Sheriffs and Lawyers Collide

by Laurel | February 26th, 2012

26 February 1905

Interesting Mix-up in Holyoke Cobbling Shop — Will be Productive of Legal Troubles Galore

Bernard Feinstein, who runs a shoe and leather findings store at 60 Dwight Street, Holyoke, is involved in no end of sorrows owing to trouble with a tenant of his in the shoe shop on Hampden Street near Geraghty’s saloon. The man, whose name is said to be B. Karpovitch, leased the store of Feinstein, Feinsten leasing the property from S. L. Horrigan, the owner. According to Feinstein’s story, as told at the police station and elsewhere, his tenant was lax about paying the rent and Feinstein Friday morning tried to get a policemen to eject his tenant. Marshal Wright advised him that it was a civil matter, and, while Feinstein had another man whom he desired to have the shop, the new man was afraid to go in. Following the marshal’s advice to see an attorney, Feinstein consulted Lawyer Franklin Morris, with the result that Deputy Sheriff S. T. Miller appeared upon the scene in the afternoon and put Karpovitch out.

Karpovitch consulted Lawyer John R. Callahan, who had an attachment made out on Feinstein’s stock on Dwight Street and had Deputy Sheriff Ernest Laduke serve it. A bond was obtained and the attachment dissolved. Meantime Karpovitch went back to the store and was again ousted, this time by Deputy Sheriff Fred Laduke, who put a lock upon the door. The news of this enraged Karpovitch’s counsel, and he told him to go ahead and break the lock and open the store and take possession. In return Lawyer Morris had a warrant sworn out, charging Karpovitch with breaking and entering. Lawyers Callahan and Morris and two deputy sheriffs and Detectives Bligh and Mack were soon on the spot. Hot words were exchanged, and it was threatened to eject Lawyer Callahan bodily, Detective Bligh also declared that if peace was not immediately declared that he would arrest the whole outfit, deputy sheriffs, lawyers and all. There was a red-hot time for a few moments, but finally matters cooled down and no blood was spilled. Lawyer Morris then had an attachment served upon Feinstein’s goods in the Hampden Street store for his own protection and placed Constable Ernest Laduke in charge, and he is at present the keeper. The legal consequences of all these suits and arrest of the tenant form one of the most complicated affairs of the kind in recent years. A big crowd watched the fracas, and advice was plentifully bestowed upon the belligerents. Karpovitch obtained bail, and will be heard tomorrow morning. Further arrivals of lawyers, deputy sheriffs and constables are expected tomorrow.

From The Springfield Republican.

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