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August 8th, 2012

PION MAKES BAIL!

August 8, 2012

NEWPORT - Roger Pion, the man accused of smashing seven Orleans County Sheriff's cruisers demolition style with a tractor, has posted bail.
He still remains in custody, however, while he serves a couple more weeks of time on a February conviction for disorderly conduct.
Judge Robert Bent ordered Pion held on $50,000 at his Aug. 7 arraignment, but Pion's friends and family have been raising money through an online website. Pion pleaded innocent to the charges, with the judge dismissing a count of impeding a police officer.

NOT SO FAST - Derby Town Clerk Not Ready to Leave

August 8, 2012

DERBY - Derby Town Clerk and Treasurer Nicole Daigle announced Monday that she is not yet ready to resign from her positions even though she has already started a new job.
Daigle had been on the agenda to offer her resignation Monday, when the board would have been faced with appointing an interim clerk and treasurer until the March Town Meeting. Later, Daigle asked to be removed from the agenda, but the request came late and the item remained.

Duncan Kilmartin: Makes Saving IROC A Priority

August 8, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Rep. Duncan Kilmartin of Newport City vows, if re-elected, to put together a coalition of legislators to develop monetary resources to pay off IROC’s capital debt.
“IROC is probably the most significant asset we have in this community,” said Kilmartin. “It saves lives. I see the people who are in the pool exercising or in for rehabilitation. I see the people in the weight room. I see the people walking on the track.”

August 7th

PION PLEADS FOR CASH

August 7, 2012

NEWPORT – The man accused of driving a huge tractor over seven Orleans County Sheriff's vehicles denied all charges against him in Orleans Superior Court Tuesday, but not before arguing some of the counts. Roger Pion, 34, appeared with his attorney, David Sleigh.
Pion was facing charges of aggravated assault with a weapon on an officer, impeding a public officer, unlawful mischief, committing a crime with a weapon, and leaving the scene of a crash, but one of the charges was dismissed by the judge.

Who Let the Dogs Out?

August 7, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Who let the dogs out?
That’s the question three downtown merchants and the Newport City Council hope to answer with the assistance of cameras that point down Main Street.
The camera monitors are at the Newport City Police Department.
Debi Mead from the Fabric store expressed her concerns, during Monday night’s council meeting, that people allow their dogs to use Main Street as a bathroom.
Where the dogs are actually coming from is unknown, but the merchants believe some of the owners may live in the apartments above their shops.

City Council Tweaks Tax Rate

August 7, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The Newport City Council Monday evening started looking at the 2012-2013 municipal tax rate. However, council members decided to wait before taking any action. The proposed rate is 1.1597, up three cents per $100 of assessed value.

August 6th

STILL AT WAR

August 6, 2012

LOWELL – A crowd of about 50 protesters engaged Green Mountain Power (GMP) workers and police on Lowell Mountain Monday morning. Six were eventually arrested.
Protesters were on the mountain around 5 a.m. and then walked out onto the crane path at about 6:45 when the first trucks were seen.
Construction trucks were held up for about four hours until police arrived. Most protesters chose to leave then, but not all did.

Trust Secures Jay Wilderness

August 6, 2012

MONTPELIER, VT – A critical Green Mountains wildlife link has been protected on the Vermont border with Canada, The Trust for Public Land and partners announced Monday. Known as Jackson Valley, the 935-acre landscape near the Town of Jay is an ecological keystone that will connect to more than 22,000 acres of protected forestland in the United States and Canada. The property also buffers more than a mile of the Long Trail, the nation's oldest long-distance hiking trail.

The Story Behind the Story: Pion vs Law Enforcement

August 6, 2012

NEWPORT - Roger Pion has a long history of run-ins with law enforcement dating back to 1998.
Several sources, including a law enforcement officer who asked not to be identified by name, said Pion has threatened police and the courts many times.
His record contains no felony convictions, however. His past charges are disorderly conduct, driving with a suspended license, and violating conditions of release. The Orleans Court only has available records dating back to 2008.

August 5th

PION BEHIND BARS

August 5, 2012

NEWPORT – The man accused of crushing six sheriffs’ cruisers and a transport van with a huge tractor was in court Friday.
Roger Pion, 34, sat in shackles and restraints in Orleans Superior Court next to attorney David Sleigh. Pion, held at Northern State Correction Facility in Newport, did not enter a plea but had to appear before a judge within 24-hours of his arrest.
He will enter a plea at his arraignment on Tuesday.

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