New England lawmakers question border patrol checkpoints far from the border

Federal law allows Customs and Border Protection to conduct the checkpoints within 100 miles of the international border.

MONTPELIER, Vt.  —Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, joined members of Congress from Vermont and New Hampshire in questioning Customs and Border Protection about temporary highway checkpoints that are set up away from the Canadian border.

In a letter to Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan dated Wednesday, the lawmakers including both senators from New Hampshire and Vermont asked whether the lack of arrests from the random stops justifies what they called the harmful economic impact.

The lawmakers specifically cited a June checkpoint on Interstate 93 near Woodstock, New Hampshire, that resulted in no arrests, but caused severe traffic congestion.

They also asked about four checkpoints in South Hero, Vermont, that stopped 4,200 vehicles and resulted in one arrest for a visa overstay.

Federal law allows CBP to conduct the checkpoints within 100 miles of the international border.

CBP spokesman Michael McCarthy said the agency would respond directly to the members of Congress.

Vermont man gets probation, fine for buying Maine pot

Charles Caliri, 71, of Woodstock, told the judge he had “no excuses” for his actions.


PORTLAND — A federal judge sentenced a Vermont man Wednesday to three years of probation and fined him $10,000 for buying a kilo of marijuana in Lewiston to distribute to friends in Vermont.

Charles Caliri, 71, of Woodstock, Vermont, told U.S. District Court Judge George Z. Singal he was “ashamed” and “humiliated” and that he had “no excuses” for his actions.

“I broke the law and I’m guilty of that,” he said.

Caliri had been charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He pleaded guilty in July.

He said he suffers from anxiety and hasn’t slept well over the past year since he was charged with the Class D felony.

Rather than buying his pot in Vermont legally, he said he’d hoped to save some money by coming to Maine.

“I will never, ever do it again,” he told the judge. “It’s been a rude awakening.”

Judge Singal told the time-share salesman that just because he was aware that others had done something similar, didn’t make it right.

“Everybody does it” and “It’s a stupid rule” are childish sayings, Singal said. “We have to set an example for younger people,” he said, noting the defendant was around his age.

Singal said Caliri had been “dumb” by making a deal “with a bunch of criminals” and that by giving them money, he was assisting them to “do worse things.”

His attorney, Peter Rodway, told the judge that marijuana has become widely accepted in society and increasingly legalized throughout the country.

“I guess that’s what bootleggers were saying when they were prosecuted under federal law” during Prohibition, Singal said, adding most states have not decriminalized the drug.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Joyce wrote in court papers that a car with Vermont plates was spotted leaving the Sabattus Street home of Richard “Stitch” Daniels in February 2018. A Maine State Police trooper stopped the car in New Gloucester. Police found a “distributable amount” of marijuana and $18,000 in the car.

Daniels, who was charged after a Feb. 27, 2018, raid in the Twin Cities area by drug agents and police that ensnared more than a dozen suspects, including businesses, is expected to plead guilty to drug charges next week in federal court.

Joyce wrote that a drug trafficking organization cultivated marijuana at numerous locations in Androscoggin County under the guise of Maine’s medical marijuana program, including sales to out-of-state customers. The organization also grew marijuana for making butane hash oil illegally. Daniels was a member of the group that was distributing marijuana illegally, Joyce wrote.

New Hampshire: Hit and runs lead to DWI arrest of Robert Harris of Vermont in Campton

26-year-old Robert Harris of St. Johnsbury, Vermont involved in a hit and run accident on Tuesday. Trooper Lori Terhune said after she stopped driver Robert Harris, she learned that he had hit and heavily damaged two other vehicles along the way.

CAMPTON, N.H. — New Hampshire State Police received several reports of a car driving erratically on Interstate 93 between Concord and New Hampton on Tuesday.

Witnesses who called in said the Hyundai Sonata was weaving from lane to lane, tailgating, and passing in the breakdown lane.

A short time later, state police say Trooper Lori Terhune spotted the car traveling on I-93 in the town of Holderness. As the car passed, Terhune noted that it was speeding and continuing to operate erratically. She caught up to and eventually stopped the car along Interstate 93 in the town of Campton.

The driver and sole occupant of the car was identified as 26-year-old Robert Harris of St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

Terhune said after she stopped Harris, she learned that he had hit and heavily damaged two other vehicles along the way. He had left the scene of both collisions.

Harris submitted to a field sobriety test and was subsequently arrested and charged with DWI, conduct after an accident, reckless driving, and resisting arrest or detention for fighting with Terhune during the booking process.

Harris will be required to appear in court on the charges.

Police say the investigation is active and on-going.

Anyone who was traveling on Interstate 93 Northbound in the area at the time, or who may be a witness to this incident, is encouraged to contact Trooper Lori Terhune at 603-223-8767 or

Vermont: Derrick Shippee, suspect in N.H. double homicide found dead in Vermont

N.H. State Police sent out a notice on Friday, April 12, saying they had issued arrest warrants for Derrick Shippee, 28, who was charged with two counts of second degree murder.

HINSDALE, N.H. — The suspect in a New Hampshire double homicide shooting was found dead in Vermont late Friday afternoon.

N.H. State Police sent out a notice on Friday, April 12, saying they had issued arrest warrants for Derrick Shippee, 28, who was charged with two counts of second degree murder.

Shippee’s whereabouts were unknown until police announced late Friday afternoon they found him dead in Vernon, Vermont.

This case began when the Hinsdale Police Department did a welfare check at 240 Plain Road the afternoon of Thursday, April 11. During their check, they found the bodies of Neal Bolster, 29, and Aaliyah Jacobs, 19, inside of the home.

On Friday, the Chief Medical Examiner determined that the cause of both Bolster and Jacobs’ deaths were gunshot wounds. Their deaths were ruled homicides, according to N.H. State Police.

Police say Shippee was the suspect in these homicides.

The Vermont Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will be conducting an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of Shippee’s death.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact Det. Sergeant Shawn Skahan of the N.H. State Police at 603-223-8494 or

Over a million Florida ex-convicts can begin registering to vote [joining the mighty New England States of Vermont and Maine!]

US state voted in November to restore voting rights to most ex-convicts who have served all terms of their sentence.

Former felon Desmond Meade and president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition arrives with family members at the Supervisor of Elections office in Orlando, Florida to register to vote [John Raoux/AP Photo]
Former felon Desmond Meade and president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition arrives with family members at the Supervisor of Elections office in Orlando, Florida to register to vote [John Raoux/AP Photo]

The voting rights of many Florida ex-convicts were restored on Tuesday, and some are celebrating by registering on the first day they become eligible.

“I want to cry,” said Yraida Guanipa, a 57-year-old former convict who now heads the YG Institute NGO, which helps people with criminal histories reintegrate into society.

Speaking AFP news agency, Guanipa had just left the office of the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, where she registered to vote early in the morning after nine years of struggling to regain the right.

Florida’s new law could add as many as 1.4 million people to the battleground state’s voter rolls. In November, voters approved Amendment 4, which restored the right to vote to ex-convicts who have served all terms of their sentence, and did not commit sex crimes or murder.

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition is trying to mobilise people to register online or at the election supervisors’ offices. The organisation’s president Desmond Meade says he doesn’t anticipate any legal challenges.

“The road back to responsible citizenship has been one of my life’s greatest challenges,” Meade said in a statement.

“The struggle to achieve access to democracy for myself and more than a million fellow Floridians has been long,” he added.

Former felon Yolanda Wilcox, left, fills out a voter registration form at the Supervisor of Elections in Orlando, Florida [John Raoux/AP Photo]

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida says former felons don’t need to present proof that they completed their sentence; they can simply fill out the existing application, signing under oath that their voting rights have been restored.

Ten percent of the adult population in Florida, including one in five African Americans, could not vote prior to the lifting of the restriction, which dated back 150 years and disproportionally affected black and Hispanic communities.

“I didn’t feel like a full citizen, I felt like a second-class citizen,” Daniel Torna, a financial analyst who also went to register in Miami, told AFP.

“I pay taxes, I’m active in the community, I work, I go to school, I do everything other people do, I just couldn’t vote,” said Torna, who completed his sentence in 2010 for a drug-linked crime.

[in the Mighty One-Syllable State, felons can vote while incarcerated!]

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Maine: the most progressive State in the Union!

Conflicts between bears, humans spike in New England; oh my!

The Northeast is home to a growing numbers of black bears, with Maine’s population of nearly 35,000 among the largest in the country.

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire saw a surge in conflicts between bears and humans this past year, as a shortage of food drove the animals to raid bird feeders and garbage dumps more frequently.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Bear Project Leader Andrew Timmons said Monday that there were around 800 reports of bear-human conflicts in 2018 compared to only 410 for 2017. There also was an increase in bear killings by the state and residents, both of which are legal.

“This is very much of what we see on really bad food years,” Timmons said. “When there is not food in the woods, this is what happens. If you look over our data over time, we’ve seen it happen … About every eight to 10 years, we get these years where there is not adequate food for bears. When that happens, those animals supplement their diets in and around people’s yards.”

The Northeast is home to a growing numbers of black bears, with Maine’s population of nearly 35,000 among the largest in the country. Vermont and New Hampshire are also seeing their populations rise.

The state killed eight nuisance bears compared to two in 2017 and residents killed 24, up from 14. While Timmons said that was a relative low number considering how many conflicts there were with humans, he acknowledged he would love to see no bear killings.

“In the best world, we would keep it to zero,” he said. “But there is a state law that allows people to protect their property. Some people are quick to utilize the state law. Others are more open to allowing us to work with them to mitigate and come up with a nonlethal resolution to these conflicts.”

Among the high profile killings this year were two bear cubs shot dead near an apartment complex in Manchester. State officials said the bears were killed because they were about to run across a busy roadway and posed a threat to motorists. Some residents complained the shooting was too close to homes.

Others were killed after they entered homes, a campground and after one killed a goat.

On top of the conflicts, Timmons said they saw a record high number of abandoned bear cubs — 55 in 2018 compared to 14 last year. Many of those young bears were brought to the state’s only rehabilitation facility in Lyme between September 26 and December 8. Many were only 10 to 15 pounds, compared to 40 pounds in a year when there were plenty of acorns, beach nuts and other forest foods for the bears.

Again, it relates to food.

There was a boon in forest foods in 2017, which led to a baby boom in 2018 with litters of two or three bears. But with so many mouths to feed and little food, some mothers abandoned their cubs. Other female bears were killed by hunters or hit by cars as they went further afield in search of food, leaving the cubs on their own.

“If females can’t produce adequate milk to support those cubs, sometimes the cubs get abandoned,” Timmons said. “The bottom line is that a lot of cubs were orphaned this year at a much higher rate than we have ever experienced. A lot of them were showing up in the fall. That’s way above the long-term average.”

Bear rehabilitation expert Ben Kilham said more could be done to help reduce the number of bear cubs without mothers, including the mandating of electric fences around chickens and livestock and other measures.

“This year, the (New Hampshire Fish and Game Department) asked hunters not to shoot sows with cubs, making mandatory in a year like this would help,” Kilham said in an email interview. “The number of conflict situations might be reduced with a statewide public education campaign to get people to make a better effort reducing food attractants. Ultimately bear human conflict is a human caused problem.”

Cards against Humanity: 99% Off Sale!


Today is Black Friday, Cards Against Humanity’s favorite holiday. This year, we want to remind everyone of the reason for the season: deals.

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20-foot Yurt

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All-New Absurd Box

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$20 Bill

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85-inch Sony 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

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17th Century Italian Halberd

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Life-Size Orlando Bloom Cut-Out

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2015 Red Ford Fiesta (25k miles)

2015 Red Ford Fiesta (25k miles)

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Presidential Mahogany Casket

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1.5 Carat Lab-Grown Diamond Engagement Ring

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Poncho Toilet

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$800 Applebee’s Gift Card

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Original Picasso Lithograph

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Bill Pullman’s Actual Flight Suit from Independence Day

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Portable Sauna

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Portable Hair Dryer Bonnet Attachment

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$100 Bill

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“Big Bertha” Arcade Game

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LELO “Olga” 24-Karat Gold Dildo

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5-day Vacation to Fiji for Two

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Costco 50-lb Wheel of Pecorino Romano Cheese

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Bowflex Revolution Home Gym

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Gucci Princetown Goat Hair Slides

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500 Pounds of Dry Garbanzo Beans

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Bust of Former President Barack Obama

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Alchemical Rainbow Crystal Harp with Silver Ions

Alchemical Rainbow Crystal Harp with Silver Ions

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Eight Foot Gummy Python

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La-Z-Boy PowerRecline XR

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Double-Decker Cat Stroller

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Herbeau “Dagobert” Toilet Throne

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GERi Nursing Skills Geriatric Medical Doll

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40-Inch Disco Ball

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Rejuvenique Facial Toning Mask

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Tremendous Inflatable Eagle

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Signed “Mean Girls” Poster

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September 11th Commemorative Coin

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19th Century Butter Churn

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Dan Aykroyd’s Cone Head from the Movie “Coneheads”

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Fist-Sized Emerald

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Guitar Signed By Jimmy Carter

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Inflatable Bubble Camping Tent

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600 Live Ants

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Hot Dog Cart

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Pirate Ship Adventure Party Bounce House

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Emperor Workstation

Emperor Workstation

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“King of the Jungle” Lion Mask

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Pirate Ship Adventure Party Bounce House

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Signed Photograph of Richard Nixon

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8-foot Statue of Anubis, Egyptian God of the Dead

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