Month: December 2016

2016’s Most fantastic crimes

ST. ALBANS — The Franklin County Superior Court saw a strange cornucopia of criminal cases in 2016. The Messenger shared a number of the most incredible tales of local crime. Some were illustrative, pointing out an issue readers might not know existed in their backyard. Others were just unbelievable — but true. Here are four of the most fantastic Franklin County crime cases of 2016. “The house invasion that wasn’t” St. Albans Bay resident Patrick Underwood, 46, called police at 2 a.m one June morning. Within 24 hours, he’d face multiple charges of aggravated domestic assault. Underwood told police a group of people had “rummaged” through his house, and that after a while, he “got sick of it” and told the rummagers to leave, at which point they assaulted him. Police arrived at Underwood’s home to find he’d suffered a head wound about an inch long. Underwood told police the rummagers “got so nervous” on seeing his head bleeding they cleaned up the blood themselves. He reiterated to officers that after allowing the rummaging for some time, he “finally [expletive] snapped,” grabbed a knife and told the rummagers, “Game on! Let’s [expletive] go!” He also told officers a large man had held him in a headlock for an hour while three women searched his home, ultimately taking only $800, directly from Underwood’s wallet. The home didn’t show signs of...

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Mr. & Mrs. Prouty

SWANTON — Gene and Mary Haren Prouty of Nashua, N.H. and Swanton, recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Prouty were married Dec. 8, 1956, in Mountainside, N.J. They met while Gene attended Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., and Mary attended Vermont College and then St. Lawrence University. In 1993, with their three children and their families residing in the Nashua area, Gene and Mary moved to Nashua where Gene managed the major east side renovation of Memorial Hospital, which soon became Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center. Later, Gene managed the construction projects at the Nashua...

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Highgate woman ‘pays it forward’

HIGHGATE — “Pay it forward” is what Crystal Hemingway, the founder of local Facebook group ‘Helping Others,’ asks of the people she supports by giving them clothing, food, gifts and her time and energy. “There’s no need to thank me,” said Hemingway, a home care provider in Highgate. “When you get back on your feet, pay it forward.” With more than 3,500 members, Helping Others began only a couple of months ago, when Hemingway got the idea to do something positive in her community from her boyfriend, Billy Pfaff. Pfaff, the founder of the non-profit volunteer organization, Opioid Warrior,...

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HARRIET A. JARVIS-ELWOOD

ST. ALBANS — Harriet A. Jarvis-Elwood a longtime area resident passed away peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, at the Homestead at Pillsbury with her loving family at her side. She was born at home in Fletcher on Aug. 12, 1933, the daughter of the late William and Hilda (Metevier) Pilbin. Harriet was 83 years old. Harriet was a longtime associate with the William Doolin & Company retiring following 20+ years of service. She then worked at the Mom & Me Shop in St. Albans. She was a former member of the Franklin County Senior Center, the High Swans in...

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