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Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, July 31, 2014



Thursday, July 31, 2014
Oxbow Student Died 
Of Pulmonary Embolism

Bradford, Vt. — A medical examiner found that pulmonary thromboembolism, wherein arteries in a person’s lungs become blocked, was the cause of death when a respected Oxbow Union High School student suddenly collapsed and died at a Denver airport earlier this summer.

Sean Tillotson, 17, was making a layover with his family on June 30 en route to a leadership conference in Wyoming, according to his obituary.

According to the Mayo Clinic, pulmonary embolisms “in most cases” are caused by blood clots traveling from the legs, or, sometimes, from other parts of the body, in a condition called deep vein thrombosis.

In a written statement released on Wednesday, Tillotson’s parents, Bethanne and Gary, recalled their son as a person who lived life to the fullest, wasn’t afraid to try new things, gave his all and “spoke his mind but was respectful in doing so.”

“Everything he did he loved, and we loved him for it. He was amazing,” they said. “We are so proud of his accomplishments and the young man he had become.”

The Tillotsons said Sean’s interest in the outdoors began at an early age, including in the third grade, when he and his father participated in a program that involved hiking local areas, learning to identify local flora and fauna and discussing habitat conservation methods.

He was an active member of the Bradford and Oxbow communities — including the National Honors Society, 4H, Eagle Scouts, athletics and other programs — whom his peers remembered as a helpful, hard-working person with a great sense of humor.

“Sean touched more lives than we imagined,” the Tillotsons said. “We are grateful beyond words for the time we had with him.”

Cornish Man Charged with Manslaughter Makes Bail

Cornish — The former Cornish road agent who has been charged with manslaughter in a July 16 fatal car accident in Merrimack, N.H., has been released on $50,000 personal recognizance bail.

Kyle Witty, 43, of Cornish, did not enter a plea during his arraignment at Merrimack District Court on Tuesday, and he has a probable cause hearing set for Aug. 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Police allege that Witty was driving a dump truck just before 6 a.m. at the intersection of Route 101A and Continental Boulevard in Merrimack when he failed to stop at a red light and entered the intersection, causing Witty’s car to collide with Elizabeth McQuinn’s car. McQuinn, 60, of Nashua, N.H., died as a result of the accident.

Witty surrendered himself to Merrimack Police on Friday after a warrant was issued for him on the manslaughter charge.

Royalton House Fire Believed to Be Arson

Royalton — Vermont State Police believe a fire that started a little after 2 a.m. on Tuesday in Royalton was intentionally set.

The Royalton Fire Department was called to 1249 Mill Road in Royalton on Tuesday morning after the fire was reported by the owners, Scott and Marcee Laframboise. One of the owners had already extinguished the fire by the time the fire department was on scene. No one was injured, and the residence suffered only minor damages, estimated to be worth about $1,000.

The fire department contacted the State Police to investigate the cause of the fire, and two detectives from the State Police fire investigation unit and an investigator from the division of fire safety visited the scene.

Officers believe the fire was an act of arson.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the arson tip line at 1-800-32-ARSON or Vermont State Police.

Detective Sgt. Steven Otis said State Police are currently investigating a few different leads into the arson case, but would not comment further about the ongoing investigation.

— Staff reports