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Bear Hunters Could Face Tough 2015 Season

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Portland, Maine — Northern New England’s bear hunters might have a more difficult time bagging a bruin this year due to an abundance of natural food. Most of a black bear’s diet is plant material, such as acorns and berries. Those foods are more readily available this year than last year, and that means bears are less likely to travel for food or take bait laid by humans, wildlife managers …

Attempted Cop-Killer’s Appeal Denied

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Concord — A panel of New Hampshire judges has denied the bid for a shorter prison sentence for a man convicted of trying to kill a Manchester police officer. In a one-sentence ruling released Wednesday, the judges unanimously upheld the 60-years-to-life sentence for 25-year-old Myles Webster. He was convicted of attempted murder after shooting Officer Dan Doherty several times following a foot chase …

Attorney Argues Phone Privacy

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Barre, Vt. — The defense attorney for a woman alleged to have killed four people in central Vermont last month is challenging the state’s application for a warrant to search her cellphone. Defense attorney David Sleigh disputed the state’s application to obtain a warrant to search Jody Herring’s cellphone in a status conference Tuesday. But the issue of access to electronic records extends …

N.H. Prepares Narcan Rollout

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Concord — As drug overdose deaths in New Hampshire maintain last year’s record pace, the state soon will begin distributing an overdose reversal drug to law enforcement and social service agencies free of charge. The state is ordering 4,700 kits of naloxone, known by the brand name Narcan, …

Detour on I-91 Northbound Planned Until Monday Morning; Delays Expected in WRJ

Thursday, August 27, 2015

White River Junction — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is urging drivers and pedestrians to avoid the area around Interstate 91’s Exit 11 interchange in White River Junction this weekend as construction crews plan to shut down the …

Lawyers Recommend New Settlement in Milk Suit

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A class action lawsuit that accused two dairy groups of manipulating the Northeast milk market and driving small farmers out of business is one step closer to being settled. Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit Allen v. Dairy Farmers of America have asked U.S. District Court …

Vt. Calls for Level-Funded Budget

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration is asking departments and agencies to submit level-funded budgets for the coming fiscal year. In a letter, Justin Johnson, the secretary of the Agency of Administration, urged commissioners and secretaries to be “extremely cautious and restrained” as they develop budgets. The budget instructions …

Deliberations Begin In St. Paul’s Trial

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Concord — Jurors deliberating the fate of a former prep school senior charged with raping a freshman were left to decide Thursday who was more credible: the defendant, who credited “divine inspiration” with helping him end their escalating …

Officers Scared By Students

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fargo, n.d. — Two North Dakota State University students got a scare when armed police officers mistook their telescope for a rifle. WDAY-TV reports that Levi Joraanstad and Colin Waldera were setting up the telescope behind their apartment Monday night when they were blinded by a bright light …

1st Phase of Sorrell Investigation Done

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Montpelier — The first phase of an investigation into allegations that Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell violated campaign finance laws is complete. David Cahill, executive director of the Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs, said on Tuesday that complaints against Sorrell have been evaluated. Tom Little, acting special …

Brattleboro Retreat Focus Of Vt. Probe

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into the Brattleboro Retreat following a whistleblower’s complaints about alleged Medicaid fraud at the private psychiatric hospital, The Associated Press has learned. Attorney General William Sorrell acknowledged that his office was investigating, and his comments coupled …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cornish Fair Ride Malfunction Due to Braking System Cornish — State investigators determined that the mechanical issue with a ride at the Cornish Fair Friday night that injured three people was related to the braking system, according to a news release from the New Hampshire state fire marshal. …

Vermonters Call Again for Paid Sick Leave

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Burlington — On the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote, officials gathered to call for a paid sick days bill to be passed next legislative session, saying it would bring Vermont a step closer to women’s equality. Gov. Peter Shumlin, state …