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July 17. 2014 10:39PM

Ashuelot Post Office to reopen in the fall

ASHUELOT — The Ashuelot Post Office will be back up and running this fall, according to the U.S. Postal Service Boston office.

“Currently, we are working with the landlord on repairing the Post Office and we are aiming to reopening in the fall,” communications spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service Melissa Lohnes said in an email Thursday.

The Post Office that serves the village of Ashuelot, in the town of Winchester, closed June 8 after a speeding motorist crashed a car into the building and caused extensive damage.

Since then, Ashuelot box holder mail has been diverted to the Winchester Post Office.

The Ashuelot Post Office building sustained significant damage June 8 after a Keene man drove a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass that is owned by an Ashuelot woman into it.

Gage B. Gushlaw, 21, of Keene was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated among other charges.

Winchester police responded to Keene Road in Winchester that evening for a report of a domestic disturbance taking place in a stopped car.

Police arrived to find Gushlaw had been in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, a 24-year-old Keene woman, who had been taken away from the scene by a Winchester resident. Gushlaw then left the scene to follow the car that was taking his girlfriend back to Keene.

Police were still on the scene taking information when Gushlaw sped by the officers on Keene Road, in the direction of downtown Winchester.

Police pursued the Oldsmobile, but lost sight of the car.

Hinsdale police responded to assist and saw Gushlaw traveling west on Route 119 at a high rate of speed.

Gushlaw reportedly lost control of the Oldsmobile and crossed Route 119 and into a fence.

The Oldsmobile continued into the side of the Ashuelot Post Office at 8 Main St.

The Oldsmobile came to a rest halfway outside the far wall of the post office building.

After a short foot chase, Gushlaw was apprehended by police and charged with driving after revocation, conduct after an accident, disobeying an officer, reckless driving, aggravated DWI, simple assault, speeding and passing a solid line on the highway.

At his June arraigned in the 8th Circuit Court District Division in Keene his bail was held at $10,000. He is expected to appear again in court July 28.

mpierce@newstote.com


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