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August 9th, 2012
NORTH TROY â€“ Sen. Bobby Starr wants to return to the State House.
Starr, a democrat, has served Vermonters for 34 years, eight years in the senate and 26 years in the house of representatives. He said it seems every year has its challenging moments.Â
Last year, legislators were able to continue property tax relief for IROC. Starr said IROC is no different from the YMCA in Burlington with the exception that the YMCA has a permanent property tax exemption. Lawmakers are trying to get the same exemption for IROC.
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.
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.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Rep. Duncan Kilmartin of Newport City vows, if re-elected, to put together a coalition of legislators to develop monetary resources to pay off IROCâ€™s capital debt.
â€śIROC is probably the most significant asset we have in this community,â€ť said Kilmartin. â€śIt 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.â€ť
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?
Thatâ€™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 nightâ€™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.
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.