BENNINGTON -- The following cases were heard Monday in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Unit Criminal Division.

* Benjamin Angell, 21, of Pleasant Street, pleaded not guilty Monday to misdemeanor counts of unlawful mischief, and unlawful trespass. He was released on conditions.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Jason Burnham, on July 13 at 6:48 p.m. it was reported that someone had tried to break into an overhead sliding door at Thurber's Garage on Pleasant Street.

Police identified the person as Angell, who told police he had been hanging out near the place and discovered the door could be opened. He said he did not enter the building.

Police said the person who called to report the matter took pictures they said shows Angell breaking the door. A person with access to the property was summoned and said the door was now broken, and had not been broken before.

Damage was estimated at $150.

Angell was on conditions of release at the time stemming from previous charges of unlawful trespass, and unlawful mischief.

* Alvin R. Aiken III, 32, of Adams Street, pleaded not guilty to a first offense of driving under the influence, and leaving the scene of a crash with property damage. He was released on the conditions he not drive or consume alcohol.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Robert Murawski, on July 21 at 9:46 p.


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m. he went to Adams Street where a person reported that a car had come out a driveway, collided with their vehicle then left. They had returned while the person was making the call.

Police identified the driver of the other car as Aiken. His girlfriend said she saw him hit the other car, then leave.

Aiken told police he had been in an argument with his girlfriend and thought he had hit a curb.

Aiken appeared intoxicated, wrote Murawski, but he refused to provide a breath sample.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.