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Top local stories for 2011 | Preston Citizen

Top local stories for 2011

January 3, 2012


Citizen editor

March: Phillip Mockli, aka Bugga-Bugga, files four lawsuits in U.S. District Court for the Ethereal Enigmatic Euphoric Movement Towards Civilized Hedonism, his new-found religion, for which he is the official representative. The three E's and his congregation of Pleasure Piggies believed their constitutional and civil rights of drinking on Sunday, including purchasing liquor on Sunday, were being violated. The case was dismissed by the Idaho Supreme Court on Oct. 24, 2011.April: Ray Johnson, 35, fired five rounds from a rifle at Preston City Police officers who went to the home to investigate a domestic disturbance. He was found guilty and sentenced to the Idaho State Prison.May: Record snowpack was blamed for high water and flooding that caused residents to sandbag areas along the Cub River. On Sunday May 18, the Franklin 3rd Ward Bishop Lynn Womack canceled meetings, so members could help sandbag the cresting river which helped save homes along the river.Preston businessman Bart Pitcher was sentenced to 12 years in Federal prison on a felony charge of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.July: Joel Wilson took the reins of the Preston School District after Barbara Taylor retired. The Brigham City native came from the Aberdeen School District after serving as their superintendent.A fire broke out during Fair Week at storage units near the rodeo grounds. The building is also used by food vendors during the fair.

August: Fire heavily damaged a storage complex just northwest of the county’s Robinson Building at the start of the county fair. Many of the units used by food vendors were destroyed by the fire.

September: Members of the 116th Calvary Brigade Combat Team, including soldiers from Preston, returned from service in Iraq. Two of those who returned were members of local law enforcement community: Chad Dunn, a Preston Police officer, and Kelly Biggs, a Sheriff’s deputy for Franklin County.

Concerned community members and businessmen save the Festival of Lights, a 25-year-plus tradition that was considered doomed by lack of funding and perceived interest.

Whitney resident Sue Panter was mauled by a 3-point buck deer while jogging along 1600 East near Little Mountain on Sept. 30. She was rescued by two motorists, Michael Vaughn and his daughter Alexis, who stopped and got the deer off of Panter.

December: House fire destroys home and displaces family of 12 in the early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 15. Dan Buckingham and his wife Brenda had just settled in from a trip to Salt Lake, when the home’s fire alarms alerted them. The Buckinghams stood and watched fire fighters battle the flames which left the home and everything in it in ruins.

Preston Police officer Chad Dunn participates in a December stand-off.

Preston police and county deputies were involved in standoff at the home of Danny Timothy of Preston. Timothy surrendered to police after at two hour stand-off. Timothy was arrested on charges of aggravated assault.

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