Bennington court in brief

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BENNINGTON — The following cases were recently heard in Vermont Superior Court Bennington criminal division:

Monday

Before Judge David A. Howard

- Mark O'Dell, 51, of Bennington pleaded not guilty to felony first degree aggravated domestic assault. Released with conditions, will return March 19. Charge stems from alleged offense against a woman on Feb. 4. Bennington police investigated.

- Faith Midurski, 22, of Shaftsbury pleaded not guilty to felony false pretense and identity theft, misdemeanor petit larceny. Released with conditions, will return March 19. Charge stems from alleged offense made on Nov. 24, 2017. Bennington police investigated.

- Dennis A. Shade Sr., 42, of Pownal, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor petit larceny $900 or less (two counts, amended from felony grand larceny greater than $900). Received consecutive six to 12 month suspended sentences. Charge stems from theft of items from a home on Barney Road, Bennington and a business in North Bennington. Bennington police investigated. Deputy State's Attorney Alexander Burke prosecuted. Shade represented by Frederick Bragdon.

Tuesday

Before Judge John W. Valente

- Kenneth R. Armstrong, 41, of Manchester, pleaded guilty to felony retail theft greater than $900. Pre-sentence investigation ordered, due April 9. One-hour sentencing hearing to be held. Charge stems from theft of $1,200 worth of tools from R. K. Miles Hardware in Manchester on Aug. 1, 2017. Felony count of possessing stolen property will be dismissed. Manchester police investigated. Deputy State's Attorney Robert Plunkett prosecuting. Armstrong represented by Susan Keane McManus.

Thursday

Before David A. Howard

- Benjamin M. White, 26, of Bennington, received nine to 30 month suspended sentence with probation, after pleading no contest on Nov. 7, 2017 to felony aggravated stalking a victim under 16-years-old. Charge stemmed from Oct. 15, 2016 offense against a 15-year-old girl. Bennington police investigated. Deputy State's Attorney Alexander Burke prosecuted. White represented by K. James Malady III.


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