Local, Regional Briefs

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Post Mills Cemetery Crash Damages Gravestones

Post Mills — Police said a single-vehicle crash damaged several gravestones and a section of fence at the Post Mills Cemetery on Friday night.

Robert Southworth, 62, of West Fairlee, was driving on Route 244 around 5 p.m. when his 2018 Ram pickup truck left the roadway and crashed through the cemetery fence, according to a Thetford Police Department news release.

Southworth, whose vehicle sustained moderate damage, has not been charged in the accident. Road conditions at the time were slippery and rapidly deteriorating because of snow, according to the release.

Police expect that Southworth’s insurance will pay for the property damage, and officers are working with the Post Mills Cemetery Association to identify families who might be affected.

Next of kin with damaged gravestones may contact Thetford officer Michael Scruggs at 802-785-4608 or email him at michael.scruggs@vermont.gov for more information.

Forest Service Honor Guard Adds N.H. Member

Campton, N.H. — A 30-person team that honors the service of fallen U.S. Forest Service employees now has two members from New Hampshire.

The USDA Forest Service Honor Guard attends funeral and graveside services for fallen comrades, as well as parades and other events. Diron Thompkins, a law enforcement officer with the White Mountain National Forest Pemigewasset Ranger District has been a member since 2010. Recently, Matthew Yeramian, the district’s supervisor for visitor services, was selected to join the group.

Thompkins said the service has been humbling.

He described standing guard at the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation Memorial in Maryland recently, and providing comfort to grieving families.

— Staff and wire reports