Court news in brief

BENNINGTON — The following cases were heard recently before Judge David A. Howard in Vermont Superior Court Bennington criminal division:


- Frank J. Mayhle, 61, of Manchester Center, released on amended conditions after weight of evidence hearing. Howard set a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond. Pleaded not guilty Nov. 20 to felony lewd and lascivious conduct (two counts). The charges stem from offenses allegedly made on Nov. 15 that were investigated by Manchester police. Mayhle will return to court on Jan. 3.


- Anna M. Livingston, 56, of Bennington pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of child cruelty. She received a three-to-six month suspended sentence with probation. The charge stems from a Sept. 17 offense investigated by Bennington police. A misdemeanor count of domestic assault was dismissed by the state. The case was prosecuted by Deputy State's Attorney John Lurvey. Livingston was represented by T. Lamar Enzore.


- Darryl L. Pecor, 50, of Stamford pleaded guilty by waiver to a misdemeanor count of baiting deer. He was fined $600. The charge stems from a Nov. 4 offense investigated by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

- Wendell E. Taylor Jr., 39, of Pownal, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor violating an abuse prevention order (35 counts). He was released with conditions and will return to court on Jan. 22. The charges stem from alleged offenses Taylor made between Oct. 31 and Nov. 9.

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