Nantucket Sheriff released after arraigment yesterday

Sheriff pleads innocent, released
Had violated his wife's reatraining order Friday

The SheriffAdding ever more luster to a career out of the old Western movies, Nantucket's "cowboy" County Sheriff Richard Bretschneider pleaded not guilty to a charge of violating a restraining order that was taken out against him by his wife.

Bretschneider was arraigned yesterday morning in Nantucket District Court. He had been arrested Friday after allegedly violating the "no contact" provision of the restraining order.The sheriff did not appear in court where lawyer, James Merberg of Boston, entered a not guilty plea for his client.

Judge W. James O'Neill reminded Bretschneider that his weapons, previously seized by police, would remain confiscated, and that the island's cheif law enforcement officer was due back in court April 10.

His estranged wife,Elizabeth Bretschneider, did not appear. She had filed for a divorce in February when she also filed an affidavit for an abuse prevention order, saying she feared for her safety.

What he violated Friday

A police report said the sheriff followed his wife into the home of a female friend last Tuesday, and eventually left without incident.

Bretschneider won re-election over three opponents in 2004, though he was accused of violating state ethics rules when he wore his uniform during a television interview. The state Ethics Commission prohibits using public resources, including uniforms, for political or private purposes.

Last year, Bretschneider agreed to forfeit $15,000 of his own money to the state for violating campaign finance law in 2004, according to documents from the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance. The agency suspended half of the payment pending compliance with campaign finance law in his next election. Read the beprevious stories about the sheriff below.

 The contentious career of Nantucket's "Cowboy" Sheriff

Nantucket's sheriff has always been controversial, but his career took on a new twist a week ago when he was given a restraining order to stay away from his wife who filed an affidavit with the court saying that she was seeking the restraining order because she feared for her safety.

Yesterday the sheriff violated that order and was arrested. A Google search this morning brought these recent stories about his career. They are linked here, and you can comment below.  The sheriff can be reached at  (508) 228-7263 , and by email at [email protected].

Nantucket sheriff arrested for violating restraining order
Boston Globe, United States - Nantucket County Sheriff Richard Bretschneider was arrested for allegedly violating a restraining order that was taken out against him by his wife....

Sheriff arrested for allegedly violating restraining order
Nantucket Island Inquirer, MA - Nantucket County Sheriff Richard Bretschneider was arrested by island police Friday for allegedly violating the conditions of a domestic relations protective ...

Sheriff agrees to pay for millions in law enforcement projects
Nantucket Island Inquirer, MA - Mar 9, 2006
Sheriff Richard Bretschneider today agreed to use several million dollars of deeds excise revenue controlled by his department to pay for a number of expensive ...

Sheriff asked to explain spending
 
Nantucket Independent - The state’s County Government Finance Review Board may have approved SheriffRichard Bretschneider’s 2006 special projects budget, but town officials want more information on his spending proposals before signing off on purchases.Bretschneider, who did not return calls, has been asked to speak before the County Commissioners tonight at the 7 p.m. selectmen’s meeting specifically to explain why he wants to buy two retinal eye scanners totalling $50,000 and a used van for $13,000. On Aug. 31, the commissioners withheld approval of invoice payments for these items. ...

Sheriff gets guns back
Nantucket Island Inquirer, MA - Mar 9, 2006
County Sheriff Richard Bretschneider’s right to carry firearms was reinstated last week after a restraining order filed against him in Nantucket District ...
Sheriff's guns returned
Nantucket Island Inquirer, MA - Mar 6, 2006
County Sheriff Richard Bretschneider’s right to carry firearms was reinstated last week after a restraining order filed against him in Nantucket District ...
Sheriff ordered to surrender weapons
Nantucket Island Inquirer, MA - Mar 2, 2006
County Sheriff Richard Bretschneider was ordered to surrender his firearms last week after his wife filed for a restraining order against him with the ...

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