Local & Regional Briefs for Tuesday, April 15

West Lebanon Plazas Warned of Potential Flooding

West Lebanon — Fire officials are alerting merchants, particularly those in the Upper Valley and Kmart plazas, of possible flooding this week.

Due to snowmelt and predicted rainfall, the Connecticut River is expected to crest at 24.4 feet in West Lebanon early Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The flood stage of the river is 18 feet.

The predicted crest does not take into account the fact that the Mascoma Lake is at or above capacity, Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Christopoulos, Jr. said in an email Monday. Outflows from the lake may drive up water levels on both the Mascoma and Connecticut rivers, he said.

Christopoulos said he would be monitoring river gauges throughout the day and evening on Tuesday and he would provide alerts to the community through the LebAlert notification system.

Man Charged With Assaulting Head of Security at Dartmouth

Hanover — A 57-year-old Hanover man was arrested after entering Parkhurst Hall, the building where the Dartmouth College president’s office is located, and becoming “disruptive, aggressive, threatening” and allegedly assaulting a campus security officer, according to police.

David Vincelette was charged with disorderly conduct and simple assault for allegedly assaulting Harry Kinne, the director of Dartmouth’s Safety and Security. Hanover Police Capt. Frank Moran said Vincelette charged at Kinne and forcibly struck his chest. Handcuffs were eventually placed on Vincelette’s feet and he was escorted out of the building.

Moran said all available officers from his department came to the scene because all that was initially known about the call was that it was an “out of control person.” Moran said he did not know why Vincelette had entered Parkhurst Hall.

Vincelette has long asserted that crushed asphalt entering Mink Brook and other water sources was releasing harmful chemicals into the water. But in 2005, tests of water in Storrs Pond showed no signs of contamination from recycled asphalt pavement.

This is the second time Hanover Police have arrested Vincelette this week. He was arrested on April 10 for disorderly conduct when he was at the Gile Hill development in Hanover, where the town and contractors were grinding and redistributing asphalt, Moran said. Vincelette was disrupting the work that was being done, Moran said.

Vincelette was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Lebanon Circuit Court on May 19. — Staff reports