Man denies city assaultNovember 13,2013Local man denies
city assault counts
A Mount Holly man has denied charges that he assaulted a man who came to his aid during a fight as well as a city police officer.
Robert D. Pratt Jr., 21, pleaded innocent last week in Rutland criminal court to misdemeanor charges of simple assault, simple assault against a police officer and disorderly conduct.
He was released from jail on conditions that include a curfew from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. and a ban on alcohol.
Rutland Police Officer Charles Whitehead wrote in an affidavit that he arrested Pratt on the night of Nov. 6 after a fight on State Street.
George Sparks, 52, told police he broke up a fight between Pratt and another man. He said when he went to help up Pratt, who was lying on the ground, Pratt “sucker-punched” him.
Sparks told police he fell to the ground and Pratt continued to attack him. Whitehead said Pratt was taken to Rutland Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
Pratt, who police said was highly intoxicated, told police Sparks attacked him. Whitehead said Pratt spit on him while he was being placed in a police cruiser.MORE IN This Just InINDIANAPOLIS — Hundreds of people, some carrying signs reading “no hate in our state,” gathered... Full StorySHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — Yemen’s embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.