Hartford VT Man Killed in Bridgewater Accident
Vermont State Police continue investigating a fatal accident that happened on Route 4 in Bridgewater VT just after 8:00 am on Tuesday. Police say a tractor trailer truck was headed eastbound toward Woodstock and swerved to miss hitting a westbound car when it crashed into a westbound pickup truck. The driver of the pick-up Robert Ammel Jr 62 of Hartford VT old male was killed in the crash. Police are withholding the driver’s name pending notification of family. The other drivers were uninjured.
The road was partially covered with ice with rainy foggy weather which may have been a contributing factor. Route 4 between Bridgewater and Killington was closed until about 2:15 pm while the accident reconstruction team was on scene.
Two Vermont Men Plead Guilty to Heroin Charges
Two Vermont men plead guilty in Cheshire NH Superior Court to selling heroin causing a death. Daniel Fogg 27 of West Townsend and Francis Mayhle III 25 of Peru plead guilty to charges related to selling heroin, which caused the death of Dakota “Cody” Kilburn 23 of Manchester Centre VT. Fogg pled guilty to selling heroin with death resulting, witness tampering and falsifying physical evidence. Mayhle pled guilty to conspiracy to sell heroin and dispensing heroin with death resulting.
In November 2015, Fogg was selling heroin from a Chesterfield NH residence and sold heroin to Mayhle who dispensed the drug to Dakota Kilburn resulting in his death.
Fogg was sentenced to 6 1/2 to 14 years in the state prison with one year suspended from the minimum sentence. He also received two suspended sentences for witness tampering and falsifying physical evidence charges
Mr. Mayhle was sentenced to twelve months at the house of corrections for conspiracy to sell heroin. He also received a suspended sentence of 4 to 8 years in state prison for dispensing heroin that caused Mr. Kilburn’s death. Both men were ordered to pay restitution to the Kilburn family to cover costs associated with Mr. Kilburn’s death.
US Attorney’s Office Hires Additional Attorneys
The US Attorney’s Office for the district of Vermont hired a new attorney to focus on civil rights.
Julia Torti has joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Office’s Civil Division. Ms. Torti, grew up in Vermont and is returning after starting her career at a civil rights law firm in New York. Torti is one of thirty-four new Assistant United States Attorneys joining U.S. Attorney’s Offices across the country to focus on enforcement of the nation’s federal civil rights laws. The Department of Justice created these new positions to increase and improve the United States Attorney’s Offices’ ability to apply dedicated resources to civil rights enforcement in all corners of the country. With the support of Vermont’s civil rights advocates and elected officials, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont was awarded one of the thirty-four new positions through a competitive application process.
NH DOT Reminds Residents – No Parking on Maintained Roads During Snow Removal
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) reminds residents and visitors that no parking is permitted on state maintained roads during snow removal operations.
NH State law (RSA 262:32) allows for the towing of any vehicle that is “obstructing snow removal or highway maintenance operations.”
The issue has previously arisen in the White Mountains Region where some hikers heading for recreation in the mountains have hindered winter maintenance operations by parking on the side of state roads. Visitors are strongly encouraged to park in designated parking areas.