Police Seek Information on Missing Haverhill Teen
New Hampshire law enforcement officials are asking the public’s help to urgently locate 14-year-old Emma “Alex” Lee Caraballo. Alex is believed to be an endangered runaway and was last seen at 2 pm on Tuesday at the Oliverian School in Pike, New Hampshire. She was last seen wearing a gray and lavender North Face parka, a beanie hat, black combat boots and carrying a small black and white backpack.
Alex has short black hair heavily highlighted with royal blue and deep purple. She has a pierced lip. The missing girl is half Asian and half Hispanic light skinned, slender, about 5’2″ and 105 lbs.
New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Grafton County Sheriff’s Office, Haverhill Police Department, and volunteers including the Upper Valley Wilderness Response team and New England K-9 Search and Rescue are all participating in the search.
Anyone with any information is asked to immediately contact the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department at 603-787-2111 or your local law enforcement agency
Croydon School District Fights for Students’ Education
Croydon residents and school choice proponents filled Sullivan County Superior Court yesterday afternoon for NH Board of Education vs. Croydon School District. The State Board of Education was seeking a permanent injunction to stop Croydon School District from sending students to private schools.
The state argued that private schools may not be meeting adequacy requirements and that the law prevents using public funds for private schools.
Three parents who have or had students attending private schools testified saying they weren’t sure their students received an adequate education while attending Newport Schools since Newport were deemed a District in need of improvement for several years.
Croydon School District’s Attorney Sean List and Chuck Douglas argued that the law says “not limited to” when referring to public schools allows for students to be assigned to private schools.
Jim Peschke a member of the Croydon School Board and former Chair when Croydon started choice said he thought the hearing went well.
Attorney Sean List said he has how now idea which way Judge Brian Tucker is leaning.
Judge Brian Tucker will notify Croydon School District and the State Board of Education of his decision by mail.
VT Settles with Advantage Payment Systems For High Interest Rates
Vermont’s Attorney General William Sorrell announced on Tuesday that the state made a settlement with Advantage Payment Systems. Advantage Payment Systems LLC, is a Nevada company that processes electronic payments, will pay $22,000 to settle claims that the company violated Vermont consumer protection laws. Vermont currently has the strongest law in the nation to combat predatory high-interest, unlicensed loans – loans that historically were called payday loans,
Between 2012-2013, Advantage Payment Systems processed debits from over 500 consumer bank accounts in Vermont on behalf of at least 36 online lenders. The annual interest often exceeded 100-300% even though Vermont law prohibits annual interest above 24%. None of the 36 lenders had a license to make loans in Vermont. In September 2013, Advantage Payment Systems ceased processing payments in Vermont involving online consumer loans.
Advantage Payment Systems will pay $22,000 to the State of Vermont; $12,000 will be paid to the Vermont Financial Literacy Commission Fund to help improving the financial literacy and financial capability of Vermont’s citizens.
New London Passes all Warrant Articles
New London had 238 attendees on Wed night for their Annual Town Meeting.
Articles 1 – 20 were easily passed. Articles 3 and 4 required a 2/3 vote were done by ballot.
Article 3, which asked for $460,000 for GIS mapping, Brookside Drive Culvert replacement and a new sand and salt shed for New London’s Public Works Department to be raised from a bond or note, passed 230-4.
Article 4 that asked to raise $42,500 payable over 60 months for a recreation van passed 221-3