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FILE -  In a Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 file photo, defense attorney J.W. Carney, left, enters the courtroom with former St. Paul's School student Owen Labrie for closing remarks in Labrie's rape trial at Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, N.H. Labrie, Labrie, convicted of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old classmate as part of a game of sexual conquest, must register as a sex offender for life, a punishment Carney likens to being branded. Legal experts and reform advocates say the punishment exceeds the crime. A victims’ advocate says Labrie is a sexual predator who belongs on the registry. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, Pool)

Sex Registry Disputed After Teen Convicted

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Concord — A graduate of an elite prep school who was convicted of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old classmate as part of a game of sexual conquest will be required to register as a sex offender for life, a punishment his lawyer likens to being branded and legal experts and reform advocates say exceeds the crime. Owen Labrie, 19, …

Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

N.Y. Man Dies in Vershire Motorcycle Crash Vershire — A 68-year-old man from upstate New York was killed Saturday when his motorcycle crashed during a group ride through Vershire. Seaborn R. Hall, of Brownville, N.Y., was operating a 2006 Honda Goldwing motorcycle with a “large group” of other bikers when he drifted off …

8 Vt. Safety Officials Charged With DUI

Monday, August 31, 2015

Burlington — Law enforcement officials and prosecutors in Vermont say they are troubled by the number of public safety works who have been charged with impaired driving this year. The Burlington Free Press reports that at least eight public safety workers — including firefighters and state and local police officers — have been arrested so far this year. Vermont Assistant Attorney General John …

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 …

Massachusetts Town Reckons with Cosby

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shelburne Falls, Mass. — Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby’s compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family. Most in this normally reserved New England community are content to …

Closing Arguments to Begin Today in St. Paul’s Rape Case

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Concord — A former student charged with raping a freshman girl two days before he graduated from an elite prep school acknowledged Wednesday that he deleted a Facebook message to a friend in which he wrote he used …

Vt. Woman Charged in Relatives’ Deaths

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Barre, Vt. — A Vermont woman accused of killing a state social worker and three relatives because she was upset about losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter pleaded not guilty Tuesday in the deaths of her relatives. Jody …

St. Paul’s Grad’s Lawyer Argues Unfair Tactics

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Concord (ap) — The attorney for a young man accused of raping a fellow student at an elite prep school in New Hampshire on Tuesday questioned police tactics, suggesting his client had been treated unfairly. Concord Police Detective Julie Curtin previously outlined in an affidavit and testified Tuesday …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lyme Post Office Reopens After Rodent Problems Lyme — The post office in downtown Lyme that closed more than a month ago because of a rodent issue has since reopened, U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Maureen Marion said on Tuesday. While closed, the postal service had an outside contractor …

Claremont Church Cleans Up After Vandals; Suspect Released, Faces 3 Felonies

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Claremont — The 18-year-old Charlestown man charged with three felonies in connection with the extensive vandalism of St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Central Street was released Monday after his arraignment on $25,000 personal recognizance bail — and with …

Classmates at St. Paul’s Testify in Rape Trial

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Concord (ap) — More details of an elite prep school’s campus tradition of sexual conquest emerged Monday at a recent graduate’s rape trial as former classmates testified. Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, is charged with multiple felonies. Prosecutors say …

Child Services System in Vt. Overburdened

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont’s defender general says juvenile court dockets are “out of control,” choked with cases filed by the state to take children away from their opiate-addicted parents. Vermont’s chief administrative judge says “if this is the new norm, we’re in trouble.” Defender General Matt Valerio and Chief …