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LANDGROVE — An incident on Jaquith Road on Christmas night has resulted in a man facing charges of domestic abuse and assaulting police officers. 

Vermont State Police said they were called to a residence on Jaquith Road at about 9 p.m., for a report of a family fight.

According to state police, their investigation showed Ely Key, 35, "had attempted to cause bodily harm to a household member and interfered with their access to emergency services."

While troopers were taking Key into custody, a struggle ensued, during which he attempted to disarm an officer of his Taser, police said. 

According to police, Ely was taken to the Manchester Police station for booking, where he assaulted another officer and caused damage to the holding cell. 

A judge was contacted and bail was set at $10,000 with conditions of release were issued. Key was later transported to the Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, where he was held pending bail, police said.

Key is scheduled to be arraigned Monday Bennington County Superior Court Criminal Division on two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and one count each of domestic assault, interference with access to emergency services, disorderly conduct, unlawful mischief and impeding a police officer. 

In another charge connected with the incident, state police said Ariana Lepper, 32, of Landgrove, was cited with hindering a police officer and ordered appear at the Bennington County Superior Court Criminal Division on Monday. 

State Police said they were was assisted on scene by the Winhall Police Department, Manchester Police Department, and Londonderry Rescue.

Reach Greg Sukiennik at gsukiennik@manchesterjournal.com or at 802-447-7567, ext. 119. 


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