Vermont State Parks Offer Adventures to Give this Holiday

Montpelier, VT – Wrap up an experience this holiday season. The Vermont State Parks 2018 holiday gift guide makes it easy to give an unforgettable outdoor experience or comfortable adventure gear to friends and family. Not only will these gifts benefit the recipient, but they’ll also benefit the parks. All proceeds of gift sales go directly to support the parks.

For the day tripper:- For $59, this gift package is a ticket to several weekends of adventures. The package contains punch card good for 10 state park day visits, a notebook and pen set, and a Vermont State Parks travel mug.

For the weekend warrior: – Give 2 nights of tent, lean-to or RV camping in a state park, a coupon for a free armload of firewood, 2 Vermont State Parks water bottles and a LED mini-flashlight for $89.

For the whole family – Grab this family fun package at $139 and unlock an entire season of adventure. The package includes 1 season vehicle pass, good for entry into any Vermont State Parks day use area for up to 8 people in a vehicle, two 1-hour boat rental coupons, an insulated backpack with mesh top, a deck of cards and a frisbee.

For the beverage buff:-Help friends and family stay hydrated on all their 2019 outdoor adventures with blue enamel State Park mugs, stoneware beer steins, and Nalgene water bottles with colorful state park logos starting at $14.

*For the hat lover:*

Get a trucker hat emblazoned with the retro Vermont State Parks logo, a camouflage ball cap, or a brushed cotton hat with the classic State Parks image for just $14.

Whether you give the gift of adventures this holiday season, or simply want to experience the parks for yourself, incredible outdoor explorations await at Vermont’s 55 state parks. Order online and find a park near you at

Ludlow VT Man Arrested for Death of Infant

Ludlow VT – A Ludlow VT man has been arrested on suspicion of the second-degree murder of 11-month old Karsen Ricket in January 2018. Tyler Pollender-Savery, 23, was arrested on Monday following an investigation into Karsen Rickert’s death on January 11th.
Emergency personnel responded to the Ludlow residence which Wood shared with her boyfriend, Tyler Pollender-Savery, on January 11, 2018, for an unresponsive infant.  Karsen Rickert was the son of Abigail Wood and Nicholas Rickert.   Karsen Rickert was later pronounced deceased at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon NH.
In June 2018, following an autopsy by the New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner’s Office and a subsequent investigation, the cause of death for Karsen Rickert was determined to be asphyxia from strangulation and/or smothering, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.
Mr. Pollender-Savery was tentatively scheduled to be arraigned at 4 PM, Dec. 10th in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, in White River Junction.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Board Endorses Plan for Expansion of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Lebanon NH  – Trustees of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) announced on Friday that they have unanimously approved and endorsed a plan for a major new construction project, estimated to cost approximately $130 million, including a third inpatient tower on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) campus in Lebanon.

At their quarterly meeting on Dec. 7, the Board enthusiastically affirmed a plan presented by D-HH leadership that would implement the first major capital improvement to the Lebanon campus since the 2015 opening of the Williamson Translational Research Building. The project plan includes a 132,000 square-foot, 60-bed inpatient tower, along with renovation and expansion of DHMC’s Emergency Department, and the proposed construction of a new parking garage on site.

The proposed construction and renovation plans, which will be finalized in the coming few months, are intended to address a number of mission-critical needs facing New Hampshire’s only tertiary care facility and improve care quality and patient experience. Demand for services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) has risen dramatically over the last several years, resulting in consistently high occupancy of its 396 licensed beds.  With occupancy rates that regularly run at 90%, DHMC is forced to divert approximately 250 high-acuity patients seeking high-level or specialized care to other facilities in New England because of the lack of beds and supporting space to accommodate them. Driven by demand for care caused by a several factors – including the aging of DHMC’s service area population, Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s status as the safety net provider for New Hampshire’s rural health care network, and the growth of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System – the new tower is expected to provide access for the existing, unmet demand of approximately 3,000 inpatient admissions per year.

“This is a highly ambitious, but badly needed, step toward Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health’s future,” said D-HH CEO and President Joanne M. Conroy MD. “As the region’s only tertiary and quaternary care academic medical center, we simply must evolve to meet the urgent and changing needs of the growing numbers of people who seek our care. For some time now, we’ve seen demand for our care dramatically grow, and we’ve had success with our member hospitals in both states in making sure patients receive the right care, at the right time, close to home. But the increasing demands for Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s specialty and high-acuity care, in all disciplines, requires us to expand our capacity so that patients can access that care here in Lebanon. This plan moves us decisively in that direction.”

The proposed four-story patient tower calls for two floors of single-occupancy inpatient rooms, totaling 60 beds; a floor to accommodate another 30 beds that may be added at a later date; and a floor for service and mechanical space.

“Our case mix index (an indicator of the severity and complexity of the cases hospitals treat) is among the highest in the nation,” noted D-HH Chief Clinical Officer Edward J. Merrens, MD. “This project is mission critical: it is key to ensuring that patients get the proper care in the right setting, and that our resources are used efficiently while anticipating future capacity needs. This will impact the entire organization, and our teams have thought diligently about how we can best do this. Our region needs us, and we must respond.”

The existing inpatient towers at DHMC opened in 1991, when Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital moved to its current location from its original home in Hanover as part of the $218 million DHMC project. The facility opened with five floors of inpatient rooms in two towers on the north side of the complex.  The current design proposes to situate the new four-story tower between the existing inpatient towers. A financing plan is being developed but it is anticipated that funding for these projects will come from a mix of equity, philanthropy, and debt issuance. Pending regulatory approvals, ground-breaking for the project is anticipated later in the spring of 2019, with completion over three to four years.

Increasing demand for emergency services has quickly outstripped the facility’s ability to manage incoming cases, with DHMC’s Emergency Department averaging approximately 32,000 patient visits annually. The last major renovation to the Emergency Department was in 2004. The plan endorsed by D-HH Board of Trustees calls for renovations and the addition of 14 evaluation and treatment rooms in the Emergency Department.

The proposed parking garage would include 400 spaces to accommodate patients and visitors to the new patient rooms and relieve some of the increasing demand for parking by freeing space in the outdoor parking lots.

“One of the keys to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health’s strategic planning is establishing the necessary infrastructure to enable D-HH to operate efficiently and effectively as a system, and to support future initiatives,” said Don Caruso, MD, MPH, President and CEO, and Chief Medical Officer of Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, a member of D-HH. “It is crucial that the capacity at New Hampshire’s only academic medical center meets the clinical needs of the communities it serves, and we are working together across the D-HH system, to ensure that the capacity at all member sites is optimized for our patient needs.”


Sullivan County’s Fugitive of the Week

Newport NH – Sullivan County’s Fugitive of the week is 51-year-old Steven Vuletich.

In October of 2014, Mr. Vuletich was indicted by a Sullivan County Grand Jury on one count of operating after being declared a habitual offender.

Mr. Vuletich plead guilty in Sullivan County Superior Court to the charge on June 1st 2015. As part of Vuletich’s sentence he was placed on probation.

On November 1st 2018 the NH Probation Department filed a violation of probation in the Sullivan County Superior Court alleging that Vuletich violated the terms and conditions of his probation.

The Sullivan County Superior Court issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Vuletich on November 7th, 2018.

Steven Vuletich is 5’10” tall, weighs 162 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. His last known address was 8 Wall Street in Claremont NH.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Mr. Vuletich should call their local police or the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 603-863-4200


NH State Police Seeks Assistance in ID of Suspect in NH Liquor Store Theft

Concord NH – The NH State Police is investigating thefts that occurred at the I-93 Northbound Hooksett Rest Area Liquor Store on 11/18/18 and 12/8/18.

During the thefts, numerous bottles of wine were stolen having a total value of just under $5,000.00.

The State Police is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a female who is a person of interest. In both instances the suspect was wearing black Nike sneakers, grey sweatpants, a black jacket, and had a large dark purse.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tr. Plourde at 603-223-8914.

Rutland VT Man Takes Vehicle at Convenience Store

Lebanon NH – On December 6, 2018, at approximately 10:08PM Lebanon Police Officers were dispatched to Sandri’s on South Main Street for a report of a stolen vehicle. While the victim was inside the convenient store, a male, who was later identified as Jack P. Martin, age 45, from Rutland, VT, approached the vehicle. Martin got into the vehicle and drove away. The stolen vehicle’s description was broadcast to area police departments and shortly thereafter, the Hartford, VT Police observed the vehicle in Hartford and conducted a traffic stop where Martin was taken into custody.
Witnesses stated that they had seen Martin pan-handling earlier on Benning Street, holding a sign that read “stranded.”
Martin was charged by Hartford Police with Possession of Stolen Property and Operation without Owner’s Consent and held on $200 cash. Charges will be forthcoming from the Lebanon Police Department.

Fairfield VT Woman Arrested for Trafficking Heroin

Windsor VT – On December 08, 2018 at approximately 0006 hours Windsor Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of Route 5 and Route 12 in the Town of Hartland after police observed the operator commit traffic violations.  During the traffic stop it was determined that the operator, identified as Alyssa Higgins of E. Fairfield, VT, license to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Vermont was criminal suspended.  Further investigation resulted in police seizing 1002 bags of Heroin and 3.5 ounces of Cocaine.  Ms. Higgins was charged with Trafficking Heroin, Transportation of Heroin into the State of Vermont, Possession of Cocaine, and Driving with a Suspended License

Shooting Investigation in Newport

Newport NH – Newport Police and New Hampshire State Police are investigating a shooting incident in Newport, New Hampshire earlier this afternoon. At approximately 2:20 pm, an incident occurred on Oak Street in Newport involving two vehicles.  Shortly thereafter, an individual was shot.  That individual was flown to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment, which is ongoing.  Newport Police and New Hampshire State Police are currently investigating this event.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sgt. Shawn Skahan of New Hampshire State Police Troop C @ (603) 223-8494 or Newport Police Dispatch at (603) 863-3232.

Two Killed After Driver Goes Wrong Way on I-91 in Hartford

Hartford VT – On Thursday, Dec. 6th shortly after 5:30 PM,  Hartford Dispatch aired a BOL for a wrong way driver on Interstate 91 in the area of the Norwich exit. Moments later a three car crash was reported on Interstate 91 south bound at mile marker 73. The information received by 911 was that the crash was a head on collision. Upon arrival the operator of the vehicle that was struck head on 33-year-old Patrick Covey of Bradford VT was deceased. The wrong way driver, Herbert Kennedy 89 of White River Jct. VT was in critical condition upon arrival. He later succumbed to his injuries at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. The operator of the third vehicle Cynthia Dale of White River Jct. VT had minor injuries and went to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center as a precaution. .

Canaan man arrested for multiple crimes after police pursuit

Canaan NH -On Wednesday December 5, 2018 Officers from the Canaan Police Department and New Hampshire State Police Troopers attempted to locate Wayne A. Shambo, age 47, of Beech Cobble Road in Canaan pursuant to an arrest warrant.

The warrant was related to an incident from the previous evening, in which Shambo threatened to shoot police officers as they attempted to serve him a protection order.

After an exhaustive search by the Canaan Police Department and the New Hampshire State Police, officers located Shambo’s vehicle in North Canaan. When Chief Frank attempted to stop the vehicle, Shambo refused to stop. Shambo led officers on a pursuit for approximately ten miles through Canaan, Hanover and Lyme, New Hampshire. Officers were able to disable Shambo’s vehicle using a controlled tire deflation device on NH Route 10, just south of Lyme Village.

Canaan Police Officers and New Hampshire State Troopers gave Shambo several commands to exit the vehicle but he refused, leading to a lengthy standoff situation. Eventually, Chief Frank was able to speak with Shambo and convince him to surrender peacefully.

Shambo was arrested for the following crimes:

Criminal Threatening of an On-Duty Law Enforcement Officer – Enhanced A Misdemeanor, Violation of a Protection Order – A Misdemeanor, Obstructing Government Administration – A Misdemeanor, Disobeying a Police Officer – A Misdemeanor, Driving Under the Influence – Subsequesnt Offense – A Misdemeanor, Open Container – Violation.

Shambo was processed and held at the Grafton County House of Corrections pending an arraignment in the Grafton Superior Court on December 6, 2018.

The Canaan Police Department was assisted by the New Hampshire State Police, Enfield Police Department, Hanover Police and Fire Department, Hanover Communications Center, Thetford, VT Police Department and New Hampshire Probation and Parole.