October 19, 2017

New London Hospital Implements Digisonics
New London Hospital has implemented Digisonics structured reporting system for their Radiology department. Users can now quickly create structured reports, that referring physicians prefer, for both OB Ultrasound and General Ultrasound studies at New London Hospital and Newport Health Center. The reporting system Interfaces to New London’s GE ultrasound machines that automatically transmits patient demographics and measurements directly into the Digisonics report, improving overall reporting accuracy and streamlining the clinical workflow. As a result, the providers are able to perform more exams with a higher quality level. As a result, providers are able to perform more exams with a higher quality level.
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Cavendish VT Man Arrested As Fugitive from Justice
A Cavendish VT man was arrested yesterday by Springfield VT police for outstanding VT and NH arrest warrants. Benjamin J. Gramling was lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility in Lieu of $5,000 bail on the VT warrant, and $30,000 bail on the NH warrant.
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Franklin Police Department Winter Parking Ban
The Franklin Police Department reminds residents and visitors of their 2017-2018 Winter Parking Ban. All night parking on any city street is prohibited from Nov. 1st – April 30th between the hours of 9:00 PM and 6:30 AM during snowstorms or snowplowing operations by the city or its agents during snow removal. In addition parking in any public parking area is prohibited between 11 PM – 6:00 PM. between Nov. 1st and April 30th. Any vehicle found to be violating these ordinances will be subject to fines and/or towing at the owner’s expense.
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NH Fugitive Arrested Near Canadian Border
A NH fugitive was arrested near the Canadian Border shortly before 5:30 PM yesterday. Vermont State Police said they responded to the US Canadian Border on I-89 in Highgate VT after US Customs Agents took Nathan Herling of Manchester NH into custody after being denied entry into Canada. Herling was transferred to the custody of Vermont State Police who confirmed Herling did have an active extraditable arrest warrant out of Merrimack County, NH for Burglary and Receiving Stolen Property charges.
Herling was transported to the St. Albans State Police Barracks for processing and lodged at Northwest State Correctional Facility as a Fugitive from Justice. He is being held on $5,000 bail until his arraignment today in Franklin County Criminal Court.
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Forever Locked Coming to Flying Goose Pub
Forever Locked is coming to the Flying Goose Pub in New London on Friday, Oct. 27th. “Forever Locked” is a life-size, museum-quality taxidermy exhibit depicting two moose with their antlers locked. The rare, natural event occurred near Fowlertown, an early settlement in Gile State Forest on Route 4 in Springfield, NH. It portrays two bull moose that permanently locked antlers while dueling, causing their deaths. The exhibit is the property of the nonprofit N.H. Locked Moose Antler Project, Inc. The exhibit is funded and supported by many sponsors, donors, contributors, and partners.
Forever Locked will be on display at the Flying Goose Pub from noon – 6:00 PM.
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October 17, 2017

Arrest Warrant Being Sought in Reckless Shooting in Grantham
An arrest warrant is being sought for a man who recklessly fired an Anderson AM 15 near a Grantham hiking trail on Sunday. Trooper McLaughlin of the NH State Police learned about the incident after he was approached by a Grantham resident expressing concern over 15 gunshots heard shortly after 10:00 AM along the loop-hiking trail at Reney Memorial Forest on Route 10. Police say the rifle was fired in the direction of the three hikers who were on the opposite trail and within 100 yards
The resident said hikers were on the trails when the shots were fired. The resident reported he made contact with the two female hikers and dogs while they were exiting the trail and returning to their vehicles. A male hiker was also exiting the trail behind the females.
According to the resident, the shooting stopped when there was commotion and shouting in the parking area. The resident had a brief interaction with the shooter and his companion when they left the parking lot in the silver SUV with an unknown Massachusetts license plate.
Officers from Troop C and Grantham Police issued a BOL (Be on the lookout) to surrounding towns in an attempt to find the shooter and his companion.
After an investigation, the men were located and the Anderson AM 15 was confiscated. An arrest warrant for reckless conduct is being sought since the hiking trail was clearly marked. Police are interested in identifying and interviewing the hikers who were on the trail at the time of this incident. Anyone with further information related to this incident is should contact Trooper Michael McLaughlin at (603) 419-0130 or by email at michael.mclaughlin@dos.nh.gov.
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Lebanon Police to Conduct Training
The Lebanon Police Department will be conducting a Low Light Live Fire training exercise at the Grafton County Fish and Game Association at 153 Trues Brook Road on Tuesday, Oct. 24th and Wednesday, October 25th from 5:00- 8:30 PM.
If there are any questions, contact the Lebanon Police Department at (603) 448-1212.
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VSP Investigating Putney Theft
Vermont State Police are investigating a theft from a Putney automobile. Police say sometime between the hours of 6:30 PM Saturday and 7:45 AM on Sunday someone entered an unlocked silver 2003 Volkswagen Jetta station wagon at Green Mountain Orchards or while it was parked on Gray Lane in Putney and took a Stihl 461 chainsaw, and Lecia binoculars. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Trooper Valcourt of the Vermont State Police – Westminster barracks at (802) 722-4600
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NH Officials Issue Fraud Alert
NH Officials have issued a fraud alert warning of a scam email. The email appears to come from the New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles. The fake email notifies the recipient that he or she was cited for a traffic violation and then demands payment of the fine within 72 hours. The scam email contains links for easy pay or to contest the fine amount. The email originates from a scam email address: “violations at citygovernment.co.gov”.
The Department of Motor Vehicles does not notify drivers of any violations through email nor does it email requests for payment of fines. Any person receiving this email should exercise caution. Do not click on any of the links contained in the scam email as this could infect your device with malicious malware and compromise your sensitive information.
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Untimely Deaths Under Investigation in Grantham

The Attorney General’s Office along with the NH State Police Major Crime Unit is investigating two untimely deaths in Grantham NH.  The deceased individuals were located in their Eastman home at 51 Bright Slope Way in Grantham.  The investigation as to whether a crime was committed is ongoing and there is no evidence to suggest there is a threat to the public. Members of the major crime unit and Grantham police department were at the scene yesterday.

Police Seek Shooters on Grantham Hiking Trail

On Sunday October 15, 2017 Trooper McLaughlin was approached by a concerned citizen in the Town of Grantham, NH.  This individual advised Trooper McLaughlin that at approximately 1015 hours he heard an estimated 15 gun shots fired along the loop hiking trail at the Donas J. & Margaret Reney Memorial Forest which is located along Route 10 / Main Street in the Town of Grantham.  This is a popular hiking spot for locals and visitors especially at this time of year.

The reporting party being familiar with the hiking trails and upon seeing several vehicles parked in the parking area realized that there were hikers on the trails.  Being concerned about the dangerousness of shooting in that area, the reporting party entered the parking area.  While the shots were still being fired, this witness made contact with two female hikers with dogs who were exiting the northern trail and returning to their vehicles in the parking area.  A male hiker also exited the trail behind the females.   Due to the commotion and shouting from the parking area, the shooters stopped firing and returned to their vehicle which had been parked adjacent to the hiker’s vehicles.  The trails are clearly marked as hiking trails and a large sign with map is erected at the trail head.  The concerned citizen had a brief interaction with the two male subjects who left the area in a silver SUV with an unknown Massachusetts registration.

Based upon this information, Troopers from Troop – C and Grantham Police issued a BOL (Be on the lookout) to surrounding towns in attempt to locate the shooter(s).  The initial investigation revealed that the two men with a rifle walked east approximately 100 feet along the southern trail and then approximately 100 feet north where they began firing into a makeshift target.

At this time the investigation is being handled by the State Police Troop – C.  Police are interested in identifying and interviewing the hikers who were on the trail at the time of this incident.  Anyone that may have further information related to this incident is encouraged to please contact Trooper Michael McLaughlin at (603) 419-0130 or by email at michael.mclaughlin@dos.nh.gov.

October 16, 2017

Fish and Game Seeks Rabbit Hunters
Participants are needed to report rabbit sightings. A new citizen science project sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, with support from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, is seeking to collect data, photos, and sightings of rabbits throughout New Hampshire.
The native New England Cottontail rabbit population has been dwindling in numbers over the last several decades. Their declining population is due to habitat loss and fragmentation since the species need large areas of vigorously growing grasses, shrubs, and trees to avoid predators and survive.
In many small habitat patches, eastern cottontails have replaced native New England cottontails, since they can survive better in the human-dominated, fragmented habitats of New England.
Anyone can participate, and rabbit sightings will help the NH Rabbit Reports team learn more about where rabbit species are located in the state. You can use your Smartphone or computer to submit your sighting to NH Rabbit Reports. Data collected through NH Rabbit Reports will give researchers a complete picture of the state’s rabbit populations. To take part in the project go to nhrabbitreports.org
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New London Police Seeks Community Votes
The Aftermath K9 Grant is awarding a total of $15,000 in grants to five Police departments and their existing or prospective K9 programs. The first place grant is for $5,000, second place will receive $4,000, third place is $3,000, the fourth place winner will take $2,000 and the fifth place winner will receive $1,000. The grants are for maintenance, safety equipment, or officer training. New London Police Benevolent Association is asking the New London community to vote for their K-9 department and is aiming for the $5,000 grant.
You can enter once a day until the deadline on Nov. 7th at 11:59 PM. To vote go to https://www.aftermath.com/k9-grant/ and choose New London Police Department.

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Local Beef Recalled
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are recalling Bread and Butter ground beef. The one-pound packages sold by Bread & Butter Farm of Shelburne VT may have been contaminated with E. coli. Vermont Livestock Slaughter and Processing, LLC, of Ferrisburgh VT who is voluntarily recalling the product, produced the ground beef.
The one-pound, vacuum-sealed packages were produced on July 24 and 25, 2017. The packages are branded “Bread & Butter Farm Ground Beef” with the lot codes #072517BNB and #072417BNB. The product’s establishment number “EST. 9558” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Approximately 133 pounds of ground beef are being recalled.
In late September, the Vermont Department of Health investigated reports of two children who became ill after eating cooked beef burgers at Bread & Butter Farm on September 15, 2017. One child was hospitalized, but both have since recovered. FSIS determined the burgers that were served at a Bread & Butter Farm event were the probable source of the reported illnesses.
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Newbury NH Names New Chief
Brad Wheeler has been named Newbury Police Department’s Interim Chief. Newbury Officials have refused to comment on the recent departure of Police Chief Robert Lee. The town has released a severance agreement that states the parties have agreed that Lee would take an immediate leave of absence and begin looking for other employment. In exchange, Lee will be paid $49,000. In 2014, the Board suspended Lee for a week, only to rescind it a week later after he sued and the town paid him over $10,000 including attorney fees. The Newbury Select Board met with New London Chief Ed Anderson to see if his department can help until a replacement is selected. In the
Interim, Newbury resident Brad Wheeler has been appointed as acting chief. The board has indicated Wheeler will be considered for the permanent position
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VSP Seeks ID of Bugler
Vermont State Police are seeking information on a burglary at the Basketville Store in Putney VT. Police say an unknown person forced entry through the rear door of the Route 5 store on Thursday about 10:00 PM. A surveillance video is on the WNTK Facebook Page. Anyone with information on this incident should call Trooper Trenosky at the Westminster Barracks at 802-722-4600.

Tilton Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault on Minor

A Tilton man pled guilty to repeatedly sexually assaulting a 13-year old and photographing the abuse. Charles Beckley, 54, entered a plea agreement with prosecutors in which he could face more than a decade in prison. Beckley is charged with five counts of felonious sexual assault, one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two counts of manufacturing child sexual abuse images and three counts of misdemeanor sexual assault. Tilton Police began investigating Beckley in May after a woman reported that Beckley had confided in her about the sexual abuse. The woman told police “it was not the first time that Charles had told her he had sex with someone 12-14 years old,” noting that two other females were mentioned. Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier earlier reported that additional child victims had come forward since Beckley’s arrest, but additional criminal charges have not yet been filed.

Lebanon Police Seek Information on McDonald’s Shooting Suspect

Lebanon Police continue to investigate an armed robbery which happened on Monday, October 9, 2017 at approximately 12:30am at the McDonald’s on Plainfield Road in West Lebanon. The police department is seeking additional information as to the suspect’s identity.
An updated description is of a male subject, believed to be in his 20’s or 30’s, approximately 5’11”, average build, who was wearing black shoes, black pants and a black sweatshirt with a red hood or a black sweatshirt over a red sweatshirt. The male may have also been wearing a black plastic mask similar to a motocross or paintball helmet.
The male is believed to have fled on foot toward the rear of McDonalds.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Lebanon Police Department at 603-448-1212 or by calling our anonymous tip line at 603-448-CLUE (2583).
You can also send us an anonymous tip through our website: https://goo.gl/32cqAj

October 12, 2017

VT Towns Receive Early Christmas

Christmas came early for some Vermont cities and towns. The Southern Windsor/Windham County Solid Waste Management District voted to return over $379,000 in tipping fees held since 2008 when the VT/NH Solid Waste District was dissolved. On July 27th the district’s board of supervisors voted to release the funds.
Since then board members have been presenting the checks to the towns during selectmen’s meetings.
The towns receiving the funds are Andover ($1,719); Baltimore ($1,051); Cavendish; ($14,786); Chester ($30,764); Grafton ($5,372); Ludlow ($72,435); Plymouth ($8,956); Reading ($3,912); Rockingham ($48,392); Springfield ($111,703); Weathersfield ($24,433); West Windsor ($6,229); and Windsor ($49,441).

 

New London Walks to School

Motorists in New London should take extra cautious this morning. The Annual Walk to School Day is taking place. The event was established in memory of beloved Recreation Director Chad Denning who was vital in the Pleasant Street sidewalk campaign.
School, college and town volunteers will walk students to school from Colby Sawyer College.

Busy Summer for Boats on Lake Sunapee

It was a busy summer season on Lake Sunapee. Over 3,000 boats were launched from May 8th – Sept. 24th in Sunapee. The statistics come from the NH LAKES Lake Host™ Program* Boater Statistics, but only represent boats launched while a Lake Host was on duty. Boats that were launched when a host was not on duty were not counted. The boat count is from boat launches in Sunapee Harbor, Georges Mills Harbor, and Burkehaven Harbor and is as follows.
Sunapee Harbor – 2, 230 boats launched
Georges Mills Harbor – 969 boats launched
Burkehaven Harbor – 19 boats launched
The Lake Host program also checks for invasive species.

Slayton Hill Road Closure

Slayton Hill Road beneath the overpass in Lebanon will be closed today and tomorrow from 7:00 AM – 5-PM. The Mascoma River Greenway Construction Project will be installing bicycle and pedestrian railing on the Slayton Hill Overpass, requiring street closure under the overpass.

 

4 Arrested for Heroin Trafficking in Hartford VT

Top Row L-R Jonathan Castro, Jose Nunez Bottom Row L-R Michelle Webster, Joseph Tomasetto

Just after 1:00 PM on Monday, Hartford Police stopped a vehicle on Sykes Mountain Avenue for a registration violation. After indicators of illicit drug use were observed, officers conducted a consent search of the vehicle. During the search, officers seized 2,300 bags of heroin, cash, and various items of drug paraphernalia. The occupants of the vehicle, 28 year old Jonathan Castro of Springfield, MA, 28 year old Jose Nunez of Springfield, MA, 27 year old Joseph Tomasetto of Stockbridge, VT, and 32 year old Michelle Webster of Graniteville, VT were arrested and charged with heroin trafficking. All four were lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility in lieu of bail and are scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court – Windsor Criminal Division on October 11, 2017 at 1230 p.m. to answer the charges.

October 10, 2017

Several Injuries in Tractor Trailer / Motor Home Accident

An accident involving a motor home and tractor-trailer truck caused significant delays on I-91 in Rockingham VT yesterday afternoon. Police say Albert Milite III of NY was driving a Jamboree Motor home when a vehicle abruptly stopped in front of him. Bernard Avery was driving a loaded TT unit, responded by abruptly applying the brakes and steering towards the breakdown lane to avoid striking the RV. An impact took place between the left front and side of the TT unit caused massive damage to the rear of the RV ripping the entire backside off the vehicle. Jose Pagen who was a passenger was sleeping in the rear was transported to DHMC for serious back injuries. Mr. Avery was taken to Springfield Hospital for minor back injuries. Several dogs in the RV escaped injuries.
I 91 southbound was reduced to one lane of travel for several hours during the investigation and while the vehicles were removed. This crash is still under further investigation.
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Winter Parking Ban Reminder
Springfield Vermont Police Department reminds residents and visitors to Springfield VT that the winter parking ban takes effect on November 1, 2017, through April 15, 2018.
The winter parking ban prohibits any vehicle parked on a street or highway in the town of Springfield between the hours of 1:00-7:00 AM. Any vehicle found to be in violation of the parking ban will be ticketed and towed if necessary.
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Burlington Man Facing Drug Charges
A Burlington Vermont man is facing drug charges after a traffic stop on I-89 in Bethel on Friday. Vermont State Police say they stopped Colin March for speeding and during the stop; the officer developed probable cause to search March’s vehicle.
March granted consent for the search. During the search, officers found over 12 ounces of Marijuana, drug paraphernalia and equipment, and packaging used in selling drugs.
March was arrested and charged with Possession of greater than 2 oz of Marijuana, and Selling or Dispensing greater than 1 oz of Marijuana. March was released on a criminal citation to appear at the Windsor County Superior Court, Criminal Division on 11/14/17 at 8 am to answer to the charges.
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McDonald Employee Shot During Armed Robbery

On October 9, 2017 at approximately 12:30AM, the Lebanon Police Department received an Emergency 911 call regarding an armed robbery that had just occurred at the McDonalds located at 249 Plainfield Road in West Lebanon. The 911 caller further advised that a McDonald’s employee was shot during the robbery.
Investigating officers determined that a male subject, possibly wearing either a red shirt or red hooded sweatshirt, with his faced and head covered, confronted an employee emptying trash outside with a handgun. The suspect forced the employee back inside where he demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect forced the employee toward a rear door where he shot the employee in the leg before fleeing.
The suspect was last seeing running on foot from McDonalds in an unknown direction. The victim, a 19 year old male, was transported to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound, which was non-life threatening.
The Lebanon Police Patrol and Detective Bureaus continue to investigate this incident. Anyone having any information is encouraged to call the Lebanon Police Department at 603-448-1212 or our anonymous tip-line at