There was a new judge in Caledonia Superior Court on Monday, and he set $10,000 bail on Richard A. Kendall III. Judge Michael Kainen has replaced Judge Justin Jiron in Caledonia and Essex Superior Court. Kendall, 29, allegedly stole a car from Quality Mitsubishi in St. Johnsbury on Sept. 1, fled police at 100 m.p.h. and then stole another vehicle in East Burke before crashing at the intersection of New Boston Road and Pierce Road. Kendall pleaded not guilty on Monday to felony charges of reckless or gross negligent vehicle operation, two counts of aggravated vehicle operation without the owner’s consent and two counts of eluding law enforcement – negligent operation. Deputy State’s Attorney Claire Burns asked Judge Kainen to set conditions of release and $10,000 bail. Defense attorney Sam Swope argued against the bail, but Judge Kainen ruled in favor of the state based on a risk of flight by Kendall.
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