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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 …

Bath Center Honors Late Councilor Ray Burton

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bath, N.H. — State and local political leaders and community members celebrated the legacy of a late executive councilor Raymond S. Burton Saturday with the grand opening of a museum in his name. The Bath Historical Society hosted the ceremony for the Raymond S. Burton Museum and Learning …

Vt. Woman Charged in 4 Deaths

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Barre, vt. — A Vermont woman accused of killing a social worker because she was upset about losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter has been charged with gunning down three relatives hours before. Jody Herring’s ex-boyfriend told police that she kept a handwritten “hit list,” and prosecutors on …

St. Paul’s Tackles ‘Hookup’ Culture

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Concord — A New Hampshire prep school that has educated some of the nation’s elite for more than a century and a half is confronting a campus practice of sexual conquest after a then-senior was charged with raping …

Local & Regional Briefs for Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Vt. Fire Causes Half a Million Dollars in Damage Springfield, Vt. — A fire that broke out in a fourth-floor unit of a Springfield apartment building caused about $500,000 in damage, according to a news release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Fire officials said they …

Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015

Lebanon Approves Franchise with Comcast Lebanon — The Lebanon City Council unanimously approved a 10-year franchise agreement with Comcast on Wednesday. Key elements of the agreement include the ability for the city to collect a franchise fee — 3.5 percent of Comcast’s revenue from operating in Lebanon — …

Accuser in St. Paul’s Rape Case Finishes Testimony on Stand

Friday, August 21, 2015

Concord — A teenage girl who accused a recent graduate of an elite prep school of raping her as part of a campus tradition of sexual conquest testified Thursday that she was traumatized and in shock when she …

Board Knew About Chief’s Investigation

Friday, August 21, 2015

Canterbury, n.h. — Canterbury officials knew about a sexual assault investigation into police Chief John LaRoche last fall and decided not to take action against him at that time, according to a new court document filed in the case. LaRoche, now 44, was arrested Aug. 4. He is …

FairPoint OKs Settlement Over Service Issues

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Montpelier — FairPoint Communications has agreed to a settlement with the state after a nine-month investigation of service quality. Under the agreement, the company will credit bills for 22,700 customers and invest in broadband service for 28,400 underserved Vermont customers. FairPoint also will accept $8.8 million in Connect …

St. Paul’s Accuser Details Encounter

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Concord — A 16-year-old former St. Paul’s School student recounted for jurors on Wednesday the night she alleges she was raped on campus by a popular upperclassman, describing in detail the pain and utter hopelessness she felt as …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Randolph Project Dismissal Denied Randolph — The District 3 Environmental Commission on Wednesday denied two environmental watchdogs’ request to dismiss an application for a large development near Exit 4 of Interstate 89. The Conservation Law Foundation and the …