District Court

Friday February 1, 2013

BENNINGTON -- The following cases were heard Monday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division. Michael T. Andrews, 28, of 112 Russett Drive, pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of marijuana sale or delivery, three misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession, and two misdemeanor counts of marijuana sale or delivery. He was released on conditions including one that he abide by a 24-hour curfew and he also posted a $500 deposit on a $5,000 bail bond.

According to an affidavit written by a detective assigned to the Vermont Drug Task Force Mobile Enforcement Team, on Sept. 27 they met with a "cooperating individual" who in the affidavit was referred to as "CI" who said they could purchase marijuana from Andrews. Police said an arrangement was made for CI to do so and CI was given $350 to buy an ounce of "white widow," a type of marijuana. Police said CI and Andrews met at Willow Park under police surveillance and CI bought marijuana from Andrews. CI was paid $150 by police. According to another affidavit, CI was able to buy marijuana from Andrews on Oct. 27, getting 1/4 of an ounce for $100, and on Nov. 26 for the same deal. CI was paid $120 both times for their effort.

Jayde L. Burdick, 30, of 414 Route 346 in Pownal, pleaded guilty to false alarm-fire-emergency, a misdemeanor, and was given diversion. According to an affidavit by Vermont State Police Trooper Christopher Burnett, on Dec. 13 at 6:20 p.m. Burdick dialed 911 to report a non-emergency problem. A trooper was notified of the call but had something else to attend to, and as it was not an ongoing emergency did not respond immediately. Burnett wrote that Burdick dialed 911 a total of seven times to inquire about when police would arrive, and became verbally abusive to dispatchers.

Burnett said he arrived at Burdick’s home at 8 p.m. and found her to be intoxicated. He said her issue was someone had taken $80 from her wallet. Burnett said he asked her how much alcohol she had consumed and was told "not enough" and "too much." He said Burdick submitted to a alcohol breath test which resulted in a .248 percent blood-alcohol content.

Danielle Lake, 31, of 22 Willowbrook in Bennington, pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of cocaine sale, and two misdemeanor counts of cocaine possession. She was released on conditions she abide by a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew at her residence and was placed under a $10,000 unsecured bail bond.

According to an affidavit by a member of the Vermont Drug Task Force Mobile Enforcement Team, prior to December 2012 they met with a "cooperating individual" (CI) who said Lake was involved with selling crack cocaine in the Bennington area. Police said on Dec. 14 they outfitted CI and CI’s vehicle with recording devices and gave CI $100 to purchase .5 grams of crack cocaine with. Police said CI met with Lake and completed the purchase. The same thing happened on Dec. 17 only CI was given $50 to purchase .3 grams of crack cocaine.

Keanna L. Hunt, 16, of Washington Avenue, pleaded not guilty to a felony count of embezzlement and was released on the condition that she not go to the Kmart store in Bennington. In a separate case she pleaded not guilty to two counts of assaulting emergency room personnel, unlawful mischief, alcohol possession by a minor, and disorderly conduct.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer James A. Gulley Jr., on Dec. 19 he spoke to Derek E. Manfra, regional loss prevention officer for Kmart, who said an employee had admitted in writing to stealing items from the store. Manfra told Gulley that in late November, the manager of the Kmart store contacted him about two missing tablet computers that could not be accounted for. Surveillance tapes did not show anything suspicious, but when another employee at the store said Hunt had recently claimed to be selling two tablets via her Facebook page, the manager questioned Hunt about it. Hunt then admitted to stealing the tablets among other things.

Manfra provided police with a list of the items, totaling $674 in value, which included a Trio Stealth Tablet 7 worth $129, a GE digital camera worth $129, a Trio Stealth 9.7 tablet worth $169, and two copies of "Call of Duty: Black Ops" -- a video game -- worth a total of $119. The rest of the dozen or so items were all under $20 and included things like music discs, lip gloss, and costume earrings.

Gulley said he did not question Hunt because she was a minor without a guardian present, and she did not give a statement when taken to the Bennington Police Station. He said according to Manfra, Hunt expressed remorse.

According to another affidavit by Vermont State Police Trooper Justin Walker, on Dec. 28 at 10:19 p.m. he was dispatched to Jackson Cross Road in Pownal where he met with Hunt and Chris Davis, 19, who was bleeding from the head. "Subsequent investigation revealed that all injuries sustained by Davis and Hunt were self-inflicted by accident during a struggle," wrote Walker.

He said Hunt was taken to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center where her mood alternated between calm and hostile. He wrote that Hunt punched a television set while in her room, breaking it. He wrote that she also struck a nurse, Nathan Mattison, in the back of the neck, then kicked another nurse, Janet O’Bryan, in the chest while she and Vermont State Police Trooper Christopher Burnett were restraining her. Walker wrote that Hunt appeared intoxicated but was not tested for alcohol consumption.

Andrea J. Allard, 33, of Arlington, pleaded not guilty burglary of an occupied dwelling, and misdemeanor unlawful mischief. She was released on conditions she not have contact with her sister, Erica Allard, or go to her home.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Police Trooper Christopher Burnett, on Dec. 2 at 5:50 p.m. he went to Bridle Path in Arlington where he met with Erica Allard, who said she had been in an argument with Andrea Allard about two hours before and there had been some shoving between them. She said the conflict was broken up by her father and as she was leaving with her children and father, Andrea Allard threatened to damage Erica Allard’s property.

Burnett said he spoke to Andrea Allard, who denied having done anything to her sister’s apartment and said she was out looking for her dog while her sister was gone. Burnett said he inspected Erica Allard’s apartment and found numerous items had been damaged including a DVD player, television, and stereo. All together the damage was estimated at $500, and the door to the apartment appeared damaged as well and bore a shoe-print.

Burnett wrote that he spoke to Mark McIntyre, who shares a child with Andrea Allard and lives in the same building. According to him, Andrea Allard had not left since arguing with her sister, and he had been the one to locate the missing dog and did so within a short period of time.

Daniel Ferris, 29, of White Birches Mobile Home Park in Bennington, pleaded not guilty to felony counts of burglary, obstructing justice, and a misdemeanor count of buy-receive-sell-conceal stolen property. He was released on conditions he not speak to Gerald Smith.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Police Trooper James A. Wright, on Nov. 26 he spoke to Smith who said he owns Smith Trailer Park on Penny Lane in Woodford and that a washing machine and dryer had been stolen from a shed there. He said he received word that Daniel "Scooter" Ferris, had taken it and sold it to Robert Stratton.

Wright said he spoke to Stratton who said Ferris had sold him a washer and dryer for $165. He came to Stratton’s home with the washer but then they went to get the dryer together. Stratton said after he was spoken to by Smith, he called Ferris and ultimately got conflicting stories from him about who gave Ferris permission to take and sell the machines.

Wright said Smith and Stratton agreed to work out an arrangement between themselves in regards to the machines, so Wright spoke to Ferris, who was reluctant to speak to Wright claiming Smith is a friend of Wright’s.

Wright said he put Ferris in contact with another trooper, and Ferris opted not to give a statement. According to Wright, he talked to Erica Belville, one of the people Ferris said gave him permission to sell the machines, and she told Wright that Ferris called her earlier and said people were accusing him of stealing the machines which his sister had given him permission to take and sell. Belville told police that Ferris asked her to tell police she was the one to give him permission.

On Friday, Sara Ennis, 30, of Pleasant Valley Road in Bennington, pleaded not guilty to felony domestic assault - prior conviction, and cruelty to a child under 10. She was arraigned in the Rutland Superior Criminal Division but her case is being handled through Bennington. She is currently being held for lack of $500 bail at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Center in Burlington.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Lawrence Cole, on Jan. 23 he spoke to Department of Children and Families Investigator Wendy Nolan, who said she had been at the Sunderland Elementary School investigating a report from a teacher there, Letizia Mastrantoni, who said one of her students had a baseball-sized bruise on his arm, and said it was from his mother hitting him with a rubber spoon when he would not sit still to have his hair cut.

Cole said he spoke to Ennis who said the child had gotten up and begun swinging his arms. She said she grabbed the child by the arm and hit his other arm with her hand and did not notice the bruise until a few days later. She said she has threatened to strike the child with a spoon in the past, but never done son.

-- Keith Whticomb


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