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Grafton County Sheriff’s Department Warns of Scam

Haverhill NH -The Grafton County Sheriff’s Department has been made aware of a very concerning scam involving a fraudulent caller who claims he is a Sergeant or a Deputy with the Grafton County Sheriffs Department.  This scammer threatens community members and demands money or personal information.   According to reports, the caller will state that this individual missed jury duty or some sort of civil or criminal obligation.  In some instances,  it appears that the scammer claims the party is able to resolve the matter by sending money orders or pre-paid credit cards. In other instances, the scammer will require a person to actually meet at the Grafton County Sheriff’s Campus to resolve the matter.

Community members should know that this scam has been reported several times throughout Grafton County.   Scammers often use fake caller ID information to trick you into thinking they are someone local or someone you trust – like a government agency or police department, or a company you do business with – like your bank or cable provider. The practice is called caller ID spoofing and scammers don’t care whose phone number they use.

One of the numbers being used by the scammer is 603-787-2111 this is a legitimate Sheriff Department phone number.   Then the scammers will ask you to call 603-259-4590, this number is not associated with the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department.

Anytime that a person receives a call and is asked in any way to send money you should immediately be suspicious and do not send any money.

Please call the Grafton County Sheriff’s at 603-787-2111 (call 911 if it is an emergency) if you have any questions or concerns.

Massachusetts ATV Operator Suffers Injuries After Rollover In Pisgah State Park

WINCHESTER, NH- On Sunday, September 23, 2018 at approximately 11:00 AM, NH Fish and Game Conservation Officers were notified of a single ATV crash involving rollover on the Broad Brook Trail of Pisgah State Park in Winchester. Upon arrival, Conservation Officers were able to identify the operator involved in the crash as Kevin Latini, age 50, of Leominster, Massachusetts.  Latini was traveling south on the Broad Brook Trail, when he failed to navigate a slight right turn in the trail, causing him to operate his Canam Renegade 800 ATV over an embankment before rolling the machine into a tree.  Latini was wearing a helmet at the time.  Latini was transported to MA for further evaluation and treatment.  NH Fish and Game Conservation Officers were assisted by Winchester Police and Winchester area Fire/Rescue Mutual Aid.  Excessive speed is the major contributing factor of this crash.

No further information is available at this time.

Claremont Woman Wanted on Multiple Charges Including Car Theft

Claremont NH – On September 15, 2018, at approximately 11:48am, Claremont Safety Services responded to the boat landing on Ferry Landing Road in Claremont, for a report of a vehicle completely submerged in the Connecticut River. It was unknown how long the vehicle had been in the water or whether there were people inside of it. Dive personnel were dispatched to the scene and performed a search of the area. They determined that there were no people inside of the car.

The vehicle, a 2010 Acura TL, was removed from the water by a local towing service with the assistance of divers. An investigation into the circumstances which led the vehicle to end up in the river began. Subsequent to that investigation, an arrest warrant has been issued for Erica BELKNAP-MORRIS 30 of Claremont.

BELKNAP-MORRIS is charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle (Class A Felony), Criminal Mischief (Class A Felony), Theft of Services (Class B Felony), Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card (Class A Misdemeanor), and Contempt of Court. Ms. BELKNAP-MORRIS’ current whereabouts are unknown.

Connecticut Man Falls to Death from Canon Mountain

Franconia NH – On Sunday September 23, 2018 shortly after midnight Fish and Game Conservation Officers were alerted to a medical emergency on Cannon Mountain.  Responders from Franconia Life Squad, Franconia Police Department, Sugar Hill Police Department, NH State Police, and Pemi Valley Search and Rescue Team quickly responded to the area and were able to determine that a 23 year old male had fallen to his death.  The incident occurred ¼ mile up Tram Brook which flows adjacent to the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tram.  Two 23 year old men from Connecticut had set up a tent and were spending the night atop a waterfall that drops roughly 250 feet.  At approximately 11:15 PM one of the young men slipped and fell the entire length of the waterfall.  His companion pulled him from the brook and then ran to the base stopping a car in the parkway to call for help.  Franconia Notch State Park Personnel were able to respond and assist with the recovery of the victim by operating the tram to the area of the incident, where they were met by responders who carried the victim a short distance to the tram.

The 23 year old man is identified as Zachariah Petersen of Jewett City Connecticut.  He and a friend had arrived in the Franconia Notch area earlier in the evening and decided to camp for the night on the side of Cannon Mountain just above an unnamed waterfall on Tram Brook.  It appears as though alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.

 

Concord Man Dies in Warner Crash

Concord NH – On September 22, 2018 at approximately 2135 hours troopers from the NHSP Troop D barracks were dispatched to the report of a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 89 south in Warner, NH.

Upon arrival, Troopers discovered that a pickup traveling south on Interstate 89 in the area of mile marker 17.2 had struck the guardrail off of the left side of the roadway.  Upon striking the guardrail, the truck body became separated from the bed of the truck, causing the truck and truck body to exit the roadway off of both the right and left side of the roadway.

During the collision, the operator of the vehicle was ejected from the vehicle and was located in the roadway.

The operator, identified as Tyler Osgood, 30, of Concord, NH sustained life threatening injuries as result of the collision and succumbed to those injuries while on scene.

The initial investigation lead investigating troopers to believe that excess speed is a contributing factor in the collision.

Interstate 89 was closed for approximately 4 hours while an investigation was conducted and the roadway was cleared of debris.  Traffic was diverted off of Interstate 89 south at exit 9 and rerouted onto Route 103 to Exit 7 during this time period.

NHSP Troop D was assisted by the Warner Fire and Rescue Department during this incident.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information is asked to contact Trooper Eric Mercer at 603-223-2481 or email at Eric.Mercer@dos.nh.gov.

Sullivan County Fugitive of the Week

Newport NH – Sullivan County’s Fugitive of the week is 28-year-old Kerri Yaqoob. On June 28th Yaqoob was arrested for Conspiracy to Purchase Controlled Drugs. After her arrest, Yaqoob was released on personal recognizance bail, subject to appear in Sullivan County Superior Court on July 12th. At her hearing, Yaqoob was given another hearing date of Sept. 5th in Sullivan County Superior Court.
Yaqoob failed to appear for the Sept. 5th hearing. On Sept. 17th, Sullivan County Superior Court issued an arrest warrant for Yaqoob for Failure to Appear.
Kerri Yaqoob is 5 foot 1 inch tall, weighs 110 pounds, and has brown hair and hazel eyes. Yaqoob’s last known address was 59 Centennial Street in Claremont NH.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Yaqoob should contact their local police or the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office at 603-863-4200.

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Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center Flu Clinics

WINDSOR, VT – Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) will once again offer flu vaccinations to help residents of the Upper Valley avoid the physical discomfort of flu season. But to help residents avoid waiting in line, MAHHC now offers express appointments during regular business hours on designated flu shot days.

“We want to encourage everyone to receive their shot this flu season by removing any potential inconvenience” says Joseph Perras, President, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of MAHHC. “Flu season typically runs from October to May, with “peak season” between December and February so we urge everyone to take this important step now to help avoid a potential encounter with the flu virus” noted Margaret Worth, RN, CPHQ, CIC Infections Preventionist/Quality Specialist at MAHHC.

Express appointments for vaccinations at MAHHC in Windsor can be made by calling (802) 674-7300. Residents of Woodstock and surrounding communities can make an express appointment to receive their flu vaccination at the Ottauquechee Health Center (OHC) in Woodstock by calling (802) 457-3030.

Walk-ins are still welcome for both adults and children at Mt. Ascutney Hospital on Saturday, September 22 from 9 AM to 11 AM and on Thursday, October 11 from 4 PM to 6 PM.

Walk-in vaccinations at Ottauquechee Health Center are available on Wednesday, September 26 from 5 PM to 7 PM and on Saturday, October 26 from 9 AM to 11 AM.

MAHHC encourages everyone to bring their insurance card to insure easy and accurate processing.

For an up-to-date schedule of future walk-in clinics, go to MtAscutneyHospital.org/flushots.

One Person Dead in Fatal Hartland VT Car Accident

Hartland – On 09/20/18, at approximately 1045 am, Troopers from the Vermont State Police responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on I-91 at MM 66 in Hartford, VT. Initial investigation shows that the vehicle was traveling south on 91. The 2010 Kia Forte traveled into the median and rolled over coming to rest on its roof. There were only 2 occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash. One male occupant was ejected and died at the scene. The other male occupant was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for life threatening injuries. It is unknown at this time the status of his injuries. Neither occupants names are being released at this time awaiting notification to family members. Anyone that may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact the Vermont State Police Barracks in Royalton (802-234-9933), Trooper Collins.

 

Share the Harvest – Hunt for the Hungry

CONCORD, NH — New Hampshire hunters can share their fall harvest with the needy through the “Hunt for the Hungry” program at the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities NH. Once again this fall, the New Hampshire Food Bank is collecting donations of whole or processed game animals for distribution to more than 425 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and group homes statewide.

Last year, the Hunt for the Hungry program took in over 2,000 pounds of donated deer, moose, and other game meat for distribution to those in need.

To learn how to donate game, and for packaging instructions, call the Food Bank at (603) 669-9725. If you would like to share an entire deer or moose, please process and have your donation stamped by a USDA approved butcher. Contact the Food Bank for USDA approved butchers in your region.

Please note that the N.H. Food Bank is not equipped to accept donations of bear meat or wild game birds such as wild turkey or grouse.

“We are counting on continued strong support from hunters this year,” said Bruce Wilson, Director of Operations for the New Hampshire Food Bank.  “Donations of protein foods with the Hunt for the Hungry program fill a big need. Venison is especially popular, a real treat for clients. Last year, we got some moose meat, and as soon as it came in, out it went!  As always, we want to thank New Hampshire’s hunters for their continued support. We couldn’t do what we do without it.”

“The Hunt for the Hungry program is a great way for hunters to share their harvest and help needy families get through the winter,” said Glenn Normandeau, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  “Wild game is a local renewable resource that is high in protein, low in fat, and all natural – not to mention delicious.”

For more information on donating to the New Hampshire Food Bank, visit www.nhfoodbank.org.

For information on hunting in New Hampshire, or to purchase a hunting license, visit www.huntnh.com.

Tile-Making Event at Mt.Ascutney Hospital

WINDSOR, VT This October, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is inviting the community to participate in The OHC Mosaic Project, a tile-making event to create a beautiful mural for the exterior wall of the Ottauquechee Health Center (OHC) in Woodstock, Vermont. The event will be hosted by the Woodstock Elementary School, and tile-making will take place October 24-27, 2018.

“We’re inviting people to decorate a tile, sponsor a tile, or both,” said Charles Clement, Director of Development for MAHHC. “The goal is to create a 9’ by 11’ mural that will add color and life to the exterior of OHC and be a tribute to our community.”

Tile making will be open to Woodstock Elementary School students and Prosper Valley School students at no cost.  Members of the public can sponsor tile(s) for $100 each to help cover the cost of the project. Sponsors are invited to join in the tile-making if they wish. All tiles will be decorated during the event, then dried, glazed, and fired in preparation for installation at OHC in May of 2019. Tile artist Robert Rossel of Symmetry Tile Works in Epping, New Hampshire, a former member of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, will be in residence in the Art classroom at Woodstock Elementary School during the event to oversee tile creation. Participants will be given raw clay tiles with basic designs that they may personalize by adding texture and select carving.

According to Maggie Mills, Principal at Woodstock Elementary School, “The OHC Mosaic Project is a great opportunity for our students to learn from an accomplished artist while creating something beautiful for their community.  And I’m pleased that [MAHHC] welcomed Prosper Valley students into the project when that school had to close temporarily.”

Those seeking more details on the project can contact Charles Clement at (802) 674-7321 or email mahdev@mahhc.org. Those who wish to sponsor tiles for The OHC Mosaic Project can make their payment by credit or debit card at (802) 674-7088.