..."He pushed the door open and beat her for an hour and a half, choked her, slammed her head against the wall," said Maria West, the victim's older sister. She said her younger sister is fearful and in shock after the incident... The victim's family members say their brother-in-law had help from Megan Duffy...
FAMILY FEARS FOR VICTIM AFTER DOMESTIC ASSAULT
By Kyle Midura firstname.lastname@example.org
October 12, 2011
[Excerpts] A Vermont firefighter is facing charges, accused of attacking his estranged wife. Erik Mears allegedly admitted to police that he pulled the phone cord in their Berlin trailer Friday night to prevent his wife from calling for help. Amanda Mears turned to Facebook to get a frantic message out to her twin sister in Rhode Island. "He pushed the door open and beat her for an hour and a half, choked her, slammed her head against the wall," said Maria West, the victim's older sister. She said her younger sister is fearful and in shock after the incident. The victim's family members say their brother-in-law had help from Megan Duffy, 32. West says the pair "(told) Amanda not to worry, her boys would be taken care of once they disposed of her body"... the victim told officers the assault took place in front of the estranged couple's young children... Reports indicate Erik Mears had snorted pills and drank that night... A Berlin firefighter at the time of the alleged incident, he resigned shortly after prosecutors charged him with aggravated domestic assault and two misdemeanors. A substitute judge released him with no bail because it was his first offense. Monday, prosecutors will go back to court, arguing he should be held without bail. "I'm not happy that he was released from jail and he should still be in jail," said West. West said they're installing a new security system at the home. But, she added that they're uncomfortable with the fact that they'll have to leave their sister's side in order to return to their respective families and work. [Full article here]
BERLIN POLICE ARREST MAN ON DRUG CHARGES
By Jenna Pizzi
October 12, 2011
[Excerpts] A Berlin man was arrested on drug-related charges last month, according to Berlin Police Department. Erik Mears, 28, was arrested on charges of possession and dispensing a regulated drug on Sept. 29. Police would not say what kind of drug Mears was charged with possessing. The charges came as police were investigating a report of a possible domestic assault and learned Mears was in possession of the regulated drug. Mears is expected to appear in Washington County Criminal Court in early November. [Full article here]
FROM ONLINE COMMENTS:
...I think that something should be done this is absolutely ridiculous whats stopping him from killing her now? this is ridiculous that judge is out of control... IS THIS WHAT OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS COME TOO? any other person wouldn't be out on no bail they have like a million dollars bail. thats wrong he could kill and just might. He was on drugs and whos to say he wont be or isnt right now. and hes livign in OUR home towns. Hes walking our streets. thats not a good thing.. just think about it...
...I think that the system failed this woman and her family. Letting this man out of jail is asking for a tragedy. Wake up people! This is the way that women die every day!!!...
...And, what about the female who was with Eric?...
...he should be locked up jus like anybody else would be hold him wit no bail do pass go go strait to jail...
...the judge who released him with no bail should be locked up!!!...
MEGAN DUFFY WAS ERIK MEARS' (alleged) ACCOMPLICE.
I wonder how many druggie Megan Duffy's that attend crimes there are in tiny Vermont:
WOMEN BEHIND BARS
WCAX, Waterbury, Vermont
June 20, 2007
[Excerpts] Megan Duffy can't wait to move out of this small room that she shares with four other women... The 28 year-old is nearing the end of her sentence for a third drunk driving offense and smuggling narcotics into jail. She calls the Dale Correctional Center home for now. "I miss my kids. I haven't seen them in two years. I miss my grandma," Duffy said, choking back tears... Corrections officials hope she'll also be a good, law-abiding citizen. [Full article here]
POLICE BREAK UP MAJOR BURGLARY RING - Court Documents: At Least 50 Homes Hit
By Matt Lawfer
May 6, 2010
[Excerpts] Police said they have broken up a major burglary ring in Washington and Orange counties. Prosecutors said 31-year-old Megan Duffy cut her hair and dyed it blond to avoid being caught by police. Duffy has pleaded not guilty to six burglary charges... She has a felony record including a DUI 3rd," said Washington County State's Attorney Tom Kelly. Police said Duffy even stole money from her own grandmother and traded it out of state in exchange for drugs. [Full article here]
HOMELESS WOMAN CHARGED IN RASH OF BURGLARIES: Police Say Woman Responsible For 50 Break-Ins
May 10, 2010
[Excerpts] ...Prosecutors say Megan Duffy could ultimately be charged in as many as 50 break-ins... [Full article here]
RURAL NEIGHBORS FIGHT DUXBURY BURGLARY WAVE
Aug 16, 2010.
[Excerpts] At about 2 in the morning, Louis Haslam of Duxbury heard voices in her house... she saw two shadowy figures bolting outside to a nearby van... The van was linked to Megan Duffy, a homeless woman connected to a number of burglaries in Vermont... [Full article here]
5 Court Street · Chelsea, VT 05038
Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 1:30 PM in Room 1
451-10-10 Oecr/Criminal - Restitution Hearing
25-1-11 Oecr/Criminal - Sentencing Hearing
179-5-11 Oecr/Criminal - Sentencing Hearing
349-9-11 Oecr/Criminal - Status Conference
Atty(s): Sandra A. Nelson & William J. Porter
Cases heard by Harold E. Eaton, Jr.
Facebook: Erik Mears
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