Category Archives: crime

Bail Set at $100,000 Cash for Claremont Woman

murder-for-hireBail was set at $100,000 cash for a Claremont woman who orchestrated an alleged murder for hire plot.  Court documents show that 20-year-old Monique Earle told another woman she befriended at a domestic violence shelter that she wanted the woman who stole her boyfriend dead. Earle told her friend, she wanted the woman kidnapped, drugged, tortured and raped for several days before being murdered. Earle claimed she did not want the woman near her kids since she had ruined her life.  Her friend notified law enforcement.

Later Earle made the same request to the undercover officer posing as a potential hitman. Earle offered him $500.00 and her Juicy Couture purse. The undercover agent said he would need to check with his boss to see if $500.00 was enough and left. Upon his return, Earle went on a ride with him, and showed where the intended victim worked and where she lived. The undercover officer said he would need her purse as a down payment, Earle emptied its contents and gave it to him.

Earle will have a probable cause hearing on Dec. 8, 2016. Sullivan County Marc Hathaway is prosecuting the case.

Three Arrested for Burglary in Quechee


L-R Shalon Barth Alicia Kelley , and Kristopher Royce

On November 27, 2016 Hartford officers investigating a report of suspicious persons that knocked on resident’s door in Quechee asking to use the phone, made contact with three subjects carrying bags of household items, alcohol, jewelry and electronics. After canvassing the area, it was discovered that a nearby seasonal home had been forcibly entered through a back window. After matching the items to the residence, the three individuals were arrested. 27 year old Kristopher Royce of Springfield, VT, 28 year old Alicia Kelley of Brewster, MA, and 26 year old Shalon Barth of Hartford, VT were all lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 cash or surety bail and scheduled to appear in Vermont Superior Court – Windsor Division on November 28, 2016 at 1230 PM to answer the charges of Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property. Police are still investigating if these suspects are responsible for other area burglaries.


Cavendish Stolen ATV Recovered in Springfield

Springfield VT patchOn Saturday shortly after 6:00 Springfield VT police officers were dispatched to the area of Gurney Road for a 911 hang up call. Upon searching the area Officers were flagged down by a passerby who advised that they had witnessed a yellow ATV that looked like the one that was stolen out of Cavendish yesterday. Officers searched the area with negative results.
A second 911 call came in that the ATV was driving up and down Whitcomb Street. Officers responded to the area and upon arrival, observed one male wearing black clothing run behind the residence towards Park Street. The other male was detained. This male was identified as Aaron Montgomery.
The ATV was located in the backyard of the residence. A VIN check of the vehicle was done and officers were advised that this was the same ATV that was allegedly stolen from Cavendish the day before. After a short investigation Montgomery was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property and transported to the Springfield Police Department for processing.
Officers continued to investigate the other male who took leg bail from the Whitcomb Street area who had been allegedly identified as Matthew Horton and was known to have an outstanding extraditable warrant from NH.
At approximately 08:20 a.m. officers received information that Horton was hiding at a residence located on River Street. Officers responded to the location and allegedly located Horton hiding in a closet. Horton was taken into custody and transported to the Springfield Police Department for processing. Horton was issued a citation to appear at a later date for the alleged Possession of Stolen Property and was lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility on the alleged charge of Fugitive From Justice on $25,000  bail and will be arraigned on  November 28th on the Fugitive charge.
Horton and Montgomery will appear in Windsor County Superior Court Criminal Division on January 17, 2017 to answer to the alleged possession of Stolen Property char

Washington Woman Faces Negligent Driving Charge

washington police smallOn November 25, 2016, while running radar during a speed enforcement grant provided by the NH Highway Safety Agency, Washington Police Lt. Steven Marshall stopped a vehicle for travelling nearly 3 times the posted 35 mph speed limit.

Lt. Marshall was running stationary radar on Lempster Mountain. Rd. at 3:59 pm when he observed a Honda Pilot coming toward him reaching a maximum speed of 94 mph.  He pulled out after the vehicle, which slowed drastically upon passing the cruiser, and stopped the vehicle in Washington Village.  The operator, Keagan Manning-Hardy, age 25, of Washington stated that he had been involved in a road rage type incident with another vehicle and was trying to get distance from that vehicle.

Manning-Hardy was issued a summons to appear in the 5th Circuit Court-Newport in January, 2017 to answer a charge of Negligent Driving.

NH CEO Sentenced for Bank Fraud

issiA CEO of a Berlin NH Business has been sentenced in multi-million-dollar bank fraud case.  Former CEO of bankrupt Isaacson Structural Steel, Inc. Arnold Hanson 66 of Nashua NH will serve three years of supervised release including six months of home confinement and six months of curfew. In addition, Hanson must pay $300,000 restitution by January 1, 2017.

The U.S. attorney’s office for VT said Hanson and the company’s. former chief financial officer Steven Griffin along with David Driscoll, outside accountant collaborated to inflate the company’s inventory on hand and other finances when applying for financing with the St. Johnsbury-based Passumpsic Savings Bank and other financial institutions. The loans totaled 12 million dollars and included a $2 million loan guaranteed by the Small Business Administration.

Hartford Police Dept. Seeks Information on Burglaries

hartford patchThe Hartford Police Department is investigating what appears to be a series of daytime, residential burglaries having occurred at homes in the Hartford Village area.  Three additional burglaries have occurred in downtown White River Junction.  The most recent burglary was reported Monday evening where the homeowner surprised a man (no further description) that had removed cash from the home located off of South Main Street before fleeing.  In more than half of the fourteen incidents reported since August, suspects have entered the homes through unlocked doors, removing cash and coins, jewelry, electronics, silverware and other portable valuables.

Residents are reminded to close and lock all doors at night and before leaving home, and are further asked to report all suspicious persons or vehicles to police by calling 911.  The investigation continues.  Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Officer Chris Aher at 802-295-9425

VT Man Arrested in Canaan for Marijuana Sale

drug-bust-canaanOn November 11, 2016 Canaan Police Officers arrested Arthur Lee Clark, age 42 of Cornwall, Vermont. Clark was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and attempted sale of a controlled drug.

15032859_1463876320309193_5806257540573546247_n1Clark arranged to meet with undercover Canaan Police Officers to sell an agreed upon amount of marijuana. Clark was arrested at the scene and his vehicle was seized.

After executing a search warrant on Clark’s vehicle, officers recovered approximately thirteen ounces of high-grade marijuana and cash. The search also uncovered additional evidence of drug sales. The marijuana has a street value of approximately $4,400.

The drug possession and attempted sales charges are a Class B Felony and each charge carries a maximum sentence of 7 years in prison.

Clark was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail to ensure his appearance in the 2nd Circuit Court – District Division – Lebanon on Monday January 9, 2017.

Springfield VT Man To Be Extradited To NH

walmart-iA Springfield VT man who was arrested in Oct for being a fugitive from justice will be extradited to NH.  Jared Stockman 34, a construction worker waived extradition and agreed to face felony shoplifting charges in Lebanon.

Lebanon Police Department issued the arrest warrants in August for 2 felony counts of shoplifting and attempted shoplifting.  Stockman allegedly stole several hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise on May 28, and over $650.00 worth of goods on June 1 from the from the West Lebanon Walmart. The date of his hearing is not yet known. See related story here. 

Claremont Men Arrested for Burglaries

 claremont-burglarySince October 5, 2016 the Claremont Police Department has been investigating two commercial burglaries  that occurred  during the late evening of October 4th and/or early morning  of October 5th_ These two commercial burglaries were previously the subject of a press release. The two business were T-Bird Mini Mart on Charlestown Road and the Head Start Preschool on Charlestown Road. On October 26th the Claremont Police Department responded to a report of a commercial burglary at Howe Motors  on Charlestown  Road.  Based on the ongoing investigations of these burglaries, the Claremont  Police Department began  to monitor  Marro Home Center. On November 8 2016 shortly after 1:30 am officers discovered a burglary in progress at Marro Home Center.   Found in the building was Mark Perry 37, of Claremont.

Mr. Perry was ultimately arrested for burglary (Marro Home Center). He was arraigned in the 5th Circuit Court, Claremont District Division on November 9, 2016 at which time a plea of not guilty was entered . Bail was set in the amount of $5,000 cash only.

On today’s date a search warrant was executed at 112 Charlestown Road, Apartment #4 as part of the investigation into the burglaries noted above. As a result of the search warrant and the ongoing investigation Justin Daisy 25, Claremont, NH was arrested on two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary (Howe Motors and Marro Home Center) and one count of possession of a stolen firearm. Daisy will be arraigned in the 5th Circuit Court, Claremont District Division  on November  11, 2016.

The investigations are ongoing and Mr. Perry is likely to face additional charges.

Windham VT Sheriff Seeks Info on Stolen Trailer

windham sheiiffThe Windham VT Sherriff’s Office is asking the public for help with information on a theft of a trailer containing four snowmobiles. A 2000 black Renegade trailer was stolen on October 15, from D&R Auto on Rt. 123 in Westminster. The enclosed trailer bears the VT license plate APL457 and has a V shaped front and has a large rear door.  Snowmobiles inside are a 2005 Artic Cat, and 2005,2004,2003 Ski Doos.  Two Vehicles associated with the theft are a red or maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee early to mid 2000’s. The second is a newer GMC pickup, possibly Denali edition with a crew cab with a chrome grill. Anyone with any information is asked to please contact Deputy Rheaume with the Windham County Sheriff’s Office at (802) 365-4942.