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CT and VT Beat NH for Growth

Two New England States made U-Haul’s Migration Trends top ten Growth States for 2017.  Connecticut came in at number 8, followed by Vermont in 10th place. White River Junction and Burlington helped Vermont’s net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks

Connecticut and Vermont outshined the other New England States came Maine ranked 26, NH came in at 31, followed by Rhode Island at 39, and MA come in at 46.

Growth States are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul truck rentals entering a state versus leaving a state during a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from more than 1.7 million one-way U-Haul truck rental transactions that occur annually.

Texas was the No. 1 Growth State for the second year in a row. Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee rounded out the top five. California overtook Illinois on the list as the biggest net-loss state.

You can view the complete top 50 rankings along with more migration trends reports, including U.S. Growth Cities, at myuhaulstory.com.

 

Newport Residents to Vote on Keno

The Newport Board of Selectmen voted last week to place a Keno Article on its May Town Meeting Warrant.  The warrant will give Newport voters the option of offering Keno at licensed pouring establishments in town.

Initially slated as only an informational topic on the agenda, the board approved placing the Keno question on the ballot.

Keno was legalized in July 2017 and allows individual municipalities to vote on allowing the game in their towns.

Newbury VT Man Leaves Scene of Accident

A Newbury VT man was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after leaving his car off Roaring Brook Road.

Vermont State Police said troopers found the 2014 Chevy Silverado after receiving a report of a disabled vehicle.  After an investigation, officers determined the truck crashed after sliding sideways, hitting a guardrail, traveling across the road and hit more guardrails before stopping off the road.

Driver Garret Kintigos returned to the scene 10 hours after the crash.

Garret Kintigos was issued a citation for Leaving the Scene of a Crash

 

Kintigos was issued a citation for Leaving the Scene of an Accident and will appear in Orange County Court on Feb.28th to answer the charge.

 

Townshend VT Man Arrested After Facebook Postings

A Townshend VT man was arrested on Sunday after posting on Facebook.  After an investigation into a complaint, Vermont State Police said that Marshall Parker violated his court order conditions of release by contacting two prohibited individuals via facebook.  Parker was issued a citation to appear in Windham Criminal Court on January 16th to answer the charge

Lip Avalanche in the Headwall of Tuckerman Ravine

The recent warm weather and rains caused a wet slab avalanche at the Headwall of Tuckerman Ravine on Sunday. By the avalanche size and destructive potential scales, this avalanche is classified as R3D3.5 or medium relative to path and capable of easily destroying wood frame houses or a railroad car.

This isn’t the first time for this type of avalanche in the Lip. The waterfall here creates this type of avalanche regularly in spring months as snow on the upper mountain melts, flows downhill, and saturates the snowpack.

Propane Truck Fire in Ashland NH

On Sunday, January 14, 2018 at around 6:50a.m., the New Hampshire State Police-Troop F took a report of vehicle fire on Interstate 93 Northbound in the town of Ashland, New Hampshire.  The vehicle was reported to be a truck hauling 2800 gallons of propane.  Responding units determined that the truck’s brakes had overheated for an unknown reason which was the source of the fire.  The fire extended only to the truck’s rear tires and was quickly extinguished.  The propane tank on the truck was not involved nor was it affected by the fire and was not leaking at any time.  Interstate 93 Northbound in the area was shut down for approximately 20 minutes while the flames were extinguished and the truck was determined to be safe, at which time one lane of the interstate was opened back up, allowing traffic to resume.  There were no other vehicles involved and no injuries as a result of incident.

 

Assisting on scene were members of the New Hampshire State Police-Troop F, the New Hampshire State Police-Troop G, Ashland Fire Department, Ashland Police Department, the Holderness Fire Department, the Holderness Police Department, the Plymouth Fire Department, Plymouth Police Department and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

Lebanon Man Charged with Felonious Sexual Assault on Two Children

On January 10, 2018, Lebanon Police Detectives arrested Michael Lauzon, age 27, of Lebanon, NH after a January 2, 2018 report and subsequent investigation into allegations of sexual assaults.
The investigation revealed that on multiple occasions Lauzon had sexual contact with two children, ages 8 and 6. The children were known to Lauzon but not related. During the investigation, a search warrant was executed at Lauzon’s residence.
Lauzon is charged with two Class B Felony counts of Felonious Sexual Assault on a Child under the Age of 13. He was held on $10,000 cash bail and transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections to await arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court on January 11, 2018.

Social Media Prank at Newport Schools

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Officer Beaudet , the School Resource Officer, notified the SAU of a posting on a social media site that involved a threat to “pop someone”.  Additionally there were other references of a possible gun shared by a student.  Working collaboratively with the Newport Police Department on a developed plan to respond to these types of threats, we determined that the source of the postings has been verified and there is NO threat to the students or school.

Dr. Gallagher said, “The District takes all of these incidents very seriously.  We appreciate the proper planning and immediate support that we receive from the Newport Police Department.  We hope that all families will take the time to talk about the serious nature of these pranks.”

We appreciate the students and teachers that notified the Police and all the families and students who actively participated in the successful outcome of this investigation.

Five Arrested in Early Morning Raid in Windsor

The Windsor Police Department conducted early morning raids today and arrested five (5) individuals for charges including the distribution of Heroin, Cathinone aka “Bath Salts,” Suboxone, Klonopin, and Marijuana within the Town of Windsor.  (“Bath Salts” is a term used to describe a class of illegal stimulant drugs commonly containing a cathinone or cathinone derivative).  These arrests concluded a lengthy investigation into the distribution of Heroin and other illicit drugs in the Town of Windsor.  This six-month investigation, dubbed “Operation Ice Breaker,” was initiated by the Windsor Police in response to the complaints of drug distribution in the Town of Windsor.  Arrested were

1) Jacqueline Bright, W/F, 23yoa, West Windsor, VT

  • (2) Count – Sale of heroin over 200mg
  • (1) Count – Sale of heroin under 200mg
  • (1) Count – Cruelty to a Child

2) Steven Mann, W/M, 56yoa, Windsor, VT

  • (3) Counts – Sale of Narcotics (Suboxone & Klonopin)
  • (3) Counts – Sale of Narcotics on School Grounds
  • (2) Counts – Cruelty to a Child
  • (1) Count – Sale of Marijuana

3) Leona Hunt, W/F, 37yoa, Windsor, VT

  • (2) Counts – Sale of Narcotics (Suboxone)
  • (2) Counts – Sale of Narcotics on School Grounds
  • (2) Counts – Cruelty to a Child

4) Chasity Forman, W/F, 31yoa, Windsor, VT

  • (3) Counts – Sale of Depressant, Stimulant and or Narcotic Drug (“Bath Salts”)
  • Possession of Depressant, Stimulant and or Narcotic Drug (“Bath Salts”)
  • Resisting arrest

5) Heather Lord AKA Heather Pacetti, W/F, 34yoa, Claremont, NH

  •   Possession of Depressant, Stimulant and or Narcotic Drug (“Bath Salts”)
  • Hindering an arrest
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • • NH Warrant – FTA Possession of Dangerous Drug

The Windsor Police will continue our “zero tolerance” approach to combatting the heroin epidemic along with all other illicit drug distribution.  The plague of illicit drug and opiate addition continues to affect so many lives and remains the driving force behind our efforts to continually confront and combat this problem.  These arrests are just the beginning of a multi-agency collaboration into Heroin trafficking here in New England.  We are partnered with local area law enforcement along with the Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts State Police and with the Windsor County State Attorney David Cahill’s Office in a coordinated effort to disrupt and dismantle the flow of illegal drugs into Vermont and throughout New England.  Our highways, cities, and towns, are constantly being monitored for drug traffickers travelling throughout the area; and especially those who attempt to set up shop here locally.  All arrests were processed and transported to WRJ for arraignment.

Four Seriously Injured in Hampton Toll Crash

On Tuesday January 9, 2018 at approximately 5:50 p.m. New Hampshire State Police Troop A was notified of a serious motor vehicle crash that had just occurred on Interstate 95 Southbound in the Town of North Hampton, NH.  Initial on-scene information indicates that a Chevrolet Express Van, driven by Ming CHEN, age 51 of Boston, Massachusetts, was traveling southbound when he lost control of the vehicle and struck the crash attenuator barrier just north of the Hampton Toll Plaza.  There were also 3 other passengers in the vehicle, one of which was ejected out the front windshield.  The operator, CHEN and one of the passengers were transported to Exeter Hospital in Exeter with serious injuries.  The 2 rear passengers were transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, one with serious injuries and one with life threatening injuries.

 

Based upon the initial on-scene investigation, it appears that the Chevrolet Van was traveling southbound on Interstate 95 when it either changed lanes and lost control or was trying to make it into the cash lanes from the open road tolling lanes at the Toll Plaza.

 

At the request of the New Hampshire State Police Troop A, the New Hampshire State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction (C.A.R.) Unit responded to the scene and assumed control of the investigation.  Due to the collision, the 2 lanes that lead into the cash lanes at the Hampton Toll Plaza were closed for approximately 3 hours and traffic was diverted into the high speed tolling lanes.  The New Hampshire State Police were assisted on scene by the Hampton and North Hampton Fire Departments, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

 

At this time it does not appear that impairment was a factor in this crash, however all aspects remain under investigation.  Anyone that may have further information related to this crash, please contact TFC Brian Ross at 603-223-8490 or email at brian.ross@dos.nh.gov.