Police in Pittsfield are investigating a knifepoint robbery that took place this past Saturday at the Lipton Mart on Elm Street in Pittsfield. The robbery was the third robbery at that store since July.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that according to police one person entered the store shortly before 10:30 pm, displayed a knife, and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Pittsfield Police Lt. Gary Traversa says that the department was limiting the amount of information it was releasing with the investigation still ongoing.

The same Lipton Mart also was robbed last July 12th and on August 29th.

Police are asking that anyone who may have witnessed, or who may have information about this incident, is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau, the Drug Tips hotline at 413-448-9708, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

 

Great Barrington Hit-And-Run Driver Still Sought

Great Barrington Police are looking for the driver of a car that struck a Pittsfield woman who was crossing the road in a crosswalk on Main Street on Friday afternoon.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that Courtney Haner suffered minor injuries when she was hit shortly after 1:30pm while crossing the street in front of Rite Aid. The driver continued northbound without stopping. The plate number was not obtained, but Haner told police the plates were from either Rhode Island or Connecticut. The vehicle itself was a white SUV with a gold grill.

Haner told the police that she was not knocked down – and she refused medical treatment at the scene. She did however go to Berkshire Medical Center later, where she was treated for contusions to her pelvis. Haner said that she has spoken with police about checking surveillance footage from nearby businesses that may have captured the incident. As of Sunday, the driver has not yet been found. According to the police log, it was unclear whether the driver knew they had hit the woman.

Safety and visibility of crosswalks on Main Street route 7 have worried residents and town officials in recent years after a number of accidents there, including a 2016 incident in which a family of four was struck while using a Main Street crosswalk.

You may also recall, a woman was killed in a Route 7 crosswalk in Sheffield last year, prompting more aggressive speed limit enforcement in that community, and calls from town officials to the Department of Transportation to officially lower speed limits.

 

2 Arrested For Heroin Trafficking

A Lanesborough man is being held without bail on multiple charges including trafficking over 100 grams of heroin and illegal weapons possession.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that 20 year old Tanner Murray is allegedly connected to a Williamstown Road apartment where police found 5,500 bags of heroin, as well as a loaded, unsecured handgun. Murray’s attorney says his client denies the accusations, and supported that argument by noting that he was in custody at the time of the search that turned up the drugs and the weapon.

Police believe Murray had been supplying heroin to 28 year old Robert Scutt, of North Adams, who was allegedly selling heroin and crack cocaine in the North Adams area. Murray was ordered held without bail until June 19th after his arraignment on February and dangerousness hearing in February in Central Berkshire District Court. He has since been indicted by a Berkshire grand jury.

Murray pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on charges trafficking in heroin, distribution of heroin, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal ownership of a firearm, improper storage of a firearm and possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card.

Scutt pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court to possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.