Dartmouth microbiology researcher charged with pulling gun at bar

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Norwich resident charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

KILLINGTON, VT - A Norwich resident was jailed this weekend after he allegedly pulled a gun on bouncers while they were trying to remove him from a ski bar Saturday evening.

    Eli J. Kasper, 33, was ordered held for lack of bail late Saturday night pending his arraignment on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon which is scheduled to take place first thing Monday morning in Rutland's criminal court.

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    Kasper is listed as a cellular microbiology researcher and co-author of several research papers published in recent years through the auspices of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.  His father is a long-standing professor of microbiology and immunology at the college.

    Killington Police Chief Robert Montgomery said his officers and Vermont State Police troopers responded to The Wobbly Barn around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night after receiving a report that a gun had been flashed during a confrontation inside the popular nightspot.

    The chief said the subsequent investigation determined that Kasper had been "acting intoxicated" and was asked by the staff to leave the bar.  "It was reported that Kasper then returned to the bar and Wobbly Barn staff were escorting him out of the bar when Kasper pulled out a firearm that he had concealed in his jacket.  In the brief physical altercation, the firearm was dropped and secured by staff while police were called to the scene," according to a press release issued Sunday.

     Kasper was lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.  He will be arraigned in Rutland Superior Court on Monday March 13, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. 

Eli J. Kasper, 33, of Norwich is facing a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

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