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Vermont man facing drug, gun charges

HANOVER - A man wanted in Vermont on a stolen-property offense is now facing felony charges in New Hampshire after he was found at a local motel with three pistols and an assault rifle.

Michael R. Place, 23, of Windsor, Vt., was arrested Wednesday night on a fugitive-from-justice warrant out of Windham County in Vermont for possession of stolen property.

Chief Nicholas J. Giaccone Jr. said police, acting on a tip, arrested Place at a local motel, which he would not identify.

Place tried to escape out a rear door but was quickly arrested, according to police.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the room and two vehicles connected to Place and, as a result, confiscated three pistols, an assault weapon, illegal drugs and cash. Three of the weapons "were loaded and fully armed," according to a press release.

Giaccone said investigators are trying to determine where the weapons were obtained. One of them, he said, had its serial number partially obliterated.

Place also was held on two outstanding electronic bench warrants out of 2nd Circuit Court, Lebanon District Division. One was for not paying a $1,340 fine on charges of operating after revocation and possession of controlled substances. The other was for failing to appear on a willful-concealment charge with bail set at $5,000 cash.

Police also charged Place with resisting arrest, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and illegal possession of controlled substances believed to be marijuana and cocaine.

Subsequent to the search, Malori Ann White, 24, also of Windsor, Vt., was arrested on a class B felony drug-related charge. Her bail is $1,000 cash.

Place refused bail and was taken to the Grafton County jail, pending arraignment Thursday afternoon in the Lebanon court.

Giaccone said the charges brought in New Hampshire will most likely proceed through the courts before Place is returned to Vermont on the fugitive offense.


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