St. Johnsbury man arrested for disorderly conduct with whip

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ST. JOHNSBURY — A local man was arrested Saturday afternoon after engaging in disorderly conduct on a busy city sidewalk.

At approximately 3:40 p.m., Vermont State Troopers on routine patrol observed Michael Farnsworth, 35, cracking what appeared to be a whip against a building on the corner of Railroad and Portland streets.

The whip turned out to be a piece of root that Farnsworth had torn from a garden.

Farnsworth, a resident of St. Johnsbury, was stopped by troopers as he hit the building several times with the makeshift whip.

Upon identifying him, the troopers learned of his previous conditions of release, which he was found to be violating.

Farnsworth was taken into custody without further incident and transported to the Vermont State Police Barracks in St. Johnsbury.

He has been charged with Disorderly Conduct and Violations of Conditions of Release.

Michael Farnsworth is scheduled to appear in Caledonia Superior Court on May 6 at 8:30 a.m. to answer to the charges.

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