Man who built stone cairns charged with simple assaultJuly 23,2013By Christian Avard
JAMAICA — A man who built hundreds of stone cairns in remembrance of his dog on the Winhall River in Rawsonville was charged with simple assault after he allegedly punched a man who he thought had knocked them down.
Kevin Polhemus, 50 of Jamaica was cutting wood at his sawmill last Wednesday on Route 30 when Grant Bercik, 25, of Jamaica approached him, according to Vermont State Trooper Chris Mora. The trooper said Bercik accused Polhemus of knocking down his cairns but Polhemus denied the act.
The trooper added that Polhemus told Bercik to leave his property and Bercik responded by punching him “with a closed fist.” Polhemus sustained minor injuries, Mora said.
Police located Bercik and charged him with simple assault. He will be arraigned Sept. 17 in criminal court in Brattleboro.
Peter Salo said in an interview with the Rutland Herald last week that he was the one who knocked down the cairns. Salo said he thought they posed a traffic hazard and were dangerous to Route 30 traffic.
Hundreds of people gathered on the Winhall River on Saturday to rebuild the cairns Salo knocked down. The cairns were a Route 30 attraction that many people enjoyed, according to some local residents who participated.MORE IN This Just InRICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: 2nd president John Adams signs Sedition Act on this day in 1798 providing jail time for criticizing the government; Jerry Rubin, co-creator of the Yippies, American activist, political theorist, businessman, born this day in 1938. 0Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott uploads astronomic, historic and epigrammatic content... Full StoryTODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: A brief midsummer return of last winter’s stubborn cold air mass descends over the Northern Plains, Midwest and Northeast this week bringing colder than seasonable daytime temperatures. 0Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible... Full Story
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