Woman denies scuffle with police
By ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | July 05,2013
Photo by Eric Francis
Tracey Goodrich allegedly fought with police who were investigating a complaint that she was harassing neighbors at the Windy Hill Acres trailer park in Springfield.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Police said a Springfield woman and her adult daughter scuffled with officers who went to the Windy Hill Acres trailer park recently to investigate a neighborhood harassment complaint.
Tracey Goodrich, 43, was released after she posted $1,000 bail following an arrest outside her residence. Her daughter Tifani Flanders, 21, was cited to answer several charges, including simple assault on a police officer, at a later date.
Goodrich appeared in court this week in White River Junction and pleaded innocent to six misdemeanor charges of simple assault on police, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and unlawful mischief.
Springfield Police Cpl. Walter Morancy said Goodrich’s neighbor, Brenda Kenyon, called police saying that Goodrich was outside yelling obscene insults. Another neighbor told police Goodrich yelled at her to the point that she had kept her children inside for the past eight months.
Morancy said Goodrich was on her porch when he arrived. “I observed that Goodrich’s language had drawn a crowd of onlookers in the park and some were small children less than 10 years of age,” Morancy wrote in his affidavit.
He said he asked her to “tone it down” or he would arrest her for disorderly conduct.
“Goodrich began to yell ... ‘Get the (expletive deleted) off my property,’” the officer said.
Morancy said he told Goodrich she was under arrest and “Goodrich ran from the deck into her house and slammed the door.”
Flanders then confronted him, he said, and refused his requests to go tell her mother to step outside. She hit him in the shoulder, Morancy said, so he wrote her a citation for assaulting him.
Three more police officers from Springfield and Vermont State Police arrived and tried to arrest Goodrich after she stepped outside the trailer. According to Morancy, she continued to disobey police and had to be “guided to the ground,” leaving “deep scratches” on the arm of Sgt. Robert Simmons in the struggle.
Morancy said officers had to strap Goodrich’s legs together and put a “spit hood” on her after she kicked the metal screen inside a police cruiser and threatened to spit on Morancy.
At the Springfield Police Department, he said, Goodrich registered a 0.11 percent blood-alcohol level on a breath test but refused to comply with the rest of the booking process.
At court Monday, she was ordered to return to the police station this week to complete the booking process.