Saturday, May 25 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:56:57 GMT
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities. Saturday of Memorial Day weekendMore >>
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:54 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:54:42 GMT
An Au Sable Forks, New York theater is one of ten in the North Country doing what it can to stay open. "We'll be dark. There will be no movies shown in these theaters and you'll have toMore >>
After being denied a state grant, a number of North Country theaters could go dark by the end of the year. That's because Hollywood is getting rid of film movies, which is what those theaters rely on. But they're not giving up yet.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:51:11 GMT
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path. Governor Shumlin was at the site of the hardestMore >>
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:25:36 GMT
Beansie's Bus is situated right along the start and finish of the race so they're looking to get swamped by hungry customers Sunday but rain too. "Unfortunately the weather might not cooperate," Beansie'sMore >>
VCM organizers making sure they have cold/rainy weather equipment for runners.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:21:38 GMT
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.In just a few hours heavy rains flooded much of Northern Vermont. Hardest hit were Essex, Jericho, and Underhill.The torrential rains Thursday nightMore >>
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:15:28 GMT
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon. A press release says that if possible, motorists should avoid downtown Burlington on Sunday,More >>
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:07:11 GMT
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday. Officials say they are postponing due to the upcoming inclement weather expected this weekend. Here's the updated schedule of events:7:30amMore >>
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:26:27 GMT
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to inclement weather predictions. According to Essex Memorial Day Parade Committee, the parade has been postponed one week to Saturday June 1 at 10 a.m.More >>
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been postponed due to inclement weather predictions.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:31:32 GMT
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.Police say Stephanie Rivers, 24, and Victoria Hammond, 23, bothMore >>
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:29:26 GMT
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has some recommendationsMore >>
If the prices at the pump are giving you second thoughts about traveling this holiday weekend, these suggestions might help.More >>
NEWPORT, Vt. -
The man accused of crushing seven squad cars with a tractor was in court to face the consequences Friday.
34 year old Roger Pion could be facing up to 68 years in prison for causing all of the damage. Friends of Pion who were in the courtroom say he did it out of revenge. Pion had some encounters with the law recently, but the penalties he was facing were far less severe than what he's looking at now.
Eleven felonies, three misdemeanors, and the possibility of spending a very long time behind bars. 34 year old Roger Pion is accused of crushing cruisers. Seven Orleans County Sheriff squad cars and one van that was used to transport inmates.
"Still shock and awe," Orleans County Sheriff Kirk Martin said.
Pion walked into the Newport courtroom Friday thin and shackled, then sat down with his head hung low. He won't make a plea until Tuesday though. That's because his lawyer wants more time to look at the facts. His goal is to get the aggravated assault charge dropped.
"Out of all of the counts that are set forth in the state's information, the aggravated assault charge is the least supported by the evidence," Pion's attorney David Sleigh said.
The farmer has had several run-ins with the law. The most recent, a misdemeanor for possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. Newport City Police handled that case, but it was the Sheriff's Department who Pion targeted. That department hasn't dealt with him for five years.
"Do you think he mixed up the agencies and thought it was you guys?" I asked. "Whether it was revenge on what he thought might have been the arresting officers for his last involvement, I don't know," Sheriff Martin said.
Pion turned the fully functioning squad cars into a salvage yard Thursday. Friday, they had been covered with a tarp.
They're planning to use the jaws of life to get into the trunk and passenger side of the cars to see if any of the equipment is salvageable.
"Laptop, it's crushed in one cruiser now we don't even have access to, we have some equipment in the trunks we can't get to," Sheriff Martin said.
As for the cars themselves, insurance will pay for new ones, but the estimated quarter of a million dollars in damages is likely to come out of tax payer pockets as well. The Sheriff says safety isn't a concern, all hands are still on deck and outside agencies are lending the department cars.
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