Bow and arrow earn Pittsfield man a return trip to court


PITTSFIELD -- A 49-year-old Pittsfield man, who had been free on bail after allegedly pulling an antique gun on a bartender in February, was arraigned on another assault charge on Monday.

Joseph C. McGregor of Francis Avenue, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and threatening to commit murder.

According to Assistant District Attorney Robert Royce, McGregor was arrested on Friday. Royce said McGregor argued with a neighbor, returned with a bow and arrow, and threatened to kill him.

McGregor's attorney, Jill Sheldon, said the two men had a verbal altercation, but the bow and arrow never left McGregor's residence.

She referred to the other man, who also has a criminal record, as "the troublemaker."

District Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg denied the prosecution's motion to revoke McGregor's right to bail due to Friday's arrest.

Instead, Rutberg set bail at $1,000 cash on the new charges and scheduled a pre-trial hearing for June 12.

In February, McGregor was arrested for allegedly pulling an antique handgun on a bartender at the Polish Community Club on Linden Street. He had gone into the establishment after slipping and falling on the ice in front of the club, according to court documents.


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