Swanzey NH Man Arrested After Two State Chase
A Swanzey NH man was arrested on Thursday morning after leading VT and NH police on a chase that ended with a collision. Claremont Police Chief Alex Scott said the Vermont State Police VSP was pursuing a GMC Canyon pickup on VT Rte 5 heading towards Ascutney VT and then turned onto Rte. 103 into Claremont. The New Hampshire State and Claremont Police as well as the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department picked up the chase but the driver failed to stop despite having a flat tire from road spikes. The driver Joseph Romano 38 eventually collided with another pickup truck when turning onto North Street. No one was injured in the collision but both trucks were damaged. Romano continued through the parking lot at Lambert Supply and ultimately came to rest at the end of the driveway and taken into custody.
Romano was charged in New Hampshire with Felony Reckless Conduct, Misdemeanor Disobeying an Officer and Misdemeanor Contempt of Court. He also faces charges in Vermont. Romano is being held at the Sullivan County Jail pending his arraignment in the 5th Circuit Court, Claremont District Division December 24, 2015.
Croydon Switches Ambulance Service
New London Hospital will now be the ambulance service for Croydon. Selectman Steve Cunningham said the vote to switch to New London was unanimous.
Cunningham said New London would keep one ambulance at the Sunapee Safety Services building since it will be serving all of Sunapee and Croydon. Although the ambulance may take longer to get some parts of Croydon, it will be shorter for Croydon residents on the Sunapee side of town.
In addition, New London has four ambulances to Newport’s two.
Another issue was the 216 percent rise in costs for the upcoming year for Newport ambulance service. Croydon contract jumped from $13,748 to $43,454. Cunningham said New London offered better service for a lower cost.
The new contract goes in affect on January 1.
Hancock NY Man Arraigned In Moody Building Crash
A Hancock NY man was arraigned in Claremont District Court on Thursday. Patrick Taylor 55, was arraigned for Felony Reckless Conduct after he drove his Jeep into the Moody Building on December 17. The NY man’s bail was set at $25,000 cash with special conditions. He has a probable cause hearing scheduled for December 31, in the 5th Circuit Court, Claremont District Division.