Thursday October 4, 2012

Vt. police offer reward in 2005 farm killing

SHELDON (AP) -- Vermont State Police are still trying to solve the murder of a farm worker who was shot and killed on a dairy farm in Sheldon seven years ago.

Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the resolution of the case or the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.

Thirty-three-year-old Kenneth Jerome was shot on July 7, 2005, behind a barn at the Magnan farm.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Albans Barracks at 802-524-5993 or Champlain Valley Crime Stoppers 800-427-8477. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips or can be texted to "CRIMES" (274637) to keyword: VTIPS.

N.H. cuts unemployment insurance tax

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Gov. John Lynch has announced a cut in the unemployment insurance tax paid by 40,000 New Hampshire employers of .5 percent.

The reduction applies to taxable wages paid to employees during the fourth quarter of 2012, which started Monday.

Due to the national recession and the greater number of unemployment claims that resulted from them, the balance of the state’s unemployment trust fund dropped significantly, putting the fund at risk of insolvency.

In accordance with state law, a .5 percent emergency surcharge was added in 2009 to help increase the balance. A second .5 percent surcharge was added in 2010.

Lynch said a promise was made to businesses the tax would be cut once the trust regained its strength.

A second reduction is expected to go into effect Jan. 1.

$2M pledge for N.H. trail work post-Irene

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. (AP) -- The National Forest Foundation has announced a $2 million pledge to help restores trails in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest that were damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.

The nonprofit group is working with several other organizations.

Greeley Pond’s Trail was hard hit during the August 2011 storm when several feet of water ripped up rocky beds and knocked down trees.

Officials said the cleanup started immediately after Irene but more work still needs to be done. The trail restoration is expected to continue into 2013.