Thursday, May 16, 2013
Charged with multiple counts and separate cases of fraud, larceny, forgery and misrepresentation, 64-year-old John C. McBride of Edgartown has been placed on probation until 2015 and must undergo counseling, court records indicate.
He drove a BMW, kept a home on South Water Street in Edgartown and appeared to be a prosperous attorney. But John C. McBride, now 64, has been ineligible to practice law since 2005, when he was disbarred. That didn't prevent him from representing a Martha's Vineyard man in a 2011 insurance claim involving a bicycling injury, in which McBride advised the man to accept a $5,000 settlement. According to documents filed in Edgartown District Court, the bicyclist became suspicious when weeks went by during which McBride continued to assure him the check was in the mail, and contacted the insurance company directly to learn that McBride had received and deposited the check into his own account. This case of forgery is one of several in which …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A 24-year-old Harwich Port woman faces a June 10 arraignment on charges stemming from a March hit and run that damaged four vehicles parked for the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival in Chilmark.
A member of a Cape Cod construction crew is scheduled for arraignment June 10 after allegedly smashing a box truck into four vehicles parked along South Road in Chilmark on the afternoon of March 17, according to documents filed in Edgartown District Court. The cars were parked outside the Chilmark Community Center where the Martha's Vineyard Film Festival was underway. The hardest-hit vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, had its rear windshield and passenger side window blown out and heavy damage to the rear driver’s side, according to police. Three other vehicles were also damaged to varying degrees. Hannah W. Porter, 24, of Harwich Port was identified as the suspect driver later the same day when her employer called police to say she and …
Friday, May 3, 2013
A former employee of electrical contractor Ronald Pine says after he gave notice, Pine didn't pay him for 69 hours of work, threatened him and punched him out, court documents say.
A 46-year-old Vineyard Haven man accused of beating a former employee and of failing to pay the worker's wages in a timely manner is scheduled for pretrial hearings in both cases May 24, according to documents filed in Edgartown District Court. Charge: Assault and battery Ronald Pine is accused of assault and battery in the reported beating of Ricardo Andrade outside Granite City Electric Supply in Vineyard Haven Jan. 30. Andrade told police Pine had previously threatened him and tried to punch him outside "Cumby's" before the alleged Jan. 30 attack at Granite City. In a written statement, Andrade accused Pine of punching him repeatedly as a Pine employee stood by. “I ask(ed) his helper to go get help inside the store, because Mr. Pine …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The judge could have sentenced Robert C. Manning to two and and a half years in the county jail for punching his mother in the mouth, but the victim asked that he not be incarcerated for the children's sake.
A 30-year-old Tisbury man who was charged in separate cases of allegedly abusing his mother and the mother of his children will not serve jail time after he was found guilty April 12 of assault and battery for punching his mother in the mouth last November. After his victim wrote a letter to the court in January pleading that he not be incarcerated in order to provide for his three children — one of whom is in her custody — Robert C. Manning was placed on probation until 2014. Manning must be evaluated for counseling, which he is required to undergo as mandated by the probation department until professionally discharged, according to documents in Edgartown Superior Court. He will also have to pay a monthly fee of $65 for probation …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The trial of a Boston man accused of raping a Martha's Vineyard woman began this week in Dukes County Superior Court.
A Martha's Vineyard woman who said she was raped in Chilmark last Memorial Day weekend took the stand Monday in Dukes County Superior Court to testify against the man she said attacked her late at night while his fiancé slept nearby, according to a report in the Vineyard Gazette. Bryant K. Brown, 34, of Boston is charged with more than a dozen offenses including three counts of rape and five counts of assault and battery on a retarded person, the Gazette reports. The trial continued Tuesday. For more police and court news on and off the Vineyard, please see our Police & Fire section, available in the News tab above or by clicking here. Stay Patched in! Follow Martha's Vineyard Patch on Twitter | Like Martha's Vineyard Patch on Facebook | …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Vineyard Gazette reports that jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of Ovando Eghill, accused of murdering his wife's ex-husband in Tisbury last year.
Jury selection has begin in the murder trial of Ovando Eghill, the Aquinnah man who fatally stabbed his wife's machete-wielding ex-husband Michael Trusty during a dispute in Tisbury last year, according to the Vineyard Gazette. Trusty was formerly married to Eghill's wife and the children from both marriages were being cared for at the home in Tisbury where the stabbing took place June 14. Trusty died of his injuries at a Boston hospital June 18. For more about the case, please see For more police and court news on and off the Vineyard, please see our Police & Fire section, available in the News tab above or by clicking here. Stay Patched in! Follow Martha's Vineyard Patch on Twitter | Like Martha's Vineyard Patch on Facebook | Sign up …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Was it self-defense or murder? The trial of Ovando Eghill is set to begin in Edgartown today, according to the Cape Cod Times.
Nearly two years after Ovando Eghill was first accused of fatally stabbing his wife's ex-husband, Michael Trusty, his murder trial is set to begin today, according to the Cape Cod Times. As reported on Martha's Vineyard Patch, Eghill and Trusty began arguing on the evening of June 15, 2011, in front of a home in Vineyard Haven where a caregiver was watching both Eghill and Trusty’s children. Each man has a child with Kelly Eghill, Eghill's wife and Trusty's ex-wife. During the argument, both men armed themselves with blades: Eghill said Trusty first menaced him with a machete, after which Eghill defended himself with a work knife. Trusty was stabbed in the heart and airlifted to a Boston hospital, where he died June 18. Eghill was freed on…
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Roan Elgart, 37, of West Tisbury and Luke DePriest, 33, of Oak Bluffs were arrested at Elgart’s home following what police said was a three-month investigation into drug dealing on Martha’s Vineyard.
Two Martha’s Vineyard men face multiple charges after they were arrested by an all-Island drug task force, according to records from Edgartown District Court. A written statement submitted to the court by Edgartown Police Detective Michael Snowden reads, On March 14, 2013 the Martha’s Vineyard Drug Task Force executed search warrant #2013SW350018. The warrant authorized MVDTF members to search for heroin and proceeds of heroin sales at 67 Skiffs Lane in West Tisbury, MA. Roan Elgart and Luke DePriest were the targets of this three month investigation. At the location MVDTF members located approximately 14 grams of rock hard heroin, scales, US Currency, several dozen baggies with corners missing and other implements of drug distribution. …
Friday, August 3, 2012
A round-up of recent activity at the Dukes County Courthouse.
July 30, 2012 Ryan T. Hart , Oak Bluffs, 11-02-90 Arlaine Delancy , Oak Bluffs, 01-30-43
Thursday, August 2, 2012
A round-up of recent activity at the Dukes County Courthouse
July 30, 2012 Richard K. Nichols , West Tisbury, 01-23-55 Antonio C. Grillo , Edgartown, 11-07-89 Dio D. Brown , Tisbury, 08-22-83 Jedidiah R. Sanfilippo , Oak Bluffs, 02-12-88