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Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, July 25, 2014

Woodstock Shops Work to Comply With ADA

Woodstock — Zayas Jewelers has agreed to bring their Central Street store into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law that prohibits public places from discriminating based on disability.

Zayas Jewelers and the owners of 12 Central Street have fixed compliance issues related to the shop’s entrance and interior spaces, which were identified in an on-site survey, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office began an investigation following a complaint made to the Vermont Human Rights Commission regarding the accessibility to the store, the release stated.

In June, the Woodstock Pharmacy agreed to bring their Central Street store into compliance with ADA standards, a soon-to-be fix that came on the heels of the same complaint.

Pharmacy owner Gary Smith has until Oct. 10 to fixed the issues, which also were related to the shop’s entrance and interior spaces.

Judge Delays N.H. Clinic Buffer Zone Argument

Concord — A federal judge has put off arguments on the constitutionality of New Hampshire’s law creating buffer zones of up to 25 feet around abortion clinics after the attorney general agreed not to enforce it.

The law was to take effect July 10 but after the Massachusetts ruling, Alliance Defending Freedom sued on behalf of several abortion opponents to block it.

The judge cancelled a hearing scheduled Friday in U.S. District Court after a phone conference with the lawyers.

Judge Joseph Laplante says Attorney General Joseph Foster said there are no plans to put up signs at the abortion clinics that would trigger enforcement of the law, which provides for a minimum fine of $100.

Laplante ordered both sides to report any developments within 60 days.

Former Vt. Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

Burlington — A former Quechee woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling over $125,000 from a research firm where she had worked.

Fifty-one-year-old Jayne Concialdi was an administrative assistant to the treasurer of New England Research, Inc., in White River Junction.

Court records say she embezzled the money over three years starting in 2011 to pay her credit card bills, and made purchases using the company’s credit card.

Concialdi, who now lives in Connecticut, turned herself in to police in March. She pleaded guilty to wire fraud on Thursday.

She faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted.

Claremont Postmaster Accused of School Theft

Claremont — The head of the postal office in Claremont has been accused of taking more than $2,000 from a school Parent/Teacher Organization savings account.

Rebecca Remick, a former member of the Claremont Middle School PTO, has since paid the money back. She blamed tough financial times for what happened, saying, “I had to feed my kids.”

Claremont Police Chief Alex Scott said detectives were alerted in April after the school found some financial discrepancies.

Police have alerted the United States Postal Service about Remick’s arrest and investigation.

Remick is free on personal recognizance bail and is to be arraigned on Aug. 25.

— Staff and wire reports