by Gail P. Montany
A West Burke man pleaded innocent Monday in Caledonia District Court to two counts each of simple assault and reckless endangerment in connection with an early morning incident Saturday in West Burke Village.
Maurice "Mo" Carr, 29, is accused of threatening four adults and a baby with a gun inside an apartment, and at one point shooting a loaded .44 caliber pistol into the ceiling.
He is also alleged to have grabbed two women by their necks and thrown them to the floor, and to have threatened to molest the 1-year-old daughter of one of the women.
Caledonia District Court
According to the court affidavit, Sgt. Robert Clark and Trooper Brian May were called to the home of Annette Baker at about 2:50 a.m. When they arrived, they found Carr inside, pistol in his hand and pointed toward the ceiling. Carr was ordered to drop the gun, which he eventually did. He was subdued and taken into custody, and charged with four counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of simple assault. He was lodged at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility on $5,000 bail.
Carr told police he had gone to the residence to "hang out" with Baker, Nichole Caruso, and Bernie and Lola Thompson. The group had been drinking beer, and Carr said he began feeling depressed and left alone. He later became angry at the group and pointed the gun at each of them, threatening to kill all except the baby. He told police he was an alcoholic and had consumed six cans of beer that evening.
Lola Thompson told police that Carr threw her and Caruso to the floor and got them in a headlock, threatening to break their necks.
After Carr's Monday morning arrainment, Judge Alan Cook permitted him to be released on the three standard provisions, plus orders that he not possess or use any weapons, not consume any alcohol, report to the state police each day for an alco-sensor, participate in a competency evaluation if necessary, and not associate with Baker, Caruso or the Thompsons.