One Person Dead Another Seriously Injured in Hartford Crash

Hartford VT – On 09/20/18, at approximately 1045 am, Troopers from the Vermont State Police responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on I-91 at MM 66 in Hartford, VT. Initial investigation shows that the vehicle was traveling south on 91. The 2010 Kia Forte traveled into the median and rolled over coming to rest on its roof. There were only 2 occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash. One male occupant was ejected and died at the scene. The other male occupant was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for life threatening injuries. It is unknown at this time the status of his injuries. Neither occupants names are being released at this time awaiting notification to family members. Anyone that may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact the Vermont State Police Barracks in Royalton (802-234-9933), Trooper Collins.

Pheasant Season Opens In NH – Oct 1st

CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire’s hunting season for pheasant gets underway on October 1 and continues through December 31. This fall, 11,535 adult ring-necked pheasants will be stocked in all 10 counties with an average of 140 pheasants per site.

New Hampshire pheasant hunters should be aware of a rule that is now in effect: due to safety concerns for Fish and Game staff, hunters, and the integrity of the pheasant program, the pheasant season will be closed statewide until noon on in-season stocking days.  In-season stocking will be done on the first three Thursdays and Fridays in October: October 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19, 2018. All stocking will be completed by October 19.

The former pheasant sites on West Unity Road (Unity, NH) and the East Milan Road (Milan, NH) will no longer be stocked.

The pheasant program relies heavily upon cooperative relationships with landowners.  Please remember to respect the land and property owner’s rights to privacy and safety on all lands open to pheasant hunting and stocking.

The full list of towns to be stocked (including road names) can be seen on the Fish and Game website at www.huntnh.com/hunting/pheasant.html; printed lists are also available at Fish and Game headquarters and regional offices.

“Please keep safety foremost in mind,” said Karen Bordeau, Fish and Game’s Small Game and Pheasant Project Leader. “Take the time to thank landowners. Your hunting ethics on their lands and your thoughtfulness will help keep these lands open.”

Fish and Game asks hunters to refrain from training dogs at release sites during the two days prior to October 1. Dog training flushes pheasants from release sites, often onto posted property or other areas not suitable for hunting.

Pheasant hunters must purchase a $31 pheasant license, in addition to the regular New Hampshire hunting license or non-resident New Hampshire small game license. Licenses can be purchased at www.huntnh.com or from any Fish and Game license agent. Pheasants are purchased exclusively with revenues from the sale of pheasant licenses.

All pheasant hunters are urged to follow these basic safety guidelines:
• Wear hunter orange on your head, back and chest.
• Control your firearm muzzle at all times.
• Always wear safety glasses.
• Know where your hunting partners are at all times.
• Shoot only within your zone of fire.
• Be sure of your target and what is beyond.
• Always keep your hunting dog under control.

For more information on hunting pheasants in New Hampshire, visit www.huntnh.com/hunting/pheasant.html.

Vermont State Police announces voluntary, anonymous collection program for bump-fire stocks

WATERBURY, VT — Vermont State Police barracks across Vermont will begin accepting “bump-fire stocks” from the public effective immediately following passage of new firearms-related laws earlier this year.

Act 94 amends Vermont state law to prohibit the possession of bump-fire stocks. State statute defines the devices as “a butt stock designed to be attached to a semiautomatic firearm and intended to increase the rate of fire achievable with the firearm to that of a fully automatic firearm by using the energy from the recoil of the firearm to generate a reciprocating action that facilitates the repeated activation of the trigger.”

The law directs the Department of Public Safety to collect bump-fire stocks from persons who want to voluntarily and anonymously relinquish bump-fire stocks.

In compliance with that law, the Vermont State Police will allow members of the public to voluntarily surrender their bump-fire stocks anonymously at any of the 10 VSP barracks in the state. People may turn in the devices during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To find a list of barracks, visit http://vsp.vermont.gov/stations.

Bump-fire stocks must not be attached to a firearm when brought to a barracks for disposal. People must remove the bump-fire stocks from their weapons before entering the barracks.

Barracks staff will take no information about the identity of the person surrendering the bump-fire stock. The voluntarily surrendered devices will be held in a secure area in the barracks pending destruction.

Under the new law, possession of a bump-fire stock is punishable by up to one year in prison and $1,000 in fines.

White River Woman Arrested for Methamphetamine Possession

Lebanon NH – On September 12, 2018 at approximately 11:29 PM, the Lebanon Police Department received a call reporting a vehicle parked in a lot on Dartmouth College Highway with a small child sleeping in it and a female acting suspicious and possibly under the influence of drugs.

Responding officers located the vehicle and identified the operator as 37-year-old Amanda Wotton of White River Junction, VT. An investigation revealed that Wotton was in possession of Methamphetamine. She was arrested and charged with Possession of a Narcotic Drug, a Class B Felony. A six-year-old child was present in the vehicle at the time of the arrest. Additional charges will be forthcoming.

The child was released to family members. Wotton was processed and released on Personal Recognizance bail and will be arraigned before the Grafton County Superior Court on September 24, 2018

Man Sentenced for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

Lebanon NH – In April 2018, the Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit received a Cybertip regarding an upload of child pornography, and immediately began to investigate.

As the investigation progressed, the Cyber Crimes Unit served a search warrant at a residence in Lebanon, NH relating to this Cybertip, and ultimately arrested Joshua LaClair, age 32 of Lebanon, NH.

On September 11, 2018, LaClair pled guilty to 39 counts of possession of Child Sexual Abuse images and 1 count of Distribution of Child Sexual Abuse images in the Grafton County Superior Court. LaClair was sentenced to 4-10 years in the New Hampshire State Prison.

The Lebanon Police Department is a member of New Hampshire’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and serves an active role in protecting New Hampshire’s children. The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit continues to pursue those who are using the internet to sexually exploit children.

 

Hanover Police Department Clarifies Parking For Dartmouth Home Games

Hanover NH – The Hanover Police Department would like to clarify parking enforcement practices during home Dartmouth football games.

The purpose of having time limits on parking meters is to encourage turnover and allow for guests to patronize businesses in our downtown area. We understand that a home Dartmouth football game brings thousands of people to the downtown area, something that is good for everyone. We also understand
that the majority of the parking areas in Town have a time limit of two hours, much shorter than the length of a football game.

To best accommodate as many guests to Hanover as possible, all parking meters will be enforced during the Saturday home games until 1:30 p.m., the start time of the game. This will encourage turnover beforehand, while still allowing those attending the game the ability to legally park. All other parking violations, such as prohibited parking and permit only spaces (aside from those on Hovey Lane and
Lebanon Street) will still be enforced as normal. This includes the prohibited parking areas on College Street along the Dartmouth Green. The Hanover Parking Garage will still operate as normal on these days with their daily fee schedule.
Please note that parking enforcement will not change for the nighttime football games.

Lebanon Police Depart Enacting Operation Drive Safe

Lebanon NH – During the month of September, the Lebanon Police Department will be increasing motor vehicle enforcement patrols in an effort to reduce traffic accidents within the City, and to address citizens’ reported motor vehicle concerns. These patrols will consist of high visibility saturation patrols using marked and unmarked patrol cars. The patrols will be concentrated along the routes and at times of day that have been identified as having the most number of accidents. These include the main commuter and shopping routes that run through the City. These high visibility patrols will be targeting motor vehicle violations that increase the risk of accidents, which include speed, following too closely, stop light and stop sign violations, along with distracted driving habits such as texting and other cell phone use.

Furnace Malfunction Named as Cause in Hartford VT Fire

Hartford VT – At 17:33 on 9/11/18 the Hartford Fire Department responded to 314 Newton Ln. in Hartford for the reported structure fire. Engine 4 responded with a crew of four. While enroute, we received an update from the scene stating that fire and smoke were seen by the occupants and the house had been evacuated. Automatic aid from Lebanon, Hanover and Norwich responded to the scene.

Hartford Engine 4 arrived on scene at 17:50 and reported dark smoke coming from the chimney and no fire showing. When the Engine 4 crew entered the building, they found heavy smoke in the basement. They entered the basement with a charged hose line and found fire at the furnace. The fire was quickly extinguished and damage was limited to the furnace. The incident was under control at 17:53. Crews then ventilated the home to clear all smoke and carbon monoxide.

An investigation determined the cause to be a furnace malfunction. There were no injuries to civilians or fire personnel.

Lebanon Man Pleads Guilty to Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

CONCORD NHUnited States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today that Paul Dwayne Allen, 31, of Lebanon pleaded guilty to failing to register as a sex offender.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Allen was convicted of felonious sexual assault in Grafton County in 2008 and was required to register under the federal Sex Offender and Registration Notification Act (SORNA). After being released from prison, Allen registered as a sex offender for several years before moving to Florida in 2015 and continued to register while living in Florida. However, in approximately July of 2017, Allen left Florida without notifying authorities and moved back to New Hampshire. On October 7, 2017, Allen was arrested in Enfield and was instructed to register as a sex offender on the following day, but failed to do so. On October 27, 2017, the United States Marshals Service located Allen in Lebanon took him into custody.

Allen is scheduled to be sentenced on December 19, 2018.

“Sex offender registration protects public safety by helping to monitor and track sex offenders who are living in the community,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “In order to protect the public, we will be aggressive in prosecuting sex offenders who fail to comply with their registration obligations.”

The case was investigated by the United States Marshals Service with assistance from the Enfield and the Lebanon Police Departments and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Arnold H. Huftalen

Man Arrested After Threatening DHMC Security Officers

Lebanon NH – On September 7, 2018, the Lebanon Police Department was contacted by Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Security who reported that a male subject had made threats toward security officers at the hospital. The subject, Michael Gusha, age 43, was asked to leave hospital grounds earlier this morning.
A warrant was completed for Gusha’s arrest and he was taken into custody without incident at the Lebanon Police Department. Gusha is charged with Criminal Threatening, a Class A Misdemeanor. Gusha was released on a Personal Recognizance bail with a court date of November 5, 2018 at New Hampshire 2nd Circuit Court, District Division Lebanon.