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Three additional arrests follow Bennington house party

BENNINGTON — Police have made three more arrests following a house party where police allegedly found under-aged drinking and drug use.

Of the 10 people who were present in the house when police entered on a search warrant on Dec. 22, eight have now been arrested and charged. On Dec. 23, police arrested and charged five of those in the home. Over the course of the week, three more arrests were made.

Police arrested Brian Roy, 19, of Dublin, Tyler Skiff, 20, of Peterborough and Robert Donnelly, 27, of Francestown in connection with events that took place during the party, according to Bennington Police Chief Steve Campbell in an interview Wednesday.

Roy and Skiff were both charged with unlawful possession of alcohol. Roy turned himself in to the Bennington Police Department on Dec. 28, following the issue of an arrest warrant for eight of those in the home. Skiff turned himself in to the Peterborough Police Department on Dec. 30, and was then turned over to Bennington Police. Both men were released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail.

Donnelly was charged with five counts of prohibited sales, for allegedly providing alcohol to minors, breach of bail conditions and possession of a controlled drug believed to be marijuana. Donnelly was arrested at his Francestown home on Dec. 31, and released on $2,500 personal recognizance bail.

All three men are scheduled to appear at the 6th Circuit Court in Hillsborough on Feb. 14.

The charges were the result of a gathering of 10 people at a Main Street house in Bennington. After receiving a tip from an anonymous caller, police responded to the house and were able to detect a strong odor of marijuana around the house.

Police were given access to the house through a search warrant, and entered the house at 1:15 a.m. on Dec. 22. They allegedly discovered open bottles of beer and hard liquor, and cups of beer in every room of the house, as well as several pieces of drug paraphernalia and an illegal substance believed to be marijuana.

During their search of the residence, police found a marijuana pipe, a grinder with marijuana in it, two glass bongs and a scale, along with several hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes, as well as bags of a drug believed to be marijuana in multiple locations throughout the house.

Police did not make any arrests at the scene, said Campbell, but removed all evidence and collected personal information

Brittany Robichaud, 20, and Devin Dame, 20, both of Bennington, who live at the house where the party took place, were arrested on Dec. 23 and charged with illegal possession of alcohol, illegal possession of a controlled drug, believed to be marijuana, controlling a premise where drugs are located and facilitating an underage alcohol or drug house party. Both were released on $2,500 personal recognizance.

Taylor Cross, 18, of Antrim, Alan Fox, 18, of Temple and Nathaniel Cross, 20, of Hancock were also arrested on Dec. 23, and were all charged with illegal possession of alcohol. All three were released on $1,000 personal recognizance.

The five previously arrested on Dec. 23 are also scheduled to appear at the 6th Circuit Court in Hillsborough on Feb. 14.

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