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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 Treadwell told the Free Press it “seems …

Complaints of Partying, Trash on AT

Monday, August 31, 2015

Baxter State Park, Maine — When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring — not a rolling, monthslong frat party. Shelters where he thought he could catch a good night’s sleep while listening to the sounds of nature were instead filled with …

I-91 Northbound ‘Slide-in-Bridge’ to Reopen Today

Monday, August 31, 2015

White River Junction — It was announced Sunday night that northbound lanes on the bridge on Interstate 91 in White River Junction will reopen early this morning. “The I-91 Northbound Hartford bridge slide is on track,” Jill Barrett Senior Project Manager with Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc., said in an email. “It will open by or before 6 a.m. today.” Crews are installed the …

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 …

Marquette University Names First James Foley Scholar

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Detroit — A high school graduate from the Detroit area has been named the first recipient of a scholarship named for journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria and later beheaded by Islamic State militants. Jake Zelinski, …

Vt. Divided Over Confidentiality in Child Abuse Cases

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Montpelier — Attorney General Bill Sorrell said that limiting confidentiality around family court could improve transparency and accountability in the child protection system, but others are not convinced. Cases dealing with child abuse and neglect are typically handled behind closed doors, and the records are generally not available …