Judge Dismisses Norwood Appeal Over Truck Driver

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A St. Lawrence County judge has dismissed an appeal filed by the village of Norwood in an effort to block a truck driver from using village streets posted with an 8-ton weight limit.

Gene Michael Knowlton was acquitted of violating Norwood's highway weight limit when a Canton judge ruled in June that it was "unreasonable" to force Knowlton & Son Trucking to drive a lengthy detour to stay within the village's highway weight law.

Knowlton's company transports loads of salt throughout the county.

The village appealed the local court's ruling that found Knowlton not guilty.

County Court Judge Jerome Richards, in dismissing the appeal, ruled that "a trial verdict of not guilty is not on the list of appealable orders".

Richards also found that "the record on appeal does not support the trial court's conclusion that the village ordinance or law is unfair."

The judge said, "Disputes such as this one are most effectively handled as civil actions for declaratory judgement in Supreme Court."

See our earlier report

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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