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Court: Enfield Drug Arrest Unconstitutional

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Concord — A police officer who stopped a driver for a defective taillight acted unlawfully when he asked to see the man’s tongue, then used its green hue as the basis for a marijuana arrest, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The court reversed the drug convictions of the man, Hillman Blesdell-Moore, saying the Enfield officer who stopped the 18-year-old in 2011 had no basis to ask to see …

N.H. Considers ‘Unfit to Drive’ Law

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Concord — Legislation that would protect New Hampshire doctors and other medical professionals from lawsuits if they report someone as unfit to drive ran into a potential roadblock in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill has the support of the state branches of the AARP and AAA but members of the Transportation Committee said they were concerned drivers could be inconvenienced if the …

Vt. Senators Hear Stun Gun Bill Testimony

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Montpelier — Some Vermont law enforcement officers told a Senate panel Tuesday that they favor legislation the House passed last month that would require new statewide standards on the use of stun guns by police. But the mother of a Thetford man who died in 2012 after a state trooper shocked him with a stun gun told the Senate Government Operations Committee that …

Brown Brings Star Power To GOP Senate Primary

Friday, April 11, 2014

Concord — When Bob Smith announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate last month, he did it before a crowd of no more than a few dozen people in Concord. When Scott Brown made his candidacy official last night, …

N.H. Lawmakers Debate Rights of Mentally Ill to Purchase Guns

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Concord — People barred from buying guns for mental health reasons should be allowed to prove to a judge they’re capable of owning a firearm, supporters told a House committee Wednesday. “We’re dealing with the awesome power of the state to take away someone’s freedom,” said Sen. David …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, April 10

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ex-Teacher Out on Bail In Student Sex Assault Case Claremont — The former Stevens High School math teacher charged with four counts of felonious sexual assault against a 14-year-old student at the school has been released on bail. Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said Christopher LeBlanc, 29, posted …

Gov. Touts Vt.’s Transparency

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Montpelier (ap) — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he didn’t get many top grades in school, so he was glad to receive an A from a national group grading states on government transparency. Shumlin, a Democrat, then had to correct himself, learning during his news conference that …

N.H. Judge Reprimanded for Sexist Comments

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Concord — A veteran New Hampshire judge has retired and been reprimanded after he made comments believed to disparage female lawyers. The New Hampshire Judicial Conduct Committee formally reprimanded John Lewis in a decision released last week. The Strafford County judge had retired in September following a complaint …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, April 9

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hartford to Hold Meeting On Sidewalks Tonight Hartford — Town officials will hold a meeting tonight to discuss plans for a sidewalk and bike lane that will connect pedestrians and cyclists from the east end of Sykes Mountain …

Vt. House OKs $10 Minimum Wage

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Montpelier — The Vermont House bucked the wishes of Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday by calling for an increase in the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour starting in January, rather than 2017. The House gave the bill preliminary approval after voting against a Shumlin-backed amendment to …

N.H. Weighs Homegrown Medical Pot

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Concord — Gov. Maggie Hassan wasn’t at the Senate Health and Human Services committee meeting Tuesday, but she was on everyone’s mind. The committee heard passionate testimony from people in favor of amending the state’s new medical marijuana law to allow certified patients to grow two plants, at …

N.H. Judge Weighs County Attorney’s Fate

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Concord — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office told a judge Monday that allowing Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams to return to work would lead to chaos as it attempts to have him permanently removed from office. Attorney …

Suspect Pleads Not Guilty in Vt. Shootings

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Rutland, Vt. — A Vermont man charged with shooting and wounding two state police troopers and a disabled neighbor in his bed refused to appear in court Monday to answer four attempted murder charges, but his attorney entered …