Three Claremont firefighters were injured Sunday night fighting a fire on 8 Cherry Hill Road in Claremont. Three other Mutual Aid Companies aided in the fire fight. Two firefighters sustained serious burn injuries. The most serious injury is a firefighter with 3rd degree burns to his arms and chest and was airlifted to Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston. The second firefighter with burns was taken to Fletcher Allen in Burlington VT. The third firefighter who had a hand injury was treated at Valley Regional and released. The incident occurred during the initial fire attack operations which started at shortly after 6 pm in a utility shed and quickly spread to the home. All of the residents got out safely. The fire was deemed under control just after 7:30 pm. The names of the injured firefighters are being withheld until families are notified. The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office was contacted and is assisting with the fire investigation
Two Lebanon apartment buildings were voluntarily evacuated and sheltered at the Lebanon Fire Department because of a propane leak on Bank Street Saturday night. Fire officials said they were called to 11 Bank Street just after 8:30 pm for a propane odor and a loud hissing sound. After an investigation firefighters determined the leak was coming out of an ice encased valve assembly cover on a 1000 gallon underground tank. Lebanon Public Works was called to the scene with their with their steam culvert thawing unit to assist in thawing the ice around the valve. Officials determined the cause of the leak was from expanding ice in the valve pit which opened the main tank fill valve. The incident was called under control just before 11:30 pm and residents were allowed to return to their apartments. No injuries or property damage occurred. The Hanover Fire Department assisted on scene and the Enfield Fire Department provided station coverage
New London Fire Department and several mutual aid fire departments fought a fire at 369 Burnt Hill Road in New London. The fire alarm broke out just after 10:30 pm on Friday and destroyed a 40×50 barn. Fire fighters were able to save the home and sugar house that is on the property. No one was injured and all residents were moved to safety. Mutual Aid Companies on the scene until just before 2:00 am. The property belongs to Ben Crowell, owner of Durgin and Crowell in Springfield NH and a member New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association.
Norwich Police Have charged three people with a string of burglaries that have plagued the Norwich community for several months. After a lengthy investigation 23 year old Jeffrey Emerson of West Fairlee, 24 year old Benjamin Kendall of Vershire were charged with several Norwich Burglaries and 21 year old Sarah Balch of Orford NH was charged with Possession of some of the property taken in the burglaries. A small amount of the property has been recovered and will be returned to the rightful owners at the conclusion of the court process. Balch and Kendall have been released on conditions from the court and Emerson is due in court at a later date
The Keene Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in developing information regarding an attempted Armed Robbery.
On February 21, 2014 just before 1am Keene Police went to the Keene Inn on West Street for a disturbance that was ultimately determined to be an attempted Armed Robbery.
A resident of the Keene Inn answered her door and was met by an individual who claimed to be a Child Protective Services Worker. The suspect requested entry into the room under the premise of investigating reported drug use within.
The suspect was able to gain entry to the room when the resident was distracted. Once inside the suspect brandished a firearm, demanded drugs and then searched the room. The suspect then fled the area without taking anything. A subsequent search of the area by the Keene Police was unsuccessful.
The suspect is described as a white male in his mid to late twenties, clean shaven and around 5’8” tall
Ginny Bellacqua, a Representative from Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital who traveled to Claremont from Colebrook
About 30 people attended a Health Care Forum in Claremont on Thursday morning. Joe Kenny, who is running for Ray Burton’s Executive Council seat in District 1, hosted the event “ because this is what Burton would do” said Kenny. One attendee Vicky, from Orford said she could not keep her doctor or hospital and was assigned a Primary Care Provider in VT. She expressed frustrations that after 20 hours of trying to reach Anthem by phone she could not get through to change it. Ginny Bellacqua, a Representative from Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook said they are not in the Network and their largest employer who offered healthcare has closed, and 750 people are now uninsured. In addition 2/3 of their patients have Medicaid or Medicare. Bellacqua said their patients now having to travel 50 miles for medical tests. Kenny noted that other hospitals not in the Network have the same problem and its impacts on NH families. Kenny wants Governor Hassan to form a panel to take on this issue and put forward recommendations on charges to the standards that the insurance commission is utilizing.
Attorney General Joseph A. Foster, State Police Colonel Robert L. Quinn, and Hooksett Police Department Chief Peter Bartlett announce that additional information is available regarding the discovery of a deceased female in Hooksett, New Hampshire.
On Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at approximately 12:07 p.m., a man walking through the woods discovered a female’s body in Hooksett, New Hampshire. That discovery was made in the woods behind the Cinemagic Movie Theater at 1226 Hooksett Road, in Hooksett. The man called 911 and notified authorities about his discovery. Police and EMS responded, confirmed the female was dead, and commenced an investigation into the circumstances of the death.
As part of the investigation, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner completed an autopsy today on the decedent. The decedent’s cause and manner of death have not been definitively determined and are pending additional studies.
When the decedent was found, she had no identification on her person. Investigators eventually determined that she lived in the area and have identified her as 42 year old Cindy Bowdoin, of Hooksett, New Hampshire. It appears that she was last seen alive on Monday morning, February 24, 2014.
The circumstances that led to Ms. Bowdoin’s death are still under investigation.
CONCORD, N.H. – Delano Nelson, 50, of Compton, California, was sentenced in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to 14 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to armed robbery charges, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.
In October and November of 2011, the defendant committed the armed robbery of Hannoush Jewelers in Manchester and Kay Jewelers in Tilton. In July of 2012 he was apprehended in Compton, California, and indicted by a federal grand jury in August, 2012. Walter Williams, also of Compton, California and Shyloe Johnson of Sanbornton, New Hampshire previously pled guilty
and were sentenced for their participation in the robberies.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Manchester Police Department and the Tilton Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Helen White Fitzgibbon. See related story here.
CONCORD, N H: Justin Madigan, 31, of Barrington, was sentenced in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to transportation of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney John P. Kacavas.
In November of 2008 the Portsmouth Police received information that an individual was using America On Line (AOL) to send numerous emails containing images and videos depicting the sexual assault of children.
A further investigation was conducted by the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against
Children and a search warrant for Madigan’s residence was executed. Computer evidence seized was examined and found to contain hundreds of images depicting the sexual assault of young children.
This case was brought in furtherance of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Helen White Fitzgibbon.
An Enfield NH woman was arrested on Wednesday after she allegedly arranged to sell two ounces of marijuana to a high school student last Sunday. Enfield Police say they arrested Sarah Lacroix 20, for Sale of a Controlled Drug, after an investigation. Lacroix was released after posting$5,000 bail. She will be arraigned on the Class B Felony charge in the Second Circuit Court in Lebanon on April 7, 2014.
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