Two VT Colleges Confirm Mumps

Montpelier VT – St. Michael’s College and the University of Vermont has confirmed cases of the mumps. The Vermont Department of Health is investigating the outbreak of mumps among students. Mumps is a virus that is spread through close person-to-person contact, such as coughing, sneezing or sharing drinking glasses. The virus causes fever, swelling of the parotid glands, and can affect other parts of the body.

Two vaccination clinics were held at St. Michaels this week and 450 students received doses of the measles mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Similar vaccination clinics are in the works for students in the three UVM dormitories where mumps cases occurred. Parents of children who attend a daycare center located on the UVM campus were notified by letter of the outbreak. No cases have been identified at the daycare center to date.

Two doses of MMR vaccine are recommended for all children prior to school entry. Nicolai said the clinics are to provide a third dose of MMR vaccine, which is recommended for people at increased risk of getting mumps during an outbreak.

Epping Man Charged in Road Rage Incident

Epping NH-On Saturday, February 17, 2018, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the New Hampshire State Police received a report of a road rage type incident that was occurring on Route 101 in the vicinity of Exit 2; in which a passenger of a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox had brandished a pistol at the operator of another vehicle.

Troopers assigned to the Troop A Barracks in Epping were able to locate this Chevrolet Equinox on Route 101 in the town of Candia near the Raymond town line.  After a road side investigation a passenger of this vehicle identified as, Jacob BOURQUE age: 21 of Epping, NH was taken into custody.  Recovered from this vehicle was a 40 caliber Hi-Point pistol along with ammunition.

Jacob BOURQUE is being charged with Criminal Threatening and Violation of a Protective Order.  He is being held without bail at the Rockingham County Jail until his arraignment on February 20, 2018.

Anyone that may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Trooper Brett Parenteau at Brett.Parenteau@dos.nh.gov.

Jeep Goes Through Ice on Lake Winnipesaukee

Meredith NH – On February 18, 2018 at approximately 5:15 p.m. New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified that a motor vehicle was reported to have gone through the ice on Lake Winnipesaukee in the vicinity of Stone Dam Island in Meredith.

Residents on Edgewater Drive on Governors Island called 911 when they observed a motor vehicle on Lake Winnipesaukee suddenly go through the ice.  They reported the location in the vicinity of Stone Dam Island in the area of a pressure ridge midway between the two islands.  New Hampshire Fish Game Conservation Officers responded along with members of the Meredith Fire Department.  A hole in the ice was found with debris along the edges and a vehicle could be seen suspended in approximately 10 feet of water.  The vehicle was a Jeep Liberty and the registration came back to Alex Plummer, 59 years old of Center Harbor.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. an anonymous 911 call came in stating that the owner of the vehicle that had gone through the ice was unharmed and at a friend’s house in Meredith recovering from his ordeal.  Further investigation revealed that a snowmobile was in the area when the accident occurred and the operator of the snowmobile gave Plummer a ride to Meredith.  No other details are available at this time.

This incident is a good reminder to all people recreating on the ice to use caution.  Ice conditions are often unpredictable and change from day to day.  When recreating on the ice you should inspect the depth and quality of ice and be prepared in the event you go though.  Safety items should be on hand such as ice picks, throw ropes and flotation devices.

Charlestown NH Woman Arrested on Multiple Charges

Rutland VT A Charlestown NH woman was arrest on multiple charges Friday night at a Rutland VT Mall parking lot.  Vermont State Police said they received a report of an impaired driver and located 35 year-old Ashley Jewell in the described vehicle at the Diamond Run Mall parking lot in Rutland shortly after 7:00 PM.

Jewell showed signs of impairment and was screened for DUI. Jewell was taken into custody and charged with DUI #2 Refusal, Cruelty to children under 10 by one over 16 and Offense committed within the presence of a child.

Jewell will appear in Rutland Criminal Court on March 5th to answer the charges

Sharon VT Man Charged with DUI/Drugs After Being Revived with Narcan

Royalton VT – A Sharon VT man was charged with DUI-Drugs after being revived with Narcan in late January.  Vermont State Police said they responded to a report of an unresponsive male in a vehicle in Bethel VT.  Officers found 44-year old Leonard Clark III stopped at the intersection of N. Main and Main Streets. A bystander put Clark’s vehicle into park. Evidence of a drug overdose was found at the scene.  Clark was revived with Narcan and taken to Gilford Medical Center where a Drug Recognition Expert evaluated him.  Clark was issued a citation to appear on March 17th in Windsor Criminal Court to answer the charge.

Claremont Man Sentenced for Domestic Violence

Newport, NH – Jason Remick, 44, of Claremont, New Hampshire was sentenced in Sullivan Superior Court on February 15, 2018 to serve a term of incarceration at the Sullivan County House of Corrections.  Mr. Remick was sentenced, after entering pleas of guilty, for the misdemeanor offenses of domestic violence, criminal threatening, and reckless conduct.  Mr. Remick received one twelve month sentence for domestic violence and one twelve month sentence for criminal threatening.  Those sentences will be served concurrent with each other.  Mr. Remick also received a consecutive twelve month sentence, all suspended conditioned upon good behavior, for a period of five years.  Mr. Remick will be evaluated for the Sullivan County TRAILS program, which is an intensive incarceration based program run by the Sullivan County Department of Corrections, and one based upon best practices.  Mr. Remick will be supervised by the New Hampshire Department of Corrections for a period of two years upon his release from incarceration.

Mr. Remick was arrested on January 17, 2018 by Claremont Police Department Officers Trevor Dickerman, Joshua Peavey, and Lieutenant Stanley Andrewski.  Mr. Remick’s arrest came about after members of Claremont Police Department responded to a 911 call at a location on Citizens Street in the City of Claremont.

The law enforcement community of Sullivan County is vigilant in the efforts to stop crimes of domestic violence.  The Sullivan County Attorney’s Office is determined to prosecute these crimes in ways designed to keep the families and people of Sullivan County safe.

The Claremont Police Department was the lead investigating agency in this case.  The case was prosecuted by Deputy Sullivan County Attorney Justin Hersh.

Lempster Man Sentenced to 2 years in Prison for Sexual Assault – Enhanced

Newport, NH – Timothy Wright, 33, of Lempster, New Hampshire was sentenced in Sullivan County Superior Court on February 8th to serve a term of incarceration at the New Hampshire State Prison of 2-5 years for two concurrent counts of sexual assault – enhanced.  The State argued that the sentences on these two counts should have been consecutive resulting in a 4-10 year term of incarceration.  Additionally, the defendant was sentenced to the New Hampshire State Prison for 2-5 years.  That sentence was suspended for 5 years from the date of his release from prison and is conditioned upon good behavior and compliance with the terms of his sentence.  Conditions of the defendant’s sentences include no contact with the victim and that he be assessed for sex offender programming.

Mr. Wright was arrested by the Claremont Police Department on May 2, 2017 on a charge of Felonious Sexual Assault.  The investigation revealed that Mr. Wright had sexual contact with a thirteen-year-old victim in July or August of 2012.

The law enforcement community of Sullivan County will continue to be vigilant in their efforts to stop the sexual exploitation and assault of children.  The Sullivan County Attorney’s Office is determined to pursue appropriate sentences designed to keep the children of Sullivan County safe.

The Claremont Police Department was the lead investigative agency in this case.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant Sullivan County Attorney Alexander Scott.

Claremont Man Sentenced to State Prison for Drug Possession

File photo from 3025 booking

Newport, NH – Jason Carrier, 32, of Claremont, New Hampshire was sentenced in Sullivan Superior Court on February 15, 2018 to serve a term of incarceration at the New Hampshire State Prison.  Mr. Carrier was sentenced, after entering pleas of guilty, for the felony offenses of possession of the controlled drug buprenorphine and possession of the controlled drug analog alpha-PHP, one of many substances generally categorized as “bath salts”.   Mr. Carrier received a one to three year stand committed state prison term for the possession of buprenorphine, and a two to five year state prison sentence for the possession of alpha-PHP. That sentence was suspended, conditioned upon good behavior, for a period of five years.

Mr. Carrier was arrested on November 28, 2017 by Sergeant Ian Kibbe of the Claremont Police Department.  Mr. Carrier’s arrest came after a motor vehicle stop for misuse or failure to display plates.  Mr. Carrier was subsequently found to be in possession and/or control of a quantity of the controlled drug buprenorphine, as well as a quantity of the controlled drug analog alpha-PHP.

The law enforcement community of Sullivan County remains steadfast in the efforts to stop the influx of dangerous drugs in this community, including various iterations of “bath salts.”  The Sullivan County Attorney’s Office is determined to prosecute these crimes in ways designed to keep the people of Sullivan County safe, while also addressing the dangerous influences of controlled drugs at all phases of the criminal prosecution.

The Claremont Police Department was the lead investigating agency in this case.  The case was prosecuted by Deputy Sullivan County Attorney Justin Hersh.

Claremont NH Woman Sentenced to 2 years for Drug Trafficking

Newport, NH – Melissa Palardy, 30, of Claremont, New Hampshire was sentenced in Sullivan Superior Court this week to serve a two year consecutive term of incarceration at the Sullivan County House of Corrections.  Ms. Palardy was sentenced after entering pleas of guilty for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine in an amount greater than five grams, falsifying physical evidence, and bail jumping.  Ms. Palardy received one twelve month stand committed sentence for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine in an amount greater than five grams, and one twelve month sentence for falsifying physical evidence.  Those sentences will be served concurrent with each other.

Ms. Palardy also received a twelve month stand committed sentence, on a second possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine in an amount greater than five grams, which will be served consecutively to the first twelve month period.  Ms. Palardy will be evaluated for the Sullivan County TRAILS Program, pursuant to that sentence, which is an intensive incarceration based treatment program run by the Sullivan County House of Corrections, and one based upon best practices.  Ms. Palardy was further sentenced to serve 1-3 years at the New Hampshire State Prison for bail jumping.  That sentence was suspended, conditioned upon good behavior, for a period of 5 years.  Ms. Palardy will be supervised by the New Hampshire Department of Corrections for a period of three years up release from the second twelve month incarceration period.

Ms. Palardy was arrested on May 2, 2017 by Captain Brent Wilmot of the Claremont Police Department.  Ms. Palardy’s arrest came after an emergency services call for a structure fire at a residence located at 8 Park Avenue in the City of Claremont.  Ms. Palardy was found to be in possession and/or control of approximately 12 grams of the controlled drug crack cocaine.  Ms. Palardy was later indicted by a Sullivan County grand jury, arraigned in Sullivan Superior Court, and released on conditions of bail.  Ms. Palardy subsequently failed to appear before the Sullivan Superior Court as required by her conditions of release, which gave rise to the felony offense of bail jumping.

The law enforcement community of Sullivan County is resolute in the efforts to stop the influx of dangerous drugs in this community.  The Sullivan County Attorney’s Office is determined to prosecute these crimes in ways designed to keep the people of Sullivan County safe, meet the punitive, rehabilitative, and deterrence objectives of sentencing, while also addressing the dangerous influences of controlled drugs at all phases of the criminal prosecution.

The Claremont Police Department conducted this investigation, and the case was prosecuted by Deputy Sullivan County Attorney Justin Hersh.

 

Two Men Sentenced for Attempting to Solicit Minors

L-R Erik E. Polson and James Taylor

Lebanon NH – On Thursday, February 15, 2018, two men were sentenced to prison in Grafton County Superior Court in two separate cases involving the attempted solicitation of minors for sex. Erik E. Polson, age 73, of Chelsea, Vermont was sentenced to 2-4 years in the New Hampshire State Prison after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Felonious Sexual Assault. He was also sentenced to 3 ½-7 years, all suspended, in State Prison for Trafficking a Victim Under 18, after pleading guilty to that charge. Polson was arrested on 8/10/17 when he arrived in Lebanon to meet a 15-year-old female.

James M. Taylor, age 26, of Quechee, Vermont, was sentenced to 1-2 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for Certain Uses of Computer Services Prohibited and 12 months in the House of Correction, all suspended, for Child Endangerment. Taylor was arrested on 11/1/17 after arriving in Lebanon to meet a 15-year-old female.

Both investigations were initiated by the Lebanon Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigators, who were operating in an undercover capacity to address the ongoing, and widespread, threats to children in our community who utilize the internet. The Lebanon Police Department is an ICAC affiliate and committed to ferreting out criminal behavior on the internet directed toward children.