Video shot by stolen hotel camera leads to arrest

Video Shot by Stolen Hotel Camera Leads to Arrest

Rutland Town, Vt. (ap) — Vermont state police say a man who stole a security camera from a Rutland Town hotel was identified and caught via footage recorded by the stolen camera.

The digital security camera was stolen from the lobby of the Nordic Inn on Feb. 19. State police say the theft was captured on the security footage, and the suspect was identified as 22-year-old Jesse Davis of Rutland Town.

He was arrested yesterday and charged with larceny.

Commemorative Bottle Sales To Help Preserve War Flags

Concord (ap) — Move over commemorative coins, New Hampshire lawmakers want the state’s liquor stores to sell bottles commemorating the Civil War. The Senate will vote next week on whether to enlist a manufacturer to produce the bottles, which would then sell at a markup. The profits would go into a historical fund to preserve the state’s collection of Civil War battle flags.

Visitors to the State House are greeted by a host of solemn aging flags, some tattered by fighting.

Federal Recognition Possible For Vt. River

Westfield, Vt.(ap) — Voters in seven Vermont towns are being asked whether they want two rivers to receive federal recognition under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers program.

If voters approve, Congress would be asked to add the 50 upper miles of the Missiquoi River and the 11-mile Trout River to the federal program, which could bring tourist-attracting publicity and federal money to help with economic development, water quality and public access.

But The Burlington Free Press reports that the proposal faces an uncertain fate on Town Meeting Day. In some towns, the plan has been met with local suspicion that federal recognition means federal control. Officials say that isn’t true, though the program would bring some regulatory changes.

N.H. Senate Panel to Vote On Gambling Bill

Concord (ap) — A Senate committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow morning on a bill to legalize a casino in New Hampshire.

The Ways and Means Committee is expected to make its recommendation to the full Senate during a work session on the bill.

The bill would legalize up to 5,000 video slot machines and 150 table games. The proposal would tax the video slot proceeds at 30 percent and table games at 14 percent. It would require a $425 million investment.

Five percent of the video lottery revenue would go to the host community, neighboring communities and services for problem gambling. The rest would be used to fund highway improvements, higher education and North Country development. The table gaming revenue would all go to higher education.