Fire Damages Quechee Home
A fire that damaged a Quechee VT home is under investigation, but not suspicious. Hartford Fire Department responded the 195 Pheasant Trace seasonal home shortly after 8:30 am on Monday to find heavy fire in the basement level garage. The blaze quickly went into the roof and room over the garage. Crews from Lebanon, Hanover, Norwich, Woodstock, Windsor, Promfret and Plainfield assisted Hartford in quickly extinguishing the main body of fire. Just after 10:15 the fire was deemed under control. Firefighters spent a considerable amount of time overhauling the building making sure the fire had extended elsewhere in the structure. The home is owned by Eileen Rosenzweig of FL and was unoccupied at the time.
Work Being Done on Brook Road in Lebanon
Lebanon Public Works will replace a storm water drainage pipe on Brook Road starting at 7:00 am today. Traffic on Brook Road will be reduced to a one-way alternating pattern. Brook Road will be closed to thru traffic from Wednesday Oct.21 – Friday, Oct.23. Please seek an alternate route via Blueberry Hill / Hardy Hill. Work will be completed by 5:00 PM on Friday.
Dartmouth Researches Delve Into Oswald Photo
A new study by Dartmouth researchers helps to refute one of the most famous conspiracy theories in U.S. history. Dartmouth researchers built and posed a physiologically plausible 3-D model of Lee Harvey Oswald to match his appearance of the famous photo of him holding a rifle in one-hand and Marxist newspapers in the other. Researchers added the appropriate mass to each part of the 3-D model and were able to perform a balance analysis. The analysis revealed that although Oswald appears off-balance in the photo, his pose is stable. Oswald always claimed the photo was a fake. Over the years, it has been argued that Oswald’s facial features were inconsistent with other photos of him, and his pose is physically implausible. The research led by Hany Farid, a professor of computer science, used a new digital image forensics technique and a 3-D model of Oswald to show that the photo is authentic.
Towns Facing Increase For Newport Ambulance Service
Croydon, Goshen, and Sunapee will see major increases for Newport’s ambulance service. The Selectboard voted unanimously to continue service to the three towns but to increase the charges to the highest rate offered. Croydon’s faces a 216 percent with cost going from $13,748 to $43,454, Goshen’s sees a 177 percent increase with new costs being $39,911 up from $14,375. Sunapee’s increase is the largest facing a 369 percent increase, with costs going from $16,503 to $77,344. The costs are based on populations of the towns and number of ambulance calls average during a three-year period. The various rates were calculated with three price variations depending on staffing, on call, per diem or a full second shift. Town Manager Shane O’Keefe said the only community he has contacted was Sunapee and they said had a better offer from New London Hospital.
Selectman Todd Fatzell made the motion for the highest rate saying staffing was a separate issue
The new charges will go in effect in January 1 of 2016, but change in staffing models cannot be done until Newport’s fiscal year that starts in July 1, 2016.
Randolph Man Charged with Trafficking Heroin
After a six-month investigation, Vermont State Police arrested Michael O’Brien 29, of Randolph VT on multiple charges, including Heroin Trafficking and Felony Heroin Possession. Police say they stopped O’Brien on I-91 in Hartland after learning O’Brien was in Brattleboro purchasing heroin and on his way back to Randolph. O’Brien was stopped for driving with a criminally suspended license and he was in violation of his release from an April 21 Heroin possession charge.
During the stop, K-9 Drager revealed the vehicle contained narcotics. The vehicle was seized and police found 250 bags of Heroin with a street value of $3,750.
O’Brien was released on citation to appear in Windsor Superior Court on December 16, 2015 to face charges of for Heroin Trafficking, Felony Heroin Possession and Violation of Conditions of Release.