LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - Maine drug enforcement officials say they've arrested a Lewiston man in connection with illegal distribution of heroin. A Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Commander says Macarthur Taylor was arrested this weel at his Lewiston apartment. Officials say agents conducted undercover heroin purchases from Taylor, including several in designated drug free zones near schools.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Maine panel that's been studying how the state can help lower rates of cancer says lawmakers should examine how to increase funding for tobacco and obesity prevention among other efforts. The Cancer Task Force met yesterday to finalize its recommendations and report to the Legislature, which returns next month.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A new office is opening in Maine that will focus on boosting trade efforts in the North Atlantic. The Maine International Trade Center announced yesterday that it will be creating the Maine North Atlantic Development Office.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - More than 1,300 Mainers are being notified that their personal information may have been released in a security lapse in an unemployment benefit payment system. Maine's Department of Labor says that recently JPMorgan Chase notified the state about a possible data breach in September. JPMorgan manages the debit card system for unemployment benefits.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Police say a missing New Hampshire teenager who vanished nearly two months ago has been in contact with her mother. The FBI and New Hampshire attorney general's office say 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez wrote her mother a letter postmarked October 23rd that was received by her mother November 6th. Law enforcement officials say the letter has given them hope, but fear for her safety.
NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) - The man prosecutors say stabbed to death a White Mountain School trustee at a Littleton hotel may be prepared to enter a plea. Rodney Hill of West Danville, Vermont, was scheduled to go on trial in February, but court documents now indicate he will enter a plea and be sentenced instead..
MONT VERNON, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire police sergeant who broke down a door to save an 11-year-old home invasion victim of a machete attack that killed her mother has been named chief of the Mont Vernon police department. Kevin Furlong was a sergeant and first on the scene in 2009 after 11-year-old Jaimie Cates dialed 911. The town's Board of Selectmen Thursday chose Furlong from among 60 applicants to be the town's new chief.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A special gambling panel is recommending that New Hampshire legalize a casino with up to 5,000 video slots and 150 table games. The New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority voted 8-1 yesterday to approve draft legislation that authorizes a new commission to begin licensing one casino.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont police say two more people have pleaded guilty to distributing heroin in the Burlington area. The Burlington Free Press reports Bryan Richards and Edward Chavin were charged with selling heroin in 2012 and early 2013. Authorities say those two and seven other people were peddling a potent form of heroin known as "Chi-town" that was suspected in several overdoses in the area.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont authorities say two Massachusetts men are being sought for burglary, aggravated assault with a weapon and assault and robbery with a weapon in connection with a Burlington home invasion. The Burlington Free Press reports police are looking for 30-year-old Bryan "Tony" Frazier of Dorchester and 33-year-old Rashad "Jose" Sabree, also of Massachusetts.
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - A 46-year-old Vermont woman is due in court later this month and is expected to enter a plea to charges she embezzled about $120,000 from a Waterbury business and a youth hockey association. Federal court document say Michelle Rutledge served as the office manager and bookkeeper for Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury for 13 years, until June. She also served as treasurer of the Friends of Harwood Hockey, from 2011 until June.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Craft brews are gaining an intense following, and a black market has bloomed for top-rated beers that are hard to find, in short supply or expensive or illegal to ship. Brewers say they've seen some offered for hundreds of dollars. In Vermont, a Burlington woman was charged recently with selling five cases of the popular Heady Topper for $825 on Craigslist.
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