Two Injured in Springfield Triple Crash
Two people were sent to the hospital yesterday afternoon, after a three-car collision in Springfield VT. Police say the accident happened shortly before 1:00 PM at the entrance to Jake’s Maker and Deli on Clinton Street.
Springfield Fire and EMS responded to the crash and transported two of the drivers to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Benjamin Hubbard the third driver was arrested for driving with a criminally suspended license. He will appear in Windsor Criminal Court at an unknown date to answer the charge of Driving with a Criminally Suspended License.
Hillside and Fayes Towing responded and removed the vehicles from the scene.
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Three Dartmouth Professors on Paid Leave for Alleged Mis-Conduct
According to The Dartmouth, three Professors were put on paid leave due to allegations of serious misconduct. According to College spokesperson Diana Lawrence, Psychology and brain sciences professors Todd Heatherton, Bill Kelley and Paul Whalen are on paid leave and under “ongoing investigations into allegations of serious misconduct”.
The College has restricted the professors’ access to campus pending the investigations’ conclusion, according to Lawrence.
Hanover Police Department captain Mark Bodanza said that the department does not have any active investigations regarding the three professors.
Emails sent by The Dartmouth to Professor Heatherton received an automatic reply that the professor is on sabbatical and not monitoring this email account until September 2018.
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Grantham Man Indicted
A Sullivan County Grand Jury indicted a Grantham man yesterday on charges stemming a June 25th criminal threatening arrest in Sunapee. Andrew Ballantine of 27 Greensward Drive was indicted for Falsifying Physical Evidence, Criminal Threatening Deadly Weapon Firearm and Reckless Conduct Deadly Weapon Firearm.
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Health Plans to Rise 52 Percent
About 24,000 NH residents will see an increase of 52 percent for their individual health insurance plans for 2018. However, the 29,000 NH residents receiving federal subsidies through HealthCare.gov likely won’t see increases in monthly premiums.
After receiving renewal letters, residents can find accurate estimates for monthly premiums by using the plan preview tool on Health Care.gov. However, consumers can only enroll in plans on the website during open enrollment Nov. 1-Dec. 15th. The Insurance Department advises all policyholders to shop around for 2018 – even those who like their current plan. There may be a 2018 plan that is a better fit, in terms of cost or benefits.
If consumers do not qualify for federal financial assistance, they should consider looking at individual plans on HealthCare.gov and those sold directly through an insurance company or an agent or to find the most affordable option.
People who do not qualify for APTCs (Advanced Premium Tax Credits) and who are unable to afford premiums may qualify for an exemption from the tax penalty if the lowest-cost bronze plan available on HealthCare.gov is more than 8.16% of their household income. This would not provide the consumer with coverage, but it would allow for an exemption from the individual mandate fine.
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Springfield VT Man Arrested for DUI
A Springfield VT man was arrested yesterday for DUI in Rockingham VT. Vermont State Police say just before 7:00 PM they stopped Jon E. Farnham for driving 68 mph in a 50 mph zone. After an investigation, officers determined Farnham was under the influence of alcohol. Farnham was released on a citation to appear in, Windham Criminal Court on Nov. 14, 2017, to answer the charges.