Friday June 14, 2013

GREAT BARRINGTON -- One set of charges from a domestic dispute has been dismissed against a local man, but charges stand against him in a new case involving a confrontation with the same woman.

On Thursday, Ryan P. Babcock, 27, of Housatonic, was scheduled to stand trial in Southern Berkshire District Court for one count of aggravated assault and battery and two counts of larceny in connection with an incident in early March. According to court documents, Babcock allegedly punched a woman in the head and stole her diamond necklace and $100.

As the trial was about to begin, Judge Fredric Rutberg dismissed the case at the request of the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office. Why the office made this request wasn’t made clear in court, and there was no reply to an inquiry with the DA’s office on Thursday.

However, Babcock remains in the Berkshire House of Correction without bail after being arrested by Great Barrington police on June 5 in connection with the second confrontation with his girlfriend.

The next day in Southern Berkshire District Court, Babcock pleaded not guilty to one count each of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and oxycodone, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, and disorderly conduct. The defendant is due back in court June 17 for a pre-trial hearing.

Rutberg ordered Babcock held on $10,000 bail for the latest charges, but revoked the defendant’s bail on two other pending cases against him, including the one the judge dismissed on Thursday. Court officials say the bail revocation remains in effect because Babcock still has an open case in Central Berkshire District Court regarding charges of operating under the influence.

Police say Babcock’s most recent arrest stems from his refusal on June 5 to get out of his girlfriend’s car in front of his home at 294 Park St., according to Police Chief William Walsh.

It took five officers to pull Babcock from the vehicle, wrestle him to the ground, and handcuff him, Walsh said. None of the officers was seriously hurt.

Upon Babcock’s arrest, police allegedly found he was carrying four small bags of cocaine, 24 oxycodone pills and assorted other medication.

Babcock has a record of drug dealing in South County, according to authorities. He was one of 19 people caught in a local police drug sweep in the summer of 2004. The Housatonic man eventually admitted to selling cocaine, conspiring to sell drugs and doing so in a drug-free school zone and was sentenced to four to six years in state prison.

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