At his arraignment on vandalism charges yesterday for allegedly hacking at a Peaceable Street tree, Joseph Rizza was ordered detained pending a hearing on whether his newest charge violates his parole for attacking another Brighton Center tree with a hammer, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
A Brighton Municipal Court judge also set a $10,000 surety bond - $1,000 cash - should he be released on the parole matter. If he is released pending trial, he will be required to wear a GPS device and not leave home between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m., the DA's office says.
D-14 officers say they caught Rizza green-handed Wednesday night as he tried to chop down a tree. Officials and residents say Rizza has been on a tree-death campaign for more than a decade, using axes, pruning shears and hammers to attack trees on two Brighton Center streets. Repeated arrests, court appearances and stays in Bridgewater have failed to stop him, they say.