A Newport Center man has been accused of swinging a baseball bat at a woman and her child. Jake H. Buck, 34, pleaded not guilty in Orleans Superior Court on Tuesday to two counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and escape from furlough. Buck also pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and two counts of criminal threatening. Judge Lisa A. Warren set conditions of release and $25,000 bail. On Nov. 27 at 10:34 p.m., the Vermont State Police said they received a report in Newport Center of an attempted assault alleging that Buck had threatened a 24 year old woman and her 13-year-old son with a baseball bat. The woman and her sister-in-law told police that she and the juvenile were looking for their missing cat in their neighborhood when the alleged incident occurred.
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