Tuesday November 27, 2012

N.M. man in custody in murder-for-hire
plot in Vermont

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Police say two New Mexico men in Vermont as part of an alleged murder-for-hire plot that targeted two people in St. Albans ended up at the Highgate Springs border crossing with Canada last week after getting lost.

At the border on Nov. 19, 41-year-old Mark Staake was arrested by the Vermont State Police on probation violation charges and his traveling companion, his nephew, 23-year-old Tanner Ruane, was released.

New York State Police spokesman Mark Cepiel says Ruane was arrested the next day in the Albany area after police learned he was wanted in New Mexico for conspiracy to commit murder.

Staake recently got out of prison in New Mexico where he had befriended Dana Martin, serving life for the 2000 killing of 15-year-old Deandra Fluorucci, in Barre.

Vt. to do random
audit of voter tabulator results

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos says the state’s election division will be doing a random audit of voter tabulator results in the recent election.

On Thursday the votes in the races for U.S. representative and Vermont state treasurer in the town of Barre Town, Brandon, Essex and Newfane will be hand counted.

Condos says ensuring that the election process is both honest and accurate is as important as voting itself.

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