Woman, 84, accused of attacking husband with a knife, again
By Patrick McArdle
BENNINGTON — An 84-year-old woman who admitted to cutting her husband with a knife last year because he made her miss some tag sales was charged with two felonies on Monday after police accused her of attacking her husband with a butcher’s knife July 31 after an argument over who would make breakfast.
Edna R. Prouty, 84, of Bennington, pleaded innocent in Bennington criminal court Monday to a felony count of first-degree aggravated domestic assault with a weapon and first-degree aggravated domestic assault. The latter charge was a felony charge based on Prouty’s previous conviction for a domestic assault.
In an affidavit, Officer James Gulley, of the Bennington Police Department, said he was dispatched to the home of Edna and Ralph Prouty on Oakes Street July 27 around 3 p.m. Neighbors called 911 to report a fight and said they had also called the Proutys’ daughter, Kathleen Hamilton.
Officer William DiNunzio, also of the Bennington Police Department, said when he spoke with Edna, she said there had been an argument because Ralph was not brushing his teeth but no physical altercation.
DiNunzio said he saw no signs of a fight in their home and no signs of injury to Ralph or Edna Prouty.
However, after Hamilton arrived, she told police that her mother has been “assaultive and aggressive” toward her father. She said her father had recently spent about a month at the Vermont Veterans Home and planned to move there.
“Hamilton was extremely happy with her father residing at the Vermont Veterans Home, knowing that her father would be safe from her mother. Hamilton told me that something needs to happen before her father is killed or severely injured by her mother,” Gulley said.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's Rutland Herald.