Fire at Timberwood Caused Minimal Damage
timberwoodA fire in a multi unit apartment building in Lebanon was extinguished by an off duty fire fighter. Lebanon Fire Officials say they went to Timberwood Commons off Mt. Support Road just before 10:00 am on Sunday morning for a fire on a fourth floor balcony. Firefighters saw light smoke conditions on the C side of the building. When firefighters entered the building, an off duty Lebanon fire fighter directed them to the fire. Prior to the arrival of firefighters the fire was extinguished by the off duty firefighter who resides at the apartment complex and a nearby tenant of the fourth floor. Fire crews completed extinguishment, and overhauled a small-burned area of the balcony decking on apartment 408. There was no extension to the building and there was no smoke or water damage to the building. There were no injuries during the fire and the fire was under control by10:06 am. The Lebanon Fire Department is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

Skimmers Found at Ski Resorts
The Ludlow VT Police and Secret Service are investigating the installation of two credit card skimmers found at tow ski locations. Police say the first skimmer was found just after 10:30 am on Sunday. The device was on an ATM at the base lodge at Okemo Mountain Ski Resort. The device was discovered when a client’s credit card was stuck in the ATM and while trying to retrieve it the device came off in his hand.
The second skimming device was found at the base lodge at Jackson Gore. Both devices were taken as evidence. Police checked other ATM machines the skimmers in the Ludlow area and none was found. Anyone who may have used the ATM machine at Okemo or Jackson Gore base lodge are strongly urged to contact their bank and/or credit card company to determine if there has been any unauthorized transactions and obtain replacement cards.

VT Charged with Resisting Arrest and Assaulting a Police Officer
A VT man was arrested for resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer last Thursday. Vermont State Police, Thetford Police, Hartford Probation and Parole Officers were trying to locate Edwin Huntley 41 on an active arrest warrant and went to various relatives’ homes. They located Huntley at a Corinth VT residence. While taking Huntley into custody Huntley resisted arrest and assaulted a law enforcement officer. Huntley also struck a State Police Cruiser causing damage to the hood. Huntley was transported to the Bradford Vermont State Police
Barracks and lodged at the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility. He will appear in Orange County Superior Court in February to answer the new charges.
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Claremont Fire Under Investigation
Claremont Fire Department is investigating a fire that broke out early Saturday morning fire. Fire officials say they when they arrived just after 2:30 am heavy fire was coming from the garage apartment structure behind 208 Main Street. The tenants were able to evacuate themselves, but firefighters had to pry the door open to the adjacent building to wake up an occupant and get him to safety.
Officials say the fire started in the attached two-car garage and then spread to the common wall and into the first apartment unit.
Crews were able to get the fire under control by 3:19 a.m. Although the apartment and garage received substantial damage, the main home was unharmed.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Newbury Looks to New Safety Services Building
Newbury is looking towards bonding a new Safety Services Building. The proposed building would be located on the Bald Sunapee/Camacho site according to a report by the Safety Services Building Study Committee.
The report calls for two separate buildings with the Fire Department having four bays with room for expansion if needed. It is anticipated that the building will meet the future needs of the town for the next 20-40 years. There will be a public hearing on bonding the $4 million project on Monday Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Office Meeting Room.

Claremont Man Wins $1000
Robert Brunt of Claremont won $1,000 from H&R block on Friday. Brunt was one of 1,000 H&R clients that won a $1,000 on Friday. The tax preparation company is running a promotion to give away $1,000 to 1,000 people each day until February 15, 2016. The $32 million promotion will give $1,000 to 32,000 to those filing early. The crew at H&R Block on Washington Street celebrated with Brunt and his daughter. All it takes to play the sweepstakes promotion is to file a 2015 tax return, said Timothy Targett, whose H&R Block company franchise includes 12 retail branches, along with locations in Claremont, Newport, and Springfield, Vermont.