Bennington criminal court roundup, Feb. 29

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

Former RN accused of stealing from nursing home resident

Michelle L. Angell, 55, of Pownal, pleaded not guilty Feb. 29 to a felony count of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. She was released under conditions, among them she not contact the alleged victim. According to an affidavit by Vermont State Police Angell worked at Washington Elms a "Level III residential care facility" in Bennington. Police said Angell wrote and deposited four checks totalling $1,600 into her own banking account. They money belonged to a 72-year-old resident there who denied giving Angell permission to do this. Angell ultimately admitted to keeping between $300 and $400 of the resident's money for herself. According to the affidavit, the matter came to police attention after an investigation done by Adult Protective Services, which placed Angell on an abuse registry.

Man accused of stealing relative's credit card

Dylan R. Durham, 21, of Londonderry, pleaded not guilty Feb. 29 to a felony count of identity theft, and four misdemeanor counts of false pretenses or false tokens. He was released under conditions, among them to not go to the alleged victim's property. According to an affidavit by Manchester Police, on Nob. 16 a woman reported fraudulent activity on her credit card. It occurred while she was in the hospital. An investigation led police to question Durham, who is a relative of the alleged victim. Durham admitted to going into her home while she was in the hospital and taking the card for personal use. Police said the amount charged was about $466.

Woman accused of selling heroin

Candie Peters, 36, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty on Feb. 29 to two felony counts of heroin sale, and one misdemeanor count of heroin possession. She was released under conditions. According to affidavits by a member of the Vermont Drug Task Force, Peters sold heroin to a police informant.

Man accused of selling pills, cocaine

Jerry Crandall, 44, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Feb. 29 to a felony counts of cocaine sale, and narcotic sale, as well as misdemeanor counts of cocaine possession, and narcotic possession. He was released under conditions. According to affidavits by a member of the Vermont Drug Task Force, Crandall sold cocaine and Percocet to police informants.

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


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