Archive - Aug 2012 - News Article
NEWPORT â 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.
NEWPORT CITY â Who let the dogs out?
Thatâs 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 nightâs 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.
NEWPORT CITY â 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.
LOWELL â 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.
MONTPELIER, VT â 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.
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.
NEWPORT â The man accused of crushing six sheriffsâ 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.
DERBY - Supporters "barked" 31,105 times!
Derby has come out on top, winning $25,000 for a dog park in the national Pet Safe âBark for Your Parkâ contest.
Derby was running neck and neck with Mountain House, California, throughout the competition. When the leader board went dark a week ago, Derby was trailing by more than 1,000 votes. But dog park enthusiasts, led by Ann and Bob Kelley and their daughter Allison, worked nonstop to encourage people to vote.
NORTH TROY â Two Kingdom residents died in a car crash yesterday morning. Edmund Moran, 82, and Margaret Moran, 76, both of Jay, died as the result of a two-vehicle accident on RT 105 in North Troy.
Alexis Gabree, 26, of St. Albans, was driving a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer north on Route 105 when her vehicle apparently crossed the center line and hit an oncoming 2007 Honda Civic operated by Edmund Moran.
NEWPORT - Thought traffic could not get any worse in Newport? Well, Thursday afternoon a bizarre course of events made traffic far, far worse. In a bit of redirection that would make David Copperfield proud, most drivers and pedestrians alike were distracted by the sight of a 10 1/2 foot high, Case MX 255 Tractor being pursued by police officers, many of whom were on foot.