KEITH WHITCOMB JR.
BENNINGTON -- A County Street man was held Monday for lack of $5,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division to allegedly threatening a woman who had a restraining order on him.
Nelson Barney, 43, of County Street, pleaded not guilty to four felony counts of violation of an abuse prevention order and first degree aggravated domestic assault.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Lawrence Cole, on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. Judge David Suntag issued a temporary restraining order against Barney, forbidding him from having contact with a woman, being at her home, or being within 300 feet of her.
Cole said the order was served on Barney that evening, and on Sept. 15 at 9:12 a.m. the woman called police to say Barney had come into her home and threatened her. Police went to the place and found Barney inside.
The woman told police Barney had come to the house, grabbed her shoulder, and threatened to kill her and people she knows. She said she was able to get him calm enough so that he went to sleep; then she left and called police.