Thursday May 9, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A Peru man is free on $1,000 bail after his arraignment Wednesday on three gun charges.

Henry E. Bartlett III, 47, of East Windsor Road, Peru, pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court to three charges: carrying a firearm without a license, a felony, and improper storage of a firearm and possession of ammunition without a license, both misdemeanors.

According to Pittsfield Police, a 49-year-old woman said Bartlett, a general contractor, pulled out a .38-caliber pistol at a job site in Pittsfield and said, "This is for anyone who gets in my way."

The woman said Bartlett had been acting erratically and was having problems with the people living next door to where he was working. So, she decided to report what she knew to the police.

The woman said she was a relative of Bartlett’s and that she worked for his construction and renovation business.

According to Bartlett’s lawyer, Adam Kretowicz of Boston, the woman was not related to his client. He denied that Bartlett made any threats and said the gun and ammunition belonged to the resident of a house where his client was doing renovations.

Bartlett had intended to turn the gun over to the police, but was arrested before he had the chance.

Pittsfield Police arrested Bartlett on Tuesday in Pittsfield. Police recovered the revolver and some bullets, according to a probable cause report.

The attorney questioned whether his client had agreed to let the police search his truck. He did acknowledge that his client was involved in civil litigation with the people next door to where he was doing renovations.

Bartlett is due back in court next month for a pretrial hearing.

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