Argument over cat litter turns violent in Bennington


BENNINGTON >> An argument over cat litter resulted in one male allegedly chasing another with a golf club.

Benjamin LaFlamme, 59, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division Bennington Unit to first degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon, and misdemeanor domestic assault. He was released without bail under conditions, among them that he not contact those he is accused of assaulting.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Michael Sharshon, on July 30 at 8:22 p.m. he was dispatched to a home on Sawmill Road where there was a reported fight. Upon arrival he spoke with a male who said LaFlamme had become angry with him over cat litter and "lost his mind."

The male fled from LaFlamme, then another male became involved. LaFlamme went after the second male with a golf club. This ended with the second male's arm being shut in a door hard enough to cause injury.

LaFlamme told police that while he did confront one of the males over cat litter, the male threatened his life which is why he picked up the golf club. He said the other male threw a plate at him, which broke, and cut the other male.

Police could not locate a golf club, but they did find a club cover. There was a broken plate but neither of the two males knew how it came to be broken.

— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115


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