- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man who caused a neighborhood in Newport to be evacuated after allegedly standing on his garage roof with a rifle is facing new charges that he broke into his estranged wife’s home and threatened her boyfriend.

Derick Niles, 36, of Newport pleaded not guilty Monday to a variety of charges stemming from the Thursday incident that police say began when he entered the home of his estranged wife. The incident was reported to police on Friday.

Niles pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges stemming from the most recent incident, The Caledonian Record reported (https://bit.ly/1g7A67B ). He also faces a probation violation charge, stemming from his release following the Sept. 25 incident that police say began when Niles felt he was being surrounded by hundreds of non-existent police officers. He retreated to his garage roof with a rifle and held a number of state and federal law officers at bay for four hours. No shots were fired.

He is being held on $2,500 bail.

Niles‘ attorney Christopher Davis called the bail a “disappointment to the family.”

Davis said Niles had not violated his conditions of release for six months and “he had demonstrated a long period of success.”

“Every move that Derick makes is subject to a higher level of public scrutiny,” Davis said.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com


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