Grafton County Corrections Officer Arrested
barataA Grafton County Corrections officer was arrested on Friday night on drug charges. The Grafton County Sheriff’s office says Michael Barata 29, of Wells River was arrested after a lengthy investigation by the NH Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department. Barata is charged with Acts Prohibit – Felony Heroin, and Delivery of Articles Prohibited Felony – Heroin. Barata was immediately terminated from his position upon arrest. He is being held on $10,000 cash bail and will be arraigned on Monday, March 30 in Haverhill Circuit Court. Sheriff Douglas Dutile says additional arrests are forthcoming.


Britton Lumber Yard Destroyed by Blaze
Brittons’ Lumber Yard in FairleeVT was left in ashes from a 4-Alarm blaze on Sunday. The fire was first toned to the Thetford Fire Department just after 8:15 pm and went to a 4-Alarm immediately. Fire Departments from surrounding communities help fight the blaze, and at one time, there were over 26 pieces of fire apparatus at the scene. Thetford Fire department left the scene just after 1 am.
Britton had two divisions the plant in Fairlee which produced Eastern White Pine boards and its wholesale distribution in Gray Me that sells the building materials from warehouses in Fairlee.

Fraternity’s Suspension Extended
Dartmouth College has extended its suspension of Alpha Delta Fraternity. The action follows reports that some of their new members were branded in the fraternity’s house last fall, according to a statement from college spokesperson Diana Lawrence.
The fraternity is currently under suspension for violations in the winter and spring of 2014. The new allegations of branding triggered the college to strengthen and extend the terms of the suspension. If following full disciplinary proceedings Alpha Delta is found to have branded new members the fraternity faces the possibility of probation, suspension or permanent revocation of its recognition.

Woodsville Woman Faces Drug and Bail Charges
paradiseA 24 year-old Woodsville woman was arrested early Saturday morning for breach of bail and drug charges. The Grafton County Sheriff’s Office says after a lengthy investigation by the Grafton Country Department of Corrections and Sheriff’s Departments, Haverhill Police Department and the NH Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, a search warrant was issued and Chantelle D. Paradise was arrested. Paradise will appear in court on Monday to face charges of the felony charge of Acts Prohibited – Heroin and Breach of Bail Conditions. More arrests are expected.