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Two VT Men Sentenced On Drug Charges In NH

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Two Vermont men plead guilty in Cheshire NH Superior Court to selling heroin causing a death. Daniel Fogg 27 of West Townsend and Francis Mayhle III  25 of Peru plead guilty to charges related to selling heroin, which caused the death of Dakota “Cody” Kilburn 23 of Manchester Centre VT. Fogg pled guilty to selling heroin with death resulting, witness tampering and falsifying physical evidence. Mayhle pled guilty to conspiracy to sell heroin and dispensing heroin with death resulting.

In November 2015, Fogg was selling heroin from a Chesterfield NH residence and sold heroin to Mayhle who dispensed the drug to Dakota Kilburn resulting in his death.

Fogg was sentenced to 6 1/2 to 14 years in the state prison with one year suspended from the minimum sentence. He also received two suspended sentences for witness tampering and falsifying physical evidence charges

Mr. Mayhle was sentenced to twelve months at the house of corrections for conspiracy to sell heroin. He also received a suspended sentence of 4 to 8 years in state prison for dispensing heroin that caused Mr. Kilburn’s death. Both men were ordered to pay restitution to the Kilburn family to cover costs associated with Mr. Kilburn’s death.


Claremont Pastor Killed When Car Slips Off Jack

accidental-deathOn Saturday October 29, 2016 at approximately 6:55 pm Claremont Emergency Services were called to White Hill Road in Claremont for a report of a 56 year old male trapped under a vehicle. Upon arrival responders learned that the victim was deceased . The victim was working underneath a vehicle when the jack that was holding the vehicle up slipped and the vehicle came down on the victim. Police say Pastor Kenneth Laclair  56 Of White Hill Road in Claremont was found within 30-40 minutes of the vehcile slipping off the jack. Emergency responders included the Claremont Fire Department, Golden Cross Ambulance and the Claremont Police Department

Charlestown Man Killed in Afternoon Crash

fatal accidentA Charlestown man was killed this afternoon after his bicycle collided with a car in Charlestown.  Just after 4:00 pm the Charlestown Police Department and the New Hampshire State Police, Troop C, responded the collision  on Route 12 near the intersection of Route 12A in Charlestown.
The preliminary investigation determined that the bicyclist, identified as Lance Torrey, age 50, of Charlestown was traveling north on Route 12 in the northbound breakdown lane when for unknown reasons he veered into the northbound travel lane into the path of a northbound Acura Integra which struck him. The Acura was driven by Jeremiah Lawrence, age 23, of Claremont. Mr. Torrey was transported to the Springfield Hospital in Springfield, Vermont where he was pronounced dead. Mr. Lawrence was not injured. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors in this collision.
The NH State Police are handling the investigation and were assisted on scene by members of the Charlestown Police Department, and the Charlestown Fire and Rescue Departments. Route 12 was closed and traffic diverted in the area for approximately four hours while the scene was documented.
The collision remains under investigation; however it does not appear that any criminal charges will be filed. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Trooper Charles Newton at 223-8494.

Alaskan Man Drowns in CT River

cornishAfter an hour and a half search Upper Valley first responders found the body of an Alaskan man who drowned in the Connecticut River in Cornish last night. Cornish Police Chief Douglas Hackett said first responders from Cornish, Meriden, Windsor, Lebanon, Hanover and Hartford VT recovered the body of a 21-year-old AmeriCorps Member shortly after 7:15 pm.  The man had been swimming with a female AmeriCorp member near the Blow Me Down Farm disappeared in the water just after 5:30 pm and she reported the incident.  Both were working with the Student Conservation Association at St. Gaudens National Park. The name of the deceased male is being withheld pending notification of family members

Local Man Found Deceased Under Car in Moody Park

claremont policeClaremont Police, Claremont Fire and Golden Cross Ambulance responded to a report that someone was trapped under a car in Moody Park off of Maple Ave.  It was reported the vehicle was off the normal travel portion of the roadway going up into Moody Park.  Upon arrival officers located the car and the person.   Claremont Fire worked to lift the car off of the person and remove him from under the car.   He was removed but was unresponsive and had passed away prior to the vehicle being removed.


The victim has been identified and his immediate family has been notified.   Claremont Police is not releasing the name of the person at this time to allow the family time to make notifications to the extended family.  The name of the victim will be released in an updated press release on August 22, 2016.  The victim is a 37 year old male from the Claremont/Charlestown area.


It appears that the victim was working on his car at this location and while working under the car the equipment that he was using became loose and the vehicle fell on him.   The incident remains under investigation by the Claremont Police Department.

Investigation into Death of Inmate at SCCF

sullivan county house of correctionsUnity, NH: The Sullivan County Sheriff s Office and the NH State Police are investigating the manner and cause of the death of a protective custody inmate at the Sullivan County Department of Corrections. Edward Hawkins, 50, of Claremont, NH, was taken into protective custody by the Claremont Police Department and taken to the Department of Corrections at approximately 3:00 AM on Friday, June 10, 2016. Following DOC policy, Hawkins was placed  into a single observation cell, where he was subject to regular observation by corrections staff over the next hour.

During observation, a DOC supervisor found Hawkins to be unconscious and unresponsive. DOC staff initiated CPR and called for an ambulance. Correctional officers continued CPR until EMS from Golden Cross Ambulance and Unity Fire Department arrived. Efforts by DOC staff and emergency responders failed to revive Hawkins, and he was pronounced dead by the medical examiner approximately one hour later.

Agencies that responded to the Department of Corrections include the Sullivan County Sheriff s Office, NH State Police, and the Sullivan County Attorney. The NH Attorney General’s Office has also been notified. No further information will be available until the results of the autopsy and toxicology testing are known.

NY Man Killed in I-89 Crash

fatal accidentA New York man was killed yesterday in a car crash just after  4:00 p.m on Friday.Troopers from Troop D responded to Interstate 89 southbound near exit #16, Enfield, NH for the report of a motor vehicle crash.  Police say the registered owner and operator of the vehicle identified as Edward Brown 36, of Central Islip NY.

Troopers ask that you keep Mr. Brown’s family and the witnesses and first responders in your thoughts.

Anyone who witnessed or may have further information regarding the crash is urged to contact Trooper Janell Smith at 603-223-4381.



Flagger Injured From Felled Tree Dies

thetford VT mapA follow up to a story we brought to you in mid February. Donald P. Ferland 22, a traffic control flagger who was injured at a Thetford work-site, has died from his injuries on Monday. Ferland was injured on February 16, when he was struck in the head by tree being felled from the roadside. Mr. Ferland was an employee of New England Tree Experts, of Hardwick, VT.

The NH Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death “blunt impact injuries to the head”. Mr. Ferland remained at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center until his death.

The incident remains under investigation by the Thetford Police Department and the Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA).

Dartmouth Grad Student’s Death Still Under Investigation

Scott SmedinghoffThe Dartmouth reports it was a Dartmouth Grad student who was found deceased by Lebanon Police last Friday. Lebanon Police found Scott Smedinghoff deceased while doing a wellness check.

Smedinhoff 28 earned his bachelor degree in mathematics and physics from Williams College and was a fourth year doctoral student in Dartmouth’s mathematic department.

Smedinhoff was involved in music through the Hopkins Center, most notably as a pianist for the Dartmouth Wind Ensemble. He was also choir director at the First Congregational Church in Thetford, Vermont. Smedinhoff’s death is still under investigation.

Beloved and Key Member of WNTK Laid to Rest

SheilaSheila E. Vinikoor passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on January 8, 2016, in Fort Myers, Florida, at the age of 65.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, to Florence and Milton Bernstein, Sheila grew up in West Orange, New Jersey, and graduated from Beaver College in Glenside, Pennsylvania, in 1972, the same year that she married her beloved Robert. The next year they moved to Norwich,Vermont, where they raised two children, Lisa and Jeffrey.

In addition to being a devoted mother and wife, Sheila worked alongside Robert in building two businesses: a retail satellite electronics business, which they later sold, and a broadcast media company, Koor Communications. Together, they owned and
operated six radio stations in New Hampshire and Vermont, each one known for serving its community with original, relevant local programming. Sheila also had a passion for the visual arts and music, and she shared her joy with family and friends.

Sheila was laid to rest at the Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Iselin, New Jersey, where her parents are also at peace. She is survived by husband Robert of Fort Myers, Florida; daughter Lisa and daughter-in-law Dr. Alyssa Finn of Brooklyn, New York;
son Jeffrey of South Orange, New Jersey; sister Linda Krisch and family of Allentown, Pennsylvania; brother Dr. Kenneth Bernstein and family of Needham, Massachusetts; sister-in law Florence Gold and family of Billings, Montana; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Sheila was a gentle and elegant person who passed through life with a quiet grace,she will be remembered for her care and love for others, and her passing has created a huge emptiness in the hearts of those who knew her.

In lieu of flowers,Sheila would have wanted those who wish to do so, to make a contribution to their favorite charity.