BENNINGTON -- The following cases were heard Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court. Eugene T. Alphonso III, 29, of South Street, was held without bail after pleading not guilty to second degree unlawful restraint, domestic assault, and unlawful mischief. A bail hearing is scheduled for Sept. 10.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Thalia Hudson, on Aug. 31 she and another officer responded to the Catamount Motel, 500 South St. They spoke to a woman who said she was staying there with Alphonso, but had been at her former foster mother’s house for dinner. She said Alphonso called a number of times because he thought she was cheating on him. When she got back to the motel, she said Alphonso screamed at her and head-butted her. She said she locked herself in a bathroom with her six-month-old child while Alphonso battered on the door.
Police spoke to witnesses who said they heard the argument and knocked on the door. They claimed the woman tried to leave the motel room, but Alphonso prevented this.
Alphonso denied head-butting the woman and suggested her former boyfriend had done it.
Tracy Moore, 49, of Shakedown Street in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., pleaded not guilty to a fifth offense of driving under the influence of alcohol. According to court records, he was convicted of DUI in June 1987, June 1989, July 1987, and May 2008. He was released on $1,000 bail and must check in daily at the Hoosick Falls Police Department, while not being allowed to drive or consume alcohol.
According to an affidavit by Sgt. Derrick Tienken, of the Winhall Police Department, he was staffing a sobriety check point in Bennington near the Vermont Veterans Home on Aug. 30 when Moore drove up smelling like alcohol and appearing intoxicated. He gave an evidentiary breath test showing his blood-alcohol content to be .147 percent.
-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.