Police Seek Man for Ludlow Bank and Other Armed Robberies
Matthew T. MartinPolice are seeking the whereabouts of a man who allegedly robbed the Heritage Bank in Ludlow VT shortly before 4:00 pm on Monday. Vermont State Police say based on a security camera video and witnesses they identified the man as 31-year-old Matthew T. Martin. During the robbery, Martin displayed a black hand gun and left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. It is unknown if Martin used a vehicle and his location is unknown. There are several active arrest warrants for Matthew Martin in Vermont and New Hampshire in relation to armed robberies. Anyone who has information about the Ludlow bank robbery or who may know the whereabouts of Matthew Martin is encouraged to contact Det. Sgt. Mike Dion at the Vermont State Police, Rockingham Barracks (802) 875-2112.

Croydon Finalizes SAU #43 Withdrawal
The Croydon SAU #43 withdrawal committeee held a public hearing last night on a revision of their withdrawal plan. Changes made to the original plan were mostly clerical to meet the NH Board of Education (BOE) standards. SAU #43 Superintendent Cindy Gallagher plans to submit Croydon’s plan to the BOE on Wednesday.
Gallagher said that if there are no revisions to the plan it will go forward at Croydon’s Annual School District Meeting.
The BOE has up to 60 days to review Croydon’s plan but Superintendent Gallagher says they are aware that the district wants to get it on the warrant and expects a decision sooner. In order for the district to withdrawal SAU#43 it requires a 3/5 vote at the March District Meeting.

Newport Ambulance Cost Sees Increase
Just like other medical cost, ambulance costs are going up. That is for those using Newport Ambulance Service starting January 1, 2016. The Newport Select Board voted unanimously on Monday night to raise the cost charged to individuals by 28 percent for residents. Non-residents will see a 32 percent increase. Resident rates would be for anyone living in the town of Newport or with the towns of Goshen or Croydon who contract Newport’s services. There has not been an increase for the last three years and Medicare has been paying less for the service leaving a deficiency in the rates. The patients billing address will determine if they are charged as a resident or nonresident.