Orford Woman Rescued off of Mt. Cube

NH-Fish-GameOn Monday October 24, 2016 at approximately 3:00 PM Conservation Officers from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department were notified of an injured hiker on Mount Cube in Orford.  Crews from Orford, Lyme, Rumney, Wentworth, and Thetfort VT Fire Departments as well as volunteers from the Pemi Valley Search and Rescue Team and the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team and Conservation Officers from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department responded to the trail.  Crews arrived back at the Rivendell Trailhead with the injured hiker at approximately 9:00 PM.

The injured hiker is identified as 34 year old Molly Soloway of Orford NH.  She had been hiking with her canine companion and after summiting Mount Cube and starting her descent she suffered a lower leg injury which didn’t allow for her to put any weight on the injured leg necessitating a carry out.

Lebanon Man Arrested for Threatening Witness

matthew-clairOn October 12, 2016, Matthew Clair, age 33, of Lebanon, NH was arrested for possessing over two pounds of marijuana and a significant quantity of psilocybin mushrooms. After his arrest, Clair was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and was due in court for arraignment on November 7th.
On October 23, 2016, the Lebanon Police Department received a report that Clair was threatening a witness in his drug distribution case. An investigation conducted by the Lebanon Police Patrol and Detective Bureau’s revealed that Clair had made several threats to a case witness through text message. Further, Clair had stolen property from the witness and then demanded money for its return.
On October 24, 2016, Clair was arrested and charged with Tampering with Witnesses and Informants, a Class B Felony, Theft by Unauthorized Taking, a Class A Misdemeanor and Breach of Bail Conditions, due to being out on bail from the previous offense.
Clair was held on $10,000 cash bail and is set to be arraigned on October 27 in the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court.

Oct. 25, 2016

Ludlow Police Seeks Public’s Help with Burglaries
ludlowLudlow VT Police are seeking the public’s help for information on recent burglaries in the area. Police say since Sept 1, several businesses have been burglarized including thefts of safes and cash although they have made one arrest police are actively pursuing other leads.
They are asking residents and businesses to be vigilant in securing their property and ensure alarms and surveillance video systems are in proper working order. Also, if anyone has information on the burglaries, or if you see suspicious activity, Ludlow police ask that you call the Duty Officer at 802-228-4411.

Killington Opens Today
Ski fans take note Killington Is open today for skiing. The resort opens at 9:00 am and is the first Eastern resort to open for skiing and snowboarding. The first turns of the season will be dedicated exclusively to Season Pass and Express Card holders, and the resort will open to the public on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Early season conditions will exist, and snowmaking and other on-mountain operations may be in progress throughout the day on open terrain. Skiing and snowboarding will be on advanced terrain only, providing roughly 600 vertical feet of open trails. No easier terrain will be available now. Killington’s real time operating schedule can be viewed by going to http://www.killington.com/conditions.

Newport Presents Plans for One Financial District
After a year and a half of planning the Newport Select Board and Newport School District met on Monday night to go over plans for combining financial resources.
Newport’s Finance Director, Paul Brown presented two draft options to the boards. The first plan was to have a cooperative agreement where either the school or town would contract services from the other. The second plan was to create a new finance association similar to an SAU that serves two school districts.
One surprise in the presentation was there would be no immediate financial savings, calling for the elimination of only one or two positions.
Newport resident Bert Spalding Sr. a proponent of the idea expressed disappointment in the presentation.
School Superintendent Cindy Gallagher explained that one reason there are no immediate savings is because of the deep budget cuts to this year’s school budget.
Terry Wiggins the school district’s Business Manager said that although the savings would be small, combining the resources and would be more efficient and productive.
Select board member, Todd Fratzell suggested having a trial period of a finance association for one year. Finance Manager Paul Brown said it could be option three. No action was taken on the plans. Any plan decided on will go before the Newport voters

Lebanon Police Seek ID of Shoplifter

walmart-theftOn October 20, 2016 at approximately 7:20PM, Lebanon Police Patrol Units responded to Walmart for a report of a white male shoplifter who had fled from Loss Prevention Personnel. It was reported that the subject stole several hundred dollars worth of merchandise and fled when confronted. Loss Prevention was able to recover the majority of merchandise but were not able to apprehend the suspect.
Lebanon Police Officers attempted to locate the suspect, who was last seen running behind Wendy’s on 12A. Lebanon Police Officer Jon Tracy, with K9 Briggs, conducted a track for the suspect but he was not located.
We are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying this male subject described as white, approximately 5’8” tall, with brown hair and some facial hair. The suspect is in his twenties to early thirties and was wearing tan pants and a gray and black sweatshirt. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lebanon Police Department at

Oct. 21, 2016

Bellows Falls Police Officer Assaulted
bellows falls patchA Bellows Falls police officer was assaulted while responding to an argument on Reece Circle on Tuesday. Upon arrival officers contacted the woman, and then Joseph Sharleville, 44, of Worcester, Massachusetts. Sharleville was then arrested for aggravated domestic assault and unlawful mischief. While being arrested, Sharleville assaulted an officer. No details on the assault have been released.
The Walpole Police Department assisted the Bellows Falls Police Department in this investigation. Sharleville was ordered held at the Southern State Correctional Facility by the Honorable K. Hayes on a $10,000 cash or surety bond.

October 29, Is Passport Day At Brownsville VT Post Office
If you need a passport you may want to stop by the Brownsville VT Post Office on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Post Office will be opened from 8 am -2 pm to help make your international travel plans easier. According to the World Tourism Organization there is a 4 percent increase international travel this year. Just stop by the Brownsville Post Office at 1269 Route 44 between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on October 29, no appointment is necessary. Postal clerks can even take your passport photo if you do not have one. Brownsville Postmaster Scott Hammond says “With routine passport processing times of six weeks, it’s never too early to start planning for that out-of-country trip. And we’re here to help.” He cites USPS.com as an excellent resource for getting passport paperwork and locating other acceptance facilities across the nation.

Gofund Me Set Up for To Find Autumn Sanville
Autumn Sanville’s family has launched a Gofundme to help fund efforts to find her. Sanville went missing from her home in Weathersfield, Vermont, on the morning Oct. 6. Her parents say they are concerned for her safety. You can visit the page by going to gofundme.com and search for Autumn Sanville.

National Drug Take Back Day is This Saturday
National Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday, October 22. Sullivan County’s Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your pills from 10 am -2 pm to the Sullivan County Complex at 14 Main Street, Newport. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Other Sullivan County police departments participating in the event are the Grantham Police Department, Claremont Police Department and the Washington Police Department.

Man Arrested After Driving Wrong Way on I-93

meridithmanJust after 2:30 am on Thursday, Troopers from the New Hampshire State Police, Troop D Barracks, responded to a report of a wrong way driver on Interstate 93 near Mile Marker 52.4. The suspect was traveling southbound in the northbound lane almost causing a head-on collision with one of the reporting callers.
Trooper Christopher Martineau encountered the wrong way driver near Mile Marker 46 and was able to slow the vehicle and get it to come to a stop in the passing lane. Sgt. James Steinmetz and Trooper Dan Livingstone assisted by boxing in the vehicle so that it would not continue south.
The driver Michael Drake, 34 of Meredith NH was driving a 2010 Toyota Camry.
Michael Drake was taken into custody and charged with Driving While Intoxicated 2nd offense and Reckless Conduct, and Open Container. The results of his breath test indicated he was twice the legal limit.
He was released on $8000.00 PR bail pending a court arraignment in the Concord District Court on November 4, 2016.
Anyone who witnessed or may information regarding this incident is urged to contact Trooper Christopher Martineau by email at Christopher.Martineau@nh.dos.gov<mailto:Martineau@nh.dos.gov> or by calling 603-223-8626.

Springfield VT Man Arrested for Thefts from Cars

morinOn October 19, 2016 at approximately 1:00 pm, Lebanon Police Officers responded to the parking lot of BJ’s on 12A for a report of a male subject entering several unlocked cars. Responding officers were given a description of the male and the vehicle that he fled in. Officers located the vehicle and involved subject on Plainfield Road. An investigation determined items had been taken from several cars and all stolen items were recovered.
Joseph Morin, age 33, of Springfield, Vermont was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of Theft, both Class B Felony charges, and one count of Operating after Suspension, a Violation. Morin faces felony charges due to prior theft convictions.
Morin was arraigned at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on October 20, 2016 and held at the Grafton County House of Corrections on $5,000 cash or surety.

Oct. 20, 2016

Eight Lebanon Businesses Face Action By NH Liquor Commission
lebanon mapEight Lebanon business will face administrative action from the NH Liquor Commission. Lebanon Police say that their department and the NH Liquor Commission conducted alcohol compliance checks on Oct. 14 to ensure businesses were not selling alcohol to minors.
In violation were Sunrise Buffett, Yama Restaurant, Peking Tokyo, Lebanon Village Pizza aka. The Cave, Walmart, Moe’s Mexican Restaurant, Fireside Inn and The Jiffy Mart at Exit 18.
In each of these eight violations, the person who sold the alcoholic beverages was summoned for Prohibited Sales, a misdemeanor, and is scheduled to appear in the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on December 19, 2016.
The NH Liquor Commission estimates the compliance rate across the State is 90% Lebanon has an 87% compliance rate.

Candlelight Vigil For Teen Missing Weathersfield 
Community members are invited to attend a Candlelight Vigil for missing Weathersfield’s VT Teen Autumn Sanville this Sunday. The event starts at 6:30 pm at Hoyt’s Landing in Springfield VT. Attendees are asked to wear blue, Autumn’s favorite color and to bring their own candles. Sanville went missing on the morning of Oct. 6, near Hoyt’s Landing and no one has heard from her since. More information and updates are available at a facebook page set up for Autumn. http://www.facebook.com/helpfindautumn

No Criminal Charges In Claremont’s Officer Involved Shooting
No criminal charges will be brought against Corporal Ian Kibbe of the Claremont Police Department for using deadly force on Sept. 25, against 25-year-old Cody Lafont. The New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster and New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher Wagner made the announcement yesterday afternoon and issued a 23-page report. The report was based on information gathered during the investigation, including viewing the scene of the incident, photographs, physical evidence, and numerous witness interviews.
According to the report when Corporal Ian Kibbe encountered Cody Lafont, it was reasonable for him to believe that Mr. Lafont posed an imminent threat to his safety and that Kibbe fired his service weapon believing Mr. Lafont was about to use deadly force against him. A link to the full report can be found here.

New London Hosts Drop In Groups for I-89 Community Bus Service
The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission is looking at the feasibility of commuter bus service along Interstate 89 in NH. To aid in this research they ask that residents of this area take the online survey at Survey Monkey. Drop-in sessions will also be held in New London this Friday,
At 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM at New London Hospital also at the Tracy Memorial Library from 10 to 11:30 AM.

Oct. 19, 2016

Armed Robbery in Springfield VT
springfield vt mapSpringfield VT Police are seeking information on a man who robbed the Windsor County South Credit Union. Police say shortly after noon on Tuesday a suspect pointed a gun at the teller and demanded money. The man was given an undisclosed amount of money and then ran out the door, taking a vehicle that belonged to an employee. The stolen light green vehicle was later found on Plains Road in Weathersfield, VT abandoned. A canine officer from the Vermont State Police responded to the scene but the suspect was not located.
The suspect is a white male subject, of average build, approximately 5’9″, approximately 180-190 pounds, wearing gloves, a dark face mask, hat, and dark colored sweatshirt.
Anyone who has information regarding this incident, is requested to call Springfield Police Department at 802-885-2113.

Grantham Crash Closes I-89
A collision involving a commercial truck on I-89 in Grantham just after 11:00 am yesterday had the road closed for several hours. Police say a white Hino Flatbed transporting lumber and scaffoldings crashed into the guard rail on I-89 causing obstruction of travel in both lanes.
The driver 28-year-old Eric Dechellis of Manchester was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
An investigation showed that Dechellis fell asleep while driving to Burlington VT for New England Scaffolding Services in Bow NH. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Homicide in Wardsboro VT
Vermont State Police are investigating a Wardsboro’s homicide that happened before 4:45 pm on Tuesday. Police say Kirby Staib 42 was found deceased outside a Gilfeather Road residence. An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause and manner Staib’s death. Police took Kevin Parker 57 into custody. Both men are from Wardsboro.
No other suspects are being sought in this incident, and there is no indication of an ongoing threat to the public.
The Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit along with Troop D BCI detectives continue to investigate this incident.

More Political Graffiti
The Hartford Police Department is currently investigating a vandalism that occurred at Dothan Brook Elementary School between 8 p.m. on 10/17/2016 and 5 a.m. on 10/18/2016. Vandals used spray paint on the building and wrote AmeriKKKan’s for Trump. Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact Officer Leombruno at 802-295-9425 in reference to Case # 16HF05393.

Claremont Imposes Voluntary Water Restrictions
Claremont imposes voluntary water use restrictions. Due to continuing drought conditions, the City of Claremont is asking for immediate voluntary water conservation.
Customers of the city’s water system are advised to refrain from watering grass, washing cars or paved/concrete surfaces, filling pools, and all other non-essential water use. Currently, the city has an adequate amount of storage; however, the water department is trying to be pro-active due to the projected dry forecast for the next three months. There may be additional restrictions if conditions persist.
This voluntary water restriction notice will remain in effect until further notice.

Oct 18, 2016

Political Signs Being Stolen and Destroyed
rotten-demsFor the third time since the NH Primary the large Trump sign in Croydon Flat has been vandalized. Nearby residents say it appears the sign was vandalized between 3:30 and 4:15 pm on Friday. About 8 smaller Trump signs along RT 10 also have been stolen in recent months. In addition to a sign for Janet Gibson the Republican Candidate for Sullivan County Register of Deeds was cut out of its wooden frame. Gibson said she is going replace the sign with homemade wooden sign because the destroyed sign cost $100.00. Gibson also reported that several of her smaller signs in Croydon were taken.
Croydon’s Police Chief Richard Lee said, he is in Croydon Flat often and unless he sees someone doing damage to the sign there isn’t much he can do. Lee works 34 hours a week and is the town’s only police officer.
Lee suggested to put a game camera up to catch the person/persons vandalizing the signs. When asked if the town would provide one, Lee said the Select Board has turned down his past requests for one. The Chief is asking for the residents of Croydon to report anything suspicious they see or hear by calling the Croydon Police Department at 863-5115. As a reminder, under NH RSA 664:17 it is against the law for anyone to remove, deface or knowingly destroy any political advertising which is placed on public property. Violations are punishable by civil penalty of up to $1,000.

Newport Hires Hunter Rieseberg as Interim Manager
Newport has a new Interim Town Manager. At their Monday night meeting the Newport Select Board voted unanimously to hire Hunter Rieseberg as interim town manager. Chair Jeff Kessler made the motion to appoint Rieseberg for not less than 6 months and no more than 12 months for a salary of $99,500 as Interim Town Manager.
Rieseberg starts the interim position today and will also act as Tax Collector. addressed the audience and thanked the select board for the appointment.
The new interim invited residents of Newport to stop in any time since he has an open door policy and believes in transparency.
Rieseberg stepped down as Hartford VT’s town manager in August of 2015 after 20 years of service and a salary of $133,000. Prior to working for Hartford VT, Rieseberg served as town manager in Hampton, Jaffery, Durham, and Epping NH.

Newport Fire Department Responds to Croydon Blaze
Help from a neighbor and fast action by the Newport Fire Department thwarted a dangerous incident on Brighton Road yesterday afternoon. Rick Bressette was on his way home when he noticed flames coming from a riding lawn mower at 138 Brighton Road, he stopped to help the operator and the machine became fully engulfed. The Newport Fire Department arrived and quickly extinguished the blaze, preventing the fire from going into the tree line. Dried leaves going up in the motor was stated as the cause of the fire.

Hartford Police Hosting Crisis Intervention Training
The Hartford Police Department is hosting their third Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training this week. There are 18 Officers/law enforcement personnel from both Vermont and New Hampshire Police Departments attending the 40-hour training to learn about mental health, de-escalation techniques and community resources. There will be 22 different agencies and over 30 presenters donating their time for law enforcement officers, dispatchers and Chaplin.