• Runaway safe; NH man charged
    March 31,2014
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    KIRBY — Vermont state police say a teenage runaway is safe, while the New Hampshire man she was traveling with faces numerous charges, after the pair were found in North Carolina.

    The 16-year-old girl from the Northeast Kingdom town of Kirby was reported missing Friday. Authorities said Saturday she was found in North Carolina with 23-year-old Matthew Keene of Stark, N.H.

    Vermont police say Keene is being held Edenton, N.C., pending his return to Vermont to face a charge of unlawful restraint. Police say he also faces charges of violating probation and violating the sex offender registry law in Connecticut.

    Police cite man

    for excessive wine

    A Rhode Island man stopped for a traffic violation in Hartford is facing a criminal charge after police said they found 33 gallons of wine in his vehicle.

    Hirum Jamiel, 41, of Warren, R.I., was issued a citation to appear in White River Junction criminal court April 29 for an arraignment on a charge of illegal vinous beverage importation.

    Vermont State Police said they stopped Jamiel for speeding in Hartford around 5 p.m. Saturday. During the stop, police said, they saw cases of wine in the passenger area of the vehicle and later learned that the trunk was also full of cases of wine, all purchased in New Hampshire.

    A search of the vehicle, according to police, turned up 33 gallons of wine. The limit for wine importation in Vermont is 6 gallons. Police said they seized 27 gallons of wine and issued Jamiel the citation.

    AG warning

    of texting scam

    The Vermont attorney general’s office is warning consumers to not respond to calls or texts about a debit card problem.

    Its Consumer Assistance Program has received a number of reports of fraudulent texts. Some of them claim to be “Merchants Bank” or a different bank, indicating that the consumer’s debit card number has been locked and that the consumer should call 802-373-6589 or a similar number.

    The attorney general’s office said these are fraudulent text messages and are not affiliated with any bank, but are part of a scam to try to obtain confidential personal information.

    The office said consumers who have already responded should contact the bank that issued the debit card immediately to protect their accounts.

    State plugs turkey hunt for youth

    MONPTELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is promoting hunting by young people with the Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt this spring.

    Kids who sign up will attend a luncheon on April 13 and discuss Vermont’s hunting tradition, learn what a turkey call sounds like and how to handle a turkey fan and beard. The following weekend, they will participate in a guided turkey hunt.

    National Wild Turkey Federation Vermont chapter president Don Isabelle says young hunters have been declining but they hope to reverse the trend.

    Licensed hunters under the age of 16 are encouraged to apply. Applications are due April 1 and available on the Fish and Wildlife Department website.

    — Staff and wire reports
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