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September 18th, 2012
NEWPORT â€“ Roger Pion, the 34-year-old accused of driving a huge farm tractor over seven Orleans County Sheriffâ€™s Department vehicles, was back in court Tuesday morning for an arraignment â€“ albeit a little late.
The state has added a charge of driving with a suspended license, alleging that when Pion took the tractor on the roads, his license was under suspension.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM â€“ Anyone who drives a motor vehicle has probably gotten sticker shock at the gas pump recently.
Prices at some stations late last week spiked to more than $4 a gallon before tumbling back down this week. The Jay Country Store Tuesday afternoon had a cash price of $3.87. However, it recently has been a bit higher.
â€śOur wholesale costs have been sky rocketing,â€ť said store manager Jeff Dezotell. â€śEvery time thereâ€™s a hint of a hurricane, it jumps up 10 or 11 cents before the hurricane even hits.â€ť
COVENTRY â€“ State and county officials have found no wrongdoing on the part of Coventry Town Clerk and Treasurer Cynthia Diaz regarding town finances and no charges have been filed. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that the financial procedures in place need work.
Only a handful of residents attended a meeting held at the Community Center Monday evening where Joseph Juhasz, deputy state auditor, went over a situation report his office recently conducted for the town.
DERBY/DERBY LINE - The water pipes on Elm Street in Derby Line do not have enough water pressure to put out fires in an effective manner. They are too small.
The issue came to light over the summer when an Elm Street home caught fire. The fire department got the fire under control, but it took longer than it should have, said fire Chief Craig Ellam. â€śWe were hampered by the low water pressure. Itâ€™s a bad system,â€ť Ellam said.
LOWELL â€“ Approximately 120 oversized and overweight trucks rolled through Island Pond, Charleston, and Derby and onto Interstate 91 before exiting in Orleans and continuing on to the Kingdom Community Wind site in Lowell.
The trucks caused few reported problems. Traffic delays were up to 20 minutes near corners and the rollover accident caused one side of the Interstate to be closed down for several hours.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The state auditorâ€™s office needs more transparency and more accountability, said Democrat Doug Hoffer who is challenging Vince Illuzzi for the position of state auditor in November.
â€śI think people have the right to expect that the auditorâ€™s office audit itself," Hoffer said. â€śRight now, if you were curious about the auditorâ€™s budget, you could never find the details because he doesnâ€™t post them.â€ť
Hoffer stressed that current auditor Tom Salmon, who is not seeking reelection, does not keep the information a secret and will provide it upon request.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The November General Election is about eight weeks away and Democrats are moving full speed ahead in an effort to outdo their Republican counterparts. Friday evening, local Democrats held a launch party at the Gateway Center where area residents had the chance to meet party candidates, enjoy refreshments and take in breathtaking views of Lake Memphremagog.
The message Orleans County Chair Judy Bevans took away from the Democratic National Convention earlier this month is that the party has a message: â€śPress it Forward.â€ť
LOWELL â€“ The final oversized truckload shipment destined for Green Mountain Powerâ€™s wind turbine farm on Lowell Mountain will roll through today, but will take a different route.
The final truckload will contain the repaired tower base, which was damaged in a rollover accident on Interstate 91 in mid-July.
At the time of the accident, the truck driver reportedly got too close to the shoulder of the road and the trailer rolled causing some damage to the component. Roadwork was occurring on the Interstate at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported.
DERBY - Some residents of Derby experienced a temporary power outage Sunday when a motor vehicle ran into and snapped a utility pole, downing lines on RT 5 in Derby.
Joannalynn Robishaw of Derby, VT, was north of Walt's Sales and Service and headed towards Derby in this Dodge Caravan when she went to reach for an item and her vehicle drifted into the northbound lane of travel, said police. To avoid hitting an oncoming car, Robishaw crossed the northbound lane and struck a telephone pole, snapping it in half.
COVENTRY â€“ Selectmen and Coventry Treasurer Cindy Diaz will meet at the Community Center tonight to discuss a situation report, submitted by Vermont Auditor Tom Salmon in August, that raises some questions about accounting practices in the town office.
Diaz is also the town clerk.
â€śI donâ€™t know if there is enough in that report to really say there is any wrongdoing or not,â€ť said Coventry Select Board Chair Mike Marcotte. â€śI think we need to continue on with this report and an audit of our own that will work off this.â€ť Â