New England in Brief
Vt. Attorney General Sorrell warning of money scams
MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Attorney General’s office says it’s getting an increasing number of complaints about "free money" and other financial fraud scams.
Attorney General William Sorrell says complaints have been received about grandparent and friend or relative impostor scams in which someone claiming to be a loved one in trouble in another country seeks money by wire transfer.
Other scams involve sweepstakes, lottery, and grants in which people are told they have won money but need to make a wire transfer or make a payment by check or credit card.
Sorrell is reminding people that "free money" is not free and to not give financial information to any solicitor unless you have verified the source is legitimate.
Rockingham truck driver uninjured in Long Island pileup
SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) -- All lanes of the Long Island Expressway have reopened following a chain reaction of fiery crashes east of New York City that killed one person and injured 33 others.
Police say a tractor-trailer driven by 42-year-old Raymond Simoneau of Rockingham, Vt., smashed into several vehicles about 70 miles east of New York City on Wednesday. The crash set off a series of accidents that left at least two dozen vehicles strewn across several hundred yards of the eastbound lanes.
The tractor-trailer was carrying debris from Superstorm Sandy. At least three vehicles caught fire.
A 68-year-old woman from Blue Point, N.Y., died at the scene. A car involved in the initial collision with the tractor-trailer was incinerated beyond recognition.
Simoneau was uninjured, police said.
Vermont man charged with taking large buck after season
MORRISVILLE (AP) -- A 22-year-old Vermont man is facing poaching charges after game wardens say he shot what they’re describing as a "mature antlered buck" in Morrisville after the close of deer season.
Wardens say Skylar Poleio was arrested at about 11:15 p.m. Dec. 14 after he and another person went to retrieve the buck.
Wardens say they received a 911 call that night from someone who heard a gunshot on Cote Hill Road in Morrisville.
Wardens, police and sheriff’s deputies responded. Officers used a thermal imaging device to locate Poleio in the woods.
He was charged with taking deer in closed season. He could be sentenced to two months in jail.
Wardens say Poleio was charged in November while allegedly trying to locate deer at night with a spotlight.
Funeral held in New Hampshire for mother of Conn. gunman
KINGSTON, N.H. (AP) -- A private funeral has been held in New Hampshire for the mother of the gunman who shot and killed 20 children at a Connecticut elementary school.
The police chief in Kingston says the funeral was held Thursday for Nancy Lanza at an undisclosed location.
He says about 25 family members attended the ceremony in the town of about 6,400, where Nancy Lanza once lived.
Her son burst into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last Friday, killing 20 children and six adults before turning the gun on himself.
Snow brings good news for northern N.H. skiing, snowmobiling
LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) -- It’s not officially winter, yet ski resorts and snowmobile trails in northern New Hampshire have received an early Christmas present of fresh snow this week, with more expected.
In Pittsburg, more than a foot of snow has fallen and groomers have been out packing down snowmobile trails. New Hampshire Grand, an organization that that promotes northern New Hampshire activities, says more than 85 percent of the snowmobile trails opened Wednesday.
In Pinkham Notch, the Wildcat Mountain ski area reports 2 feet of snow since Monday.
The forecast calls for more snow in the region overnight through Friday, with heavy accumulations possible.
Mass. has seen increase in gun licenses
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts has seen a sharp climb in the issuance of gun licenses in recent years.
Firearms permits statewide have climbed by more than one-third over the past five years.
In some communities, the number of permits has doubled during that period. The city of Boston has seen a 60 percent increase in the number of gun licenses.
Massachusetts has some of the nation’s toughest gun laws, including a ban on some types of military-style assault weapons.
Local police departments are responsible for issuing firearms licenses to applicants who pass a background check and complete a certified safety course.
State Rep. David Linsky, a Natick Democrat, said some of the standards for issuing licenses may be too lax, and he’s calling for a review.
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