Wednesday October 17, 2012

LENOX -- A local man faces several misdemeanor counts at Southern Berkshire District Court next Monday after police arrested him for creating a disturbance and threatening to commit crimes over the weekend.

According to the incident report, officers William Fuore and Michael Smith responded to a call from the CVS Pharmacy on Pittsfield Road last Friday evening because a customer was creating a disturbance and threatening to shoot someone. From the description provided by the CVS manager, Fuore issued a summons to Bernard Byrne, 63, at his room in the nearby Wagon Wheel motel.

"He admitted having lost his temper at CVS and saying some things he shouldn't have," said Police Chief Stephen O'Brien, "but he denied threatening to shoot anyone.

Byrne was charged with threatening to commit a crime, a misdemeanor.

Then, shortly after 4 p.m. on Saturday, officers Smith and John Willey received a 911 call from the Village Pharmacy on Main Street reporting that a man was threatening to kill police officers after he had knocked over several items on the desk at the store.

A few minutes later, additional 911 calls from the Olde Heritage Tavern and the Wit Gallery reported that the same man was screaming and yelling at people on downtown streets.

Witnesses recounted the incident to officer Smith as he arrived on the scene, directing him toward the Village Inn on Church Street. As Smith approached the inn, the incident report stated, Byrne yelled an expletive accompanied by a threat: "I'm going to kill you and all you police."

Officer Willey and Smith, assisted by Stockbridge Police Officer Bruce Stringer, arrested Byrne on a disorderly conduct charge.

Byrne continued to hurl expletives at the officers, alarming a crowd that had gathered, including some children, the police report stated. The suspect raised fists and threatened to punch Officer Willey when his handcuffs were removed at the police station.

Byrne was subdued with a dose of pepper spray and held in the lockup before he was booked on charges of disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors. He was released Saturday night after posting $100 bail pending the scheduled Oct. 22 court appearance.

No weapon was displayed during the incidents, O'Brien said, adding that "alcohol was involved."

In October 2007, Byrne had been arrested in Lenox for disorderly conduct and threatening to commit a crime, the chief added.