State drops disturbing-the-peace charge against Gaetani

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NORTH ADAMS — A charge of disturbing the peace leveled against Craig C. Gaetani has been dropped by the state.

Gaetani, who has been a candidate for City Council and mayor in recent years, announced the dismissal of the charge during the public comment portion of a City Council meeting this week. The Northern Berkshire District Court Clerk's Office confirmed the dismissal Thursday.

The charge stemmed from Gaetani's arrest last January at a City Council meeting after he allegedly caused a disturbance after being denied the opportunity to air comments after the public comment portion of that meeting had closed. At that meeting, Gaetani told an Eagle reporter that his intention was to inform the council about ways he believed the city could save money.

Gaetani was a defendant in two criminal cases this year, and filed a defamation suit against The Eagle in late October.

In May 2017, he was found guilty of making a series of harassing phone calls and threatening to shoot a city employee in 2015, during his unsuccessful bid for mayor of Pittsfield.

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He was given a six-month suspended jail sentence, placed on probation for two years and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.

In July, Gaetani was found guilty of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle and witness intimidation for removing a title from inside a car he didn't own and threatening the couple involved in that dispute.

In that case, he was given a two-year jail sentence, which was suspended for a 2 1/2-year period of probation.

Gaetani's $50 million civil suit against The Eagle claims that information contained in an Oct. 24 article regarding a candidate's forum in which he participated defamed his character.

A hearing on a motion to dismiss that case is scheduled for Jan. 22 in Berkshire Superior Court.

Reach Bob Dunn at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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