Police Seek Man Who Robbed Charlestown Bank
Charlestown bank robberyPolice are seeking information on a man who robbed the Charlestown Mascoma Savings Bank just before 3 pm on Tuesday. Investigators say the suspect entered the bank and displayed what appeared to be a firearm and demanded money.
The suspect is described as a 20-30 year old white male, about 130 pounds, with a dark beard. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a dark colored knit cap, dark black sunglasses, white T-shirt, dark sweatshirt, black gloves and jeans.
The robbery remains under investigation by New Hampshire State Police and Charlestown Police Department. Law Enforcement Officers from Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, Claremont Police Department, Springfield Police Department and Vermont State Police responded to the area and provided assistance.
If anyone recognizes this man or has information pertaining to this investigation, please contact New Hampshire State Police-Troop C 603-358-3333 or Charlestown Police Department 503-826-5747.

Newport and Claremont Collaborate
The Superintendents of Claremont and Newport are collaborating on improving their technical centers. Last night both Claremont and Newport school boards met to review the Sugar Valley Career Technical Study.
This past fall Claremont’s Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin and Newport’s Superintendent Cindy Gallagher along with the technical schools faculty created a Career Technical Study, which identified their programs strong points and weaknesses. McGoodwin said one of the recommendations is for the schools to share a Counselor that will help students identify goals.)
McGoodwin said the technical centers should be pathways for students to be prepared for college.
The Career Technical Study and the power point presentation will be on the web site of both schools for the public to review.

Over $3,000 In Gift Cards Stolen From Project Santa
The Grinch is hard at work already this Christmas Season. Someone stole an estimated $3,000.00 worth of gift cards donated for Operation Santa. The cards were taken from a locked, state owned van that was housed in a garage on Stickney Ave in Concord. Police say the theft occurred between Nov.25 and Nov 30 after someone broke a window to break in to the facility.
Operation Santa Claus is a program that provides NH youths with gifts during the holidays. In addition to the gift cards from Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Target, tools including a hammer gun, electric saw and hammer drill were taken. Anyone with information that can assist with the investigation is encouraged to call Trooper Mark Magoon of the NH State Police, Troop D at 603-271-3636.

Randolph VT Man Dies From Smoke Inhalation
A Randolph VT man succumbed to smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in his home. Police say Randolph Fire Department responded to a basement fire at 12 Haupt Road in Braintree and discovered, Thomas Johnson 70, trapped in his bedroom unable to get out of his wheel chair. Fire fighters breached the wall of the bedroom and pulled Mr. Johnson from his first floor room before rushing him to Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. Mark Johnson, Thomas’ son was also transported to the hospital for minor injuries. Thomas Johnson died several hours later from smoke inhalation. The Vermont State Police and the Division of Fire Safety were called to the scene by Randolph Fire Chief Collette to conduct an origin and cause investigation. The fire is still under investigation at this time but is not considered suspicious. Anyone with any information should contact Detective Sergeant Todd Ambroz of the Vermont State Police at the Williston Barracks at 802-878-7111

Grafton NH Man Leads Police on Chase
A Grafton NH man sent Canaan Police on a chase after he failed to stop for them on Rt. 4 just after 9:30 pm, Sunday night. Police say they attempted to stop Martin O’Connor 40, driving a 1999 Infinity sedan for a motor vehicle violation when he increased his speed. O’Connor passed several vehicles in a no passing zone and continued onto NH Route 118 and eventually into Orange NH when police stopped the pursuit. A short time later Sgt. Porter and Officer Agan found the Infinity overturned on Burnt Hill Road in Orange.
O’Connor crawled out from the overturned vehicle and ran into the woods. Police pursued him and eventually took him into custody. O’Connor suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene, he was charged with Disobeying an Officer and Operating after Suspension (Subsequent Offense). O’Connor was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in Lebanon District Court on Monday January 11, 2016 at 8:15 am.