Former Grade School Teacher Arrested in Prostitution Sting
A prostitution sting in Canaan leads to the arrested three local men including a former Hanover Elementary School Principal. Police say in each case the men contacted an undercover officer and offered to pay money for various sexual acts.
On Monday, police arrested former Ray School Principal, Matthew E. Laramie 48 of Grantham NH on one count of prostitution. Laramie resigned his position at the Ray School in February and in March; school administrators said they were investigating more than $30,000 in unapproved expenses charged to Laramie’s school-issued credit card.
Also arrested Peter G. Bloomfield 55 of Enfield and Alan R. Lane 49 of Sharon VT and charged with one count of prostitution on Tuesday.
After executing a search warrant of Lane’s vehicle, he was also charged with possession of drugs in a motor vehicle and Misdemeanor and Acts Prohibited – Possession of Oxycodone.
The prostitution charges are Class B Misdemeanor all men were released on $7,500 personal recognizance bail each with an arraignment scheduled for Monday July 11, 2016 in Lebanon District Court.
The Canaan Police Department is committed to these types of investigations, as prostitution is a major component of human trafficking and drug use.
Fundraiser For Ascutney Fire Victim
A fundraiser has been set up for one of the tenants who lost all his belongings Monday in the fire at the Yankee Village Motel in Ascutney. Bill Tyler 54 moved into the motel about a month ago after he was released from the hospital after having pneumonia. Tyler escaped with his puppy and the clothes he was wearing. Tyler even lost his medications. He was put up at a motel in Hartford VT but left because he did not feel safe staying there. Currently he is staying with his daughter but has to move out by May 2. Currently Tyler needs clothes, blankets, and cash. To make a donation go to http://www.gofundme.com and search for Ascutney Hotel Fire Victim.
81-Year-Old Bethel Man Faces More Charges
Vermont State Police charged an 81-year man Bethel man for on two counts of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a child. Police say Joel Piccard was originally cited for Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with a child in March of this year. During an ongoing investigation officers discovered that Piccard committed the crime with two additional children, Piccard was cited to appear to the Windsor County Court on May 17, 2016 for two additional counts of Lewd and Lascivious with a child.
Awards Bestowed at Hartford Police Department
Hartford Police Chief Phillip S. Kasten announced the selection of the Department’s inaugural group of annual awards. The following recipients were chosen for their tireless commitment to public service and exemplary performance in their respective areas of assignment.
Officer of the Year – Detective Kristinnah L. Adams
Detective Adams has served as a Police Officer with the Hartford Police Department and as an investigator with the Special Investigation Unit that is responsible for investigating the most serious crimes against children, including abuse and sexual assaults occurring throughout Windsor County.
Employee of the Year – Communications Specialist Mary C. Kent
Communications Specialist Mary C. Kent has served as a Communications Specialist with the Hartford Emergency Communications Center since 2008.