Bar bouncer pleads innocent to assaulting four patrons

Boston police say an overzealous bar bouncer “kicked, punched and choked” some patrons, sending two men and two women to the hospital with head and facial injuries.

Sidney Phillips of Avon pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He was released on $1,500 bail.

Police say the assault at 1:30 a.m. Sunday was captured on cellphone and started when a group of about 10 people was asked to leave the Grand Canal after inadvertently bumping a woman while taking a photo, sparking an argument inside.

The injured patrons were in their 20s.


N.Y. academic selected to lead Keene State College

The provost and vice president of academic affairs at The College of Brockport in New York has been chosen to be the 10th president of New Hampshire’s Keene State College.

Anne Huot, who grew up in New Hampshire, will begin her new job on July 1.

Huot brings to Keene 23 years of academic leadership experience, including the last six years at The College at Brockport, part of the State University of New York system.

She earned her undergraduate degree in medical technology from the University of New Hampshire and holds a master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Vermont.


Family of missing student seeks surveillance footage

The family of a Brown University student missing since March 16 is appealing to area businesses to turn over surveillance footage.

Sunil Tripathi, 22, a native of Bryn Mawr, Pa., was on leave from the Ivy League school, but living in an apartment near campus with several other Brown students.

His family last heard from him around midnight on March 15, and he was last seen the following morning.

His sister, Sangeeta, says they’re hoping businesses with security cameras near where he lived on Angell and Brook streets turn over footage from that day so they can try to track his movements.


Father has son arrested on charges of homegrown pot

A Vermont man is facing marijuana charges after his father turned him in to police, saying his son was growing it in closets.

Twenty-year-old Nicholas Hough of St. Johnsbury pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of marijuana cultivation and a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession Monday.

Police said Hough’s father, Clifton Hough, told police he wanted to put a “scare” into his son and no longer wanted illegal activity taking place in his home.

Police found four suspected marijuana plants, and drug paraphernalia.


State university hires firm to recruit global students

The University of Vermont has hired a private company to recruit more international students.

Study Group, a company based in Australia, has partnership arrangements with educational institutions in the United State and five other countries.

At UVM, the program will be called UVM Global Gateway and is scheduled to debut in January with about 50 students, the Burlington Free Press reported on Tuesday. It would offer English and other academic courses over two semesters that will enable participants to enroll as regular undergraduates at UVM.

International students now make up about 1.8 percent of UVM’s undergraduates. The goal is to ramp up the international student population to 5 to 7 percent by the fall of 2017.

Study Group is expected to deliver 50 international students in January, 70 in May and 70 more in twice-a-year cohort.

Students would pay out-of-state tuition, expected to be $34,650. The plan is for 30 percent to go to Study Group and 70 percent to UVM.


—From news service reports