Claremont Teens Seriously Injured after Crashing into House
Two Claremont teens received serious injuries after they hit a police a car and eventually a house. Police say driver Louis Gratacos III 18 and passenger 19-year-old Noah Ellis hit a police cruiser on Pearl Street just before 2:30 am on Monday. The officer turned around to try to stop Gratacos’ 1987 Nissan 300ZX but lost site of the car. A second officer tried to stop the car on Maple Avenue, but the car was out of site after the officer turned his cruiser around. The officer continued down Maple Ave and found the vehicle had collided into a house on 79 Maple Avenue.
Grataco’s car received heavy damage and both teens were taken to Valley Regional Hospital before being transferred to DHMC.
The collision remains under investigation. Assisting in the investigation is the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit.
Lempster Residents Charged with Meth Production and Sales
Two Lempster residents were arrested for the sale and manufacturing of Methamphetamine on Saturday. NH State Police Troop C said they responded to a report of suspicious activity at 123 South Pitkin Road in Lempster and that led to the discovery of a clandestine methamphetamine lab at the residence.
New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and a DEA Clandestine Laboratory Team Executed a search warrant for 123 South Pitkin Road just before 10 pm.
Investigators found evidence that the manufacturing of methamphetamine was taking place at the residence.
During the operation, Joshua Bush 36 and Heather Davis 31, of 123 South Pitkin Road Lempster, were arrested and charged with Manufacturing of Methamphetamine and Possession of a Controlled Drug- Methamphetamine.
The D.E.A. Clandestine Laboratory Team rendered the scene safe.
Both Bush and Davis were arraigned in Newport District on Monday. Both were held on cash bail, Bush on $100,000 and Davis on $25,000. Probable Cause Hearings are scheduled for both in Newport District Court on January 5, 2015.
Sullivan County Attorneys, Lempster Fire Department and Golden Cross Ambulance also assisted at the scene. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident are urged to call Trooper Charles Newton at Troop C 603-358-3333
Unity Home Destroyed by Fire
A fire believed caused by a wood stove ravaged a house in Unity on Monday afternoon. Unity Fire Chief Bruce Baker said they received the call about 4:30 and the home on 94 Sawyer Brook Rd was engulfed upon arrival. A second alarm was called and Goshen, Claremont, Newport, Acworth, Lempster, Charlestown, North Walpole, Marlow Fire Departments Golden Ambulance and Chief Tirrell of Fire Mutual Aid came on scene to aid Unity battle the blaze. Gilsum and Marlow Fire Departments covered the Lempster and Goshen Stations.
Most mutual aid companies were sent home by 8:00 pm and Unity was back at its station about 9:30 pm. The residents of the home are staying with relatives.