NHF&G Operation Game Thief Offers $1,000 Reward In Falcon’s Death

On May 5, 2018 a Peregrine Falcon was found dead at a home on Twin Brook Avenue in Salem, NH at approximately 4pm.  It was identified as a male Peregrine Falcon that was hatched/fledged from Brady Sullivan Tower in Manchester in 2012 according to banding records.  The falcon died of a single gunshot wound, from a small caliber firearm, that entered the birds breast and passed out the back of the bird.  Due to the severity of the wound, death would have been almost immediate and it is not believed the bird traveled a significant distance.  The falcon was x-rayed to determine whether any bullet fragments remained, none were found.

Conservation Officer Chris McKee has gone door to door in the neighborhood attempting to gain additional information that could lead to an arrest.  No credible leads have been found to date and it is not known if anyone witnessed the shooting.  He continues to make regular stops by these residences until he makes contact with the homeowners.

After consulting with CO McKee the Operation Game Thief Board of Directors have issued a $1,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the violator.  The Board has also established a GoFundMe page (Operation Peregrine Falcon) so the public can contribute to the reward amount if they wish.  The public is encouraged to keep updated on the case via our Facebook page.

As always the individual is encouraged to turn himself in to law enforcement to avoid further penalties.  If you have information on this case, you are urged to call the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-344-4262 or report online at www.nhogt.org.  Callers may remain anonymous if they wish.

The incident remains under active investigation by the New Hampshire Fish & Game Dept., US Fish & Wildlife Service and the Salem Police Department.


Police Seek Information on Haverhill Man After Suspicious Fire

Haverhill NH – At approximately 12:18 am on the morning of 6/19/2018 the Haverhill Police Department and the Haverhill Corner Fire Department responded to 730 Mt. Moosilauke Hwy. in Haverhill for a report of a structure fire.   Through investigation at the scene it was determined the circumstances surrounding the fire were suspicious.  The resident of that address, 37 year old Daniel Wyman, is missing and possibly in danger.  Wyman was last seen leaving 286 Mt. Moosilauke Hwy. in Haverhill at approximately 12:16 hours on 6/19/18.  Wyman is described as being 5’10” approximately 180 pounds with brown hair and green eyes (photograph attached).

Anyone with any information relating to either the fire or the possible whereabouts of Daniel Wyman is requested to contact the Haverhill Police Department  at 603-787-2222.

This investigation is being conducted in coordination with the NH State Police, NH Fish and Game, and NH Fire Marshalls.

Missing Lebanon Man Found Deceased in Berlin MA

On 6/19/18 the Lebanon Police Department sought the public’s help with locating 41 year-old Shannon White, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, who had been missing since June 18th. Unfortunately, Mr. White was found deceased in Berlin, Massachusetts on June 19th.
The Worcester County, Massachusetts, District Attorney’s Office is now handling this case. Any further information concerning Mr. White will be released via their office. We appreciate the public’s help in attempting to locate Mr. White and send our sincere condolences to his family.On 6/19/18 the Lebanon Police Department sought the public’s help with locating 41 year-old Shannon White, of Lebanon, New Hampshire, who had been missing since June 18th. Unfortunately, Mr. White was found deceased in Berlin, Massachusetts on June 19th.
The Worcester County, Massachusetts, District Attorney’s Office is now handling this case. Any further information concerning Mr. White will be released via their office. We appreciate the public’s help in attempting to locate Mr. White and send our sincere condolences to his family.

Pembroke Man Arrested for Sexual Assault

Twin Mountain NH – On September 25, 2017, the New Hampshire State Police-Troop F received a call from an adult female victim reporting she had been sexually assaulted in the town of Dummer, New Hampshire.  After a months-long investigation conducted by the New Hampshire State Police-Troop F Detective Bureau, Robert Pratt 58, of Pemrke NH was arrested on June 18, and charged with two counts of Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault and was released on $5,000 cash bail. Pratt was ordered to appear before the Coos County Superior Court on July 2, 2018 to answer to the above charges.

Police Seek Public’s Help in Locating Missing Lebanon Man.

Lebanon NH – The Lebanon Police are seeking assistance in locating Shannon White, age 41, of Lebanon, NH. Mr. White was last seen in Marlboro, Massachusetts at the Hampton Inn in the early morning hours of June 18, 2018. He left the hotel driving a 2014 gray Honda Accord, with NH Veteran plate HIRUM, and was believed to be headed back to Lebanon, NH.
Mr. White is described as 5’07, 140 lbs. with salt and pepper hair, and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing dark pants and a light blue dress shirt. Anyone who may have seen Mr. White or his vehicle is asked to call the Lebanon Police Department at 603-448-1212, or the local authorities.

Vermonters Cautioned to Look but Don’t Touch Poison Parsnip

BURLINGTON – State Health and Agriculture officials want Vermonters to steer clear of a common weed often seen along Vermont roadsides. The so-called “poison parsnip” packs a punch that can leave you with the equivalent of a second-degree burn.

Formally known as wild parsnip, these plants grow along roadsides and unmaintained areas throughout Vermont, with flowers that look like a yellow version of Queen Anne’s lace.

The plant produces a sap that contains chemicals called psoralens that react to sunlight. Skin that comes in contact with the sap becomes hyper-sensitive to ultraviolet light, and can result in redness, burns similar to a second-degree sunburn, painful rashes and raised blisters. Reactions to the sap and sunlight usually begin 24 to 48 hours after contact.

Wild parsnip is the same plant as the common garden parsnip we eat in soups and stews. The flower heads are the second-year growth from the carrot-like roots. The plant is a close relative of carrots, parsley, angelica and giant hogweed, all of which can cause similar skin reactions in sensitive individuals.

The good news is that in order for a reaction to occur, your skin has to come into direct contact with the sap. This is different than plants such as poison ivy or stinging nettles, which can spread their chemical defenses on you just by your brushing up against the plant itself.

If you get wild parsnip sap on your skin:

  • Wash the skin thoroughly with soap and water as soon as possible.
  • Protect the exposed skin from sunlight for at least 48 hours.
  • If you experience a skin reaction, call your health care provider.

If you need to work with or among the plants:

  • Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
  • Be careful of exposure when mowing or weed whacking.
  • Work with the plant on cloudy days.
  • Wash your skin immediately if you come in contact with the sap.
  • Wash clothes that may have been exposed to the sap.

For more information about wild/poison parsnip:


DHMC CEO and Pres Joanne M. Conroy, MD, Named One of 50 Most Influential Leaders by Modern Healthcare

LEBANON, NH – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and President Joanne M. Conroy, MD, has been named one of the 50 “Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders” by Modern Healthcare magazine.

Conroy, who arrived a little less than a year ago and has ensured the $58 million turnaround in the health system’s finances, is featured in the June 18 issue of the magazine, along with leaders of the nation’s top health system, government agencies, and foundations. She was noted not only for the financial success, but also for the system’s solid bond rating reviews and efforts to improve staff engagement and retention.

“This is such an incredible honor. It goes without saying that being listed among such an impressive list of my fellow physician leaders is humbling. I’m very proud to have been selected last year as the CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, to lead an organization with great promise to transform health care for our nation. This recognition by Modern Healthcare further validates that we as an organization are doing the right thing for our patients and the communities we serve.”

The “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders” list is an annual recognition program honoring physician executives working in all sectors of the healthcare industry who are steering their organizations and the healthcare delivery system through dynamic, challenging times. These physician leaders stand out for the scope of their executive responsibilities, personal achievements, innovation and commitment to their communities. Others named to the “50 Most Influential” list this year include FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy, Dana Farber Cancer Institute President and CEO Laurie Glimcher, Assistant HHS Secretary Elinore McCance-Katz, and United States Senator Rand Paul.

“From the opioid crisis to dramatic changes in public policy to a shifting reimbursement model, healthcare organizations are facing significant challenges. The physician executives on this year’s list are at the forefront of driving change in the healthcare industry,” said Matthew Weinstock, Modern Healthcare’s managing editor. “The list includes physician executives who are influencing healthcare both locally and nationally. We had an impressive list of nominees this year and getting it down to 50 was not easy, but we believe this list is representative of the transformation that’s taking place in the industry.”

CT Man Arrested for DUI Drugs after a Report from VT AOT Driver

Springfield VT – Vermont State Police in Westminster investigated a report from a VT AOT driver who witnessed the operator of a rental box truck snorting drugs and then driving off from a Springfield convenience store.

A BOL (Be on the lookout) was issued and the truck was stopped by a VT DMVInspector on I 91 southbound at mile marker 3 in Vernon.  State Troopers screened the driver roadside for impairment and determined that the subject was under the influence of drugs.  The driver was identified as Keith Kelsey, 46 of Wolcott, CT.

A search of the vehicle revealed that Kelsey was also in possession of a misdemeanor amount of heroin.

Kelsey was released on a citation and is scheduled to be in court to answer the above charges on August 14, 2018.

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Cereal Recalled Due To Possible Salmonella Contamination

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is informing consumers that The Kellogg Company is recalling all boxes of Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal as part of an investigation into an ongoing, multistate outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating 73 illnesses across 31 states related to a specific type of Salmonella. The illnesses occurred between March 3, 2018, and May 28, 2018. Based on interviews of ill people, investigators have determined that the Honey Smacks cereal is the likely source of the outbreak. One case of salmonellosis has been confirmed in New Hampshire as part of this outbreak.

“Cereal has a long shelf life, so we are advising people to check their shelves and pantries to make sure they do not have any boxes of the recalled product,” said Beth Daly, Chief of the DPHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control. “Anyone who has Honey Smacks cereal should either throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.”

Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps usually 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some cases, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the patient is treated promptly with antibiotics.

DPHS continues to follow this outbreak closely, including coordinating with the CDC and FDA to investigate reported cases, and will provide updates as they become available. To report a suspected illness associated with this outbreak, people should contact the DPHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496.

For further information, please visit the CDC webpage dedicated to the outbreak at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/mbandaka-06-18/index.html.

Bellows Falls VT Man Arrested on Multiple Charges

Hartford VT -On Saturday, Troopers from the Royalton Barracks stopped ChristopherYoung 27 of Bellows Falls for a minor motor vehicle violation in Hartford. Investigation revealed that Young was using stolen license plates from Bellows Falls on his vehicle. Young’s VT driving privilege was also criminally suspended and he had 2 warrants for his arrest (1 Windsor County  and 1 Orange County). Young was taken into custody, processed and lodged at Southern State Correctional Facility. He will appear in Windsor Criminal Court on June 18th, June 19th, and August 21st to answer the charges of   Possession of stolen property, Wanted person x2 and Driving with a Criminally Suspended License.