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 We learn from the Boston Post, that Mr. Zebulon Paine, of Conway, who was convicted in November, 1846, of having procured the burning of a barn and sent to State prison for eight years, has been pardoned by the Governor after serving fourteen months of his term and has returned to his family ? his complete innocence having been established by the confession of a boy of fifteen years, by whose false testimony Mr. P. was convicted. [The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, February 25, 1848; NP, Sub by FoFG]

William H. H. Bemis of Sherburne Falls, Mass., was arrested, charged with incest with his two daughters, aged eighteen and thirteen respectively. He was bailed in $5,000, but his bondsmen surrendered him, and he is now in jail awaiting examination. [Little Falls Transcript, (Little Falls, MN) April 10, 1885, page 3] [Submitted by Robin Line]

Greenfield Police are investigating a break alleged to have occurred in the Burnham block on Main street. A cash box, containing $5 in bills and coins, was taken from the offices of the Equitable Life Insurance company, later being found in the men's room further down the corridor. The break was discovered when tenants arrived at 9 a.m., and it was said that the alleged thieves used a key to enter the office, since the doors were not forced. No clues to the identity of the burglars have been found. [Source: The North Adams Transcript, 23 Apr 1936; transc. by aFOFG]

William Kelly, a notorious Brattleboro rough, Tuesday night of last week, assaulted an old man from the Northfield quarries on the highway near Millers Falls, and robbed him. Kelly was arrested the next day by officer Wetherhead, and at the trial before Justice Root of Montague, was bound over to await the action of grand jury.  [Source: The Turners Falls Reporter, May 30, 1877; transc. by a FoFG]

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