Orange County District Court

Communities / Apr. 19, 2012 11:10am EDT

The following cases were heard April 11 before Judge Harold E. Eaton Jr., and all defendants were released on conditions unless otherwise noted.


Joel Johnson, 36, of White River Junction failed to appear for an arraignment for calendar call on charge of vehicle operation without owner consent on Aug. 13, 2007 to which he pleaded innocent on Jan. 26.

Robert J. Palmieri, 47, of South Royalton pleaded innocent to hindering arrest on Feb. 28.

Stevens Blanchard, 37, of Fairlee pleaded innocent to driving under the influence (DUI) on March 25.

Jeremy Johnston, 21, of Randolph failed to appear for his arraignment for a felony charge of delivery of less than 100 doses of depressant, stimulant, or narcotic.

On April 6, Kaylee Wilson, 23, pleaded guilty before Judge M. Patricia Zimmerman to unlawful trespass on land on April 5. Wilson was sentenced to serve one to two days to start on April 6, with credit for time served, and charged $141 in surcharges; she was held at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield.

Ashley N. Newland, 27, of Bethel, pleaded guilty to vehicle operation with license suspended on Feb. 7. Newland was sentenced to pay $536 in fines and surcharges.

Patrick Colby, 24, of East Corinth pleaded guilty to careless or negligent vehicle operation, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, and possession of less than 100 doses of depressant, stimulant, or narcotic on Sept. 18, 2011. Colby was sentenced to serve nine to 12 months, all suspended, and placed on probation under conditions including orders: to faithfully work 80 hours at a community service; attend, participate fully in and successfully complete substance abuse counseling; take all medications as prescribed and not abuse them.

April L. Otis, 29, of Williamstown pleaded guilty to possession of less than 100 doses of depressant, stimulant or narcotic on Jan. 6, and vehicle operation with suspended license on Feb. 18. A charge of vehicle operation with suspended license of Jan. 6 was dismissed by the state. Otis was sentenced to serve 10 to 15 days on a Furlough Community Restitution Program work crew, to begin April 18, and pay $191 in surcharges.

Thomas Berecz, 42, of Thetford Center, pleaded guilty to careless or negligent vehicle operation on Jan. 1. The charge was amended from DUI. Berecz was sentenced to $1004 in fines and surcharges.

Robert S. Hart, 51, of Tunbridge pleaded guilty to giving false information to a law enforcement officer to implicate another, and a felony charge of unlawful trespass on an occupied residence on Feb. 16. Hart was sentenced to serve six to 14 months, all suspended, and pay $282 in surcharges. He was placed on probation under conditions including: an order to complete anger management counseling, no threatening or harassing of the victim, or entry into victim’s apartment.

Raymond Allen Page, 45, of Bradford had his probation warrant modified based on his fourth and fifth violations as filed on Nov. 14, 2011 and Jan. 6, 2012. Page’s probation stems from three felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, two on Aug. 1, 2001 and one on Aug. 1, 2004. His sentence is all suspended except 29 months. Judge Eaton ordered that Page serve six months in home confinement with several conditions, including a new special condition reading: “You shall not develop or maintain friendships or relationships with women who have minor children unless approved by your probation officer.”

Charges Dismissed

The state dismissed a charge of simple assault (mutual affray) on March 1 against Andrew J. Moore, 31, of Orange.

Bail Review

Lawrence Irish, Jr., 39, of Chelsea had a bail review hearing before the court; his bail was reduced from $10,000 to $3,000 with a $300 deposit set. Irish was held at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield after pleading innocent March 18 to charges of DUI, fourth or subsequent offense and violation of probation. Irish pleaded innocent to the felony charge and denied violation of probation on March 19.

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