the murder. That’s polite talk for when a bar keeps plying patrons with booze after they’ve gone beyond three sheets in a gale-force wind (“I’m not as think as you drunk I am”). Moreover, PPD said the bar provided drinks that night to those who were already spit-faced when they arrived, having previously consumed their oceans of booze elsewhere. Dominguez, incidentally, had been arrested in 2014 on a drug raid in Pittsfield. Drugs? In Pittsfield? No way. He pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and heroin and released on time served. A month later, Dominguez had a bullet in his head after his repasts at Lach’s.
  • In October 2015, a man was shot on Lincoln Street. Police investigators determined that the gunman, Anthony Robertson, had earlier been in Lach’s, a fact the bartender conveniently forgot to mention when questioned by detectives.

——– ooo ——–

In the past eight months, Lach’s Lounge has  been before the Pittsfield Licensing Board (PLB) eight times. Let’s see: 8-for-8. That’s almost perfect, and it’s damned sure to win you a batting championship. It’s also damned sure not to close you down. Not in Pittsfield, not if you have what the wise guys call “protection” — not that we’re saying Lach’s does, of course. We wouldn’t NEVER say that. This very day or night, in fact, if you wish to get loaded watching baseball, football, hockey, or girl’s lacrosse, you can head to Lach’s. It’s still open. The joint has been dragged before the PLB three times now in a couple years in wake of violence, gunfire, shootings, and murder. Three taps on the limp wrist, and …

… It’s still open.

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

The Sept. 10 shooting is made even more hilarious because, unbelievable as it sounds, the near murder didn’t cause another appearance before the PLB. Police Lt. Mike Grady wrote up the bar not for the shooting but for overcrowding that night. Grady told a befuddled PLB that police counts revealed 81 or 82 patrons in Lach’s the night of the Sept. 10 shooting. That didn’t include blind spots outside the range of video cameras. At the Oct. 3 hearing, Grady told the PLB he would “assume” there were more than 82 people inside, given the blind spots. Lach’s interim GM, Ishmael Lytle, no relation to Herman Melville, disputed Grady’s claim. Lytle said there were only 61 people there that night — 61: Same number of HRs Roger Maris hit in ’61. Keep in mind that Lach’s might be able to comfortably contain the three Apollo 8 astronauts and the human remains populating two phone booths, but more than 82 — even 61 giving the benefit of the doubt? Sounds like SOMETHING hot was occurring there prior to the gunplay. THE PLANET‘s guess: 2-for-1 soda pop.

At the Oct. 3 hearing, it came out that police couldn’t say for certain the shooter was inside Lach’s, although the victim surely was. If it quacks like Daffy, po-goes like Daffy, has a beak like Daffy, lisps juicily like Daffy, and “ho-hhoooos” like Daffy, it’s probably Daffy. Oh, and Grady offered this little tidbit: On that fateful-near-fatal Sept. 10 night, Lach’s had served booze to an underage person. Nonetheless, for some mysterious reason known only to Odin, Zeus, Imhotep, Baal, the Great Juju Who Lives In Silver Lake, and the rest of the gods, that violation wasn’t part of Grady’s complaint.

Why wasn’t the shooting the main thrust of the PPD’s complaint? In the hearing, the PLB struggled to figure that one out, notwithstanding any “nudge-nudge wink-winks” being exchanged. After Sgt. John Soules told the PLB “both the victim and several of the bystanders had been inside the bar prior to the incident,” and although the man was shot multiple times not long after leaving the bar, he couldn’t make a connection between barroom, shooter, and victim. Sherlock Holmes, out city turns its lonely eyes to you.

The PLB then rushed in to play Advocate for the Defense for the besieged bar.

Board member Dick Stockwell said that even if the shooter was in the bar, “having a few drinks [is] not illegal.” Bingo!

“I’m having a hard time connecting Lach’s to the shooter and why it is their responsibility,” said board member Dennis Powell. Double Bingo!! Powell also offered the lame excuse of social media. He absolved Lach’s, because on social media everybody knows where everybody else is. The shooter, Powell said, could have learned his victim was in Lach’s and simply waited outside for his target. “That isn’t the fault of the establishment.”

Stockwell said that since the bar hasn’t had a problem since it installed video cameras, all was well and good. What about the Sept. 10 shooting? Not the responsibility of management, he said.

——– ooo ——–

On the night of Sept. 10, according to Lytle and Lach’s owner Michael Kruger:

  • Lytle closed the bar at 1 a.m.
  • Kruger went home.
  • Patrons left but continued to hang around in the parking lot, where the shooting occurred.
  • Lytle locked the doors.
  • He and a security guard (formerly called “bouncers”) cleaned up.
  • Lytle said he heard more than 10 gunshots and called 911.

PLB member Diane Pero scolded Kruger: “There is a problem with your bar, and it has been happening over the course of years, one after another.” Kruger said there are bad things happening all over the city, and he doesn’t know the good guys from the bad. A great tutorial on that can be found any time of day at the Cumby‘s on First Street.

“I’m a bad judge of people,” Kruger said, stating the obvious but not grasping the back-wrenching contradiction in what he next said: “I think everybody is good.”

And what did the PLB do? It voted to continue the hearing to December. No harm. No foul. No envelopes stuffed with $100 bills. The shooting most likely will disappear in the foggy dew, like so much of the violence and mayhem in The Land of Benigno Numine. The police haven’t issued the victim’s name, haven’t said if they have a suspect, nothing. Zilch. Nada. Neither The Lovely Linda “Trashcan” Tyer nor acting-interim-kinda-sorta police chief Mike “The Spin” Wynn want you to know about this sort of stuff. It goes too much against the narrative fiction.

So drinks on the house for everyone. Call the roller of fat cigars. Let the Big Lady sing, Stevens, because all is “vibrant” and “dynamic.” Call this miraculous non-intervention of the licensing board a form of magic peculiar to The Suits and Insiders of Pittsfield. Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski, don’t ask. You wouldn’t understand, although you definitely get it.

Folks, you can’t make up side-splitters like this. The Lantern‘s Fry-O-Lator isn’t up to code? Shut it down. Lach’s gets implicated in another shooting? No problem.

Vibrant. Dynamic.

The final punchline, given the PPD HQ’s proximity to Lach’s, is that police say they learned of the gunplay through Spot Spotter.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

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“Let the moon move the tides in such a way to wash us all clean.”Sir Tiberius Fruitjuice

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

The Usual Disclaimer.

 

96 Responses to “THREE SHOOTINGS IN TWO YEARS, ONE A MURDER, BUT DRINKS STILL FLOWING AT LACH’S LOUNGE”

  1. dusty
    October 6, 2017 at 12:34 am #

    Thank God for the Shot Spotter. At first I was bummed out that the mayor would spend so much money on what looked like a new toy. But now that I know that there are so many guns and gangs and shootings in Pittsfield I think it may have been a good investment.

    Although if I were a tourist in town I am not sure knowing the city had and very much needed a Shot Spotter, that it would comfort me much.

  2. Radar
    October 6, 2017 at 3:38 am #

    Once again, I reiterate- why are the cops only showing up when Spot Shotter alerts them?

    Why is the NEVER a visible police presence on that block when the bar lets out?

  3. The school committee
    October 6, 2017 at 4:09 am #

    Pittsfield has the busiest police department in the state.When your mayor buys a shotspotter system she and the city council have admitted we have a war being fought by gangsters and shes hoping this helps.Gangsters provide drugs to Stockbridge,Lee,Lenox,Dalton,Great Barrington,Sheffield,Williamstown,Hancock,Laneboro.Stockbridge citizens need to stop buying drugs from Pittsfield gangsters who have taken up residence here.Country curtains closing with 200 adults to be unemployed.

    • acheshirecat
      October 8, 2017 at 11:33 am #

      I agree. We have now have the shot spotter but still have the same old results. One person dead, shooter still at large, police pleading with the public for help solving the crime and a Mayor still basking in the limelight from latest trashcan ribbon cutting.

  4. CosbiesLadies
    October 6, 2017 at 4:31 am #

    Doesn’t help when you have free needle and free dope for addiction sites here either.

  5. Pat
    October 6, 2017 at 4:39 am #

    Somebody (Sara I think) wrote on this site the other day to let the police do their job because they always catch the bad guys. Well, that used to be true, but with these drive-by shootings the track record isn’t good at all. The mass shooting in a parking lot that happened two years ago on the 4th of July with one young man dying and others injured….shooters never caught. Same with the drive by shooting that happened just this past 4th of July and now we have the most recent drive-by shooting with the young woman shot while sitting in her car.

    Drive-by shootings are extremely difficult to solve. The police do their best, but the nature of the crime is such that they really do need people to come forward and help with the investigation, but with people living in fear this will usually not happen.

    • Skippy
      October 15, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

      Valenti is the greatest.

  6. Harry Merkin
    October 6, 2017 at 5:58 am #

    Lach’s obviously just needs a TIF as most TIF receiptiants dry up and blow away in short order.

  7. LoneGunMan
    October 6, 2017 at 6:07 am #

    great point on the fry-o-later!

  8. Arial Black
    October 6, 2017 at 6:12 am #

    And I say Lach’s is guilty of nothing more than being a watering hole for people who can’t afford a la-de-da wine bar. You know, the Little Guy.

  9. Mr. G
    October 6, 2017 at 6:19 am #

    Dan, is that true? Did the cops actually say they learned of it through shot spotter?!? I wondered that when it happened. And Radar, you are ABSOLUTELY right. The pressure points are obvious. Lach’s certainly appears to be one. There are always excuses made for not doing things like this “pressure point policing” and sometimes they are as ridiculous as “it happens near a shift change time so…we couldn’t possibly….” If banks in your town got robbed…once a week at exactly 1:30 AM Tuesday for say, three weeks, wouldn’t it make sense to have eyes of some sort on every bank the next Tuesday at around that time? Some will say “it’s not that simple” but know what…it IS that simple. Have a couple of cops take a walk around the block from HQ a couple of times at closing time each night for a month and I bet there will be less appearances before the board. And they don’t even have to enforce the code violations…just walk around the block.

    • Shakes His Head
      October 6, 2017 at 8:05 am #

      Or just sit a police car in the public parking lot behind the bar.

      • Mr. G
        October 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

        LOL…OK Shakes…even easier. No heart rate increase there even!

    • Radar
      October 6, 2017 at 9:41 am #

      I can guarantee not a single person would get shot, stabbed, jumped, assaulted or murdered with a cop car parked right smack dab in that parking lot. It just wouldn’t happen.

      You know what, it would also curtail excessive boozing as well. Patron who are driving, who know they have to walk past a cop who will then watch them pull off in a car would be very likely to drink less.

      No it’s very apparent, PPD has very little interest in preventing crime in that location.

      • Arial Black
        October 6, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

        Is it their job to prevent crime? Sounds like a tall order.

        • Mr. G
          October 6, 2017 at 8:02 pm #

          Not sure if you’re serious, but I think their job is to protect and serve. React and be invisible is not that.

          • Arial Black
            October 7, 2017 at 11:50 am #

            Do you think crime is preventable?

          • Mr. G
            October 7, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

            That is my whole point Arial. Look at statistics. If one KNOWS that violent crimes are likely ro be committed at a specific place, at a specific time (like closing time at a specific bar) one can put manpower in that place at that time and, yes, prevent crime.

          • Shakes His Head
            October 9, 2017 at 5:47 am #

            “Because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

          • T Rex
            October 11, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

            Valenti is the greatest.

  10. LoneGunMan
    October 6, 2017 at 7:09 am #

    I have a few questions regarding the BMC strike:

    1. Why is there no wait in the ER anymore?
    2. Why is it (according to numerous non-union workers) running more efficiently? WITH LESS STAFF
    3. Why are many of the travelling nurses applying for BMC jobs because they feel the contract is beyond generous and the nurses are crazy for striking?

    Why? Because the democrat shills like John Krol, Brendan Sheran and Helen Moonbat (and up north like Jason “I’d bang bernie for a breadline” Laforest are lapping up the votes getting the unionites all riled up. LaForest attacked security doing their job last night in North Adams. Keep talking about riots and pitchforks you Commie. We know who you really are

    • dusty
      October 6, 2017 at 7:29 am #

      Fake news Mr Phelps. You ain’t fooling anybody.

      • LoneGunMan
        October 6, 2017 at 7:36 am #

        wonder how many farmers used to help you over the fence.. baaaaaa

        • dusty
          October 6, 2017 at 12:51 pm #

          There were four the last time but they probably could have done it with two. And it is not very nice of you to make fun of a girls weight.

      • LoneGunMan
        October 6, 2017 at 7:40 am #

        And by the way, last weekend I had to go to the ER for an injury. Waited almost 3 hours in an empty waiting room.

        Had to go back yesterday due to stitches not properly done, in and out in an hour.

        Pretty soon we ill replace nurses with automated systems if the unions keeps this up

        • The school committee
          October 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

          Lone gunman dont like unions and good wages

          • 12 Gauge
            October 6, 2017 at 7:32 pm #

            School Committee likes picking the pockets of old people on fixed income so he can live it up at Lach”s

    • Still wondering
      October 6, 2017 at 8:05 am #

      I’ve known Jason for a long time. Great young man. I hope he wins.

      • LoneGunMan
        October 6, 2017 at 8:25 am #

        Yeah he’s a winner all around indeed. Blow hard know it all who cheats on his wife.

        • Still wondering
          October 6, 2017 at 9:10 am #

          He’s a democrat isn’t he? So it’s ok.

        • Mr. G
          October 6, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

          Wow…Ease back on the personal allegations Lone old boy. I don’t know who you are talking about but just really not cool.

  11. Don T
    October 6, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    gang bangers are here and looking to get incarcerated here,if a car parks in the middle of Dan Casey or someone fly’s by you going 90 within inches of you’re car, that would be a gang banger.

  12. H
    October 6, 2017 at 10:57 am #

    Mr. Phelps, if you should decide to take this Mission, be aware,no one likes you or the lazy Nurses. So, save you’re lucrative gig at all costs, and next time during a photo op, try not to look like a battered old man.

    • SojournerTruth
      October 7, 2017 at 5:17 am #

      Pheips = coffee making gofer under Mayor “Honest” Evan Dobelle….Likewise oddly enough, Krol = coffee making gofer under ” Renaissance” Jimmy Ruberto.. Yep, the same featherbedded job once held by the Sheriff’s sister, a carrotcake political hack, and the diverse wife of the Eagle’s activist VP., under “Vibrant and Dynamic” Taxing Trashcan Tyer. A stepping stone position for nascent politicians and the connected few. No matter how camouflaged the same enduring local political group (GOB).

      • dusty
        October 7, 2017 at 11:57 am #

        deep stuff right there man

  13. Trumped Up
    October 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm #

    Being locked out sucks.

  14. GhostRider
    October 6, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

    SC: I challenge you to back that statement up with facts and figures. “Pittsfield has the busiest police department in the state.”
    MAYBE I’d buy into it if you added on “for it’s size” or “of a city of equal size,” but clearly NOT the BUSIEST!!!

  15. Chris P. Bacon
    October 6, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    Has anyone in the Berkshires watched Harvey Weinstein take a shower?

    • Mr. G
      October 6, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

      Only once. Can’t unsee it

      • Chris P. Bacon
        October 8, 2017 at 6:18 pm #

        At least it wasn’t Carmen.

  16. Radar
    October 6, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

    Venture over the the PPD’s public police log page…how interesting that there are no entries for 10-2 and 10-3, when bullets were flying all over the city and a young girl got murdered…

    10-1 is available. And public logs resume on 10-4….

    Again, another indication of just whose interests our local law enforcement favors. And it’s not the public’s…

    • Spagirl
      October 8, 2017 at 5:32 am #

      I thought the same Radar. I went back for two days and definitely observed that very same thing.

  17. mi
    October 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

    Someone has to take charge in this City. We have a great area to live. Something has to change, start pulling these thugs off the Streets, start enforcing citatations to maniacal drivers, for instance, it is out of control. Repeat offenders, that’s another joke, there are I dividuals that have had over 100 calls on them, they still walk the streets.

  18. The school committee
    October 6, 2017 at 4:23 pm #

    Courts…25 year old arrested on rape charge…been convicted and sent to jail at 18…again out to be convicted at 22…then out to be arrested for sexual assault…….judges are a big part of pittsfields problem.

  19. The school committee
    October 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm #

    Armed robbery of Georges package with man running down elm street with another gun

  20. Roberto Del Halatoso
    October 6, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    And now George’s on Elm was just held up.

  21. The school committee
    October 6, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    Mayor thinks we are vibrant in the arts

  22. Jonathan Melle
    October 6, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

    Lenox State Rep Smitty Pignatelli doesn’t support a regional government for Berkshire County, but wants municipalities and public school districts to share services. Who will administer the shared services? Each set of municipalities or school districts? The state government?
    Smitty Pignatelli goes onto disparage Berkshire County for being “older, sicker, poorer” than the rest of Massachusetts. Well, Smitty Pignatelli has been in public office for decades! He has been a State Rep. since early-January of 2003 through present day. Why hasn’t he done anything but vote himself legislative pay raises for the past +14-years?
    Smitty Pignatelli is the poster child for everything that is wrong with government. He is a career politician who votes himself pay raises, while the people who pay his public salary live in the real world!
    – Jonathan Melle

    • Pat
      October 7, 2017 at 12:44 pm #

      Smitty Pignatelli may not be sick and he is extremely wealthy, but he is definitely not young. True, Jonathan, if he had done his job properly, Berkshire County wouldn’t be falling apart.

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  24. The school committee
    October 7, 2017 at 2:30 am #

    Tax cuts for the rich and wealthy wont bring 1 job to Pittsfield ma.Bouvier wont bring 1 job to Pittsfield ma.
    Im thinking Eberwien will run thr shared services.Bouvier and Amuso,Masimiano,Yon,Eberwien all gave you a undersized Taconic for 120 million and in 2 years they will want 120 million to do PHS and Pittsfield will spend a quarter of a billion dollar to build buildings to educate 1600 kids and shrinking

  25. The school committee
    October 7, 2017 at 2:45 am #

    Tyer is now completely dependent on residential tax rates going up .Anyone can do the job as mayoras you just charge it to 75 year old retired veterans on ssi…..Pittsfield schools never laid off 1 person not 1 person as the eagle and Mcliar said 28 teachers and 42 paras…….Did Tyer find the murderer yet ,did Tyer find the the robber with guns from Georges yet, is Allendale schoolbuilt on a toxic General Electric donated swamp,did Tyer build a Walmart in the hood

    • Jonathan Melle
      October 7, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

      For the past 4 decades, Pittsfield politics has increased its municipal operating budget by around 5% every fiscal year. For fiscal year 2019, Pittsfield politics will be at its levy ceiling under Prop. 2.5. Things will have to change! But, Pittsfield will never change!

  26. The school committee
    October 7, 2017 at 2:51 am #

    Make 1 good decision for Pittsfield and put Halloween parade back on North street and people will attend it again.20k on North and maybe 200 on Tyler.Your so out of touch

    • 12 Gauge
      October 8, 2017 at 6:15 pm #

      The Tyer trash cans on Tyler will draw big crowds. They are big and sturdy so the gangsters will have somewhere to dump bodies.

  27. The school committee
    October 7, 2017 at 2:56 am #

    If we put a deposit on syringes and say 25 cents a syringe we could keep our city safe as junkies are throwing them out the windows into the grass along the road.

  28. The school committee
    October 7, 2017 at 3:01 am #

    Pittsfield police are good at patrolling but alwful as traffic control.Is it possible to make a rule they must keep their heads up and be in ready position when doing a work detail for safety of the pittsfield drivers.

    • dusty
      October 7, 2017 at 4:00 am #

      would the police have to respond to so many traffic accidents if there was more traffic enforcement? Like red light runners….this week saw an about 80 year old woman run a light near Allendale…saw a city bucket loader run the light on East and First st., several texters swerving back and forth and the usual hundreds of cars and semis blowing through the Coltsville intersection.

      Either issue some tickets or take the God damn lights down and save the electric costs

      • h
        October 7, 2017 at 6:29 am #

        Fire and safety basically work for the insurance companies,as far as what you pay in rates. It would be in the best interest of the rate payer and insurance companies to have a more stringent enforcement. I’m with dusty one hundred percent, the driving and disrespect of others on the roads is out of control and has been for years. On the fire side there have been a couple of conspicuous fires that comes to mind involving apartment complexes,have there been any evidence of why those two burned down?

      • Bill Q
        October 7, 2017 at 10:03 am #

        Attenion Druggies, you can’t leave yo car running In the middle of traffic. Seen that twice.

      • Spagirl
        October 8, 2017 at 5:24 am #

        Yes.

    • Spagirl
      October 8, 2017 at 5:38 am #

      Every time I go by an officer on road detail they are looking at their phones… or are b.s..ing with a construction worker. This is not a rare observation.

      • Shakes His Head
        October 9, 2017 at 5:49 am #

        Tax money at work.

  29. Madame Du Barry
    October 7, 2017 at 11:26 am #

    Streets are. It safe.

  30. Pat
    October 7, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

    Berkshire Eagle asks poll question on their website “Do you feel safe in your neighborhood?” As expected, people living in poorer neighborhoods in Pittsfield will of course respond that they don’t feel safe, while anyone associated with the Public School System especially teachers and administrators and of course all City personnel will answer that yes they are all warm and safe and fuzzy in their wealthier neighborhoods thank you very much.

    Since the Berkshire Eagle just recently discovered that poor people (lots of them) actually live here in Berkshire County, the polls results will probably also be a shock to them.

  31. Silent Cal
    October 7, 2017 at 1:04 pm #

    What happened on Appleton? Many State and Local cops at a house there.

    • Spagirl
      October 8, 2017 at 5:22 am #

      Someone with active warrants running. Ran into an unlocked house and locked the doors.

  32. Don T
    October 7, 2017 at 1:13 pm #

    The Cemetery’s are big time drug havens and the Lakes this year, there have been loiterers on Lillybrook Rd. no neighborhood is safe,and you have different kinds of crime. Some lady was raising her fist to me because I was going the speed limit at Springside and Brown. I slow down when someone does that.

    • Silent Cal
      October 7, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

      Lillybrook Rd. is dead end with a nice cul de sac with no houses around. The residents there know what’s going on. Just one street away from the mayor.

      • Don T
        October 7, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

        And the calls came from neighbors saying description of said cul de sac infiltrators, and that they ( infiltrators shouldn’t be there) Cops arrive, they’re gone or moved along. Three times, heard it.

  33. EddieP
    October 7, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

    Helicopter circling the jail Sat. afternoon, sheriff Dept. scanner was active, looking for something/somebody.

    • Cosbies
      October 7, 2017 at 6:26 pm #

      O j looking for the killers.

  34. Spagirl
    October 8, 2017 at 5:17 am #

    Maybe! …… Maybe if the Berkshire Eagle buries the story Gunman robs Georges Liquor Store in Pittsfield…. in the bottom right hand corner on page B6 in Sundays paper……people will miss it. Just Maybe!!!

    • dusty
      October 8, 2017 at 7:07 am #

      If the Eagle printed that story they may not have gotten any more advertising from that client. Places need to appear safe to shop in or near.

      IBerkshires on the other hand blew the cover..so the story is true

  35. Madame Du Barry
    October 8, 2017 at 8:54 am #

    Look, you know who the bars are. There has been some incredible incidents of patrons coming from the bars. Do you think most are sober when they leave?

    • Wilson
      October 8, 2017 at 4:12 pm #

      They aren’t even sober when they get there judging by the bottles and cans they toss from their cars

  36. Wild in the Streets
    October 8, 2017 at 10:43 am #

    Maybe today’s rain will offset the Horsecrap left on the Lenox Parade route. Horses bolted at the Parade? That could have been a disaster.

    • dusty
      October 8, 2017 at 10:57 am #

      Story I heard was that a prissy young filly accidentally stepped in the the dung dropped from the aging mare in front of her. And then proceeded to go nuts on her getting the whole flock of horseys in a tizzy. The whole thing was caught on tape and apparently the horsey that unwittingly dropped her excrement in the path of the debutante will be heretofore be turned into glue.

      and let that be a lesson to others who crap before royalty

      so said the Donald

  37. Len X Abhorant
    October 8, 2017 at 10:51 am #

    Speaking of Horsecrap, thank you NFL for putting the Browns vs Jets on, what a nail biter.

  38. CosbiesLadies
    October 8, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    I’ll be taking two knees at halftime, praying they change to another game.

    • dusty
      October 8, 2017 at 10:58 am #

      Spectrum is trying to force us all to buy their over priced sports package.

    • Gobsig
      October 8, 2017 at 6:24 pm #

      Monica,is that you?

  39. Shelly Liver
    October 8, 2017 at 11:13 am #

    Or the Jets.I think I have the charter package.

  40. Bill Q
    October 8, 2017 at 11:49 am #

    The first half is as bad as Taconic’s vs Hoosic half the other day. I’m watching a P B A Bowling rerun, thanx Speck.

  41. mi
    October 8, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

    Remember when Cumberland Farms was on Tyler and Cheery?

    • Voytek Gobsigski
      October 8, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

      Those were the days.

      • acheshirecat
        October 9, 2017 at 5:17 am #

        I don’t remember that one but I remember the one on the corner of Dalton Ave and Harvard St.. The only things my old brain remember on Tyler and Cherry was the open air fruit market on one side and Laurins garage opposite of that and a sewing machine repair shop on another corner. Was it where Zens pub is now?

        • mi
          October 9, 2017 at 6:24 am #

          On the corner cat. Across from the variety Store.

  42. CosbiesLadies
    October 8, 2017 at 9:18 pm #

    Yeah, remember the old dude that worked in there,kids used to rob him blind.

  43. RobEM
    October 9, 2017 at 3:57 am #

    How many bars with troubles have closed in the past? The crime just moves on to the next one. Maybe Lach’s could put cameras outside. Have the monitor visible to the customers. Maybe the trouble might move to the next one.

  44. RobEM
    October 9, 2017 at 4:18 am #

    OR the city could install surveillance cameras. City Hall is across the street, put one there. Put some on the light poles in the parking lot.

    • h
      October 9, 2017 at 7:22 am #

      It’s about come to that. Your second amendment rights might be comprimised.

  45. Voytek Gobsigski
    October 9, 2017 at 7:27 am #

    Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer said she’s aware of and shares the same concerns and anxieties that news of high crime rates can cause but assures the public that Pittsfield is a safe city.

    “We are not naive to assume that we’re not dealing with crime. We have a certain element of our society that has chosen to conduct themselves in a criminal manner. And, at the same time, we are doing our best to make the proper investments in the Police Department,” Tyer said.

    Among those investments is Amanda Steben, the city’s crime analyst, who compiles daily data from the department and is able to develop a more current overview of the state of crime in the city, rather than reacting to the FBI’s annual data, which represent the previous year.

    “That alone helps us be better decision-makers,” Tyer said.

    • H
      October 9, 2017 at 8:47 am #

      Thank you Mayor, we have a problem.

    • dusty
      October 9, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

      Sounds a little like Trump. ” Crime like we have never seen before.” People would be proud of how we are dealing with it.
      And the Lord has touched down in Puerto Rico and given bread an fish to the people who are eating heartily

    • Radar
      October 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

      At least the mayor of North Adams was more transparent. He said that even though he doesn’t personally feel unsafe, he realizes “the numbers don’t lie.” Yeah, ya think?

      The most interesting parts of that article? The Pittsfield mayor admitting that instead of actual law enforcement and crime solving, they are relying on someone to analyze data and a shot spotter to notify police when gunshots go off…waiting to hear about the measurable outcomes that either of those methods result in…