Man sentenced to prison for knocking out stranger

A Vermont man who beat a stranger unconscious in an unprovoked assault is going to prison for it. Jeremy Bathalon, 22, of Derby Line pleaded guilty May 4 to simple assault, a misdemeanor, after being charged originally with aggravated assault. He drew a three- to 12-month prison term.

On Aug. 26, Bathalon and another man walked by a picnic table and began shouting at a group of people at the table. According to the Caledonian-Record, Bathalon then smashed a headlight on one of their vehicles and hit a man in the face, knocking him unconscious.

In an affidavit, Trooper Callie Field said the victim had no idea who the two were beforehand.


Former treasurer accused of stealing repays $71,000

The former treasurer of a charitable organization that raised money for children’s programs at the Chicopee public library has paid back more than half the $115,000 she’s accused of stealing.

The president of the Friends of the Public Library told The Republican of Springfield that he received a check worth $71,000 from Elizabeth Wilk’s lawyers on Thursday. Wilk pleaded guilty in March to larceny for stealing the money between December 2007 and September 2010.

Her lawyers said she took the money to fuel her gambling addiction. The organization asked for $130,000 in restitution to cover lost interest and fees. She is scheduled to be sentenced May 31.


Kerrigan supports brother charged with killing father

Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan voiced support for her brother as his manslaughter trial started.

Kerrigan said, “I love my brother,” as she entered Middlesex Superior Court on Friday where jury selection got under way. Mark Kerrigan is charged in the 2010 death of their 70-year-old father, Daniel Kerrigan.

Prosecutors say Daniel Kerrigan died of cardiac dysrhythmia — a loss or interruption of a normal heartbeat that can lead to cardiac arrest — after a fight with his son.

Nancy Kerrigan is expected to be called as a witness. Opening statements are expected Monday.


Cape Wind’s federal loan delayed for lack of funding

Cape Wind’s attempt to win a Department of Energy loan guarantee that would lower the price of its power has been placed “on hold” until the loan program receives more funding.

Cape Wind said it would still pursue the loan, since it would reduce costs for state electricity customers.

Cape Wind has a 15-year deal to sell National Grid half its power starting in 2013. The state attorney general has estimated a DOE loan would drop the price of its power.