August 22, 2016

Man Crushed When Car Falls Off Jack
Claremont Police carClaremont Fire Department removed a 37-year-old deceased male from underneath a car in Moody Park on Sunday. Police say they were notified of a man stuck beneath a car on the park’s roadway and the Firefighter had to lift the car off the unresponsive male who had already passed away. Although the incident is under investigation Police say it appears the victim was working on his car when the jack slipped causing the car to fall on top of him.
The victim is from the Claremont /Charlestown area but his name is being withheld until extended family members are notified.

New London Approves New Pay Rates
The New London Select Board approved new employees pay rates last week. The increase is designed to make New London competitive with similar towns. Chair Bill Helm announced that the new rates would increase employee compensation by $131,079.78 per year. An amount of $80,000 was set aside pending the study and it will be used this year, with the rule increase effective in 2017. The Board reinstated the study committee and charged them to complete a broader study of the total compensation package including pay grades and rates, health benefit, vacation time, overall organization and employee evaluations.

Newport Police Seek Information.
corbin bridge damageNewport Police Department is seeking help with two separate crimes. Last week six locations in Newport were tagged with spray paint. Surveillance video from multiple locations where able to help officers identify the two juvenile suspects involved. Both juveniles were interviewed and confessed to the tagging. The Newport Police Department believes there are more businesses and residences that sustained damage and are encouraging citizens to report it.
Police are also asking if anyone has information on a driver and a vehicle that caused extensive damage to the Corbin Covered Bridge on Saturday to contact them. Police say they received several phone calls just after 1:30 pm about the accident where the driver fled the scene. Officers found extensive damage to the façade of the bridge and vehicle parts. They believe the vehicle that struck the bridge was traveling East and will have extensive damage to the passenger side of the vehicle. Despite the cosmetic damage the bridge remains structurally sound.

The Newport Police Department is asking any witnesses to the accident or who has information to come forward. Information about this incident can be reported anonymously by contacting the Connecticut Valley Crime Stoppers at or by contacting the Newport Police Department Communications Center at (603) 863-3232.

Suspicious Activity In Lebanon Parking Lot Leads to Arrest

lebanon  police patchOn August 18, 2016 at 11:37pm, a Lebanon Police Officer checked on a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot on Route 10 where they located a male and female in the vehicle. During the course of the investigation, it was found that the female, Sandi Adelyn Caalim, age 25, of Palo Alto, California was intoxicated. She was uncooperative with officers on scene and taken into protective custody due to her level of intoxication. Caalim resisted arrest but was ultimately taken into custody.
While being processed at the Lebanon Police Department, Caalim struck an officer in the arm. She was charged with Resisting Arrest or Detention and Simple Assault, both Class A misdemeanors.
Caalim was released on personal recognizance bail and issued a summons to appear at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on October 17, 2016.

August 15, 2016

Lebanon Heroin Arrests
lebanon drug bust 814Two local men will appear in Lebanon district court today to face various drug charges. Lebanon Police arrested Brock Richardson 30 years old of Enfield New Hampshire for 2 counts of Heroin Possession with intent to sell and Caleb Dumont-Willey 21 of Lebanon for possession of heroin.
The arrests stem from a 911 call to a Perley Ave residence on Saturday night for a drug overdose. Police officers and members of the fire department revived a 32-year-old male through CPR and Narcan.
An investigation led to the arrest of Richardson for selling heroin marked Game of Thrones to the victim. Police also discovered Richardson also sold heroin to of Dumont Willie.
Lebanon Police say heroin is always potentially lethal but this particular batch led to an overdose and near death and appears to have a high potency level.

Popular Springfield VT Swimming Area Closed
All swimming areas at North Springfield Lake and Stoughton Pond Recreation Area are closed until further notice. The Army Corp of Engineers closed the area on Friday due to Cyanobacteria and will tested weekly Call the North Springfield Lake Project Office at (802) 886-2775 with any questions or concerns.

VSP Cruisers Crash on I-91
Hydroplaning was the cause of a crash of Vermont State Trooper Cruisers on Saturday night. Police say the officers were responding were responding to a call when each vehicle traveled on to a flooded bridge near mile marker 21 on Interstate 91 in the town of Westminster. The troopers were unable to regain control of the cruisers before they struck and came to a final rest in the southbound shoulder.
Both troopers were taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and released with minor injuries.
The cruisers sustained damages and I 91 southbound lanes were closed for a period of time to clear up the crash and divert the water.

K-9 Briggs to Receive Protective Vest

Briggs and dogK-9 Briggs of the Lebanon Police Department is receiving a bullet and stab protective vest. K-9 Briggs and handler Officer Tracy are known for tracking a man who was missing for hours in dangerous terrain after an accident on I-89 in January of this year. Officer Tracy and K9 Briggs recently received a Commendation Bar for their efforts.

The vest is being sponsored by an anonymous donor and will be embroidered with “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978.


VSP Seeks Witnesses to Fiery I-91 Crash

fiery crash

Norwich VT Fire Department Photo

A fiery crash on I-91 just before 1:30 am on Monday is under investigation, Police say a green 2000 Volkswagen Passat was traveling north just past the towns  of White River Junction when the driver lost control. The car exited the east side of the road and began to roll then burst into flames when it came to rest. All three occupants were able to get out of the vehicle but did receive injuries. Michael Alger27 of North Haverhill NH had non-life threatening injuries, John Wilmot 26, of Woodsville NH had injuries to the arm and head, and Jonathan Ruggles 24, of North Haverhill received lacerations and bruising. All were brought to DHMC.

It is unknown at this time that was driving the car and police are asking for witnesses. Anyone who saw the crash or the green Volkswagen between 1:00AM and 1:30Am on Interstate 89 north between Lebanon, NH to White River Junction, VT or on Interstate 91 north between White River Junction and Norwich, VT is asked to contact Trooper Pregent at the Royalton State Police Barracks 802-234-9933 between 5:00 pm and 2:00 am.

August 5, 2015

Croydon is now SAU #99

New Super Schoolboard
Croydon School District is now SAU #99 and has hired a part time Superintendent. Superintendent of SAU 99 Greg Vogt is retired from the Plainfield School District. This follows a vote in March by both Croydon and Newport voters to leave SAU 43. Newport School District has maintained the number 43 for their new SAU. The Croydon School Board introduced Vogt at their board meeting Thursday night. Superintendent Vogt started on July 1, 2016.

Croydon Looks at Options for Private School
About 30 people attended Thursday’s Croydon School Board Meeting to hear about options after a ruling forbidding Croydon from sending students to private schools. The school board gave a quick overview of various they could take after receiving the permanent injunction last Friday.
One option was to ask Judge Brian Tucker for a clarification on his ruling since some of the rulings were based on Croydon belonging to SAU #43, but now is SAU #99.
Another option was to take the case to NH Supreme court and ask for a stay until the case is heard. Chairman Jody Underwood said they haven’t met with their attorney yet but estimates the costs would be about $20,000. The district plans to raise the funds through crowd funding as they did for this court case.
Executive councilor and candidate for Governor Chris Sununu told the school board that they have many people on their side.
Sununu encouraged the school district to keep fighting.
School board member Jim Peschke said he wants to explore the costs the fighting the case against the odds of winning before making a decision.

NH and VT Settle with Cephalon
Both NH and VT Attorney Generals have made a settlement with pharmaceutical manufacturer Cephalon for the wakefulness drug, Provigil.
The settlement ends a multistate investigation into anticompetitive conduct by Cephalon and affiliated companies to protect the monopoly profits earned by delaying generic competition.
The $125 million dollars settlement with Cephalon is divided among 49 states.
Vermont consumers and the State of Vermont will receive a total of over $1.6 million and New Hampshire will receive $650,000.

August 3, 2016

Claremont Duo Arrested for Manufacturing Meth
claremont met bust 82Two Claremont residents were arrested yesterday morning for manufacturing methamphetamine. The arrest followed a search warrant for 44 Central Street executed by the Claremont Police. The D.E.A. Clandestine Laboratory Team and members of the NH State Police assisted with the search.
Arrested during the execution of the search warrant were: Erica J.Walker 34 of 44 Central Street, Claremont, NH and Shaun M.Teeter 33. Law enforcement officers found evidence of manufacturing methamphetamine. The D.E.A. Clandestine Laboratory team was able to render the scene safe and clean up efforts are ongoing. Walker and Teeter will be arraigned in Claremont District Court today.

Sunapee Moves Forward on Old Library
The Sunapee Historical Society and the Town of Sunapee are moving forward with plans for the society to buy the Old Abbott Library. The board voted 4-1 in favor of the concept of putting the Thrift Shop in the lower level of the building and move forward with a lease purchase agreement and toward required public hearings. Becky Rylander President of the society said they are prepared to offer a purchase price of $250,000. That amount would cover the payment to the Library Trustees and the town’s share of the closing costs.
The town and the historical society plan to meet with the planning board in September to discuss a handicap ramp for the lower level of the building that Shaun Carroll offered to donate.

Information and Identities Released in Weare Drownings
More details and identities of the man and woman who drowned in Everett Lake on Saturday were released yesterday. Marine Patrol investigators say Mary Horgan 59 was paddle boarding with Austin Dean 59 both of Merrimack when Horgan fell from the board and was face down in the water. Mr. Dean went to her rescue and while attempting to assist her Dean drowned.
Autopsy results determined Dean’s cause of death to be drowning while Horgan’s cause of death is pending studies. Foul play has been ruled out at this time.

Newport Street Paving May Cause Delays
The 2016 Paving Project for Newport is scheduled to begin on August 1st and is expected to be completed by August 31st.
Paving operations will take place on the following streets Pike Hill Road, Belknap Avenue Pine Street, Old Goshen Road, Elm Street and Page Hill Road
Paving work include sweeping, grinding, tack coat and paving. One lane will be open to traffic at all times.
Residents on these streets are asked to minimize trips when paving operations are on their street. Some traffic delays may be unavoidable. Questions can be addressed to the Public Works Department, 863-3650.

Boy Battling Leukemia Sworn in as Officer

chad On 8/1/16 the Chief Richard Mello, Deputy Chief Phillip Roberts, Captain Tim Cohen and members of the Lebanon Police Department conducted a special “swearing-in” ceremony that was held at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

On Sunday 7/24/16 Lebanon Police Officer Peter Begin was approached at a David’s House Event by Gregg Wilson who explained that his 11 year old son Gage was currently battling Acute Monocytic Leukemia and was being treated at the Children’s Hospital. Mr. Wilson also explained that his son wanted to be a police officer. Officer Begin took it upon himself to advise the shift supervisor of Gage’s interests and situation, which resulted in several officers making a special trip to visit Gage that evening.


Upon learning of Gage and his battle, Chief Richard Mello decided that due to Gage’s courage, bravery and determination, he would be “sworn” as a Special Lebanon Police Officer at a ceremony on August 1st at the hospital. During this ceremony, Gage was presented with a framed “Oath of Office” and a special plaque. The Lebanon Police Officers in attendance found Gage’s courage and determination uplifting and were honored to be part of “Team Gage” and to share the moment with Gage and his family.

August 1, 2016

Croydon Students Must Attend Public Schools
croydon village schoolCroydon students who attend the Newport Montessori School will not be allowed to have their tuition paid by the town. Sullivan County Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker issued the decision on Friday on the case that was heard in March. The judge sided with the State Board of Education who argued that private schools may not be meeting adequacy requirements and that the law prevents using public funds for private schools. The state won the permanent injunction they requested but back tuition or legal cost does not have to be paid by Croydon. The Croydon School Board will meet on Thursday August 4 at 6:30 to discuss this matter and the public is invited to attend. See related story here.

Two Arrested During Sobriety Checkpoint
A sobriety checkpoint this weekend in Sunapee led to 187 vehicle stops and two arrests.
Joshua Maurais 24 of Litchfield, NH was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Jackson Glunt 27 of Woodbridge, CT was charged with having an Open Container.
The checkpoint began at 9 p.m. Saturday and ended at 3 a.m. on Sunday.
The New Hampshire State Police, Colonel Robert Quinn and the Sunapee Police Chief David Cahill and their departments consider the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers a top priority. New Hampshire State Troopers from Troop C in Keene and officers of the Sunapee Police participated in the detail.

Chester VT Man Sentenced for Child Porn and Exploitation
A Chester VT man will spend 2 years in prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Child and Child Porn. Shawn Ellison of Chester, Vermont was sentenced last week in Vermont Superior Court, after pleading guilty to three felony counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child and One felony count of Possession of Child Pornography. Ellison was sentenced to 7 to 12 years imprisonment, all suspended except for 2 years. He was also placed on probation for 15 years. While on probation, Mr. Ellison will be subject to special conditions of probation designed for sex offenders, including conditions that require him to successfully complete sex offender treatment and limit his access to the internet and to children under the age of 16. Mr. Ellison will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Two Drown at Clough State Park
Two paddle boarders lost their lives in Everett Lake at Clough State Park on Saturday. Police said that the NH Marine Patrol was notified shortly after 5:00 pm of an adult male and female paddle boarders were experiencing distress in the water. A Weare Police Officer and a Weare Firefighter went in the water. After searching, they located the female and pull her to shore. She was transported to Concord Hospital where she later passed away.
The emergency personnel searched the area and the male victim was recovered by Nashua Fire Rescue divers in approximately 12 feet of water. Neither paddle boarder had a life jacket. The identity of the victims is not being released at this time pending notification of the next of kin. The female was 59 years of age from Merrimack, NH. The male victim was 59 also of Merrimack, NH.
The incident is currently under investigation by the NH State Police – Division of Marine Patrol.

Newport PD Seeks Claremont Man for Purse Theft

bowmanOn July 22, 2016 at 6:55AM the Newport Police Department responded to the parking lot of Shaw’s Supermarket for a report made by a female that a male subject had stolen her purse.  During the investigation it was found that the male subject had aggressively assaulted the female while attempt to gain possession of her purse.  Due to quick thinking of a co-worker they were able to obtain a license plate on the vehicle that the male was operating.  During a subsequent investigation the male subject was identified as Walter Bowman 28 of Claremont NH

Bowman was operating a black 2001 Honda CR-V with NH registration 365 6925. The Newport Police Department is looking to locate Bowman and any assistance is appreciated.  Please call the Newport Police Department 603-863-3240 with any information to assist with locating Bowman.


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