New England in Brief

Wednesday December 19, 2012

Maine’s VIP Parts, Tires & Service sells auto parts business

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) -- Maine-based VIP Parts, Tires & Service is selling its auto parts business to publicly traded O’Reilly Automotive Inc.

The sale is expected to be completed by the end of the month. The purchase price was not disclosed.

VIP is based in Lewiston and has 56 stores in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

O’Reilly is based in Springfield, Mo., and has about 3,900 stores in 39 states. It had nearly $6 billion in sales last year.

The companies said in a statement that after the transaction is completed, VIP will continue to own and operate the tire and service components of its business and O’Reilly will own and operate the automotive parts operations of the business.

Vermont National Forest trail closed
due to damage

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service says a snowmobile trail in Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest has been closed because the trail was damaged by "unauthorized excavation" and "substandard alterations."

The Forest Service says the changes to the Deerfield Ridge Trail in the towns of Wilmington and Dover represent a significant threat of damage to the surrounding public lands and resources by increasing erosion, compromising the health of existing wetlands, wildlife habitat and unique biological communities.

So the trail has been closed to all motorized vehicles until further notice.

The trail is still open to hikers, but people using the trail should exercise caution and expect changed and degraded trail conditions.

Ex-prep school
doctor faces more child porn counts

BOSTON (AP) -- The former medical director of an exclusive Massachusetts prep school has pleaded not guilty in federal court to child pornography charges.

Fifty-six-year-old Richard Keller of Andover entered the pleas at his arraignment Tuesday.

Keller was indicted last week on two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The indictment says Keller obtained depictions of minors in sexually explicit conduct, including boys from about 7 to 16 years old.

His lawyer declined to comment outside court.

Authorities alleged Keller had child porn delivered to him at Phillips Academy campus before his 2011 resignation.

Keller was arrested in September on a charge of receiving child pornography and has been jailed since after voluntarily agreeing to detention.

Keller worked at Boston Children’s Hospital and taught at Harvard Medical School.

3 professors honored at Vermont’s
Lyndon State College

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. (AP) -- Three professors at Vermont’s Lyndon State College have been honored for their contributions to the education of students.

Frank Green and Dorian McGowan, both retired, have earned the Professor Emeritus of Humanities status from the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees. Green taught future teachers studying for their education degrees, as well as teachers in the field. McGowan taught art and is an artist.

The Faculty Fellow Award was given to Jim Bozeman, who teaches mathematics.

Lawyer: October trial likely for man accused in hepatitis outbreak

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A lawyer for a traveling hospital worker accused of stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C says his client probably won’t stand trial in New Hampshire until October.

David Kwiatkowski pleaded not guilty earlier this month to 14 federal charges of tampering with a consumer product and illegally obtaining drugs.

His trial is scheduled for February, but prosecutors have said it likely would be delayed, given the case’s complexity. Kwiatkowski’s lawyer said Tuesday that October is likely.

Until May, Kwiatkowski worked at Exeter Hospital, where 32 patients have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries. Before that, he worked as a traveling technologist in seven states, moving from job to job despite having been fired twice over allegations of drug use and theft.

Concord Monitor publisher, AP board member resigns

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- John Winn Miller, publisher of the Concord Monitor and a member of The Associated Press board of directors, has resigned as the New Hampshire paper’s leader.

Miller, who plans to return to his home in Kentucky to work on screenplays, film and television projects, announced his resignation to staff in a company-wide meeting Dec. 14. His last day is Friday.

Miller was elected in April to a three-year term on the AP board of directors. His departure as publisher after two years means he’ll vacate his AP board seat.

He’ll be succeeded at the Monitor by Mark Travis, publisher of the Valley News in Lebanon since 2008. He spent more than 20 years as a reporter and editor at the Monitor. He also worked as a reporter at the St. Petersburg Times and was a 2002 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

South Burlington schools lock doors for 2nd day

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- For a second day, officials are locking the front doors to the five public schools and community library in South Burlington after a ‘non-specific’ concern.

Superintendent David Young said the schools are working with South Burlington police following a concern that was brought up by a staff member on Monday.

Young said the schools and library are under restricted access through at least Wednesday.

He would not say what the concern was but said the schools are taking the precautions in light of the school shooting in Connecticut.


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