MA Pilot Found Dead in Pittsford VT Crash

On 11/22/17, at approximately 1700 hrs, Pittsford Police Department and the Vermont State Police responded to reported aircraft incident in the area of Sugar Hollow Road in the town of Pittsford.

A caller contacted 911 and stated a small aircraft was flying low over the area and as it continued out of sight, they heard a loud noise. The caller was fearful the plane had crashed and added that they only heard a noise and did not see the plane crash nor did they see any wreckage.

With the assistance of the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), Vermont Civil Air Patrol and the Rutland Regional Airport, it was determined there were no unaccounted aircraft in the area, or any aircraft broadcasting a distress signal.  Officers canvassed the area but no new information was learned and no other calls were received.  Vermont Civil Air Patrol also responded to search from the air but nothing was located.

On 11-22-17, at approximately 2230 hrs, Massachusetts State Police reported an aircraft had left Pittsfield, MA and was in route to Middlebury, VT and it did not arrive.  Vermont State Police Search and Rescue Team coordinated a search with assistance of firefighters from the Pittsford, Brandon, and Chittenden Fire Departments.  Nothing was found as a result of that search which focused around the area of Sugar Hollow Road in Pittsford and lasted all night.

The following morning, a Vermont Army National Guard helicopter responded to search the area along with several planes from the Vermont Civil Air Patrol but they were again unable to locate any crash sites.

On 11-23-17, at approximately 1126 hrs, a plane crash site was reported by a landowner who was walking his property after learning of the missing plane.  Units responded to a wooded area in the vicinity of US Rt. 7 in the town of Pittsford near Whistlestop Lane.  The plane missing from Massachusetts, which was confirmed by the tail number, was located with heavy damage.  The pilot was located deceased near the plane and has been identified as Norman L. Baker of Windsor Massachusetts.  Mr. Baker is 89 years old and has been flying airplanes his entire life.  He has done the trip from Pittsfield, MA to Middlebury, VT approximately 20 times.  The plane he was flying was a 1966 Cessna which can carry up to four passengers.  It is unknown at this time why Mr. Baker crashed.  The NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) is sending an investigator to assist in examining the crash wreckage.  Mr. Baker will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.  No further information is available at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

 

Timothy Verrill Indicted for the Murders of Christine Sullivan and Jenna Pellegrini

DOJ Patch small.pngNew Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner and Farmington Police Chief John Drury announce the indictment of Timothy Verrill, formerly of Dover, New Hampshire for two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of reckless second-degree murder and five counts of falsifying physical evidence in connection with the murders of Christine Sullivan and Jenna Pellegrini in Farmington on January 27, 2017.
Mr. Verrill was indicted for first-degree murder for purposely causing the death of Christine Sullivan by stabbing her multiple times and striking her in the head with a blunt object. An alternative count of second-degree murder alleges that Mr. Verrill recklessly caused the death of Ms. Sullivan under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life by stabbing her multiple times and striking her in the head with a blunt object.
Mr. Verrill was also indicted for first-degree murder for purposely causing the death of Jenna Pellegrini by stabbing her multiple times. An alternative count of second-degree murder alleges that Mr. Verrill recklessly caused the death of Ms. Pellegrini under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life by stabbing her multiple times.
In addition, Mr. Verrill was charged with five counts of falsifying physical evidence. These charges allege that Mr. Verrill, believing that an investigation into the murders was about to be instituted: (1) did conceal the body of Ms. Sullivan by wrapping it in various tarps and coverings and concealing it underneath a porch at 979 Meaderboro Road in Farmington; (2) did conceal the body of Ms. Pellegrini by wrapping it in various tarps, trash bags and coverings and concealing it underneath a porch at 979 Meaderboro Road in Farmington; (3) did alter a blood stain on the exterior porch of the residence at 979 Meaderboro Road in Farmington by pouring Prestone
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Driveway Heat ice melt onto the blood stain; (4) did conceal a blood-stained sheet, as well as the
personal belongings of Ms. Pellegrini inside a black plastic trash bag in the basement of the
residence at 979 Meaderboro Road in Farmington; and (5) did conceal a number of blood-stained
items inside a clear plastic trash bag in the basement of the residence at 979 Meaderboro Road in
Farmington. It is alleged that Mr. Verrill committed these crimes with a purpose to impair the
verity or availability of the evidence in such proceeding or investigation. Mr. Verrill continues
to be held without bail.
The charges and allegations set forth in the indictments are merely accusations and Mr. Verrill is
presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Propane Tanker Rollover in Tilton

Photo courtesy Tilton Police

A propane tanker carrying over 30,000 gallons of liquid propane over turned on Route 140 and Laconia Road yesterday just before 11:00 AM.  Tilton Police said the tanker rolled over at the base of a utility pole in front of the Tiltn Diner and was leaking fuel

Several roads were closed, including Laconia Road and Route 140 as well as the 93 northbound on and off ramps for exit 20.  Between 75-100, businesses were closed including Tanager Outlets and several hundred people were evacuated.

The NH Office of Emergency Management, NH State Police, NH DOT, Central NH Hazmat and several local police agencies were called to help manage the major and dangerous situation.

The event went into the night, lasting over 9 hours in length. All the liquid propane was off-loaded onto a new tanker and the old tanker was up-righted.

No one was injured during the incident.  Tilton Police commends the recovery driver and all the first responders for an excellent job keeping everyone safe. The technical and potentially dangerous accident scene required many resources.  Police also thanks the stores and their employees for their cooperation during and appreciates the public’s patience while in traffic because of this accident.

Tilton Police Department and NH State Police Troop G continue to investigate the accident. Any witnesses to the accident are asked to contact the Tilton Police at 603-286-4442.

 

 

Lebanon Woman Arrested for Assault at Assisted Living Facility

On November 18, 2017, the Lebanon Police Department received a report of an assault against a patient at Genesis ElderCare Center. The investigation determined that a Licensed Nursing Assistant working at Genesis Eldercare Center had assaulted an 88-year-old female patient by pouring water over her head and face, and then placing clothing around her head and neck to impede her breathing. The investigation led to the arrest of Kareen McGregor, age 50, of Lebanon, on a warrant.
McGregor was arrested and charged with Second Degree Assault, a Class B felony, and Simple Assault, a Class A Misdemeanor. She was released on $7,500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear at the Grafton County Superior Court for arraignment on December 4, 2017.

Springfield VT Man Arrested for Possession of Bath Salts and Heroin

A Springfield VT man was arrested for Possession of Heroin and Possession of Bath Salts after a traffic stop on Saturday.  Springfield police said they stopped Jesse LaFlam Sr. on Paddock Road and after a search of LaFlam and his vehicle, they found him to allegedly be in possession of Heroin and Bath Salts. LaFlam was issued a citation and was scheduled to appear in Windsor Criminal Court on Monday.

Newport Farmer’s Receive Profile Award

Bill & Heidi Bartlett of Bartlett’s Blueberry Farm in Newport were presented with the prestigious NHFB Profile Award by Seth Wilner at the NHFB 101st Annual Meeting. Photo by NHFB

Congratulations to Bill and Heidi Bartlett.  The couple received the NH Farm Bureau’s 2017 Profile Award last week. The Bartletts are the owners of Bartlett Blueberry Farm in Newport, NH and care for 5 acres and 15 different varieties of blueberry bushes and sell directly to customers through pick your own.

In addition to improving production with drip irrigation and new varieties, the Bartletts have expanded their business to include blueberry netting, selling the netting and provide technical assistance to other blueberry farmers.

The couple bought the farm in 1985 and the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food named it a NH Farm of Distinction in 2001.

Tips From Public Leads to Arrests in Kohl’s Electronics Theft

On November 14, 2017, the Lebanon Police Department requested the public’s assistance with identifying a male subject who was suspected of shoplifting $1,700 worth of merchandise from Kohl’s. Information received from the public helped the Lebanon Police Department identify the suspect as: Gary Haberland, age 29, of Lebanon, NH.
During this investigation, Lebanon Police were contacted about a suspicious tent located in the woods near Interchange Drive. While investigating the campsite, they discovered a tent that contained a large amount of merchandise and other evidence that tied the site to Haberland and his girlfriend, Hali Bailey, age 23, of Lebanon, NH.
On November 18, 2017, Lebanon Officers located Haberland and Bailey at a residence in Lebanon where they were arrested.
Haberland was charged with Theft by Unauthorized Taking, a Class A Felony, Witness Tampering, a Class B Felony and Receiving Stolen Property, a Class A Felony. He was held on $5,000 cash bail and will be arraigned in the Grafton County Superior Court on November 20, 2017.
Hali Bailey was charged with Receiving Stolen Property, a Class B Misdemeanor and was released on $2,500 personal recognizance bail. She will be arraigned in the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on January 22, 2018.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing and additional charges are anticipated.

Police Search for Elijah Gross After Firing Shots

On November 19, 2017, at approximately 17:35 hours, a report was received of shots fired at a vehicle on Interstate 89 northbound in the town of Sutton, NH.

During the investigation it was revealed that Elijah Gross, 40 was a passenger in a vehicle that fired up on his girlfriend’s vehicle.

When Trooper’s arrived at the vehicle off Interstate 89 at Exit 10, the suspect had already fled the scene.  A search was conducted however was unsuccessful.

Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to call TFC Beauchemin at (603) 223-8496.  If you anyone happens to come across this individual please consider him Armed and Dangerous and call 911.

Townshend VT Woman Arrested for Being A Fugitive From Justice

A traffic stop on Saturday in Putney VT led to the arrest of a Townshend VT woman for being a fugitive from justice. Vermont State Police said they stopped Amanda Fogg for a minor traffic violation and Fogg gave another person’s license as her own.  Officers properly identified Fogg and discovered she had a criminally suspended license and two outstanding arrest warrants, one for failure to appear for Theft of Services and the other for False Information to a police officer.  Police arrested Fogg and she was lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility for the two warrants.  Fogg will appear in Windham Criminal Court on Dec. 26th to answer the charges.

18-Year Old Dead After Goffstown Shooting

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner and Goffstown Police Chief Robert Browne announce that further information is available regarding the suspicious death that occurred in Goffstown, New Hampshire last night.
Yesterday at approximately 4:20 p.m., Goffstown Police responded to a reported shooting in the parking lot at 5 Depot Street in Goffstown. An adult male was found wounded and taken to a local hospital where he later died. That person has been identified as Ian Jewell (age18) of Manchester, NH. An autopsy is scheduled for later today to determine Mr. Jewell’s cause and manner of death.