State / Region

Shooting Instructor From Claremont Shot Near Range

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Montpelier — A woman brought a hammer to a firearms lesson and then tried to kill her instructor by shooting the Claremont man in the face with a revolver, a prosecutor said. Veronica Lewis, 31, of Worcester, Vt., pleaded not guilty Tuesday to attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of 48-year-old Darryl Montague at the Westford, Vt., home where he grew up and where he has a licensed firearms business. …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Claremont Man Pleads Guilty To Upper Valley Bank Robberies Concord — James Oberfeldt, the Claremont man charged with robbing three Upper Valley banks in fall 2013, pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday and is now awaiting sentencing. According to court records, the judge accepted the guilty pleas but “deferred acceptance” of the plea agreement and the sentencing recommendation of six years reached …

N.H. Agencies Face Budgetary Uncertainty

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Concord — Come July 1, the budget battle in Concord typically comes to a close and state officials head into summer with a picture of how the next two years of spending will look. Not so this year. Partisan wrangling has tied the state budget up in knots, leaving the government running on a six-month spending plan that will delay the start of …

N.H., Mass. Police Make $2 Million Drug Seizure

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Manchester — The shooting of a woman during an apparent home invasion last week started a cascade of events that led to the arrest of three people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and the seizure of heroin and the painkiller Fentanyl worth more than $2 million, police said …

Tuition Is Going Up In N.H.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Concord — After a two-year freeze, tuition at New Hampshire’s state universities will go up next year. Facing $9 million less than they requested in state funding, University System of New Hampshire officials will raise tuition by 2.75 percent and also cut spending to make up the difference. …

Feds OK N.H. Medicaid Billing System

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Concord — The state’s long-delayed Medicaid billing system has finally received certification from the federal government, officials said Monday, making the state eligible for several years’ worth of back payments in federal money. Officials from Norwalk, Connecticut-based Xerox, the company that built and runs the system, plan to …

Police ID Mass. Plane Crash Victims

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Plainville, Mass. — The three people killed when their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home over the weekend have been identified tentatively as a Tennessee doctor, his wife and college-age daughter, authorities said Monday. Plainville police Chief …

Power Plant Ruling Panned in New England

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Montpelier — A U.S. Supreme Court decision against a federal crackdown on emissions from coal-fired power plants got bad reviews Monday in New England, where westerly winds sweep in pollution from many out-of-state plants. But several government officials and environmental group lawyers said the court’s finding — that …

Bulger to Students: Crime Doesn’t Pay

Monday, June 29, 2015

Boston — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger had some advice for three high school girls who wrote to him for a history project: Crime doesn’t pay. The 85-year-old sent the handwritten letter, dated Feb. 24, from …

Vt. Senators Weigh In on Their Colleague

Monday, June 29, 2015

Montpelier — Fourteen of state Sen. Norm McAllister’s 29 Senate colleagues say they would vote to expel him from that body based on what they know now about the criminal sex charges he is facing, an Associated Press survey of senators found. Five senators said they would not …

Vermont Worried About Transportation Funding

Monday, June 29, 2015

Montpelier (ap) — Amid mounting concerns that Congress won’t pass a long-term federal transportation bill this year, Vermont state officials have developed a contingency plan to make sure projects stay on schedule. The Senate Public Works committee unanimously supported a plan this week to allocate $278 billion to …

A President From N.H.? Unlikely

Monday, June 29, 2015

Concord — When it comes to presidents, New Hampshire is much better at picking them than producing them. While the 14th president, Franklin Pierce, was a New Hampshire native, no one else has come close in the 100 years since the state began holding statewide presidential primary elections. …

Abundance of Rain Challenges Farmers

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Montpelier — Farmers welcomed the rain after a dry spring but an abundance of it in June has saturated some low-lying crops, made fields too muddy for farm machinery and delayed the crucial first cutting of hay for …