NH Scam Victims Using Western Union May Be Compensated

NH Attorney General, Gordon J. MacDonald announced yesterday that NH residents who used Western Union to wire money for a scam may apply for compensation.  The compensation is a $586 million dollar fund administered by the Department of Justice’s Victim Asset Recovery Program.  The fund is related to NH and 49 other States, the District of Columbia and Western Union settlement announced in January.

If you do not receive a claim form in the mail but believe you, may have an eligible claim, please visit http://www.westernunionremission.com or call 1-844-319-2124 for more information on how to file a claim. All claims forms must be mailed back to the settlement administrator by February 12, 2018.

VSP Seize 154 Bags of Heroin During I-91 Traffic Stop

Vermont State Police seized 154 bags of heroin from a car after a motor vehicle stop on I-91 near mile marker 31shortly before 1:00 AM on Tuesday.  Police said they stopped the vehicle for speeding in Westminster and during the investigation discovered the driver Aaron L Gobin of Hartland VT had an extraditable arrest warrant from NH.  Further, into the investigation, it was discovered that Gobin and his passenger Dylan T. Avery of Barre VT were in possession of heroin.  Officers seized 154 bags of heroin from the vehicle.  Both men were arrested and ordered held at the Southern State Correctional Facility. Gobin was charged with Possession of Heroin, Importation of Heroin and being a fugitive from justice, and Avery was charged with Possession of Heroin, Importation of Heroin. Both will be arraigned on Nov. 24th at the Windham County Criminal Court to answer the charges.

Vernon VT Man Killed in Fatal Accident on I-91 in Vernon

On 11/14/17, at approximately 2216 hours, the Vermont State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 91 north, in the area of mile marker 4, in the town of Vernon. Investigation determined that vehicle one was traveling north on Interstate 91 when it departed the roadway and collided with a tree. The operator of the vehicle, 41 year old Adam Vergobbe, was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

 

Anyone with information into this matter is encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police at the above number. Information can also be submitted anonymously online at www.vtips.info or text “crimes” (274637) to keyword: VTIPS

 

NH Insurance Department Issues Guidance Finding Help with Insurance Enrollment

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Insurance Department encourages consumers who need to select a health insurance plan during the open enrollment period to seek the help of an insurance agent or broker or a Federal Navigator, if needed. Residents can receive assistance from these types of in-person assisters at no additional cost during the open enrollment period. Open enrollment began November 1 and ends December 15, 2017.

Insurance agents and brokers can assist consumers with enrolling in a health insurance plan through HealthCare.gov, through an agent or broker, or directly from an insurer. Agents and brokers can recommend specific plans to their clients based on their health care needs and budget, and appointments are free during open enrollment. The Insurance Department encourages consumers who do not receive premium assistance on HealthCare.gov to seek help from an agent or broker to identify all plan options. The Insurance Department website features a federally-created list of agents and brokers who are certified to sell plans on HealthCare.gov, although many also sell plans outside of HealthCare.gov. Consumers may also visit the Find Local Help tool on HealthCare.gov to find a local agent or broker.

Navigators are funded and trained by the federal government to provide free help to consumers, small businesses, and their employees as they look for health coverage options through the Marketplace, including completing eligibility and enrollment forms. They are required to be unbiased, meaning they cannot recommend a specific plan. Certified Application Counselors are certified by the federal government and are based at nonprofit organizations and hospitals. NH residents can find a Navigator using the Find Local Help tool on HealthCare.gov.

Even if consumers like their 2017 plan, they should still shop and compare options for 2018, and they can do this with in-person help. The options available are changing for 2018, meaning some 2017 plans may not be available. All Minuteman Health plans will terminate on December 31, 2017. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care will not offer its New Hampshire Network plans on HealthCare.gov for 2018, but it will offer its ElevateHealth Network. If NH residents have the Harvard Pilgrim New Hampshire Network, they will need to review their provider needs and select a plan accordingly. Network and prescription drug formulary information for 2018 plans sold on HealthCare.gov can be found here.

Plans may also change their in-network providers and prescription drug coverage from year to year. If consumers don’t take any action, HealthCare.gov will automatically enroll them in a plan that is considered “similar” to their current plan; but that plan may not have a similar premium, and their doctors and prescription drugs may not be in network.

NH residents with 2017 coverage received a renewal letter from their insurance company – but the letter’s estimate of what they may pay in monthly premium might be not accurate if they receive a subsidy. This is because precise subsidy information was not available at the time the letters were prepared. If a consumer qualifies for subsidies on HealthCare.gov, the Insurance Department encourages those individuals to use the plan preview tool to get an estimate of their subsidy and premium amounts for 2018.

The NH Insurance Department Can Help:

More information for New Hampshire residents about open enrollment may be found on the Insurance Department’s website. If you have questions about or issues with using the Marketplace and obtaining coverage, please call the federal government at (800) 318-2596. Once you have coverage, please contact the Insurance Department with questions or concerns at 1-800-852-3416 or (603) 271-2261, or by email at consumerservices@ins.nh.gov.

Winchester NH Man Killed in I-91 Crash

A Winchester NH man was killed in a single car accident on I-91 south in Ascutney VT, Tuesday afternoon.  Vermont State Police said 31-year-old Michael Calder was driving south on I-91 in the passing lane when he gradually travelled to the left, leaving the road before colliding with a guardrail and down an embankment.  Calder was taken to Ascutney Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Members of the Ascutney and Springfield Fire Departments assisted Vermont State Police at the scene. This crash remains under investigation.

Vermonters Can Get Compensation for Scams Wired Through Western Union

Vermonters who used Western Union to wire money for a scam may apply for compensation.  The compensation is from a $586 million dollar fund administered by the Department of Justice’s Victim Asset Recovery Program.  The fund is related to Vermont and 49 other States, the District of Columbia and Western Union settlement announced in January.

If you do not receive a claim form in the mail but believe you may have an eligible claim, please visit http://www.westernunionremission.com or call 1-844-319-2124 for more information on how to file a claim. All claims forms must be mailed back to the settlement administrator by February 12, 2018.

 

 

Newbury Swears in New Chief

It is official. Newbury NH’s Interim Police Chief, Sergeant Brad Wheeler is now Chief of Police. Wheeler was promoted last night with Sunapee, New London, Wilmot, and Bradford Police Departments present for the swearing-in ceremony.  Chief Brad Wheeler has been a police officer for the Town of Newbury in 2001. He has been an Officer, Master Patrol Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Interim Chief and now appointed to the position of Chief.

Congratulations and best wishes to Chief Brad Wheeler.

New London Reminds Residents of Winter Parking Restrictions

After the snowfall yesterday, the Town of New London wants to remind residents of state and town winter regulations concerning parking and snow removal.
If you deposit snow or ice upon a traveled roadway or public sidewalk that would cause it to be unsuitable for travel by person, vehicle, or snowplow. It is a violation with a $25.00 fine.

It is a misdemeanor to cover a fire hydrant with snow, ice, or any debris that causes the fire hydrant to be inaccessible.

If you park a motor vehicle on any street or way or in any public parking lot within the Town of New London between the hours of 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM from November 1 to April 1 it is a violation with a $25.00 penalty.

During a declared snow emergency, if you park a motor vehicle on the side of Main Street designated by the New London Highway Department and the NH DOT with signage indicating temporary no parking for the duration of the emergency, it is a violation with a $25.00 penalty.

New London thanks everyone for cooperating with these winter regulations.

Concord Man Arraigned For Drug Death

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Concord Police Chief Bradley Osgood announce the arrest and arraignment of Spencer Grayson, age 21, of Concord, for dispensing a drug which caused the death of Ryan Smith of Concord. Grayson was charged with dispensing a quantity of a controlled drug and three counts of sale of controlled drug.
Ryan Smith, age 30, died at Concord Hospital after ingesting a fatal amount of the controlled drugs fentanyl and methamphetamine on July 25-26, 2017, behind the Cumberland Farms located at 196 North Main Street in Concord. Members of the Concord Police Department have been actively investigating the circumstances of Smith’s death, and Grayson’s subsequent sales of a controlled drug to an undercover Concord Police detective. A warrant was issued for Grayson’s arrest. On November 10, 2017, Northfield Police officers responded to an emergency call and they encountered Grayson at the scene. A Northfield officer recognized Grayson, confirmed the Concord Police Department warrants were active, and took Grayson into custody.
Grayson was arraigned this afternoon in Merrimack County Superior Court. He waived his arraignment on all five felony complaints: two complaints concerning Ryan Smith’s death and three complaints regarding Grayson’s sales to the undercover officer. Grayson’s bail was set at $100,000 cash with various conditions.
The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The police are asking the public for any information pertaining to the investigation. Please contact Lt. Sean Ford at 603-225-8600 or the Concord Regional Crimeline 226-3100.

WRJ Man Hospitalized After Being Hit By Car in Lebanon

At 1:51am on November 11, 2017, Lebanon Communications received a call of a male subject hit by a car and needing medical attention. The crash occurred near the intersection of North Main Street and East Wilder Road. The driver of the car, Derek Moniz, was traveling south on North Main Street and struck 21-year-old Anthony Ciaccia of White River Junction, Vermont who was walking in the roadway. The impairment of the pedestrian appears to be a factor of the accident. It is still under investigation but no charges are anticipated.

Both Lebanon Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene and provided medical care to Ciaccia. Ciaccia was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to be released later in the week.