Wood Ash Suspect in Grafton Brush Fire
blazeThe Grafton Fire Department was called for a brush fire at 32 Millbrook Road in Grafton just before 5:00 pm on Tuesday. Upon arrival, Fire Chief Babiarz found a woodshed on fire and the forest behind it. Chief Babiarz called a first alarm for structure fire and began fire suppression with help of neighbors.
Mutual Aid came from Canaan, Danbury and Enfield. The woodshed was damaged and a rototiller was destroyed. About 1/8 acre of forest floor was burnt. Chief Babiarz determined the cause of fire was from wood ash left on a larger pile of wood ash deposited previously near the woodshed. The Chief reminds homeowners that ash may remain dangerous for a couple of weeks and should be placed in a metal container. The Grafton Fire Department cleared the scene shortly after 5:30 pm.

Washington Police Seek Public’s Help
Washington Police are seeking information on an incident at Pillsbury State Park on Sunday afternoon. Police say someone broke into a car while it was parked outside the gate of the park while the driver was taking a hike. Washington Police Department is seeking information from anyone who may have seen anyone in the area or may have a description of a potential suspect.
Anyone with information can contact the police department at 603-495-3294

Newport Residents Face Rate Increase
Newport residents can expect increased fees on car registrations, burial plots as well as rentals of the Opera House and Town Common. After several public hearings on Monday night, the Selectboard voted unanimously for the increases effective July 1, 2016.