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Mr. Pion was being held at the Northern State Correctional Center in Newport on $15,000 bail. Damage to the vehicles was estimated at $250,000 to $300,000 or more.

Chief Deputy Brooks said the destroyed vehicles constituted more than half the fleet of sheriff’s cruisers in the rural county on the Canadian border. Others were out on patrol at the time of the incident.

From wire dispatches and staff reports