Another man is facing charges connected to an ongoing investigation into prostitution in the city of Pittsfield. The Berkshire Eagle reports that 59 year old Mark Beauchemin, of Pittsfield, was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance. Dangerousness hearings, meanwhile, for the first two men arrested in the investigation — 45 year old Randy Lambach, of Becket, and 65-year-old Joseph Van Wert of Pittsfield — were moved to January 12th. Both men continue to be held without the right to bail, pending results of those hearings. Several other men have been identified in the investigation. They are facing charges ranging from paying for sexual conduct to deriving support from prostitution and human trafficking.


Car Rolls Over Pittsfield Woman's Leg

Police, fire, and ambulance responded to 48 Elizabeth Street in Pittsfield Wednesday morning for a report of a woman whose leg was run over by a vehicle. According to a press release from the Pittsfield Police Department, the vehicle rolled backward after the driver, 58-year-old Pittsfield resident Maria Leon, exited without putting it in park. The vehicle knocked her over and then ran over her leg. Leon was taken to Berkshire Medical Center where she was treated for what were determined to be non-life threatening injuries. The accident remains under investigation by the Pittsfield Police Traffic Bureau.


North Adams City Council Passes Final Measure Of The Year

The North Adams City Council unanimously approved a change in sick-time buyback for non-union employees, during its last meeting of the term on Tuesday. reports that the ordinance had been submitted by City Councilor Lisa Blackmer and passed to a second reading with the condition that it be reviewed by the city solicitor. The ordinance changes the amount of money retired nonunion employees receive for unused sick time from $20 to $45 a day, in line with the public employee unions, and can only be accrued after 20 years of service. Also during Tuesday’s meeting, outgoing North Adams Mayor, Richard Alcombright, addressed the council for the final time.

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