Superior Court Denies Injunction Against Croydon
croydon village schoolGood news for the Croydon School District. In a letter dated December 14, Judge Brian Tucker denied the NH Board of Education a preliminary injunction for Croydon to remove their students from the private Newport Montessori School and place them in a public school.
In the ruling, Judge Tucker wrote the State Board of Education failed to show irreparable harm to grant the injunction by:
1.The commissioner’s decision not to seek an injunction in February 2015 and permitting public school students to complete the school year in the private schools
2. Affidavits filed on probable adverse effects on students who would be uprooted from the Montessori school in the middle of a school year.
The decision was not on the merits of the parties’ legal arguments. A tentative hearing date on the merits of the law is slated for January 13, 2016.

Prospect Hill Antiques Damaged in Fire
Just before 4:00 pm on Tuesday, a fire broke out at Prospect Hill Antiques in Georges Mills. Sunapee Fire Chief Dan Ruggles said there was heavy smoke coming out the restoration room when fire fighters arrived on the scene and the owners were already putting out the fire. Newport and New London Fire Departments assisted with the blaze and smoke evacuation while Newbury manned the Sunapee Station. Damages are estimated to be between $1,000- $2,000 in damages. All Fire Departments were back at their stations at 5:15 pm.

Federal Investigation into Northfield VT Fire
Multiple state and federal agencies are investigating a suspicious fire in Northfield VT that left one woman dead and a man in critical condition on Monday. Police say the woman found deceased at the 258 Union Street residential apartment died from smoke inhalation was Brittany Burt 22. The manner of Burt’s death is still undetermined. Efren Serrano 26, who was also located in the building, was transported to Mass General Hospital where he remains in critical condition. Members of the Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team, Vermont State Police Arson Unit, as well as members Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Northfield Fire Department, processed the residence on Tuesday. This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should contact the Vermont State Police Middlesex Barracks at (802) 229-9191.

Man Arrested for Cavendish Armed Robbery
Vermont State Police arrested a Springfield VT man for the armed robbery of the Cavendish General Store on Sunday. After recovering evidence from the crime scene and video surveillance from other locations Vermont State Police identified the suspect as Joshua Corliss, a 33 of Springfield VT. Corliss turned himself into police on the night of December 15. Corliss is being charged with Assault and Robbery and Aggravated Assault and was scheduled to appear in Windsor Superior Court yesterday at 12:30 pm. There was also an active arrest warrant out for Corliss at the time of his arrest for failing to appear in Windsor Court in October of 2015.

Missing Claremont Men Not Forgotten
Claremont Police Chief Alex Scott says even though two Claremont men are still missing they are not forgotten Nicholas Washbuurn and Richard Blanchette.
Richard Blanchette 59 went missing on October 14, 2014. Scott said no one knows for sue where Blanchette was just before going missing. NH Fish and Game along with dogs, have done searches in areas Blanchette was known to walk such as the Sugar River Rail Tail. Blanchette had several medical condition that required medications.
Nicholas Washburn 26 was last seen on April 10, 2015 around 9:00 pm after crashing his 2007 Ford Fusion into the guardrails of the Main Street Bridge in Claremont. Family and friends searched the Connecticut River area several times as well as the NH Fish and Game. Chief Scott said they have had calls about the case from all over the states but nothing proved to be Washburn.
Chief Scott says they would like to bring an end to the wondering for the families.
Claremont uses the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database which goes to every state.