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May Day Called During Franklin Fire
The protective clothing of a Franklin Fire Department’s firefighter was damaged and three cats perished in a Franklin fire on Tuesday. Franklin firefighters were called to a 2-alarm fire structure fire at 40 School Street just after 6 pm on Tuesday. Franklin firefighters were busy with two other incidences when the structure fire call came in. Together with Tilton they patched crews together. An initial attack crew went to the second floor where they were met with extreme heat and zero visibility. The conditions forced the firefighters to call a MAY DAY. Eventually they made their way to safety a rescinded the call. Franklin’s Fire Captain Goldthwaite ordered all crews to remain out of the building and began a transitional attack. Over 50 firefighters from mutual aid companies battled the blaze keeping the fire contained to the barn and second floor apartment. The cause of the fire has not been determined. The Red Cross helped find shelter for nine tenants that were displaced from the fire.

New London July 4th Closings
New London Public Works Department will be closed today (Thursday) and Friday for observance of Independence Day. The Town offices will be closed on Friday July 3, and the Transfer Station will be closed on Saturday, July 4 but open on Sunday July 5 in observance of the holiday.

Fundraiser for Shooting Victim
A fundraiser has been established for Darryl Montague the victim of a shooting in Westford VT on Monday. Montague is from Claremont and is also in need of blood donations, according to his friend Michael Charest. Anyone can donate blood by going to and making an appointment. Charest says Montague is in a comma and full life support. Montague’s critical care has medical bills mounting and his daughters have set up a fundraiser for him at Montague was shot three times, two times in the jaw and once in the abdomen.

Bellows Falls Residents Charged with Heroin Possession

Two Bellows Falls residents were charged with heroin possession after they were involved in a multi vehicle accident on I-91 late Wednesday afternoon. Vermont State Police say Nicholas Bennett 32,was speeding during a downpour and hydroplaned into several guardrails. Another vehicle hit Bennett and a third vehicle went off the road to avoid the crash. There were no injuries were received and only minor damage to the vehicles.
When speaking with Bennett, police noticed heroin paraphernalia and obtained a consent to search. Inside the car, police found 28 bags of heroin that belonged to Bennett and his passenger 50-year-old Lynn Murphy. Police charged Murphy with possession of heroin and Bennett with possession of heroin and violation of conditions of release from prior heroin sales and possession. Bennett was also issued Vermont Civil Violation Complaints for driving too fast for conditions with an accident resulting, operating without insurance, defective equipment; registration plates not assigned and counterfeit registration plates.