Bennington criminal court roundup


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

Woman accused of DUI crash with child in car

Sarah Harris, 37, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty July 25 to a second offense of driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless or gross negligent vehicle operation, and reckless endangerment, all misdemeanors. She was released without bail under conditions, among them that she not consume alcohol.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Police, on July 22 Harris' vehicle was pulled over by a trooper after he witnessed it strike a curb on South Street. Her vehicle blew both side tires and sent sparks flying.

Harris told police she had come from a drive-in movie theater in New York. She heard a loud "boom" and had trouble driving the vehicle, but continued on because she was close to home.

She admitted to consuming alcohol and took a breath test showing her blood-alcohol level to be .177 percent. Police said her four-year-old child was in the car at the time of the crash.

Man charged with stealing $100

Brett Weber, 22, of Sandgate, pleaded not guilty July 25 to a felony count of burglary.

According to an affidavit by Manchester Police, they received a complaint that on March 17 an employee of Friends of the Sun came to work in the morning and discovered the place had been broken into and $100 taken from a cash register. After an investigation led police to Weber, he admitted to breaking into the store and taking the money.

In June, Weber pleaded not guilty to charges alleging that he crashed a stolen vehicle, broke into a house and used a rifle to fire into some paint cans, and kicked a state trooper while being arrested. He was released without bail under a 24-hour curfew and ordered not to consume alcohol. He was released from court on July 25 under those same conditions.

Woman accused of gun threat

Nicole Harris, 26, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Jan. 18 to a felony count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She was released without bail under the conditions she not have contact with certain people and not possess a firearm.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police, on July 2 at 7 p.m. officers to respond to Houran Road where it was reported that a family party had turned into a fight. There they learned from witnesses that Harris had pointed a handgun at a male who tried to stop her from leaving after a family argument.

Man accused of assault, custodial interference

Ryan S. Monroe, 36, of Granville, N.Y., pleaded not guilty on July 18 to second degree aggravated domestic assault with a prior conviction, two felony counts of custodial interference, and a misdemeanor count of violating release conditions. He was released under conditions that he not have contact with the woman he is accused of assaulting.

According to an affidavit by Manchester Police, on June 5 they received a complaint from a woman who said Monroe had pushed his finger into her face and pushed her during a dispute over child custody. Police said Monroe later did not follow a Family Court order regarding when his child was to be left with its mother.

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


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