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Miss N.H.-USA Charged in Shoplifting

February 28, 1985

PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) _ Rhonda Niles, crowned Miss New Hampshire-USA last weekend, has been arrested on charges of receiving stolen property, police said.

Ms. Niles, 19, a marketing student at Plymouth State College, is free on her own recognizance, Police Chief Donald Young said today.

Without going into details, Young said the arrest Tuesday night stemmed from the theft of women’s clothes from a store.

Ms. Niles, who lives in Merrimack, was selected Saturday from among 33 contestants to represent New Hampshire in the Miss U.S.A. pageant.

Myron Wasserman, business manager for the pageant, said from his Boston office that pageant officials are awaiting more information before taking action.

″We have no comment to offer until we have the rest of the facts,″ he said. ″I can tell you that Rhonda Niles denies the charges.″

There was no answer at her dormitory telephone.

Young said Ms. Niles’ arraignment tentatively has been set for March 13 on the misdemeanor charge, which carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and one-year jail sentence.

The state winners in the pageant compete for the Miss U.S.A. title in Florida and the winner of that contest moves onto the Miss Universe pageant.

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