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Police charge man with assault at fairgrounds

NEW HAVEN — A Ferrisburgh man will have to appear in court to answer a charge of aggravated assault after he allegedly knocked another man unconscious a the Addison County fairgrounds early Saturday morning.
Vermont State Police report that on Sunday, Sept. 21, at approximately 22 minutes past midnight troopers responded to the fairgrounds for a report of an assault. When they arrived the troopers discovered that 35-year-old Joshua Bird of Franklin had been taken by ambulance to Fletcher Allen Health Care with a severe head injury.
Troopers said their investigation showed that after a brief struggle Nicholas Thomann, 26, of Ferrisburgh tried to restrain Bird and body slammed him into the ground. The body slam knocked Bird out and caused other head injuries.
A citizen in the crowd who was an EMT immediately started to administer aid to Bird, police said.
Bird was admitted to Fletcher Allen’s Intensive Care Unit for observation.
Thomann was cited to appear in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, for aggravated assault.

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