Man Crushed When Car Falls Off Jack
Claremont Police carClaremont Fire Department removed a 37-year-old deceased male from underneath a car in Moody Park on Sunday. Police say they were notified of a man stuck beneath a car on the park’s roadway and the Firefighter had to lift the car off the unresponsive male who had already passed away. Although the incident is under investigation Police say it appears the victim was working on his car when the jack slipped causing the car to fall on top of him.
The victim is from the Claremont /Charlestown area but his name is being withheld until extended family members are notified.

New London Approves New Pay Rates
The New London Select Board approved new employees pay rates last week. The increase is designed to make New London competitive with similar towns. Chair Bill Helm announced that the new rates would increase employee compensation by $131,079.78 per year. An amount of $80,000 was set aside pending the study and it will be used this year, with the rule increase effective in 2017. The Board reinstated the study committee and charged them to complete a broader study of the total compensation package including pay grades and rates, health benefit, vacation time, overall organization and employee evaluations.

Newport Police Seek Information.
corbin bridge damageNewport Police Department is seeking help with two separate crimes. Last week six locations in Newport were tagged with spray paint. Surveillance video from multiple locations where able to help officers identify the two juvenile suspects involved. Both juveniles were interviewed and confessed to the tagging. The Newport Police Department believes there are more businesses and residences that sustained damage and are encouraging citizens to report it.
Police are also asking if anyone has information on a driver and a vehicle that caused extensive damage to the Corbin Covered Bridge on Saturday to contact them. Police say they received several phone calls just after 1:30 pm about the accident where the driver fled the scene. Officers found extensive damage to the façade of the bridge and vehicle parts. They believe the vehicle that struck the bridge was traveling East and will have extensive damage to the passenger side of the vehicle. Despite the cosmetic damage the bridge remains structurally sound.

The Newport Police Department is asking any witnesses to the accident or who has information to come forward. Information about this incident can be reported anonymously by contacting the Connecticut Valley Crime Stoppers at or by contacting the Newport Police Department Communications Center at (603) 863-3232.