Bennington criminal court roundup

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BENNINGTON >> The following cases were heard in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Unit Criminal Division.

Woman accused of leaving child unattended, again

About a little more than a week after being convicted of leaving her child unattended, a Massachusetts woman allegedly left the child alone again while she went inside a store to confront someone.

Liana M. Roy, 35, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a child under 10, and disorderly conduct. She was released under conditions, among them that she abide by all Department for Children and Families recommendations.

On Dec. 18, a court trial was conducted where a judge found her guilty of cruelty to a child under 10. This stemmed from an incident in January 2015 where, according to Bennington Police, she left her young child alone in an apartment for 25 minutes.

The child is three years old now, according to police.

On Dec. 26, Bennington Police said a woman came to the Bennington Police Station to report that she had just been accosted by Roy at the 305 South Street Shell gas station. She said Roy demanded to know the location of a mutual acquaintance and began yelling. She said Roy shoved her, however an attendant told police Roy put her hand in the other woman's face.

An investigation showed Roy left her child in her car in the Shell station parking lot unattended for 13 minutes.

Court records indicated that on Dec. 30, Roy was sentenced to serve "0 to six months," plus $147 in court fees. She filed a motion on her own for a new attorney and to have her sentence stayed. Judge David Howard denied her motion, saying her attorney had already filed something similar. He found no grounds for a new attorney, but ordered a hearing on her sentence be scheduled.

Manchester teen accused of sex offense

Cody Pelletier, 16, of Manchester, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child. He was released under conditions, among them that he not have contact with the alleged victim or children under 16 outside of incidental contact while at school.

According to a police affidavit, a child disclosed to a counselor that Pelletier had touched him inappropriately. Police spoke to Pelletier's mother, who said she questioned her son about the allegations and he denied them. She called police later to say Pelletier had since told her that he touched the other child inappropriately. Initially she agreed to bring Pelletier to speak with police, but then cancelled the meeting.

Bennington man accused of child abuse

Zachary Long, 25, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of domestic assault with prior conviction, and misdemeanor cruelty to a child under 10. He was released under conditions, among them he not have contact with the child in question.

Pownal man accused of sexual assault on a child

Frank E. Burdick, 36, of Pownal, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court to repeated aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was ordered held without bail until weight of the evidence hearing scheduled for Feb. 23. According to Vermont State Police, a 16 year old girl told investigators Burdick had repeatedly sexually molested her for a period of years beginning when she was 10 years old. Police spoke to Burdick, who denied the allegations.

Man accused of making threats, racist remarks

Harley Bovey, 54, of Manchester, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to staling, and two counts of aggravated disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors. He was released under conditions, among them he not contact the three complaining witnesses. According to an affidavit by Manchester Police, Bovey allegedly followed a group of people into the Maplefields store, threatened them, and called one them -Who is African American- the N-word a number of times.

Mannchester pleads guilty to pulling gun on garbage truck driver

Steven Grossfeld, 61, of Manchester, pleaded guilty Feb. 1 in Vermont Superior Court to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was given an 18 month deferred sentence, meaning if he abides by his probation conditions for that length of the time the court record of it will be sealed. According to an affidavit by Manchester Police, on Jan. 6 Grossfeld pointed a handgun at a TAM Waste Management truck driver. Grossfeld was upset at the drive because he felt something the driver was doing was damaging his property.

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


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