Great Barrington's Magadini heading back to local court


GREAT BARRINGTON — The town's most well-known homeless person has another court date.

David Magadini, 68, of no known address, will be in court on Jan. 4 to answer to violations to a pair of "no trespassing" orders that were filed against him earlier this year.

The two cases will both be heard that day, according to court documents.

Magadini is already appealing seven other "no trespassing" orders for which he was sentnced to a month in jail in 2014. His appeal was heard last Monday in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in Boston. A decision on that appeal is not expected for several months.

In these most recent violations, Magadini is accused of trespassing at the Mason Library on Nov. 11 and at the Great Barrington branch of the Lee Bank on several occasions in October.

According to the police report in the case, an employee of the Mason Library and her daughter were entering the library around midday when they noticed a pile of Magadini's belongings sitting on the handicap access ramp. She did not see Magadini, she said.

As the victim was leaving, carrying a large container, Magadini approached her.

Although Magadini usually moves around town at a relatively slow pace, "he was on me like a shot," the victim told Great Barrington police.

Magadini demanded to know what was in the container. When the victim refused to tell him, he appeared to become angry. The victim said she was frightened by his behavior. He eventually left the area.

In the second incident, an employee at the Lee Savings Bank on Main Street reported to police that Magadini had been sleeping in the vestibule of the bank for the past several days. Surveillance video showed him there on the early mornings of Oct. 1, 3, 8, 10, 11, 12 and 13.

As a result of the incidents, Magadini was charged with two counts of violating a "no trespass" order and one count of disorderly conduct in connection with the incident at the library.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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