NORTH ADAMS - The former manager of the city's skating rink will stand trial in Northern Berkshire District Court on Aug. 15 on a single count of larceny, despite her attorney's best efforts in February to have the case dismissed.
Katherine Wilk, of Alger Street in Adams, pleaded not guilty to a single count of larceny over $250 in October. She will go before a six man jury for allegedly stealing $500 from the city during fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011.
The charge, filed on Sept. 28, followed a three-month investigation by North Adams Police into the alleged theft of $22,000 from the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink.
On Jan. 27, Wilk's attorney, Edmund St. John IV, filed a motion to dismiss the case, suggesting the "magistrate did not hear evidence sufficient to find probable cause that a crime was committed."
St John also argued that the probable cause finding that led to Wilk's charge -- a statement she gave to the police during an interview, allegedly admitting to taking and then returning $500 from the skating rink's cash receipts -- was not enough for such a finding.
However, Judge Bonnie MacLeod-Mancuso thought differently and denied the motion on Feb. 10.