Hartford CT Couple Charge with Heroin Trafficking
A Hartford CT Couple was charged with Trafficking Heroin after police stopped them for speeding and motor vehicle violations. Police say they stopped the vehicle just before 10 pm on Saturday and were given consent to search. Inside the car troopers found a bag containing PCP in a soda can and in hidden compartment in the trunk police found two boxes containing 980 bags of heroin and a bag containing 10 grams of raw unpackaged heroin. Also found was 600 empty glassine bags. Maria Garcia 35, and Darnell Baxter 35, were arrested and transported to the Rockingham State Police barracks for processing. Baxter was issued a citation for Trafficking Heroin, Trafficking Heroin into the State of Vermont, and possession of a stimulant/narcotic/depressant. He is lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail. Garcia was issued a citation for Trafficking Heroin and Trafficking Heroin in the State of Vermont. She is also lodged at SSCF for lack of $40,000 bail.

4 Wheelers and Wood Splitter Theft
Hartford VT police are investigating the theft of a two four wheelers and a wood splitter on Friday night. Police say taken in theft from Charlie Brown’s on Woodstock Rd was a Green 2012 Kawasaki Mule, a Red 1995 Kawasaki Mule, and a Troy Bilt wood splitter. A neighbor says she heard a loud truck outside the business between 8 and 8:30 pm and saw an older model blue with black roof Ford Bronco type vehicle parked in front of Charlie Browns.
Anyone with information should contact Officer Kustafik of the Hartford Police at 802-295-9425

Chase Ends on Bellows Falls Bridge
A chase of a stolen truck that began in Lebanon just after 8 pm on Saturday ended on the Bellows Falls Bridge just about 9:30 pm. Police say Lebanon Police tried to stop a 2010 Ford F-150 truck stolen from Black Hawk Colorado earlier this month but stopped the pursuit. The truck traveled down Rt. 12 A into Claremont where police there picked up the pursuit. The pursuit continued into Charlestown where Charlestown police joined in the chase. Eyewitnesses say the truck was going 100 mph. State Troopers deployed deflation devices at Rt. 12 A and Rt. 12 causing damage to one of the tires. The truck came to a stop on the Bellows Falls Bridge and Robert S. Leibensperger, 37 of Clifton Park NY was taken into custody without incident. Leibensperger had arrest warrants from Colorado for Aggravated Vehicle Theft, Criminal Mischief, a Protection Order Violation, Vehicular Eluding, Attempted 2nd Degree Assault on a Peace Officer, and Reckless Driving. . Leibensperger is being held as a Fugitive From Justice at the Sullivan County House of Corrections. His arraignment is on May 26th in the 5th Circuit Court-District Division Claremont on charges related to the pursuit.Leibensperger is charged with Receiving Stolen Property, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, and Disobeying a Police Officer.

Newport Selectboard to Study Airport
The Newport Selectboard Board voted to appoint a committee to study the complete finances, all leases, all property and facilities at the airport. The committee will be appointed at the June 1, Board meeting. The action came after Bert Spaulding Sr., questioned the legitimacy of the deliberate session saying that the Airport had postings on the town page that Spaulding alleged broke NH election laws. Spaulding said he wants a full study of the airport finances. Members of the Selectboard and Town Manager Paul Brown agreed that a study of the finances, leases, and property is needed, since they found property that belonged to the airport prior to the deliberate session that was thought to be owned by the town. Paul Brown who serves as financial director in addition to Town Manager said that the airport’s Master Plan is not a financial document and that all expenses for the airport that the expenses listed in the town report are the financial documents. Brown responded when Spaulding was questioning the profit on the sale of fuel at the airport. Brown added that the Town Manager and not the Airport Advisory Board approve the expenses.