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Miss N.H.-U.S.A Resigns After Arrest; Says Charges Will Be Dropped

March 3, 1985

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) _ One week after being crowned Miss New Hampshire-USA, Rhonda Niles has given up her title after being charged with receiving stolen property, clothes from a fashion shop.

The Plymouth State College marketing major said Sunday that she resigned for ″personal reasons″ and that pageant odfficials did not force her out.

Ms. Niles, 19, said from her home in Merrimack that charges filed against her in Plymouth would be dropped.

Her lawyer, William Hopkins of Plymouth, said Sunday that the clothing store does not want to prosecute.

″My understanding is that the complainant does not want to proceed further with the charges,″ Hopkins said. ″The police will be closing their file.″

He said police had been notified of the store’s intent.

Hopkins said it would be inappropriate to comment when asked if the dropping of charges meant there had been no shoplifting.

″This has been an unfortunate matter″ for Ms. Niles and the pageant, he said, and both would rather look to the future than dwell on the past.

She was arrested Tuesday night in her college dormitory room on a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property. She had been crowned Miss New Hampshire-USA three days earlier.

The runner-up, Janice LaCroix, 21, of Manchester, is in line for the title.

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