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January 8th, 2013

INCOMPETENT: SUBDUED MARK SHAW FACES JUDGE

January 8, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Mark Shaw Jr., the man known on the Howard Stern Show as Bigfoot, appeared in Orleans County District Tuesday for a competency hearing.
Shaw recently underwent an inpatient psychiatric examination that found him incompetent. He is being held at the Fletcher Allen Healthcare Center on $50,000 bail. Shaw faces charges of attempted first degree arson, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

INCOMPETENT: PION AT FLETCHER ALLEN

January 8, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Based on medical records and a stipulation by State's Attorney Alan Franklin, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen said Tuesday that Roger Pion is currently incompetent to stand trial.
Pion, 34, is accused of demolishing seven vehicles parked behind the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department. He appeared in Orleans County District Court Tuesday for a competency hearing. He is currently in the custody of the Commissioner of Mental Health and is being held at Fletcher Allen Healthcare Center in Burlington.

WATER DEBATE RESURFACES

January 8, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Two city landlords showered the city council Monday evening with complaints that owners of apartment buildings are not charged the same for water and sewer use as owners of single family homes.
Owners of single family homes pay a fixed cost while many owners of apartment buildings pay their water bills according to their water meters plus a per-living unit fee. Typically, each living unit has its own meter.

VILLAGE INN GETS MIXED REACTIONS

January 8, 2013

DERBY – An upscale inn proposed for the Village of Derby Line is getting wide-spread support, although there are some concerns due to its location.
At a Derby Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing Monday, about 20 people turned out to voice their thoughts on the proposal by Paula Fiorenza and Fritz Halbedl, who own the historic mansion located on Main Street.
During the meeting, a couple of individuals who live next to the home said they did not want a restaurant in a residential area and they were concerned about the potential for additional noise and headlights in their homes at night.

January 7th

At the Speed of Light

January 7, 2013

NEWPORT – Work on installing a new cable for improvements in telecommunications is currently underway in Newport. The fiber optic cable is capable of rapidly increasing speed and access to the Internet.
"It is critical for Vermont's telecommunication system,” said Caro Thompson with the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA).
This upgrade will help with the major expansion coming into the area and serve the Newport Airport.

IS IT A WALMART?

January 7, 2013

DERBY – Gov. Peter Shumlin will make an announcement regarding area development Tuesday, Jan. 15, and speculation is running rampant that the subject will be Walmart. Shumlin will be in town next week and will speak at The Tavern on US 5 in Derby, across the road from the entrance to a proposed Walmart Super Center. The governor's office is being evasive as to the content of the announcement.
“There is no question’s it’s Walmart,” said out-going Sen. Vince Illuzzi of Derby. 

JAIL FOR BOOZE THIEF

January 7, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – A Newport City man who burglarized a downtown business will serve two concurrent 98-days to six year sentences for his crime, concurrent with an existing sentence. Christopher Roupe, 24, also agreed to pay restitution to the tune of $1,000 but does not currently have the money.
Last Wednesday, Roupe entered a plea of guilty to two charges of burglary.
Dec. 18, 2011, Frank Richardi, owner the Lago Tratoria Restaurant, reported a theft from his business on Main Street in Newport City.

FORMER DOCKMASTER FACES FEDERAL PORN CHARGES

January 7, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Federal authorizes have charged John Kuhl with receipt of child pornography. Kuhl allegedly received the images through a cell phone and its national network, which is governed by the FCC.
Kuhl, the former Newport City Dockmaster, is set to go on trial this week for child molestation. In Orleans District Court, he faces three counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with children and four counts of distributing indecent material to children.

January 6th

LAUGHING ALL THE WAY

January 6, 2013

NEWPORT, VT - Despite inclement weather, an appreciative group turned out at the American Legion Friday night to give Tod Pronto and Deveney Choquette, former morning show hosts on the MOO92 radio station, a last hurrah.
Subway provided sandwiches and cookies, while Steve McManus and his daughter DJ’ed the event.

TYBURSKI PICKED FOR SUNDANCE

January 6, 2013

NEWPORT, VT - A 2002 North Country High School graduate and film director, Michael Tyburski, had his most recent short film, "Palimpsest," selected for the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which takes place later this month in Park City, Utah.

 

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