Category Archives: Claremont

Museum Train Coming to Claremont

Amtrak Museum TrainTrain enthusiasts and families are in for a treat. The Amtrak Exhibit Train is coming to Claremont on June 18. The train was originally created to celebrate Amtrak’s 40th anniversary in 2011and it allows visitors to take a complimentary, self-guided tour to learn about Amtrak history.

Claremont’s Mayor, Charlene Lovett says the City is very fortunate.

Last year a  group of citizens and businesses donated time and building materials to build a glass enclosed waiting area for Amtrak’s Vermonter which stops at Claremont Junction two times each day.

Claremont has also organized other activities in conjunction with the event that includes rides for little folks on Tommy the Train, food vendors, information booths, performances by Claremont’s Off Broad Street Players who will provide musical and dramatic vignettes highlighting the railroad’s impact on the people of Claremont and NH.

Lovett says it is the first time the Exhibit Train will be in NH

The Train will be at Claremont Junction on Saturday, June 18 from 10 am – 4pm.

Claremont Citizens Voice Concerns Over Bullpen Sculpture

claremont archesAbout 40 people attended a public hearing, last night on a proposed sculpture in Claremont’s bullpen. Artist Ernest Montenegro had proposed the arch designed sculpture several months ago and was met with opposition for taking away the parking spaces.

Montenegro’s redesign of the project keeps the parking spaces with two18 foot high arches on the edge of the downtown square.  It also keeps the fountain on the south and creates a gravity fed small waterfall on the north end.

Meg Hurley who moved to Claremont about 5 years ago feels Art brings vitality to a community.

George Caccavaro a forty-year resident of the City expressed his dislike for the location.

An $18,000 engineering study is needed in addition to the cost of the project.  Montenegro said a very rough estimate for the art is $350,000, which will be raised through private funding.

The project needs the approval of the Claremont’s City Council before any engineering studies are done, and the project on the agenda for their May 11 meeting.

Claremont Man Faces Manufacturing Meth Charges

brad;ey amesA Claremont NH man is facing charges of manufacturing methamphetamine.  Bradley Ames 57, of School Street was originally taken into custody for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence after making several emergency calls from his School Street home before taking off and acting erratically and speeding in Valley Regional Parking Lot.

After Ames was in custody, Police received a complaint of a chemical odor complaint at Ames’27 School Street residence. The Claremont Police Department had also been collecting information about a possible methamphetamine cook at that address, and a search warrant was obtained. The Claremont Police, New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement Team, and the New Hampshire State Police searched the premises shortly before 4:30 pm.  Based on evidence obtained Bradley Ames faces an additional charge of Conspiracy to Commit the Crime of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, a felony. He will be arraigned in the 5th Circuit Court, Claremont District Division tomorrow. Additional arrests are expected as part of this ongoing investigation

Four Teens Injured in Claremont Accident

Claremont Police carTwo teens were extricated and another two received injuries this morning in an accident on Elm Street  in Claremont. Police say the single car accident happened in the 598 Elm Street area just after 11:00 am. The driver of the car Travis Franklin-Tonini  19 of Claremont was not injured.   All four passengers ages 15-16 were taken to Valley Regional Hospital with serious but  not life threatening injuries.

The driver is cooperating with the investigation which is ongoing. Speed appears to have been a factor. The passengers were not wearing seat belts which contributed to the severity of their injuries. This incident remains under investigation.


No Changes to Claremont’s School Warrant

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Heather Irish as Moderator

Claremont voters were kept waiting for the School District’s Moderator to start the District’s Deliberate Session. After twenty minutes, voters were asked to nominate a temporary moderator. Tracy Pope, nominated ex-school member Heather Irish voted in unanimously to moderate the session. All of Claremont’s warrants remain unchanged. Although Claremont’s Operating Budget of $34,131,283 is lower than its default budget of $$34,433,886 there is a tax increase of .51 cents per thousand. SAU 6 Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin explained the increase is due to the cap on school adequacy aid being removed and Claremont loosing $437,000 from the state.

Claremont homeowners can expect an increase of $1.00 per thousand.

In October of 2015, NH Attorney General Joseph Foster admitted in open court Monday that the cap on adequacy aid is unconstitutional, affirming a key claim in a lawsuit brought by Dover School District on school funding.

Two Men Arraigned in Claremont Stabbings

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L-R Rahman A. Brown, Willie Taylor

Two Claremont men were arrested in connection with two separate stabbings earlier this week. Claremont Police Chief Alex Scott said the first stabbing took place in the early morning hours of Sunday when there was a reported stabbing on Trinity Street. Police found the male victim on Pleasant Street with stabs wombs in the roof of his mouth. The victim was taken to Valley Regional and upon release refused to co-operate with the police.

Police were notified of a second stabbing from Valley Regional Hospital on Tuesday. Because of the man’s injuries he was airlifted to D.H.M.C. in Lebanon with serious but nonlife threatening injuries.

Claremont Police continued the investigation with the aid of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and the NH State Police.

An investigation that Claremont Police began early Sunday morning police arrested two men. Police say a man was stabbed in his mouth area early Sunday morning, but after being treated at Valley Regional Hospital he refused to cooperate with the officers.

Police were continuing the investigation when on Tuesday, Valley Regional Hospital called reporting a patient suffering from stab wounds. The man’s injuries resulted in DHART taking the patient to D.H.M.C. Claremont Police continued the investigation with the aid of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force and the NH State Police.

On Thursday, police executed a search warrant at7 Trinity Street and Rahman A. Brown 34, of White Plains NY was arrested and charged with First Degree Assault. Police also arrested Willie Taylor 41, of Claremont on 2 counts of Felony Sale of Controlled Drug (crack cocaine) in a school zone.

Today both men were arraigned in Claremont District Court.

Brown entered Pleas of not guilty and bail was set at $500,000 cash.

Taylor also entered pleas of not guilty and is being held on $100,000 cash bail. Both men are lodged at the Sullivan County House of Corrections and will have probable cause hearings on February 1.

Claremont Man Pleds Guilty to Child Porn

child pornA Claremont NH man has pled guilty in a Federal Court on Thursday to possession child pornography. Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith said James Bednarcyk, 28 was identified after an undercover investigation in April of 2014 an investigation by VT Attorney General’s Office.

In September of 2014, a search warrant was executed for Bednarcyk’s Claremont residence and a computer was seized. The computer contained a substantial number of images and videos of child pornography. ‘

Bednarcyk is scheduled for sentencing in April 2016. He faces a maximum prison term of 10 years, to be followed by term of at least 5 years of supervised release and a fine of up to$250,000.


Trump Has Record Crowd in Claremont

trump in  ClaremontPresidential Candidate Donald Trump set a record for the crowd at Stevens High School on Tuesday night. About 1,600 people attended Trump’s rally at the high school in Claremont on Tuesday. Many attendees braved the freezing temperatures and stood in the lines for over 2 hours like Debbie Bartholomew of Springfield VT. Bartholomew said she plans of voting for Trump and so do many other Vermonters.

Trump addressed the crowd on building the wall, second amendment, and NH’s drug problem. When asked by an audience member about women meeting the same fitness requirements for serving in the service, Trump turned the answer to the crowd.

Trump’s next appearance in New England will be in Burlington on Thursday.

Drugs Top Stories for 2015

2015 top storiesOnce again, heroin and drugs were the top stories on WNTK and WUVR. Most everyone has a friend, acquaintance, or a relative affected by this disease. We hope that next year this will change and we can report that the problem is subsiding. However, there were many other daily stories that touched our communities. Newport and Lebanon each welcomed a New Town Manager this year and Claremont’s Town Manager Guy Santagate announced he was retiring in December of 2016.

Kathy Sullivan of Lost my Way Animal Shelter took in a pit bull found emaciated in Claremont. The story and recovery of Hope moved the good people of our community to reach out with donations and love.

Presidential Candidates have been throughout our area this will continue into the New Year.

Our communities are concerned with how they deliver education. Vermont working to consolidate districts and area school districts in NH are looking to break apart.

Some of our more lighthearted stories were, Claremont’s 1st Night2016 Celebration, the premier of the Undie Run at New London’s Winter Carnival, Newport’s Cathy Merrill winning the Armed Wrestling Championship, Unveiling of a Time Capsule in Lebanon, and Enfield Police give $100.00 bills instead of tickets.

The New Year is full of untold stories. If you know of a news events please contact us. We welcome tips, stories and photos.

Claremont Man Arrested in Canaan

vickersA Claremont NH man was arrested in Canaan after he was stopped for driving erratically on Rt 4. Police say David M Vickers, 39, identified himself to police as David A. Anderson of Florida but they determined he was Vickers and driving with a suspended and wanted on an arrest warrant in Nashua for receiving stolen goods.

Vickers was charged with Operating after Suspension (Subsequent Offense) and Disobeying an Officer. He was held at the Grafton County House of Correction for lack of $1000.00 cash bail related to the bench warrant. Vickers is scheduled for arraignment on the new charges on Monday February 22, 2016 in the Lebanon District Court.