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Dalton man charged with burning Biden-Harris sign ordered held after dangerousness hearing

“Mr. Durfee’s record shows that he has engaged in a pattern of domestic violence, including strangulation, a strong indicator of potential lethality,” Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.

Farmers at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton resurrected a 15-foot-tall sign after the original one was burned to the ground Friday evening.

Photo credit: Ruth A. Crane
Farmers at Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton resurrected a 15-foot-tall sign after the original one was burned to the ground Friday evening. Photo credit: Ruth A. Crane

A man who allegedly set fire to a Biden-Harris sign made from hay bales by a farmer in Dalton was ordered held following a dangerousness hearing Friday, the office of Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.

Lonnie Durfee, 49 of Dalton, was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of burning personal property. He allegedly set fire to the 15 ft. display created by Dicken Crane at the Holiday Brook Farm on Oct. 9.

A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf. Durfee was ordered held pending Friday’s hearing. Prosecutors cited Durfee’s “violent history” and said he was a danger to the public according to the statement.

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