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News Briefs: Wednesday, July 18

Hanover Dispatch to Test Emergency Notification System

Hanover — Residents throughout the Upper Valley might receive a test call on Thursday morning from Hanover dispatch’s emergency notification system.

Hanover dispatch, along with Grafton County dispatch, will be testing its CodeRED system at 10 a.m. Thursday. The message will inform people that it is a test and if the call is unanswered, a voicemail will be left.

Doug Hackett, communications coordinator for Hanover police, said Hanover dispatch has a database with thousands of home and business phone numbers for people in the dispatch center’s 26-town coverage area, which runs from Topsham, Vt., to Springfield, N.H. He said the reverse messaging program is used to let residents know about emergencies in their area.

For instance, Hanover dispatch has used the notices to alert residents of a missing person report, and in Hanover, it has been used to let Hanover residents know about hydrant flushing.

It’s become more common for individuals to no longer use a home landline and instead use their cell phones. Hanover dispatch is encouraging residents to submit their information so they can receive alerts. Residents can visit www.hanovernh.org or call 603-640-3333 to submit their telephone number or email address.

Propane Vapors Ignite Brush Fire on Shopping Strip

West Lebanon — Lebanon firefighters extinguished a small grass fire behind the Route 12A Price Chopper just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday.

Fire Captain Andy White said when Suburban Propane workers disconnected a hose from a propane tank, some residual gas vapor leaked out and was ignited by a nearby propane preheater.

The flames burned a patch of grass near a wooded area behind the plaza, just behind several underground propane tanks.

“I think the wind direction was just wrong and it moved that vapor ... and it went from there,” White said.

He said workers were filling propane tanks at the time of the incident.

He didn’t consider the fire suspicious.

Family Fights Cops After Knives Nixed at Fun Park

Salem, N.H. — Five members of a Vermont family assaulted police officers during a melee that erupted when security guards at a New Hampshire amusement park told them to leave their knives in the car, police said Tuesday.

The fracas started at about 1:30 p.m. Monday when the Perry family tried to enter Canobie Lake Park in Salem. Some of the family members had knives on their belts and were told they couldn’t bring them into the park, police said.

The family became belligerent and eventually two Salem officers responded to quell the disturbance. The family became more irate, yelling profanities at the officers in front of other visitors, police said.

After several verbal warnings, an officer told one man he was under arrest and tried to handcuff him, leading to the fight that included people jumping on the backs of the officers, punching, kicking and grabbing for their weapons, police said.

Two officers were injured, including one who was treated at a hospital for a dislocated shoulder.

As backup officers arrived, the mother of the family faked a seizure, police said. She was examined by paramedics and released at the scene.

Those arrested included Joshua Perry, 23, of Sutton, Vermont, who was charged with felony riot, resisting arrest with serious injury, trespassing and disorderly conduct. Brian Perry, 18, of Lyndonville, was charged with felony riot, assault and resisting arrest.

E. Allan Perry, 45, of Lyndon, was charged with felony riot, felony assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. All three were held on $10,000 cash bail, assigned a public defender and scheduled to return to court on June 25.

Damian Perry, 18, of Lyndonville, was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing. Ashley Perry, 20, of Sutton, was charged with disorderly conduct and trespassing. Each was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. It could not immediately be determined if they had lawyers.— Staff and wire reports