Suburban Settles with Vermont
Over 1,800 Vermonters will receive checks from Suburban Propane over the next two months. The checks are part of a settlement made by Suburban Propane LP on Friday with Vermont for claims that the company violated Vermont consumer protection laws. Attorney General, William Sorrel discovered Suburban had a deficient system for complying with the states time frames for removing storage tanks and issuing refund checks after consumers terminated service. Suburban improperly billed customers and charged a regulatory fee that was not allowed under Vermont law. In addition, customers were terminated without receiving a mandatory 14-day notice.
Suburban will pay $311,357 to Vermont consumers, $200,000 to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and $200,000 in civil penalties to the State of Vermont. This is the fourth and largest settlement since 2012 with a propane provider that failed to abide by Vermont’s timeframes regarding service termination.
Father and Daughter Save Claremont Man
A father and daughter from Maryland saved a Claremont man from a fiery car crash on I-91 in Springfield early Friday morning Police say just after midnight Gene Farnham 66, crashed his car in a tree on the median and then caught fire.
Marie Lajoie and her father Michael Lajoie of Maryland stopped when they saw the flames. Marie Lajoie gained entry to the car by breaking rear passenger window and pulled Farnum from the car along with her father. Officer Steven Neilly of the Springfield Police Department arrived shortly after and assisted them with moving him further away from the burning wreckage and across the interstate.
Farnham was transported to the Springfield Emergency with non-life threatening injuries. The Vermont State Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Trooper Ryan Wood of the Vermont State Police, Rockingham Barracks at 802-875-2112.
New Hours for New London Town Clerk
The Town Clerk and Tax Collector’s Office started new hours last Friday. The office is now opened from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Claremont Man Arrested for Bath Salts
A Claremont man was arrested for possession of bath salts on Thursday night. Police say John K Murray’s arrest was made in cooperation with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and New Hampshire State Police.
Murray 41, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and during the arrest police found the bath salt Alpha P.V.P aka FLAKKA with a street value of $8,740.00. Murray was arraigned in the 5th Circuit Court, Claremont District Division on Friday for the outstanding warrant and the new felony charge of possession of “Bath Salts”. Murray entered not guilty pleas and cash bail was set at $25,000
Synthetic drugs known as Bath Salts continue to be a significant safety risk to the public. The Claremont Police Department, New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and the New Hampshire State Police continue to work together to stop the sale of these illicit drugs in our communities and the State of New Hampshire.
Hydrant Flushing Starts Today in Georges Mills
Hydrant flushing starts today in Georges Mills and will continue through Thursday. David Bailey of Sunapee Water and Sewer says Please clean all the aerators in your home after this flush is completed to remove any debris. For any questions, call 603-763-2115