Lanesborough Police

Lanesborough Police Lanesborough Police Department Official page for the Town of Lanesborough, MA Police Department. STORY This is the official page of the Lanesborough, MA Police Department.

This page was created to provide people who live, work or visit Lanesborough with an interest in the department, access to information about the Lanesborough Police and a platform with which to interact with the Lanesborough Police. This page is not monitored 24/7. The Lanesborough Police Department manages this page as a limited public forum and therefore the following conditions apply. * A posting on this page constitutes acceptance of these terms. * In case of emergency, or if you need police assistance, dial 911. * Do not use this page to report a crime. Call 413-443-4107 or 911 (emergency). * If you post information related to a crime on this page, you may be placing yourself in a position of becoming a witness to a crime and subject yourself to subpoena. * "Friending" between the Lanesborough Police Department and a citizen does not indicate endorsement of that person's actions or comments. * Comments posted by others on the Lanesborough Police Department's page are not to be considered the opinion of the Lanesborough Police Department; nor does the Lanesborough Police endorse any third-party comments on this page. * The Lanesborough Police Department reserves the right to remove and/or block anyone who posts inappropriate material as determined by the Lanesborough Police.

Mission: To Protect and Serve

Operating as usual


We’re still on for tomorrow! Bags of candy have been packaged and are waiting to be handed out!


Good afternoon everyone! I just want to remind all the Lanesborough kids to come and join us as we hand out candy on Saturday 10/31/2020 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Lanesborough Elementary School. We hope to move things along quickly so drive on thru while wearing your costume as members of the Lanesborough Police Department and Lanesborough Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Department hand out candy. Each child will get a bag of candy and a regular size chocolate bar. We know it's not as good as going Trick or Treat, but we're trying to make the best of it!
So come out and join us!
Chief Tim Sorrell

This coming month members of LPD are participating in 2020 Home Base No Shave where we are asking for your help to raise...
Fundraising for Massachusetts General Hospital

This coming month members of LPD are participating in 2020 Home Base No Shave where we are asking for your help to raise funds to treat the invisible wounds for Veterans, Service Members and Military Families.

Please click the link and help us reach our goal for the month of November!

Help us raise funds to treat the invisible wounds for money for Veterans, Service Members and Military Families.

From the FBI. regarding internet safety. Child Abductors Potentially Using Social Media or Social Networks to Lure Victi...
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From the FBI. regarding internet safety.

Child Abductors Potentially Using Social Media or Social Networks to Lure Victims In Lieu of an In-Person Ruse

The FBI warns the public of the potential threat of individuals posing as minors on popular social media or social networks to lure victims in lieu of immediate, inperson ruse with the intent to abduct. Due to COVID-19 related school closures, minors likely will be at greater risk for encountering offenders online as they seek to occupy their free time with increased social media use.


The FBI defines child abduction as the unexplained disappearance of a minor, especially very young minors (generally, any child under 12). Additionally, the FBI defines "social media" as websites and mobile applications that allow users to create and share content or to participate in social networking. "Social networks" however, are defined as websites and mobile applications used to interact with other users or to find people with similar interests.


While criminals exploit social media and social networks to commit crimes involving child sexual abuse material, sex trafficking of a minor, and child sex tourism, the use of these platforms to facilitate child abductions is lesser known.

FBI investigations indicate child abductors can use social media, social networks, and dating applications to identify, initiate contact, and gain access to children prior to their abduction. Potential child abductors use these tools as lower-risk methods of gaining access to and luring child victims, compared to other methods such as an in-person ruse. In some cases, child victims are groomed online, enticing the victim to meeting with an abductor in person, which can then lead to them being taken against their will.

Due to the availability of the Internet to all age groups, potential abductors can mislead children by pretending to be someone in their age group and creating a relationship of false trust. While the stated minimum age for most social media and social networking websites and applications is 13, younger children can, and often do, find alternate ways to gain access.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, children had access to playgrounds, bus stops, malls, and public spaces more frequently. And while the risk of abduction existed, a criminal abducting a minor in person in a public place was at greater risk of exposure due to potential witnesses. The risk of immediate detection is much lower online. Although the number of abductions in which offenders used social media and social networks as the initial contact accounts for a small percentage of FBI child abduction investigations, as children spend more time on a computer or mobile devices with access to social media or networks, the FBI expects the percentage of offenders using social media or networks as the initial contact method to increase. Open source research indicates 22 percent of teenagers log on to their preferred social media website more than 10 times per day and 50 percent of children log on more than once a day. Due to their limited capacity for self-regulation and their heightened susceptibility to peer pressure, children are at greater risk of falling prey to potential child abductors as they navigate social media.

With current restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in many areas of the United States are likely to remain closed, resulting in children being left at home and potentially unsupervised due to reduced daycare options and parents having to return to work. As a result, they are likely to spend more time on the Internet, further increasing their vulnerability.

Representative Examples

During and prior to COVID-19 restrictions, the FBI identified instances where social media or social networks were used to facilitate child abductions, such as in the following examples:

In June 2020, a 13-year-old girl was reported missing by her father, who stated she met someone on social media the week prior. The 13-year-old used social media to communicate with a 21-year-old man who traveled from Louisiana to Texas to pick up the girl. Customs and Border Protection intercepted the abductor's vehicle, recovered the victim, and arrested and charged the abductor with aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault. The victim later revealed she believed she found a new friend online who would help her run away to Mexico.
In October 2019, an 11-year-old girl was reported missing. She had been using a social media application to connect with two people, who communicated with the child over the course of several months. The individuals later revealed they planned to abduct the girl and instructed her to bring her passport and immunization records when they met. The victim was recovered and reunited her with her family before the abductors could fully follow through with their plan.
In March 2016, a 13-year-old girl left her home to meet with an individual she had been communicating with online, whom she thought was a young boy. When she arrived at the agreed upon meeting place, she realized he was not who he claimed to be, but he forced her into his car and sped away. The abductor physically and sexually assaulted her. The FBI recovered the victim four days after the kidnapping, when the abductor posted online images of himself abusing the victim.
Victim Reporting

If you believe you are or someone you know is the target or victim of child abduction:

Contact your local law enforcement agency or your local FBI field office (contact information can be found at

File a complaint online with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at

Report child abductions and/or attempted child abductions to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

Victims are encouraged to keep all original documentation, emails, text messages, and logs of communication with the subject. Do not delete anything before law enforcement is able to review it; and

Tell law enforcement everything about the online encounters. It may be embarrassing for the parent or child, but it is necessary to find the offender. When reporting online scams, be as descriptive as possible in the complaint form by providing:

Name and/or username of the subject
Email addresses and phone numbers used by the subject
Web sites used by the subject
Description of all interaction with the subject
What to Do if Your Device Has Been Compromised

Do not forward any suspected e-mails or files.
Disconnect the device from all networks immediately and turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Consult with your corporate IT department, ensuring they are notified of any significant changes.
If there is no IT department, consult with qualified third-party cyber security experts.
Report cyber attacks or scams to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at
It is helpful for law enforcement to have as much information as possible to use in the course of investigating these incidents; however, it is not required in order to receive assistance.

The FBI produced this public service announcement to bring awareness to parents and children of the threat posed by child abductors and increase awareness of the dangers of sharing details with or trusting strangers on social media or social network platforms.

The IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the actual victim or from a third party to the complainant. We can best process your complaint if we receive accurate and complete information from you. Therefore, we request you provide the following information when filing a complaint:

Lanesborough Animal Control

Lanesborough Animal Control

If anyone recognizes my partner for this evening his shift is over and he needs a ride home.
Found on Old Cheshire rd.

Sign Theft 7/10/2020 from Partridge Rd

This is the same vehicle and most likely female and / or sibling or friend involved in a theft of sign on 8/27/2020, as well as stealing a sign on this day as well. Girls please contact the Lanesborough PD and take responsibility before it's to late! It's only a matter of time!
Chief Sorrell

Another sign thief 8/27/2020

We have another sign thief we need your help catching! People need to understand that even though you don't support a certain candidate it doesn't give anyone the right to enter private property and destroy property! Summer St. Lanesboorugh on 8/27/2020 at 3:10pm. My personal suggestion is if you're this person or the parent of this person turn yourself in!
Chief Sorrell

Vandalism Partridge Rd / Summer St., Lanesborough

Another case of vandalism, Partridge Road and Summer Street we need your help on! This time this party felt the right to tear down another person's political sign. If you recognize this person please contact us.
Chief Tim Sorrell

Lanesborough Animal Control

Lanesborough Animal Control

***Owner has been located, thank you all for sharing*****

Anyone missing this dog? Please contact Lanesborough Animal Control. Proof of ownership and current vaccination required.

Lanesborough Fire Department

Lanesborough Fire Department

As always we sort through our donated cans and bottles on Wednesday nights pre training. We happened to find a bag with what seems to be someone’s tools. It is a mix of various home owners tools. We would like to get them back to the rightful owner. Please share. Message us to identify them and claim.

We suspect it won’t be long before these crews hit our town as they have been very active in surrounding Communities. Pl...

We suspect it won’t be long before these crews hit our town as they have been very active in surrounding Communities.
Please be vigilant and report suspicious activity and use common sense when leaving your car!!

Date: August 17, 2020

In recent days, the Town of Adams has experienced an increase in stolen vehicles and thefts of items from inside parked cars. These incidents are occurring in the late evening and early morning hours. We are asking residents to be vigilant and immediately report suspicious activity to the Adams Police Department.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these simple tips can help reduce the chance of you becoming a victim:

• Take your vehicle's key; do not leave it in or on your vehicle.
• Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
• Park in well-lit areas, if possible.
• Never leave valuables in your vehicle, especially if they can be seen from outside the vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Adams Police Department as 413-743-1212.

Goofy was found wandering around the area of Rt. 7 and Miner Rd. in Lanesborough, he's looking forward to going back hom...

Goofy was found wandering around the area of Rt. 7 and Miner Rd. in Lanesborough, he's looking forward to going back home if his owners would like to claim him, call us at 413-443-4107


Big Elmer is having some work done this morning and getting a trim. Summer Street is closed. Please use Prospect Street as a detour.


Good morning everyone!
Today is 7/31/2020 and it's absolutely beautiful outside! It's been awhile since I've checked in with everyone so here we go. I hope everyone is doing fine and getting through everything that's going on in the Town, the Country and the World! I hope everyone has been able to stay healthy, both mentally and physically. We at the Lanesborough Police Department are doing fine as far as I know, we're all healthy and continue to faithfully and willingly serve the Town of Lanesborough and it's residents. Things are generally quiet in town, the lake appeared to be quite busy last weekend and we had a few noise complaints but all in all things have been quiet. I anticipate some electrical line work being done by Eversource next week in the areas of Bull Hill Rd. and Balance Rock Rd., so please use caution and expect some delays. As always if anyone needs anything or has any questions please don't hesitate to contact us at 413-443-4107 or via email at [email protected] and we'll attempt to help you out, get the answer your looking for or hopefully steer you in the right direction. I'll end this by wishing everyone a good weekend, stay healthy and happy and please remember to maintain your "Social Distancing" .
Chief Timothy C. Sorrell

Lanesborough Animal Control

Lanesborough Animal Control

Found on Swamp Rd this morning. No tags. Pup is at the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter awaiting pick up.
Proof of ownership and up to date rabies vaccination required.

Retired Lanesborough Police Officer. Rest In Peace you’ll be missed.
Ronald Weider 1940 - 2020 - Obituary

Retired Lanesborough Police Officer.
Rest In Peace you’ll be missed.

View Ronald Weider's obituary, send flowers and sign the guestbook.

City Hall - City of Pittsfield

City Hall - City of Pittsfield

***MassDOT Advisory: Ashuwillticook Rail Trail:
Re-opening of southern section on Saturday/
Temporary closure of northern section as of June 29 for construction work**

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that the southern section of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail will be re-opened to the public beginning on Saturday, June 27, which includes access to the Berkshire Mall Connector Road parking lots.

Meanwhile, on Monday, June 29, the northern section of the trail will temporary close to the public in order to facilitate Phase II of the resurfacing project that is upgrading an 11-mile section of the trail. The closure of the northern section is anticipated to be in place through October 2020. During the closure, there will be no public access to the northern section or travel allowed from Church Street in Cheshire north to the Visitor’s Center in Adams.

All scheduled work is weather dependent and may be impacted due to an emergency situation.

The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is an old railroad track converted into a 10-foot-wide trail. The trail runs 12.7 miles through the towns of Cheshire, Lanesborough and Adams. Cheshire Reservoir, and the Hoosic River are some of the scenic areas along the trail corridor. Due to the State of Emergency declared at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Massachusetts, the trail’s visitor center, restrooms and picnic areas are currently closed.

MassDOT appreciates the patience of the public as trail improvements are made this summer and fall.


Please be advised that on Tuesday 6/23/2020 Eversource will have numerous Utility trucks and crews, along with Police Detail Officers on Bull Hill Rd. starting at 0800hrs until the work day is finished. Please expect delays and avoid this area if possible.
Chief Timothy C. Sorrell

Great work to all those involved in taking down these scammers!!
Investigators Arrest Two In North County In Nationwide Organized Fraud Scheme

Great work to all those involved in taking down these scammers!!

Investigators Arrest Two In Nationwide Organized Fraud Scheme Law enforcement executed search warrants at three locations in the Northern Berkshires on Monday and arrested two individuals as part of a three-month investigation into a nationwide organized fraud scheme.

***********Attention ***********Pontoosuc lake will be treated on June 11th

***********Attention ***********

Pontoosuc lake will be treated on June 11th


Good morning everyone! It's Friday 6/5/2020 and everyone is still healthy here at the Lanesborough Police Department. Town wide it appears as though we're doing good, I want to remind everyone of the Annual Town Meeting taking place on Tuesday June 9th and Town Elections to follow the week after.
More importantly, especially to our graduating Seniors at MGRSD, Saturday the 6th of June is Graduation. In honor of those graduating Seniors the Lanesborough Police, Fire and EMS will be leading a wave parade in honor of those graduating Seniors. The wave parade caravan will be forming up around 12:30pm on Saturday the 6th, in the South bound breakdown lane of Rt. 7 on the New Ashford / Williamstown town line. Once the graduates and their families finish the ceremony and join the wave parade caravan we'll proceed South on Rt.7 to the Lanesborough / Pittsfield town line. Supporters can participate by standing by in areas such as the South bound rest area on Rt. 7 in Lanesborough, the driveway to Laston Park, the Lanesborough Town Hall, just to name a few locations, all the while maintaining "Social Distancing".
Congratulations to the graduating class "2020" of Mount Greylock Regional School District , have a safe and joyful weekend! and be SAFE!
Chief Tim Sorrell


8 Prospect St
Lanesborough, MA


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i'm sitting here watching the news and i can feel my blood pressure going up because of the heart braking treatment of our leo's.... because of the actions of a few bad apples..... but at the end of the day when these haters and vote grabbing politicians need a life saving hand..... who do they call?????? a person dressed in a blue unifrom who has a family waiting/preying for them to come home safe....... it reminds me of the saying of "biting the hand that feeds you".... god bless the leo's and keep them safe.... because i know you will always have my family's 6, i'l always have your 6
Rooster found last night on North Main...
Are Lanesborough playgrounds/playground equipment officially open yet?
Is there supposed to be a speed sign posted on North Main St? If so what is it?
Hello I dropped some keys off the other day I was wondering if you were able to find out who’s they were . Have a good day
All day long on a nice day!
Thank you for making our birthday special during this difficult time!
Thank you everyone that came and joined in the birthday parade! It was most definitely a smashing success and more than I even expected!!😭🥰 it was absolutely amazing!! I can’t even say enough about it!! Thank you thank you!!! She was lore than surprised and definitely taken back by it, as was I! The tears were flowing and we were both shaking lol I legit don’t have the words to say. Thank you!!!❤️❤️ Also a huge thank you to the Adams police department, Adams fire department, Adams ambulance, and Lanesborough police department for helping make this even more of a success!❤️❤️🥰
Thanks for all you do👍.
Thank you all for doing a great job in our community. I know I'm safe living in Lanesborough Massachusetts. Please stay safe and healthy during these hard times. Today's drive by wave parade was very comforting. God Bless you all.
I'm glad that Chief is staying on. I live on the playground side of the elementary school and I can see the playground from my kitchen. My issue is I always see people in my neighborhood with their dogs not on leashes. I can't walk a great distance so I like to take a walk up to the school and walk around the parking lot. So please if you see me know that I'm doing my best and trying to walk better.