Tuesday August 17, 2010

BENNINGTON -- The following cases were heard Thursday in Bennington criminal court:

Eric Greene, 17, of Readsboro ,pleaded not guilty to leaving the scene of a crash with property damage and vehicle operation with a suspended license.

According to an affidavit by Trooper Timothy Newton of the Vermont State Police, on June 27 he was contacted by a woman who said her parked car had been hit by another vehicle. Newton said the woman told him her cousin had witnessed the crash and knew the driver of the other car to be Greene.

Newton said he went to Greene’s house and saw a vehicle with damage to the front end similar to the damage on the complaining witness’s car. Newton said Greene admitted to hitting the car.

Greene told police he had gone to the Readsboro Inn earlier to help a friend who was in an altercation with some males. He said the situation got out of hand and he left. Greene said he was watching the males in his rearview mirror when he hit the car.

He said the owner of the car’s cousin confronted him about it and he told her they would deal with it in the morning.

Newton said he spoke to the cousin, who saw the crash, and she said she is an employee at the inn and had told a group of males who were arguing to calm down. She said Greene was there consuming alcohol and she suggested he go home. The woman told police she witnessed him drive away, swerving, where he then hit her cousin’s vehicle.

She told police she confronted Greene, but his comment was "So, I’m not going to jail for it." She said there was no mention of handling the matter in the morning.

According to the affidavit, Greene has been convicted six times of driving with a criminally suspended license. He was released on conditions that he not have contact with the owner of the car he is accused of hitting.

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Jeremy S. Allen, 25, of Applegate Drive pleaded not guilty to second degree aggravated domestic assault. The charge is a felony because of a misdemeanor domestic assault conviction Allen received in 2001.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer William Tatro, on Wednesday he dispatched to Applegate Drive for a reported domestic disturbance. There he found Allen and his alleged victim on the porch.

The woman said she and Allen had been in an argument and he pushed her, then pulled her hair. Police said Allen admitted to the behavior described by the woman and a witness.

Allen was ordered by Judge David Suntag to be held without bail pending a weight of the evidence hearing.

-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.