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Suspect arraigned on grave vandal, trespassing charges

GREENFIELD — A local man has been arraigned in two vandalism cases, charged with spray painting a local building and town park property, and disturbing gravesite decorations.

Patrick Clark, 20, of 152 South Shelburne Road, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Tuesday to charges of vandalizing a grave planting, two counts of removing grave decorations, tagging property and trespassing on town property.

The tagging and trespassing charges stemmed from a May incident at Energy Park.

Police responded to the park at 10:33 p.m. May 10 when a caller said he heard several people talking about spray painting a nearby brick wall.

Officer Jay Butynski showed up and noticed still-wet blue paint spelling out “stabbing babies” on the wall of the Conte building, he wrote. A similar tag was found on the building by the park’s stage area, he wrote.

Officer Justin Purinton responded to the other side of the park and found the group of people, then led them to the vandalized park building, he wrote. En route, one of the suspects’ pants began to make a rattling noise, and the man admitted that he had a can of spray paint in them, wrote Purinton.

The suspect initially took the blame for the spray paint, then told police that Clark and another friend did the tagging, Purinton wrote.

About six weeks later, Clark allegedly vandalized two grave sites at the Green River Cemetery.

Police responded to the cemetery June 28, and spoke with the parents of a girl buried there.

They told officer Jason Haskins that flowers had been pulled from their daughter’s grave, and some glowsticks they’d placed had also been taken. The couple said the nearby plot of two twins who died during birth was also disturbed, with two solar lights missing from it, wrote Haskins.

They were able to provide Haskins with a picture of three suspects, he wrote. The faces of Clark and an unknown female were clearly visible, but the third suspect’s was not, he wrote.

Another couple said they were there the night before the vandalism was reported, and saw a group of five or six intoxicated youths, according to the report.

Clark is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 9 for pretrial conferences in both cases.

You can reach David Rainville at: drainville@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 279 On Twitter, follow @RecorderRain

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