Police: Man accused of stalking violated order by flying plane

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A New Hampshire man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly flying his airplane in direct violation of a court order.

Michael J. Arnold, 65, of Manchester, was served with an order of protection on May 30 prohibiting him from flying his plane because he is accused of stalking a Schuylerville woman.

Bennington Police Department was notified by the FBI and New York authorities regarding the case.

Police were advised that Arnold’s airplane may be at the William H. Morse State Airport in Bennington.  An officer confirmed that Arnold’s 1976 Cessna 180 single engine plane, bearing tail number 7530K was at the airport.

Officers were able to determine that Arnold was in fact flying his airplane from the airport and last seen flying west toward NY several days earlier.

Bennington Police Officers arrested Arnold as he was driving into the William H. Morse State Airport.

Arnold was charged with aggravated stalking, impeding, false information to a police officer, and resisting arrest. Vermont Superior Court Judge Howard Kalfus set bail conditions in the amount of $5,000, which Arnold posted.

He is ordered to appear in Vermont Superior Court-Bennington Criminal Divisions on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.