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SELECTMAN: TEACH DELIVERY MAN RESCUED FROM HOSPITAL’S WOOD CHIP BIN
Buried To His Chest And Sinking, Firefighters, Hospital Staff And Others Get Him Out Alive
STUDENTS A LESSON
By RoBin SMiTh
Staff Writer
Board Chairman Calls
Voting At The School A
Teachable Moment
By TAyLoR REED
Staff Writer
ST. JOHNSBURY — Selectman Kevin
Oddy thinks local youngsters need a civics
lesson.
Oddy this week issued a “curriculum challenge” to St. Johnsbury School. He recommends the school develop a program based
around annual town meeting.
“I spend all day at the polls each time we
vote and see very few young people come in
to cast their ballot and make their voice
heard,” Oddy said. “I believe if we can teach
NEWPORT CITY — Firefighters,
city crew members and hospital employees worked together to save a delivery man trapped in a wood chip bin
at North Country Hospital on Thursday
afternoon.
The man, who was described as a
wood chip vendor, was discovered
buried up to his chest in wood chips by
Big Bill Bump
Blamed On New
Budget Cycle
By TAyLoR REED
Staff Writer
St. Johnsbury property owners may be in
for sticker shock when municipal tax bills arrive, but it’ll buy them more months of town
government.
The proposed $10,739,026 municipal
budget dictates a $2,639 tax bill on a
$150,000 home inside the village, up from
$1,698 last year. It dictates a $1,678 tax bill
on the same home outside the village, up
from $1,094 last year.
Selectmen finalized the proposed budget
Wednesday during a special meeting in the
Pomerleau Building. Only five residents at-
LeClair said he did not know his
name.
Franklin said the incident caused the
hospital to shut down the wood chip
heating system until an investigation is
concluded.
The delivery man was apparently in
the large wood chip bin trying to move
around chips that he had just delivered
when he began to sink and could not get
out, LeClair said. Struggling made the
situation worse, he said.
When he was discovered, hospital
staff called for help immediately at 2:27
p.m. He was buried up to his chest and
hospital staff were tying to dig out
around his torso so he could breath easier when firefighters arrived, LeClair
said.
Firefighters tied a life safety vest to
the delivery man to stop him from sinking further into the chips while they
joined the effort to dig him out.
See Rescued, Page A6
VERMONT
BILL WOULD SET NEW STANDARDS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY
See Lesson, Page A6
ST. JOHNSBURY
a hospital employee early Thursday afternoon, who called in firefighters and
rescue crews. The man was removed
safely and treated at the hospital’s emergency department, Fire Chief Jamie
LeClair said.
He was conscious as of 5:30 p.m., according to hospital spokesman Wendy
Franklin.
Neither provided the name of the
man who was rescued or the company
for whom he works.
By DAVE GRAM
Associated Press
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is considering
a change to its energy policy that would end a practice
that critics said amounted to double-counting the environmental benefits of its renewable sources of power.
Legislation to be described to the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee on Friday would also
allow utilities to collect renewable energy credits for
reducing fossil fuels used in home heating and sets
new standards for energy generation.
The new legislation would scrap a decade-old program that had allowed Vermont utilities to meet instate goals for renewable energy production by
developing wind, solar and other projects, while at the
same time selling so-called “renewable energy credits”
on those projects to utilities out of state.
The out-of-state utilities counted the credits toward
their own renewable portfolio requirements. If Vermont adopts the new standards outlined in the legislation, it would encourage utilities to keep the credits for
themselves to meet the standards.
Regulators in Connecticut have already begun to
consider banning utilities from buying credits out of
state to meet renewable energy standards.
The bill says Vermont utilities would have to get 55
percent of the power they sell from renewable sources
by 2017, a number that would grow to 75 percent 15
years later, in 2032.
Some utilities already are ahead of the game.
Burlington Electric Department and Washington Electric Co-operative get nearly all of their power from re-
See Blamed, Page A6
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Wind turbines are shown on a ridge in Sheffield. New legislation would prevent Vermont utilities
from selling renewable energy credits to utilities out of state.
newable sources already, said Darren Springer, deputy
The legislation would require power companies to
commissioner of the state Public Service Department. add two new sectors to their renewable portfolios, acGreen Mountain Power Corp. gets about 62 percent cording to a Public Service Department handout.
of its power from hydroelectric power, with the largest
The companies would be expected to get at least 1
chunk coming from the utility Hydro-Quebec, accord- percent of their power from “distributed generation”
ing to a GMP website.
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LITTLETON
SELECTMEN OK SYNTHETIC POT BAN, NOT 5-MEMBER SELECT BOARD
Board On Thursday Also Recommends
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alignment of Saranac Street.
In a 2-1 split vote, with Selectmen
Milton Bratz and Mike Gilman in support and Selectman Marghie Seymour
opposed, the board recommended the article for a town ban on the sale and use
of synthetic cannabinoids, which are
substances that give users a high similar
to natural marijuana, but are composed
of chemicals that can give users adverse
reactions and send them to the hospital.
The article is intended to assist Littleton police in enforcement, and several
municipalities across the state have enacted similar ordinances, Town Manager
Fred Moody said during Monday’s
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Selectmen on Thursday voted to recommend a town ban on the sale and
use of synthetic marijuana. Pictured is a synthetic marijuana product voluntarily surrendered last year in Littleton to avoid federal prosecution.
NATION
LITTLETON, N.H. — Selectmen,
meeting Thursday to make their recommendations on the budget and warrant,
supported a town ban on synthetic marijuana and favored the proposed bonds
for the river district and town garage, but
did not recommend expanding the select
board to five members.
The selectmen’s votes to recommend
or not recommend, along with the same
votes taken this week by the advisory
town-school budget committee, will be
stated on the 48-article warrant expected
to be posted next week.
The board unanimously recommended a total proposed town budget of
$8.050 million, up .81 percent from the
2014 budget, and a default budget of
$7.907 million.
They also voted 3-0 to recommend
bonding $1.3 million for a new highway
garage and for bonding $500,000 for
river district infrastructure improvements, with river district bond contingent on receiving at least $2 million in
state or federal funds for the project.
The board also voted unanimously to
recommend an article for $40,000, to be
raised from taxation, for the river district
rights-of-way acquisition fund for the re-
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Staff Writer
This Time, It’s A Rebellion Of The Pragmatists As
New Divisions Emerge Within The House GOP
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THE RECORD • FRIDAY, JAnUARY 23, 2015
FOR THE RECORD
OBITUARIES
NEWS BRIEFS
Suspected copper thief nabbed in Lisbon
MARJORIE D. BLAKE
1924-2015
Marjorie D. Blake, 90, passed
away peacefully on Jan. 22, 2015
with her family by her side.
She was born to Mahlon and Eva
(Sullivan) Deblois, Nov. 27, 1924.
After graduating from Lyndon Institute she worked for Leon Hopkins &
Sons. On Feb. 14, 1946 she married
Clifton ‘Runt” Blake.
Starting out on a farm in Newark,
within a few years they returned to
the home of her birth in Burke Hollow where she lived throughout her
life. After raising her children, she
worked for many area businesses, most notably Wheeler Building for 13
years. She was known for her loving, and caring ways especially for those in
need. Whether it was a Thanksgiving dinner for a family on hard times or a
sunshine basket for an ailing neighbor or friend, she was always there with
a phone call or card. As a couple, she and Runt were always at whatever
events their kids, grandchildren and extended family were involved in. They
made many friends with their involvement in square dancing, golfing and
traveling with their motor home.
Marjorie is survived by her children Russ Blake, Tom Blake and wife
Paula, Lynn Welch and husband Jerry, Doug Blake and wife Marilyn, eight
grandchildren, Lisa, Lynn, Jill, Eric, Corey, Jeff, Luke and Billy, sixteen great
grandchildren. Sisters-in-law’s Wilma Fournier and Marylyn Blake, brotherin-law William Blake Jr. and many nieces and nephews. Extended family
Emery and Sherry Noyes, Chuck and Sue Longchamps, Don and Michelle
Steen and Pete Williamson.
She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Runt, her brothers and
sisters-in-law Howard and Jane Deblois, Harold and Vera Deblois, sisters
and brother in laws Ila and Bernie Sylce, Irene and Hilton (Wink) Wilkie,
brother- and sister-in-law Bernard and Barbara Blake, Wendell and Eunice
Blake, brother-in-law William Fournier and sister-in-law Barbara Blake.
.Visiting hours will be at Pearson’s Funeral Home Friday, Jan. 23, from 68 p.m., and a Memorial mass will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. at
Saint Elizabeth’s Church in Lyndonville with Father Bernard Gaudreau will
be officiating.
Burial will take place at a later date in the spring at Burke Hollow Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the animal shelter of your
choice.
Pearson’s Funeral Home located at 70 Church St. in Lyndonville are in
care of the arrangements.
The Numbers
POWERBALL (Wednesday)
11-12-15-28-57; Power Ball: 23 Power Play: 4
DAILY PICKS (Thursday)
Day Draw — Pick 3: 5-4-5; Pick 4: 6-8-9-2
Evening Draw — Pick 3: 5-4-6; Pick 4: 0-5-7-8
LISBON, N.H. — A Haverhill
man who police said is already on
parole for a theft conviction has
been arrested in Lisbon on charges
of stealing more than 100 pounds of
copper cabling from DCI Furniture.
Arrested on a warrant by Lisbon
police was Vincent Whitaker, 29, of
Haverhill who faces a felony count
of receiving stolen property.
The theft occurred between the
Vincent Whitaker
night of Jan. 5 and early morning of
Jan. 6 at the furniture manufacturing facility along South Main Street
in Lisbon.
“They were broken into with forced entry and approximately 140
to 170 pounds of copper cabling was stolen,” Lisbon Police Chief
Scott Pinson said Wednesday.
After the theft, Lisbon police reached out to several area salvage
businesses.
On Jan. 9, Stockley Trucking and Scrap Metal Salvage - located
just down the street from DCI - called police to say that someone
had just sold them 138 pounds of copper cabling, said Pinson.
The seller was identified as Whitaker and a warrant was drawn up
for his arrest.
Whitaker has been convicted several times in New Hampshire for
misdemeanor and felony theft charges, said Pinson.
The DCI theft is still under investigation and there is the possibility
of more arrests, he said.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont has issued a set
of voluntary timber harvest guidelines for private landowners across
the state.
The guidelines may be used by private landowners to help ensure
long-term forest health and sustainability.
The 62-page guide is broken into six chapters covering planning
for a harvest, conducting a harvest, protecting water quality, protecting soil health and productivity, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, and
planning for uncertainty. The guidelines were written with the input
of hundreds of landowners, foresters and logging contractors. The
guidelines can be found on the Forest and Parks website.
Vermont sock manufacturer
to expand, add 50 jobs
Vermont State Police lieutenant
becomes first female captain
NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A sock manufacturer is planning a
100,000-square foot expansion at its mill in Northfield, Vermont, and
adding about 50 jobs.
Vermont Public Radio reports Darn Tough Socks says the expansion is scheduled to be completed in 18 months. It will nearly double
the company’s current facility.
Company CEO Ric Cabot says Darn Tough Socks has experienced
consecutive years of revenue growth of between 60 and 70 percent
annually. He says sales revenue in 2013 grew 63 percent over the
previous year. The company currently employs about 165 people.
Police look for man who
robbed bank in St. Albans
ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — Police are looking for a man who
robbed a bank in St. Albans, Vermont.
Police say the man confronted a teller at the People’s United Bank
on Wednesday afternoon and demanded money. No weapon was
shown.
The man took some money and fled. He was described as 5-foot8, with a thin build, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweat shirt with
sunglasses and mask covering the face.
Vermont man accused of
hit-and-run held without bail
ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont driver accused of striking
Local Forecast
Today: Partly to mostly sunny.
Highs around 30. Light winds becoming southwest less than 10 mph.
Tonight: Increasing clouds. Not as
cold, with lows in the mid teens.
Light south winds.
Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy.
Highs in the low to mid 30s. South
winds 5 to 10 mph.
Extended Forecast:
Saturday Night: Cloudy. Chance of
snow showers. Lows in the mid
teens.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the
lower 20s.
Sunday Night: Party cloudy. Lows
between zero and 5 below.
Monday: Partly to mostly cloudy.
Highs in the mid teens.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy. Lows
around 5 below.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the
lower teens.
Daily Weather Highlights
High pressure will nose in from the
southwest this morning, providing periods of sun a warmer conditions today.
That same ridge of high pressure will be
moving off the coast late in the day, as
our region gets pinched by one surface
low over northern Ontario and another
over Georgia. Southerly flow ahead of
the northernmost storm should help to
warm things into the 30s tomorrow. In
terms of precipitation, the expectation for
the storms over the weekend is little
changed: Maybe some light snow near
the Massachusetts border tomorrow
night from the southern system, and
possibly a dusting along and north of
Route 2, from the northern system.
Windy and colder are then expected to
set in on Sunday. An Alberta clipper diving southeastward out of the Great
Lakes on Sunday night could bring some
light snow accumulation on Monday, with
its northward extend roughly along route
2, says Lawrence Hayes of the Fairbanks Museum weather station.
CONDITIONS AT
4 P.M. YESTERDAY
Partly Cloudy
TEMPERATURE
Temp. at 4 p.m. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
Maximum past 24 hours . . . . . . . . .32
Minimum past 24 hours . . . . . . . . . .3
Yesterday’s average . . . . . . . . . . . .18
Normal average . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Maximum this month . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Minimum this month . . . . . . . . . . .-22
Maximum this date (1906) . . . . . . .54
Minimum this date (2000) . . . . . . .-25
HUMIDITY
54%
DEWPOINT
14
WINDS
5 mph, 8 max . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .NW
BAROMETER
30.11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rising
PRECIPITATION
New . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.00 in.
Total for Month . . . . . . . . . . . .2.33 in.
Normal Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.77 in.
SNOWFALL
Past 24 Hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.0 in.
Monthly Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14.5 in.
Season Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47.6 in.
Season Norm To Date . . . . . . .43.7 in.
Snowpack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5.0 in.
ALMANAC
Sunrise today . . . . . . . . . . . .7:15 a.m.
Sunset today . . . . . . . . . . . .4:44 p.m.
Length of day . . . . . . . .9 hrs. 29 min.
DEGREE DAYS
Average temp. difference below 65°
Yesterday* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
To date since July 1 . . . . . . . . . .3962
To date last year . . . . . . . . . . . . .4177
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a pedestrian and not stopping has been ordered held without bail.
Twenty-three-year-old Tyler Benjamin appeared in court in St. Albans on Tuesday.
Authorities say 54-year-old John Hemmond remains in critical
condition following the accident the night of Jan. 15 on Lake Street.
Police say the impact sent Hemmond into the air; he landed on the
hood before falling off.
The St. Albans Messenger reports (http://bit.ly/1CjsM2p) Benjamin was facing charges from two incidents in the fall including a
driving under the influence charge and driving with a suspended license. His conditions of release on those charges prohibited him driving any motor vehicle.
Benjamin’s lawyer sought to have him released, so he could be
put in a residential drug treatment program; a judge denied that.
Vermont releases voluntary
timber harvest guidelines
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — A former Vermont State Police lieutenant is now the first female captain in state police history.
Captain Ingrid Jonas received the promotion earlier this month.
Jonas is now the commander of the Staff Operations Section,
where she oversees operations that include recruiting and training,
internal affairs and professional standards.
Prior to her promotion, Jonas had served as the commander of the
Internal Affairs Unit.
Col. Tom L’Esperance, the head of the state police, says Jonas’s
promotion is a significant milestone in the history of the state police.
Jonas is replacing Captain David Notte, who is now the C-Troop
commander covering the Rutland, New Haven, and Shaftsbury Stations.
Police say skier pronounced dead at Stowe
STOWE, Vt. (AP) — Police in Stowe, Vermont say a male skier
collapse on the slopes and was pronounced dead at the mountain despite medical efforts to save him.
Stowe police chief Donald Hull says the skier collapsed on the
slopes just after 11 a.m. Thursday. Ski patrol personnel administered
CPR as he was being taken down the mountain and into the patrol’s
medical room at the base of Stowe.
Hull says the man was pronounced dead at 11:45 a.m. His name
is being withheld until family members can be notified. Hull said the
man was about 64 years old.
Stowe Mountain Resort is one of Vermont’s largest ski areas.
CALEDONIA SUPERIOR COURT
Editor’s note: All information is
from Caledonia Superior Court
documents.
Joanna Sleigh, 31, Sheffield,
pleaded guilty by waiver to an
amended charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle on Nov.
15, 2014, on Route 122 in Wheelock and was ordered to pay $1,297
in fines and court surcharges with
$500 suspended on completion of
the DWI panel, a safe driving
course and alcohol screening
within four months. A charge of
drunken driving was dismissed by
the state as part of the plea agreement.
Randy Ellis, 26, Orleans,
pleaded guilty by waiver to an
amended charge of negligent operation of a motor vehicle on Route
122 in Lyndonville on Nov. 8,
2014, and was ordered to pay
$1,297 in fines and court sur-
charges with $500 suspended on
completion of the DWI panel and a
safe driving course within four
months. A charge of drunken driving was dismissed by the state as
part of the plea agreement.
Shanna Ingerson, 31, Newark,
admitted violating probation by
failing to meet with her probation
officer as directed, failing to inform
her probation officer of a change in
address and using regulated drugs
without a valid prescription and
was sentenced to six months to five
years with a recommendation for
the Tapestry Program.
Kristin Witter, 31, Lyndonville,
pleaded not guilty to driving with a
license suspended for drunken
driving- second offense and leaving the scene of a crash on Old
Center Road in St. Johnsbury on
Nov. 23 at 7 a.m. and was released
on conditions.
POLICE LOG
STATE — ST. JOHNSBURY
Jessica Norris, 28, Lunenburg,
was in a single-vehicle rollover
crash on US Rt. 2 in Concord on
Jan. 8.
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Lindiwe Libera, 21, Burke, was
in a one vehicle accident on I-91
southbound in Lyndon on Jan. 8.
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Jan. 9, Joshua Elko, 30, East
Burke, was arrested for suspicion
of DUI and driving with a criminally suspended license.
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Jan. 10, Corey Berthiaume, 44,
Lyndonville, was taken into custody for DUI.
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Winette Aho, 59, Danville, was
issued a citation for retail theft
after she was caught attempting to
steal $75 worth of merchandise
from Kinney Drugs on Jan. 10.
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Eric Manning, 57, St. Johnsbury, was in a single vehicle crash
on Severance Hill Road on Jan. 10.
Manning was transported to
NVRH for minor injuries.
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Walter Warren, 41, Lyndonville,
was taken into custody for violation of an abuse prevention order
and violation of conditions of release on Jan. 10.
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Thomas
Whitcomb,
26,
Sheffield, was taken into custody
for DUI on Jan. 11 in Lyndonville.
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Nicholas Gerrow, 20, Enosburg,
arrested for suspicion of DUI after
police witnessed him crash on Vt.
Rt. 105 in Berkshire.
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Dec. 29, Amanda Putvain, 26,
CORRECTION
Lunenburg, was cited for domestic
A story in Thursday’s edition in- assault and allegedly hitting an
correctly identified the gender of adult victim in the face.
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NCUHS foreign language teacher
Brian Wilkins, 46, Wheelock,
Laurel Laing, who is a man.
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was in a one vehicle crash at the
intersection of Peak Road and Vt.
Rt. 122 in Wheelock on Jan. 12.
Wilkins was subsequently arrested
for DUI and leaving the scene of
an accident.
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Emily Luther, 16, East Hardwick, and Dwight Keafer, 64,
Danville, were in a two vehicle accident on US Rt. 2 in Danville on
Jan. 13.
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Jan. 13, Arika Pageau, 42, St.
Johnsbury, was cited for retail theft
after allegedly taking items from
Kinney Drugs without paying for
them.
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Between Saturday and Sunday,
construction tools were reportedly
stolen from an enclosed trailer and
residence on Miller Lane in Barnet. Anyone with information is
asked to contact state police at
802-748-3111 or Crime Stoppers
at 802-748-2222.
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Jaime Robertson, 23, Burke,
was in a one vehicle accident on
Newark Street in West Burke on
Jan. 14. Robertson was cited for
DUI refusal and alcohol is said to
be a factor.
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Ashley Whitcomb, 24, St.
Johnsbury, and Robert Harwell,
62, Lyndon, were in a two vehicle
head-on collision on Breezy Hill
Road in St. Johnsbury on Jan. 14.
It was determined Whitcomb
failed to yield. Both Whitcomb
and Hartwell were wearing seatbelts and neither was injured,
though both vehicles had to be
towed from the scene.
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Ryan Bernier, 22, Lyndonville,
was taken into custody for DUI on
Jan. 16.
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Henry Gralton, 74, Queens,
N.Y., was in a single vehicle crash
on US Rt. 2 in Danville on Jan. 15.
Gralton was issued a ticket for
driving too fast for road conditions.
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On Friday, Asenath Brooks, 22,
Colebrook, N.H., was in a single
vehicle crash on US Rt. 2 near the
Joe’s Pond boat access.
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Brandon Trudeau, 27, Rindge,
N.H., was taken into custody for
DUI on Sunday in Lyndonville.
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On Saturday, Charlotte Mossey,
44, St. Johnsbury, was taken into
custody for consuming alcohol, a
violation of her conditions of release.
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Fritzner Pierre, 28, Lyndonville,
was taken into custody for DUI on
Saturday.
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William Corbett, 56, Bethlehem, N.H., was in a one vehicle
accident on I-93 in Waterford on
Sunday.
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Dennis LaCourse, 42, Wheelock, was cited for criminal trespass to an occupied dwelling on
Main Street in St. Johnsbury on
Friday.
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LOCAL
FAMILY OF TEEN WHO KILLED SELF PUSHING HAZING BILL
By DAVE GRAM
Associated Press
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) —
The family of a 17-year old Milton
football player who they say killed
himself after being a victim of hazing and sexual assault on the team
sought Thursday to highlight legislation calling for tougher reporting requirements for school
officials.
Jordan Preavy’s parents and
stepmother traveled to Montpelier
on Thursday, more than two years
after his death, to watch as the bill
was introduced by Rep. Ronald
Hubert, R-Milton.
Five former Milton High School
football players have been charged
following an investigation into allegations of hazing and sexual assault of younger football players
by older teammates in 2011 and
2012. The three have pleaded
guilty to charges of simple assault
and a fourth to disorderly conduct
under agreements reached with
Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan’s office. A fifth,
Brandon Beliveau, 21, of Milton,
denied a charge of attempted sexual assault at his arraignment Jan.
6.
Donovan said Beliveau is accused of sodomizing Preavy —
identified in court papers as “Vic-
Karen Preavy, his stepmother, argued that Vermont’s current law
making educators mandatory reporters of alleged child abuse allows too much room for judgment
by school officials. The new measure would make it automatic that
when school officials hear any allegation of abuse, they report it to
police and to the state Department
“People are suffering, and
that’s not OK.”
— State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan
tim No. 4” — with a broomstick.
The Associated Press generally
doesn’t identify victims of sexual
assault, but Preavy’s family members have spoken about him publicly. Hubert said the legislation
filed Thursday should be known as
“Jordan’s bill.”
Sean Preavy, Jordan’s father;
Tracy Stopford, his mother; and
for Children and Families.
“The law is not clear enough,”
said Karen Preavy. “When we send
our kids to school, they need to be
protected.”
Preavy’s family said he suffered
the abuse as a member of the Milton High School football team in
the fall of 2011. He died of a selfinflicted gunshot wound in August
ST. JOHNSBURY
of 2012, the Preavys said.
Donovan said Milton school officials never reported the matter to
police or the state child-protection
agency; instead authorities learned
of it through other channels, he
said. School officials have maintained they didn’t have strong
enough information to warrant
making a report.
Milton School Superintendent
John Barone didn’t immediately
return a message left at his office
Thursday.
Donovan said he agreed with
the need for the legislation.
PHOTO BY TODD WELLInGTOn
“Let’s just simplify, let’s make it
easy,” Donovan said. “When St. Johnsbury Police Chief Clem Houde in his office Thursday.
there’s a question, report it to the
authorities. Let trained professionals do their jobs.”
He added that earlier reporting
of such abuse would get victims
into often needed psychiatric treatment sooner.
“People are suffering, and that’s
idents will want to talk about the
By ToDD WELLinGTon
not OK,” Donovan said.
proposed police budget approved
Staff Writer
by the select board Wednesday
night.
Police Chief Clem Houde wants
“It’s up a bit this year but what I
to talk.
Houde wants to give anyone think is important for people to
who has questions or concerns know is there’s no increase in exabout police department operations penses,” said Houde. “The inor its budget an opportunity to get crease is due to the lack of traffic
the details directly from him over control money coming in this
a friendly cup of coffee at his of- year.”
The police department provided
fice.
extensive
traffic control services
Residents can schedule halfmorning.”
hour meetings with Houde over during the 2014 downtown road
The boil notice was issued the next two weeks at police head- and utility reconstruction projects.
Houde said the department billed
Wednesday afternoon following a quarters on Main Street.
$144,000
in traffic control money
water break on Pleasant Street that
“It’s an opportunity to have an
closed the road. The break was re- open and honest discussion about to contractors last year and after
ported at 6 a.m. and repaired by 7 anything to do with the police de- paying officers and other related
p.m., when the road reopened.
partment,” said Houde Thursday. expenses had money left over to
Repair work left a swath of bare “I’m open to hearing their con- help fund the police department
dirt scheduled to be filled with cerns and explaining what we do budget.
But residents don’t have to just
“cold patch,” Wescott said. If not as a department. I see it as an opfilled, the area will generate a portunity to provide some trans- talk about the budget with the
springtime mud hole, he said.
parency to what we do. It also fits chief. Anything police related is
with our community policing ap- open for discussion.
“Any questions? Any concerns?
proach - meeting and talking with
Come
in and let’s talk about it.”
people about the town and their
said
Houde.
“I’ll buy the coffee.”
concerns. Plus it gives me the opAppointments for a cup of cofportunity to let people know all the
fee with Chief Houde can be made
things we do.”
Houde said he expects some res- calling the St. Johnsbury Police
Department at 802-748-2314
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TOWN’S STILL IN HOT WATER
Boil Notice Continues; Test Results
Expected This Morning
By TAyLoR REED
Staff Writer
St. Johnsbury’s town-wide boil
notice remained in effect Thursday
while water samples were being
tested at a private laboratory.
Results are expected this morning.
PHOTO BY TAYLOR REED
“When it comes back good
A car drives over a gravel portion of Pleasant Street in St. we’ll lift the boil notice,” said PubJohnsbury Thursday that had been dug up for a water line re- lic Works Director Hugh Wescott.
pair.
“I’m hoping it will be [Friday]
LITTLETON NATIVE IN NYC MARATHON TAKING STRIDES AGAINST DRUG ADDICTION
Nicole Baker, a 23-year-old who
grew up in Littleton, has been
making a name for herself in the
fight against substance abuse.
Nicole is a recent graduate from
the University of New England in
Biddeford, Maine and is awaiting
admission to graduate school for
her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
degree. Nicole’s passion is to help
those who struggle with mental
health and addiction.
Nicole commented that, “Being
a child living in the darkness of addiction, you either overcome the
barriers that block you in, or you
stay behind those barriers and let
the darkness of addiction claim
you too. It is my time to be the
light for others and to guide them
through the darkness.”
Nicole has embarked on her first
journey helping others. She has
teamed with the non-profit organization called The Herren Project,
founded by Chris Herren, a former
Boston Celtics player and recovering addict. The Herren Project’s
mission is to provide treatment
navigation, mentoring, and education. This is achieved with the help
of Chris Herren who visits schools
across the country to address the
struggles of addiction and peer
pressure. In the past year our community, specifically Littleton High
School and Profile High School,
have been honored to have Chris
Herren address these struggles
with the area’s youth.
Nicole states, “Substance abuse
and addiction has been a nationwide problem, however it has now
become a localized issue with the
recent overdoses.” She continues
with, “It is my hope that my community will take a stand with me
and help those who are struggling
with addiction. I am one voice.
Where is yours?”
Nicole is running in the New
York City Half Marathon to raise
money for The Herren Project’s
initiatives. It is her goal to raise a
minimum of $2,000 and is reaching out to the community for support. If interested you can donate
directly through The Herren Project: www.crowdrise.com/nicolebaker1. You can also visit her
Facebook fundraising page by
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LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) —
A prosecutor is asking a judge for
access to the passport of a New
Hampshire woman charged with
custodial interference for fleeing
with her 8-year-old daughter a
decade ago.
Coos County Attorney John
McCormick filed a motion Thursday to view the passport of
Genevieve Kelly of Whitefield in
hopes of locating her now 18year-old daughter, Mary Elizabeth Nunes and Kelley’s
husband, Scott.
Genevieve Kelley has said she
violated a family court decision
to protect her daughter from her
ex-husband, Mark Nunes, who
she alleges abused the child.
Mark Nunes was never charged.
Genevieve Kelley’s lawyer,
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Todd M. Smith, Publisher
OPINION
Dana Gray, Executive Editor
Editorial Comment …
Exceptional Disgrace
In the winter issue of National Affairs, political scientist Nicholas
Eberstadt writes about the decline of American exceptionalism
caused by the dramatic rise of the entitlement state.
Once upon a time, he writes, Americans believed “poverty was
not viewed as the result of an unalterable accident of birth but instead as a temporary challenge that could be overcome with determination and character — with enterprise, hard work, and grit.
Rightly or wrongly, Americans viewed themselves as masters of
their own fate, intensely proud because they were self-reliant.”
That pride coincided with a national appreciation for the differences in “deserving and undeserving poor.” The former needed a
hand to get back on their feet. The latter “Long-term dependence
upon handouts,” was long thought to be “an odious condition no
self-respecting American would readily accept.”
Based on the numbers (taken from Eberstadt), those days are
long gone.
1) “The American welfare state today transfers over 14% of the
nation’s GDP to the recipients of its many programs, and over a
third of the population now accepts “need-based” benefits from the
government.
2) “Official transfers of money, goods, and services to individual
recipients through social-welfare programs accounted for less than
one federal dollar in four (24%) in 1963. But by 2013, roughly
three out of every five federal dollars (59%) were going to socialentitlement transfers. The still-shrinking residual — barely two
budgetary dollars in five, at this writing — is now left to apply to
all the remaining purposes of the federal government, including
the considerable bureaucratic costs of overseeing the various
transfer programs under consideration themselves.
3) “Between 1963 and 2013, entitlement transfers were the
fastest growing source of personal income in America — expanding
at twice the rate for real per capita personal income from all other
sources. In 1963, these transfers accounted for less than one out
of every 15 dollars of overall personal income; by 2013, they accounted for more than one dollar out of every six.
4) “By 2012, the Census Bureau estimates indicated that more
than 150 million Americans, or a little more than 49% of the population, lived in households that received at least one entitlement
benefit.
5) “Between 1983 and 2012, by Census Bureau estimates, the
percentage of Americans “participating” in entitlement programs
jumped by nearly 20 percentage points. One might at first assume
that the upsurge was largely due to the graying of the population
and the consequent increase in the number of beneficiaries of Social Security and Medicare, entitlement programs designed to help
the elderly. But that is not the case. Over the period in question,
the share of Americans receiving Social Security payments increased by less than three percentage points — and by less than
four points for those availing themselves of Medicare. Less than
one-fifth of that 20-percentage-point jump can be attributed to increased reliance on these two “old age” programs.
6) “Overwhelmingly, the growth in claimants of entitlement benefits has stemmed from an extraordinary rise in “means-tested” entitlements. (These entitlements are often called “anti-poverty
programs,” since the criterion for eligibility is an income below
some designated multiple of the officially calculated poverty threshold.) By late 2012, more than 109 million Americans lived in households that obtained one or more such benefits — over twice as many
as received Social Security or Medicare. The population of what
we might call “means-tested America” was more than two-and-ahalf times as large in 2012 as it had been in 1983.
7) “From 1983 to 2012 the total U.S. population grew by almost
83 million, while the number of people accepting means-tested benefits rose by 67 million — an astonishing trajectory, implying a
growth of the means-tested population of 80 persons for each 100person increase in national population over that interval.
8) “All told, more than 35% of Americans were taking home at
least some benefits from means-tested programs by 2012 — nearly
twice the share in 1983…. the total population estimated to be
below the official poverty line was 15.2% in 1983 and 15.0% in
2012 — the proportion of Americans drawing means-tested benefits
was dramatically higher in 2012…. By 2012 roughly one in four
Americans above the poverty line was receiving at least one meanstested benefit.
9) “When the “War on Poverty” was launched in 1964, 7% of
children were born outside of marriage; by 2012, that number had
grown to an astounding 41%, and nearly a quarter of all American
children under the age of 18 were living with a single mother.
10) “Between 1964 and early 2014, the fraction of civilian men
between the ages of 25 and 34 who were neither working nor looking for work roughly quadrupled, from less than 3% to more than
11%. In 1965, fewer than 5% of American men between 45 and 54
years of age were totally out of the work force; by early 2014, the
fraction was almost 15%.
11) “Successful claims by working-age adults against the Social
Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program rose almost six-fold
between 1970 and 2012 even though work conditions have never
been safer and Americans have never been healthier.
Eberstadt concludes, and we agree, that “To date the American
voter’s appetite for entitlement transfers appears to be scarcely less
insatiable than those of voters anywhere else. Our political leadership, for its part, has no stomach for taking the lead in weaning the
nation from entitlement dependence… collusive bipartisan support
for an ever-larger welfare state is the central fact of politics in our
nation’s capital today, as it has been for decades. Until and unless
America undergoes some sort of awakening that turns the public
against its blandishments, or some sort of forcing financial crisis
that suddenly restricts the resources available to it, continued
growth of the entitlement state looks very likely in the years immediately ahead. And in at least that respect, America today does
not look exceptional at all.”
Letters to the Editor…
Oversight
of contracts
To the Editor:
Just a few hours after touting a
bipartisan leadership style in her
inaugural address, Governor Maggie Hassan, at today’s Governor
and Council meeting, refused to
allow or even discuss a motion
from Councilor Wheeler to restore
elected oversight of state contracts
under $25,000.
Counselor Wheeler noted that
“the previous Democrat controlled
Council, knowing they would soon
lose power, raised the oversight
level to include only contracts and
spending items over $25,000.” He
contrasted this to the process just a
few years ago where all contracts
over $5,000 received Council oversight.
“This is a five fold increase in
value of contracts not overseen by
the council in the last few years,”
Wheeler added. “This new secretive approach must go. The public
has a right to know exactly how
their money is being spent and who
is receiving it. The more that is
done in public, the less there is opportunity for corruption and graft.”
New Hampshire’s Executive
Council was established to be a
check on the unrestrained powers
of both the executive and legislative branch.
Wheeler pointed out that “Governor Hassan has pledged openness
and transparency in government,
and yet allowing a host of contracts
to slip under the radar of public
scrutiny does little to achieve her
goal.”
Beside the change regarding
contract oversight, Wheeler added
that “the governor also refuses to
recognize the constitutional right of
the Council to nominate appointees
to public office. While infrequently
exercised, it still provides a check
and balance to prevent a governor
from nominating unqualified people who are offered offices simply
because of their personal loyalty.”
“Governor Hassan,” Wheeler
concluded, “should change her
mind and restore transparency to
the process and restore people’s
faith in our government leaders.
She should respect the importance
of the checks the founders wisely
placed on government power.”
Councilor David Wheeler
Milford, N.H.
Goodbye to
Sutton School
To the Editor:
And to other schools like it
across the USA. They will be a
memory like the Pony Express and
the Sutton Post Office,the post office being priced out of existence
due to the postal union and now the
teachers union pricing out the
school system.The latest straw is
the principal of Sutton School
being dismissed but receiving two
years worth of salary and health insurance to the tune of $174,000.
Voters are getting more and more
fed up. Think of what you will get
if at the local factory you are dismissed.
Other more efficient forms of
education are springing up like
mushrooms across the land.In New
Hampshire ,I learned about the Virtual Learning Academy Charter
School.It features online learning
from a computer at home. For information go to ww.vlacs.org and
learn about it.
Someday the Sutton School
building and others like it will be
empty. The towns will have to
make other good uses of these
structures.
Ronald Pal
Sutton, Vt.
Kudos Mr. Rabin
To the Editor:
Jules Rabin deserves major
kudos for such a well-written, wellreasoned letter published in today’s
Caledonian (1/19/15). He addresses
the non-ending Palestinian/Israel
conflict which has not made sense
from day one in 1947 when a 15minute meeting of European nations
arbitrarily formed new Middle East
nations with no more understanding
of the people and their complicated
interrelationships than we had when
we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan.
His analogy to a battered
wife/abusive husband situation is
brilliant. I urge those who automatically skip lengthy letters to go back
and read this one. It is enlightening,
important and so true. Definitely a
black mark on this country.
Where are the visionaries?
Frank Landry
St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Support and
Services at Home
To the Editor:
By this time my guess is that
most readers of the local newspapers have read about or heard of an
organization called SASH. Spelled
out it means Support & Services at
home. This is a wonderful program
designed for local people 65 years
“young” and older. I say “young”
because I am fast approaching that
“young” 65.
It is absolutely NO charge for
anyone desiring the services offered.
It is a program paid for by
Medicare. It is part of your
Medicare program in a sense. The
idea of SASH is to help seniors that
wish to and have the desire to stay
at home and to maintain their independence.
The program Coordinator is a
very energized lady, with a wonder-
ful heart and concern for you and
your independence. Her name is
Gracie Rudolph and she is “at your
service”! She will come to your
home and explain how SASH
works and answer all of the questions that you may have. Gracie’s
phone number is 802-323-3486.
Please give her a call. Most important to understand…these services
offered by SASH are not a handout.
You have already paid for this
through paying into your Medicare
over the years. It’s a program and a
great opportunity to make life a little
better and a little easier.
This is a great support program
and has the full support of the Derby
Select Board. Thanks for taking the
time to read this.
Brian Smith
Chair, Derby Select Board
Derby, Vt.
Taxes too much
To the Editor:
I have lived in Littleton, N.H.
since 1963. Built my own home,
and hoped to live in it until I die.
Right now my property tax is about
$80 a week. I don’t know how many
taxpayers can afford this amount I
know I can’t, and if the town special
interest group get their way with all
their requests in March we are all in
trouble. They say Littleton is growing fast. How can it be growing,
when school enrollment is going
down every year? New town
garage, rising school & town budgets rebuild along the river, etc. Soon
we will be seeing $90 a week. Selectman have to find a way to stop
spending; fix things instead of asking for new. Every one else does.
Property owners and renters please
vote in march for common since.
We are all effected by this important
subject.
Roy Daigle
Littleton, N.H.
In My Opinion…
ADDRESSING THE COST SHIFT A WIN FOR BUSINESS
By LAWREncE MiLLER
As someone who for the past
25 years has owned, advised or
worked closely with a Vermont
business, I know firsthand how
confusing our health care system
is for employers. But here’s the
most confusing aspect of all:
Over the past three years, hospital budget growth has been kept
at 3 percent, the lowest rate in 40
years. However, many private
insurance premiums have risen
way beyond that rate over that
same time period. How can that
be? The answer is the cost shift.
Here’s how the cost shift
works. When someone on Medicaid goes into a doctor’s office,
Medicaid reimburses that doctor
at about 40 to 60 cents on a dollar of cost. In order to make up
for that low reimbursement rate,
doctors and hospitals are forced
to charge those with private insurance higher rates for the same
services, artificially inflating
private insurance rates. That’s
the Medicaid cost shift, and in
Vermont it accounts for $150
million in additional premium
costs each year for businesses
and others with private insurance. Put another way, if the
Medicaid cost shift
did not exist, Vermont businesses
and those with private
insurance
would save $150
million per year on
their insurance premiums.
The underfunding of Medicaid is
not only unfair to
Vermont businesses, it’s penny
wise and pound foolish because
the federal government matches
every dollar of state investment
in Medicaid with $1.10 in federal money. So not only does
failure to invest in Medicaid cost
businesses hundreds of millions
of dollars in increased insurance
rates, it also leaves that much
and more in federal money on
the table.
Simply put: Increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates makes
good sense because it will leverage federal money to reduce the
rate of growth in private insurance premiums paid by businesses and individuals. The
question then becomes how to
raise the money.
What we’ve proposed is a
seven-tenths of one percent
(0.7%) payroll tax on Vermont
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businesses. This
will raise $90.4
million each year
in state funds
which will be
matched with an
additional $99.5
million in federal
dollars. Using this
approach we can
both address the
Medicaid cost shift
to reduce private premiums and
put funding into critical health
care initiatives that have been
proven to contain costs for
everyone.
We propose to start this in January 2016, at the same time new
insurance rates go into effect so
that new funds applied to reduce
the cost shift will have an immediate offsetting impact on premiums. This will raise $41.4
million in state funds in fiscal
year 2016 and, using additional
federal matching dollars, we are
proposing to apply $55 million
to the cost shift to reduce private
insurance premiums for businesses and individuals.
While the 0.7 percent payroll
tax is relatively small, it is significant for businesses. But because we’re able to more than
double the amount raised from
Vermont businesses with the federal matching funds, overall
businesses that sponsor insurance will get back in reduced insurance rates more than what
they pay in the payroll tax.
To ensure that the money is
used to reduce rates, we will do
two things. First, the money will
go into a dedicated Health Care
Resources Fund, much like the
proceeds from the Lottery go to
the Education Fund. This will
prevent the money from being
used for purposes other than the
intended ones. Second, we will
put into statute that the amount
raised from the payroll tax must
be returned to Vermont businesses through lower rates. The
Green Mountain Care Board will
work with Vermont’s hospitals
and insurers to do this, and has
the authority to require it so that
we can be assured we will get
our value back.
As we move forward with reforming health care in Vermont,
our goal will continue to be to
reduce costs for all Vermonters.
This is a key step in doing that,
and one businesses, providers,
insurers and all Vermonters
should support.
Lawrence Miller is the chief of
Health Care Reform in Vermont.
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Vermont Jury Set To Consider
Man’s Bosnian War Crimes Case
By WiLSon RinG
Associated Press
BURLINGTON, Vt. — A
Bosnian native immigrated to
Vermont after committing war
crimes during his home country’s
civil war and then lied to authorities when he applied for U.S. citizenship years later, according to
federal prosecutors.
A jury on Thursday began deliberating the case of Edin Sakoc,
who prosecutors said raped an
Orthodox Christian woman and
aided in the killings of two elderly women in her Bosnian Serb
family in July 1992. He then allegedly burned down the house
where all three were staying.
Sakoc, a Bosnian Muslim who
arrived in the United States in
2001, is charged with lying about
his role in the crimes in the town
of Pocitelj when he applied for
citizenship in 2007.
Defense Attorney Steven Barth
said the crimes were committed
by a powerful Bosnian Croat
army commander and Sakoc
couldn’t be held accountable for
the actions of another, even
though he was aware of the
killings after they took place.
“Mr. Sakoc never raped anyone, never murdered anyone, he
never lied,” Barth said during
closing arguments Thursday, urging the jurors to remember that to
convict him they had to find prosecutors proved their case beyond
a reasonable doubt.
Sakoc’s attorneys claimed the
witnesses’ stories were inconsistent and the alleged rape victim
repeatedly changed her story over
the years about whether she was
assaulted.
“The evidence is overwhelming he committed a number of
crimes that night,” said Jay
Bauer, an assistant U.S. Attorney
with the Justice Department’s
Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section.
“You can’t come here and
build a new life on a foundation
of lies,” Bauer said.
If convicted, Sakoc, 55, could
be stripped of his U.S. citizenship
and deported.
Many Bosnian refugees have
been settled in the Burlington
area. On Thursday about two
dozen of Sakoc’s supporters were
in the courtroom and waited with
him for the verdict in the hallway
outside.
Sakoc has been free on bail.
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Mitt Romney And Jeb Bush
Moving Toward Clash In N.H.
By STEVE PEoPLES AnD
KAThLEEn RonAynE
Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. — Mitt
Romney launched his last campaign for president at a New
Hampshire farm, relied upon a
New Hampshire victory to fuel
his strategy to win the nomination
and even posed the photos of his
last family Christmas card on the
shores of a New Hampshire lake
where he still owns a home.
But whatever home-field advantage the Republican Party’s
2012 nominee might have in New
Hampshire is fading as the campaign begins in earnest, as Florida
Gov. Jeb Bush and other potential
GOP candidates for president
seek support among establishment-minded donors, elected officials and voters in the nation’s
first primary state.
“There is not a clear frontrunner in this race,” said New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman
and former Romney backer Jen-
nifer Horn. “It’s a new cycle, it’s
a new slate of candidates, and
he’s going to have to work really
hard to earn the votes one by one
— just like everyone else.”
And without a win in New
Hampshire, Romney faces a
much tougher path to claim the
GOP’s presidential nomination
for the second straight election.
“Because he’s run twice, because he does have a residence in
New Hampshire, because he does
spend a lot of time in New Hampshire, from a strategic standpoint,
it does become increasingly important for him to win New
Hampshire,” said the state’s only
Republican congressman, Frank
Guinta.
Guinta spoke with Bush last
week for 20 minutes, but has yet
to hear from Romney — and he
isn’t alone. Bush began courting
Republican leaders in the state by
phone last week, his first formal
movement in New Hampshire,
and he is planning a trip there
soon.
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REGION BRIEFS
Police: Man leads officer on
chase in stolen car, crashes
Granite State Organics is scheduled to outline its proposal before selectmen on Tuesday.
New Hampshire has until the end of the month to select at least two
BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — Police say a man driving a stolen car led “alternative treatment centers.” At most, the state will license four cenpolice on a chase in Bedford, New Hampshire, before striking a pickup ters divided among four geographical areas.
Similar proposals have been introduced in Littleton, Epping and
truck and getting injured.
Police said the driver of the stolen car, 46-year-old Paul Frascona of Franklin.
Manchester, was hospitalized and arrested Wednesday on charges of receiving stolen property and disobeying an officer. It wasn’t immediately
known if Frascona had a lawyer.
A passenger with him also was injured; that person was not charged.
Police said a Bedford officer tried to stop the car after finding out it
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A bill to remove New Hampshire from a
was stolen from Manchester. The driver initially didn’t respond to the multi-state carbon cap-and-trade program has little public support.
officer’s emergency lights and siren to stop, then stopped briefly before
The House Science, Technology and Energy Committee is taking tesspeeding off, striking the pickup truck. The driver in the pickup wasn’t timony Thursday morning on the bill. Two Republican lawmakers have
hurt.
spoken in favor of the bill during the first two hours of the hearing, while
several state officials and members of the public have spoken against it.
New Hampshire is one of nine states participating in the Regional
Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a system where each state sells carbon emission allowances. New Hampshire uses the money from the sales to fund
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Supreme Court has energy efficiency programs and provide rebates for ratepayers. Oppothrown out a woman’s felony drug possession convictions, saying a nents of the bill say it would have no positive economic effect and would
judge was wrong to conclude that a police officer’s pat-down search of make it harder to comply with upcoming federal regulations on carbon
emissions.
her during a traffic stop was valid.
Taneal Broadus was convicted of possession of oxycodone and
codeine following the 2011 stop in Auburn. She appealed, saying the officer had no reasonable suspicion that she was armed and dangerous,
and the judge was wrong to suppress evidence of the drugs he found.
The court agreed in its ruling Thursday, saying Broadus wasn’t susPORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin of
pected of committing, or about to commit, a violent act. She had no out- Maine is touting increased access to natural gas as a way to boost his
standing warrants and complied with the officer’s requests.
state’s ailing paper production industry.
The state argued the officer believed Broadus lied when she denied
The 2nd District congressman says the high cost of electricity has
drinking alcohol and didn’t maintain eye contact with him.
contributed to mill closures and job losses in the state’s paper industry,
which lost about 1,000 workers in 2014. He used a Wednesday House
floor speech to call for “increased production and transportation of natural gas to drive down the cost of electric power.”
Poliquin is the co-sponsor of legislation he says would expedite the
permit
process to construct more natural gas pipelines throughout the
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The federal government says more than
country.
The bill also promises to help construct larger capacity
46,000 New Hampshire residents signed up for health insurance in the
pipelines.
first two months the Affordable Care Act’s second enrollment period.
The current enrollment season for President Barack Obama’s health
care overhaul law started Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15. The Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that 46,642
people selected plans in New Hampshire as of Jan. 16. That total includes people who re-enrolled in plans they purchased last year.
Five companies are now offering health plans in New Hampshire,
compared to just one during the first enrollment period, when more than
40,000 people signed up.
Bill to leave cap and trade
program sees little support
N.H. court: Frisk wasn’t valid,
drug convictions thrown out
Poliquin says natural gas could
help save Maine mills
Affordable Care Act enrollment
in New Hampshire: 45,642
Medical marijuana dispensary
proposed in Newton
NEWTON, N.H. (AP) — The town of Newton, New Hampshire, is
the latest to consider a medical marijuana dispensary after the state
passed a law allowing seriously ill residents to use marijuana to treat
their illnesses.
The Eagle Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1yw1mEI) Granite State Organics met with selectmen Monday to discuss its proposal to grow,
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ORLEANS COURT
CIRCLE K ROBBER GETS MORE JAIL TIME
Judge Orders Daniel Dunn To Have Drug, Mental Health
Counseling To Deal With Heroin Addiction
By RoBin SMiTh
Staff Writer
PHOTOS BY ROBERT BLECHL
February is Pet Dental month and Littleton’s Companion Pet Care is highlighting the month to
raise money for local animal shelters.
PET DENTAL MONTH TO BENEFIT AREA ANIMAL SHELTERS
By RoBERT BLEchL
Staff Writer
LITTLETON, N.H. — Continuing what has now become an annual
fundraising
drive,
Companion Pet Care is highlighting February’s Pet Dental Month
and donating $5 for every teeth
cleaning to area animal shelters.
Last year, about $300 was
raised and the goal this year is to
raise $500, Companion Pet Care
veterinary technician Jen Kierstead said Thursday.
“We recommend dental health
all year round, but this gives us an
opportunity to do more for pets
and also benefit the shelters,” she
said.
The money donated will go to
Above The Notch Humane Society and Second Chance Animal
Rescue, both in Littleton, and
Riverside Rescue in Gilman.
Second Chance, a cat rescue,
presently has 53 cats.
“They’re really suffering now,”
Kierstead said of Second Chance.
“It’s been a cold winter.”
Since 2003, Companion Pet
Care has been run by veterinarian
Billie Winter, who will give $5 to
the animal shelters from every
teeth cleaning during the month
of February.
The money will be split evenly
among the three shelters, said
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budget hearing.
After the meeting, Seymour
said, “I feel we have a lot of laws
on the books costing a lot of
money and I can’t see putting another one on the books. I see many
drug laws doing more harm than
good.”
Seymour said she might have
felt differently if the proposed ordinance targeted solely the sale of
synthetic marijuana.
“If the point was to try to keep
stores in town from selling it, I
think we could do more by talking
with store owners,” she said. “I
can’t be in favor of another law
that criminalizes or penalizes people for using drugs. I’ve never seen
it do any good.”
With several split votes, a majority of the board members voted
to recommend police and fire department vehicle purchases and
money to be put into vehicle capital reserve funds for the police, fire
and highway departments, including capital reserve money for a
new salt shed.
Supporting road improvements,
selectmen unanimously recommended the proposed $165,000 reconstruction of upper Grove
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tended.
Despite the seemingly staggering increases, the proposed spending plan covers 18 months versus
a traditional 12 months. The extended budget is necessary to transition St. Johnsbury from a
budgetary calendar year to a fiscal
year. The tax will be collected over
the course of three billing periods
collected during the 18 month
budget cycle. Collections will
occur in September, January and
Kierstead.
“We have always had a relationship with the shelters and
enjoy working together,” she said.
Dental bags for pet owners
have been made that include
treats to keep teeth healthy as well
as a pet dental bandana, she said.
“That will hopefully encourage
people to make an appointment,
“said Kierstead.
Second Chance President
Jackie Allison said the donations
will greatly help the Second
Chance shelter, which sometimes
houses more than 100 cats.
“Donations always help,” she
said.
Winter, who was not available
for additional comment Thursday,
said last year that dogs and cats
are living longer and keeping
their teeth clean can mean longer
and healthier lives.
Plaque on teeth is made up
mostly of bacteria, and just like in
humans, too much plaque on teeth
and under the gum line can make
pets susceptible to heart, liver and
kidney disease or any disease in
which bacteria in the bloodstream
can cause problems.
In addition to teeth darkened
by plaque, bad breath or odor
coming from the mouth of a dog
or cat can suggest bacteria or infections in the mouth that need attention. Trouble eating could also
indicate a problem.
For a full cleaning in a clinic,
dogs or cats are given a general
anesthetic.
A pre-anesthetic exam is done
to ensure the pet is healthy
enough for the anesthetic and
cleaning.
Using a sonic scaler, the veterinarian cleans the teeth and cleans
under the gum line.
Companion Pet Care recommends annual cleaning for
younger pets and more frequent
teeth cleaning for older animals.
February is also spay-neuter
awareness month, said Allison,
and the Littleton Police Department and Lisbon students in Children Helping Animals Together
(CHAT) are helping Second
Chance promote low cost spayneuter clinics.
“We want make sure you get
your cats and dogs neutered because kitten and puppy season
will be here before you know it,”
said Allison.
The police department has donated money for advertisements
and the CHAT students have
raised $1,300 through various
fundraisers such as car washes,
and $500 of the money raised will
go to Second Chance to pay for
spaying and neutering, said Allison.
Street, $150,000 reconstruction of
Knight Avenue, and $60,000 reconstruction of High Street, with a
total of $150,000 coming from the
town’s sewer funds and the remainder from taxation.
With Bratz and Gilman opposed, the board did not recommend the petitioned article asking
voters to raise $34,449 for a new
librarian position.
Selectmen also voted unanimously against the petitioned article seeking to expand the
three-member board of selectmen
to five members and reduce the
current pay of each selectman – at
$2,500 annually – to $100 annually, which is the amount paid to
state representatives.
Both Seymour and Bratz said
they would be in favor of increasing the select board to five members, but are not in favor of
reducing the selectmen’s salary,
stating that board members put
many hours into the job and should
be compensated for the amount of
time they put into it.
On the petitioned and social
services articles, Bratz said the
board would rather leave the decision to approve or not approve to
voters and not take a position, but
state law requires selectmen to
state a position.
The board voted to recommend
the social service articles submitted by agencies that include the
Grafton County Senior Citizens
Council, Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Burch House,
North Country Home Health and
Hospice, Northern Human Services, Boys and Girls Club of the
North Country, North County
Transit and Tri-County CAP.
The budget committee only took
votes to recommend or not recommend all articles with a tax impact
and did not take positions on articles without a tax impact.
The budget committee recommended the proposed budget 5-1,
a new town garage 4-2, the river
district bond 4-3, and the three
street reconstruction articles 5-0.
The committee voted unanimously against recommending the
librarian position, which Littleton
Public Library Director Jeanne
Dickerman in December said is
needed to bring back some of the
services that have suffered in recent years.
Bratz said his votes against specific articles were made to recognize the budget committee’s
recommendations and he voted to
not recommend those articles on
which the budget committee’s vote
to not recommend was by a substantial spread.
May, Ormiston said.
“It’s important to remember that
the jump isn’t apples to apples,
‘Oh my God I’m paying $600
more in taxes,’” said assistant
town manager Dave Ormiston.
Town officials, though, apply a
simple formula to render an apples
to apples comparison.
The formula demonstrates that
taxes for a $150,000 home inside
the special services district are actually up about 3.6 percent or $92
from last year, Ormiston said.
Taxes on the same home outside
the district will climb 2.3 percent
or $37, he said.
NEWPORT CITY — Judge
Timothy Tomasi said the man
who robbed the Circle K gas station in Barton at knife point a
year ago will have to serve more
time in prison and continue treatment for addiction and mental
health issues.
Tomasi on Wednesday sentenced Daniel Dunn, 24, of Oxford, Maine, to five to 15 years in
state custody, with about 20 more
months to serve in prison. Tomasi
gave credit for the 10 months that
Dunn has already served in
prison. The rest of the sentence
would be on probation.
That gives Dunn hope that he
could serve probation in Maine,
living with his father and near all
his family. But Tomasi cautioned
Dunn that Maine corrections officials have to agree to take him.
Dunn pleaded guilty in October to a slew of charges in connection with the robbery on Jan.
23, 2014, when Dunn brandished
a knife and robbed clerk Kimberly Branche of $150, which he
then used to buy drugs. Dunn
said he was addicted to heroin at
the time.
He pleaded guilty to multiple
felonies, for stealing musical
equipment from a friend and selling heroin and oxycodone to a
confidential informant and an undercover police officer.
Assistant Attorney General
Cathy Norman told Tomasi that
she wanted Dunn to get drug
treatment in prison.
A woman who drove the getaway car, Suzanne Champagne,
28, of Enosburg Falls, received a
sentence of 30 days on a work
crew after pleading guilty to aiding in the commission of an assault and robbery with a weapon.
Dunn took the stand Wednesday saying his heroin addiction
made him do things he would not
otherwise do and begged for probation in Maine.
He apologized to Blanche and
the owner of the gas station, saying he is not the person who does
things like threatening someone
with a knife. “It was most extreme shock to myself and those
who know me” to hear what happened, Dunn said.
Withdrawal from heroin is the
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The fire department called in the
city public works crew for help.
They brought a vacuum truck used
to clean manholes to suck out
wood chips to help free the man,
LeClair said.
“They got there very quickly,”
he said.
The vacuum removed chips
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our children the importance of voting and making their voices heard
we will all be better off. We are
leaving this world to our children
so we should value their input…It
seems like a perfect fit. The school
is giving us the space to vote,
shouldn’t we give something back
to our greatest asset, our children?”
Oddy, who is also chairman of
the Board of Civil Authority, or
BCA, made the challenge Monday
after the BCA voted to transition
March polling from the Father
Lively Center on Summer Street, a
The municipal budget includes Catholic church-owned facility, to
three primary funds: general fund,
highway fund and special services
fund. Special services mostly pays
for the police department and is
funded entirely by property owners
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tals $4,674,085, up from
$2,952,279 in last year’s 12 month — small solar and other renewable
budget. The highway fund totals power generators, including those
$4,016,912, up from $2,603,215, installed by homeowners — by
and the special services fund totals 2017, growing to 10 percent by
$1,939,202, up from $1,295,603. 2032.
Another 2 percent of utilities’
Residents vote the proposed
budget in March at annual town power in 2017, growing to 12 percent in 2032, would come from
meeting.
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Daniel Dunn talks to family
while waiting for sentencing
Wednesday morning in Orleans Superior Court - Criminal Division for robbing the
Circle K gas station in Barton
last year.
most powerful thing he had every
experienced, and drove him to
find his next fix.
And he was sorry to say he
used the money to buy a little bag
of broken pills.
He eventually confessed to police. Dunn said he knew he would
be taken to prison after arraignment but he did not flee, he
waited around all day around the
court house in Newport City until
his case was heard.
He has lost time with his three
young children living with his exwife in New Hampshire. Dunn
said he is going to alcoholics
anonymous and working in
prison.
He said he suffers from anxiety
and depression and needs mental
health counseling as well as drug
counseling. He asked for 100
hours of community service to
tell his story about the evils of
heroin and to pay restitution.
He asked the judge to consider
the months he has spent in prison
in Vermont while his case proceeded through court as sufficient
jail time, with the rest of a five to
15 year sentence to be spent on
probation, hopefully in Maine
while living with his father.
His father and his brother attested to the family’s support system in Oxford where state
services are plentiful.
Dunn said the clerk he robbed
hugged him at a recent hearing
and told him to get counseling.
“I am begging the court …
please show mercy,” Dunn said.
Probation and parole officer
Shelia Martin said Vermont probation can seek to transfer a probationer to Maine. It usually
takes about 45 days for the
process to go through. She
pointed out that it depends on
Maine accepting the probationer.
She said that the sentence must
include probation. A sentence
that includes time on work crew
during the day and living at home
at night would not be accepted in
Maine, since Maine does not
have that kind of furlough, she
said.
Assistant State’s Attorney
Sarah Baker asked Tomasi to require Dunn to spend more time in
prison.
The judge deliberated for almost an hour before handing
down his sentence on the armed
robbery with a weapon of five to
15 years, with 30 months of jail,
with credit for time served. The
other convictions received lesser
sentences to run concurrently.
Tomasi noted that the charges
against Dunn all revolve around
heroin addiction, where he stole
for heroin and sold drugs to get
more heroin in a space of 35 to 40
days a year ago.
“He’s ashamed of himself, he’s
embarrassed, but he owns it,”
Tomasi said.
There are positive factors in
Dunn’s favor, that he accepted his
responsibility and apologized.
But there are factors weighing
against him as well, Tomasi said.
He called these very serious
crimes, stealing with the threat of
violence, plus there are nearly
two dozen disciplinary reports
from during the 316 days he has
been in prison.
Dunn said some of the reports
involve not getting up when required due to insomnia and
sneaking another tray of food at
lunch.
The minimum sentence of time
served “is not sufficient,” Tomasi
said, requiring Dunn to do
enough time in prison to get
meaningful drug treatment and
counseling.
Once released on probation, he
will be required to obey curfew
and continue treatment and have
restrictions on who he associates
with.
He reminded Dunn that serving probation in Maine “is not a
sure thing.”
around the man so firefighters
could get his legs out.
They pulled the man out in a
basket.
The wood chips were very cold,
LeClair said, and the effort to try
and not be buried was exhausting.
LeClair said the victim was not a
young man.
“Our main focus was to make
sure he was safe,” LeClair said.
He credited quick work by firefighters, public works, rescue and
hospital crews with helping resolve the emergency.
“It definitely could have been a
worse outcome,” LeClair said.
LeClair said he did not know
how the incident occurred, saying
that was a question for the investigation by the hospital and the delivery company. He said he didn’t
know if the man should have been
in the bin by himself.
St. Johnsbury School on Western
Avenue. The decision followed a
discussion about pulling public
voting from the church’s building
to remove any church-state separation concerns. Voting has happened at the Father Lively Center
for 12 years at no charge to the
town.
“I’m going to challenge the
school and the school board to
come up with some kind of curriculum for the kids,” Oddy said
Monday. “Some kind of a program
to incorporate voting for the kids.”
The BCA establishes a polling
place biennially.
Superintendent Ranny Bledsoe,
who attended the BCA meeting
Monday to lobby for polling at St.
Johnsbury School, enthusiastically
accepted Oddy’s challenge. Planning is underway, she said.
“I am working on options for
this and should have more of an
update next week,” Bledsoe said.
“We are hoping to have activities
in the school around elections.”
School Director Bruce Corrette
proposes civics education through
a student government.
“I think it would be a good idea
because of the fact that, unfortunately, kids get to high school before they get to vote [for student
government],” Corrette said. “It
would be nice to have some voting
for the kids here.”
“utility-led or utility-partnership
projects that reduce customer fossil fuel consumption and save
money.”
Those can include weatherization projects like new windows or
insulation, biomass heat and a new
generation of heat pumps that can
extract heat from cold outside air.
Customers could pay off the projects with an extra charge on their
monthly electric bill.
Spokeswoman Kristin Carlson
of GMP, which is Vermont’s
largest power company, said customers have been clamoring for
these sorts of opportunities.
“We’re really excited about the
bill,” she said. Expanding utilities’
renewable and energy-conservation efforts into reducing home
heating costs “is the exact direction they tell us they want to go.”
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Unemployment Rate Falls
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Bush and Romney huddled privately in Utah on Thursday, a
friendly meeting aides said was
planned before Romney re-entered
the 2016 discussion. “I admire him
a lot,” Bush told KUTV as he arrived at the Salt Lake City airport.
“He’s a great American.”
Advisers for both men downplay suggestions of bad blood, but
there is little doubt they would rely
on the same group of supporters to
win in New Hampshire and elsewhere. Bush has also recently
reached out to donors in Massachusetts, where Romney served as
governor, and Utah, where Romney now resides, raising money on
what’s unquestionably the 2012
nominee’s home turf.
Bush “knows what it takes to
run in New Hampshire,” said Joel
Maiola, a veteran Republican operative who led New Hampshire
efforts for former President
George W. Bush in 2000 and supported Romney in 2012. He said
Jeb Bush would enter a New
Hampshire race with both the benefit of name recognition and his
brother’s and father’s previous
campaigns in the state.
“That’s a learning experience
that Jeb Bush remembers,” Maiola
said.
New Hampshire has long embraced fiscally-focused Republicans over the social conservatives
who typically fare well in Iowa
and South Carolina, two of the
states that, along with New Hampshire and Nevada, hold the first
four votes at the start of the primary season.
Romney would join a field
likely to include several Republicans who fit that mold, including
Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris
Christie and Wisconsin Gov. Scott
Walker, who on Thursday announced plans to visit the state for
the first time in March.
“I continue to think that Chris
Christie really is in that ideological
sweet spot of the New Hampshire
primary electorate,” said Fergus
Cullen, a former chairman of the
state GOP. “I think Jeb Bush is,
too, and Romney, by virtue of his
past performance, clearly is as
well.”
Should any of those three finish
in third place, Cullen said, they
would lose “the game of musical
chairs early in the process and
there might not be room for them
to go on.”
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who
has already begun hiring staff in
New Hampshire, also has natural
advantages in a state with some
libertarian leanings. In an interview with The Associated Press,
Paul said “there’s probably a limit”
to how many times Romney can
depend on New Hampshire’s voters to enthusiastically embrace his
candidacy.
“I think he and Bush will split a
lot of the moderate vote,” Paul
said. “And so, I think that in the
end, it’ll be a brand new game.”
While Paul noted Romney is
likely have enough money and
campaign infrastructure to fight
deep into the primary calendar, he
suggested — as did Cullen and
several Republican operatives —
that Romney needs to win early to
survive politically.
“He’d be done for if he doesn’t
win one of the first four (states),”
Paul said.
While Romney appears unable
to bank that his ties to the state will
yield an easy win in New Hampshire, that’s not to say there isn’t
lingering goodwill for the candidate who finished a strong second
in 2008 and won the 2012 primary.
Said Beverly Bruce, New
Hampshire finance director for
Romney’s 2012 campaign: “There
are an awful lot of us that have
been wishing and hoping. A lot of
people are waiting in the wings.”
PHILADELPHIA — The first significant
winter storm of the season is expected for
the Northeast’s major cities this weekend in
the form of a messy mix of rain, snow and
sleet along Interstate 95, according to the
National Weather Service.
The weather service said Thursday it was
still too early to determine the exact track
of the storm, but some areas could expect
up to 7 inches or more of snow.
The storm should arrive in the Philadelphia region Friday night and dump from 1
to 4 inches by Saturday morning, causing
dangerous road conditions, said Valerie
Meola, a meteorologist with the National
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Workers Comp Upheld For Maine Man Who Died On Treadmill
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) —
Maine’s highest court on Thursday upheld workers’ compensation benefits for the widow of a
Salvation Army portfolio manager who died from a heart attack on a treadmill while
monitoring the financial markets on TV and internal email
on his BlackBerry.
The Supreme Judicial Court
unanimously rejected the Salvation Army’s appeal of benefits
granted to the widow of Gregory Sullwold, who worked
from his home in Brunswick.
Sullwold, who had suffered a
heart attack previously, was de-
nied requests for help managing
his workload and was under extreme stress from managing a $2
billion-plus portfolio for the
Salvation Army’s eastern division, said Bill Higbee, lawyer
for his estate.
The way in which he died on
Feb. 23, 2010, made it easier to
prove the case because Sullwold
was working in a home office
sanctioned by the Salvation
Army, Higbee said.
“It would’ve been more difficult to prove if it happened
while he was walking his dog,”
he said. “We were able to prove
not only was he under a lot of
stress, but he was working at the
time he died.”
An attorney for the Salvation
Army said he needed to review
the decision before commenting.
Sullwold had moved to Maine
from New York, where the Salvation Army’s eastern division
is headquartered. The Salvation
Army set him up to work from
home with a computer, Blackberry and other office materials.
After his death, his widow
filed a petition for compensation with the Workers’ Compensation Board, alleging that
Sullwold’s “work resulted in a
myocardial infarction and cardiac arrest.” Under state law,
she was required to demonstrate
both that his death occurred in
the course of the employment
and arose out of the employment.
The court found that the hearing officer properly concluded
that Sullwold’s injury occurred
during work hours in a place
that the Salvation Army approved for his work and that he
was using the BlackBerry when
he died. The officer also rationally concluded that work-related
stress contributed to his death,
the court said.
RHODE ISLAND
Bill Would Let Terminally Ill Use Experimental Drugs In RI
By JEnniFER McDERMoTT
Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — While a
handful of states have passed or are
considering right-to-die laws, a
Rhode Island lawmaker wants the
state to give terminally ill patients
the “right to try.”
Democratic Rep. Joseph McNamara says his bill is the opposite of
laws that allow terminally ill patients to legally take their live. It
would let them obtain experimental drugs that have not been federally approved.
“Right-to-try” bills have been
filed in 17 states so far this legislative session, including Rhode Island, said Kurt Altman, national
policy adviser for the Goldwater
Institute, a libertarian think tank in
Arizona. Five states — Arizona,
Colorado, Louisiana, Missouri and
Michigan — enacted similar measures in the past year.
In five other states — Oregon,
Washington, Vermont, New Mexico and Montana — terminally ill
patients can legally take their lives.
California lawmakers are pursuing
right-to-die legislation after a
young woman with brain cancer
moved to Oregon to legally end her
life in November, and new laws are
being considered in other states.
“The concept behind the laws is
very similar: People have the right
to make their own choices,” Altman said. “Why shouldn’t you
have the right to save your life if
you have the right to end it?”
Supporters of right-to-try legislation say the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration’s approval process
takes too long.
The FDA has not weighed in on
any of the proposals. Spokeswoman Stephanie Yao said the
agency has an “expanded access”
program to allow seriously ill patients to use investigational drugs
outside of a clinical trial when no
other treatments are available.
“While the FDA is supportive of
patient access to experimental new
treatments when appropriate, we
believe that the drug approval
process represents the best way to
assure the development of, and access to, safe and effective new
medicines for all patients,” Yao
said in a statement.
Patients have not yet obtained
experimental drugs using the new
laws, Altman said. Physicians are
working with drug companies and
patients to ensure everything is
done right and the patients’ consent
is informed, he said.
The Rhode Island legislation
states that insurance companies
may cover the costs of experimental treatments but are not required
to, and that drug companies may
make the treatment available but
are also not required to. A patient
would have to get a physician’s
recommendation, after considering
all approved treatment options, and
medical licensing boards would be
prohibited from taking action
against a health care provider for
making such a recommendation.
Vincent Greene, president of a
trial lawyers’ association, said he’s
troubled by the immunity clause
for health care providers.
“There’s a reason we don’t immunize doctors,” said Greene, of
the Rhode Island Association For
Justice. “We want to make sure
they uphold an appropriate standard of care.”
Steven DeToy, a spokesman for
the Rhode Island Medical Society,
said the bill’s intent is worthy, but
it’s his understanding that no state
can pre-empt the FDA approval
process.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of
Rhode Island, Rhode Island Hospital and House Speaker Nicholas
Mattiello are waiting until the legislation progresses to take a position. The American Cancer Society
Cancer Action Network has yet to
take a stance on any state-specific
legislation.
McNamara said a hearing will
be held soon on his bill, which he
introduced last week and was referred to the House Committee on
Health, Education and Welfare, of
which he is the chairman. He said
he wrote the legislation because a
close friend who had cancer told
him his greatest battle was with
“overwhelming despair.”
“This is about giving individuals
who are fighting these battles
hope,” McNamara said. “If anyone
should be giving them hope, it’s
us.”
The official state motto of
Rhode Island is simply “Hope.”
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unemployment rate dropped threetenths of a percentage point to 5.5
percent in December, the final
month of former Gov. Deval
Patrick’s administration, the state
office of Labor and Workforce Development said Thursday.
Officials also said the state netted more than 60,000 new jobs in
2014, marking the single biggest
year-to-year employment growth
since 2000.
Preliminary estimates from the
federal Bureau of Labor Statistics
show Massachusetts gained 10,900
jobs last month alone, with the
state’s overall labor force increasing by about 2,800 individuals.
The bureau did revise downward slightly its initial estimate for
job gains in November, showing
an increase of 11,700, down from
the previous estimate of 13,500.
When Patrick, a Democrat, took
office in January 2007, Massachusetts’ unemployment rate was 4.4
percent, according to state data.
The rate climbed to as high as 8.5
percent at the height of the Great
Recession, though it stayed below
the U.S. rate during the bulk of the
economic downturn and subsequent recovery.
The U.S. unemployment rate in
December was 5.6 percent, down
from 5.8 percent in November, the
Labor Department reported earlier
this month.
The state’s overall labor force
increased by about 200,000 during
Patrick’s eight years in office.
Despite a growing economy,
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker,
who took office Jan. 8, says he inherited an estimated $765 million
budget deficit from his predecessor.
In a statement, the governor said
the December jobs report shows
progress in reducing unemployment, but that more work was
needed.
“Our administration is committed to closing our state’s deficit and
focusing on meaningful steps to
improve employment opportunities for everyone everywhere, especially veterans returning home,
students entering the workforce,
and those living in regions of our
state still waiting for economic recovery,” Baker said.
The administration is expected
to announce proposed steps to
close the budget shortfall by the
end of the week.
Matt Fenlon, executive director
of the Massachusetts Democratic
party, said Thursday that the latest
employment figures are a reflection of investments made by Democratic leaders in such things as
education, transportation and clean
energy, and he called on the Republican governor to continue
those policies.
Island, and could get washed away if there’s
a turnover to rain. He said higher amounts
were expected heading west, with the city
getting anywhere from 2 to 5 inches.
The storm could drop half a foot of
heavy, wet snow in parts of northern and
eastern Connecticut, including about 3 to 5
inches in the Hartford area, meteorologist
Bill Simpson in Taunton, Massachusetts,
said.
Temperatures will be close to freezing,
making it difficult to predict exactly which
areas are likely to receive more rain than
snow, Simpson said.
Only a dusting was forecast for coastal
Maine and New Hampshire. Baltimore and
Washington were expected to get only rain
as temperatures hover just below freezing.
By BoB SALSBERG
Associated Press
Weather Service in Mount Holly, New Jersey.
“Especially during the morning,” she
said. “There will be a lot of that accumulation then, and then rain will come and wash
it all away.”
The fast-moving storm system will travel
up the Eastern seaboard, creating “the potential for significant snow and ice” before
moving out to sea off New England by early
Sunday, the weather service said.
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Upton, New York, said snow would likely
start to fall in New York City in the early
morning hours of Saturday, with a mix of
rain and maybe a little sleet along the
coastal areas.
He said snowfall totals were expected to
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Tsarnaev Lawyers Ask Again
To Move Trial Out Of Boston
By DEniSE LAVoiE
AP Legal Affairs Writer
BOSTON — Lawyers for Boston
bombing
suspect
Marathon
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are making a
third push to move his trial outside
Massachusetts, citing a large number
of prospective jurors who already believe he’s guilty and the personal
connections many have to the attack.
Tsarnaev’s lawyers renewed their
bid for a change of venue on Thursday, the same day court officials announced that opening statements will
not be heard as expected on Monday
because jury selection is taking
longer than anticipated.
The defense cited the attitudes of
prospective jurors in the case, saying
of the 1,373 prospective jurors who
filled out questionnaires, 68 percent
already believe Tsarnaev is guilty
and 69 percent have a self-identified
“connection” or expressed allegiance
to the people, places and/or events in
the case.
“Stronger support for a finding of
presumed prejudice in Boston is difficult to imagine, and the existing
record precludes a fair trial in
Boston,” Tsarnaev’s lawyers wrote in
their motion.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney
Carmen Ortiz declined to comment
on the defense request.
U.S. District Judge George O’Toole Jr. rejected two earlier requests
to move the trial, saying he believes
a fair and impartial jury can be chosen in Massachusetts.
Tsarnaev’s lawyers urged the
judge to stop individual questioning
of jurors immediately, order the trial
moved and hold a hearing to determine where it should be held. O’Toole did not immediately rule on
the request and continued questioning prospective jurors.
He did, however, lash out at the
defense for publicly releasing excerpts of confidential juror questionnaires in its latest motion, calling it
improper.
In an order late Thursday afternoon, he wrote that “great care” had
been taken to protect the privacy of
prospective jurors, and he instructed
that the defense motion be sealed
from public view.
“Why waste time on this guy you
know he is guilty,” one prospective
juror wrote. Another, when asked if
there is anything the court should
know, wrote, “We all know he’s
guilty so quit wasting everybody’s
time with a jury and string him up.”
Another wrote, “For this case I
think a public execution would be
appropriate, preferable by bomb at
the finish line of the marathon.”
Another prospective juror mentioned close friends who work in the
emergency room at Massachusetts
General Hospital, which treated
many of the people injured in the
bombings. “My friends still have
nightmares of that day!” the potential
juror wrote.
The defense also listed prospective jurors and their close connections to the marathon or the bombing.
Among them: an ER doctor who personally treated Tsarnaev and his
brother after they were apprehended.
O’Toole had originally said he
hoped to question 40 prospective jurors each day, but he only questioned
a total of 61 people over four days.
The process has been slowed as the
judge has probed prospective jurors
at length about whether they have already formed on opinion on Tsarnaev’s guilt and about their feelings
on the death penalty.
Only jurors who express a willingness to consider both execution or
life in prison as a punishment can be
seated on the jury.
During the first four days of questioning, many people have said they
could not impose the death penalty
under any circumstances. Many others have said they already believe
Tsarnaev is guilty. A small group of
people have said they can be impartial and can consider both life in
prison and the death penalty.
Massachusetts abolished its state
death penalty three decades ago, and
numerous attempts to reinstate it
have failed in the state Legislature.
Tsarnaev is being prosecuted under
the federal death penalty statute.
He is accused of 30 crimes — including 17 capital crimes — for allegedly working with his brother,
Tamerlan, to plan and carry out the
2013 attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout
with police days after the bombings.
In announcing the delay Thursday,
Ginny Hurley, the outreach coordinator for U.S. District Court in
Boston, said jury selection is taking
longer than anticipated “in the interest of thoroughness.”
Opening statements from prosecutors and Tsarnaev’s lawyers were
originally scheduled for Monday, but
Hurley said that date is now unrealistic. No new date has been set.
The judge is hoping to get a pool
of about 70 people. At that point,
prosecutors and Tsarnaev’s lawyers
will be able to eliminate prospective
jurors for strategic reasons.
A panel of 12 jurors and six alternates will be seated to hear the case.
Oil Rises After Death Of Saudi King
By JonAThAn FAhEy
AP Energy Writer
NEW YORK — Oil prices rose
on the news of the death of Saudi
Arabia's King Abdullah Thursday,
but the king's death is not expected to
change the course of oil prices over
the next several months.
The price of U.S. crude was up 88
cents, or 1.9 percent, to $47.19 a barrel in after-hours trading. Brent
crude, an international benchmark,
was up 2.1 percent to $49.58 a barrel.
"Commodity markets might have
a knee-jerk reaction but it will soon
settle down," said Larry Goldstein, a
veteran oil adviser at the Energy Policy Research Foundation.
Oil prices have plummeted nearly
60 percent since June. Global supplies have soared, thanks mostly to a
boom in U.S. oil production, at a
time when growth in global demand
for crude has slowed.
Saudi Arabia occupies a unique
position in world oil markets because
it is one of the world's biggest producers, it has the strongest voice
within OPEC as its largest exporter,
and it is the only oil producer that has
the ability to significantly increase or
decrease output in response to changing market conditions.
So far, despite a big drop in oil
revenue, Saudi Arabia has declined
to cut production on its own or back
a cut by OPEC in an effort to reverse
the price decline. The country produced 9.6 million barrels a day in
January, according to Platts, the energy information division of McGraw Hill. That's enough to satisfy
11 percent of global demand.
The question now is whether Abdullah's successor, his 79-year-old
half-brother Prince Salman, will
change the kingdom's oil policy.
That's unlikely in the near-term,
analysts say. Saudi oil minister Ali
Al-Naimi has expressed a desire to
retire, but he is expected to stay on at
least through OPEC's next scheduled
meeting, in June.
"Naimi is a market-calming voice,
and very well-respected," said Frank
Verrastro of the Center for Strategic
and International Studies. "Naimi
will likely stay on during this period
of uncertainty."
Salman's son is the country's
deputy oil minister, but Verrastro
says it's unlikely he will replace
Naimi because Saudi Arabia does not
have a history of naming members of
the royal family to that position.
Goldstein expects that, if anything,
the king's death could delay any decision by Saudi Arabia on whether to
cut production or back an OPEC cut.
That would help keep oil prices low.
"Continuity and stability is what
they will be looking for," he says.
WORLD BRIEFS
As protesters march outside, GOP pushes
broad abortion curbs through the House
mandate is to maintain price stability. It’s fallen well short of its goal of 2
percent annual inflation, considered consistent with a healthy economy. The
current rate is minus 0.2 percent.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With thousands of abortion protesters swarming the city in their annual March for Life, Republicans muscled broadened
abortion restrictions through the House on Thursday after a GOP rebellion
forced leaders into an awkward retreat on an earlier version.
By a near party-line 242-179, the House voted to permanently forbid
federal funds for most abortion coverage. The bill would also block tax
credits for many people and employers who buy abortion coverage under
President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
A White House veto threat and an uncertain fate in the Senate mean the
legislation has no realistic chance of becoming law. But on a day when
crowds of anti-abortion demonstrators stretched for blocks outside Capitol
windows — and hours after the embarrassing GOP stumble on another
abortion measure — Thursday’s vote let party leaders signal that the Congress they now command is at least trying to end abortion.
Obama, in the West to promote his State of the Union economic and education agenda, embraced the same 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion that the protesters were vilifying.
He said that decision “reaffirms a fundamental American value: that government should not intrude in our most private and personal family matters.” He said the House-passed bill would “intrude on women’s
reproductive freedom and access to health care and unnecessarily restrict
the private insurance choices that consumers have today.”
The plunging euro won’t benefit Americans but
will make European vacations cheaper
This time, it’s a rebellion of the pragmatists as
new divisions emerge within the House GOP
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pressure, increasing fears that country will split
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s U.S.-backed president quit Thursday
under pressure from rebels holding him captive in his home, severely complicating American efforts to combat al-Qaida’s powerful local franchise
and raising fears that the Arab world’s poorest country will fracture into
mini-states. Presidential officials said Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi submitted
his resignation to parliament rather than make further concessions to Shiite
rebels, known as Houthis, who control the capital and are widely believed
to be backed by Iran.
The prime minister and his cabinet also stepped down, making a thinly
veiled reference to the Houthis’ push at gunpoint for a greater share of
power. Houthis deployed their fighters around parliament, which is due to
discuss the situation on Sunday. Yemeni law dictates that the parliament
speaker — Yahia al-Rai, a close ally of former autocratic ruler Ali Abdullah
Saleh — will now assume the presidency. Saleh still wields considerable
power and is widely believed to be allied with the Houthis.
There were conflicting reports suggesting that authorities in Aden, the
capital of southern region of Yemen, would no longer submit to the central
government’s authority. Even before the Houthis’ recent ascendance, a powerful movement in southern Yemen was demanding autonomy or a return
to the full independence the region enjoyed before 1990. Southerners outrightly reject rule by the Houthis, whose power base is in the north. The
Houthis are Zaydis, a Shiite minority that makes up about a third of Yemen’s
population.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a House Republican majority often driven
by the most conservative lawmakers, the pragmatists are suddenly demanding to be heard.
These lawmakers defected on an immigration vote last week, and this
week they forced GOP leaders to water down abortion legislation. With the
new, fully Republican-led Congress three weeks old, they are serving notice
they will no longer keep quiet as their more ideological colleagues push
legislation to the right, demand votes on social issues, or court government
shutdowns to try to block President Barack Obama.
“There’s a growing sense in the conference that we need to get things
done here, not just make political statements,” said Rep. Carlos Curbelo of
Florida, a freshmen lawmaker. “We should be focused on the agenda of the
American people and not on taking an infinite amount of symbolic votes
that aren’t going to get anything done.”
Most of these lawmakers are self-described conservatives themselves,
but with a practical, business-friendly approach, and without the uncompromising purity of some on the right. Some, like Curbelo, were elected in
districts Obama previously won as Republicans posted dramatic midterm
gains in November. They are looking at running for re-election in 2016 in
a presidential election year when turnout of Democrats could be higher.
Now they are behind a new dynamic in the House after years when conInvestigators: Airliners should be equipped
servatives in the party caucus seemed to call the shots. GOP leaders had
been forced into one embarrassing retreat after another on legislation, and
with technologies so they can be found
the federal government had been propelled into a partial 16-day shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to recent incidents in which airin the fall of 2013 in a failed attempt to shut down Obama’s health law.
liners vanished, U.S. accident investigators recommended Thursday that
all passenger planes making long flights over water carry improved techDisney-linked measles outbreak casts
nology that will allow them to be found more readily in the event of a crash.
spotlight on anti-vaccine movement
Prompted in part by the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland and its 239 passengers and crew last March, the National Transportation
has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among par- Safety Board said one way that could be accomplished is with tamper-reents to opt out of vaccinations for their children.
sistant transmitters that send a plane’s location minute by minute via satelIn a rash of cases that public health officials are rushing to contain, at lite.
least 70 people in six states and Mexico have fallen ill since mid-December,
It also asked that the government require that planes carry low-frequency
most of them from California. The vast majority of those who got sick had underwater beacons whose signals are more easily detected by search vesnot gotten the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine.
sels. And it wants them to have longer-lasting batteries that can function
While still a scourge in many corners of the world, measles has been all for at least 90 days after a crash, instead of the 30 days currently required.
but eradicated in the U.S. since 2000 because of vaccinations. But the virus
The board also asked the government to require that planes be equipped
has made a comeback in recent years, in part because of people obtaining with cockpit video recorders, and that all of the planes’ recorders — includpersonal belief exemptions from rules that say children must get their shots ing the flight data and voice recorders known as “black boxes” — be deto enroll in school.
signed so they cannot be disabled by the flight crew.
Others have delayed getting their children vaccinated because they still
But even with such technologies, black boxes trapped under thousands
believe now-discredited research linking the measles vaccine to autism.
of feet of water can be difficult to find and retrieve. The board suggested
that black boxes could be made ejectable, so they would float on the surface
ECB to pump money into economy
with a locator beacon.
through monthly bond purchases
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe’s ailing economy will get a
major dose of stimulus from the European Central Bank — a bond buying
program designed to make loans and exports cheaper so companies can
hire and expand.
Starting in March, the ECB will buy 60 billion euros’ worth of government and corporate bonds each month at least through September 2016.
The 1.1 trillion euro program was an emphatic signal of the ECB’s willingness to do all it can to rejuvenate the economy shared by the 19-nation
euro currency alliance.
ECB President Mario Draghi pledged Thursday to extend the bond buying if needed until the bank saw a significant upturn in the eurozone’s excessively low inflation, which threatens to become a downward spiral.
Stocks rallied in Europe and the United States after the ECB’s announcement, with the Dow Jones industrial average jumping 259 points, or 1.5
percent. The euro’s value, meanwhile, plunged nearly 2 percent against the
dollar to its lowest level in 11 years in anticipation that the ECB’s bond purchases will drive down the currency. A lower-valued euro would make European exports more affordable overseas.
The ECB’s purchases will flood the economy with money that the central
bank will create — a power it wields as the euro’s legal issuer. Its chief
MID WINTER SALE
Tensions emerge between Iraq, US-led
coalition in battle against Islamic State group
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi commanders heavily dependent on outside
support to defeat the Islamic State group are increasingly voicing frustration
over the U.S.-led coalition’s efforts, complaining of miscommunication,
failed deliveries of weapons, inadequate training and differences in strategy.
Speaking to The Associated Press this week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider
al-Abadi said, “We want to see an acceleration of the training, acceleration
of the delivery of arms” from foreign allies. Al-Abadi complained that Iraq
is “left almost alone to get these arms and munitions for the army, for our
fighters, and we expect much more.” At the same time, he reiterated that
his government does not want any foreign boots on the ground, and he acknowledged that coalition airstrikes had been “very, very effective.”
Leaders of the coalition stressed its successes at a London meeting Thursday, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry saying that nearly 2,000
airstrikes had helped ground forces retake 700 square kilometers (270
square miles) of territory, kill 50 percent of Islamic State commanders and
choked off some of the group’s oil revenue.
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thanks to a falling euro shouldn’t rush to uncork that bottle of French Bordeaux. There’s very little to celebrate.
Not since September 2003 has the euro traded this low against the dollar.
Still, German sports cars, Belgian beers and the latest fashions out of Italy
aren’t going on sale anytime soon. The reason? There’s simply too much
demand in the U.S. for any markdowns.
“The U.S. economy is the one that’s doing well in the world right now,”
notes IHS senior principal economist George Magliano. “We’ve got a lot
of growth in upper-income families and households.”
Since Americans are willing — and able — to spend heavily on imported
goods, there’s no need for companies to cut prices. Any savings thanks to
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Rebel Moves In Eastern Ukraine
Undermine Hopes For Peace
Ukraine says separatist forces that
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boundaries between the warring
sides by 500 square kilometers (190
MOSCOW — Separatist forces
square miles).
deployed more arms and manpower
A fresh separatist advance is
Wednesday to an emerging flashunder way in an area northwest of
point in eastern Ukraine, underminLuhansk, the second-largest rebeling hopes for a new peace initiative
held city. The fighting is centered on
taking shape.
two checkpoints along a strategic
Responding to the developments,
highway.
Ukrainian
President
Petro
Ukraine's Defense Ministry said
Poroshenko cut short a visit to the
one of those positions, Checkpoint
economic summit in Davos,
31, had been abandoned but that opSwitzerland, where he courted Euerations were underway to retake it.
ropean support in the worsening criThe separatist forces appear wellsis.
poised to take the upper hand, howThe events unfolded ahead of a
ever.
meeting of the foreign ministers of
An Associated Press reporter saw
Ukraine, Russia, France and Gernine Gvozdika self-propelled howmany that began in Berlin and was
itzers and six anti-tank cannons
aimed at laying the groundwork for
moving near the town of Perevalsk
a long-lasting settlement.
around midday. A rebel militiaman
In advance of the talks, Russian
with the convoy who declined to
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
give his name said the armament
proposed both sides in the conflict
was heading in the direction of
pull their heavy weapons back from
Checkpoint 31.
a previously agreed-upon dividing
Along the same road, the AP saw
line to help defuse hostilities.
four Grad multiple rocket launchers
Lavrov's remarks were greeted with
accompanied by four trucks carrycautious approval by his Ukrainian
ing ammunition and 15 pristinecounterpart, Pavlo Klimkin.
looking tanks, also heading toward
"Russia needs to confirm (peace
the checkpoint.
deals) through deed not word,"
Ukraine and the West accuse
Klimkin said on his Twitter account.
Russia of providing material support
While Lavrov urged measures to
to the separatists, which Moscow
contain the unfolding unrest, he said
denies. The sheer amount of sophisnothing about the rebels surrenderticated heavy weaponry in the hands
ing territory they acquired in violaof the insurgents, however, is widely
tion of a peace deal concluded in
seen as overwhelming evidence of
September in Minsk, Belarus.
direct involvement by Russia.
Speaking during a visit to Kiev,
U.S. Army Europe commander Lt.
Gen. Ben Hodges said the quantity
of Russian equipment being provided to separatists had doubled between the September cease-fire deal
and December.
"It is very clear from the capabilities that the proxies (rebels) have
used against Ukrainian security
forces, the type of artillery, modern
equipment, the amount of ammunition that has been used," Hodges
said. "It is irrefutable that they are
getting direct support from Russia."
Addressing the World Economic
Forum in Davos, Poroshenko held
up a piece of a bullet-riddled bus as
evidence of shelling last week by
Russian heavy artillery in his country. He says 9,000 Russian troops are
occupying 7 percent of Ukrainian
territory.
He said the metal came from a
bus in the town of Volnovakha,
where 13 people were killed by
what he described as Russian
shelling.
"For me this is a symbol, a symbol of the terroristic attack against
my country," he said, comparing it
to the downing of Malaysia Airlines
Flight 17 over rebel-held eastern
Ukraine last summer. He called it a
"global problem," extending far beyond just Ukraine's borders.
The fighting in the Luhansk region follows intense clashes over the
weekend for control of the airport on
the fringes of the main rebel city,
Donetsk. The terminal — once the
pride of the city but now reduced to
AP PHOTO
Mourners gather around a coffin bearing Artiam, 4, who was killed in a ukrainian army artillery
strike, during his funeral in Kuivisevsky district on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern ukraine,
Tuesday. At least three civilians were killed in shelling Tuesday in eastern ukraine as fighting
continued between government and rebel forces in the separatist-held city of Donetsk.
a burned-out shell — is of limited
strategic value. Now, however, it has
acquired symbolic value because of
the Ukrainian forces' stand against
waves of separatist attacks.
The fierce airport battle shattered
the relative tranquility that had been
in place since a new truce was
reached in early December.
Shelling in and around Donetsk
has abated since the weekend, although artillery strikes have continued to claim civilian casualties. A
shell that fell in Donetsk's Kirov district Wednesday left two dead.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said there has
been an increase in separatist violence, including rocket attacks on
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for the withdrawal of heavy
weapons.
Under the September agreement,
Ukrainian and separatist forces
agreed to pull back their artillery by
30 kilometers (19 miles).
Poroshenko said a political dialogue must follow to help stabilize
the situation and called for holding
local elections in eastern Ukraine.
Lavrov said Russia would welcome
municipal elections there.
Ukraine is trying to cope with a
resource-draining conflict while simultaneously fending off the
prospect of total economic collapse.
International Monetary Fund
head Christine Lagarde said
Poroshenko asked the organization
to replace Ukraine's current $17 billion bailout package with a new one.
"We will consult with the IMF
executive board on the (Ukrainian)
authorities' request," Lagarde said.
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Drug smugglers plant magnetized boxes
under cars of “trusted travelers” from Mexico
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Drug smugglers are turning “trusted travelers”
into unwitting mules by placing containers with powerful magnets under
their cars in Mexico and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the
view of border authorities in the United States. One motorist spotted the
containers while pumping gas after crossing into Southern California on
Jan. 12, and thought it might be a bomb.
His call to police prompted an emergency response at the Chevron
station, and then a shocker: 13.2 pounds of heroin were pulled from
under the vehicle, according to a U.S. law enforcement official. San
Diego police said the drugs were packed inside six magnetized cylinders.
The driver had just used a “trusted traveler” lane at the San Ysidro border
crossing, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because
some details of the case have not been made public. Authorities have
learned of at least three similar incidents in San Diego since then, all involving drivers enrolled in the enormously popular SENTRI program,
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and separatist seizures of more territory.
"We've also seen reports that Russia has moved two tactical battalions
into Ukraine," she said in Washington. "We can confirm that Russia
continues to move tanks, armored
vehicles, trucks artillery pieces and
other military equipment to deployment sites near the Russia-Ukraine
border, which serve as staging points
before transporting military equipment to pro-Russia separatists. That
is something we're seeing."
Secretary of State John Kerry said
the U.S. was concerned that the separatists were attacking the town of
Debaltseve, about 70 kilometers (45
miles) east of Donetsk.
"This is a very blatant land grab
and it is in direct contravention to
the Minsk Agreement that they
signed up to," Kerry said.
Lavrov said the continuing truce
violations were rooted in the failure
to abide by the line of contact between the two sides. He said Russ-
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