VT Woman Facing Drug Charges After Overdosing at Springfield NH Rest Area

Concord NH – On January 18, 2019 at approximately 2200 hours, troopers responded to the Interstate 89 Springfield, NH Rest Area for the report of two subjects acting suspiciously in the parking lot.  Upon arrival, Trooper Matthew Field encountered two subjects who were doing “snow angels” in the parking lot, as well as doing push up and sit ups on the roof of their vehicle.  Both subjects were found to be experiencing an overdose on narcotics.

Both subjects were treated by EMS and transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

A subsequent investigation and search warrant of the vehicle involved resulted in the seizure of:

Crack Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, Suboxone, Marijuana, narcotic packaging materials, a narcotics ledger of sales, and a large sum of currency.

Follow up investigation led to the issuance of an Arrest Warrant for Jennifer Dadah 34, of Berlin VT.

Warrants were issued for Possession of a Controlled Drug with Intent to Sell, as well as Possession of a Controlled Drug (5 Counts)


Dadah was arrested as a fugitive from justice by the Vermont State Police on February 9, 2019 and is currently awaiting extradition to NH.




Chester and Norwich Among 9 Communities Receiving Grants for Electric Charging Stations

Montpelier VT- Governor Phil Scott today announced $400,000 in Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Grant Program awards to nine towns and organizations across Vermont to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

“This grant program is an important step in building a statewide electric vehicle charging network,” said Governor Phil Scott. “Promoting electric vehicle use will help reduce the Vermont’s environmental impact and move us closer to our renewable energy goals, while making transportation more affordable for Vermonters as we work together to grow a cleaner economy.”

The towns of Chester, Highgate, Norwich and Warren; the city of Montpelier; Marlboro College; Vermont Law School; City Place in Burlington; and Healthy Living Market in South Burlington were each awarded grant money to construct these stations. The grant money is derived from funds awarded to Vermont in the Volkswagen Mitigation settlement after the company violated the Clean Air Act.

“Electric car use is taking off in Vermont,” said David Roberts, coordinator for Drive Electric Vermont. “Expanding our charging network makes it easier for Vermonters and visitors to go electric. We look forward to promoting the growing availability of electric vehicle charging in the state and continuing to support investments in transportation electrification stemming from the VW diesel settlement.”

Drive Electric Vermont is a statewide coalition of policy makers, industry leaders and citizens dedicated to promoting the use of electric transportation.

Over the next several years, the EVSE program will deliver a total of $2.4 million to Vermont communities to fund EV charging stations in key areas, including work places, state designated centers, highway corridors, public park and rides, multi-unit housing and major attractions like ski areas and other tourist destinations. The EVSE Grant Program is a partnership between the Agency of Transportation, and the departments of Environmental Conservation, Housing and Community Development, Health, and Public Service.

Notice for a second round of grant funding will be formally announced by the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development later this month, with applications due April 30. The second-round grants will be awarded in late June.

More information about the EVSE Grant Program is available at https://accd.vermont.gov/sites/accdnew/files/documents/CD/CPR/CPR-EVSE-Annual-Report.pdf and instructions on how to apply for a grant can be found at https://tinyurl.com/EVSEprogram.

Newport NH Man Charged With Assault and Car Theft

Lebanon NH -On February 12, 2019 at approximately 12:55AM, Lebanon Police Officers responded to an address on Romano Circle for a report that a male subject had assaulted a 23-year-old female and then left in her vehicle without her permission. A subsequent investigation revealed that Nickolas S. Kemp, age 20, of Newport, NH had choked his girlfriend to the point where she could not breath or talk, during an argument. The female victim fought back to stop the assault and Kemp left the address with another male subject in the victim’s vehicle.

A “Be on the Lookout” alert was issued to area police departments for Kemp and the vehicle, and the Windsor, Vermont Police Department located the vehicle in their town. Kemp was subsequently arrested by the Cornish, New Hampshire Police Department after a pursuit and transported back to Lebanon where he was charged with 2nd Degree Assault and Theft of a Motor Vehicle, both Class B Felony charges. Kemp refused the services of a bail commissioner and was transported to the Grafton County House of Correction pending arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court.




Hypothermia and Methamphetamine Cause of Suspicious Death

Lebanon NH -On January 13, 2019 Corey Wilson, age 37, of Belleville, New Jersey was found deceased in the woods on the South side of the Lebanon Airport Runway. The Lebanon Police Department conducted an investigation into his death and an autopsy was performed on January 17, 2019 by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

On February 7, 2019 the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner issued their final Cause of Death report regarding Mr. Wilson. The manner of the deceased’s death was determined to be an accident due to hypothermia with a contributory cause of acute methamphetamine intoxication.

Manchester NH Man Responsible for Upper Valley Crime Spree

Hartford VT – An extraditable arrest warrant is being obtained charging 22 year old Nickolas Kempton of Manchester, NH with Larceny from a Person.

Shortly after 1am Tuesday morning Kempton entered the Station Market located at 18 Sykes Mountain Avenue and purchased a single cigar. As the clerk opened the cash drawer to complete the transaction, Kempton lunged over the counter and forcibly grabbed money out of the register. Kempton then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash and got into a waiting vehicle as the passenger. The vehicle had subsequently been reported as stolen from Lebanon, NH about an hour earlier.

Just prior to 2am an officer with the Windsor, VT Police Department spotted the stolen vehicle at the Cumberland Farms in Windsor. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle when it eluded the officer and fled into New Hampshire. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle was located in Cornish, NH where NH authorities successfully took Kempton into custody along with the driver of the vehicle identified as 20 year old Nicholas Kemp of Newport, NH.

Kempton is currently being held in New Hampshire for violating his probation as a result of this incident. An extraditable warrant is expected to be obtained for Kempton on Wednesday at which time a hearing will be held in New Hampshire regarding the fugitive charges.  Police from Lebanon, Windsor and Cornish and Troopers with the New Hampshire State Police assisted in the investigation. The investigation continues and further charges may be forthcoming.

Saxtons River Man Charged Lewd and Lascivious Conduct with Child

Westminster VT – Detectives with the Vermont State Police conducted an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct with a child, which was reported to the State Police by the Vermont Department for Children and Families, on December 4, 2018. This investigation concluded that James Wallace, age 42, of Saxtons River, VT, engaged in lewd and lascivious conduct with a child under the age of 16. Wallace was arrested on February, 11, 2019 at his home, and was transported to the Westminster State Police Barracks. He was issued a citation and conditions of release by the Vermont Superior Court, Windham Criminal Division. Wallace was ordered to appear in Vermont Superior Court, Windham Criminal Division on February 12, 2019 at 12:30 PM.


Three VT Men Arrested on Drug Charges in Lebanon

Lebanon NH -On February 8, 2019, Lebanon Police received a call from a local business regarding individuals in the parking lot who appeared to be engaged in drug activity.

Lebanon Officers conducted an investigation and identified the individuals as: Jordan Orcutt, age 25 of South Burlington, VT, Burke Kay, age 24 of Bolton, VT, and Ty Baker, age 21 of St. Albans, VT.

The investigation resulted in the arrests of the three males. Orcutt was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, and Kay was charged with Possession of Cocaine, both Felony offenses. Baker was found to have stolen clothing from a local business and was charged with Receiving Stolen Property, a Misdemeanor, as well as being charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Crack Cocaine, both Felony offenses.

All parties were released on bail and will be arraigned on February 25, 2019 in the Grafton County Superior Court.

Claremont Man Charged with Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault

Claremont NH – The Claremont Police Department initiated a criminal investigation, which included interviews and the collection of physical evidence pursuant to a search warrant. On February 7, 2019, Bruce Young 57, of Claremont was arrested on a warrant for Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault.

The complaint, a special class Felony punishable by 10-20 years in New Hampshire State Prison, alleges that YOUNG knowingly engaged in sexual penetration with a minor under the age of 16, and that said minor was related to him by blood. Young was transported to the Sullivan County House of Corrections without bail pending his arraignment in Sullivan Superior Court, which is scheduled for February 8, 2019.

The Claremont Police Department was assisted in this investigation by the Claremont School District, the Child Advocacy Center of Grafton and Sullivan Counties, and the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Child Advocacy and Protection Program. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant Sullivan County Attorney Christine Hilliard.

Investigation into this matter is ongoing, and further charges are anticipated. Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to call Claremont Police Detective Casey Piehl at (603)542-7010 or e-mail cpiehl@claremontnh.com

VSP Investigating Threats at Green Mountain High School

CHESTER, Vermont (Feb. 8, 2019) — Law enforcement agencies including the Chester Police Department and the Vermont State Police are investigating threats that occurred this week at Green Mountain Union High School in the town of Chester.


The initial threat was received Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, when a student at the high school learned of a message online in which an individual made threats of violence toward the student at school. The threat was traced to an individual in Michigan, and late Thursday, Feb. 7, authorities there took into custody Jason Graham, 23, of Three Rivers, on a parole violation related to possession of firearms, drugs and alcohol. According to Michigan law enforcement, Mr. Graham was on parole for escape from a work crew, with underlying charges of retail theft and carrying a concealed weapon. Mr. Graham’s computer was seized, and investigators are in the process of searching it in connection with the Green Mountain Union threat. No charges related to that incident have been filed.


At about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, the school received a call from an individual who made a threat of violence toward the school, including a bomb threat. The school was placed in lockdown, and police responded. Law enforcement evacuated the school. The Vermont State Police Bomb Squad and explosives detection K-9s also were utilized, and no explosive devices were found. The investigation into the source of this second threat remains active and ongoing.


Friday morning, Feb. 8, police were on hand at the beginning of the school day and met with students to explain the situation. A normal class schedule has resumed.


Assisting at the school were police departments from Barre City, Newport, Rutland City, Springfield and Weathersfield in Vermont, and from Lebanon, New Hampshire. Vermont Fish and Game wardens and Chester and Springfield fire departments also responded.


Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Chester police at 802-875-2233.

Burn Awareness Week – Feb. 3rd – 9th

Hot Coffee and Steam from Microwave Popcorn Bags Can Cause 3rd Degree Burns in Less Than Two Seconds

CONCORD  NH– Although fire is a primary culprit for burns, there are many other sources of burn injuries to consider during National Burn Awareness Week (Feb. 3-9, 2019) and throughout the year.

This year, the American Burn Association’s 2019 campaign focuses on scalds, which are a type of burn from heated fluids like boiling water or steam. New Hampshire Fire Marshal, Paul J. Parisi wants citizens to know that there are many sources of scalding burns and that “unlike traditional burns, which are caused by dry heat from things like fire, a hot iron or a stove – scalds are caused by something wet. Both types create damage to skin that result from heat. The sources of heat are just different. Scalds are the second leading cause of burn injuries.”

Children (especially those under the age of 5) and elders above the age of 65 are at particular risk because their skin tends to be thinner than others. The most common cause of scald injuries for young children is hot beverages. If something like coffee, tea, or hot chocolate spills on a child – or even soup – a scald will damage more layers of skin over a larger part of their body. According to the American Burn Association (ABA), it only takes 2 seconds of exposure to 148°F (64°C) water to cause a burn that is serious enough to require surgery. Coffee is often served at 175°F (79°C), making it high-risk for causing severe scald burns immediately. Steam that comes out of microwave popcorn bags is hotter than to 180°F and can burn you in less than a second.  The ABA recommends letting the bag sit for at least a minute and then opening it with the bag turned away from your face.

Parisi continues, “Cooking is a major contributor to scalds – which makes sense because cooking fires in general are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. We also see household appliances in general as a source of scalds, and scalds in the restaurant industry where water temperatures in those kitchens have to be kept higher to prevent bacteria growth.” Household appliances that can pose a risk include hot steam vaporizers, radiators, and candle wax warmers. In 2017, there were 376,950 scald burn injuries that required an emergency room visit, which were related to household appliances.

Important Safety Tips:

 Supervision is the single most important factor in preventing tap water scalds.

  1. Avoid holding a baby or toddler while trying to drink a hot drink.
  2. To prevent spills, turn pot handles away from the stove’s edge; use back burners if possible.
  3. Place hot beverages or hot cooking pots where they can’t be pulled down or knocked over.
  4. When removing hot items such as cookie sheets or casserole dishes from the oven, only use dry oven mitts or pot holders. If pot holders or mitts are wet, hot cookware can heat the moisture and quickly cause a scald burn.
  5. To prevent steam build-up in microwaves, remove tight lids of food containers or use vented containers when cooking.