More Details Given In Claremont’s Officer Involved Shooting

claremont policeMore details are coming forth about the officer involved shooting in Claremont last Sunday. On Friday the NH Attorney General’s Office named Corporal Ian Kibbe, a 2½-year member of the Claremont Police Department as the only officer present at the time of the shooting. There were no recording devices that captured the shooting since Claremont does not have body cameras or cruiser cameras. The investigation into whether the officer’s actions were lawful is going.

Online documents show that Ian Kibbe started his law enforcement career in Feb of 2011 when he graduated from the 110th Vermont Correctional Academy and began work at the Southern State Correctional Facility.  In 2012 Kibbe along with 2 others received a Medal of Valor for saving the life of an inmate who had cut an artery with a handmade weapon and was refusing medical treatment.

Later in 2012 Kibbe went to work as a part time officer for the Town of Chester VT and attended Vermont Police Academy.  After graduating in 2012, Kibbe was hired as a full time officer in Windsor VT where he was a Fleet Supervisor and worked until March of 2014 when he continued his career with the Claremont Police Department.

Claremont’s Police Chief Alex Scott said in a press release that his department is not provided with any information concerning the ongoing investigation and questions should be directed to the NH Attorney General’s Office and NH State Police Major Crimes Unit. Scott said he appreciates and understand the community’s wishes for quick answers but must respect the integrity of the investigative process to ensure the most accurate outcome.

Insurance Fraud Arrests in Canaan


L-R Shambo and Hook

On July 29, 2016 Canaan Police Officers responded to a report of a stolen 1984 Chevrolet Corvette owned by Wayne Shambo of Canaan. After a lengthy investigation, it was determined that Shambo

arranged to have his vehicle stolen so he could fraudulently report the theft to an insurance company for a cash payment. Canaan Police Officers and the Vermont State Police executed a search warrant and the vehicle was recovered in Hartland, Vermont.

On September 17, 2016 Canaan Police Officers arrested Wayne A. Shambo, age 45 of Canaan, New Hampshire for two counts of Insurance Fraud, one count of False Report of a Stolen Vehicle and one count of Tampering with Public Records.

On September 29, 2016 Canaan Police Officers arrested Randy S. Hook, age 43 of Hartland, Vermont for one count of Accomplice to Insurance Fraud and Conspiracy to Commit a False Report of a Stolen Vehicle.

Due to the value of the vehicle, the Insurance Fraud is a Class A Felony and each charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. The other charges are Class A Misdemeanors and each charge carries a maximum sentence of 1 year in jail.

Both Shambo and Hook were released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail to ensure their appearance in the 2nd Circuit Court – District Division – Lebanon on Monday November 28, 2016.

The Canaan Police Department was assisted by the New Hampshire State Police, Vermont State Police, Vermont Probation and Parole and the Progressive Insurance Special Investigations Unit.

VSP Seeks Public’s Help For Missing Westminster Man

missing-person-westminsterThe Vermont State Police is seeking assistance in locating a missing Westminster man. Police say 55-year-old David Kissell was reported missing by his family early Wednesday morning. Kissell is believed to be operating a maroon Ford F-250 with the Kissell Farms logo on the doors.  The family believes that Kissell could possibly be in the Rockingham, Westminster or Putney area.

If located please call the Vermont State Police, Westminster Barracks, at (802)722-4600.

Valley Regional Becomes NH’s Only Alpha-1 Center

donald-mahlerValley Regional Hospital in Claremont has become the only Alpha-1 Clinical Resource Center in NH.  Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency is a condition where the body does not make enough of a protein that protects the lungs and liver from damage. The condition can lead to emphysema and liver disease.

Valley Regional Healthcare was designated as an Alpha-1 Clinical Resource Center by the Alpha-1 Foundation. Dr. Donald Mahler and his team were invited to apply to the Alpha-1 Foundation to be a Clinical Resource Center due to their work in this field. The hospital has diagnosed four patients with Alpha-1 deficiency emphysema in the past 18 months thanks to diligent testing of all of patients with COPD who come into the Kane Center at the hospital. Dr. Mahler was Director of a Clinical Resource Center while at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, until his retirement there in July 2014.

Avoid Tick Bites to Prevent Anaplasmosis

black-leg-tickThe Vermont Public Health Department is warning residents about anaplasmosis a tick-borne disease. Officials say the disease is transmitted by the same black leg tick that transmits Lyme disease and is the most common tick in VT.

As of September, 133 cases of anaplasmosis have been reported compared to 127 cases for all of 2015.

Bradly Tompkins infectious disease epidemiologist says over one-third of people with anaplasmosis that were reported in VT were sick enough to be hospitalized, Symptoms can include fever, headache, chills and muscle aches. Anaplasmosis can be successfully treated with antibiotics, especially if treatment is given early. Tompkins urges people to not drop their guard just because summer is over and continue to use repellents, check for ticks daily, remove ticks right away, and to call your health care provider if you get any of the above symptoms after a tick bite.

For additional information click here


VSP Seeks Help in Locating Sex Offender



The Vermont State Police is looking for assistance with locating Joshua Waterman who is 31 years of age. An arrest warrant has been issued for his arrest for failure to comply with the sex offender registry.

According to the Vermont Sex Offender Registry, Waterman was previously convicted in the Orleans Superior Court Criminal Division of Lewd – Lascivious Conduct with a Child.

Anyone with information regarding Waterman’s location is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police, Derby Barracks (334-8881).


Lebanon Police Receive Grants

lebanon  police patchThe Lebanon Police Department is receiving over $38,000 from four separate grants.  The grants are from New Hampshire Highway Safety and the New Hampshire Department of Safety for October 1, 2016 into 2017.

One grant a $12,150 STEP grant from NH Highway Safety is to provide high visibility traffic enforcement, specifically during commute times, for traffic violations.

Another DWI grant for $10,500 from NH Highway Safety is for patrols targeting impaired drivers. An additional $7,000 from NH Highway Safety is to combat distracted driving and a fourth grant $9,100 from the NH Department of Safety the “Drug Monitoring Initiative” is to target illegal opioids.

The grants enhance the department’s ability to perform daily law enforcement functions by supplying overtime funding.

Investigation Into Helicopter Crash in Andover NH

15-river-roadThe NH State Police are seeking information regarding a helicopter crash in Andover on Tuesday Sept. 20.  Police say the helicopter crashed in a wooded area near 15 Rivers Edge Road shortly before 4:00 am. The lone pilot was able to exit the helicopter on his own power and call for assistance.

The fiery crash was quickly extinguished by firefighters and the pilot was taken to Concord Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The incident is currently still under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and NH Division of Aeronautics they are being assisted by the NH State Police and Andover Police Departments.

It is requested that anyone with information regarding this incident contact Trooper Elphick, New Hampshire State Police Troop D at 603-223-4381 or the FAA at 207-755-1039.

Claremont To Host Educational Art Conference

claremont city hallEducators will gather in Claremont for ‘The Arts Are Essential’ conference this November. Art educators, teaching artists, parents and school leaders from across New Hampshire will meet in Claremont Nov. 11-12 for the 22nd annual N.H. State Council on the Arts’ annual arts education partnership conference.  The Arts are Essential” is organized by the N.H. State Council on the Arts in partnership with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. Its advisory committee includes the N.H. Department of Education, the N.H. Arts Learning Network, educators, artists and community leaders in Claremont and throughout the state.

Advance registration is required to attend; see for details. Continuing education credits are available.

To learn more about “The Arts Are Essential,” visit its webpage or contact Julianne Gadoury,, 271-0791.

Hiker Rescued From Appalachian Trail

NH-Fish-GameA Bethlehem PA man was rescued on the Appalachian Trail on Moose Mountain in Lyme on Monday. Fish and Game Officials say Andrew Hyduke 63, and a companion had planned a nine-day excursion on the trail when he developed a lower leg injury. Crews from Hanover Fire Department, Lyme Fire Department, Orford Fire Department, Thetford VT Fire Department, along with Conservation Officers from the NH Fish and Game Department, and volunteers from the Upper Valley Wilderness Response Team responded to the trail head shortly before 10 am.   The injured hiker was located approximately 1.5 mile south of Goose Pond Road on the Appalachian Trail.  Once rescue crews arrived with Mr. Hyduke, paramedics were able to stabilize a lower leg injury and carried the injured hiker to an ambulance shortly after noontime.  Hyduke was transported by Hanover Fire Department to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for further evaluation of his injuries.