Cash Bail Set in Claremont Drug Arrests
arraignmentMerrillRodriguezPedro Rodriguez 33, entered no plea during his video arraignment in Claremont District Court on Monday afternoon. Rodriguez of 28 High Street in Claremont is charged with four counts of felony drug sales, one each for crack cocaine, and cocaine and two counts of heroin sales last Thursday. Rodriguez is also with charged with possession with intent to sell, heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, and marijuana that police found in his possession on November 6. Prosecutor Corporal Justin Logan of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force said a search Rodriguez’s car yielded 13.3 grams of crack gram with a $1,300 street value and 7 bundles of heroin with a street value of $800.00. Bail for Rodriguez was set at $500,000.00 cash bail due to his lengthy criminal record from New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Ashly Merrill aka Ashly Lynn Stoodley also of 28 High Street in Claremont made no plea during her video arraignment following Rodriguez’s. Merrill is charged with possession of Heroin with intent to sell. County Attorney Marc Hathaway said that police found $7,800 worth of heroin in her home. Merrill’s bail was set at $100,000 cash because of her criminal history in VT and NH. Neither Rodriguez nor Merrill was represented by an attorney and they are both due back in court on November 19.

VT State Police Investigating Hartford Man’s Death
Vermont State Police are investigating the death of a Hartford man after an altercation on Sunday. Police say paramedics found Thomas Casey 66 deceased at his Christian Street home after they received a report of an unconscious man.
William Roberts 60, said Casey unconscious when he awoke and he called 911. Both men had been drinking on Sunday evening and then had a physical altercation. Roberts was taken to DHMC for non-life threatening injuries he received during the physical altercation.
The decedent’s body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy. The Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team was activated to process the scene. Roberts has been cooperating with the police.
At this time, investigators have found no information to suggest a danger to the public. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Scott Dunlap of the Vermont State Police at the Royalton barracks at 802-234-9933.

Upper Valley Haven in Need of Food Items
The Upper Valley Haven Food Shelf is in need of five of their top ten food items, Tuna, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Beans and Brown Rice. They are also in need of the following Thanksgiving items,
Stuffing, Gravy mix, Piecrust mix, Pie filling, and Cranberry sauce. The Upper Valley Haven is a private non-profit organization that provides temporary shelter for homeless families and children, as well as food, clothing and educational programming to those in need. All services are free of charge. Donations can be dropped off at 713 Hartford Ave., White River Junction VT or call (802) 295-6500.

Tour of New London’s 1941 Building
Anyone wishing a tour of New London’s 1941 Building can do so on Thursday, November 12 at 5:30 pm. The tour precedes the public hearing on the future of the building by The Kearsarge Regional School District School Board at 6:30 pm at the SAU Offices on Cougar Court. The New London Selectboard encourages interested citizens to attend.