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Ashaway man has obstruction charge dismissed before trial

WAKEFIELD — An Ashaway man prepared to go to trial on a Hopkinton misdemeanor charge he obstructed a police officer had the charge dismissed Tuesday after an agreement with the town prosecutor.

Karl Barbato, 27, of 55A High St., Ashaway, had the obstruction charge dropped prior to the case going to trial. As a term of the dismissal, town attorney Todd Romano asked that Barbato be required to secure his weapons’ ammunition that had been confiscated by Hopkinton police at the time of his arrest.

Barbato’s attorney, Michael Lynch, said he would provide Barbato with a lock prior to leaving the Washington County courthouse to immediately secure the weapons upon their release to him by Hopkinton police. However, that was apparently not going to happen on Tuesday.

Romano asked District Court Judge Madeline Quirk if she was ordering the town to return Barbato’s weapons. Quirk said she was not comfortable with having that as part of the disposition of the case without a more formal motion from the attorneys. Quirk is awaiting a file of motion from the attorneys before making a decision.

— A.J. Algier

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