After a series of shootings, residents of Troy are being assured they'll be safe this weekend.
Officials in Troy invite you to come downtown over the weekend. There will be more police presence and visibility, especially around the vicinity of 4th and Congress streets, near Kokopellis nightclub, the scene of a January melee, and home to Gino's Pizza, where a gunman sprayed five customers with shots during the wee hours this past Sunday. The victims all survived, and police aim to reassure citizens it's safe to visit the Collar City.
The city of Pittsfield has hired a Berkshire native with international conflict experience to tackle gang activity and prevention.
Adam Hinds of Shelburne Falls, Mass. has traveled to conflict areas the whole world was watching. Just months ago, he was in the government-controlled city of Damascus, Syria working for the United Nations to disarm the country’s chemical weapons program.
The Massachusetts State Legislature this week approved both a new budget for the fiscal year that began Monday and a supplemental budget for the just concluded fiscal year. The action saved a summer jobs program geared toward helping inner-city youth all across the state. It also assured that an anti-crime program in one city that has received national attention will continue.
A group of concerned citizens is organizing an event this week to address the subject of reducing violent crime in Berkshire County.
The group called Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice this week is organizing a meeting involving area residents, professionals, and public safety officials to discuss a wide variety of topics related to school and community violence.