Two Youths Receive Injuries in Claremont Dirt Bike Crash

On the evening of August 20th, 2017, Claremont Police Department and New Hampshire Fish and Game investigated a single off highway recreational vehicle crash in the town of Claremont. At the time of the crash, a youth operator carrying a youth passenger was traveling on a private piece of property located near Third Street. As they entered a large field a deer ran in front of the dirt bike, striking the front of the machine. This collision ejected both the operator and passenger. The passenger sustained a head laceration and abrasions. The operator sustained a shoulder injury. Both individuals were transported to Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont where they are receiving treatment for their injuries.

Both the operator and passenger appear to have not been wearing a helmet or eye protection at the time of the collision. New Hampshire Fish and Game reminds riders that while operating or riding passenger on an off highway recreational vehicle below the age of 18, you must wear a helmet and eye protection. Also, operators of off highway recreational vehicles above the age of 12 must possess an OHRV Safety Certificate or must possess a valid motor vehicle driver’s license.

Pubic Meeting Tonight for Andover and Danbury’s Bridges

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation will hold a combined Public Officials/Informational Meeting in Andover to present details of a project to complete required maintenance and preservation activities to extend the useful life of two bridges in Andover and one bridge in Danbury.

There is a public informational meeting tonight for residents and officials of Andover and Danbury for the preservation work on Three Bridges on US Route 4 and NH Route 11.  Two of the bridges are in Andover and one is in Danbury.

This public meeting will be part of the Andover Selectmen’s meeting tonight at 6:30 pm at the Andover Town Hall, 31 School Street, in Andover, New Hampshire.

The first Andover bridges carries NH Route 11 over Pleasant Stream and the second Andover Bridge carries US Route 4 over the Blackwater River near the US 4 and NH 11 split.

The Danbury bridge carries US 4 over the abandoned NH Railroad corridor (aka Northern Rail Trail) near the US 4 and Juniper Meadow Road.

The work, to be performed in 2018, will require up to 16 weeks at each bridge to complete and will require one lane of alternating two-way traffic day and night.

Claremont School District Announces Changes To Lunch Program

Claremont School District will be using The Abbey Group, a new food service for the coming school year.  Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin announced that The Abbey Group would be providing changes in food choices for breakfast and lunches when school begins on Tuesday, Sept. 5th.  In addition, parents will see changes in their payment account management including applying free and/or reduced lunches on line and only two district employees will have access to a family’s confidential financial information.

“Good nutrition is essential to learning. If parents stay involved with nutrition the way they do with their children’s grades, every child will benefit,” says Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin.

Parents can expect to receive additional food service information twice during the week of August 21st

MA Woman Arrested for On Meth Charges

Thetford, Vermont – On August 17, 2017 at approximately 4:55 p.m., Thetford Police Officer Stuart Rogers initiated a traffic stop on a Massachusetts registered vehicle after witnessing a traffic infraction on VT Route 113. The vehicle was being operated by Heidi Laven, 43, of Hyannis MA. While speaking with Ms. Laven, several indicators of illicit drug use were noted and consent to search the vehicle was obtained. During the search, packaged methamphetamine (crystal) was located inside the vehicle, as well as drug paraphernalia.

Ms. Laven was subsequently taken into custody and processed at the Bradford outpost of the Vermont State Police for the charges. She was cited to appear in the Orange County Superior Court – Criminal Division on October 11, 2017.

NH Men Arrested in Thetford VT on Drug Charges

Two NH men were arrested on drug charges in the Thetford VT Park and Ride Friday night just after 8:30 pm.  Thetford police said Jason Cook, 31, Thomas Harris, 26, both of Woodsville NH was having mechanical issues, and Officer Stuart Rogers observed drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.  After consent to search several full and used bags of heroin along with a small amount of cocaine were found.

Cook was cited for Possession of Heroin and Driving with a Criminally Suspended License. Mr. Harris was charged with Possession of Cocaine. Both are scheduled to appear on October 25, 2017 at the Orange County Superior Court – Criminal Division.

Four Taken to Hospital after Rt. 9 Crash

Just about 1:00 pm today Troopers from New Hampshire State Police Troop C responded to a two vehicle collision on Route 9 in Sullivan, NH by the Neslon town line.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2009 Hyundai driven by  Kaitlin G Adams 30, of Sullivan NH was stopped in the eastbound passing lane of Route 9 waiting to turn left into a private driveway when a 2002 Mercedes Benz driven by David Cooper 49, of Bronx NY was traveling in the eastbound passing lane and collided with the rear of the Hyundai.

Adams was traveling by herself and Cooper was accompanied by the following passengers, Worgeris Ambaro 44, of Bronx NY, LeDavi Cooper 18 also from Bronx NY and a juvenile passenger.

Cooper and his passengers were all transported to the Cheshire Medical Center for nonlife-threatening injuries.

 

At this time, the collision remains under investigation.  Speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the collision.

Route 9 in Sullivan was closed for approximately forty-five minutes while the collision was investigated and rescue personnel treated the injured.  New Hampshire State Police was assisted on scene by the Keene, Sullivan and Nelson Fire Departments.

Anyone with information pertaining to this collision should contact Lt. Joseph T. DiRusso or Sergeant Daniel Brow at Troop C  at 603-358-3333.

Sullivan County Fugitive of the Week

JOHN K. MURRAY

DOB: 06/22/1974

 

LKA: HOMELESS

DESCRIPTION: WHITE MALE, HEIGHT: 5’11”, WEIGHT: 185, EYES: BROWN, HAIR: BROWN

REASON: VIOLATION OF PROBATION

ORIGINAL OFFENSE: ONE COUNT OF POSSESSION BY FELONS PROHIBITED (DANGEROUS WEAPON), A CLASS B FELONY AND ONE COUNT OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED DRUG WITH INTENT TO SELL, A CLASS A FELONY.

ON DECEMBER 22, 2015 MURRAY WAS INDICTED BY THE SULLIVAN COUNTY GRAND JURY ON ONE COUNT OF POSSESSION BY FELONS PROHIBITED AND ONE COUNT OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED DRUG WITH INTENT TO SELL.

ON JANUARY 15, 2016 MURRAY WAS SENTENCED AND AS PART OF HIS SENTENCE WAS PLACED ON PROBATION. ON JULY 14, 2017 THE NH PROBATION DEPARTMENT FILED A VIOLATION OF PROBATION AGAINST MURRAY ALLEGING THAT HE HAD VIOLATED THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF PROBATION. ON AUGUST 1, 2017 THE SULLIVAN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT ISSUED A WARRANT FOR MURRAY’S ARREST.

 

Gruber Settles With VT For Health Care Billing

The investigation into the invoice and billing practices of Dr. Jonathan Gruber resulted in a settlement for the State of Vermont.  The VT Attorney General Office began the investigation after a referral by State Auditor.  Vermont hired Gruber in 2014 to provide policy expertise, research and economic modeling for implementation of Vermont’s single-payer health care system, Green Mountain Care.

The Attorney General’s Office and Gruber reached an agreement to settle the State’s potential legal claim that Gruber submitted false claims to the State under Vermont’s Civil False Claims Act.

An investigation showed that Gruber submitted at least two false invoices in regards to work performed by Gruber’s research assistant. In addition, supporting documentation provided by Gruber did not reflect the actual hours worked by the research assistant and the assistant did not keep records accurately reflecting the hours worked.

Gruber denied there was a violation but in order to resolve the matter, he agreed to forgo any further payments under the contract, including $90,000 retained for outstanding amounts and unpaid research assistant time.

Application Meetings for Disaster Aid Next Week in VT

Governor Phil Scott announced Thursday that a federal disaster declaration was signed for communities in Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Orange, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor counties.  The counties suffered substantial damage from flooding from the storms of June 29TH – July 1ST.

Applicant briefings will start next week where Town Officials will start the reimbursement process. The Public Assistance disaster declaration allows communities and public utilities in those counties to receive 75 percent federal reimbursement for storm response and recovery. Those costs include debris removal and repairs to public roads, bridges, and other infrastructure with damage resulting from the storm. The briefings will outline the requirements for receiving federal awards and maximizing eligibility of repairs.  They will be held at the following locations.

Thursday, Aug. 24TH at Northeast Vermont Development Association office, 36    Eastern Ave., Suite 1, St. Johnsbury at 10:30 AM

Friday, Aug. 25TH at VTrans District 4 office, 221 Beswick Drive, White River Junction at 10:30 AM

Tuesday, Aug. 29TH at the Vermont Department of Public Safety, 45 State Drive, Waterbury at 10:00 AM

Wednesday, Aug 30TH at VTrans District 3 office, 61 Valley View Drive (off Route 4) in Mendon at 10:30 AM

For more information on the briefings, towns should call Ben Rose or Kim Canarecci at Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) at 800-347-0488

VT Man Charged In Lebanon Stabbing

On Thursday, August 17, 2017, Lebanon Police Officers responded to the shopping plaza at 254 Plainfield Road for a report of an altercation taking place between two males. Subsequent callers to the police department described one male having been stabbed during the fight.
Responding officers found one victim, a 32 year-old Lebanon man, who had non-life threatening injuries to his hands and legs. Investigation at the scene revealed that the two male subjects are known to each other and that the altercation resulted after the suspect observed the victim with a former girlfriend. The suspect followed the victim to the plaza at 254 Plainfield Road and confronted the victim while he was seated in the passenger seat of a vehicle. The suspect began to punch the victim through the passenger side of the vehicle and then produced a folding knife, with which he began to stab at the victim. The injuries sustained by the victim were defensive in nature and he refused medical treatment at the scene.
Robert E. Walker, age 34, of Hancock, Vermont was arrested nearby after attempting to flee the scene in a vehicle. Walker is charged with First Degree Assault, a Class A Felony, along with Second Degree Assault and Criminal Threatening, both Class B Felonies. Walker will be transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections pending arraignment tomorrow in the Grafton County Superior Court.