Ascutney Motel Razed from Set Brush Fire
A 5-Alarm fire that razed the Yankee Village Motel in Ascutney on Monday. Ascutney Volunteer Fire Chief Darrin Spaulding said a juvenile boy admitted to finding a lighter and lighting leaves on fire causing a brush fire that engulfment the Rt. 5 motel.
All occupants escaped without injuries and dozen of fire department s from VT and NH battle the fire that had Route 5 closed for close to 12 hours.
Chief Spaulding said due to all the brush fires in various towns it was the 18th fire in six days for the mutual aid fire companies, and they have come to know each other well.
Chief Spaulding said there were other buildings in danger of igniting but firefighters were able to prevent additional fires.
Stoddard Firefigher Held on $100,000 Bail
Stoddard firefighter, David Plante entered a not guilty plea on two counts of arson at his arraignment in Cheshire Superior Court on Monday. Plante’s bail was set at $100,000 cash or corporate surety.
Court papers say Plante admitted starting Wednesday’s fire on Juniper Hill Road with a glass bottle to magnify sunlight and Thursday’s fire near Center Pond Road was started with a flint lighter. That fire burned nearly 200 acres.
Plante’s defense attorney asked for a psychological evaluation, saying that Plante was suffering from anxiety and depression.
No date was given for his probable cause hearing. Officials say more charges may be forthcoming.
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces a planned traffic change at the US Route 4 bridge project over the Mascoma River in Canaan.
Effective Tuesday, April 26, 2016, there will be one-way alternating traffic controlled by temporary signals between South Road and Goose Pond Road. This traffic pattern will be in place until early October 2016.
The project consists of a complete concrete deck replacement of the bridge as well as additional repairs to the concrete abutments. Miller Construction of Windsor, Vermont is the contractor for the $1.0 million project, which has a completion date of October 26, 2016.
Police Identify Goshen Woman Who Was Killed in Claremont Accident
Claremont police said it was Goshen woman who was killed in Saturday’s fatal accident in Claremont. Amanda Grasso 32 was ejected from Amber King’s Jeep and landed in the Sugar River. She was pronounced dead at Valley Regional Hospital. The two other passengers in King’s Jeep, Jody Metcalf 37, and Jacob King 35 both of Claremont are still being treated for their injuries.
Driver of the Jeep, Amber King 36, of Claremont was released from DHMC on Monday and transported to Newport District Court. King was arraigned on charges of Aggravated DWI and Negligent Homicide. Her bail was set at $50,000 cash only bail. King will have a probable cause hearing on May 2, at Claremont District Court.