Rural Intelligence, the online guide to the Berkshire-Taconic area created four years ago by Marilyn Bethany and Dan Shaw, shut down last Fall. But it has now been purchased by a South Berkshires resident, and will resume publication on May 3rd. One hopes it will continue to have as much Columbia County coverage as ever.
[Rip] Torn appeared before a judge wearing cowboy boots and shackles to face charges of trespassing, possession of a firearm without a permit, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, criminal mischief and burglary. Torn's lawyer insisted the actor wasn't planning a heist when he broke into a bank Friday night in his hometown of Salisbury.”
CBC reports what is likely to be the defense’s spin:
“Court materials say Torn, whose real name is Elmore Rual Torn, was so intoxicated when he broke into the bank carrying a loaded gun, he thought he had returned home. Torn had broken a window to get into the building and had placed his hat and boots by the door.”
“Mr. Torn’s zipper was undone on his pants, he was wearing multiple coats, dark blue pants and suspenders, the police report stated. Mr. Torn allegedly did not listen to any of the verbal commands and ‘would continue to mumble to me,’ the trooper stated in the report. [...] Trooper Parker said he found an H&R model 929 .22 revolver loaded with nine rounds of ammunition inside his right jacket pocket, the report stated.”