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BENNINGTON — Cases recently heard in Vermont Superior Court Bennington, criminal division:

Before Judge John W. Valente

Tuesday, April 3

- Richard Barnhardt, 33, of Shaftsbury, had counts of misdemeanor domestic assault and interference with emergency service access dismissed by state.

- Seth Kellner, 37, of Bennington, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault. Fined $500. Charge stems from Feb. 27 offense investigated by Bennington police. Charges of felony second degree unlawful restraint, misdemeanor domestic assault and false information to police by implicating another dismissed by state. Kellner represented by William Wright. Deputy State's Attorney Robert Plunkett prosecuted.

Friday, April 6

- Jay Burdick, 56, of Shaftsbury, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault, resisting arrest, aggravated disorderly conduct. Received consecutive suspended sentences of 12-to-18 months, 12-months, and 180 days. Charges stem from July 27, 2017 offense investigated by Vermont State Police. Felony count of aggravated assault dismissed by state. Burdick represented by Matthew Hart. DSA Plunkett prosecuted.

- Ryan C. Jenks, 29, of Manchester, pleaded guilty to felony heroin possession. Received an 11 month to three-year sentence. Fined $1,000. Police said they recovered 158 bags of heroin, weighing 4 grams, from Jenks' home on March 2, 2017. Vermont State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations Unit and Southern Vermont Drug Task Force investigated. Charge of felony possessing a weapon to commit a crime dismissed by state. Felony drug trafficking was dismissed by court Nov. 22, 2017. Jenks represented by Matthew Hart. DSA Plunkett prosecuted.

Monday, April 9

- Dale J. Amidon, 34, of Bennington, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor hunting while under revocation. Fined $200. Charge stems from Nov. 17, 2017 offense. Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department investigated.

- Preston E. Foster, 56, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty to felony violating an abuse prevention order for a subsequent offense. Released with conditions. Will return May 21. Bennington police said Foster violated a protective order on March 15.

- Zachary J. Rose, 30, of Bennington, pleaded guilty to felony escaping custody of furlough. Received a four-to-five month sentence to serve, with credit for time served. Concurrent to existing sentence. Probation officers said Rose did not comply with furlough conditions on or about Feb. 8.

- Zachary Russell, 21, of Pownal, pleaded not guilty to felony burglary into an occupied dwelling. Held on $15,000 bail. Will return June 11. The Bennington County Sheriff's Department said Russell broke into a Pownal residence on or about Feb. 1.



Before Judge William D. Cohen

Tuesday, April 10

- Cameron Morris, 20, of North Adams, Mass., pleaded not guilty to felony burglary (two counts) and grand larceny, misdemeanor petit larceny and vehicle operation without owner consent. Held on 10,000 bail. Will return May 18. Charges stem from two burglaries in June 2017 investigated by Bennington police.

- Timothy L. Rietz, 39, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty to felony aggravated stalking in violation of a court order, misdemeanor violating release conditions (two counts). Released with conditions. Will return for weight of evidence and bail review hearings. Charges stem from alleged offenses Rietz made against a minor child he knew on March 28. Bennington County Sheriff's Department investigated.

—Banner staff


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