News

Taylor Swift fan due in court on trespass charge

Taylor Swift fan due in court on trespass charge

A 55-year-old Taylor Swift fan is due in court to face charges of trespassing. Photo: Associated Press

A 55-year-old Taylor Swift fan is due in court on Friday to face charges of trespassing at the singer’s Rhode Island retreat in July.

Joseph Bernatche has pleaded not guilty to a charge of wilful trespass stemming from his arrest at the star’s beach house on July 27.

The Maine native allegedly drove all the way to Swift’s property and handed a security guard a note with his phone number and asked him to pass it on to the singer.

Bernatche was pulled over by police officers as he drove away and they later charged him with ignoring a no-trespassing notice he was given after allegedly making his way onto the star’s property in April.

His lawyer, Michael J. Robinson, insists Bernatche was not on Swift’s property when he delivered the note.

Robinson says, “Mr. Bernatche showed up and parked at the house next to Taylor Swift’s. He was carrying a note. He signals to the security guard to come down and hands him the note.”

“He says, ‘I’m not here to trespass, I’m just here to deliver this note. If you would kindly give this to Taylor Swift, that’s my sole purpose for being here.’ The security guard reads the note, gets the licence plate, and my client walks away.”

“He was driving away from Ms. Swift’s property when he was stopped and arrested by the Westerly Police.”

Latest Headlines

in Local

Feds Urged To Buy Maine Blueberries

GENERIC BLUEBERRIES LARGE

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - U.S. Sen. Angus King and Rep. Chellie Pingree are urging the federal government to buy 18 million pounds of frozen Maine blueberries for use in school lunch and food assistance programs.

in Local

Locomotive Catches Fire; No Injuries

GENERIC TRAIN

MONMOUTH, Maine (AP) - A locomotive caught fire in the Maine town of Monmouth leaving the train engine inoperable.

in Local

Man Charged With KIlling Grandmother

policecar

(Wilton, ME) - State Police say a young Wilton man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of his grandmother on Saturday. The two lived together at a mobile home at 1130 Weld Road in Wilton.

in Local

Three Dead in Garland

Keith Coleman

(Garland, ME) - The deaths of woman and two children in Garland are under State Police investigation. Detectives are calling the deaths suspicious.

in Local

Maine Woman Who Foiled Abduction Ready for a Fight

The Maine State Museum worker who prevented the abduction of a 2-year-old girl is a grandmother with a bum knee. But Sharon Wise says there would've been a ``big fight'' if the assailant hadn't given up.

Tweets

  • 12h
  • 13h
  • 14h
  • 14h
  • 18h
  • 18h
  • 19h