June 23, 2017

Westminster VT Man Charged with Leaving the Scene of Accident
A license plate left at a Bellows Falls accident lead police to a Westminster man who was charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Bellows Falls Police say when they responded to an accident on Westminster St and Red Light Hill they discovered a green Jeep Cherokee had fled the scene. A check of the plate number and description of the Jeep lead police to put out a BOLO (Be On The Lookout) for Melvin Lowell and the Jeep.
A report of a vehicle off the road, lead Vermont State Police to Piggery Road in Westminster, where they discovered the Jeep involved in the crash in Bellows Falls. Bellows Falls Officers responded to the scene and upon further investigation found Lowell at his home. During an interview, Lowell admitted to causing the earlier crash. Lowell was cited to appear in Windham Court on a later date.
Historic Mill to Become Loft Apartments
The Historic Dexter Richards and Sons Woolen Mill on Sunapee Street in Newport will become The Lofts at Newport Mills. The Newport Planning Board unanimously approved the final site plan review for developing the property into 66 – apartments by 169 Sunapee Street LLC developers. The Lofts at Newport Mills will include two-bedroom apartments, one-bedroom apartments, and loft apartments in addition to having a gym and dog park.
The169 Sunapee Street LLC developers also received approval to build three storage-unit buildings on land across from the proposed Lofts at Newport Mills.
Developers hope to attract young professionals and retirees looking to downsize as tenants in the historic brick building.
Springfield VT Police Seek Help with ID
Springfield VT Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who posed as an undercover officer on Wednesday evening. Police said the man approached a teenage girl on South Street about 7:00 PM and flashed an ID card that said Springfield Police, and identified himself as an undercover officer. He then reportedly asked the girl to show him that she was not in possession of drugs. The man then left in a black or brown Subaru station wagon with tinted windows and an antenna and headed south on South Street. The car was said to have Vermont license plates.
The man is described as a white male in his thirties, 6’1″ tall, thin, clean-shaven with short and very curly black hair, and has a raspy voice. At the time of the incident, he was wearing camouflaged shorts with black top and black shoes and smelled as if he just smoked marijuana.
Anyone with information as to the identity of this person should contact Sergeant Gregory Molgano at 802-885-2113. The public should be aware that no such individual is employed as an officer by the Town of Springfield.
Claremont NH CPA Indicted for Tax Evasion
A Claremont CPA was indicted by a Hillsborough County Grand Jury on one count of conspiracy to commit tax evasion. NH Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Commission John Beardmore announced the indictment yesterday.
According to the indictments, the charges against 66- year-old Darvi Rosenberg stemmed from his involvement with Manchester business owner Thomas Katsiantonis’ tax obligations. Among other alleged acts, Mr. Rosenberg produced fraudulent records to auditors, attempted to impair or impede the DRA’s (Department of Revenue Administration) audit and caused false or misleading statements to be made to DRA auditors.
Katsiantonis was indicted on four counts of tax evasion, four counts of theft, one count of falsifying physical evidence and one count of conspiracy to commit tax evasion. Katsiantonis is alleged to have stolen over $277,000 in meals and rental tax payments from his business Grand Slam Pizza II and over $146,000 in taxes from his other business Tommy K’s Restaurant and Bar.
Both defendants are scheduled for arraignment on July 21st at 9:00 AM.

June 21, 2017

Police Search for Teen Believed To Have Stolen 11 Cars
A vehicle crash in Stewartstown NH has lead police to search for an NH teen, alleged to have stolen cars in NH, VT and ME. NH State Police said on Sunday when they arrived at a rollover accident on Route 3 in Stewartstown they found the driver had fled the scene.
An investigation showed the vehicle was taken from Clarksville NH. While searching for the driver, a report of a stolen pickup truck from Stratford, the truck’s owner reported another vehicle was left nearby, which was found to be stolen. The truck from Stratford was located in a ditch in Stratford. A State Police K-9 was used to search for the suspect and during that search; another vehicle was reported stolen from Northumberland.
The vehicle taken from Northumberland was found crashed in Maine where two more vehicles were reported stolen. Police have determined that 11 vehicles were stolen from NH, VT and ME.
State Police believe a juvenile from Campton NH is behind the string of thefts and he was last seen in Maine. The Campton Police are also investigating two stolen vehicles from their town and are working with the State Police to help locate the teen.

Chester VT Facing Multiple Charges
A Chester VT man is facing multiple charges after police said he attempted to burglarize a Cavendish home on Monday morning. Vermont State Police said while investigating the case a Chester police officer discovered Nico R. Spauding’s vehicle near the scene. After an investigation police discovered Spauding had entered the Cavendish residence unlawfully and attempted to gain further access into the home by force. The Spauding was also driving a motor vehicle with a criminally suspended license in addition to being in violation of previously issued conditions of release. Police arrested Spauding for Driving with a Criminal Suspended License, Unlawful Trespass, Attempted Burglary, and Violation of Conditions of Release. Spauding is lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility for lack of bail.

Cyanobacteria Advisory Issued for Elm Brook Park Beach
A Cyanobacteria Advisory for Elm Brook Park Beach in Hopkinton was issued by NHDES on Monday. The elevated cyanobacteria cell concentration was measured in Everett Lake at Elm Brook Beach. The heaviest bloom areas were near the boat ramp and appear as a scum on the surface or small blue-green clumps suspended in the water. This warning is not based on a toxin evaluation and is precautionary for short-term exposure. NHDES advises lake users to avoid contact with the water in areas where lake water has a surface scum or blue-green flecks and advises pet owners to keep their pets out of any waters with a surface scum or blue-green or bright green flecks. Acute health effects include irritation of skin and mucous membranes, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Chronic effects include liver and central nervous system damage.
The warning will remain in effect until additional samples reveal cyanobacteria levels have diminished.

New London Police Warn of Used Hypodemic Needles
New London Police are asking people not to touch hypodermic needles if found on the roadside. Police said a hypodermic needle was recently found on the side of a road in New London. Please call the New London Police Department if you come across one.

Annual Meeting of Sullivan County Convention
The Annual Meeting of the Sullivan County Convention is next Thursday. The annual meeting is to consider the 2018 Fiscal Year proposed budget. The meeting is on Thursday, June 29th in the Lou Thompson Room at the Sugar River Valley Technical Center at 243 North Main Street in Newport at 6:00 pm. The public is invited to attend. A full agenda will be posted on the County’s website by the end of business day on Wednesday, June 28th.

June 20, 2017

Injured Hiker Rescued from Mount Cube
An injured hiker was rescued off Mount Cube in Orford on Monday morning. Fish and Game officials said 68-year-old Aluah Bible of Knoxville TN was hiking with friends on the Appalachian Trail and Bible fell and hurt his leg as they were descending the summit of Mt. Cube. Bible was able to hike to the Hexacuba Shelter where he and his friends spent the night. Upon awaking, Bible’s leg was swollen and he was unable to walk, and he called 911 for assistance.
Rescuers hiked and used ATVs to get near Bible and carried Bible approximately a half a mile to an ATV. He was then transported by ambulance to DHMC in Lebanon with non-life threatening injuries.
Hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase a voluntary Hike Safe Card at wildnh.com/safe. The card helps support Fish and Game Search and Rescue activities. For safe hiking tips and a list of essential gear, visit hikesafe.com.
Swanzey Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Porn
A Swanzey NH man was sentenced on Monday to 4 years in Federal Prison for possessing child pornography. According to court documents, law enforcement received information in July of 2015 that child pornography images were uploaded to a cloud service from a phone number linked to Dale Edson.
Law Enforcement executed a search warrant on Edson’s residence in September of 2015 and officers seized three computers and other devices. Pornographic images of children were found on two laptops and a tablet belonging to Edson through a forensic exam.
Edson pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography in March of this year. Edson will be on supervised release for five years after he completes his sentence.
The Hinsdale Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations investigated the case, with assistance from the Swanzey Police Department, the Bedford Police Department, the Nashua Police Department, the Portsmouth Police Department, the Rochester Police Department, and the Interstate Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Feith prosecuted the case.
Storms Close Roads Throughout Area
Yesterday’s storms caused havoc in the area with roads, electric outages, accidents, and even mudslides. Heavy rains damaged road in Newbury and Goshen. In Newbury, NH DOT crews worked around Brookside Road and Coburn Farm on Route 103 and Cheney Road was closed at Chalk Pond due to road conditions.
The NH DOT also assisted Goshen with the flooding over Route 10 South – at the Mummery Road intersection. Goshen’s Highway Department was out working on various roads damaged from the heavy rains.
In Cornish, a car hit a utility pole on Route 12-A, and Hanover residents lost power in the area of Dunster Drive due to a blown fuse.
The weather also created havoc in Vermont with New Boston Rd in Norwich VT being closed for a while after a tree and wires fell on the road.
Vermont also experienced several mudslides during the storms. Route 5 in Westminster was closed for a large mudslide across the road as well as Route 9 near Brattleboro.
William Smith Extradited To Vermont to Face Charges
A VT man who was found in CT with a missing teen from Alburgh VT has been extradited to VT to face charges. Vermont State Police announced on Monday that William Smith arrived at the Northwest Correctional Facility in Swanton VT last night and arraigned is set for today in St. Albans’ Superior Court.
Smith is being held on active arrest warrants for Violation of Probation, Failure to comply with the VT Sex Offender Registry, and failing to appear at a jury draw for a Violation of an Abuse Prevention Order.
The Vermont State Police continues to investigate the missing person case involving MacKayla Lozell and her relationship with Smith and more charges may be forthcoming.

June 19, 2017

Motorcyclist Dies After Franklin Crash
A motorcyclist died on Sunday after being involved in a three-vehicle accident in Franklin. Police say the accident happened shortly before 10:15 AM on Hill Road (Route 3A) near Lake Shore Drive when the SUV and motorcycle hit head on. Police said the motorcyclist died at the hospital from his injuries. Police are not releasing the name of the motorcycle driver at this time. One of the other drivers received minor injuries. Hill Rd (Route 3-A) was closed for several hours.
NH DOT Meeting for Rt 12 Reconstruction in Charlestown and Walpole
The NH Department of Transportation (NHDOT) is holding a Public Information Meeting on June 28th, on the reconstruction of Rt. 12 in Walpole and Charlestown. The meeting is for discussion of the reconstruction of 3 miles of NH Route 12 in Walpole and Charlestown. This public meeting will be in the North Walpole School on 17 Cray Road in North Walpole NH. There will be an informal open house period for viewing and questions at 6:00 PM followed by a short presentation at 7:00 PM.
The project will reconstruct a section of NH Route 12, beginning just north of the intersection with Main Street in North Walpole, and extends about 3 miles north of the intersection with NH 12A in South Charlestown.
Those with questions or a need any additional information regarding the proposed project can call (603) 271-2171. Other information about the project is on the NHDOT website.
Newport Resident Takes School District to Court
Newport School District was in Sullivan Superior Court on Friday for a 91-A (freedom of information) petition filed by Newport resident Bert Spaulding Sr. Spaulding Sr.claims the Newport School District was in violation of properly following New Hampshire’s Right-to-Know Law on five occasions. The five counts included lack of notice, late/incomplete/misleading, time and place not lawfully posted, minutes non-compliant, and unlawful meeting.
Witness testimony was limited to Superintendent Cindy Gallagher who answered questions from both Mr. Spaulding and Attorney Minutelli.
Judge Brian Tucker provided Mr. Spaulding with 10 days, until June 26, 2017, to provide a written response to the District’s Memorandum of Law, which was filed with the Court earlier this week.
Perkinsville Man Arrested for Third DUI
A Perkinsville VT man was arrested for his third DUI (Driving under the influence) after police received multiple calls about his erratic driving. Police say they stopped Aaron Wheeler driving a 2011 Hynundai on I-89 in Hartland. Wheeler was arrested without incident and charged with DUI#3, Refusal (to take a breath test), and Gross Negligent Operation. Wheeler was later released on citation and will appear today in Windsor Criminal Court to answer the charges.

June 16, 2017

NY Brothers Charged with Passing Counterfeiting Bills in Lebanon
Two NY brothers wanted for counterfeiting turned themselves into Lebanon Police on Tuesday. Police said that on May 31st they received numerous reports of counterfeit $100.00 bills being passed at various businesses in Lebanon.
On the same day, Woodstock VT Police arrested Steven and Jeffery Medina both of Bronx NY for passing counterfeit $100.00 bills in Woodstock.
An investigation showed the Woodstock suspects matched the description of the suspects in Lebanon and arrest warrants were obtained.
Both men were arraigned in Grafton Superior Court on Wednesday. Steven was held on $5,000 cash bail and Jeffery was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail. The investigation is ongoing and further charges are expected.
Windham VT Man Arrested for Squatting
A Windham VT man was arrested for Unlawful Trespassing after a reported for squatting in a vacant mobile home in Windham. Vermont State Police said Patricia Pierno an out of state property owner reported she did not give permission for Darren M. Belford or anyone else to be on her Woodburn Road property when she reported the incident. When officers investigated, Belford was forthcoming about the squatting at the residence and was arrested. A criminal citation was given to Belford to appear in Winham Court on July 25th to answer the charge.
Cornish-Windsor Bridge Will One Lane Last Week
The Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge will be restricted to one lane next week. The NH Department of Transportation announced the traffic restriction yesterday. The restriction goes into effect on the evening of Wednesday, June 21st from 6-9 PM to allow testing of the wooden bridges fire suspension system.
Delays should be expected and motorists should seek alternate routes. Signs will alert motorists to the bridgework and traffic stoppages.
CT Men Arrested for Drug Trafficking
Two CT men were arrested Wednesday for drug trafficking after a traffic stop on I-89 in Royalton VT. Vermont State Police said they stopped a Georgia rental car for speeding and noticed a smell of marijuana and asked for consent to search. The consent was denied and the car was seized. After obtaining a search warrant officers found 1.83 ounces of cocaine, five strips of Suboxone, and a marijuana pipe with fresh reside inside the car.
Jose Restrepo and Angel Vazquez of Harford CT were arrested and released to their attorney on a criminal citation. They will appear in Windsor Criminal Court on an unknown date to answer the charges.

June 15, 2017

Unity Family Loses Home to Fire
A mobile home on 9 Page Road in Unity was gutted by fire yesterday afternoon. Heavy smoke was rising from the structure upon arrival of the Unity Fire Department. Mutual aid companies from Departments Unity, Goshen, Lempster, Claremont, Marlow, Newport, Acworth, Washington 2 alarm fire were called to the scene shortly after 11:30 AM.
There was only one-person home at the time and they were able to get out safely with the family pets. However, the family of five lost everything they owned. A firefighter was treated at Valley Regional for smoke inhalation. A grease fire was given as the cause of the blaze.
A Donation Drive for the family is being held today from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the Unity Fire Station. The family of is in need of gift cards to local restaurants, grocery stores, and Wal-Mart to get the day-to-day items. A list of other items needed by the family will be posted on the Lempster Ladies Auxiliary Facebook page. The Red Cross is assisting the family with lodging.

Royalton VT Arrested for LSA
A Royalton VT man was arrested yesterday for an accident on May 28th. Vermont State Police said that after an investigation they arrested Chandler Pierce Hewitt for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash. The accident occurred on Route 14 in Royalton, and when police arrived, Hewitt had left the scene. Hewitt was issued a citation and is due in Windsor Criminal Court on July 25th to answer the charge.
VSP Arrest MA on I-91
Vermont State Police arrested a Massachusetts man after a traffic stop on I-91 in Rockingham on Tuesday. Police said Richard Oathout was driving with a criminally suspended license and had an active arrest warrant out of Washington County VT. Oathout was issued a citation for Driving with a Suspended License and is being held at the Southern State Correctional Facility for the arrest warrant. He is scheduled to appear on July 18, in Windham County to answer to the charge of Driving with a Suspended License.


NH Fish and Game Stock Small Ponds
Yesterday the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department completed its annual aerial stocking of remote trout ponds. Each year, Fish and Game contracts a helicopter to stock remote ponds, from the Sunapee Region to Pittsburg. During this one-day event, nearly 50 remote ponds are stocked with brook trout fingerlings from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Operated Hatcheries.
The stocking of remote ponds in the backcountry of New Hampshire provides a unique angling opportunity for those anglers seeking a true wilderness experience. Serene remote ponds not only produce beautiful brook trout with high catch rates, but also give the outdoor enthusiast an opportunity for wildlife viewing, hiking, camping or simple solitude.

Two Death Investagations in Brattleboro

On  6/12/17 Brattleboro  police responded to two reported deaths.

In the first case police responded to a home where a neighbor had discovered the 87-year-old female resident deceased. The woman was located outdoors near her garden.

In the second case police responded to a residence to check the welfare of an 87 year old man. The man was found deceased outdoors on his property.

These investigations are ongoing but preliminary information indicates that heat exposure may have played a role in the deaths. The final cause and manner of death will be determined by the Vermont OCME.

The names of the decedents are known to the police but are not being released at this time, pending notification of families.

The Brattleboro Police Department reminds everyone that during periods of extreme heat, cold, or other weather conditions, exposure to outdoor weather should be limited. This is particularly true for potentially vulnerable populations, such as the ill, elderly, or very young. Friends and family are encouraged to check up on each other during such periods.

June 13, 2017

NHDES Issues Warning for Goose Pond in Canaan NH
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has issued a cyanobacteria warning for Goose Pond in Canaan.

An elevated cyanobacterium concentration was measured in Goose Pond Canaan on June 9th and samples exceeded NHDES standards. The current bloom is variable with some lake portions free of scum sightings while other areas have small blue-green clumps in the water. NHDES asks residents on the pond to monitor their shoreline for changing conditions

The warning is a precautionary measure for short-term exposure. NHDES advises pond users to avoid contact with the water in areas experiencing elevated cyanobacteria conditions, where the water has a surface scum or blue-green flecks. NHDES advises pet owners to keep their pets out of any waters that have a surface scum or blue-green or bright green flecks. NHDES will test the pond weekly until the standards are met.

Toxins can cause both acute and chronic health effects that range in severity. Acute health effects include irritation of skin and mucous membranes, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Chronic effects include liver and central nervous system damage.

Annual Moose Hunt Lottery is Friday
The annual NH Moose Hunt Lottery drawing is this Friday, June 16th at 9:00 AM. The drawing takes place at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H. NH Fish and Game will issue 51 moose hunting permits and winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing. The public is invited to be on hand to watch the excitement as the names are drawn. If you cannot attend, the Lottery results will be available online with official lists of winners and alternates published on the Fish and Game website by 11:00 AM on Friday. New Hampshire’s 2017 moose hunt runs from October 21st – 29th.


Lebanon Police Rescue Suicidal Man

On June 11, 2017 at approximately 6:30PM, Lebanon Officers responded to a Suicide Threat call at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. A caller had notified police that her 21-year-old friend had threatened to commit suicide and had sent pictures of his feet hanging over the bridge at the Quechee Gorge but was headed to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
A Lebanon Officer located a vehicle belonging to the male in the parking garage at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Moments later, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Security located the male standing on the ledge at the top of the parking garage roof looking down, about five stories above the ground.

Members of the Lebanon Crisis Intervention Team attempted to initiate dialogue with the male but he would not respond. After several minutes, officers became concerned that the male was going to jump or fall so they made the decision to rescue him from the edge. An officer and a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Security Officer were able to approach the male and simultaneously grab him and pull him from the ledge. Officers and Security were able to restrain the man and bring him into the hospital for a mental health evaluation.
No one was injured during the incident.

Tip Leads to Felony Arrest

During the early morning of June 10, 2017, an employee of a local convenience store called the Lebanon Police Department with concerns about a man who was staggering and appeared to be under the influence. The employee provided the police with a license plate of the vehicle and the direction it was seen leaving the store. Shortly after, officers located the vehicle traveling North on Interstate 89 and conducted a traffic stop. Officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Ryan Sharkey, age 35, of Lebanon, NH. Sharkey was found to have a parole warrant and was driving on a suspended license. While officers were speaking with Sharkey, he attempted to conceal a bundle of heroin.

Sharkey was arrested for the Parole Warrant, Driving after Suspension, a Class A Misdemeanor, Possession of Heroin, Methamphetamine and Cocaine, all Class B Felonies, and Driving Under the Influence, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Sharkey refused the services of a Bail Commissioner and was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections and will be arraigned today, 6/12/17, at the Grafton County Superior Court.