Thursday June 20, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- A city man was charged after he allegedly used a hot dog to make lewd gestures at his neighbors, said police.

Gabriel W. Ecklund, 30, of Montgomery Avenue, denied charges on Wednesday in Central Berkshire District Court of lewd and lascivious behavior and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, and was released on personal recognizance by Judge Robert S. Murphy Jr.

According to a Pittsfield Police probable cause report, officers responded to complaints on three separate occasions Tuesday before arresting Ecklund at about 12:45 p.m. Police allege he was highly intoxicated and had been harassing neighbors and yelling at passing traffic.

A woman told police that Ecklund came out of his house, made lewd gestures, and shouted vulgarities at her. The woman said she wasn’t sure at the time if Ecklund was actually exposing himself.

Ecklund allegedly told police he was giving the hot dog to his dog as a treat.

On Wednesday, the judge determined that the charges would not earn the defendant any jail time, or a free lawyer, but could result in a fine.

Ecklund is due back in court in July.