February 16, 2013

New England Dispatches

From news service reports


Man arrested in apparent driver's license scam

New Hampshire State Police investigators are trying to determine the true identity of a man they say tried to get a driver's license after presenting another person's identification.

Police say a subject who identified himself as 26-year-old Oscar Rodriguez, of Lawrence, Mass., was arrested Friday in Concord on multiple counts of tampering with public records and unsworn falsification.

Police were called after Rodriguez allegedly tried to obtain a New Hampshire driver's license using another person's identity at the Department of Motor Vehicle's office in Concord.

Rodriguez is being held on $20,000 cash bail pending his arraignment next week.

Police were assisted in the investigation by members of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

Man accused of stealing from Little League funds

Police say the former president of a Little League group in New Hampshire has been arrested on suspicion of stealing over $4,000 from the league's accounts.

Police say Robert Lachapelle of Concord is accused of transferring funds out of the Concord Northeast Baseball and Softball League's account in 2010 and writing a check.

Officials began investigating the league's finances when Lachapelle left in 2011. They contacted police in April 2012.

The 54-year-old Lachapelle was released on $15,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on March 18. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer.

Lachapelle was league president from 2007 to 2011.


Town to get $950,000 for new affordable housing

The federal government is going to contribute $950,000 as part of a plan to build 27 units of affordable housing in a Vermont state office building in Waterbury made unusable by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

Gov. Peter Shumlin and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy on Friday announced the grant for the $6 million project on the building that fronts on Main Street.

The plan for the building known as Ladd Hall is the first concrete step in the rehabilitation of the Waterbury complex that was largely abandoned after it was damaged by the 2011 flood.

A portion of the building was constructed in the 1890s. An addition was added in the 1950s. Prior to Irene the building was used as state offices.

It's hoped construction can begin by year's end.

JAY, Vt.

Wind-power project wants to boost its output to grid

Vermont's Green Mountain Power wants permission to install equipment that will boost the amount of electricity that its turbines in the Lowell Mountain wind project can put out in the New England grid.

The Caledonian-Record reports Lowell wind operators noticed Tuesday that three of the 21 turbines were not producing electricity. They said capacity has been curtailed by ISO-New England, which runs the New England grid.

That was a concern of the chair of the governor's Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission, which was on a tour of the wind project Tuesday.

Green Mountain Power is asking the Vermont Public Service Board to approve its plan. A hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Jay town hall


Police officer pleads not guilty in vehicle-ramming

A Sandwich police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges including assault with intent to murder after allegedly ramming a relative's vehicle.

Forty-six-year-old Michael Hoadley declined to comment when he arrived for his arraignment Friday in Barnstable District Court. He also is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery, operating to endanger and leaving the scene of an accident.

District Attorney Michael O'Keefe said Hoadley was released under electronic monitoring and a restraining order not to contact the relative.

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