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Claremont Man Arrested on Drug Charges

Claremont NH – Following an approximate two month joint investigation into illegal drug sales in the city of Claremont by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and the Claremont Police Department 27-year-old Frank Heynig of Claremont  was arrested on a warrant:

Heynig is charged with three counts of Sale of Controlled Drugs (heroin), and one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute. It is alleged that at the time of his arrest, Heynig was out on bail from the 5th Circuit Court – District Division – Claremont. HEYNIG is being held on $5,000 cash bail pending his arraignment in Sullivan Superior Court on November 16, 2018.

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.

Commercial Motor Vehicle Enhanced Saturation Enforcement

Concord NH – On November 15, 2018 members of the New Hampshire State Police – Troop G conducted enhanced saturation enforcement of commercial motor vehicles in the towns of Canterbury, Epping, Keene, and Manchester, New Hampshire.  Members of Troop G are highly skilled Troopers who have received specialized training to conduct roadside inspections of commercial motor vehicles.

Troopers from Troop G specifically focused their enforcement efforts on violations of the State’s size and weight laws by deploying semi-portable scales in Manchester and Epping.  The operation resulted in weight checks of 452 vehicles.  Additionally, Troopers inspected 163 commercial motor vehicles and discovered 257 violations.  Of those violations, 48 were so severe that they created a condition where the vehicle or its driver was placed out of service.

In Manchester, Troopers from Troop G assisted with a commercial motor vehicle crash that blocked all lanes of Interstate 293 South Bound in Manchester for two hours.  Preliminary investigation of the collision revealed that a fully loaded 2017 Hino box truck operated by Tommy Rogers, age 33, of Concord, NH was entering a left hand curve as it traveled south when the vehicle began to tip onto its side.  The driver attempted to correct the vehicle and was initially able to right the truck, however as the driver attempted to regain control, the box truck rolled over.  An inspection of the box truck was conducted by Troopers, who discovered that the vehicle was not over weight, but the load was not evenly distributed.  It is believed that this contributed to the vehicle rolling over as it entered the curve.

The New Hampshire State Police are committed to ensuring safe travel throughout the State and will continue our efforts to reduce collisions during the upcoming winter season.

The Manchester Police Department as well as the New Hampshire Department of Transportation assisted the New Hampshire State Police in today’s operation.

The Great American Smokeout

Concord, NH – The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) encourages New Hampshire residents to join people across the country in quitting tobacco on November 15, 2018, during the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout.

Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. As part of its goal to improve public health and protect future generations from the risks of tobacco use, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extended its authority to cover all tobacco products. The FDA currently covers: cigarettes, cigars, dissolvables, hookah tobacco, nicotine gels, pipe tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, smokeless tobacco products (dip, snuff, snus, and chewing tobacco), vapes, e-cigs, hookah pens, and other electronic nicotine delivery systems.

“In New Hampshire, approximately 15.6% of adults smoke cigarettes. The most important thing smokers can do to improve their health is to quit smoking cigarettes and any type of tobacco use,” said Lisa Morris, Director of the DHHS Division of Public Health Services. “The Great American Smokeout is a perfect time to make a quit plan with a specially trained and confidential Quit Coach at QuitNow-NH.”

Evidence shows that quitting tobacco is a process that starts with a reason to quit followed by a plan to get support.  To increase your chances of successfully quitting, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or log into www.QuitNowNH.org to enroll in the free Quit Coach Program that provides free nicotine replacement patches, lozenges and gum.

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Lebanon Police Request Public Assistance in Identifying Theft Suspect

Lebanon NH –  On October 15, 2018, it was reported to the Lebanon Police Department that a cell phone was stolen from a vehicle in the Walgreens parking lot. A suspect was identified during the investigation, shown on the surveillance photos below.

The Police Department is asking anyone who may have information about the identity of this subject to call Lebanon Police Officer Zachary Lawrence at 603-448-1212. Information can also be submitted anonymously to our Tip Line, 603-448-CLUE, or online at LebanonNH.gov/CLUE.

Remains of Manchester Woman missing since 1984 Identified

 Concord, NH — Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, Manchester Police Chief Carlo T. Capano, and the Director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations David Rausch, announce that the remains of Elizabeth “Liz” Lamotte have been identified. Ms. Lamotte was last seen at age 17 when she went missing from Manchester on November 22, 1984. Ms. Lamotte had been placed at the Youth Development Center (YDC). On November 22, 1984, she left the facility on a furlough to Gill Stadium and never returned. On her 18th birthday, July 27, 1985, her case was discharged from YDC, but at the time she had still not returned to the facility.

Ms. Lamotte was not reported as a missing person to the Manchester Police Department until 2017. This report was initiated after a tip was received in response to the January, 2017, Attorney General’s press conference with the NH State Police Cold Case Unit and the Manchester Police Department regarding the Allenstown Unidentified Persons’ case. During that press conference information was released regarding the suspect in the murders, Bob Evans, and his wife, known as Elizabeth Evans, who were living in Manchester in the early 1980s. Assistance was requested from the public to help identify Elizabeth Evans. One of the tips received by the New Hampshire State Police Cold Case Unit was that an Elizabeth Lamotte had been missing from Manchester in this time frame. This tip was passed on to the Manchester Police Department. The tipster informed Detective Lucas Hobbs of the Manchester Police Department that Ms. Lamotte had escaped from YDC and had not been heard from since her escape. The tipster believed that Ms. Lamotte could be the Elizabeth Evans the police were attempting to identify.

The Manchester Police Department then spoke with YDC personnel, and family members and friends of Ms. Lamotte who all confirmed that Elizabeth Lamotte had been missing since her furlough from YDC on November 22, 1984. The Manchester Police Department then entered Ms. Lamotte’s information into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as a missing person. At the time of her disappearance, Ms. Lamotte was 17 years old, and was described as being 5’5”, 110-125 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. 2

As part of this missing person investigation, two of Ms. Lamotte’s brothers provided DNA samples that were submitted to NamUs. NamUs is a national information clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases across the United States. It is funded and administered by the National Institute of Justice and managed through a cooperative agreement with the University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. All NamUs resources are provided at no cost to law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, allied forensic professionals, and family members of missing persons.

On November 13, 2018, the UNT Center for Human Identification notified the Manchester Police Department that they had matched the Lamotte brothers’ DNA to the remains of a woman found murdered in Tennessee in 1985. The DNA was tested using mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). MtDNA is maternally inherited. Individuals that share a maternal lineage will typically have the same mtDNA type. The genetic data was entered into the Unidentified Human (Remains) and Relatives of Missing Person indices of the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). The UNT Center for Human Identification reported that the genetic data obtained from the unidentified human remains was consistent with originating from a biological sibling of the Lamotte brothers. The likelihood of a match was determined to be 194.4 million times more likely than the unidentified remains originating from another individual in the United States.

The Manchester Police Department was connected to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) who had submitted the DNA from the unidentified remains to NamUs. Detective Brandon Elkins of the TBI advised that the body, now identified as Ms. Lamotte, was found deceased in the City of Greenville, in Green County, Tennessee, along Interstate 81, on April 14, 1985. Ms. Lamotte had no identification on or near her body when she was discovered. An autopsy determined that her cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, her manner of death a homicide, and that she had likely been deceased for 2-3 weeks before she was discovered. Her age was estimated at 15-20 years old. Her height was estimated at approximately 5’6” tall. Her hair was documented as brown with red highlights. Her remains have been at the University of Tennessee at the Forensic Anthropology Center (FAC) in Knoxville, Tennessee since 1985.

TBI Detectives have worked to identify Ms. Lamotte’s remains and to determine the circumstances surrounding her murder since 1985. In attempts to identify her remains Detectives searched NCIC’s data base for missing juveniles and adults. They also searched the records of the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) repository for Missing and Unidentified Persons in an attempt to identify her. However, these data bases had no information to assist in identifying Ms. Lamotte’s remains. In 2006, a DNA sample was collected from Ms. Lamotte’s remains and this was submitted to NamUs. It was not until the Lamotte brothers’ DNA samples were submitted to that same data base that NamUs discovered the match and was able to identify the remains as Elizabeth Lamotte.

The Lamotte family has been notified that Ms. Lamotte’s remains have been located. The TBI continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding Ms. Lamotte’s death. Anyone with information about Ms. Lamotte’s death should contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

VT Attorney General Warns of Student Loan Scams

WINOOSKI VT – Attorney General T.J. Donovan joined Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) to warn Vermonters about scams involving student loans. Scammers pose as student loan servicers, debt relief companies, document preparation companies or say that you may be eligible for a student loan forgiveness program.

“My office has received dozens of complaints about these types of scams,” Attorney General Donovan said. “Recent graduates, who are starting to repay their student loans this fall, should be especially wary of potential student loan scams.”

Some scammers will ask for your FSA ID, which is the login and password to federal loan information, and say they can help you for a fee. But student loan help is free for Vermonters. VSAC, a public nonprofit agency of the State, provides advice about student loans for free.

“VSAC wants student loan borrowers to know that we are here to provide expert financial aid assistance to any of their questions as they evaluate the best repayment options,” said Scott Giles, president and CEO of VSAC. “For student loan borrowers, this is especially important as they begin to pay down their investment in their professional future. We thank the Attorney General for his laser focus on protecting Vermonters from deceptive and fraudulent practices.”

If you receive a call from someone offering to help you lower your payments or do the paperwork for you for a fee, hang up the phone. Never provide your Social Security Number to an unknown person over the phone.

If you believe you may have received a scam call, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program at 1-800-649-2424 or by e-mailing AGO.CAP@vermont.gov. For questions about student loans, contact VSAC at 1-800-862-3177.

White River Jct. Woman Killed in Sharon VT Crash

Sharon VT – On 11/13/18 at approximately 0657 hrs, Troopers from the Vermont State Police -Royalton Barracks responded to a reported two car collision involving a  2005 Toyota and an International box truck on Vermont Route 14 in the Town of Sharon. The passenger the Toyota , 25 year old Alisha Boice of White River Junction had to be extricated from the vehicle and transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Boice was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. Troopers are currently investigating the crash. Poor weather and road conditions were contributing factors in the crash.

Claremont Man Arrested for Theft and Receiving Stolen Property

On November 13, 2018, the Claremont Police Department responded to a report of a subject attempting to break in to vehicles in the area of Main Street. Patrol officers searched the area and observed a male subject matching the physical description of the suspect on Sullivan Street. They stopped the subject and identified him as Joshua Delaney, 20 of Claremont NH.

Subsequent to their investigation, Delaney was arrested and charged with Theft by Unauthorized Taking, Receiving Stolen Property and Contempt of Court. It is alleged that at the time of these offenses, DELANEY was out on bail from the 2nd Circuit Court – District Division – Lebanon.

Investigators believe that Delaney may have been involved in additional thefts in the area of Main Street and Sullivan Street. Anyone who was the victim of theft or has additional information about this investigation is encouraged to call the Claremont Police Department at (603)542-9538.

Lebanon Police to Hold “Coffee with a Cop” Event at Jake’s Coffee Co.

Lebanon NH – On November 20th, officers from the Lebanon Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 8:00am on Tuesday, November 20,
2018 at Jake’s Coffee Company, 227 Mechanic St, Lebanon. Please contact Captain Tim Cohen with questions: (603) 448-8800 or tim.cohen@lebanonnh.gov.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Lebanon’s neighborhoods. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community
members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a
Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.
Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States
Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar
events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make
lasting connections with the communities they serve.
The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through
improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup
of coffee at a time.

Sullivan County’s Fugitive of the Week

Newport NH – Sullivan County’s Fugitive of the week is 41-year-old Louis Embair. On Oct. 25th, 2017, a Sullivan County Grand Jury indicted Mr. Embair on one count of operating after being declared a habitual offender.
On January 8, 2018, Mr. Embair pled guilty to the charge in Sullivan County Superior Court. As part of Mr. Embair’s sentence, he was placed on probation.
On Oct. 11th, 2018, the NH Probation filed a violation of probation against Mr. Embair in Sullivan County Superior Court. The Probation Department alleged that Mr. Embair violated his probation. On Oct. 25th, 2018, Sullivan County Superior Court issued a warrant for Mr. Embair’s arrest for violation of probation.
Louis Embair is 5’9” tall, weighs 170 pounds and has blue eyes and black hair. Embair’s last known address was 35 Woonsocket Street in Claremont NH.
Anyone knowing Embair’s whereabouts should contact their local police or call the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 603-863-4200.