Local & Regional Briefs: North Pomfret Woman Faces Drug Charges

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Published: 10/8/2017 1:12:14 AM
Modified: 10/8/2017 1:32:26 AM
North Pomfret Woman Faces Drug Charges

Hartford — A 32-year-old North Pomfret woman faces a variety of charges following what police said was an attempted drug sale.

According to a Hartford police news release, Stephanie Hewitt was observed by officers in a vehicle “attempting to conduct a drug sale.” When police attempted to confront Hewitt she fled into a nearby residence, “leaving her three small children behind in the vehicle,” the release said.

When she was apprehended, Hewitt was in possession of 3.5 grams of crack cocaine, police said.

Hewitt faces charges of possession and sale of crack cocaine, three counts of cruelty to a child, violation of conditions of release, unlawful trespass into an occupied dwelling, impeding officers, assault on an officer and resisting arrest.

She was held at the Southern State Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Vermont Superior Court-Windsor Criminal Division on Monday.

The children were turned over to one the fathers of the children, police said.

DHMC Recognized With Governor’s Award

Concord (ap) — An arts program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center joins a landscape painter and a guitarist among the winners of the 2017 Governor's Arts Awards in New Hampshire.

The awards from the State Council on the Arts will be presented Nov. 1 at the New Hampshire Institute of Arts in Manchester. The award was created by a Berlin sculptor with the goal of promoting outstanding achievement in excellence, growth and availability of the arts in New Hampshire.

The winners include the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Creative Arts Program; Richard Whitney, who is known for his realistic landscape paintings; Fred Dolan, who carves decoys; Randy Armstrong, who has been praised for his unique guitar playing; Susan Strickler, who heads the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester; and the city of Nashua for its funding of the arts.

VLS Conference Promotes Local Focus

South Royalton — A two-day conference at Vermont Law School will focus on localizing as a means to economic and social sustainability. The conference, titled “Localize It: What Resilience Looks Like,” is scheduled for Oct. 21 and 22.

“This is a solutions-focused gathering for leaders and community members engaged in accelerating a localizing movement in our region,” Chris Wood, one of the conference organizers, said in a news release. “When we look at where the world is headed in this time of climate crisis, economic injustice, and frayed democratic systems, it can be bleak and unsettling. But, by working on systemic renewal, we have chosen to focus on solutions.”

The conference is organized by Vermonters for a New Economy, Sustainable Future Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, New Economy Law Center at Vermont Law School, Local Futures, Building A Local Economy and the New England Resilience and Transition Network. It will feature presentations from leaders in the fields of economics, sustainability and more, including Frances Moore Lappé, founder of the Small Planet Institute and author of 18 books, including Diet for a Small Planet; Melissa Scanlan, director of the New Economy Law Center at Vermont Law School and editor of the just-released book, Law and Policy for the New Economy; Jonathan Rosenthal, executive director of the national New Economy Coalition and co-founder of Equal Exchange; Gus Speth, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Gwen Hallsmith, director of Vermonters for a New Economy and author of several books, including The Key to Sustainable Cities and Creating Wealth.

The program includes the world premiere of the documentary film Dancing with the Cannibal Giant, which features several of the conference speakers and participants. The film’s director, Anne Macksoud of Woodstock, will be present for the screening.

Five meals will be provided and organizers plan to provide local accommodations and childcare upon request. There is no set cost but organizers hope to receive an average of $188 per person attending. For more information or to register, visit www.localizeit2017.com.

Family Resource Center Sets 25th Anniversary Dinner

Claremont — TLC Family Resource Center will hold its 25th anniversary dinner on Oct. 18, starting at 5:30 p.m., at The Common Man, 21 Water St., in Claremont. The dinner is $45 per person. The deadline for registration for the dinner is Tuesday.

The agency was founded in 1992 by Ellie Tsetsi with the mission of helping children have a better start in life. In the beginning, women volunteers mentored moms with new babies. Over the years they added more programs to help the families of Sullivan and lower Grafton counties with babies and beyond. Tsetsi will be honored at the event.

The guest speaker will be Andre Dubus III, author of six books, including Townie and House of Sand and Fog.

To register, visit www.tlcfamilyrc.org/events. For more information, call 603-542-1848.

Vermont Firefighters To Get $1.6 Million

Montpelier (ap) — The fire departments in Bradford and Springfield, Vt., will share a portion of more than $1.6 million in federal grants going to 15 departments in the state.

The Springfield Fire Department will receive $250,069, and the Bradford Fire Department; will get $113,694, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Sanders, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, and Rep. Peter Welch say the awards are part of a Federal Emergency Management Agency program. The money will be used by the fire departments to purchase equipment.

Firefighters Make Progress Vs. White Mountains Blaze

North Woodstock, N.H. (ap) — Fire officials say rain and higher humidity are helping firefighters to make progress on a brush fire near a popular hiking attraction in rugged terrain in the White Mountains.

The U.S. Forest Service said firefighters continued to establish and improve fire lines on Saturday. The brush fire claimed at least 70 acres.

Firefighters are unsure of the cause of the blaze, which started Tuesday on a cliff in Kinsman Ridge over the Lost River Gorge.

Lost River Gorge was closed for the season as crews used it as a base of operations to battle the blaze.

Vt. Fish & Wildlife Looking For Turtle Cleanup Help

North Hero, Vt. (ap) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help during the annual spiny soft-shell turtle beach cleanup day that will start in North Hero.

This year’s beach cleanup is scheduled for Oct. 21,

Volunteers are asked to arrive at North Hero State Park at between 10 and 11 a.m. The group may move on to another site by 11. Children and families are welcome.

Volunteers will pull up vegetation on nesting beaches to prepare turtle nesting sites for next year.

The volunteers may find a few hatchlings that occasionally remain in nests underground.

In addition to threatened spiny soft-shell turtles, the nesting sites are used by map turtles, painted turtles and snapping turtles.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Supporters Meet in Concord

Concord (ap) — A movement to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day is gaining supporters in New Hampshire.

Native American, African American and peace activists are gathering Saturday at the Statehouse to “reclaim the truth and dignity of history” with a goal of creating Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The groups are taking part in a Native American drum circle at the event.

At least one community in New Hampshire has voted to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, honoring those who lived in North America before it was colonized by western Europeans, rather than Christopher Columbus. The town of Durham approved the change last month.

Several communities in Maine have voted for a similar change.

Vermont School District Tables Contract Talks

Marshfield, Vt. (ap) — Teachers and the Washington Northeast Supervisory Union will begin mediation following stalled contract negotiations.

The Times Argus reported that the Washington Northeast Supervisory Union and teachers represented by the Vermont-National Education Association have disagreed on health care and salaries for the next two years. Twinfield Union School and Cabot School are managed by the supervisory union. Teachers and staff have been working under contracts that expired in June. School officials say Act 85, a state law, has kept the parties from moving forward. The measure has reduced payments to districts across the state to lower education costs. Superintendent Mark Tucker said in an email that mediation will likely start next month. If mediation isn't successful, the groups will head to arbitration.

Former N.H. Trooper Testifies at Force Trial

Nashua, N.H. (ap) — A former New Hampshire trooper said he was wrong to punch a motorist after a pursuit that had dragged on for more than an hour last year.

Andrew Monaco testified Friday during the trial of Massachusetts State Trooper Joseph Flynn that he no longer works in law enforcement after pleading guilty to assault in the May 2016 altercation captured by a TV news helicopter. Monaco acknowledged throwing the first punches before Flynn joined in.

The lawyer for Flynn contends his client’s use of force was justified. The defense will begin presenting witnesses on Tuesday.

TV news helicopter video footage was shown during the trial. The chase began in Holden, Mass., after the motorist refused to stop.

— Staff and wire reports

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