Dalton man arraigned on charges of burning political signs

“This is a sad reflection of the vast polarization in our country and in the Berkshires.” -- District Attorney Andrea Harrington

Pittsfield – Berkshire District Court arraigned Lonnie Durfee, 49, of Dalton on Tuesday, Sept. 13,  on a charge of burning personal property.

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office requested the court hold Mr. Durfee as a danger to the community. Judge Paul Smyth scheduled a dangerousness hearing for Friday.

“This is a sad reflection of the vast polarization in our country and in the Berkshires. We believe Mr. Durfee destroyed personal property because he disagreed with the property owner’s political views. Our community will not accept those types of actions under any circumstances,” District Attorney Andrea Harrington said.

“We will hold Mr. Durfee accountable and I hope the community uses this incident as a rallying cry to reject fervent divisiveness and hate.”

The Commonwealth accuses Durfee of using gasoline and motor oil to set fire to hay bales displaying support for the Biden/Harris presidential campaign on Holiday Brook Farm on Friday, October 9, 2020. Dalton Police, State Police, and the Fire Marshal’s Officer determined someone had intentionally lit the fire and the investigation ultimately led Dalton Police to arrest Mr. Durfee on Saturday morning.