Police seek Perkinsville man
By ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | October 05,2013
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Police are looking for a Perkinsville man who failed to show up for court Friday to face allegations he’d fired a shotgun close to his wife during a heated argument.
Scott Amidon, 39, could face life in prison after prosecutors moved to charge him as a habitual offender due to his record of 10 previous felony convictions, including five instances of escape.
Judge Karen Carroll said if it had been made clear to her Thursday that Amidon had a history of escapes and 12 prior failures to appear in court, she would likely have set bail higher than $5,000.
Amidon posted bail Thursday night at the Springfield jail and was supposed to appear Friday afternoon at White River Junction criminal court to answer four domestic assault charges, including three felony counts of aggravated domestic assault with a deadly weapon.
Vermont State Police troopers arrested Amidon at Springfield High School when he drove there to pick up his children Thursday.
Police said they began their investigation earlier that day after Amidon’s family members told them he had been abusing heroin and bath salts in recent weeks.
They also said that on the evening of Sept. 26 Amidon pulled out a shotgun, pointed it at several family members, and threatened to shoot everyone in the household.
Witnesses said that as the argument escalated that night Amidon and his wife, Beatrice, went out to the driveway where he fired the gun in her general direction twice, police said.
“(Beatrice) came inside and said that the shot missed her but she could feel the wind of the bullet go by,” Trooper Brian Berry wrote in an affidavit.
Deputy State’s Attorney David Cahill asked in court Friday that an expedited arrest warrant be issued for Amidon and the bail amount be increased to $250,000.
“The state has some very real concerns about Mr. Amidon fleeing the jurisdiction and/or causing harm to some of the people who were victims in this case,” Cahill told the judge.
Carroll granted the requests.
“I knew he had some prior failures to appear, but I had no idea of the (extent) of his record,” she said of the original police request to lodge Amidon in jail. “I just discovered that today.”