• Teen charged with assaulting sister
    November 23,2013
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    Teen charged with

    assaulting sister

    BENNINGTON — A local teenager is facing a criminal charge after she allegedly hit her sister in the head — but a judge ruled they could still spend Thanksgiving together.

    Sarah G. Thompson, 16, was arraigned in Bennington criminal court Friday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.

    Thompson, who pleaded innocent to the charge, was released without bail.

    Cpl. Andy Hunt of the Bennington Police Department said Cassandra Bushee, 19, reported the assault Thursday.

    Bushee told police that Thompson brought Bushee’s ex-boyfriend to her home recently, which upset her because she has a new boyfriend. Bushee said she went to Thompson’s home Thursday to tell her she had put Bushee in a difficult position. They argued and Thompson punched her in the head, Bushee said.

    Carrie Clough, the mother of both Bushee and Thompson, told Hunt she saw the incident and confirmed Bushee’s account.

    Deputy State’s Attorney Robert Plunkett said Thompson should not be allowed to contact Bushee. Attorney Jeff Rubin, who represented Thompson, asked the judge, at Clough’s request, to allow the sisters to be at the same home for Thanksgiving.

    Judge Nancy Corsones said she wouldn’t disrupt the family’s holiday gathering but gave Thompson a stern warning that if she abused or harassed her sister, she risked arrest and further criminal charges.
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