Vermont Man Charged with Human Trafficking

human traffickkingA Highgate VT man was arrested on Thursday on charges of human trafficking, prohibited acts, and sexual assault. Vermont State Police say the charges stem after an investigation from complaints about the 63 year old. Mac Allister is lodged at the Northwest Regional Correctional Center in St. Albans on $20,000 bail. He will be arraigned on Friday  at 11:00 am in Franklin County District Court.


Crowd Greets Christie at One Mile West

christieA crowd of supporters greeted NJ Governor Chris Christie Thursday afternoon at One Mile West. Many were there to encourage him to run for President, like Tony Usko of Sunapee
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Christie’s stump speech addressed NH’s heroin problem head on and spoke about the importance of drug rehabilitation. Christie and his wife Mary Pat visit drug rehab centers wherever they visit and today was no different the couple paid a visit to Easter Seals Farnum Center in Manchester NH. Christie said “Everybody has this problem somewhere in their life.”
Christine Petersen who works for Easter Seals says she drove up from Concord to meet the Governor.
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The Governor met individually with supporters and answered their questions before leaving for a local GOP event in Keene.

Hartford CT Man Charged with Heroin Possession

A Hartford CT man was charged with Possession of Heroin and Resisting Arrest just before midnight on Wednesday. Vermont State Police say they received reports of a man walking around dazed and also trying to get inside a residence near the Sharon Park and Ride. The police spoke with Jose M. Restrepo 34, in that area. While speaking with him police noticed Restrepo trying to stash a sleeve of heroin containing 50 bags near a vehicle. When police attempted to take him into custody the man resisted and a taser was used. Restrepo was lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility in lieu of a $5,000 cash bail.

Claremont Council Nixes Public Information Officer

The Claremont City Council decided Thursday night that 2016 is not the year to hire a Public Information Officer. Councilors raised a number of issues, including more research on the topic, need for a job description and the need for road work as reasons for not supporting the $90,000 price tag. They also expressed concern about funding a new position when the proposed budget does not include one more full-time employee to help care for the City’s park system. A request from Mark Brislin director of Parks and Recreation for an additional full-time position did not make it into the final version of the proposed budget. The Council tentatively approved the Policy budget minus the $90,000 that was included for the information officer position.