Three Car Accident in Cornish


Cornish Police Department Photo

Driver inattention was the cause of three car accident in Cornish on Saturday afternoon. Cornish Police, Fire and Rescue Squad, Golden Cross Ambulance, New Hampshire State Police and Plainfield Police responded to the accident at the intersection of Route 120 and Clark’ Camp Road.  No one was seriously injured.


Incidences Reported at Dartmouth Winter Carnival

dartmouth-insigniaOver 43 incidents happened at Dartmouth’s Annual Winter Carnival this past weekend.  The polar bear swim and human dogsled race garnered high participation numbers.  Five people were taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, six people were taken to Dick’s House and Hanover Police arrested four people. One of the students ran from Safety and Security twice while going to Dick’s House and was caught both times. He later was taken into protective custody by Hanover Police and then transferred to Grafton County jail. There were 11 incidents regarding violations of liquor laws, consistent with previous Winter Carnivals, as there were 15 in 2014, six in 2015 and 11 in 2016. Overall the incident rate was down from 52 from 2016.

Fish Records Set in Vermont

vermont-fish-and-wildlifeTwo Record setting fish were caught in Vermont last year. Vermont Fish and Wildlife announced on Friday that two fish caught in 2016 were certified as new state records making the 14 and 15 state records set for individual species of fish since 2010.

John Konya of Bradford caught a new record bluegill in August while fishing with a nightcrawler and silver spinner on Miller Pond in West Fairlee. The bluegill weighted 1.98 lbs. and was 12.25 inches long with a girth of 12.5 breaking the 2008 record of a 1.93 lb. bluegill caught in Lake Champlain.

In August New York angler Joseph Whalen Jr. landed the new Vermont record freshwater drum while fishing in Lake Champlain. The drum weighed 25.54 pounds, measured 34.5 inches in length and was 26.5 inches around at its widest point

Early Accident Results in Serious Injuries

rochester-crashOn Friday, February 17, 2017 at approximately 2:13 p.m., Troopers from the New Hampshire State Police-Troop A barracks responded to a report of a rollover motor vehicle accident on Route 16 southbound in the City of Rochester, NH.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a pickup truck was traveling southbound on Route 16. This vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and overturned, coming to a final rest on its roof.  A male driver, the lone occupant, sustained serious injuries and was flown from the scene via DHART medical helicopter to Maine Medical Center.

All aspects of this accident are being investigated.

The right travel lane in was closed for approximately 1 ½ hours.  All north and southbound lanes were closed for approximately 20 minutes to allow the DHART helicopter to land and remove the patient for transport.

Assisting the New Hampshire State Police at the scene were the Rochester Fire Department, the Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART), and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

This accident remains under investigation by Trooper Eric Call.  Anyone with information pertaining to this accident is asked to contact Trooper Call, NH State Police-Troop A at (603) 223-8490.

Car Fire in Springfield VT

springfield VTJust before 11:30 am on Friday,  Vermont State Police along with the Springfield Fire Department were dispatched to the area of mile marker 42 on Interstate 91 north for a reported car fire. Upon arrival the operator had gotten out of the vehicle and the Fire Department was working to extinguish the blaze. The cause is believed to be mechanical as the operator reported his vehicle was stuck in four wheel drive low prior to the fire starting. Interstate 91 north was shut down at exit 7 for approximately 1 hour while crews worked to extinguish the fire and remove the vehicle.

Barre Man Arrested for Overdose Death


barre-manOn August 13, 2016 the Vermont State Police began an investigation into the untimely death of a 26 year old male due to an overdose of heroin/fentanyl. The victim was in the process of being transported by ambulance from the Tunbridge, VT area to the Gifford Medical Ctr. in Randolph when he was pronounced dead at 0212 hours.

The investigation revealed that the heroin containing fentanyl causing the death of the victim was purchased from the accused, Jacob Rillo, the evening prior to his death.

After combined investigative efforts with the Northern Vermont Drug Task Force into Rillo’s sale of heroin, the Vermont State Police arrested Rillo for the above charges on February 17, 2017.  Rillo was at court for a status conference on unrelated charges and was arrested while leaving the courthouse.

This case will be referred to the Attorney General’s Office for prosecution.

Lebanon Police Make Several Drug Arrests


%op L-R Thomas Vaillancourt, Kayla Bothwell Bottom L-R Anthony Hutchinson,, Kevin Roach

On February 17, 2016, the Lebanon Police Detective Division investigated possible drug activity on Maple Street in West Lebanon. The investigation led them to an apartment complex where they made contact with Thomas Vaillancourt, age 24, of White River Junction, Vermont. Vaillancourt was found to be in possession of approximately $1,000 and an amount of marijuana that was indicative of possession with intent to distribute. Vaillancourt was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute; a Class B Felony. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail.

Also arrested was Kayla Bothwell, age 26, on an outstanding bench warrant and a Class A misdemeanor charge of Possession of Marijuana. She was released on $1,000 personal recognizance.

Further investigation led officers to execute a search warrant in a residence on Mack Avenue in West Lebanon where an indoor marijuana grow and a psilocybin mushroom grow were located. Anthony Hutchinson, age 28, of West Lebanon was arrested on Class B Felony charges of Cultivating Marijuana and Manufacturing of Marijuana and a Class A misdemeanor charge of Possession of Marijuana. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail.

Kevin Roach, age 28, of West Lebanon was charged with two Class B Felonies for Cultivation and Manufacturing of Marijuana and Controlled Drug Acts. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail.

Vaillancourt, Bothwell, Hutchinson and Roach are all scheduled to appear in the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court on April 17, 2017.

Governor Sununu Swears-In Frank Edelblut

sununu-1Concord, NH – Following yesterday’s Executive Council vote to confirm Frank Edelblut as New Hampshire’s Commissioner of the Department of Education, Governor Chris Sununu today presided over Commissioner Edelblut’s official swearing-in.


Fatal Accident in Hartland VT

fatal accidentSnow and speed are being blamed for a fatal early morning accident on I-91 Thursday. Police say Rodney L. Newton 50, of Plainfield VT rolled over his Chevy Pick-up truck just before 7 am and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are asking for any witnesses who have not already spoken with Troopers to contact the Vermont State Police – Royalton at 802-234-9933.

Fire Damages Cavendish Home Destroys Barn


Chester VT Fire Department Photo

A Cavendish VT family and their 2 dogs escaped their burning home early Wednesday morning.  Fire officials say the fire started shortly after 2 am and upon arrival heavy fire was through the roof of the home’s attached barn.  The Main Street fire quickly escalated to a 3- Alarm calling mutual aid from VT and NH and shutting down Main Street for several hours. The barn structure sustained heavy damage and partially collapsed. Crews stopped the fire as it made its way toward the main part of the house. The house sustained heavy fire damage to a couple of rooms. Through the efforts of all involved a large portion of the house was saved and the home owners will be able to salvage portion of their belongings. There were no firefighter injuries reported. All fire fighters were back at Proctorville Fire Department and in service just before 11:30am.