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Victor Technologies Sustains Heavy Smoke Damage from Fire

Lebanon NH At 1206 hours the Lebanon Fire Departments was dispatched to Box 2535, Victor Technologies at 82 Benning Street. Upon arrival of West Lebanon Truck 2, personnel reported a smoke condition at the eaves of the building. The assignment was upgraded to a 1st Alarm Assignment. Upon further investigation and entry, personnel encountered a heavy smoke condition and found a fire in a portable metal dust collector. The fire was quickly extinguished and personnel performed extensive overhaul operations. The fire was contained to the equipment, but the entire building suffered heavy smoke damage. The fire was declared under control at 1239 hours. Personnel remained on scene until 1405 hours removing smoke.
The cause of the fire was determined to be accidental and by overheated metal dust causing large paper filters in the dust collector to combust.
On site personnel attempted to extinguish the fire prior to notifying the fire department and there were no reported injuries.
The Hanover, NH and Hartford, VT Fire Department assisted on scene and the Enfield Fire Department provided station coverage.

Opiate Arrest in North Country

Groveton NH – On Sunday, March 18, 2018 at around 5:03p.m., Troopers from of the New Hampshire State Police-Troop F, assisted by the Groveton Emergency Medical Services responded to residence of 32- year-old Katie Fysh for the report of a drug overdose of an unidentified subject.  A subsequent investigation led to the service of a search warrant for the residence.  The search revealed approximately 25 grams of a suspected opiate based drugs which was seized for analysis.  Fysh was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Drug with Intent to Distribute.  Fysh has been arraigned in the Coos County Superior Court on Monday, March 19 2018 and has been subsequently held on cash bail.

Assisting in the investigation was the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, Northumberland Police Department, the Lancaster Police Department and Groveton Fire/EMS.

Anyone with any further information is encouraged to contact Trooper Matthew Podell at or 603-223-3675.

Canadian Youth Charged in Hanover High Threat

Hanover NH -A 14-year-old juvenile was taken into custody and has been formally charged with posting a threat on Instagram titled “hanoverhighshooting”. With assistance from Lebanon Police Sgt. Richard Norris, the threat was tracked to a residence in Canada. In cooperation with Canadian law enforcement, a search of the residence was conducted, and electronic devices were seized. The investigation is still ongoing, and the seized electronics are being examined by Canadian authorities.

We would like to thank the local community members who have contacted us offering information as well as the law enforcement agencies who have provided assistance in forwarding this investigation.


Four Arrested on Drug Charges in Rockingham VT

L-R Samantha Partlow, Justin Ellis, Brittany Busby and Sheena Leclair

Rockingham VT Four Vermont residents were charged with drug charges after a traffic stop on I-91 in Rockingham last Thursday.  Vermont State Police said they stopped Samantha Partlow 31 of Barre VT and discovered Partlow had an outstanding arrest warrant. During a search of her person, officers found a misdemeanor amount of Suboxone. During a search of the vehicle, police found 7 grams of crack cocaine that belonged to passengers Justin Ellis 33 of Williamstown VT and Brittany Busby 26 of East Barre VT.

Police also discovered that Ellis had 20 bags of heroin concealed in the battery compartment of his cell phone, in addition, Ellis was also in violation of court conditions.

A third passenger Sheena Leclair 29 of East Barre VT was in possession of a misdemeanor amount of crack cocaine and Suboxone.

All four were arrested and given citations to appear in Windham Criminal Court on May 1st to answer the drug charges.

Partlow was later lodged at the Southern State Correction Facility with a citation to appear at Washington County Superior Court for her arrest warrant.

Hanover Police Investigating Social Media Threat At High School

Hanover NH – Shortly before 6:30 AM today, the Hanover Police was notified of a potential threat to several high school students via social media. The threat included the use of a firearm but has not identified any specific persons or times. The Hanover Police Department is actively investigating the matter and is working cooperatively with Hanover High School and SAU #70.

The investigation into the matter at issue is ongoing. If anyone witnessed or has information regarding this incident, please contact Capt. Mark Bodanza of the Hanover Police Department at (603) 643-2222.

New Charges For Ex-South Royalton High Principal

Royalton VT Vermont State Police arrested Dean Stearns for additional offenses related to his arrest in November of 2017.  Following the original charges of voyeurism and possession of child pornography, State Police executed a search warrant at Stearns’ residence who at the time was the principal of South Royalton High School.

After a lengthy analysis of devices seized during the warrant, Stearns is being charged with twenty-nine counts of Voyeurism and five counts of Possession of Child Pornography.  These charges are separate from the original charges brought in November of 2017.  The latest charges include offenses that occurred from 2016 to 2017 against five victims under the age of eighteen.  Stearns was arraigned on Monday at Windsor County Court on the new charges.

Claremont Man Sentenced for Felonies

Newport NH -A Claremont NH man pled guilty to multiple felony charges last week in Sullivan County Superior Court. Ethan Meyette, 26 was implicated by the Claremont Police Department and the New Hampshire Fire Marshal’s Office for his part in the arson of a trash container at a Claremont business in October 2017.  Meyette was also charged in connection with the thefts of property from Claremont Cumberland Farms and Emma’s Market and Deli in Charlestown.  On January 11th,  Mr. Meyette attempted to flee on foot from Charlestown when Police attempted to detain Meyette.  Police eventually took Meyette into custody and he was lodged at the Sullivan County House of Corrections.

On January 14th while at the house of corrections, Meyette was found in possession of bath salts.

Meyette was sentenced to a 2-5 year of incarceration on the theft by unauthorized taking charge and the delivery of bath salts.  The sentences will be served concurrently with each other.  Mr. Meyette was also sentenced to 1 year at the Sullivan County House of Corrections on both the resisting arrest charge and the arson charge.  In addition, Meyette was sentenced to serve 3-6 years at the New Hampshire State Prison for the second theft by unauthorized taking charge,  suspended for 5 years conditioned upon good behavior and compliance with the terms of his sentence.  If imposed it will be served consecutively to the 2-5 year sentences.

Newport Passes Budget, Votes Down Teacher’s Contract

Newport voters passed only four of the 14 articles on the Newport School District’s Warrant. Articles passed were Article 3- the District’s Operating Budget of $18,050,000 (Eighteen million, fifty thousand dollars). Also passed was Article 9 – for $125,000 (One hundred twenty-five thousand dollars) for unanticipated special education costs in the 2017-18 school year.  Voters also passed Article 10 to take $101,000 from the transportation capital reserve fund to buy a bus and van.  The fourth article approved was for participation in the community-wide solar program.

Superintendent Cindy Gallagher said she appreciates that so many people came out to vote in the storm and that Newport will start the year with $18,050,000.  Our town was generous in its support of the operating budget.  Gallagher said it was unfortunate that the two contract articles failed since both were good contracts and well negotiated.

Claremont Elects New School Board Members

 Despite the storm, Claremont’s voters had a fairly good turnout averaging 15 percent.   Incumbent Claremont School District Board member and Chair Rebecca Zullo retained her seat for another three years. Newcomers Jason Benware and Steven Horsky also won three-year seats.  Former Claremont City Councilor Carolyn Towle won a one-year seat on Claremont’s School Board.   Voters also passed Claremont School District’s Budget of $34.9 million passed 726-202.  All other school warrant articles passed.

Augustine Keeps Selectboard Seat in Sunapee

Sunapee NH – Incumbent Sunapee Selectman John Augustine retained his seat against write in challenger Aaron W. Warkentien 325-314. In addition, Incumbent Selectman Joshua Trow keeps his seat after garnering 500 votes.

Voters rejected three of Sunapee’s Town Warrant Articles. Article 13 would have allowed the town to buy new voting machines from the Town’s 2017 Unexpended Fund balance.  Also failing voter approval was Article 17 asking for $55,000 from the Highway and Transfer Station Capital Reserve Fund to purchase a Ford 350 pick-up truck for the Highway Department.  Article 21 asking for $125,000 from the Fire Apparatus and Equipment Capitol Reserve Fund for a Fast Response Utility and Forestry Truck failed by three votes.

All of Sunapee School District Warrant Articles passed.