Newport Man Injured in Crash – Faces Charges
A Newport NH man was taken to New London hospital for injuries he received in a car crash on Cheney St. just before 7:30 last night. Police say Corbin Simoneau 23; hit several large trees with his 2003 Chevy Cavalier in a single car accident Simoneau was extracted from the car by the Newport Fire and EMS using the Jaws of Life and was taken to New London Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses told police Simoneau was traveling at a high rate speed prior to the collision. An additional investigation showed that alcohol might have also been a contributing factor to the crash. Mr. Simoneau was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Operation and Possession of Drugs in a Motor Vehicle. Simoneau is scheduled for arraignment on April 28 at 8:30 A.M. at the Newport Circuit Court.
The collision remains under investigation by the Newport Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team.
Area Fire Depts. Fight Brush Fires
Yesterday was a high fire danger day, and it proved true for local fire fighters. Just before 1:30 pm New London Fire Department went to a 1st Alarm brush fire on Little Lake Sunapee Road. Mutual Aid companies assisted with putting the blaze out that started from unpermitted brush fire. Hartford VT Fire Department and mutual aid companies were busy fighting a brush fire on Jericho Road that started just before 2:30 pm. The brush fire went to a three alarm with mutual aid companies from VT and NH aiding in extinguishing the blaze. Jericho Road was closed during the firefight. All companies were back at their stations by 7 pm. The snow melt provides a time for residents to clean up around their properties and with this comes burning brush.
The State of Vermont has issued a red flag warning which means no burn permits are being issued until the warning is lifted.
In NH all outdoor fires may only be lit after acquiring a permit from your local fire department.
Lebanon Street Sweeping
Lebanon has contracted with Avery Sweeping for street sweeping in Lebanon and West Lebanon. Avery is scheduled to start work on Saturday morning, April 18 It is estimated the work will take one week.
Please do not deposit yard waste in the street or drainage ditch line as it clogs the sweepers and obstructs the drainage systems. Leaves as well as branches up to 4 inches in diameter can be taken to the Lebanon Recycling Center free of charge.
Travelers may experience minor delays while work is being performed. Your consideration and patience is appreciated.
Vermont State Trooper Resigns After DUI
The Vermont State Police announced on Wednesday the resignation of Tropper Eric Rademacher. Vermont State Police Director Colonel Tom L’Esperance and Commissioner of Public Safety Keith Flynn accepted his resignation effective immediately. Eric Rademacher was charged with DUI after being called in from his home at around 4:30 a.m. March 2 to respond to a two-vehicle crash in Shrewsbury and later a domestic fight. Other troopers later said they smelled alcohol on his breath. Rademacher pleaded not guilty to charge on Monday. Rademacher worked out of the Rutland Barracks.