Pownal Man Charged With Murder in Bennington Attack

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Update Jan. 21: The Bennington Banner reports that Darren Pronto, 32, of Pownal was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Emily Hamann, 26. Pronto was being held at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. He is accused of "lying in wait" for Hamann and slashing her throat with a knife. The attack was captured on a home security camera, according to police.

The Banner reports that Pronto, who has pleaded not guilty, faces 35 years to life if convicted.
 
 
BENNINGTON, Vt. — A local woman attacked on the river walkway late Monday morning died of her injuries at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. 
 
Police have taken a suspect into custody in the homicide and recovered a weapon believed to be used in the attack. Neither the victim or suspect's have been released by authorities. 
 
In a statement released by Police Chief Paul Doucette, police received a call at about 11:15 a.m. reporting the victim was being attacked on the walkway between North and School streets. Responding officers located the woman and rendered first aid until the Bennington Rescue Squad arrived. 
 
A description of the assailant was provided to officers and the suspect was located on School Street. According to police, the officer attempted to engage the suspect in conversation and, when a second officer arrived, took him into custody. 
 
"The suspect resisted arrest, and after a brief struggle, was taken into custody without further incident," states the report.
 
The victim's body was taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner. 
 
Doucette noted that social media posts had been spreading reports about a bomb or explosive device involved in the incident. 
 
"That is not the case and the public should not be concerned about this," he wrote. "Shortly after the incident occurred on the walkway, someone ignited fireworks in the area of Depot Street." 
 
Anyone with information should contact investigating officers Det. Sgt. Jason or Det. Corey Briggs at 802-442-1030. 
 
No further information was available at this time. 

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Williams College Asks Town to Help Clear Way for Davis Center Building Project

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Chandler House is also on the college's chopping block. The Historical Commission will hear on Monday the college's proposal to raze Chandler and Hardy. 
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College Monday will ask the town's Historical Commission to sign off on the demolition of buildings built in 1914 and 1854.
 
The buildings are slated for removal to support the programming of the Davis Center, which already utilizes one of the two structures in question.
 
The Davis Center, named for noted Black Williams alumni W. Allison Davis and John A. Davis, began as the college's Multicultural Center in 1989 and supports students from historically disenfranchised groups as well as international students.
 
The center's main offices are in Jenness House on Morley Drive, which is flanked by the 107-year-old Chandler House, which fronts on Walden Street, and 167-year-old Hardy House.
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