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Great Barrington Fairgrounds Owner Charged With Vandalism

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The owner of the Great Barrington Fairgrounds and a former Sheffield, Massachusetts town official has been charged with vandalizing a local business’ excavating equipment.The Berkshire Eagle reports Bart Elsbach was arrested and arraigned in Southern Berkshire District Court last week on a count of vandalism. According to police reports, Elsbach is charged with spray painting several pieces of equipment owned by Joe Wilkinson Excavating, Inc at a Great Barrington job site. The Sheffield business borders Elsbach’s property.

The newspaper reports, while chair of the Sheffield Zoning Board of Appeals, Elsbach was a vocal opponent of special permitting for a Dollar General store for which Wilkinson was one of the contractors.

In 2012, Elsbach and his wife bought the abandoned Great Barrington Fairgrounds with hopes of repurposing it.

Jim is WAMC’s Associate News Director and hosts WAMC's flagship news programs: Midday Magazine, Northeast Report and Northeast Report Late Edition. Email: jlevulis@wamc.org
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