Pownal man held after alleged assault

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BENNINGTON — A Pownal man is being held without bail after being accused of aggravated assault.

Terry R. Burdick, 59, pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division to a felony count of aggravated domestic assault in the first degree, two felony counts of aggravated domestic assault in the second degree with a prior conviction and a misdemeanor count of stalking. Trooper Cody Sholtes wrote in an affidavit that he was dispatched to a residence on Route 7 in East Dorset at about 9:40 p.m. on Sunday for a welfare check after a man reported that he had been messaging a woman who said she was being held against her will.

The woman told troopers that she wanted to leave the residence, but the male would not allow her, the affidavit states.

She told police that Burdick took her car keys and would not give them back to her because he did not want her to leave him. She also stated that "he told her he would kill her if she ever left him again." She stated that Burdick "stomped on her foot with his boots and broke her toe" and was afraid he was going to kill her if she called police.

Burdick was ordered to the Marble Valley Correctional Facility in Rutland pending a weight of evidence hearing.

Reach staff writer Edward Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111 or @edamon_banner.

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