November 16, 2017

Hinsdale NH Man and Hartford VT Woman Arrested on Drug Charges
A Hinsdale NH man and Hartford VT woman were arrested on drug charges after the Vermont Drug Task Force and Hartford Police executed a search warrant for Walsh Avenue residence yesterday. The warrant was a result of an ongoing narcotics investigation involving Angela Redmond. Officers found 50 bags of heroin and a small amount of cocaine during the search. Police arrested Redmond for sale of crack-cocaine and Adam Colon was charged with three counts of sale of heroin and possession of heroin and cocaine.
Redmond was lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility for lack of $1,000 bail and was arraigned on the charges yesterday in Windsor Criminal Court. Adam Colon was issued a citation and ordered to appear at Windham County Superior Court on January 9, 2018.
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Vernon VT Man Killed in I-91 Crash
A Vernon Vermont man was killed in a single car accident on I-91 in Vernon Tuesday night shortly after 10:00 PM. Vermont State Police said 41-year-old Adam Vergobbe was driving north on I-91 when he left the road and collided with a tree. Vergobbe was taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The VSP continue to investigate the accident and encourage anyone with information to call the Vermont State Police.
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Springfield VT Man Arrested for Impaired Driving
A 95-year-old Springfield VT man was arrested for impaired driving last week. Springfield Police said that a witness alleged that a vehicle drove over a curb and almost hit a guardrail before pulling into a residential garage. Officers went to the residence and after an investigation determined that Donald Whitney was the driver in question. Whitney was taken into custody and issued a citation to appear in Windsor County Criminal Court on Nov. 28th to answer the charge.
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Springfield VT Woman Arrested for Heroin
Springfield VT Police arrest Christine Carvage 51 after she left a known drug house. Police said Carvage was arrested for allegedly having a misdemeanor amount of heroin on her person. She will appear in Windsor County Criminal Court on Jan. 9, 2018 to answer the charge.
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Grantham School Board Seeks Input
The Grantham School Board has started their long-range strategic plan for Grantham school district. The school board is in need of Grantham residents’ input. The board is asking residents to take a 15-20 minutes survey to help provide the input that the district can use to guide Grantham K-12 education over the next five years. The survey is open until November 19th and it can be found on the Grantham Village School’s Facebook page. Printed copies are available at the Grantham Village School, Grantham Town Offices, and the Grantham Public Library. The results of the survey will be posted in early December.
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Lake Sunapee Boat Access Development Commission to Hold Public Meeting
The Lake Sunapee Public Boat Access Development Commission will meet in the Newbury NH Town Offices on November 30th from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. The purpose of this meeting is to solicit stakeholders and provide a forum for public comment. The meeting will be open to the public and recorded.
The Commission was established by New Hampshire Executive Order 2017-06 and charged with assembling a variety of perspectives in order to develop a new plan for the development of the Wild Goose property and expansion of public boat access at Lake Sunapee that will be amenable to and be supported by relevant public and private stakeholders.

November 15, 2017

Lebanon PD Seek Help with ID

The Lebanon Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who took over $1,700 worth of electronics from Kohl’s Department store in West Lebanon. Police said the incident happened on October 29th but not discovered until later when employees discovered the theft on video. The male suspect concealed the merchandise in a black backpack and then left the store. A photo of the male suspect is on the WNTK’s Facebook and web page. Anyone with information should call the Lebanon Police Department at 603-448-1212 or submit an anonymous crime tip at LebanonNH.gov/CLUE or by calling 603-448-CLUE (2583).

Winchester NH Man Killed in I-91 Ascutney Accident
A Winchester NH man was killed in a single car accident on I-91 south in Ascutney VT yesterday afternoon. Vermont State Police said 31-year-old Michael Calder was driving south on I-91 in the passing lane when he gradually traveled to the left, leaving the road before colliding with a guardrail and down an embankment. Calder was taken to Ascutney Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Members of the Ascutney and Springfield Fire Departments assisted Vermont State Police at the scene. This crash remains under investigation.
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VSP Seize 154 Bags of Heroin During Traffic Stop
Vermont State Police seized 154 bags of heroin from a car after a motor vehicle stop on I-91 shortly before 1:00 AM on Tuesday. Police said they stopped the vehicle for speeding in Westminster and during the investigation discovered the driver Aaron L Gobin of Hartland VT had an extraditable arrest warrant from NH. Further, into the investigation, it was discovered that Gobin and his passenger Dylan T. Avery of Barre VT were in possession of heroin. Officers seized 154 bags of heroin from the vehicle. Both men were arrested and ordered held at the Southern State Correctional Facility. Gobin was charged with Possession of Heroin, Importation of Heroin and being a fugitive from justice, and Avery was charged with Possession of Heroin, Importation of Heroin. Both will be arraigned on Nov. 24th at the Windham County Criminal Court to answer the charges.
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NH Victims of Scams Using Western Union May Be Compensated
NH Attorney General, Gordon J. MacDonald announced yesterday that NH residents who used Western Union to wire money for a scam may apply for compensation. The compensation is a $586 million dollar fund administered by the Department of Justice’s Victim Asset Recovery Program. The fund is related to NH and 49 other States, the District of Columbia and Western Union settlement announced in January.
If you do not receive a claim form in the mail but believe you, may have an eligible claim, please visit http://www.westernunionremission.com or call 1-844-319-2124 for more information on how to file a claim. All claims forms must be mailed back to the settlement administrator by February 12, 2018.

WRJ Man Hospitalized After Being Struck by Car in Lebanon

At 1:51am on November 11, 2017, Lebanon Communications received a call of a male subject hit by a car and needing medical attention. The crash occurred near the intersection of North Main Street and East Wilder Road. The driver of the car, Derek Moniz, was traveling south on North Main Street and struck 21-year-old Anthony Ciaccia of White River Junction, Vermont who was walking in the roadway. The impairment of the pedestrian appears to be a factor of the accident. It is still under investigation but no charges are anticipated.

Both Lebanon Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene and provided medical care to Ciaccia. Ciaccia was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to be released later in the week.

Nov. 10, 2017

Dartmouth Honors Vets
Dartmouth College is honoring veterans with a week of activities. Dartmouth’s week of events in honor of Veterans Day starts with a remembrance breakfast Friday morning at the Hanover Inn. Later on Friday, there is a formal military retreat and drill ceremony by Dartmouth ROTC on the green from 4:45 to 5:15 PM The Dartmouth Veterans Banquet takes place on Saturday night with James Wright Award presentation in Boston, following Friday’s Dartmouth versus Brown football game at Fenway Park.
The week finishes with Honor the Heroes at the 242nd Marine Corps Birthday Ball: Sunday, Nov. 12, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Hanover Inn.
Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon ’77 said Dartmouth is proud to honor the veterans who have served our country so nobly and so ably, allowing us to enjoy the freedoms that are the hallmark of our great nation.
For a full list of events, visit Veterans Events at https://www.dartmouth.edu/veterans/events/
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Newport Considers Tax Incentive
The Newport Select Board is considering the merits of a new tax incentive to spur downtown revitalization. The incentive is the 79-E Community Revitalization Tax Incentive, a development credit established through RSA 79-E. It allows municipalities to provide a tax break for the value added to under-utilized buildings.
In order for it to be applied, it must be adopted through a warrant at the May Town Meeting. Members of the Board said they would begin researching the effectiveness of the incentive to decide whether it should go on the ballot.
Planning and Zoning Administrator Julie Magnuson briefed the Board on the program at Monday’s meeting, noting that Claremont and Lebanon have already adopted the provision.
Newport’s current Master Plan contains language supporting the adoption of the incentive; Magnuson said and could apply to various efforts in the town.

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VSP Seeking Stolen Skis
Vermont State Police are seeking information on a Birches Way theft in the town of Peru. Police said someone took a pair of black and orange Rossignol skis and eight pairs of ski poles from a locker inside the residence between 10-15-2017 and 11-04-2017. Anyone with information on the theft should call Trooper Shepley at 802-722-4600.
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Intoxicants May Have Played Role in Hartland Crash
An intoxicated driver may be the cause of an accident in Hartland Vermont Tuesday night. Vermont State Police said the accident happened shortly before 9:00 PM on Route 12 South between a Honda Sedan and a Tractor Trailer. During the investigation, Craig Arnesen of Quechee, driver of the Honda was found to be under the influence of intoxicants. Arnesen was taken to DHMC for a precautionary measure and processed for suspicion of DUI. A court date has not yet been determined.
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Judge Drops Charges for Joseph Furlong
All charges against Joseph Furlong, 41, of Sunapee, have been dismissed. In his decision, Newport District Court Judge Gregory Michael said that the state “failed to properly investigate the facts related to the alleged crime… and wishes the court to endorse its failure. This court will not do so.” In the initial investigation, Sunapee Police Chief David Cahill charged that Furlong had altered an e-mail in an attempt to affect the 2016 school board election. The case was in conjunction with the NH State Attorney General’s Office.
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Nov. 9, 2017

Lebanon Man Arrested After Being Question at Kilton Library
An 18-year-old Lebanon man was arrested, Monday after being questioned at the Kilton Library. Lebanon Police said officers were at the Kilton Library looking for an individual regarding a computer crime investigation. Officers made contact with Jacob J. Seace and while speaking with him developed information that Seace’s cell phone contained evidence of crime. Seace attempted to flee with the phone after police tried to seize it. Officers were able to grab hold of Seace, who resisted, and he was taken to the ground as he continued to resist and handcuffed.
Seace was taken into custody and charged with Obstructing Government Administration and Resisting Arrest and Detention. Seace was released on $500 Personal Recognizance bail and he is scheduled to appear in the Lebanon District Court on January 8, 2018. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
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Richard VT Man Airlifted After Crashing His Car in Springfield VT
A Richmond VT man was airlifted to DHMC after he crashed his car into a guardrail while traveling the wrong way on I-91 in Springfield VT. Vermont State Police 52-year-old Troy Collins was traveling south into oncoming northbound traffic for about 10 miles before he crossed the median and crashed into the guardrails as he attempted to enter the southbound lane.
Collins attempted to free the vehicle from the guardrail but was unsuccessful. Collins was last seen fleeing the scene into a wooded area adjacent to the roadway. Witnesses reported that Collins exhibited signs of intoxication and several empty liquor bottles were located inside the vehicle.
Officers found Collins unconscious about 400 yards from the scene after dispatching a State Police canine unit to the scene.
Springfield Fire and Rescue extricated Collins from the woods and he was transported by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
This crash is currently under investigation with numerous charges pending.

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Congresswoman Kuster in Tilton on Friday
Congresswoman Annie Kuster a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will be in Tilton on Friday. The Congresswoman will be at the New Hampshire Veterans Home to meet with local veterans and celebrate Veterans Day. Kuster will offer remarks honoring the incredible service and sacrifices of Granite State veterans. 1:00 PM.
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Wildllife NH Plan Presented in Wilmot
If you want to learn more about the NH Wildlife Action Plan, mark your calendar for Nov. 16th. The Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust and the UNH Cooperative Extension Service will present a program on the action plan. The event will be at the Wilmot Community Center’s Red Barn from 6:30-8:00 PM. You will learn how to use the Action Plan and how your community can use it. The plan includes information and data on the state’s Species of Greatest Conservation Need and the critical habits supporting these species with a map of habitats for the entire state.
Amanda Stone, UNH Cooperative Extension Specialist in Natural Resources and Land Conservation, and Haley Andreozzi, the Wildlife Program Coordinator for UNH Cooperative Extension, share important updates on the Wildlife Action Plan.
Light refreshments provided. Please RSVP to Kristy Heath by calling 526-6555 or email kheath@ausbonsargent.org
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DMV’ Closed on Friday
All NH DMV offices will be closed on Friday, November 10th in observance of the Veteran’s Day State Holiday.
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Three Vermonters Arrested for Drugs in MA
Massachusetts State Police arrested three Vermont residents on drug charges on Saturday. Police say they stopped Richard Delisle 27, of Richford, VT for an equipment violation just after 1:30 AM on Main Street in Greenfield MA. During the investigation, Trooper Boutell checked the rear seat area for weapons and found an open Folgers Coffee container with a large amount of wax bags in zip lock bags containing heroin.
Delisle and passengers Clifford Delisle and Amy Raymond were arrested on scene. Officer Marissa Smith from Deerfield PD arrived to search the Amy Raymond and recovered 14 wax bags containing heroin.
A wooden crack pipe and red straw with white powder were also found after Trooper Donah and his K-9 Brutus arrived and searched the vehicle. An inventory of the heroin revealed 560 wax bags containing .02 grams each with a total weight of 11 grams.
Bail was set at $10,000 for Richard Delisle and $5,000 for Clifford Delisle and Amy Raymond. They were transported to the Franklin House of Corrections.
All three were charged with Conspiracy to violate drug laws and Possession of Heroin. In addition, Richard Delisle was charged with Number plate violation, Loud exhaust, Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, Unregistered motor vehicle, Attached plates, Uninsured motor vehicle, and Failure to wear a seatbelt.

Nov. 8, 2017

Vermont State Police Continue Search for Missing Man
Vermont State Police are continuing their search for missing Christopher McCarthy.
Sunday and Monday the Vermont State Police Search and Rescue Team used multiple resources to search for the missing 47-year-old Westmore man. McCarthy’s last contact with his family was November 2nd. The search by Rescue Team in the wooded areas around Mr. McCarthy’s residence with multiple K-9 teams did not yield any new evidence or tips as to Mr. McCarthy’s whereabouts. Based on the circumstances of the case and the missing person’s investigation, foul play is not suspected at this time.
The Vermont State Police urges the public to report any tips regarding the whereabouts of Mr. McCarthy at (802) 334-8881. With the start of hunting season in the next few days, the Vermont State Police is also asking hunters to report any suspicious items or circumstances that might assist in locating Mr. McCarthy. The search for Mr. McCarthy is still ongoing and resources will be distributed as necessary, based on the nature of tips that are received.
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Claremont Says Yes to Keno
Claremont voters said yes to Keno by voting 866 – 440 on yesterday’s ballot. An establishment can only offer Keno after approval by a city or town by ballot or through a Town Meeting. The New Hampshire Lottery will oversee Keno played at approved bars and restaurants aka pouring establishments.
Establishments must have a valid liquor license and pay a $500 annual license fee in order to offer Keno.
Keno retailers will be paid an 8% sales commission – the highest in the country – as well as additional bonuses. Along with Keno, licensed businesses will be able to sell all of the other available lottery games.
In each Keno game, players choose from one to 12 numbers, and every five minutes a computer randomly generates and displays 20 winning numbers from 1-80 on a video monitor. Approved establishments can offer Keno from 11 AM to 11 PM seven days a week and only those 18 years of age and older will be allowed to play.
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Jamaica Man Killed in Windsor Accident
Vermont State Police are still investigating a fatal car crash in Windsor on I-92 shortly after noon yesterday. Police said Peter S. Hayward of Jamaica VT was driving his Subaru Forester when it left the highway, collided with ledges in the median and re-entered the left southbound lane. A Ford Fusion received minor damage. Hayward 70, was pronounced dead at the scene. Members of the Windsor Fire Department and Windsor Rescue Squad assisted Vermont State Police at the scene.
Witnesses that have not yet spoken to the Vermont State Police are asked to contact Trooper Lunderville from the Westminster Barracks at 802.722.4600.
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Bellows Falls Man Arrested on Multiple Charges
A Bellows Falls Man was arrested on multiple drug charges on Saturday after the Bellows Falls Police Department executed a search warrant on an Atkinson St. apartment.

Officers took A Ray Stevens into custody on two outstanding arrest warrants. One warrant from the Chittenden County Superior Court- Criminal Division and the other was from the state of New Hampshire.

Stevens was allegedly found to be in possession of Heroin and Crack Cocaine. He was ordered held at the Southern State Correctional Facility on $30,000 cash or surety bond in addition to his Vermont arrest warrant.

The Walpole, NH Police Department, and the Windham County Sheriff’s Office assisted Bellows Falls Police.

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Nov. 6, 2017

MA Man Wanted for VT Homicides Unknowingly Arrested
Springfield MA police unknowingly arrested a Vermont murder suspect on Friday when they took Justin Orwat into custody on unrelated warrants.
Officers arrested 46-year-old Orwat 46 on Friday night for outstanding felony warrants for breaking and entering of a vehicle at night, shoplifting, larceny and various motor vehicle violations.
The Vermont State Police and the Windham County State’s Attorney obtained an arrest warrant for Orwat on Thursday for Aggravated Murder and First Degree Arson. The warrant was the result of an investigation into a Townshend VT house fire on Friday morning, October 27th where Steven Lovely, and Amanda Sanderson, perished.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled both deaths homicide manner of and the cause of death for Lovely and Sanderson was determined to be a gunshot wounds.
Orwat is being held at the Hampden County Correctional Center in Ludlow MA. The warrant issued by Vermont State Police for the murders, orders Orwat to be held without bail.
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Naked Man Injured When Breaking Into Residence
A naked man was taken to the hospital after he attempted to enter a Weathersfield VT residence by breaking a window. Vermont State Police said Nicholas Lynched of Springfield VT broke the window on a rear door just after 8:30 PM on Saturday. Lynch was transported to Springfield Hospital for his injuries and given a citation for unlawful mischief and disorderly conduct to appear in Windsor Criminal Court at a later date.
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Newport VT Woman Facing Multiple Charges After Speeding Stop
A Newport VT woman was arrested late Sunday morning on multiple charges after she was stopped for speeding on I-91. Vermont State Police said they clocked Jennifer M. Thompson driving 96 in a 65 MPH zone in Dummerston. During the stop and investigation officers, determined Thompson gave another person’s name. A check of Vermont’s DMV records revealed that Thompson had two arrest warrants. Police took Thompson into custody and she was lodged at the Southern State Correction Facility. Thompson was charged with Excessive Speed, False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer – Implication of another, two counts of arrest on warrant for Felony Escape from Custody and Furlough and Return on a Mittimus. Thompson will be arraigned today in Windham Criminal Court to answer the charges.
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Newport NH Man Arrested on Fraud/Unfair Business Practice Charge
A Newport NH man was arrested last week on charges of Fraud/Unfair Business Practices. Sunapee Police say they arrested Travis Richardson of Sunapee Street following an investigation of a complaint received last May. Richardson is out on bail pending his arraignment on Dec. 5th in Newport District Court.
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Lebanon Sidewalk Work
RD Edmunds will be performing work on sidewalks and drainage near the Lebanon Post office on East Park Street from Tues. Nov 7th –Friday Nov.10th. The work will take place between 7:00AM and 5:00PM. Travelers can expect minor delays. If you have, any questions or concerns contact Erica Brittner or Christina Hall, Lebanon Public Works at 603-448-3112.
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Warner Man Receives Ray Burton Service Award
The NH Association of Counties recently honored J.D. Colcord of Warner with the Ray Burton Service Award. Colcord was honored for his 13 years of service as a Warner Selectman, as a Representative to the NH General court and as Merrimack County Commissioner.
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Aubon Sargent Buys George Clark Woods in Bradford
The Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust closed on the George Clark Woods property on Rowe Mountain Road in Bradford. Ausbon Sargent now helps to protect nine properties in the town of Bradford, encompassing 1,269.17 acres of land.

Nov. 3, 2017

VT 3Square Recipients Can Apply for Replacement Benefits
The Vermont Department of Children and Families is processing requests from 3SquaresVT recipients to compensate for food lost during the recent storm. Recipients are eligible to have a portion or all of their October benefits replaced, depending on the value of the food they lost.
The deadline for requesting replacement benefits is November 8, 2017. Households who want replacement benefits should call 1-800-479-6151 to process their request, or they can go to their local Economic Services district office to file a request.
Power outages affect food security due to food spoilage. If your food has been above 40 degrees for four hours or more, your food could be unsafe to eat and pose a serious health risk to you and your family.
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Old Canaan Freight Station On 7 to Save List
The old Canaan Boston & Maine Railroad freight shed has been listed on the NH Preservation Alliance, Seven to Save list. The freight shed was built in 1924 after the Great Canaan Fire destroyed the original depot. The new freight shed included a slate roof, and 6/6 windows – original design and materials that exist today. The freight shed stopped being used in the 1930s, and the depot closed in 1958. Since then, the building has seen little maintenance and its condition worsened over time. It is hoped that the Seven to Save designation will help highlight New Hampshire’s historic, but disappearing, railroad infrastructure and also position this remnant of Canaan’s history to be re-imagined to again boost the vitality of the village. For the first time in decades, maybe the freight shed will be on the right track.
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Lebanon Moves Forward in Choosing Town Manager
Lebanon is moving forward in choosing a new City Manager. Municipal Resources Incorporated (MRI) has been reviewing resumes, conducting essay reviews and phone interviews with interested candidates. After a rigorous review process, a decision was made to move six candidates to the next step, a day of panel interviews with MRI recruitment staff today (Friday). The Council will be briefed on the team’s assessment and which candidate will move on to an in-person interview with the Council.
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US Marshall Seeking NH Sex Offender Escapee
The New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force is actively seeking to arrest fugitive, Bruce G. Apostolas. Apostolas is a Tier 3 Sex Offender and wanted for escape after walking away from the Calumet Halfway House in Manchester. Apostolas was serving a sentence for a conviction of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Apostolas is required to register for life after a 1991 conviction for Attempted Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault on a victim under the age of 18. Apostolas is believed to be in the Hudson and/or Nashua area but also has ties to the Lakes Region.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Apostolas, or has seen a person resembling Apostolas should contact the U.S. Marshals at (603) 225-1632 or your local police department. Do not attempt to apprehend him yourself.
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Emergency Warming Shelter in Cornish Today
An emergency warming shelter will be open to Cornish residents at the Cornish Elementary school today (Nov.3) from 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Residents can charge their cell phone and/or take a shower. Residents, however, must bring their own bathroom soaps and a towel and must check in with the front office upon arrival.

Quechee Man Arrested for Attempted Sexual Assault

On October 31, 2017, the Lebanon Police Department received a crime tip through our online submission portal LebanonNH.gov/CLUE. The anonymous submission advised of a Craigslist advertisement that appeared to be targeting younger and possibly underage children for sex.
Lebanon Police Officers located the advertisement and engaged in conversation with the individual responsible for the post. The man was later identified as James Taylor, age 25, of Quechee, Vermont.
This investigation led to James Taylor arriving at a baseball field in West Lebanon with his 2 year-old child in his vehicle to meet, whom he believed to be a 15-year-old female for the purpose of sexual contact.
James Taylor was arrested and charged with Attempted Felonious Sexual Assault, Certain Use of Computer Services Prohibited, both Class B Felonies and Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Misdemeanor. The Endangering charge resulted from Taylor bringing his child with him during the commission of the crime. Taylor’s bail was set at $20,000 cash and he was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections pending arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court on November 2, 2017. The 2 year-old child was released to the custody of the child’s mother.
The Lebanon Police Department is an affiliate of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC).

Arrest Warrant Issued in Townshend VT Homicides

November 1, 2017, Townshend, VT – The Vermont State Police and the Windham County State’s Attorney have obtained an arrest warrant for Justin Orwat, age 46, of Springfield, Massachusetts for the offenses of Aggravated Murder and First Degree Arson. These charges are a result of an ongoing investigation into the previously reported house fire that occurred on Friday morning, October 27th in Townshend, VT. Orwat is currently being held at the Hamden County (MA) jail on unrelated criminal charges.

On October 27, 2017 at approximately 9:34 AM a 911 call was made by a resident from Shirley Circle in Townshend, Vermont. The caller reported hearing an explosion and that the residence at 163 Shirley Circle was on fire. At approximately 9:42 AM another 911 call was made by a resident on Hazel Hill, Townshend VT. Hazel Hill is adjacent to Shirley Circle and the caller advised that 163 Shirley Circle was fully engulfed with fire. Fire Departments from Townshend, Grafton and Dummerston responded to these reports.

Responding fire departments observed two vehicles in the driveway of 163 Shirley Circle. First responders contacted the Vermont State Police to advise that it could be possible there were people inside the burning residence. Members of the Vermont State Police Field Force, Arson Investigation Unit and Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to the scene. Once the fire was extinguished, emergency personnel members located two unidentified deceased bodies in the burnt wreckage. The bodies were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for post-mortem examination and identification. On Saturday morning, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner contacted detectives to advise that preliminary examination revealed that both victims had sustained gunshots. This was not immediately apparent to investigators on Friday due to the condition of both victims from the fire.

Detectives with the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit and Bureau of Criminal Investigation Unit commenced a criminal investigation. Initial investigation to include interviews with suspected next of kin family members has led to the preliminary identification of the two victims; Steven Lovely, age 43, and Amanda Sanderson, age 35, both of 163 Shirley Circle, Townshend, Vermont. Confirmation of their identities is pending due to the condition of their remains as a result of the fire.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled homicide as the manner of death for both victims. The cause of death for both victims was determined to be gunshot wounds.

On Saturday, October 28th, Members of the Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team and Arson Investigation Units began processing the fire scene for evidence. This process has continued each day since and is ongoing. The State Police have been assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Vermont Fish and Wildlife with the scene processing.

Over the past several days detectives have continued to investigate and in doing so, have interviewed associates and family members of both Lovely and Sanderson. Detectives determined that Tami Orwat, age 38 and Justin Orwat, age 46 both of Springfield, VT were both associates of Lovely and Sanderson and were believed to have recently spent time at the 163 Shirley Circle residence. Detectives discovered that on Friday night, 10/27/17, Justin Orwat was arrested by police in Springfield, MA on outstanding warrants and that he remains incarcerated in Massachusetts. Detectives located Tami Orwat and she told detectives that she and Justin Orwat were with Lovely and Sanderson during the night of Thursday, 10/26/17 into the early morning of Friday 10/27/17. Tami Orwat provided detectives with details of a dispute involving Justin Orwat and Steve Lovely at the 163 Shirley Circle residence that occurred Friday morning. Tami Orwat implicated Justin Orwat in the shooting of Lovely and Sanderson and in the intentional burning of the residence before they left together.

Detectives are working closely with the Windham County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. This investigation is ongoing and scene processing continues at 163 Shirley Circle. The Vermont State Police has received substantial assistance from law enforcement in Massachusetts to include the Springfield Police Department and Mass. State Police in addition to several agencies in Vermont to include Bellows Falls Police Department, Vermont Division of Fire Safety, Vermont National Guard and ATF. On Tuesday, 10/31/17 an arrest warrant was obtained from Superior Court Judge Michael Kainen, for Justin Orwat on charges of Aggravated Murder and First Degree Arson. This warrant orders Orwat held without bail. Authorities in Massachusetts have been notified of the arrest warrant as Orwat remains incarcerated there. Arraignment date is to be determined.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please contact the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit. No other details are available at this time.