Friday October 12, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- An alleged methamphetamine addict with a communicable disease who spit in a police officer’s face and kicked another was released on $500 bail after pleading not guilty in court Wednesday to two charges, including felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Police said Debbie Anderson, who has Hepatitis C, assaulted the Pittsfield Police officers after they responded to her mother’s house on Linden Street at about 9 a.m. Wednesday for a reported domestic incident.

Anderson allegedly set a fire in the kitchen and threatened to burn her mother’s cats after being asked to wash the dishes, according to police. Anderson, 29, allegedly later told police the fire was accidental.

According to police, Anderson lives in Boston and was staying with her mother in Pittsfield at the time of the incident.

When police attempted to take Anderson into custody, she allegedly became combative.

On Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court, Anderson, represented by attorney Julia Allan, pleaded not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (spit) and misdemeanor assault and battery on a police officer.

Judge Paul M. Vrabel ordered Ander son held on $500 cash or $5,000 bond, citing her record of previous convictions, alleged drug dependency and the nature of the charges. She later bailed out.

Anderson is scheduled to be back in court in November for a pretrial conference.