Claremont Man Pleads Guilty to 3 Bank Robberies
A Claremont NH man pled guilty to three bank robberies in Federal Court on Monday. James Oberfeldt 31, pled guilty to robbing One Credit Union in Claremont in Oct of 2013, The Lake Sunapee Bank in Lebanon in Nov of 2013, and Claremont Savings Bank in Claremont also in Nov. of 2013.
Oberfeldt was identified after being arrested in Massachusetts on December 7, 2013 on other charges after a traffic stop. At that time Massachusetts State Police recovered an air pistol, dark ski mask and several items of clothing in Oberfeldt’s car. The clothing and gun matched those of the bank robber on a surveillance video from the Claremont Savings Bank. Finger prints from the door of that bank were tested by the FBI’s Forensic Laboratory and found to match Oberfeldt’s.
The defendant faces a maximum prison term of twenty years on each count and will be sentenced on October 5, 2015.
The Claremont and Lebanon Police Departments, the Massachusetts State Police and the Holyoke, Massachusetts Police investigated this case.
Lempster’s Open Enrollment Tabled Until March
It was a short Special School District meeting in Lempster on Monday night. Residents were to vote to see if Lempster should become an “Open enrollment public school”. If the vote passed it would have allowed the Lempster Community School to accept pupils from other districts according to RSA 194D. However, the warrant article was tabled until the annual district meeting in March.
School Board Chair Kelly Caron said the school board decided to pursue open enrollment this past May.
Although the law was enacted in 2009, no school has had open enrollment, until Franklin School District set out to use it for the 2015/2016 school year. Caron said the laws are ambiguous and it has been difficult getting answers from the Department of Education.
One concern of Lempster was how tuition payments would be made to the district. The school board hopes that by March they will have their questions and concerns resolved.
Ludlow Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Medicaid Fraud
A Ludlow VT woman pled not guilty at her arraignment last week on two felony counts of Medicaid Fraud, and three felony counts of False Pretenses. According to court documents, Jennifer Newsome 50, is accused of submitting over $30,000 in claims and not providing all services listed. Newsome is also alleged to have had clients sign for services they did not receive. The Medicaid Fraud charges carry a maximum penalty of up to ten years imprisonment and/or fines equal to twice the amount of payments wrongfully obtained. The False Pretense charge carries a maximum penalty of up to ten years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
VSP Arrest Bethel Woman for June 23 Accident
Vermont State Police have arrested the driver who fled the scene of an accident last week that left a man in critical condition. Police say they arrested Allison Richards 22 of Bethel VT after tips from the public helped troopers and detectives identify the alleged driver of the Black VW Jetta. The crash on June 23, left the white Subaru driven by Tavian Mayer on its side and totaled in the Locust Creek Outfitters parking lot.
Richards was arrested and charged with Gross Negligent Operation with Serious Injury Resulting, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, False Information to Law Enforcement, and Retail Theft. Mayer is still listed in critical condition at DHMC because of injuries he sustained in the crash.