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I WITNESS: What will it take to ban assault weapons?

Welcome to the new America: a breeding ground for vitriol, animosity, and homicidal rage.

News Briefs: Lake Mansfield trail work; Mass Pike bridge deck repair; GBPD joins use-of-force database

The GBPD joins hundreds of police departments nationwide in reaffirming their commitment to better data, which can be used to develop policies and procedures and build a stronger understanding of when, why and how officers use force when detaining suspects.

Monument Mountain ninth-graders meet the pros on first Career Day

The morning served as a kick-off to the district’s initiatives to deepen connections between the district and the community, and help even the school’s youngest students start to envision a future for themselves in the work world.

Extensive investigation begins after family of five found dead in Sheffield fire ‘incident’

A primary search revealed the presence of one individual who was dead. A secondary search revealed four additional individuals who were dead. Neither the names of the victims nor the causes of death were available for release on Wednesday, District Attorney Harrington said.

Convicted drug dealer seeks more than $300,000 in damages from town; his suit against Fairview Hospital dismissed

Ryan P. Babcock, then 27, was taken into custody by Great Barrington police on June 5, 2013, after his girlfriend's mother had called the department concerned about her daughter's safety in Babcock's car.

Breach of town ‘trust policy’ disputed after ICE arrest of immigrant

Great Barrington Police Chief Bill Walsh said his department "played a minimal role in this operation"; that he reported it to his boss, Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin, the next day; and that he responded to media inquiries on the incident.

Let the recreational pot sales begin — at least in ‘Theory’

Outside the front door, there were a few heaters and a line of customers that snaked around the edge of the parking lot all the way to Route 7, where a table by the Marketplace Cafe was set up offering free hot coffee to shivering patrons.

In ‘frightening’ display, ICE agents arrest immigrant worker on Main Street

"It was kind of disturbing for everyone in here,” Will Curletti said of the customers and employees in his coffee shop. "You know, the government is shut down and we're still pulling people off the street. You hate to see that happen."

News Brief: GBPD to host Community Police Academy

Topics that the course will cover include how police officers work, special police operations, use of force, policies and procedures, criminal law, and investigations.

News Brief: GBPD joins ‘near miss’ initiative

Near misses can occur any time during the performance of law enforcement duties and, at times, can include situations like armed subjects, domestic disputes, thefts and shootings.

News Briefs: GBPD make arrest after home invasion; reward offered in red-tailed hawk shooting

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 1:30 p.m., Great Barrington police were dispatched to a Park Street home for a report of a past break-in and assault. Upon arrival, officers conducted an on-scene investigation and learned that the victim was home when a man, later identified as Thorpe, kicked in the back door of the home and entered.

News Brief: Great Barrington Fire Department rescues dog following fall

After another passing hiker assisted by climbing across the boulders and identified the dog's location, Great Barrington firefighters were able to access the crevice and retrieve the dog.

Student who wore Confederate flag prompts more soul searching at Monument

“I was told that we need to become a more inclusive and understanding community, and this incident confirms we have work to do. I assure you we have already begun and will continue to educate our youth about the horrors of hate and prejudice." -- MMRHS Principal Douglas Wine

News Briefs: Fairview disaster exercise; GBPD mental health first aid course; Mass Pike lane closures

Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety provides officers with more response options to help them de-escalate incidents and better understand mental illnesses so they can respond to mental health-related calls appropriately without compromising anyone's safety.

Great Barrington Police arrest two men following weekend crash

The owner of the property where the crash occurred attempted to provide aid to the occupants of the car, who subsequently assaulted him and fled.

News Brief: GB police arrest man for trespassing and disorderly conduct

Lawrence, who had previously been issued a no-trespass order for Christian Hill Commons, failed to comply with officers' requests to calm down and was subsequently placed under arrest.

News Briefs: GBPD responds to crash; GB absentee voting ballots; Citizens’ Legislative Seminar

Absentee voting ballots must be received at the Great Barrington Town Hall by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.
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