I typed this out from the Orleans County Record because it was a much better read than the other article from The Newport Daily Express. Howard Stern Radio Personality Mark Shaw Ruled Incompetent To Stand Trial In Sword Attack On Police by Jen Hersey Cleveland/Staff Writer NEWPORT CITY- A man who allegedly nearly stuck the Newport police chief with a three-and-a-half-foot-long sword has been found incompetent to stand trial. The defendant, Mark Shaw Jr., 54 of Newport, gained national notoriety as a frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio show where he's known as "Bigfoot". Shaw is being held at Brattleboro Retreat, and a hospitalization hearing, wherein a judge decides how and where he'll be treated, will be held in about a month. Bail was initially set at $50,000 after Shaw was able to enter a plea at his arraignment in Chittenden County. The state has not dismissed the four counts against Shaw: felony aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, felony first-degree attempted arson, misdemeanor disorderly conduct by fighting and misdemeanor resisting arrest. Judge Dennis Pearson issued a warrant for an immediate examination by the Vermont Department of Mental Health. He wrote that Shaw should be taken into custody and transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care for the evaluation after Marcia Stricker said Shaw had threatened to burn down his residence and harm people. Newport City Police officer Charles Moulton wrote in his affidavit that on Dec. 14, he, Chief Seth DiSanto, Sgt. Travis Bingham and officer Aaron Lefebvre attempted to place Shaw in custody after forming a plan that would keep everyone safe. DiSanto, who has a good relationship with Shaw would act as the primary contact, while Bingham would gain entry into Shaw's apartment. Lefebvre was assigned to cover the officers with a Taser, and Moulton was to act as "lethal cover" as a last resort. When the police arrived, Shaw's Second Street apartment was padlocked from the outside. When the officers announced their presence, Shaw shouted, "Who the f*** is it?" If it was the Newport police, Shaw said, they could go "f*** themselves." Moulton wrote that Shaw was extremely hostile and screaming at the top of his lungs. "You want a f****** war, I'll give you one," Shaw allegedly shouted to the police. After 45 minutes of attempts to get him to open the door, Shaw refused to comply. DiSanto noted in his affidavit that a September attempt to take Shaw into custody on a mental health warrant ended in a 15-hour stand-off between Shaw and police. Bingham made several attempts to open the door, eventually getting it open a few inches. "As soon as this occured, Shaw thrusted a sword through the opening nearly striking Chief S. DeSanto," Moulton wrote. DiSanto and Moulton drew their firearms, Bingham wrote in his affidavit. It became clear that Shaw had something-later learned to be a refrigerator- blocking the door. He continued thrusting the sword and screaming, Moulton wrote. Officers began to smell smoke coming from the apartment, and aware of Shaw's prior threats to burn the place down, the fire department and ambulance service were called. DiSanto attempted to control the sword while Lefebvre tried to get the door open, and once it was open enough to see through, Bingham shot his Taser probes into Shaw's body, which sat the big fellow down on the floor. But Shaw attempted to remove the probes while holding a chair in front of him ''in a hostile manner" and still fighting for control of the sword. After Shaw succesfully removed one probe, Lefebvre shot his Taser at him. Officers got the sword and chair away from Shaw, and with an officer on each arm, attempted to restrain him. Shaw was told 16 times to roll onto his stomach to be cuffed, and finally complied, but because of his size, the officers had to link two sets of cuffs together to get them on him. The whole while, Shaw was screaming and yelling. Inside the apartment, Moulton saw scorched paper, identified in Bingham's affidavit as a phone book, ignited on top of the carpet. The fire department evacuated the building because of the smoke. While Shaw was being escorted to a waiting ambulance, he allegedly spit on Peter Holding (should be Holden), caretaker of the building for Memphremagog Rentals, owned by Doug Spates. (Bigfoot tried to sue Spates in October). In court, Shaw mentioned his problem with the insulation in Spates' apartment, a topic with which Judge Howard VanBenthuyesen was all too familiar after a civil hearing in October in which Shaw alleged that insulation, dust mites, and black mold in the apartment were causing health problems. Shaw's small claims suit was not succesful. Shaw's past criminal record includes convictions for 23 misdemeanor counts, but he's been chrarged with multiple offenses since 1978, when he got his first conviction for disorderly conduct, amended from assault and robbery. Most of the cases ended in dismissal or were never charged by prosecutors.