CALEDONIAN Black Cyan Magenta Yellow THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2015 CALEDONIANRECORD.COM ESTABLISHED 1837 SPORTS 75 CENTS COURT Raiders Knock Down Vikings BARNET, DANVILLE State Withheld Evidence in Sex Case PAGE B1 Road Foremen On The Move PAGE A6 PAGE A3 CONCORD NORTH COUNTRY POLICE: DRUG RING RUN FROM HOME OF STJ BUSINESS OWNER TRIAL DELAYED IN “COMPLEX” RUNAWAY MOM CASE Judge Allows Prosecution To Depose Daughter; Defers Ruling On Use Of Competing Harms Defense By rOBerT BlecHl Staff Writer PHOTO BY ROBERT BLECHL Genevieve Kelley with attorney, Alan Rosenfeld, during an all-day hearing Wednesday. NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. — A superior court judge on Wednesday delayed trial to May in the runaway mom case and ruled on a ﬂurry of motions that include allowing the prosecution to depose the daughter for testimony. “There is simply no way this case can be ready for trial by March,” superior court Judge Peter Bornstein said of what he called a complex case. Genevieve Kelley, 50, a former family practice physician from Whiteﬁeld, faces two Class B felony counts of interference with custody that charge her with unlawfully removing Mary Nunes, then 8, from New Hampshire in late 2004 after her ex-husband, Mark Nunes, See Delay, Page A6 PHOTO BY TODD WELLINGTON Modern Divine Barber Shop On Concord Ave in St. Johnsbury. LYNDONVILLE By TODD wellingTOn Staff Writer ST. JOHNSBURY SHELTER PLANS SHELVED Committee Making Plans For Launch Next Winter By TaylOr reeD Staff Writer A steering committee in St. Johnsbury has abandoned plans to establish an overnight warming shelter for homeless people this winter on Elm Street. “We’re going to wait until next year,” said organizer Sue Cherry, executive director of the St. Johnsbury-based Community Restorative Justice Center. “We couldn’t make it work for the timing. We wouldn’t have been able to get it up and running until the middle of March. It just wasn’t coming together.” Cherry though is conﬁdent it will happen next winter and said the steering committee will now meet regularly for planning purposes. The committee includes groups like the Community Restorative Justice Center, Northeast Kingdom Community Action, Northeast Kingdom Youth Services, the St. Johnsbury Police Department, and the state of Vermont. “The momentum is there,” Cherry said. “People want this. They know we need it. We really see the warming shelter as a way of meeting needs, serving the public, and providing resources that are not provided now.” The committee will consider any and all potential locations. The steering committee last month planned to establish the seasonal overnight shelter in a former youth shelter on Elm Street that was operated by St. Johnsbury-based Northeast Kingdom Youth Services until closing in the fall when federal and state funding dried up. The building’s owner, Lyndonville-based Rural Edge, offered free See Shelter, Page A6 Over $120,000 In Galloways Stolen From Meadow View Farm By JameS JarDine Staff Writer The manager of the Meadow View Farm on Darling Hill in Lyndon was the victim of a modern day cattle rustler. A check written for $100,000 to buy 53 Belted Galloway cattle to Steven Downing was worthless. Downing thought he was negotiating a solid deal in December when Jason Amidon, 27, Couderspot, Pa. contacted him with an offer to purchase 53 Galloways. According to Steve, Amidon had a convincing story and persuaded Steve the cattle were going to a farm in Minnesota that planned to begin raising the animals. All 53 Galloways were loaded on trucks and a check for $100,000 was issued to the farm, with a second payment of $20,000 to be paid later, according to a release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice. Steve said the perpetrators of the fraud planned it carefully and set everything up so the check was given to him on New Year’s Day, when it would be impossible to cash it or verify it with the issuing bank. By the time the Downings learned the check was counterfeit, the cattle had been loaded and were gone. Steve says he worked frantically with another Vermont farmer he knows, who has numerous connections with VOL. 177, NO. 153 HIGH: 17 LOW: -14 the auction and were scheduled to be sold. The auction house agreed not to sell the animals and to hold them for authorities. The animals were kept at the auction until arrangements could be made to return the cattle See cattle, Page A6 THREE DECADES LATER, MT. EUSTIS REOPENING Dave Harkless Leads Effort To Rouse Classic Ski Hill From Long Hibernation winter hike up Mt. Eustis. “I had snowshoed up the mountain bike path to the top [in February 2012],” said Harkless. “I was just sitting there and saying what a waste it was that nobody else uses this hill. Then I remembered [local businessman] Herbie Lahout had attempted [to re-open Mt. Eustis] 10 years before. So I ﬁred him an email and said ‘Herbie do you still have an interest in getting Mt. Eustis going?’ And that’s By Paul HayeS Staff Writer A small-town ski area is coming back to life. The Mt. Eustis Ski Area, closed since the 1970s, is slated to re-open with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday. The driving force behind the re-opening is Dave Harkless, owner of Littleton Bike and Fitness, who hatched the plan three years ago during a © T HE C ALEDONIAN -R ECORD Classifieds. . . . . . . . . . B8 Entertainment. . . . . . . B7 For the Record . . . . . . A2 Opinion. . . . . . . . . . . . A4 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . B1 Television . . . . . . . . . . A9 cattle dealers and farmers inside and outside the state. It was learned the cattle were trucked to a Pennsylvania cattle auction, located in Greencastle, Pa. With the state police and FBI working with Steve, it was veriﬁed the Galloways were at LITTLETON TODAY: Scattered snow early, partly cloudy later INSIDE PHOTO BY JAMES JARDINE Galloway cattle brave winter weather at Meadow View Farm on Darling Hill in Lyndon Wednesday. The farm was a recent victim of a massive cattle theft. Details on Page A2 NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK Vt. 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The detention request is scheduled to be heard by Rescuers Hoist Crashed Taiwanese Plane From River To Search For Missing; At Least 26 Dead ––––– Video Of Islamic State Burning Jordanian Pilot To Death Unleashes Anger, Grief In Mideast Page A10 Go Mobile Scan and visit us on your handheld device. “The budget should be balanced; the treasury should be refilled; public debt should be reduced; and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled.” –Cicero, 106-43 B.C. Black Cyan Magenta Yellow BUYING Gold • Silver • Platinum EASTERN AVE., ST. JOHNSBURY, VT. 802-748-2933 CALEDONIAN Black Cyan Magenta Yellow A2 THE RECORD • THuRSDAY, FEBRuARY 5, 2015 FOR THE RECORD OBITUARIES RUTH BROOKS 1921-2015 Ruth Brooks passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Jan. 26, 2015, at the age of 93, at the Grafton County Nursing Home after battling Alzheimer’s. She was born on March 12, 1921, in Lisbon, N.H., a daughter to Harry Warcup and Hazel Dow. Ruth attended Lisbon School. Ruth was well-known for owning Town Taxi with her husband for many years. She was involved with White Mountain Mental Health Common Ground. Family meant the world to Ruth and she was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, grant-grandmother, and a friend to all. She will be missed. Ruth married Clayton (Bud) Brooks on Oct. 3, 1941, and had two daughters, Judy Dean and Susan Brooks. She was a member of the American Legion and the VFW, where she was always cooking for Bingo and other activities. Ruth is survived by her daughters, her sister, Gladys Stevens; grandson, Shawn MacLeod and Kristi; granddaughter, Shelly Hines and Tim; three great-grandchildren, Matthew Hines, Brandon Hines, and Hunter MacLeod; and nieces and nephews. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, sister, brother and her parents. Ruth’s wishes were to have a Graveside Service, which will be held in the spring in Maple Street Cemetery in Bethlehem. In lieu of ﬂowers, donations may be made to the Grafton County Nursing Home Activities Dept., 3855 Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill, NH 03774. Arrangements and care have been entrusted to the Pillsbury Phaneuf Funeral Home and Crematorium. For more information, please visit our website at www.pillsburyphaneuf.com. ANNA MAY (LANDERS) WILLIS Anna May (Landers) Willis, 79, of Lower Waterford, Vt., passed away peacefully in her sleep on the morning of Feb. 3, 2015. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Anna moved with her family to Moorestown, N.J., when she was a child. She graduated from Moorestown High School in 1953, attended Philadelphia Biblical Institute and, in 1956, married her longtime friend Bill Willis. Anna and Bill raised their children in Moorestown and then moved to Lower Waterford and built a home there nearly 30 years ago. Anna worked at Garnet Hill in Franconia, N.H., and was an active member of Union Baptist Church in Lower Waterford. For the past several years, she and Bill have led the church’s Grief Share group in support of individuals who lost a loved one. She also was known and loved by many for the card ministry she created that brought encouragement and hope to people throughout the region and beyond. Anna is survived by her husband, William, of Lower Waterford; daughter Barbara (and husband Roger) Cousineau of Turner, Maine; sons David (and wife Jessica) of Littleton, N.H., and Steven (and wife Debbie) of Haddon Heights, N.J.); ﬁve grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother, George Landers Jr. A memorial service and celebration of Anna’s faith and testimony will take place Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Union Baptist Church, 932 U.S. Route 5, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. The family has requested that, in lieu of ﬂowers, individuals wishing to honor Anna do so by donating to the building fund of East Auburn Baptist Church (560 Park Avenue, Auburn, ME 04210), which is pastored by daughter Barb’s husband, Roger; or to the Waterford Fire Department (P.O. Box 90, Lower Waterford, VT 05848), where Bill has been a volunteer member for years. Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.saylesfh.com The Sayles Funeral Home is located at 525 Summer St. in St. Johnsbury. LILLIAN CHARETTE MULLALLY 1920-2015 Mrs. Lillian Charette Mullally, 94, longtime director of the St. Johnsbury Senior Center, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, with her family at her side. She was born in Springﬁeld, Vt., on July 17, 1920, the daughter of Clyde and Anna (Breason) Charette. Her husband Joe Mullally predeceased her in 1990. Her home was the St. Johnsbury House and the residents were part of her family. She loved to travel and was fortunate to have gone to Hawaii nine times! She was very busy participating in the many functions at the St. Johnsbury House, playing bingo, and making jewelry and crafts. Lillian was an excellent seamstress and made clothes for her family throughout her life time. She was a member of the Red Hat ladies. She is survived by four children: Patricia Wyker and husband Robert of Hackettstown, N.J., Kathleen Toussaint and husband Richard of Lebanon, Maine, Mary Foster of Danville, Thomas Mullally of Danville; brother Clyde Charette of Haywood, Wisc.; 13 grandchildren, all her great-grandchildren, and even great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Donald Mullally of St. Johnsbury; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two grandchildren, Richard Toussaint Jr. and Keith Adams. Visiting hours will be held at Sayles Funeral Home this Friday, Feb. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to the start of the service. Services will be held at the Sayles Funeral Home this Friday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. with Fr. Christopher Micale ofﬁciating. Burial will be at a later date at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial contributions could be directed to Good Living Senior Center, 1207 Main Street, St. Johnsbury VT 05819. Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.saylesfh.com The Sayles Funeral Home is located at 525 Summer St. in St. Johnsbury. STEVEN NATHANIEL WILLIS 1970-2015 Steven Nathaniel Willis, 44, of Danville, Vt., died unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, Vt. He was born in Berlin, Vt., on Dec. 13, 1970, a son of David L. and Sara B. (Reed) Willis. Steven attended St. Johnsbury Academy. He worked for many years as a truck driver for Calco, Inc. in Waterford, Vt. Steven enjoyed the outdoors, ﬁshing, four wheeling, and spending time with family and friends around the bonﬁre. He also enjoyed remote control helicopters and had recently purchased a drone that he was ﬂying. Steven loved spending time with his family, especially his grandson Carter. Survivors include his parents, David L. and Sara B. (Reed) Willis of Barnet, Vt.; his ﬁancé, Robin M. Austin of Danville; two sons, Mikael N. Willis and Max A. Willis both of Fairland, Okla.; two daughters, Samantha M. Austin of Danville and Megan E. Austin of Winooski, Vt.; a grandson, Carter of Danville; a sister, Kristal M. Willis of Brownington, Vt.; two nieces, Felicia L. Chase and Haley Chase; a nephew, Kyle A. Degreenia; and aunts, uncles, and cousins. Calling hours will be on Sunday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch St., Woodsville, N.H. Burial will be in Blue Mt. Cemetery, Ryegate, Vt., at the convenience of the family. In lieu of ﬂowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Founders Afﬁliate, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 022417005. For more information or to sign an online condolence, please visit www.rickerfh.com. Ricker Funeral Home and Cremation Care of Woodsville is in charge of arrangements. POLICE LOG STATE — ST. JOHNSBURY Mark Young, Sr., 57, Concord, was in a single vehicle crash on Cross Road in Concord on Tuesday. Young was wearing his seat belt. Speed and road conditions were factors in the crash. Young’s vehicle struck a utility pole. He was not hurt. ————— Jason Davis, 54, Wells River, and William Jewell, 46, East St. Johnsbury, were in a two-vehicle collision on Industrial Drive in Lyndonville on Tuesday. Neither man was injured. ST. JOHNSBURY TRAFFIC OPERATIONS Devon Phillips, 26, Waterford, was arrested for DUI after he was observed driving the wrong way down a one-way street on Saturday. ————— Jason Rodd, 37, St. Johnsbury, was cited for violation of his conditions of release when he failed to sign in to the police department in accordance with his conditions on Jan. 24. ————— Patrick Perkins, 31, Concord, was cited for driving with a criminally suspended license after being stopped on Memorial Drive in St. Johnsbury on Thursday. LYNDONVILLE Durwood Legacy, 59, East Burke, and Ryley Rodger, 16, Newark, were in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of routes 5 and 114 on Tuesday. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash. ————— On Tuesday, Paul Ste. Marie, Local Forecast Today: A slight chance of morning snow showers, then becoming partly to mostly sunny. Much colder, with temperatures falling into the single digits. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph. Winds chills zero to 10 below. Tonight: Becoming mainly clear and very cold. Lows 15 to 25 below. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph during the evening, then becoming light and variable. Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy and cold. Highs in single digits above zero. South to southwest winds less than 10 mph. Extended Forecast: Friday Night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers. Lows in the single digits above. Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow showers. Highs around 20. Saturday Night: Decreasing clouds. Low around 5 below. Sunday: Partly sunny and cold. Highs in the single digits above. Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of snow showers. Lows around zero. Monday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow. Highs around 10 above. The cold front that brought snow overnight is now near the coast and will be heading offshore. A few snow showers could linger in the valleys early today; clouds and a slight chance of snow showers could linger into the afternoon over the mountains. Temperatures will generally fall throughout the day, driven downward by gusty northwest winds that will drive wind chills below zero. Extremely cold temperatures are expected tonight, as a ridge pokes northward from surface high pressure centered over the Tennessee Valley. A weak mid-level disturbance will bring the slight chance of mainly mountain snow showers tomorrow, and it will remain very cold. Temperatures will try to moderate a bit early Saturday but another arctic boundary will be poised to drop though by that time, renewing the chance of snow showers. Air behind that front will plunge temperatures back into the single digits by Sunday, says Lawrence Hayes of the Fairbanks Museum weather station. 44, St. Johnsbury, and Brian Lafferty, 65, Lyndonville, were in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Route 114 and Granite Lane. Lyndon Rescue personnel evaluated each man. Neither was taken to the hospital. STATE — BRADFORD Be Whitten, 46, Vershire, was in a one vehicle crash on Route 113 in Vershire on Tuesday. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash. Daily Weather Highlights CONDITIONS AT 4 P.M. YESTERDAY Overcast TEMPERATURE Temp. at 4 p.m. . . . . . . . .25 Maximum past 24 hours . .25 Minimum past 24 hours . .-4 Yesterday’s average . . . . .11 Normal average . . . . . . . .19 Maximum this month . . . .25 Minimum this month . . . .-17 Maximum this date (1991) 53 Minimum this date (1908) -36 HUMIDITY 71% DEWPOINT 17 WINDS 8 mph, 11 max . . . . . . .SSE BAROMETER 29.88 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Steady PRECIPITATION New . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.02 in. Total for Month . . . . .0.44 in. Normal Total . . . . . . .0.31 in. SNOWFALL Past 24 Hours . . . . . .0.3 in. Monthly Total . . . . . . .7.5 in. Season Total . . . . . .67.0 in. Season Norm . . . . . .52.6 in. Snowpack . . . . . . . . .14.0 in. ALMANAC Sunrise today . . . .7:01 a.m. Sunset today . . . . .5:02 p.m. Length of day .10 hrs. 0 min. DEGREE DAYS Avg. temp. difference below 65° Yesterday* . . . . . . . . . . . .54 To date since July 1 . . .4748 To date last year . . . . . .4892 Black Cyan Magenta Yellow LORRAINE T. MUMFORD 1926-2015 Lorraine T. Mumford, 88, of St. Johnsbury, Vt., passed away in her home under the care of Hospice on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. She was born on March 28, 1926, to Arthur S. and Alice (Wilkinson) Wright of St. Johnsbury, Vt. Lorraine attended St. Johnsbury schools. After high school graduation she enrolled in Wilfred Beauty Academy in Boston and worked as a beautician before and after her marriage to Edward A. Mumford on Nov. 4, 1950. In the early 1960s she began working as a salesperson in Hovey’s Men’s Store. Lorraine greeted her customers with a smile and enjoyed assisting them in any way she could. Working at Hovey’s brought much joy and friendship into her life and did so until her retirement. Lorraine enjoyed traveling throughout her life with friends and family. These trips included summers at Miles Pond with cherished family friends. She also visited her children and grandchildren in the New York and Chicago area and went on bus trips with her “Hovey’s friends.” Lorraine traveled to many places with her family including California, Hawaii and New Orleans for Mardi Gras. She was an avid Red Sox fan and took a particularly special trip to game 7 of the 1986 American League Championships at Fenway Park. Lorraine had a love for all music that she inherited from her father who had his own band, Art Wright and the Bar X Cowboys. On any given day you could walk into her home and music would be playing. Lorraine also enjoyed bowling in the bowling league, reading mystery novels, gardening at her home and 5 o’clock Manhattans. Lorraine was an active member of the Methodist Church including the church choir and the friendship club. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Mumford Jordan, her son Jon Mumford and his wife Rose Mumford; her grandchildren Kelly Sinon Grossarth and her husband Michael Grossarth, Adam Mumford, Timothy Mumford, Julia Mumford and Mari Mumford and two great grandchildren Gabriel and Abigail Grossarth. Lorraine’s family would like to thank Hospice for their support and guidance during this difﬁcult time. There will be a memorial service in the spring at Sayles Funeral Home in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Memories and condolences may be shared privately at www.saylesfh.com The Sayles Funeral Home is located at 525 Summer St. in St. Johnsbury. MILDRED ROY 1933-2015 Mildred E. “Millie” Roy, 81, of North Concord, died peacefully early Wednesday morning February 4, 2015, at Northeastern VT Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 12, 1933 in Grand Isle, ME the daughter of Camille and Irene (Daigle) Lausier. On August 2, 1954 she married Gerard J. Roy. Millie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Spending time with her family and doing face time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren brought her much pleasure. A huge cribbage fan, Millie also liked doing word puzzles, playing other card games, making greeting cards and feeding and watching hummingbirds. She and Gerard bowled the late Friday night couples league at Gold Crown Lanes in St. Johnsbury for many years. In recent years she participated with team Sheffock Shufﬂers at the annual Relay for Life cancer fundraiser in St. Johnsbury. She had a wonderful since of humor and always looked forward to Thursday evening dinners at the Moose Look Restaurant in Concord. Survivors include her seven children, Nancy Bedard and her husband Steve of N. Concord, Theresa Dingman and her husband David of N. Concord, Gerard Roy Jr. and his wife Penny of Lyndonville, Doreen Dingman of Lancaster, NH, James Roy and his wife Karen of Greenville, NC, Patsy Reed and her husband Doug of Jackson, NJ, Tina McCue and her husband Nate of Shefﬁeld; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; six brothers, Clifford Lausier and his wife Lorette of Connecticut, Camille Lausier and his wife Corrine of Maine, Edmund Lausier and his wife Noella of Connecticut, Leo Lausier and his wife Alfreda of Maine, Reginald Lausier and his wife Claudette of Maine, and Harold Lausier and his wife Jeannine of Maine; three sisters, Anita Bouchard of Maine, Claudette Pelletier of Maine and Joan Gagnon of Maine; two brothers in-law, Claude Roy and his wife Cecile of Maine and Gilman Roy of Maine; three sisters in-law, Freda Roy of West Burke, Myrna Lausier of Connecticut and Bernice Lausier of Maine; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband of forty-four years, Gerald “Jerry” Roy Sr. in 1999; four brothers, Claude, Jimmy, Emile and Bub Lausier; and three sisters, Theresa St. Pierre, Edna Lausier and Cecile Lausier. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Lyndonville on Friday afternoon February 6 at 2:00PM at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church with the Rev. Christopher Micale celebrant. There will be no public visiting hours. Spring burial will be in St. Elizabeth Cemetery in Lyndonville. Donations made in her memory may be directed to Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, 1080 Hospital Drive, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. Private on-line condolences may be shared with the family at www.guibordfh.com. Guibord Funeral Home is located on the corner of Main and Center Streets, Lyndonville. 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Advertisers will please notify the management immediately of any error which may occur. CALEDONIAN Black Cyan Magenta Yellow THE RECORD • THuRSDAY, FEBRuARY 5, 2015 A3 LOCAL SUPERIOR COURT CALIFORNIA LAWYER WANTS WIFE’S MANSLAUGHTER CASE REOPENED Drugs, Not Billis, To Blame For Husband’s Death Attorney Argues By Jennifer HerSey clevelanD Staff Writer A California attorney wants the state to reopen a homicide case to explore whether the defendant’s use of Chantix and Ambien caused the incident. Attorney Pamela Lacher believes that a crash on Sept. 22, 2009, that killed Charles Billis, 57, of Brownington, was an accident caused by the effects of Chantix and Ambien on Christine Billis, 47, who pleaded guilty in July 2012 to manslaughter in exchange for a 7- to 15-year sentence. Lacher, in a letter to former State’s Attorney Alan Frankin, wrote, “I am hopeful you will ﬁnd that the legal responsibility for Charlie Billis’ death should be assigned to the drug companies rather than Christine; and that the crash was nothing more than an accident as was originally thought.” Franklin, clearly, chose to take no action on the letter, which Lacher said would form the basis for an eventual habeas petition, before leaving ofﬁce. Newly sworn-in State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett said she’s not yet ready to comment on this matter. Lacher came across Billis’ court case while doing research for an attempted murder trial in which she used the same defense unsuccessfully. Billis was no longer prescribed Chantix at the time of the crash, but reported to police that she’d taken it that day, and antidepressant Effexor and sleep aid Ambien were found in her system, Lacher wrote in the letter to Franklin. Other details stood out as well, Lacher said during a phone conversation. Billis described daytime sleepiness and an inability to remain awake; she’d reported a near miss car accident due to the drowsiness days before the crash; she was taking double the now-approved dosage of Ambien allowed by law; the fact that witnesses at the crash scene unilaterally described Billis as having a seizure when they arrived; and the fact that Billis had no recollection of events. Then there were the recorded confessions to informant Kevin Leland – who’d inserted himself into Billis’ life in an online dating platform but later wrote in a blog that he hoped to make money off the Billis tragedy and gain custody of Billis’ two minor girls. Lacher refers to those conversations as “so-called” confessions – she believes Leland used Billis’ guilt over her husband’s death to manipulate her into confessing. Behavior-Altering Drugs? Much of Lacher’s letter seeks to tie Billis’ behavior to the side effects of mind-altering drugs. While warnings were not yet on the box when Billis began taking Chantix, it is now known that the drug can cause suicidal and homicidal ideation. Plus, Lacher argued, the trials to determine the safety of Chantix were not performed on people with a history of mental illness, like Billis, and thus the drug was not deemed safe for their use. Ambien users report side effects like “sleep driving” and other actions taken while either fully asleep or partly asleep and partly awake. In 2013, researchers be- came aware that the drug was still impairing people the next morning in about 15 percent of female users. The Federal Drug Administration forced Pﬁzer Pharmaceuticals to cut the dosages in half for women, Lacher wrote, and to inform people that Ambien may not be safe for people with a history of depression, mental illness or suicidal thoughts. Six days after Billis started taking Ambien, she reported that it made her feel weird, that it affected her memory, that she was stumbling around like a “drunk skunk,” and that she’d bit her husband. Both drugs can cause seizure activity, Lacher wrote. “Ms. Billis’ case ﬁts squarely within the conﬁnes of behavior consistent with Chantix use as well as impaired driving caused by Ambien at the time of the crash,” Lacher wrote. “Unfortunately for Christine and her husband, Charlie, the aforementioned Chantix and Ambien warnings came ever too late.” Leland’s Credibility “It appears obvious from the review of this case that there was no case, and everyone assumed it to be an accident until Kevin Leland … came along,” Lacher wrote. “It also seems obvious that at the time of the plea, Mr. Leland’s veracity and credibility were at issue.” Lacher refers to the fact that police initially believed the crash was an unfortunate accident with no one to blame until Leland came forward with the recorded confessions. After Billis had been charged with murder, and parties were discussing potential ways to resolve the case, Leland was caught at the Canadian border in possession of several narcotics – codeine, mor- phine, Clonazepam and Viagra – and a loaded handgun. Leland blogged about his role in getting Billis to confess and was interviewed for two different TV shows about it – “Snapped” and “I Dated A Psycho-Bitch.” Leland was after Billis’ insurance money from her husband’s death, Lacher argues. Leland was hurting for cash, Lacher argued. In Rhode Island, Leland was sued by four companies for money and to date has not paid the judgment for any, Lacher wrote. Leland was capable of manipulating Billis, Lacher argued, as exhibited in him convincing Billis to grant him power of attorney over her bank accounts and to grant him guardianship of her two youngest daughters. After getting Billis to turn herself in, Lacher wrote, Leland “kidnapped” the two girls, writing to the Agency of Human Services that “her daughters preferred, even after they knew I worked with the police to bring their mother to justice, that I be their guardian.” Lacher wrote that both girls deny ever saying that or agreeing to go with him. Witness Raymond Benson, who allegedly smoked pot with Leland and Billis, was there for at least some of the confessions, and Benson contends that Leland conned Billis in an attempt to get the insurance money, Lacher wrote. “Even assuming that there might be some evidence that a crime (murder) was committed, it is the pharmaceutical companies; and not Christine, that should be held accountable for the crash; and to that end, it is humbly requested that the case be recommended for dismissal and Christine be released from prison,” Lacher concluded. NEW BOSS SNOWPLOWS AND SAND SPREADERS – USED PLOWS AVAILABLE – 800-973-3649 684 PORTLAND STREET ST. 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He will earn $48,000 annually plus beneﬁts, down from $53,000 plus beneﬁts in Barnet. Keith Gadapee started in Barnet in 2009. He was hired as a driver/equipment operator but climbed to “working foreman” several years ago, which is the highway department’s top job, said Town Clerk Ben Heisholt. “In Barnet we have a working foreman who drives a truck and operates equipment,” he said. Heisholt credits Keith Gadapee with, among other things, maintaining a strong working relationship with the town clerk’s ofﬁce. “I thought he did a fantastic job,” Heisholt said. “It will be quite a loss. He’s been very easy to work with at the town clerk’s ofﬁce. He was very meticulous.” Keith Gadapee tendered his resignation in January, providing more than three weeks notice, Heisholt said. The Barnet Board of Selectmen advertised the vacancy, interviewed applicants last week, and hired Mark Chase of St. Johnsbury, a former Peacham road foreman. Chase started Monday, said Barnet Selectman Dylan Ford. His salary is similar to Keith Gadapee’s, she said. Ford said Keith Gadapee was an asset to Barnet. “We will miss him,” she said. “He is an excellent road foreman and Danville is lucky. He is a good guy.” Kevin Gadapee vacated the Danville foreman position Jan. 9. Danville highway employee Bill Bailey stood in as interim foreman while the town searched for a permanent replacement. Danville selectmen voted to hire Keith Gadapee during a regular meeting Jan. 22 following a Jan. 8 decision to offer him the job. Selectmen authorized a $48,000 salary and a week of vacation during his ﬁrst year. Keith Gadapee and Kevin Gadapee are the sons of Larry Gadapee of Danville. Larry Gadapee is a former St. Johnsbury road foreman. FREE MOBILE • IN-SHOP DIRECT INSURANCE BILLING Chad Brochu – 13 Year Glass Technician 888-237-9839 802-535-6081 684 PORTLAND STREET ST. JOHNSBURY, VERMONT We stand behind our work for as long as you own your vehicle. 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If enacted, the legislation would “provide universal access to health care for all individuals residing within New Hampshire…” The bill says health care providers will become paid employees of the state and it outlines all the procedures the (few remaining) doctors will provide. There’s not, of course, any mention of cost or funding for the bill - only that the state will create some super, high-powered health-care board to figure out the details (which sounds a little bit familiar). It’s hard to understand how McNamara missed the morbid tale of single-payer in the liberal fantasy-land of neighboring Vermont. Sparing him all the cautionary advice we tried to impart to lawmakers in Montpelier, we’ll relate only this “IT CAN’T WORK. DICK.” The only impressive thing about H-686-FN-A is that McNamara somehow suckered signatures from two (out of 400 possible) co-sponsors (Rep. Suzanne Smith, D-Hebron, and Rep. Marcia Moody, D-Newmarket). We would urge this band of ideological misfits to read some of our back issues before they present any more of their brilliant ideas. Senate Perspectives GRACE, FORTITUDE AND A LATIN MOTTO Sen. JOe Benning Anyone involved in Vermont politics needs to have a thick skin, and this essay speaks to that. But first a little exposure to the daily life of a legislator is in order. My legislative week starts before dawn when I begin my hour- and 10-minute commute to the Statehouse. For the next 15 or so hours I’m helping design legislation to deal with very complicated issues, like a $100 million deficit, rising property taxes, murdered children under DCF watch, gun rights, a stagnant economy, job losses, broken roads and cuts to critical services. I’m also responding to countless constituents who seek legislative assistance long after I’ve returned home. I also have a day job, which means my former trial lawyer work week gets compressed into Saturday through Monday. It amounts to a pretty tough schedule. Mind you, I’m not complaining. I actually love the job. But when somebody sends me a missive in response to a bill they don’t like, usually written in capital letters and loaded with expletives, which accuses me of not having anything better to do with my time, I tend to want to respond with my own capitalized expletives. Thankfully, my spouse keeps me in check. Into one such maelstrom stepped Angela, an eighth grade constituent taking Latin at Riverside School in Lyndonville. She wondered why Vermont didn’t have a Latin motto, like a number of other states do. She proposed re-adopting the Latin phrase “Stella Quarta Decima,” the phrase stamped on Vermont’s first coin while we were still an independent republic. It translates into “The Fourteenth Star,” expressing Vermont’s desire to become the 14th state. Angela was not suggesting that our English motto (Freedom & Unity) be replaced. She was not asking to change the state seal or flag. She was merely trying to place that historical motto on Vermont’s list of official designations, like our state horse (the Morgan) and the state tree (the sugar maple). Through the years I’ve politely declined to submit bills when I know they cannot possibly match the weightier issues described above. But Angela’s request struck a chord. As a history nut myself, and as the occupant of the senate seat once held by one of Vermont’s foremost historians and Latin teachers (Graham Stiles Newell), I knew this would be an excellent opportunity to educate some young Vermonters on how a bill works its way through the Legislature. Knowing this would take virtually no time or expense against the more important issues, I introduced a bill to meet her request. WCAX-TV then posted “Should Vermont Have a Latin Motto?” on their Facebook page and it resulted in a firestorm of several hundred ugly responses. Commentators claimed the proposal would attract illegal immigrants from South America, would require us to press “1” for English, or would allow “Moslims” [sic] to take over our country. They went downhill from there. The level of vitriol, ignorance and bigotry was downright embarrassing for an educated citizenry. Of course, a young lady was watching all this. But I’m happy to say Angela and her parents are handling this tumult as a lesson every child needs to learn in order to succeed in life. These commentators say I’ll pay in the next election. But if I‘ve helped Angela’s generation to understand the legislative process and how to respond to such attacks with grace and fortitude, I will consider that a price worth paying. Letters to the Editor… Cash reward To the Editor: I am offering a $500 reward to the ﬁrst person who can show me a New Hampshire, Vermont or Maine drinking water source (private or municipal well, spring, or town water) that is not visibly contaminated with the dust and ﬁbers that jets are spraying on us. Hold a clear glass or jar of your water between your eyes and the sun and look carefully through the sides of the container. Experiment with different viewing angles and distances. A magnifying glass can help. If no contaminants are visible, try stirring which puts the dust and ﬁbers in motion. If the sun is obscured by jet emissions, examine the water in a darkened room with strong and focused backlighting. Examine melted snow water and you will see horrifying amounts of contamination. This winter falling “snowﬂakes” often look like frosty bits of dryer lint that spin as they descend. Try aiming a 75 watt halogen ﬂoodlight (energy saving bulbs don’t work) into night fog, rain, or snow and you will see large amounts of jet dust in the air. If your water is truly free of particulates, I want to hear from you. I am in the phone book. Leave a message. Mitch Perry Dalton, N.H. The Vermont Constitution To the Editor: The Vermont Constitution’s original draft took place on July 2, of 1777 in Windsor,Vermont. It is the shortest in length of all the 50 state constitutions.. Its simplicity and direct language makes it easy to read and understand. It is devoid of the deliberate confusion of modern day legislative bills being promoted in both Montpelier and Washington D.C. The founders of Vermont modeled this document after Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Constitution. These early Vermonters recognized the wickedness of slavery and indentured servitude. They had the great wisdom to make our Constitution the ﬁrst in the new world to outlaw both practices. Two of my favorite Articles in this uniquely beautiful Vermont document are Article 16 and Article 18. They read as follows: “Article 16 Right to bear arms; standing armies; military power subordinate to civil That the people have a right to bear arms for the defence of themselves and the State - and as standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, they ought not to be kept up; and that the military should be kept under strict subordination to and governed by the civil power.” “Article 18. Regard to fundamental principles and virtues necessary to preserve liberty That frequent recurrence to fundamental principles, and a ﬁrm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, industry, and frugality, are absolutely necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty, and keep government free; the people ought, therefore to pay particular attention to these points, in the choice of ofﬁcers and representa- tives, and have a right, in a legal way, to exact a due and constant regard to them, from their legislators and magistrates, and in making and executing such laws as are necessary for the good government of the State.” Both these constitutional articles are being challenged by the overzealous one party Democrat rule which resides under the golden dome in Montpelier. Our Vermont Constitution is the government playbook for our elected ofﬁcials as well as for every citizen of our state. It belongs to all of us. The document deﬁnes the rules and boundaries of government regardless of political party afﬁliation. Reasonable Vermonters that are following the political activity of the ruling Vermont Democrat party have learned that the words “moderation, temperance, industry and frugality” are not words in this party’s vocabulary. As for “liberty”, the absence of that word should be of grave concern for all Vermonters. Out of control taxation and a historic $100 million dollar budget deﬁcit is testimony to the lack of respect shown to the principles enshrined in our Constitution. The introduction of H. 57 which allows for the harvesting of the organs of dead Vermonters by default is the most criminally insane, liberty trampling bill in the history of our state. In the last four years I have attempted to raise concerns about the Vermont Constitution being shabbily treated. I have done this with elected members of our legislature as well as my fellow citizens of every political persuasion. While Republicans, libertarians, conservatives and independents have been receptive, members of the majority party have not. My emails to elected Democrat legislators have not been returned. In my person to person interactions with Democrats I have been rebuffed as if I was wearing a garlic necklace. Why is it that the Vermont Democrats have such a difﬁcult time supporting and adhering to virtuous principles that have stood the test of time for more than two centuries? Stuart Lindberg Cavendish, Vt. We repeat: VtNEA didn’t negotiate Sutton deal To the Editor: It’s an axiom of life that if you repeat a lie long enough, people believe it to be true. While John Chase from West Burke, Vt., couldn’t believe his eyes (Letters, Jan. 28) when he read about the settlement reached by the Sutton School Board and their (now) former principal, we couldn’t believe our eyes that he repeated the charge that somehow the VermontNEA had something to do with it. To Mr. Chase and anyone else under the assumption that somehow we or our local union, the Caledonia North Education Association, had any role in the settlement, let me make it simple: We didn’t. And we never would: We represent teachers and support proSee letters, Page A5 Joseph Cotto Thinking conservatively on school choice History has proven that few things are able to unite the social and ﬁscal wings of American conservatism. There are a handful of exceptions to the rule, however. Crusading against almost any form of population stabilization most deﬁnitely qualiﬁes. Culture warriors claim that all forms of government-backed birth control are either thwarting God’s will or some sort of totalitarian plot. Free traders, meanwhile, say that a larger population means more innovation along with, for business owners, an expansive customer base and lower employee wages. Whether or not any of these folks have compared countries like Nigeria and El Salvador to ones such as Singapore and Liechtenstein is worth pondering. Perhaps the only thing more popular than population destabilization is “school choice”. Boasting a fan club that ranges from Mike Huckabee to the late Milton Friedman, this issue has become a staple of Republican policy. The idea is that if students are taken out of badly performing public schools and sent to better ones, their academic careers will ﬁnally reach success, thus solving our national educational crisis. Funding is to be provided by a voucher system compliments of every taxpayer known to any given state’s revenue service. Acute observers ought to have difﬁculty seeing because of all the red ﬂags. School choice will not turn America’s schools into Finland’s and vault American students to the top of the world’s achievement charts. It is impossible for mainly troubled youths in dangerous, let alone substandard, schools to magically become star pupils once they are placed in a better environment. What is likely to happen is that these youths will drag gifted and well-directed students into a spiral of chaos and destruction. The problems that plague bad schools, most of them located in impoverished urban environments, will simply be exported to safer city neighborhoods or suburbia. This is because the core problem with failing schools is not the teachers, or even their unions, as many allege. It is not the buildings or the athletic courts or inadequate funding. It is the student body. Black Cyan Magenta Yellow In 2013, a most interesting letter appeared among The Baltimore Sun’s typically droll pages. It was written by Dave Miceli, a veteran teacher in the Charm City’s public schools. “I cannot count the number of students who have physically destroyed property….They have trashed brand new computers, destroyed exit signs, set multiple ﬁres, destroyed many, many lockers, stolen teachers’ school supplies, written their ﬁlth on the tops of classroom desks, defecated in bathrooms and stairwells, assaulted teachers (beyond constantly telling them to perform certain impossible acts upon themselves) and refused to do any homework or classwork,” Miceli stated. His goal was to tell the masses that teachers are not scapegoats for problems caused and perpetuated by the student body. Hopefully more than a few readers gave Miceli’s words the serious consideration they deserve. Does anybody honestly think that if droves of BCPS students were transferred to successful charter schools — or virtually any private ones — their situation would improve? Would these generally hard-edged teens become college-bound academics in short order just because their surroundings changed? They would not. What they would probably do, though, is recreate their former environment almost immediately. This would be disastrous for their new classmates. In the case of private schools, concerned parents pay astronomical sums so their children can be formally educated in a safe, sound setting. Contrary to stereotypes, many private school parents are anything but wealthy. They nickel and dime to the hilt so that their kids might have a better life. This better life does not leave room for the students which Miceli described. Importing trouble to areas which have none is not only begging, but pleading for disaster. Using school vouchers so dangerous, self-destructive youths can corrupt the well-being of more productive kids ought to be considered nothing less than child abuse. This is why starry-eyed centerrightists need to stop dreaming and start thinking. Then, and only then, can the awful truth about “school choice” be understood. ©2015 JOSEPH COTTO CALEDONIAN Black Cyan Magenta Yellow THE RECORD • THuRSDAY, FEBRuARY 5, 2015 SNOWFLAKE FESTIVAL RETURNING TO LYNDON AREA By JameS JarDine Staff Writer If you’re feeling the winter doldrums, the Lyndon-Burke area has the perfect antidote: the Snowﬂake Festival. The festival will run from Feb. 13 to March 1 this year. For many, the highlight of the festival is “ChowdahFest.” The annual fundraising event has attracted sell-out crowds and has now outgrown its space. Previously it was held at the Lyndon Outing Club, but this year’s ChowdahFest will be held in the barn at the Riverside School located on the Lilly Pond Road in Lyndon on Feb. 21. Riverside’s “barn” is a thoroughly renovated public space that provides plenty of warm space for people and activities. ChowdahFest is a fundraiser for the Lyndon Outing Club and the Lyndon Area Chamber of Com- merce and features a large sampling of homemade chowder delicacies. Participants who spend the evening sampling the different chowders and all of the other culinary offerings vote on the best chowder, with a cash prize going to the winning chef. The Snowﬂake Festival begins on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Grindstone Cafe on Depot Street in Lyndon with a psychic giving “love readings” from 4 to 7 p.m. There is a pancake breakfast at the Lyndonville Methodist Church on Saturday, Feb. 14. On Sunday, Feb. 15, there is open public skating at the Fenton Chester Ice Arena. On Sunday afternoon there’s a Sundae Run at Q Burke on the J Bar hill. Participants will ski through the Sundae Course to collect all their toppings and ﬁnish with a complete sundae. There are cupcake decorating contests, movie nights, spaghetti dinners, snowshoe hikes, Snowﬂake Bingo, a snow sculpture contest, a sugar and snow event at the Lyndonville Fire Station and a lot more. No one seems to know precisely when the Snowﬂake Festival began, but it’s at least seven years old, said Mary Marceau, President of the Lyndon Area Chamber of Commerce. It is not solely a Chamber event, she explained. Instead the 21 events are sponsored by a broad variety of organizations. The festival is really an umbrella for a group of activities scattered over the month of February and happening in a broad number of venues. All told, there are 21 events listed on the Snowﬂake Festival Calendar. For a complete listing, log on to the Lyndon Area Chamber of Commerce website at www.lyndonvermont.com . FORUM TO DEBATE NEED FOR NEWPORT CITY SHELTER By rOBin SmiTH Staff Writer NEWPORT CITY — Residents are being asked to gather next week to consider the need for a warming shelter for homeless people in the winter. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Gateway Center, organized by the city of Newport and Northeast Kingdom Community Action. The hope of supporters of a warming shelter is that the forum will drive the desire in the city to do more than talk about the need for a shelter but support the effort to ﬁnd a location for one. “We’ll see how much community interest there is,” Alderman John Wilson said. The city council two weeks ago voted unanimously to support the concept of a warming shelter. The council also voted to have city manager John Ward Jr. work with NEKCA to set up the forum. Members of the council like Alderman Neil Morrissette have said that the city cannot stand by and watch homeless veterans or young people struggle to ﬁnd a warm place to stay on cold winter nights. Morrissette talked about being called to the police station when two young people were there on a bitterly cold night recently, when they had nowhere else to go. The two young people had nothing but the clothes they were wearing. She was wearing pajama pants, he said. Newport City and all of Orleans County lack a homeless shelter. In Passumpsic Community Baptist Church (American Baptist) Sunday Worship Services at 10:15 a.m. the past, NEKCA and other agencies were able to set up homeless people in area motels on cold nights, but now local motels are not accepting any or very few people, NEKCA has said. Some are being transported to the St. Johnsbury area or beyond to Barre just for the night because there is nowhere else for them to go. It’s not just homeless individuals but also families affected. The topic drew a lot of support when it came up at a Community Commons meeting last winter. Since then, church groups and other community organizations have formed a committee to seek a location for a warming shelter, working with the city’s zoning administrator on ideas. However, the city’s zoning makes that difﬁcult. Several churches have considered hosting a warming shelter, but cannot due to lack of costly sprinkler systems for such a public facility. A warming shelter is unlike a homeless shelter in that it is only open during the winter months and only from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. NEKCA has the state funds available, at between $18,000 and $15,000, to staff a warming shelter if a location can be found. A recent effort to open a 10-bed, adult-only shelter in NEKCA’s Lincoln Street facility in St. Johns- Superior Court Editor’s Note: All information is from Caledonia Superior Court documents. Jaime A. Robertson, 23, Newark, pleaded no contest to drunken driving in West Burke on Jan. 14 in exchange for a 1-3 month suspended sentence and six months of probation. Robertson was also ordered to complete the safe driving and drunken driving reparative panel. Darryl James Whitcomb, 46, Lyndonville, pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment by pointing a riﬂe at Dominique Whitcomb on Sept. 14, 2014, in St. Johnsbury in exchange for a 6-12 month sentence, all suspended and $147 in court surcharges. Whitcomb was also ordered to have no contact with Whitcomb. The state dismissed a charge of aggravated 1st degree domestic assault as part of the plea deal. Brian H. Wilkins, 46, Wheelock, pleaded guilty to drunken driving on Jan. 12 in Wheelock and was ordered to pay a $400 ﬁne. A charge of leaving the scene of a crash was dismissed by the state as part of the plea deal. Jeffrey Walters, 47, Lyndon, pleaded guilty to possessing big game taken illegally on Dec. 8, 2014, in Lyndonville and was ordered to pay a $400 ﬁne. Brandon Trudeau, 27, Rindge, N.H., pleaded guilty to drunken driving Jan. 18 in St. Johnsbury and was ordered to pay a $400 ﬁne. Thomas K. Whitcomb, 26, Shefﬁeld, pleaded guilty to drunken driving on Jan. 11 in Lyndonville and was ordered to pay a $400 ﬁne plus court surcharges. Kelly Hall, 35, St. Johnsbury, pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license in St. Johnsbury on Dec. 10, 2014, and was ordered to pay a $300 ﬁne. _______ Letters upset at the settlement, they need to take the matter up with the people responsible: the elected members of the Sutton School Board. Vermont-NEA doesn’t, and would not, be part of determining a sepa- bury failed. The St. Johnsbury Development Review Board voted against it by a 4-1 margin, with some members saying they needed more information. NEKCA also went to the St. Johnsbury Select Board in December seeking support. The select board held a public forum and generally supported the concept. NEKCA could appeal the development review board’s rejection of the project. NEKCA ofﬁcials said they want to drum up support in Newport Continued from Page A4 City ﬁrst, with the council and the fessionals, not administrators. city residents, before trying to ﬁnd If Mr. Chase or anyone else is a location. Adult Education Customer Service (NRF National Certification) Tuesdays & Thursdays ~ 6:00-9:00pm Vinton Building: Lyndon Center Lower Campus DATES: Class 1: February 10, 12, 17 & 19, 2015 Class 2: March 17, 19, 24 & 26, 2015 Tuition: $150.00 50% off (Thanks to DOL Grant) $75.00 (Includes: 12 hours classroom Interactive Learning, Books & Testing Proctor). Testing for National Certification: $55.00 Contact: Adult Education ~ 802-626-0191 Lyndon Institute is an equal opportunity employer. MEADOW LEASING Littleton, N.H. 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Young, 25, of Sugar Hill for simple assault and driving with a suspended license on Main Street in Franconia on Aug. 20. Nestor E. Roman, 18, of Littleton was ﬁned $620 with an additional $500 suspended and handed a suspended 90-day sentence for simple assault, resisting arrest, obstructing government administration and possession of marijuana for pushing Ofc. Scott Moodie, pulling away from Sgt. Gary Hebert, and shutting the door on both ofﬁcers at 155 South St. in Littleton on July 11. A charge of vandalism was not prose- cuted. Zebulon L. Powers, 22, of Bethlehem was ﬁned $620, his driver’s license was revoked nine months an he was ordered to complete an impaired driver care management program for driving while intoxicated in Littleton on Sept. 6. Vanessa L. English, 44, of Littleton was ﬁned $620, her driver’s license was revoked nine months and she was ordered to complete an impaired driver care management program for driving while intoxicated on Route 302 in Lisbon on Sept. 20. Zorin L. Vespucci, 28, of Lancaster was ﬁned $310 with an additional $250 suspended for conduct after an accident at 14 Curtis Ct. in Littleton on July 18. A charge of reckless operation was not prosecuted. Kirk P. Tobin, 24, of Bethlehem was ﬁned $310 (with an additional $250 suspended) and handed a 10day suspended sentence for breach of bail conditions at 2043 Main St. in Bethlehem on Sept. 13. Charges of simple assault and violation of a protective order on Sept. 13 and simple assault on Main Street in Bethlehem on Sept. 7 were not prosecuted. Littleton Police did not prosecute Todd Burge, 23, of Gilman, Vt., for receiving stolen property at 185 Union St. in Littleton on July 2. Bench warrants for failure to appear were issued for the following: Matthew J. Almeida, 26, of Westport, Mass.; Nuna A. Saldanha, 33, of Bristol, R.I. ration agreement between a principal (or a superintendent, for that matter) and her employer. Darren M. Allen Communications Director, Vermont-NEA, Montpelier, Vt. CALEDONIAN Black Cyan Magenta Yellow THE CALEDONIAN-RECORD A6 STATE WITHHELD EVIDENCE IN SEX ASSAULT CASE By Jennifer HerSey clevelanD Staff Writer NEWPORT CITY — The state withheld potentially exculpatory material from the defense in a now 18-month-old sexual assault case, a new prosecutor to the case conﬁrmed Wednesday in Orleans Superior Court-Criminal Division. Defense attorney David Sleigh told Judge Walter Morris during a pretrial conference for his client James Tourangeau Sr., 79, of Craftsbury, that the state, under the former “regime,” failed to let the defense know about two nurses who performed sexual assault kits on the complainant. Sleigh said there may also have been a recorded statement of the complainant that was not produced. Sleigh said Deputy State’s Attorney Christopher Moll, who started his new job Sunday, alerted him that signiﬁcant discovery had not been produced by the former prosecutor. The case was prosecuted by Deputy State’s Attorney Jim Lillicrap until Sunday, when Jennifer Barrett assumed the ofﬁce of state’s attorney and assigned the case to Moll. “Is it Brady material?” Morris Drugs Continued from Page A1 U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Conroy today in Burlington. According to court documents, the drug ring was being operated out of the home of Elysia Conley, 26, at 130 Victory Road in Concord. Conley is the owner of Modern Divine Barber Shop located at 77 Concord Ave. in St. Johnsbury. Conley has a criminal record and according to police the Vermont Drug Task Force investigated allegations last spring that Conley was selling drugs out of the barber shop. The investigation into last week’s arrests began when the task force received information that Miller and Gonyo had just returned from the New York City area with heroin and crack cocaine and were headed from Conley’s house to the Chittenden County area to distribute the drugs. Police said Miller and Gonyo were in a black SUV stopped by state police on Interstate 89 in Bolton and that 64 grams of heroin, 14.8 grams of powder cocaine and 27.6 grams of crack cocaine were found hidden in the interior light assembly above the center console of the vehicle. Gonyo, according to the report, told police she sold heroin and crack for Miller in the Chittenden County area and that she and Miller were headed to Chittenden County to distribute some heroin. Gonyo also told police that Miller had once put a gun in her mouth while threatening her. Police said there was a second male passenger in the back of the car identiﬁed as Vermont resident Tyler Kidd. Kidd told police that he, Gonyo and Miller had just returned on a drug buying trip to the city. Shelter Continued from Page A1 use of it for a warming shelter this winter only. The committee pursued the offer but was unable to trigger a special meeting of the St. Johnsbury Development Review Board for zoning consideration, Cherry said. The review board typically meets the fourth Thursday of each month, which was too late for the steering committee, she said. “We put in a request for a special board meeting and they never got back to us,” Cherry said. “I don’t know where the breakdown was.” Cherry said the steering committee lodged its request with zoning administrator Maureen Hennings. Following zoning approval, the shelter would have required con- asked Moll, referring to the 1963 U.S. Supreme Court, Brady vs. Maryland, which established that the prosecution has an obligation to produce material that could help exonerate the defendant. “It is,” Moll replied. Tourangeau is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in 2012. Tourangeau’s case has lagged through seven pretrial conferences, with attorneys having to sift through questionnaires ﬁlled out by three jury panels. Tourangeau was arraigned on the single felony count of aggravated sexual assault Aug. 13, 2013. It is one of the oldest cases on the docket, and as such, it was slated as a high priority case for this month’s jury draw. But this new information must be explored to be fair to both sides, Moll and Sleigh agreed. “We’ve been trying to get this horse to race,” Sleigh said. Sleigh said he and Moll would compare their respective ﬁles and ﬁgure out who was missing what pieces. Barrett conﬁrmed that many ﬁles left behind by former State’s Attorney Alan Franklin and his staff are in disarray. In some cases, discovery that has been provided to the defense is missing from the state’s ﬁles, she said. Barrett said she’s had to reach out to defense attorneys to try to build complete ﬁles before moving forward with cases. But as for Tourangeau, Sleigh said he can’t draw a jury due to the state’s “glaring omissions.” Sleigh said the complainant at ﬁrst made a generalized assertion about being touched by the defendant, but the statement expanded over time to assertions rising to the current sexual assault charge. It would be “enormously helpful” to be able to listen to the recorded conversation with the complainant, he said. Moll said if he were the defense attorney he would want to know what questions were asked of the complainant and whether those questions led the complainant at all. Sleigh needs the opportunity to weigh the signiﬁcance of the new evidence before attempting to negotiate a plea deal, Moll said. Sleigh said he’ll also need to depose the two new witnesses, which could take some time and asked the judge to place the case on the April jury selection list. “Unfortunate circumstance,” Morris said. “We will grant the motion to continue under the circumstances.” “When they got back from the city, Kidd, Gonyo and Shawn went to Elysia’s house in Concord to drop off 50, half-gram pieces of cocaine to ‘Shortie,’” wrote police in their report. Kidd also told police that two weeks prior Miller had ‘pistol whipped’ him with a gun. “Kidd also witnessed Shawn assault Gonyo, put the gun in Gonyo’s mouth and threaten her,” wrote police in their report. After stopping the SUV in Bolton police searched Conley’s residence in Concord and said they recovered a handgun, approximately 250 bags of heroin and approximately 2.5 grams of crack. Police said London (Bleez) was inside the residence and the investigation determined that London worked for Miller in distributing the heroin and crack cocaine. Conley told police that she had just recently met Miller - who she knew only as “Shawn” - and that she had agreed to let him stay at her house in Concord. “About a month ago, she was introduced to a guy named ‘Shawn’ who needed a place to stay,” wrote investigators in their afﬁdavit. “Conley agreed to let him stay at her house in Concord, Vermont. Shawn goes to the ‘city’ at least once a week to pick up heroin and crack cocaine. While he was living with her, Conley has seen Shawn with a softball sized ball of heroin.” Police said Conley had also been working for Miller but that she now feared for her life. “Conley has been selling both heroin and crack for Shawn,” reads the afﬁdavit. “She sells approximately $700 to $800 worth of drugs per day for Shawn. Shawn regularly carries a gun and has threatened her with it. On one occasion, Shawn got angry with her over money and because he said she could sell more drugs. During that argument, Shawn put the gun to her head and said things such as: ‘bitch you think I’m playing,’ ‘try me bitch,’ ‘I’ll kill you.’” Conley told police that Gonyo, London and his girlfriend came to stay at her house after she met Miller and that London ran Miller’s operation in the Concord area. “Whenever Conley needed crack or heroin to sell and Shawn was not around, Conley would get the drugs from Bleez,” wrote police in their afﬁdavit. “Conley believes that Jenna sells heroin and crack for Shawn in the Burlington area.” According to an afﬁdavit in support of a search warrant ﬁled in Caledonia Superior Court on June 23, 2014, the drug task force targeted Conley for investigation and sent a conﬁdential informant into Conley’s barber shop on June 19, 2014 and that the informant returned after purchasing two wax bags of heroin marked as “The Reeper” for $50. The CI told police there were two “older gentlemen” in the barber shop waiting to get their hair cut when the heroin was purchased. Police said they arrested Conley in July of 2014 on two counts of distribution heroin and one count of distribution of Dilaudid but that formal charges were not ﬁled after Conley agreed to cooperate with investigators. In January, Conley made the news as a victim after allegedly being stabbed in the arm by her mother. Andrea Kenney, 47, of Lunenburg has been charged with felony aggravated domestic assault, ﬁrst degree, with a weapon for allegedly stabbing Conley during a dispute on Jan. 7 at Conley’s residence. ceptual approval from the St. Johnsbury Board of Selectmen. “The select board was ready to meet at the drop of a hat but wanted us to go through the development review board ﬁrst,” Cherry said. Zoning administrator Hennings addressed the issue Wednesday, disputing Cherry’s account regarding the steering committee’s request for a special meeting of the development review board. “I informed them we couldn’t get a quorum together,” said Hennings, who serves with Cherry on the St. Johnsbury Planning Commission. Hennings was still attempting to schedule a special meeting when the steering committee decided to postpone the warming shelter, she said. The proposed Elm Street shelter was the steering committee’s second attempt this winter to establish an overnight warming shelter. The group ﬁrst tried for a shelter at Northeast Kingdom Community Action on Lincoln Street but the development review board rejected the proposal citing the area’s residential nature and a lack of program details. Shelter organizer Joe Patrissi, executive director of Northeast Kingdom Community Action, said the steering committee learned much about procedure and zoning this winter. It was a “helpful experience,” he said. Patrissi is conﬁdent a shelter will be in place by next winter. “This gives us a little time to really search high and low to see what works for the program, what works for the development review board, what works for the select board, and what works for the community,” he said. Delay Continued from Page A1 had been given lawful custody of her. Kelley argues she ﬂed with her daughter because her daughter was being sexually abused by Mark Nunes. After investigations by the N.H. Division of Children, Youth and Families and the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department, no evidence of abuse was found and Mark Nunes was never charged. On Wednesday, Kelley’s attorney, Alan Rosenfeld, of Colorado, said the case is about Kelley’s belief that her daughter was being abused, about a system that did not believe her and an action she took to protect her daughter. “The allegations of sexual abuse are at the heart of this case, but it’s not the jury’s job to decide if [Mary] was abused, but if the mother believed it and was justiﬁed in taking the route she chose,” he said. Coos County Attorney John McCormick said Kelley violated a court order to take her daughter to a forensic interviewer for a more indepth evaluation to determine what might be going on. Instead, Kelley took her to Colorado for her own evaluation, said McCormick. “The father at that time had no Cattle Continued from Page A1 to the Meadow View Farm. All of the animals were returned. Steve says other than suffering some stress and being off their feed and losing weight, the animals are ﬁne and are rebounding. Downing has run the farm owned by his father, Richard Downing, Sr., since 1995. Steve Downing says he grew up raising Hereford cattle on a farm in Massachusetts. While he loved working with Hereford beef cattle, when his father decided to switch to Belted Galloway, he quickly came to love the different breed. Galloway cattle, according to Steve, have two coats of fur and are ideally suited for the Vermont climate. Meadow View Farm slaughters some of the beef cattle for meat Ski Continued from Page A1 what started it.” Harkless may have spearheaded the project, but he is quick to credit others, saying it was a team effort. Members of the board of directors — current members Jim Alden, Chris Hubble, J.J. Ilacqua, Ron Lahout, Laura McCarthy and Harkless and past members Herb Lahout and Jeff Lopus — have combined to work thousands of hours on the project. Much of that time was spent behind the scenes, where they attended meetings, organized fundraisers and promoted the project. They received strong community support, according to Harkless, raising approximately $50,000 towards the project and receiving an additional $75,000 of donated labor, equipment and materials. The experience reafﬁrmed Harkless’ opinion that Littleton is a special community. What makes it special, he said, was people’s willingness to work together to accomplish bigger goals. “My little catch phrase is that ‘Littleton is the little town that could.’ And it can. And it does,” Harkless said. “In bigger towns they just throw money at things. We don’t have any money. So we have to use elbow grease.” Beginning Saturday the ski area will offer a convenient, low-cost option for local skiers and snowboarders. Day passes will cost $5 and season passes are available for juniors ($30), adults ($50) and families ($100). Hours of operation will vary, depending on conditions and the availability of volunteers, and will be updated online at www.facebook.com/MtEustisSkiClub. Lights will allow for night skiing. Hours for opening day on Saturday will be from 9 a.m. to 8 Black Cyan Magenta Yellow THursDay, February 5, 2015 custody,” said McCormick. “There was no urgency or need to fall off the face of the Earth with Mary and 10 or 11 years later to ﬁnd ourselves in this situation.” The whereabouts of Mary Nunes, now 18, are still unknown. The judge ruled that the prosecution is entitled to depose Mary Nunes for discovery to ensure a fair trial and to ensure there will be no surprises at trial. Other than deposition, the prosecution currently has no other opportunities to gather the information it needs from Mary Nunes, who Bornstein said plays a central role to the case. The prosecution received another ruling in its favor Wednesday when Bornstein denied the request by the defense to take Mary Nunes’ trial testimony by video. Rosenfeld had argued Mary Nunes suffers post-traumatic stress disorder and the emotional and mental strain of testifying at trial would be too much. Bornstein, however, said Mary Nunes is now a young adult, and the defense, while presenting a 2004 report stating she has PTSD, has provided no contemporary evidence Mary Nunes would still suffer from emotional and mental strain at trial. “Reports themselves are not evidence,” said the judge. “Even if they were evidence, that evidence is so remote in time. Some expert tes- timony would be required.” Kelley’s attorneys ﬁled a motion seeking to use New Hampshire’s competing harms defense, arguing she ﬂed with her daughter to stop the greater harm of alleged sexual abuse. Coos County Attorney John McCormick ﬁled an objection arguing that such a defense is not allowed under state law because Kelley ﬂed the jurisdiction of New Hampshire. The judge deferred a ruling on the competing harms defense and Kelley’s requested use of a similar defense under N.H. statute, ordering both McCormick and Rosenfeld to each ﬁle a memorandum of law on the use of afﬁrmative defenses. Authorities believe Genevieve Kelley ﬂed to Central America and said her last conﬁrmed sighting had been around 2005 in Honduras. Kelley turned herself into the Coos County Sheriff’s Department on Nov. 17 with the intent to face trial. While Rosenfeld argued the defense is ready for a trial in March and it is not Kelley’s fault the prosecution is not ready, Bornstein ruled a May trial would not violate Kelley’s right to a speedy trial. Attending the all-day hearing at Grafton Superior Court was Mark Nunes, who afterward made a brief statement to members of the press. “Who speaks for Mary?” said Nunes. “I’m very concerned there is no independent voice for her.” sales. The beef is sold locally with orders taken by the nearby Steppingstone Spa, a health spa owned by the Downings. Galloways are offered for sale on the Meadow View website. Because the animals went out of state, they all had to be quarantined before they could come back to the farm. Downing said when the fraud occurred “I was in a pretty low spot. It’s my livelihood; it’s my living. It’s what I love to do.” Amidon, according to the U.S. attorney for Vermont, was arraigned in United States District Court in Burlington last week. He pleaded not guilty to charges that he knowingly offered a counterfeit certiﬁed check as payment for 53 cows and transported the cows to auction. U.S. District Court Judge John Conroy ordered Amidon detained pending trial, which has not been scheduled. The present case is Amidon’s fourth cattle fraud case. At the time of the Meadow View Farm scam, Amidon was facing state charges in Pennsylvania that involved the fraudulent promise of cattle for $135,000, which Amidon allegedly unlawfully pocketed. Vermont State Police cooperated in the case with the FBI and the Pennsylvania State Police. Steve Downing said he is grateful for the work the state police and other agencies put into the case. Steve Downing said if Amidon is found guilty he hopes he will receive a serious sentence for the crime. There are 150 head of cattle at the farm. The Belted Galloways are grass fed, with no grains and no hormones. The beef cattle are raised on grazing and spend 24 to 30 months on the farm before they go out to beef. pm., Harkless said. This season a temporary rope tow will take skiers and riders 300 feet, about a quarter of the way up the hill. Those wishing to access upper terrain will have to hike. Next year a permanent rope tow will run the entire 1,350 feet to the top. Mt. Eustis will cater to skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. Half of the ski trail — which has a 300 foot vertical drop form top-to-bottom — will be left ungroomed, Harkless said. For insurance purposes all skiers and riders must ﬁll out a liability waiver, which will be kept on ﬁle. There will be no ski patrol but volunteers will be trained in basic medical care. CALEX Ambulance, located at the Littleton Fire station, will be available for emergency medical responses. Although the ski area does not have snowmaking, Harkless expects Mt. Eustis will operate for most of January and February, and could open earlier or close later depending on the conditions. “If we had everything in place we probably could have been open two weeks ago,” Harkless said. On Wednesday Harkless oversaw the ﬁnal preparations for reopening. Local plumber Doug Kilby — one of many people to donate labor — was connecting the generator to an oil tank. Many people have given generously to the project, Harkless said. That includes Home Depot (who donated the warming hut); Littleton High School’s building trades instructor Kory Pinard and his students (who built the generator shed and the warming hut’s porch); Local businessman Val Poulsen (who provided hauling and earth work services and ﬁnancial support); mechanics Mark Champagne and Henry St. Louis (who inspected the generator and rope tow motor); Lincoln Signs (which is donating a replica of the original ski area sign); Varney and Smith Co. (which donated lumber); Tender Corp. (which donated ﬁrst aid supplies); and the Bretton Woods Ski Area, which provided a used groomer (at the cost of one dollar) and loaned the temporary rope tow. The Littleton High alpine ski team, which is expected to use the hill for training, shoveled the warming hut deck and put up fencing earlier this week. “It was a total community effort,” Harkless said. “Anywhere I go and say I’m doing something for Mt. Eustis, everybody just jumps forward and helps me.” While Kilby tended to the generator, other preparations took place. A lift mechanic prepared the rope tow for operation, the Porta-Potties were delivered, and Harkless tended to the groomer. They represented some of the ﬁnal pieces coming together. The days leading up to the reopening have been stressful, Harkless said. The amount of work that went into the project — the meetings, the fundraising, the promotion and the actual work on the hill — was more than he or the other volunteers had anticipated. But he said the re-opening will be gratifying. “It will be a giant relief to see the ﬁrst person go up on that lift, that’s going to be kind of cool, that’s going to be a proud moment for me,” he said. Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony will feature a proclamation presented by state Sen. Jeff Woodburn. Organizers are still uncertain who will take the ﬁrst run down the hill. They are looking for people who were involved with the Mt. Eustis Ski Area, and who used to ski there, when it previously operated from 1939 to 1970. Those interested can post to the Mt. Eustis Ski Area’s Facebook page or contact Harkless at Littleton Bike and Fitness at (603) 444-3437. CALEDONIAN Black Cyan Magenta Yellow THE RECORD • THuRSDAY, FEBRuARY 5, 2015 A7 NEW ENGLAND VERMONT Settlement Might Pay Average of $4K To Dairy Farmers By liSa raTHKe Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. — More than 7,000 Northeast dairy farmers could get an average of around $4,000 in a proposed settlement with the cooperative Dairy Farmers of America over an alleged effort to drive down prices paid to farmers. A ﬁnal federal court hearing was held last week in Vermont on the $50 million proposal to resolve antitrust allegations. The 2009 class-action lawsuit charged the cooperative, its marketing arm Dairy Marketing Services and Dallas-based Dean Foods with working together to monopolize the market for raw milk in the Northeast. The lawsuit claimed the cooperative created an agreement with Dean Foods to source all of its milk from the cooperative’s farms. “If you were a small dairy farmer who had a separate agreement with Dean, you would have to join DFA/DMS in order to continue supplying milk. So basically they were using these full supply agreements in order to consolidate their power and sweep up a bunch of other dairy farmers,” Vermont Assistant Attorney General Ryan Kriger told the state Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday. Dean Foods agreed to a separate $30 million settlement in 2011. A judge is expected to decide in the coming REGION months whether to approve the cooperative’s settlement, and farmers now have until the end of May to submit a claim. The settlement covers farmers in Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia. About $20 million of the settlement could cover legal expenses. As part of the deal, the cooperative, which has not admitted any wrongdoing, may not enter into any new full supply agreements in the region for 30 months. “Although this settlement offer by Defendants DFA/DMS is not perfect in either the structural relief needed or the monetary compensation to farmers, it is a major step in the right direction,” former dairy farmer Alice Allen, of East Ryegate, wrote in a letter to the court. Parts of the settlement increase the transparency of the cooperative to farmers but it’s up to the farmers to pay attention, Kriger said. The settlement proposes that the cooperative be audited by a nationally recognized accounting ﬁrm and provide the names and compensation of its board of directors. It also would be required to post annual ﬁnancial disclosures on its member website. “With this case having done what it could to help, now it must be up to the farmers to use those tools and work together to improve their dairy businesses and futures in the dairy industry,” Allen wrote. Vt. Man Leaves Millions To Library, Hospital BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who sometimes held his coat together with safety pins and had a long-time habit of foraging for ﬁrewood also had a knack for picking stocks — a talent that became public after his death when he bequeathed $6 million to his local library and hospital. The investments made by Ronald Read, a former gas station employee and janitor who died in June at age 92, “grew substantially” over the years, said his attorney Laurie Rowell. Read, who was known for his ﬂannel shirt and baseball cap, gave no hint of the size of his fortune. “He was unbelievably frugal,” Rowell said Wednesday. When Read visited her ofﬁce, “sometimes he parked so far away so he wouldn’t have to pay the meter.” The bequest of $4.8 million to the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and $1.2 million to the town’s Brooks Memorial Library were the largest each institution has ever received. Read also made a number of smaller bequests. “It’s pretty incredible. This is not something that happens on a regular basis,” said the hospital’s development director, Gina Pattison. In addition to cash, Read had an antique Edison phonograph with dozens of recording drums that he left to the Dummerston Historical Society, Rowell said. “It’s really a beautiful machine,” said the society’s president, Muriel Taylor. Read was born in the small town of Dummerston in 1921. He was the ﬁrst in his family to graduate from high school, walking and hitchhiking about four miles each way from his home to school in Brattleboro. After military service during World War II, he returned to Brattleboro and worked at a service station for 25 years and then 17 years as a janitor at the local J.C. Penney. In 1960, he married a woman he met at the service station. She died in 1970. Stepson Phillip Brown, of Somersworth, New Hampshire, told the Brattleboro Reformer he visited Read every few months, more often as Read’s health declined. The only indication Brown had of Read’s investments was his regular reading of the Wall Street Journal. “I was tremendously surprised,” Brown said of Read’s hidden wealth. “He was a hard worker, but I don’t think anybody had an idea that he was a multi-millionaire.” Buying Used Guns. OOver 700 Guns. 6-MONTH LAYAWAY AND GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE Rte. 15, Hardwick, VT • 802-472-5916 HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 9-2. $ WINCHES SAVE 100 NOW THROUGH FEBRUARY 28 Vermont lawmakers consider changing election rules The driver, who was not identiﬁed, didn’t obey several commands to stop. When he reached for something on the seat, the ofﬁcer twice used a stun device to subdue him. When police realized he was a diabetic in the midst of a MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont Senate committee is weighing several ideas for an amendment to the state con- medical situation, he was given intravenous treatment and his stitution that could make it easier to elect a governor and other condition immediately improved. He was not charged. top ofﬁcials. Ideas presented to the Senate Government OperClaremont chosen for $478K ations Committee on Wednesday ranged from instant-runoff grant for sidewalks, rail trail voting to leaving the current system alone. Currently, the Vermont Constitution says governors, lieuCLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) — The city of Claremont has tenant governors and treasurers must get more than 50 percent been chosen to receive a grant of nearly $478,000 from the of the vote to be elected or the election goes to the legislature. New Hampshire Transportation Department to improve sideThat came into play this year when the legislature had to re- walks and upgrade a rail trail for pedestrians and bicyclists. elect Gov. Peter Shumlin who failed to win an outright majorThe Eagle Times reports ﬁnal approval for the grant would ity in November. come from the Executive Council. The city would be responsible for nearly $120,000 in matching funds. Vermont bill would ban jilted The Transportation Department expects the project to begin lovers posting ‘revenge porn’ this summer. City ofﬁcials say the Neighborhood Connectivity and Rail MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont legislators are weighing a bill that would make it a felony to post so-called “revenge Trail Improvement Project will upgrade East Street between porn” on the Internet. That’s when someone harasses a former Pleasant and Broad streets, which currently has no sidewalk, intimate partner by posting explicit pictures or videos the ex- and will extend the length of the street. The Bobby Woodman rail trail portion will include new surlover thought would remain private. Rep. Kesha Ram says she’s been contacted by women in face materials as well as an improved trail head and safety imthe Burlington area who say they’ve been the victims of such provements. postings. Mitt Romney to speak at New The legislation follows the conviction of a California man Hampshire college graduation who ran a website devoted to revenge porn and charged fees to people who wanted him to take down material depicting MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Mitt Romney, who recently them. toyed with a third run for president before dropping out, will Allen Gilbert, chief of the Vermont ofﬁce of the American deliver the 2015 commencement address at Saint Anselm ColCivil Liberties Union, says his group has concerns about the lege in Manchester, New Hampshire. measure. He says criminalizing expressive conduct may vioRomney was the Republican party nominee in 2012, losing late the First Amendment. to President Barack Obama. He also ran for the nomination in 2008 but lost to John McCain. Vermont seeking proposals The former Massachusetts governor vowed after 2012 that for broadband expansion he was done with presidential politics then surprised the poMONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of litical establishment in January when he told supporters he was Public Service is seeking proposals to provide broadband In- considering another run. He announced last week he would ternet service to 1,700 remote, underserved parts of the state. not take another shot. Romney, who has a home in New Hampshire, will speak at The request for proposal that’s part of the Connectivity Initiative passed last year, will provide $963,500 in grants to help Saint Anselm on May 17. The liberal arts college hosts the “Politics & Eggs” series of forums for potential presidential Internet service providers expand service to those areas. The lowest acceptable speed for funding under the proposal candidates, political analysts and commentators. is 10 megabits-per-second download and 1 megabit upload. Lawyer challenges DMV rule Public Service Commissioner Christopher Recchia says the on blood-alcohol content goal is to increase the speed and quality of broadband service in Vermont’s hardest-to-reach areas. He says any technology BRENTWOOD, N.H. 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Mandatory spending, like fees that Medicare pays to doctors, runs on autopilot. The accounting steps essentially inﬂate the White House’s “baseline” predictions of future deﬁcits. Then the White House claims greater deﬁcit savings than it otherwise could if it played by the budget rules followed by the Congressional Budget Ofﬁce, whose estimates lawmakers have to follow. That’s according to a study by the budget sleuths at a Washington think tank called the Committee For a Responsible Federal Budget, a businessfunded group that advocates cutting deﬁcits. Rescuers hoist crashed Taiwanese plane from river to search for missing; at least 26 dead TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers used a crane to hoist the fuselage of a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taiwan’s capital late Wednesday as they searched into the night for 17 people missing in a crash that killed at least 26 others. Flight 235 with 58 people aboard — most of them travelers from China — banked sharply on its side shortly after takeoff from Taipei, clipped a highway bridge and then careened into the Keelung River. Rescuers in rubber rafts pulled 15 people alive from the wreckage during daylight. After dark, they brought in the crane, and the death toll was expected to rise once crews were able to search through submerged portions of the fuselage, which came to rest a few dozen meters (yards) from the shore. Dramatic video clips apparently taken from cars were posted online and aired by broadcasters, showing the ATR 72 propjet as it pivoted onto its side while zooming toward a trafﬁc bridge over the river. In one of them, the plane rapidly ﬁlls the frame as its now-vertical wing scrapes over the road, hitting a vehicle before heading into the river. Speculation cited in local media said the crew may have turned sharply to follow the line of the river to avoid crashing into a high-rise residential area, but Taiwan’s aviation authority said it had no evidence of that. Video of Islamic State burning Jordanian pilot to death unleashes anger, grief in Mideast CAIRO (AP) — The horriﬁc fate of a captured Jordanian pilot, burned to death by the Islamic State group, unleashed a wave of grief and rage on Wednesday across the Middle East, a region long riven by upheavals and violence. Political and religious leaders united in outrage and condemnation, saying the slaying of the airman goes against Islam’s teachings. The gruesome militant video of the last moments in the life of 26-yearold Lt. Muath Al-Kaseasbeh, whose F-16 crashed in Syria in December during a U.S.-led coalition raid on the extremist group, crossed a line — beyond the beheadings of Western hostages at the hands of Islamic State extremists. From the world’s most prestigious seat of Sunni Islam learning, Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque, Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb said the IS militants deserve the Quranic punishment of death, cruciﬁxion or the chopping off of WORLD BRIEFS their arms for being enemies of God and the Prophet Muhammad. “Islam prohibits the taking of an innocent life,” al-Tayeb said. By burning the pilot to death, he added, the militants violated Islam’s prohibition on the immolation or mutilation of bodies — even during wartime. Under many Mideast legal systems, capital punishment is usually carried out by hanging. In Iran and Pakistan, stoning to death as punishment for adultery exists in the penal code but is rarely used. Beheadings are routinely carried out in Saudi Arabia, and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers have on occasion publicly shot to death Palestinians suspected of spying for Israel. Disneyland measles outbreak is far smaller than infections that raged in Ohio Amish country LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest U.S. measles outbreak in recent history isn’t the one that started in December at Disneyland. It happened months earlier in Ohio’s Amish country, where 383 people fell ill after unvaccinated Amish missionaries traveled to the Philippines and returned with the virus. The Ohio episode drew far less attention, even though the number of cases was almost four times that of the Southern California outbreak, because it seemed to pose little threat outside close-knit religious communities. The Disneyland outbreak has already spread well beyond the theme parks that attract tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe, who could then return home with the virus. Disease investigators for weeks raced to identify measles-stricken patients, track down potential contacts and quarantine them if necessary. Public health experts say success at containing the outbreak will largely depend on how many unvaccinated people get the measles shot. “This was a wake-up call,” said Dr. James Cherry, a pediatric infectious disease expert at the University of California, Los Angeles. “It could continue to smolder” if not enough people get vaccinated. Jordan says IS can be defeated; Mideast revulsion over video of pilot’s death by burning AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan called Wednesday for a decisive battle against the Islamic State group, declaring “this evil can and should be defeated,” after the militants burned a Jordanian pilot to death in a cage and gleefully broadcast the horriﬁc images on outdoor screens in their stronghold. Waves of revulsion over the killing washed across the Middle East, a region long accustomed to violence. In mosques, streets and coffee shops, Muslims denounced the militants’ brutality and distanced themselves from their violent version of Islam. Even a prominent preacher with close links to jihadi groups said Islamic State militants miscalculated if they hoped the images of the pilot’s agony would galvanize greater opposition to a U.S.-led military coalition that has been bombing targets of the group. “After millions of Muslims were cursing every pilot (in the coalition), with this act, they (IS) have made the burned one into a symbol,” Abdullah alMuhaysni, a Saudi sheik, wrote on his Twitter account. The Islamic State group, which controls large areas of Iraq and Syria, has killed captives in the past, posting videos of beheadings and sparking wide- Black Cyan Magenta Yellow spread condemnation. However, the killing of Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who crashed over Syria in December, also highlighted the vulnerability of Jordan, a key Western ally in the region, to threats from extremists. From Australia to Wisconsin, Westerners join Kurds to battle Islamic State group in Iraq SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — As Kurdish ﬁghters gathered around a ﬁre in this damp, frigid mountain town in northwestern Iraq, exhausted from battling the Islamic State group, a surprising recruit wearing a tactical vest with the words “Christ is Lord” scribbled on it joined them. The ﬁghter, with a sniper riﬂe slung over his shoulder and a Rambo-styled bandanna around his head, is 28-year-old Jordan Matson from Sturtevant, Wisconsin, a former U.S. Army soldier who joined the Kurds to ﬁght the extremist group now holding a third of Iraq and neighboring Syria. “I’m not going back until the ﬁght is ﬁnished and ISIS is crippled,” Matson told The Associated Press, using an alternate acronym for the militant group. “I decided that if my government wasn’t going to do anything to help this country, especially Kurdish people who stood by us for 10 years and helped us out while we were in this country, then I was going to do something.” Matson and dozens of other Westerners now ﬁght with the Kurds, spurred on by Kurdish social media campaigners and a sense of duty rooted in the 2003-2011 U.S.-led military intervention in Iraq. And while the U.S. and its coalition allies bomb the extremists from the air, Kurds say they hope more Westerners will join them on the ground to ﬁght. Foreigners joining other people’s wars is nothing new, from the French Foreign Legion to the International Brigades of the Spanish Civil War. The Kurds, however, have turned to the Internet to ﬁnd warriors, creating a Facebook page called “The Lions of Rojava” with the stated aim being to send “terrorists to hell and save humanity.” The page also frequently features portraits of smiling, beautiful and heavily armed Kurdish female commanders and ﬁghters. In Harper Lee’s hometown, ‘Mockingbird’ sequel buzz tamped by worries about her health, wishes MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Hometown friends and fans of “To Kill A Mockingbird” author Harper Lee are struggling to reconcile a publisher’s sensational announcement — that her decades-old manuscript for a sequel had been rediscovered and will be released — with the image of the elderly writer at her sister’s recent funeral. Grieving, ill and seated in a wheelchair, Lee talked loudly to herself at awkward times during the service for her beloved older sister and attorney, Alice, according to two family friends who attended the November service. Lee mumbled in a manner that shocked some in attendance, said one of the friends. Both spoke on condition that they not be identiﬁed — one for fear of upsetting those handling the author’s affairs, the other not wanting to upset the family. That scene seemed at odds with Tuesday’s announcement by an arm of HarperCollins Publishers that included an eloquent statement attributed to Lee, 88, who spends her days in an assisted living center not far from where she grew up in this south Alabama town, the inspiration for “Mockingbird.” The publisher said Tonja Carter, an attorney who practiced with Alice Lee, found an unpublished manuscript titled “Go Set a Watchman,” and that it will be released in July as a sequel to the beloved novel. “I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years,” Lee was quoted as saying.
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