Local & Regional Briefs for Friday, July 4, 2014
FILE - In this Friday, June, 28, 2013, file photo, people shop for fireworks at the Pyro City store in Winslow, Maine. Fireworks sales in the state dropped 28 percent between June 2013 and May 2014, based on state sales tax figures. Fireworks became legal for adults over 21 in Maine on Jan. 1, 2012 after the repeal of a six-decade old law. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
Claremont JSL Closes
Claremont — City officials on Thursday closed the city-owned Junior Sports League building, citing “dangerous conditions” that include a faulty furnace exhaust system, lack of a fire/smoke detection system and door-access and other code issues.
City Manager Guy Santagate said the building, a former armory at 45 School St. that has hosted weekly roller skating events for decades, will be closed indefinitely. City officials in a recent inspection found code problems and deferred maintenance at the building. The Junior Sports League has been run by a group of volunteers, but Santagate said concerns about a host of problems with the building led to the closing.
“If you look at the totality of it, I don’t have any trouble doing what we are doing,” he said. “The idea is to (close it now) ... and if we ever reopen it, to have it under some sort of other management.”
Vermont Probe: Fatal Police Shooting Justified
Montpelier (ap) — A police officer was justified when he shot and killed an unarmed drug suspect during a raid because the suspect moved his arm in a way another officer thought was consistent with drawing a firearm, according to a report by the state Attorney General’s Office released Thursday.
The report into the April 4 shooting in a Brattleboro motel found that police Sgt. Mark Carignan shot Michael Santiago twice with a shotgun after Santiago refused to show his hands while police forced their way into a room.
Police had a warrant to search the room for drugs and to take Santiago into custody for suspected violations of the conditions of release in a separate drug case.
Before the raid, according to the report, officers were warned the people in the room could be armed. They also were aware that during an earlier incident Santiago had possessed a knife and resisted arrest.
While police were pushing their way into the room, Santiago moved toward a dresser in the back. Once the door was open Carignan repeatedly told Santiago to show his hands. Santiago ignored the commands and kept his right hand behind his back.
“Santiago advanced toward the officers while moving his right shoulder and arm — an officer described the motion as being consistent with drawing a firearm,” the Attorney General’s Office said in a news release. “When Santiago did so, Carignan shot him twice.”
Police found drugs and cash in the room but no firearms.