Smith Pleads Guilty to ID Fraud

Britney Smith

Brittany Smith with her attorney in Newport Superior Court

A Claremont NH woman plead guilty to identity fraud in Sullivan County Superior Court on Monday. Brittany Smith 26, who is currently incarcerated at the Sullivan County Correctional Facility admitted she gave her sister’s name, age, occupation and address to a Massachusetts State Police Officer in June of last year. Smith’s sister filed a complaint after being notified of losing her driving privileges in Vermont, and pending charges in MA. Smith was sentenced to 6 – 18 months at the NH State prison to run concurrently with her current drug charge. Smith asked Judge Brian Tucker to send her to NH State Prison because she did not want to be tied to Sullivan County.
Assistant County Attorney Justin S. Hersh said Smith was unable to participate in the Trails program at times due to behavior issues and had tested positive for morphine while at the correctional facility. In November of 2014, Smith was involved in a police chase from Windsor VT into Claremont.

Horses Find Their Way Home
Good News. Two brown Morgan horses that went missing on Saturday from an East Mountain Road Farm in Newport returned home. David Lane told Bob Vinikoor on Monday’s Live and Local that he had the horses for only a few days before they took off on Saturday. Lane was concerned the horses wouldn’t know how to find their way home and asked the public to be on the lookout for the horses that appeared to be headed south. Turns out the horses knew where they lived. Lane said the horses were in his field when he returned from work on Monday afternoon.

Hollywood’s Bail Remains at $100,000 Cash
Jason Hollywood’s bail will remain at $100,000 cash as requested by Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway. Hollywood is charged with being a Felon in Possession of Dangerous Weapon, possession of a narcotic drug, and the manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine. Hollywood has been in the Sullivan County House of Corrections since his arrest at his Myrtle Street residence in March. Hollywood’s Attorney Jennifer Cohen requested a three-day furlough for Hollywood for him to find suitable living conditions for his children ages 9-1. The children are currently living with Hollywood’s parents but his mother is ill and unable to care long term for them. Judge Brian Tucker denied the request and suggested he have a family make the needed phone calls.

Airport Study Committee Named
Six of the seven members of the Airport Study Committee were named last night at the Newport Selectboard meeting. Bert Spaulding Sr., Heath Marston, Joe Branch, Edmund Smith, Scott McCoy, and Selectman Jeffery Kessler will serve as a representative for the board. The Board asked that any interested parties to come forward to fill the seventh seat. A meeting is being planned for next week. The committee will look at the finances, leases, and land boundaries of the Newport Airport. All the meetings will be open to the public.

New England Pumpkin Festival On Hold
The New England Pumpkin Festival Committee in Claremont announced on Monday that there would not be a pumpkin festival on October 17. The announcement came after City officials expressed traffic and safety concerns about holding the event in the downtown area of Claremont and the School Administration said no to holding it behind the middle school in the fields that connect to Arrowhead. The NEPF committee with the support of the Claremont Citizens Group said they would continue raising funds to make the City of Claremont “glow” brightly in October and provide a wonderful display of the season for children and families, allowing people to own this in their own front, side, and back yards. The committee is asking the children and families to continue growing their pumpkins to fall
Plan to display Jack-o-Lanterns on citizens, businesses and other private properties the night of October 17 forward to Halloween.

Lebanon Named Best Small Town
Livability.com has recognized Lebanon as the Best Small Town in America moving up two places from it’s 2014 rating as number three.
“Though it’s the smallest city in the state, Lebanon offers residents natural amenities and fulfilling life experiences that you just won’t find in big cities. Lebanon’s visual appeal, strong economy and education system, affordable housing, and civic engagement make it the top small town in the country.”
The only other east coast town to make the list is Bar Harbor which took the number five slot.