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Sheriff’s Department Recovering

August 14, 2012

Orleans County Sheriff Kirk Martin. Photo by Ken Wells

ORLEANS COUNTY – Nearly two weeks after Roger Pion, 34, went on a rampage pulverizing sheriff’s vehicles in the department's parking lot with a huge Case tractor, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department is well on its way to recovery, but not fast.
Dealing with the insurance company is a slow process, Sheriff Kirk Martin said in an interview Tuesday. The insurance company will look into where liability lies for the damage as part of its investigation. The tractor, with an estimated value of over a hundred thousand dollars, is reportedly owned by Pion’s father, Armand Pion, who owns equipment and works on farms.
Martin has purchased two new vehicles for the department and has obtained five loaned vehicles for now, but Martin will purchase five more with a goal of buying new for the longevity and dependably that new vehicles provide.
The loss from the incident is estimated at $250,000 to $300,000. The vehicles were fully loaded with equipment.
A car wash was held at Delabruere’s Auto Sales Saturday as a fundraiser for its neighbor, the sheriff’s department. Martin was presented with a check for more than $1,100 from the event and Delabruere’s provided matching funds.
Martin and others say that the incident could ultimately be paid for by tax payers. If the sheriff’s department is unable to recuperate the total loss, the department will have to raise the rate they charge towns that they contract with for services.
Martin said he is not sure if the department’s insurance rates will go up as a result of the incident.
Pion has not stated his motivation. After his arrest, he did not make a statement, according to court records. Many speculate it was an act of revenge on law enforcement, however Martin says his department hasn’t dealt with Pion since about 2007.
Pion has a long history of run-ins with law enforcement dating back to 1998 but no felony convictions. His past charges from recent years include disorderly conduct, driving with a suspended license, and violating conditions of release.
Pion was arrested on July 3 when the vehicle he was traveling in was pulled over.
During the stop by the Newport City Police Department, officers discovered that Pion was wanted on a warrant. Pion was taken into custody and charged with possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. The arresting officer had to use the “arm bar take down,” police reported, and Newport Ambulance Service responded following the arrest. Pion was then transported to North Country Hospital for further evaluation. He was jailed and later released.
Pion was held on $50,000 bail, which he has posted, he but remains in jail for now. He is due back in court on August 27.
Since his arrest, Pion is facing a slew of charges including aggravated assault on an officer, reckless operation of a vehicle, leaving the scene of a crash, and committing a crime with a weapon. His attorney David Sleigh is fighting the aggravated assault charge and wants the several counts of unlawful mischief combined into one charge. Original charges also included impeding a public officer, which Judge Robert bent dismissed after not finding probable cause.
Some people are commending Pion’s actions. The sheriff declined to comment on that opinion.
According to a Newport Daily Express online poll, 30 percent of those who voted called him a hero, 54 percent called him a menace, and another 16 percent clicked on “Who is Roger Pion?”



August 22, 2012 by Matt (not verified), 2 years 13 weeks ago
Comment: 487

It would have saved the taxpayers a lot of money, if the Sheriffs Department had just shot him. No trial, no jail, one less dead beat on state assistance.

Roger Pion

August 15, 2012 by (not verified), 2 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 480

Sorry Roger feel violated. But he violated a lot of residents by disabling police cars.He seems to feel he is above the law. Can't imagine why. (Pot, maybe?) He is more than a menace and those supporting him are cut from the same cloth. He should not be getting special treatment and can't imagine what his lawyer is thinking!

You are right and wrong . . .

August 20, 2012 by tophtml (not verified), 2 years 13 weeks ago
Comment: 485, you are absolutely right in your assessment of Pion and his actions, however, your belief that those who support him are "cut from the same cloth" may not be entirely accurate.

I believe that people support him for a variety of reasons, few of which are related to his actions. First, no one was injured and there was only property damage - that is a good thing. In a bygone era, only young and inexperienced youth would have supported such a thing, but times might be changing. As government grows larger and more intrusive, "raging against the machine" of government will be seen as, increasingly, heroic.

While the Sheriff's Department had nothing to do with the troubles which led Pion to kick off the "First Annual Doughnut Harvest", law enforcement is the most visible symbol of a government which (at the Federal level) is becoming increasingly more intrusive, controlling, dysfunctional and dictatorial.

The current administration has neutered Congress through the Executive Order process, making Congress irrelevant and neutralizing the local vote which placed them in Congress in the first place. I believe that the support for Pion will not go away anytime soon, but not for the reasons one might think.

Reality Check!

August 20, 2012 by sunflower05101 (not verified), 2 years 13 weeks ago
Comment: 484

Roger Pion doesn't only feel violated he has been violated by several police agencies in the NEK for years. You clearly live under a rock! Roger is not a menace, he is a human being who got pushed too far by the local police departments. Do you think it was OK for the cops to physically abuse him so badly that he had to go to the hospital? Maybe it's you that is cut out of the same cloth as the abusers. Roger is doing his time in jail and he will have a trial like every person charged with a crime. You are living in the dark ages. Perhaps you should step out of your glass house before you start throwing stones! Oh, maybe it's pot that makes you say such ridiculous things!


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