Author Archives: GrowingInArt

6 Red Cross Tips to Stay Safe While Temperatures Heat Up

Concord, NH / Burlington, VT. Thursday, June 17, 2018 — Hot weather is predicted for the New Hampshire and Vermont region today and tomorrow, and the American Red Cross reminds everyone of the steps they should take to stay safe when the temperatures rise.

“High temperatures, humidity and hot, indoor environments can quickly cause heat-related emergencies,” said Lloyd Ziel, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer for the American Red Cross in New Hampshire and Vermont. “Excessive heat can lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”

The Red Cross has some simple steps to help beat the heat:

  • Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. The temperature inside can reach a dangerous level within a few minutes.
  • Slow down, take frequent breaks and drink more water than usual – even if you’re not thirsty.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • If working outdoors, take frequent breaks and use the buddy system.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone, or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • If possible, bring animals inside. If not, frequently check to ensure they are comfortable and have water and a shady place to rest.

LEARN MORE The free Red Cross Emergency App provides instant access to expert heat safety tips. Users also have the option of receiving alerts for excessive heat watches, warnings and heat advisories. The Red Cross Pet First Aid App has steps pet owners should take to help keep their furry friends safe during hot weather. People can find the apps in their app store by searching for American Red Cross and at

People can learn how to prevent and respond to heat-related and other emergencies by taking a Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED or Advance Child Care Training course. A variety of online and in-class options are available. Course and registration information is available at

Sunapee Police Department Starts Life Jacket Loaner Program

Sunapee NH – The Sunapee Police Department has instituted a Life Jacket Loaner Program to benefit all boaters planning to spend time on Lake Sunapee.  The United States Coast Guard (USCG) requires that a USCG approved personal flotation device (PFD) be worn by all boaters and their passengers.  While most boaters are aware of this and make sure they have an adequate number of approved PFDs on board their boat, there may be occasions when an extra PFD or two are needed.  
The Sunapee Police Department has placed a plastic container near the boat launch in Sunapee Harbor which contains USCG approved PFDs in various sizes that are on loan to anyone who may need one or more to ensure that each person in their party has their own PFD.  As these life jackets are on loan, it is expected that they will be returned to the box in the harbor after being used.
We hope you will take advantage of the Life Jacket Loaner Program.  The Sunapee Police Department recognizes that we have a beautiful lake here in our town and would like all boaters to enjoy a fun and safe time on the lake.

More Details Given on Fatal Springfield VT Crash

Springfield VT – The Springfield, Vermont Police Department has released further details on the fatal crash which occurred on Wednesday afternoon, June 13th, in Springfield, Vermont.

Police say Barbara Comtois, of Bellows Falls, Vermont, was transported to Springfield Hospital by Springfield Ambulance. She was treated for her injuries en route, however succumbed to her injuries while in the ambulance, and was pronounced deceased at Springfield Hospital.

Douglas Weber, of Springfield, Vermont, was airlifted to DHMC Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, where he is currently being treated for injuries.

In the initial stages of the investigation, indications show Comtois was traveling eastbound on Chester Road/Route 11. Weber was traveling westbound. Police state it appears Comtois’ 2017 Toyota Corolla crossed the center line and struck Weber’s 2006 Ford Taurus. Both vehicles were totaled.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact Cpl. Morancy, at 802.885.2113.

Fatal Accident in Milan NH

Milan NH – On June 15 at approximately 4:53 pm, The New Hampshire State Police-Troop F responded to a motor vehicle fatality in the town of Milan. Investigators learned that Timothy Lacasse 43, of Milan NH was travelling southbound on Route 110 in Milan, when he struck a tractor-trailer headed northbound, driven by Ronald Vigneault, 52 of Norton VT

Lacasse died at the scene as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash.

Although the crash is still under investigation, there is no indication that speed or alcohol are factors in the crash.

Berlin Police Department, US Forestry Service, Milan-Dummer Ambulance, Milan Fire Department, Berlin Fire Department, the Stark Fire Department and the NH DOT assisted state Police at the scene.

Anyone with any information about the crash is encouraged to contact Trooper David Lyon, NH State Police Troop F at (603) 846-3333 or

State Says Sale of Mt. Sunapee Needs State Approval

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Commissioner Sarah Stewart announce details of the proposed transfer of the State’s lease of a portion of Sunapee Mountain State Park to VR NE Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. (“Vail”). As a condition of the Vail transaction, the State lease will need to be assigned. This assignment will require approval by the State.

Attorney General MacDonald and Commissioner Stewart set forth the details of the proposed transaction in a letter sent today to the Governor and Executive Council. A copy of that letter is attached. As noted in the letter, the Attorney General and Commissioner have stressed the importance of transparency and public involvement with respect to the transaction. Information concerning the transaction will be made available on the DNCR website page and there will be a public information session. The link to the DNCR page is

Lebanon Man Arrested for Drug Sale and Breach of Bail

Lebanon NH – On June 14, 2018 at approximately 3:30PM Lebanon Police Officers responded to Walmart on Plainfield Road for a report of a possible drug transaction taking place in the parking lot.
Officers located a male suspect nearby, identified as Gregory Haggerty, Age 31, of Lebanon NH. Haggerty was found to be in possession of Suboxone and Marijuana. It was learned that Haggerty had just sold ten strips of Suboxone to another subject. He was arrested and charged with Sale of the Controlled Drug Suboxone, a Class B felony, Breach of Bail and Possession of Marijuana, a Class A Misdemeanor. Haggerty was out on bail from a previous drug charge. Haggerty refused bail and was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections pending arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court on June 15, 2018.

Updated Downtown Lebanon Parking Map

Lebanon NH – Above is an updated downtown Lebanon Parking Map that depicts the various timed parking zone in and around the downtown area. Those parking in the downtown area should take note of these areas and comply with the time limits on parking spaces. Those who park downtown should pay particular attention to the spaces labeled, “Vendor Parking Only.” These are located on S. Park Street and are reserved for food truck vendors daily from 7AM to 9PM. These spaces are clearly marked with “No Parking” signs. The Lebanon Police Department desires voluntary compliance with these parking ordinances so that the spaces have proper turnover and provide ample parking for all in the downtown area.

Police Seek Public’s Help with ID of Person Who Damaged Thetford VT Bridge

Thetford, Vermont – Over the last several months, over height vehicles have hit the Sayre’s Covered Bridge on Tucker Hill Road in Thetford Center numerous times resulting in minor cosmetic damage to the fascia boards. Most recently, this morning, a vehicle struck both ends of the bridge, believed to have occurred around 7:00 a.m. The bridge, constructed circa 1839, is posted for vehicles with a maximum height of 10’6”. The Thetford Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying vehicles responsible for the damage. Anyone with information can contact the Thetford Police Department’s voicemail line at (802) 785-4608 to leave information.
The Town is concerned that continued impacts can possibly lead to structural damage and loss or closure of one of the Town’s two remaining covered bridges.

Search Warrant in Northfield NH Leads to Two Arrests

Joshua Cross and Paul Costella

On Thursday, June 14, 2018 the New Hampshire State Police Narcotics Investigations Unit, New Hampshire State Police S.W.A.T. Unit, along with members of the Northfield Police Department, executed search and arrest warrants at 55 Ledge Road in the Town of Northfield.  The warrants were executed after a multi-month narcotics investigation conducted by the State Police Narcotics Investigations Unit involving sales of fentanyl and methamphetamine. State Police arrested 41-year-old Joshua Cross of Northfield, NH for sale of a narcotic drug, possession of narcotic drug with intent to distribute and felon in possession of a firearm:

Cross was held on $25,000.00 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on June 15, 2018 at Merrimack Superior Court.

Paul Costella, 45 of Franklin NH  was also located at the residence and subsequently taken into custody for violating the terms of probation:

Costella was held on a 72 hour probation hold at the Merrimack County House of Corrections.

During the search of the residence, suspected fentanyl and two handguns were located.

Ludlow’s Infant Death Ruled Homicide

Ludlow VT – On June 13th the Vermont State Police announced that following autopsy
by the New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner’s Office and subsequent
investigation, the cause of death for Karsen Rickert, age 11 months,
has been determined to be asphyxia due to strangulation and/or
smothering, and the manner of death has been ruled a homicide.

Karsen Rickert is the son of Abigail Wood and Nicholas Rickert.
Emergency personnel responded to the Ludlow residence Wood shares with
her boyfriend, Tyler Pollender-Savery, on January 11 for a report of
an unresponsive infant.  Karsen Rickert was later pronounced deceased
at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
The Vermont State Police is continuing to investigate this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sgt. Mike Dion
of the VSP Major Crime Unit at 802-722-4600.