A Vermont man with a littered history of violence and restraining orders was ordered held without bail in Central Berkshire District Court on Friday.

James E. Bigelow, of Bennington, Vt., was arrested Sunday, after an incident on North Street in Pittsfield. At a dangerousness hearing Friday morning, Judge Jennifer Tyne ordered him held without bail for up to 120 days, after hearing arguments from both sides.

"Based on the extensive history of violence in the past, and the threats of intimidation that I read about in the past incidents and the current incident, for that reason I'm allowing the commonwealth's motion," Tyne said.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Allison Pash's motion weighed heavily on Bigelow's past, which, she stated, involved nine restraining orders from five women. He also has had charges brought against him in Vermont, Florida and Massachusetts, and was sentenced to more than two years in prison in one case.

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