An Island Pond man accused of leaving the courthouse via a second-floor fire escape was ordered held in jail without bail

An Island Pond man accused of leaving the courthouse via a second-floor fire escape was ordered held in jail without bail on Tuesday in a new round of criminal charges.  Ryan Powers, 23, through attorney Laura Wilson, pleaded not guilty in a Caledonia Superior Court case held through an online video conference. Powers appeared from a computer inside the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport. He appeared frustrated through most of the hearing and at one point walked out of the room while Essex County State’s Attorney Vince Illuzzi was talking only to quickly return. Several times he started talking over the judge or attorneys as Wilson directed him to sit quietly. Among the comments Powers made was that the people he is accused of victimizing are to blame for initiating contact with him. There are 11 new charges filed against Powers. Charges of burglary, obstruction of justice and unlawful mischief are felonies, and the remaining eight – two charges of stalking and six violations of court-imposed conditions of release – are misdemeanors. Essex County Sheriff Trevor Colby led the investigation that resulted in Powers’ latest arrest and lodging in jail. According to his report, the sheriff’s department became aware of the latest alleged crimes while on patrol in Brighton on July 1.  Powers was taken into custody on an outstanding arrest warrant. The warrant was the result of Powers leaving the courthouse in St. Johnsbury on May 23 against the wishes of Judge Justin Jiron who told him to wait at the courthouse for an afternoon hearing. Illuzzi’s request was to hold Powers in jail without bail on Tuesday.  Judge Daniel Richardson supported the request and ordered Powers to remain in jail for now.

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