Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges for a VT and NH Man

Carmen Martucci

Westminster VT – On 10/11/18, at approximately 2345 hours, Troopers with the Vermont State Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on US Route 5 in Putney, VT.

During the course of the stop, probable cause of criminal activity was developed and the vehicle was seized, pending a search warrant.  On 10/12/18, Troopers executed a search warrant on the vehicle and located 100 bags of heroin, 13Fentanyl Transdermal patches, a bulk quantity of US currency, 1 oz o fmarijuana, 38 Methadone pills, 33 Amphetamine pills, 4 Morphine pills, 10Suboxone strips, 4 Hydromorphone pills and 16 Oxycodone pills. The owner and operator, 56 year-old Carmen Martucci of Putney VT did not have a valid prescription for the medications.


On 10/15/18, at approximately 1917 hours, Troopers executed a search warrant at Martucci’s residence on Christian Square in Putney, VT.  There, they located an additional 56 bags of heroin, 6 suboxone strips, 1 gram of crack cocaine and over 1 oz of marijuana.  Kacy Christopher 57, of Keene NH was found to be in possession of heroin at the residence as well.

Both individuals were issued citations and ordered to appear in court at a later date. Additional charges are possible as it is believed that Troopers discovered stolen property at the residence.

Vermont Game Wardens Seek Help with Poachers

Waterbury VT – Vermont State Game Wardens are appealing to the public for help in curtailing poaching activities. Wardens are asking for people who witness or have knowledge of poaching to contact them quickly.

If you hear a shot in the night, see lights in a field or have any
information about a poaching incident, please contact Vermont Fish and
Wildlife game wardens immediately. Col. Jason Batchelder, Vermont’s
chief game warden said: “The quickest way to reach a warden is by
calling your nearest State Police office so the radio dispatcher can
give the information to a warden in the area.”
Try to give details like names, vehicle descriptions, vehicle plate
information, and direction of travel. Wardens can often discover
evidence and piece together a case if they investigate the situation

If you have information about any illegal activity relating to
Vermont’s wildlife, you also can anonymously call Operation Game Thief
at 1-800-75ALERT (1-800-752-5378). Rewards are paid for information
leading to arrests

Dartmouth To Hire Investigator For Hazing Allegations

Hanover NH- Dartmouth College is hiring an external investigator to look into
hazing allegations of 12 student organizations and the Dimensions
performance group. The Dartmouth reports that Senior Associate Dean of
Student Affairs – Liz Agosto ’01, made the announcement on Thursday
The decision came after Dartmouth received an increased number of
reports of hazing incidents this term. Some incidents included those
that could threaten the health and safety of students. According to
Agosto, the organizations will be informed this week whether they are
under investigation. The Hanover Police Department is also looking
into possible cases of criminal activity.
The College will internally investigate reports of incidents like
students wearing “unicorn costumes”— not by the external investigator.
The investigation will consist of interviews with Greek house
presidents and, in the case of suspected hazing, new members and new
member educators.-

One Person Taken to DHMC After School Bus vs Car Crash

Newport NH -On October 15, 2018 at approximately 6:30 AM there was a motor vehicle accident between a car and a Newport School District school bus.  The accident occurred in front of LaValley’s Building Supply on Sunapee Street in Newport NH.

There were no students on the bus at the time of the accident; the operator of the car was transported to DHMC for injuries sustained.

The Newport Police Department in conjunction with the New Hampshire State Police are currently investigating the accident and will be releasing a report pending notification of the injured driver’s family.

Newport School District runs seven routes, including four Newport community routes, a Goshen route and a special education/pre-school route.  There were no additional drivers available this morning to run the assigned route.  The District has reallocated current drivers and will provided transportation tomorrow.

Questions should be directed to the SAU Office at (603) 865-9500.

Sunapee Accident Leads to Drug Arrests and Immigration Violation

Sunapee NH -. On Monday, October 15, 2018 at approximately 12:20 a.m., Officer Gooch of the Sunapee Police Department attempted to stop a motor vehicle for speeding on North Road.  He lost sight of the vehicle and found that it had been involved in a single car crash at the intersection of North Road and Perkins Pond Road.  Based on an on-scene investigation, the driver of the vehicle, Andrew Hazzard, age 37, of 506 W. 150th St., NY, NY was arrested and charged with Reckless Operation, False Report to Law Enforcement, Operating without a Valid License, and Possession of Marijuana.  Hazzard was also wanted by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) for overstaying his visa in this country.  ICE responded to the Sunapee Police Department and took custody of Mr. Hazzard.  He was released with a court date in the 5th Circuit Court in Newport, NH and transported to the Strafford County Jail awaiting a hearing on the status of his visa.

A passenger in the vehicle, Ali Saladin, age 53, of 541 W. 150th St., NY, NY, was also arrested and charged with False Report to Law Enforcement and Possession of Marijuana.  He was released with a court date at the 5th Circuit Court in Newport, NH.

A third passenger was released at the scene with no charges.

The vehicle was towed from the crash scene.

The Sunapee Police Department was assisted by the New London Police Department.




Springfield VT To Receive Funds for Rehabilitation of Two Buildings

Albany Vt -Governor Phil Scott announced on Tuesday the allocation of $2.8 million in state tax incentives for 16 projects, supporting more than $324 million in downtown and village center construction and
rehabilitation efforts. Two of the projects will be in Springfield VT.
One project is the historic Woolson Block was built in 1868 the
building was closed by the Vermont Division of Fire Safety for code
violations and fell vacant. The building was purchased by the
Springfield Housing Authority who will partner with Housing Vermont to rehabilitate the building using federal and state preservation tax
credits. The finished building will include approximately 3,400 square
feet of first-floor commercial space; 15 affordable rental apartments
on the second and third floors; and a youth transitional housing program.

The second project is the Park Street School -This historic building
was constructed between 1895 and 1929 and served Springfield as a
grammar, middle and high school over a 75-year period. The project
will create a mixed-use facility with continued community use of the
gymnasium; shared use of the 800-seat auditorium as a multi-purpose
venue for arts, music, and performances; and adaptive use of former
office and classroom spaces into a high-tech business accelerator and
innovation center offering co-working and office space, and 20 studio
Since the tax credit programs began, more than 350 projects in 145
communities have received almost $28 million in tax credits to help
bring existing buildings up to code and put underused or vacant
buildings back into productive use

Safety Concerns Bring Change To Dartmouth’s Homecoming Bonfire

Hanover NH – Dartmouth’s Homecoming bonfire and surrounding activities are on probation. That is according to an article in the Dartmouth.Traditionally freshmen students will run around the fire with some students trying to touch the fire, but this year it is changing.Instead, students will march as a class around the fire the fire andthe bonfire will be shorter with a larger safety zone.
The Town of Hanover originally denied the College’s bonfire permit in May but approved it in late September after changes were made.
The permit was initially denied over the mounting unsafe atmosphere of the students reaching in and trying to touch the fire despite additional safety precautions by the College.
Julia Griffin, Hanover’s Town Manager said the Homecoming fire tradition has gotten incendiary seeming angrier and having more of a potential for violence in recent years and the police were concerned with the potential for a riot.
The approved permit specifies that students may not run around the fire but will instead come in and march around the fire as a class.Afterward, students can take pictures and enjoy the fire in a safer way.
Leah Ryu ’22 said some members of her class are talking about protesting the change by refusing to show up to the event. Ryu added that upperclassmen friends have told her to run around and touch the fire and that some have offered to pay her bail.
Dartmouth’s Homecoming is Oct. 25-27th.

Search Warrants Executed in Austin Colson Investigation

Waterbury NH – As part of the continuing investigation into the disappearance and death earlier this year of Austin Colson of Sharon VT, the Vermont State Police on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, executed several search warrants at locations in the Connecticut River Valley.  The case remains an open and active investigation, and no further information is available at this time.

Anyone with information about Colson’s death is asked to contact the Vermont State Police Royalton Barracks at 802-234-9933.

Man Receives Serious Injuries in Andover Motorcycle Crash

Andover NH – On 10/10/18 at approximately 6:18 p.m., Troopers from Troop D, along with Andover Police Department and Andover Fire and rescue responded to Morrill Hill Road in the Town of Andover for a reported vehicle crash involving one motorcycle that had struck a tree.

Upon arrival on scene, Troopers located one motorcycle off the roadway near a group of small trees.

The driver 58-year-old William St. Laurent of Boscawen NH was treated by Andover Fire and EMS and was transported to the Franklin Hospital with serious injuries.

Alll aspects of the collision are still under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is urged to contact Trooper Matthew Field at 603-223-4381 or via email at

NH Insurance Department to Hold Oct. 30 Annual Public Hearing on Health Insurance Premiums

CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire Insurance Department will host its annual public hearing on health insurance premiums and medical care cost drivers from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord.
According to state law, the Insurance Commissioner “shall hold an annual public hearing concerning premium rates in the health insurance market and the factors, including health care costs and cost trends that have contributed to rate increases during the prior year.” This year’s public hearing is based on data and information available in 2017.
“The New Hampshire Insurance Department’s annual hearing is an important tool to increase transparency and foster dialogue on health care costs in New Hampshire,” said New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner John Elias. “Each year, we convene health insurance companies, members of state government, and New Hampshire residents to examine what’s behind high health care costs in the state and what can be done about it. I encourage anyone who is interested to attend, either in person or remotely.”
This year’s hearing will include a report on the 2017 data submitted by health insurance companies in New Hampshire. There will be a presentation on provider discount rates and an insurer panel discussion on the impacts of consolidation in the industry. The hearing will include a public comment period.
The hearing is open to the public, although seating is limited. Live streaming of the event is planned.
Reserve a seat to attend the event in person
Register for the live stream option. .