Sharon VT Man Arrested for DUI and Heroin Possession

Sharon VT- On 4-21-18, Troopers from the Royalton Barracks responded
to a report of a suspicious vehicle near VT 14 in Sharon Village. Troopers
located the vehicle and met with the operator 22-year-old Clark Clogston. Investigation revealed Clogston was in possession of heroin and was also taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. A drug recognition expert was contacted and performed an evaluation on Clogston. A search warrant was obtained
for drawing a sample of Clogston’s blood. Clogston was issued a criminal citation to appear in Windsor Superior Court on June 5th to answer to the charges of Possession of Heroin and DUI.
Clogston was released after processing.

Danbury Public Officials Meeting US 4 Bridge over Abandoned Railroad

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces a Public Officials Meeting is scheduled in Danbury for Wednesday, May 2, 2018 to discuss proposed work on the bridge carrying US Route 4 over the abandoned railroad, one-half mile south of the intersection of US 4 and NH Route 104.

The project will be discussed during the regularly scheduled Selectmen’s Meeting on May 2nd at 6:00 pm at the Danbury Town Hall, 23 High Street in Danbury, NH. Historical properties may exist within the project area.

The purpose of this meeting is to present citizens and public officials with information regarding this proposed project, and to solicit public input in order to ensure that this project will be administered according to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related statutes to ensure non-discrimination.

Any individuals needing assistance or auxiliary communication equipment due to sensory impairment or other disability should contact the NHDOT’s Bureau of Right of Way, 7 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03302-0483 – TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964.

Springfield VT Woman Killed in Claremont NH Accident

Claremont NH -On April 19, 2018, at approximately 6:12 AM  the Claremont Police Department, Claremont Fire Department, and Golden Cross Ambulance responded to Chestnut Street near the Unity town line for a single motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival at the scene, medical personnel provided emergency care and transported the operator to Valley Regional Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.

Police investigators identified the driver as Danuta Antosiewicz 61, of Springfield VT.

Preliminary investigation at the scene revealed that Antosiewicz was driving a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee eastbound on Chestnut Street, and the vehicle left the eastbound side of the road before striking a large tree stump. There were no passengers in Antosiewicz’s vehicle, and no other vehicles were identified as being involved.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation at this time, however speed and alcohol do not initially appear to be factors. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact Claremont Police Detective Captain Stephen A. Lee at (603)542-7010 or slee@claremontnh.com.

Brattleboro VT Man Held Without Bail for Aggravated Sexual Assault

Westminster VT – On April 18, 2018, following a lengthy investigation conducted by the VermontState Police and the Department of Children and Family Services, the Vermont State Police in Westminster arrested Marshall H. Parker, age 36, of Brattleboro, VT, for Aggravated Sexual Assault.  Parker was processed at the Westminster Barracks and was later transported to the Southern State Correctional Facility where he was held without bail.  Parker was cited to appear in Windham County Superior Court on April 19, 2018 at 12:30 PM.

Danbury NH Public Meeting For US 4 Bridge over Abandoned Railroad

Concord NH – The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces a Public Officials Meeting is scheduled in Danbury for Wednesday, May 2, 2018 to discuss proposed work on the bridge carrying US Route 4 over the abandoned railroad, one-half mile south of the intersection of US 4 and NH Route 104.

The project will be discussed during the regularly scheduled Selectmen’s Meeting on May 2nd at 6:00 pm at the Danbury Town Hall, 23 High Street in Danbury, NH. Historical properties may exist within the project area.

The purpose of this meeting is to present citizens and public officials with information regarding this proposed project, and to solicit public input in order to ensure that this project will be administered according to the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and all related statutes to ensure non-discrimination.

Any individuals needing assistance or auxiliary communication equipment due to sensory impairment or other disability should contact the NHDOT’s Bureau of Right of Way, 7 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03302-0483 – TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964.

Sunapee Middle High School Students Participate In Alcohol Awareness Activities

SMHS teacher, Tim LaTorra, with student Jackie Balch in the police department’s golf cart while using the “impairment goggles”.

Sunapee Police Department’s Sgt. Puchtler and Officer Brigham spent most of Tuesday, April 17th, at Sunapee Middle High School. The two assisted students with the various events planned for Alcohol Awareness week.  Today, the students experienced the physical and visual impairments of being under the influence of alcohol by wearing “impairment goggles” which simulate the conditions of someone with a blood alcohol content of .10 (the legal limit in NH is .08).  Wearing the goggles also provides the students with a better understanding of the condition of an impaired driver who may be operating a vehicle they are offered a ride in. The students were also given field sobriety tests, the same tests used by officers on motor vehicle stops if alcohol impairment is a possibility.

Work Planned On Saint-Gaudens Road In Cornish

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces road improvement work is scheduled to begin May 4, 2018 on Saint-Gaudens Road in Cornish. This project will reconstruct approximately 3,700 feet of Saint-Gaudens Road from NH Route 12A to the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Visitors Center in Cornish, NH.

During construction operations, Saint-Gaudens Road will need to be closed to through traffic for several weeks on weekdays from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. To get to the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Visitors Center, a signed detour will be in place redirecting motorists south on NH Route 12A to Town House Road to Dingleton Hill Road to the national park entrance and parking area back entrance of the Visitors Center. Those seeking to visit Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site should plan for an additional 15 minutes to arrive.

The road reconstruction project is expected to be completed by late June 2018. The prime contractor for the project is L&M Service Contractors, of Orford, New Hampshire. The total contract cost is $517,000, primarily funded through the Federal Lands Access Program.

THC Infused Gummy Bears Found At Drug Bust

L-R Jordan Boucher and Kristian Karumba

Lebanon NH – On April 13th, 2018, members of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and officers from Lebanon Police Department executed a search warrant at a residence on Elm Street West in West Lebanon, based upon an ongoing drug investigation.

 During the search, officers located multiple gallon-sized bags and large jars full of Marijuana. A large brick of “Hash” and a large jar of “Honey Butane Oil” along with homemade THC infused gummy bears and THC infused gummy worms, that appear to be packaged for retail, were also seized. The marijuana and marijuana products seized have a street value of approximately $10,000. In addition to the drugs seized, over $5,000 in cash and a .380 semi-automatic handgun were also seized.

 Kristian Karumba, age 28, of Elm Street W in West Lebanon was arrested and charged with four counts of Possession of a Controlled Drug with the Intent to Distribute, all Class B Felony charges. Karumba could be facing additional charges or charge enhancements for being in possession of a firearm while committing the crime of Drug Sales. Jordan Boucher, age 22, of Central Street in Newport, New Hampshire was also arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Drug with the Intent to Distribute, a Class B Felony.

 Karumba was later released on $5,000 Personal Recognizance Bail and Boucher on $2,000 Personal Recognizance Bail. Both will be arraigned in t. he Grafton County Superior Court on April 30, 2018. Bail on both subjects was set by a Bail Commissioner from the 2nd Circuit Court, Lebanon District

Highway And Bridge Rehabilitation On I-89 In Lebanon Daytime Lane Restrictions Between Exit 17 And Exit 20

Lebanon NH -The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces the beginning of road and bridge rehabilitation work on Interstate 89 from Exit 17 to Exit 20 in Lebanon. The work involves cold planning, paving, guardrail, drainage, and rock scaling, as well as bridge repairs on the Heater Road and Poverty Lane bridges.

Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 16, 2018. This work is located in a heavily traveled corridor of I-89 and lane closures will be restricted to non-commuter hours. The larger operations, such as cold planing and paving, will be done at night.

Pike Industries of Belmont, New Hampshire is the prime contractor for the $14.9 million project, which is expected to be completed by August 2019.

South Royalton VT Woman Perishes in Fire

South Royalton-VT  On April 14, 2018 at approximately 11:33 PM a neighbor living next to 2032 North Road in South Royalton was awakened by pounding on her door by a male needing someone to call 911 for a fire at his residence.

The male, later identified as Timothy Staples, fled his home after a fire had engulfed it.  His wife, Roberta F. Staples, had yelled for him to get out of the house because there was a fire.  Timothy fled from the home but was unable to get back inside due to the extreme heat and smoke.

The Vermont State Police from the Royalton Barracks and the South Royalton Fire Department initially responded to the scene. The ice and snow covered roads made the response even more difficult and upon their arrival the house was beginning to collapse. Additional fire departments were requested to respond to the scene to assist with the blaze.  Fire Fighters from Randolph and Barnard Fire Departments were able to render assistance.

Roberta Staples was believed to be still inside the home and was later located by one of the fire fighters.  The South Royalton Fire Chief, Paul Brock, requested fire investigators from the Department of Public Safety Fire Investigation Unit to respond to the scene to investigate the origin and cause of the fire.

On April 15th, 2018 at 12:30 AM the DPS Fire Investigation Unit responded along with Detective Trooper Christopher Blais of the Royalton Barracks.  Roberta Staples was removed from the interior of the home and then transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington for an autopsy..  This fire is still under investigation at this time and anyone with any information is asked to please contact Detective Trooper Christopher Blais at the Royalton Barracks at 802-722-4600, or Detective Sergeant Todd Ambroz at the Williston Barracks at 802-878-7111.