More Details on Claremont’s Officer Involved Shooting

claremont policeMore details are coming forth about the officer involved shooting in Claremont last Sunday. On Friday the NH Attorney General’s Office named Corporal Ian Kibbe, a 2½-year member of the Claremont Police Department as the only officer present at the time of the shooting. There were no recording devices that captured the shooting since Claremont does not have body cameras or cruiser cameras. The investigation into whether the officer’s actions were lawful is going.

Online documents show that Ian Kibbe started his law enforcement career in Feb of 2011 when he graduated from the 110th Vermont Correctional Academy and began work at the Southern State Correctional Facility.  In 2012 Kibbe along with 2 others received a Medal of Valor for saving the life of an inmate who had cut an artery with a handmade weapon and was refusing medical treatment.

Later in 2012 Kibbe went to work as a part time officer for the Town of Chester VT and attended Vermont Police Academy.  After graduating in 2012, Kibbe was hired as a full time officer in Windsor VT where he was a Fleet Supervisor and worked until March of 2014 when he continued his career with the Claremont Police Department.

Claremont’s Police Chief Alex Scott said in a press release that his department is not provided with any information concerning the ongoing investigation and questions should be directed to the NH Attorney General’s Office and NH State Police Major Crimes Unit. Scott said he appreciates and understand the community’s wishes for quick answers but must respect the integrity of the investigative process to ensure the most accurate outcome.

Arrests For Insurance Fraud in Canaan


L-R Shambo and Hook

On July 29, 2016 Canaan Police Officers responded to a report of a stolen 1984 Chevrolet Corvette owned by Wayne Shambo of Canaan. After a lengthy investigation, it was determined that Shambo

arranged to have his vehicle stolen so he could fraudulently report the theft to an insurance company for a cash payment. Canaan Police Officers and the Vermont State Police executed a search warrant and the vehicle was recovered in Hartland, Vermont.

On September 17, 2016 Canaan Police Officers arrested Wayne A. Shambo, age 45 of Canaan, New Hampshire for two counts of Insurance Fraud, one count of False Report of a Stolen Vehicle and one count of Tampering with Public Records.

On September 29, 2016 Canaan Police Officers arrested Randy S. Hook, age 43 of Hartland, Vermont for one count of Accomplice to Insurance Fraud and Conspiracy to Commit a False Report of a Stolen Vehicle.

Due to the value of the vehicle, the Insurance Fraud is a Class A Felony and each charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. The other charges are Class A Misdemeanors and each charge carries a maximum sentence of 1 year in jail.

Both Shambo and Hook were released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail to ensure their appearance in the 2nd Circuit Court – District Division – Lebanon on Monday November 28, 2016.

The Canaan Police Department was assisted by the New Hampshire State Police, Vermont State Police, Vermont Probation and Parole and the Progressive Insurance Special Investigations Unit.

Sept. 29, 2016

VSP Seeks Public’s Help in Locating Missing Westminster Man
missing-person-westminsterThe Vermont State Police is seeking assistance in locating a missing Westminster man. Police say 55-year-old David Kissell was reported missing by his family early Wednesday morning. Kissell is believed to be operating a maroon Ford F-250 with the Kissell Farms logo on the doors. The family believes that Kissell could possibly be in the Rockingham, Westminster or Putney area.
If located please call the Vermont State Police, Westminster Barracks, at (802)722-4600.


Vermont Public Health Department Warns of Ticks and Anaplasmosis
The Vermont Public Health Department is warning residents about anaplasmosis a tick-borne disease. Officials say the disease is transmitted by the same black leg tick that transmits Lyme disease and is the most common tick in VT.
As of September, 133 cases of anaplasmosis have been reported compared to 127 cases for all of 2015.
Bradly Tompkins infectious disease epidemiologist says over one-third of people with anaplasmosis that were reported in VT were sick enough to be hospitalized, Symptoms can include fever, headache, chills and muscle aches. Anaplasmosis can be successfully treated with antibiotics, especially if treatment is given early. Tompkins urges people to not drop their guard just because summer is over and continue to use repellents, check for ticks daily, remove ticks right away, and to call your health care provider if you get any of the above symptoms after a tick bite.

Valley Regional Becomes NH’s Only Alpha-1 Center
Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont has become the only Alpha-1 Clinical Resource Center in NH. Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency is a condition where the body does not make enough of a protein that protects the lungs and liver from damage. The condition can lead to emphysema and liver disease.
Valley Regional Healthcare was designated as an Alpha-1 Clinical Resource Center by the Alpha-1 Foundation. Dr. Donald Mahler and his team were invited to apply to the Alpha-1 Foundation to be a Clinical Resource Center due to their work in this field. The hospital has diagnosed four patients with Alpha-1 deficiency emphysema in the past 18 months thanks to diligent testing of all of patients with COPD who come into the Kane Center at the hospital. Dr. Mahler was Director of a Clinical Resource Center while at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, until his retirement there in July 2014.

Sept. 27, 2016

Vermont Ranked #1 in Voting Accessibility
vermont-flagVermont’s Elections have been ranked as the nation’s most accessible. Jim Condos, VT Secretary of State announced on Monday that for the second consecutive year Vermont has ranked #1 in the State Election Agency Report by Ballotpedia. Ballotpedia is a nonpartisan online encyclopedia of American politics and elections.
The annual report measure state election agencies in terms of their ease of access, quality of information and response speed.
Vermont topped the list receiving 49 out of 50 possible points. NH came in at #8, MA came in at #5 and ME placed at #7. New Mexico, meanwhile, ranked at the bottom, earning six out of 50 possible points.
As part of its analysis, Ballotpedia sent email inquiries to every state election agency and measured response times. Of the 35 states that responded within the specified 96-hour time frame, 29 did so within 24 hours.
You can view the he full report at

Claremont to Host Educational Art Conference
Educators will gather in Claremont for ‘The Arts Are Essential’ conference this November. Art educators, teaching artists, parents and school leaders from across New Hampshire will meet in Claremont Nov. 11-12 for the 22nd annual N.H. State Council on the Arts’ annual arts education partnership conference. The Arts are Essential” is organized by the N.H. State Council on the Arts in partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. Its advisory committee includes the N.H. Department of Education, the N.H. Arts Learning Network, educators, artists and community leaders in Claremont and throughout the state.
Advance registration is required to attend; see for details. Continuing education credits are available.
To learn more about “The Arts Are Essential,” visit its webpage or contact Julianne Gadoury,, 271-0791.

US Postal Service Honors Vermont’s 225 Years of Statehood
The US Postal Service is honoring Vermont’s 225 Years of Statehood with souvenir postmark. The United States Postal Service in Quechee VT will join the Upper Valley Stamp Club at their Stamp Show with a souvenir postmark on Saturday, October 1 at the Mid Vermont Christian School in Quechee VT from 11 am- 2 pm. The postmark bears a salute to Vermont’s 225th Anniversary and was provided at the request of the Upper Valley Stamp Club.
Postmaster Esther Mesler said “It is a picture that tells a story.”
People attending this local events may obtain the postmark in person at the Post Office table. If you miss the stamp show, but wish to obtain the postmark, you may submit a mail order request. Pictorial postmarks are available only with the dates indicated, and requests must be postmarked no later than 30 days following the pictorial postmark date.
Customers wishing to obtain a postmark should affix First-Class Mail postage to any envelope or postcard, address the envelope or postcard and tuck in the flap. Place the envelope or postcard in a larger envelope and address it to Postmaster, followed by Quechee Post Office, 91 Village Green Circle, Quechee VT 05059

Hiker Rescued off of Appalachian Trail
A Bethlehem PA man was rescued on the Appalachian Trail on Moose Mountain in Lyme on Monday. Fish and Game Officials say Andrew Hyduke 63, and a companion had planned a nine-day excursion on the trail when he developed a lower leg injury. Crews from Hanover Fire Department, Lyme Fire Department, Orford Fire Department, Thetford VT Fire Department, along with Conservation Officers from the NH Fish and Game Department, and volunteers from the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team responded to the trailhead shortly before 10 am. The injured hiker was located approximately 1.5 mile south of Goose Pond Road on the Appalachian Trail. Once rescue crews arrived with Mr. Hyduke, paramedics were able to stabilize a lower leg injury and carried the injured hiker to an ambulance shortly after noontime. Hyduke was transported by Hanover Fire Department to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for further evaluation of his injuries.

Sept. 26, 2016

VSP Seek Info on Burglary
VSP PatchThe VT State Police in Westminster are investigating a burglary at Jake’s Restaurant on Route 100 in Londonderry. Police say thieves broke into the restaurant between 11:30 pm on Friday and 6:00 am on Saturday hours. Entry was gained through a rear door. Taken from an office area was a safe and cash. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact VSP Westminster. 802-722-4600


Plea Deal Expected
Former Stoddard Volunteer Firefighter David H. Plante, 34 plans to plead guilty as part of a plea deal. Plante was charged with setting brush fires that burned more than 200 acres in Stoddard last April. Plante faces four felony counts of arson and three felony counts of reckless conduct for allegedly setting fires on at least two different properties in Stoddard and damaging additional property. If a judge approves the deal, five of those seven charges will be dropped, leaving him to plead guilty to two counts of arson for which Plante would spend between 2½ and seven years in state prison.

Endowment Down at Dartmouth
Dartmouth College’s endowment posted a 1.9 percent investment loss for its fiscal year that ended June 30.According to a press release on Friday by the College. The overall endowment value at $4.5 billion shows a 4 percent decline from last year’s figure of about $4.7 billion.
A statement from Chief Investment Officer Pamela L. Peedin ’89, Tu ’98 attributed these declines to a volatile global economy.
In fiscal year 2015, Dartmouth’s endowment earned 8.3 percent, buoyed by large investment returns and gifts. Over the past 20 years, the College’s endowment has posted an average annualized return of 10.2 percent.

AG’s Office Investigates Claremont’s Officer Involved Shooting

claremont policeNew Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster and Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Safety and Acting Colonel of the State Police Robert Quinn announce that an investigation is ongoing into an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred in Claremont, New Hampshire.

The incident occurred at approximately 4:50 a.m. this morning in Claremont following a call for service to a residence. An adult male at the residence was fatally wounded during a confrontation with police. No police officers were physically injured during the incident.

The deceased individual has been identified as Cody Lafont, 25, of Claremont. An autopsy will be performed on Monday, September 26, to determine his exact cause and manner of death.

The circumstances that led to the shooting are being investigated. No further updates are expected today.

Arrests Made in Lebanon Robbery


L-R Antonio Callaghan and Justin Cohn

Two Lebanon men and a juvenile were arrested on robbery and drug charges after robbing a man of his cell phone. Lebanon Police say at approximately 1:20 AM, Lebanon Officers responded to the area of Taylor Street for a reported Robbery. The victim told officers that he had been walking on Taylor Street when he was approached by three males who stole his cell phone and headphones while threatening to kill him and his family.

Based on the physical description provided by the victim, officers made contact with two male subjects at a residence on Elm Street. After a brief investigation, officers discovered that a third male had fled the residence as they were arriving. Officers further determined that the male subject who had fled was the subject who had threatened the victim and robbed him of his property.

Officers sought and were granted a search warrant for the residence where the initial two male subjects were found. As a result of the search, officers located the victim’s headphones and the SIM card from his cell phone at the residence.

The area was searched and the third subject believed to be involved, a 15-year-old juvenile, was located. He was found to have an active Juvenile Detention Order from the Manchester Police Department. He was taken into custody and found to be in possession of the victim’s cell phone.

Antonio Callaghan, age 18, of Elm Street in Lebanon was arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, a Class B Felony. He was also charged with Unlawful Possession of Alcohol, a Violation, and Possession of a Controlled Drug, a Class A Misdemeanor. He was held in lieu of $20,000 cash bail and transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections to await arraignment on September 22, 2016.

Justin Cohn, age 22, of Elm Street in Lebanon was also arrested and charged with Conspiracy to Commit Robbery, a Class B Felony. He was also charged with Prohibited Sales of Alcohol, a Class B Misdemeanor, and Possession of a Controlled Drug, a Class A Misdemeanor. He was held in lieu of $10,000 cash bail and transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections to await arraignment on September 22, 2016.

The 15-year-old juvenile was transported to a Juvenile Detention Facility to await further juvenile proceedings where he is expected to face Robbery charges.

Charlestown Man Killed in Bicycle vs Car Accident

fatal accidentA Charlestown man was killed Monday afternoon after his bicycle collided with a car in Charlestown.  The Charlestown Police Department and the New Hampshire State Police, Troop C, responded the crash on Route 12 near the intersection of Route 12A in Charlestown shortly after 4:00 pm.
The preliminary investigation determined the bicyclist, Lance Torrey, age 50, of Charlestown was traveling north in the breakdown lane on Route 12 when he veered into the northbound travel lane and into the path of a Acura Integra which struck him. The Acura, driven by Jeremiah Lawrence,23, of Claremont. Mr. Torrey was pronounced dead after being transported to the Springfield Hospital. Mr. Lawrence was not injured. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in this collision.
The NH State Police are investigating the accident and were assisted by members of the Charlestown Police Department, and the Charlestown Fire and Rescue Departments. Route 12 was closed and traffic diverted in the area for approximately four hours.
The collision remains under investigation; however, it does not appear that any criminal charges will be filed. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Trooper Charles Newton at 223-8494.

Multiple Drug Arrests in Lebanon

churchillOn August 31, 2016, Lebanon Police, in cooperation with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, received intelligence that Mark Churchill, age 32, last known to be living in Springfield, NH was traveling to Lebanon with a quantity of heroin. At approximately 3:45 pm on that date, police located a vehicle on Heater Road which Churchill was driving.
During an investigation subsequent to a motor vehicle stop, it was determined that Churchill was in possession of 10 bags of heroin and a small quantity of marijuana. Two other occupants were in the vehicle, Jessica Griswold, age 25, of Springfield, NH and Nathaniel Decamp, age 22, of Enfield, NH. Griswold was found to be in possession of 10 bags of heroin and Decamp was found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. Mark Churchill
Churchill was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of a Narcotic Drug, a Class B Felony, and one count of a Class A misdemeanor, Possession of Marijuana. Griswold was arrested and charged with one count of Possession of a Narcotic Drug, a Class B Felony. Both were released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail with an arraignment date of November 7, 2016 at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court.
Decamp was released on scene but given a summons for one count of a Class A Misdemeanor, Possession of Marijuana. His arraignment date is October 24, 2016 at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court.

Keene Police Arrest Two for Drug Distribution

keene-drug-arrests-919Two independent drug distribution investigations, conducted by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and the Keene Police, culminated on the same day with arrests. Arrested was David Bolton, 22 of Cedar Terrace, Winchendon MA.

During the late afternoon on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 Bolton was arrested after coming to Keene from Massachusetts. He was taken into custody without incident and held in lieu of $5,000.00 cash bail at the Cheshire County Jail. He was arraigned before the Cheshire Superior Court on Friday, September 16th, 2016 and bail set at $5,000.00. The current charge filed is for a violation of RSA318-B:2 (Conspiracy RSA629:3), for the crime of Sale of the Controlled Drug cocaine to a subject cooperating with the New Hampshire Drug Task Force for a sum of $3000.00 in U.S. currency.

Also arrested on Thursday afternoon was Jeanine Molella, 24, of Portland, ME. Molella was arrested after coming to Keene from Maine. She was taken into custody without incident and held in lieu of $10,000.00 cash bail at the Cheshire County Jail. She was arraigned before the Cheshire Superior Court on Friday, September 16th, 2016 and bail set at $10,000.00. Currently, three felony level charges for the crime of Sale of a Controlled Drug MDMA, Psilocybin Mushrooms and LSD to a subject cooperating with the New Hampshire Drug Task Force.