Man jailed after shooting

NORTH HAVERHILL—Before a Haverhill man allegedly fired three gunshots at his mother on Friday morning, he told her he poured bleach into her coffee, threatened to burn her house down, and said he would make her vanish “just like Maura Murray.” On Saturday, police charged Scott Blake, 44, with reckless conduct with a deadly weapon, criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, and three misdemeanors.

Grafton, Orange sheriffs won’t seek reelection

Neither Sheriff Jeff Stiegler of Grafton County, New Hampshire nor Sheriff George Contois of Orange County, Vermont will seek reelection this November.

Vermont Town Meeting followup

Ryegate says no to retail cannabis; Fairlee town meeting models efficiency; Ski hill property retained, woodland lot to be sold in Newbury; Topsham elects new town clerk!

Thetford Boys Championship Commemorative Page

Check out B8 for the commemorative Thetford Boys Basketball Championship page in this week’s JO! Congratulations, Panthers!

Corinth, other towns search policing options

CORINTH—What policing is available to Corinth and surrounding towns?  Corinth residents and those from nearby communities met on Feb. 29 in an effort to find out. On hand to provide answers and explain what other towns are doing were Vermont State Trooper Luke Rodzel and Trevor Whipple, a former Barre and South Burlington police chief, who is now the municipal law enforcement advisor for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns.

Vermont Saturday Town Meeting Coverage

See Page A1 for Bradford and West Fairlee coverage and A2 for Thetford’s town meeting coverage.

In Times Past, Part II of Wrong side of the law

This is the second part of a three-part series on crime in the area before 1950. Part one, which covered counterfeiting, horse and auto theft, and prohibition, can be found in the Jan. 31 edition of the Journal Opinion and on This column deals with crimes involving robberies, drugs, and adultery.

New Hampshire Town Meeting Previews: Bath, Orford & Warren

See Page A1 for the Bath and Orford Town Meeting previews and Page A8 for Warren’s.

Ordinance repeal rebuffed in Fairlee

FAIRLEE—Nearly two-thirds of residents attending a special town meeting on Feb. 24 voted to retain an ordinance regulating short-term rentals. The selectboard adopted the ordinance last year to aid enforcement of the town’s zoning bylaws.

Barnet Civil War photo mystery explored

BARNET—When Barnet artist Edward Kadunc was shown a photo of a Civil War Union Army captain posed with four young black men possibly soldiers themselves, the unusual image instantly intrigued him. He knew he had to paint it. This is Part 2; Part 1 was in the Feb. 21 edition.