Bennington criminal court roundup


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

Man makes false medical call

Edward A. Allen, 52, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, and giving false alarm. He was released without bail under the conditions he not have contact with certain witnesses. The court also ordered that he undergo a competency evaluation.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Keith Diotte, on Aug. 1 at 8:25 p.m. he responded to the Autumn Inn on Main Street for a male complaining of toe pain. There he met with members of the Bennington Rescue Squad who told him that Allen repeatedly makes such calls for emergency medical services when it's not needed and had done so earlier that evening as well.

Diotte said Allen was standing on a balcony during the conversation with the emergency medical technicians. Allen appeared to have no trouble walking when he came down to the ambulance and became upset when told he would not be taken to the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Allen walked away and made a comment about how the EMTs were lucky he did not have a shotgun, otherwise he would shoot them.

Allen also swore at a couple who had come out of their room.

Police said that between June 1 and Aug. 1 Allen had made 23 emergency calls complaining of pain in varying parts of his body.

Man accused of stalking

Michael Barrieau, 59, of Arlington, pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor count of stalking. He was released without bail under conditions, among them that he not contact the person he is accused of stalking nor go to their place of employment or home.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Detective Anthony Silvestro, on July 14 a woman told the Department of Children and Families that her 17-year-old son was being harassed at work by a customer. The son told police that Barrieau had been coming by daily and following him home after he left work. He said Barrieau would call him "handsome" had offered him a job doing yard work, and at one point asked him where he lived.

Police spoke to other employees where the 17-year-old works and were told Barrieau had been asking personal questions about him.

Woman accused of impeding officer

Stephanie A. Berard, 29, of North Bennington, pleaded not guilty to a felony count of impeding a public officer. She was released without bail under conditions that she appear at future court hearings.

According to an affidavit by Vermont State Trooper Wayne Godfrey, on July 14 he stopped a vehicle being driven by Berard for traffic violations. Godfrey wrote that at first he did not recognize Berard but would later realize he had encountered her in 2010 when, according to him, he used pepper spray on her after she kicked him.

At the stop on July 14, Berard refused to give him her driver's license and registration and accused Godfrey of harassing her, saying he was a racist.

More police were summoned and Berard gather the paperwork Godfrey requested. She handed it to him but refused to relinquish it. Godfrey then pulled her out of the vehicle by the wrist.

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


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