Tuesday March 12, 2013

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- Police they arrested a Bennington man for allegedly throwing a broom at his mother, taking her cell phone, and using her electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card without permission.

Caleb M. Keegan, 37, pleaded not guilty Monday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division to felony counts of domestic assault with a prior conviction, larceny from a person, and misdemeanor false pretenses or tokens. He was held at the Rutland jail for lack of $5,000 bail.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Jason Burnham, on Friday at 5:33 p.m. he was dispatched to a Union Street residence, where Keegan’s mother reported that he had thrown a broom at her and attempted to take her cell phone away. She told police Keegan had been freed from jail in December and was living with her. According to the woman, all was well until the previous Friday when he got some Adderall from his doctor then crushed and snorted the medication. Keegan was awake for four days and acting irritable and "psychotic."

She told police that he threw a broom at her that day, which resultedin her telling her son he could no longer live there. Keegan’s mother said she also found a Suboxone bottle she said belonged to her son and confronted him with it. In her statement, she wrote that Keegan also used her EBT card to spend $170 which he did not have her permission to do, and when she tried to call police he tried to take her cell phone.

Keegan contacted police after learning they were seeking him and said he had argued with his mother, thrown a broom down and also threw a stapler across the room.

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