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VT Governor Scott Vetoes Marijuana Bill

Yesterday VT Governor Phil Scott vetoed SB 22 that would have legalized Marijuana for recreational use. SB 22 passed the Vermont Legislature on May 10th and now appears to be finished at least until the legislature meets in January of 2018.

In his blog, the Governor said he has always and continues to support medical marijuana laws and decriminalization but felt key questions and concerns involving public safety and health need to be addressed before moving forward with legalization.

Scott wants the state to know how to detect and measure impairment on Vermont’s roadways, fund and implement additional substance abuse prevention education, keep VT’s children safe and penalize those who do not, and measure how legalization impacts the mental health and substance abuse issues Vermont communities are already facing. He also wanted stronger penalties for those selling to minors and on school grounds

VSP Seize 100 Bags of Heroin

Jeremy Cary

Vermont State Police in Westminster seized100 bags of heroin yesterday during a traffic stop on Putney Road.  Police discovered the driver Jalil Feitag of Wells River VT was driving with a criminally suspended VT license.  During the investigation, police seized 100 bags of heroin that passenger Jeremy Cary concealed on his person.  Both men were arrested, Freitag for DLS (Driving License Suspended) Criminal Violation and Cary for felony Possession of Heroin.  Both were released on citation and will appear in Windham Criminal Court on July 11th to answer the charges.

Investigation Showed No Threat to FMRHS

On Wednesday May 24, 2017 just before 8:00 pm, Troopers from New Hampshire State Police-Troop C investigated an incident involving a threat made by a juvenile via “SNAP CHAT” toward the Fall Mountain Regional High School.  Troopers made contact with the juvenile a short time later.  Troopers determined it was not a credible threat.  Fall Mountain Regional High School was contacted and notified of the incident.   Members from the Alstead, Walpole, Langdon, and Charlestown Police Departments also assisted in the investigation.

The public is not in any danger as the involved individual(s) have been located and interviewed.  There will be Troopers from New Hampshire State Police at Fall Mountain Regional High School during the school day on May 25, 2017 as a normal course of duty.

Anybody with information pertaining to this investigation can contact Tpr. Noah Sanctuary at 603-358-3333.

Susan A. Reeves EdD, RN, Named Chief Nursing Exec at D-H

Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN

LEBANON, NH – Susan A. Reeves, EdD, RN, dean of Colby-Sawyer College’s School of Nursing and Public Health, has been named Chief Nursing Executive for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-H), effective June 19.
In her new role, Reeves will be responsible for setting the strategic direction for nursing across the D-H system and for creating alignment for nursing practice across all D-H entities. She will be a key member of the executive team, reporting to the CEO and President and working with fellow chief officers to create a sustainable health system that is grounded in population health and the highest quality and value.
“We are delighted to have Susan take on this critical role in which she will articulate and implement a broad vision and strategy for nursing across our system and region,” said D-H CEO and President Dr. James N. Weinstein. “Dartmouth-Hitchcock is committed to creating a sustainable health system for the communities and populations we serve. Our nurses are critical to our success, and our integration of nursing within and across New England is essential today and into the future. Susan’s leadership will further our efforts to ensure that all nurses are able to work to their fullest potential, with continuing opportunities for education, research, and advancement.”
Reeves’ relationship with Dartmouth-Hitchcock dates back to 1980, when she graduated from the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Hanover. She spent the next 34 years at Mary Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, progressing from a staff nurse at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center to administrative positions including Director of Inpatient Psychiatry, and Director of Administrative Services. In 1998, she was named Vice President of Operations, with responsibility for the inpatient hospital, Emergency Services, and the Cancer Center. In 2007, she took on a new role as Associate Dean for D-H Partnership Programs at Colby-Sawyer College. Continue reading

Marine Patrol Open House This Saturday

The New Hampshire State Police-Marine Patrol is offering a public open house at their new headquarters building located at 31 Dock Road in Gilford on Saturday, May 27th from 10:00 am -12:00 noon. The open house is being held in conjunction with National Safe Boating Week and the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the traditional start of the boating season in New Hampshire.

This new facility houses all of the Marine Patrol Bureau’s full time staff responsible for providing the boating public with services and boating safety information. Available services include boat registrations, mooring/swim line/water event permits, commercial boat licenses, testing, and vessel inspection needs.

The building also has state of the art classrooms for public boating education courses, public meetings, and training for various public services agencies from around the state.

Marine Patrol Headquarters also houses the Bureau’s law enforcement operation which includes booking and holding areas. Also on site is the docking space for patrol boats serving Lake Winnipesaukee and the boat maintenance center responsible for servicing the agency fleet.

Guided tours of the building will be available

Hike Safe Cards for the Summer Hiking Season

 
CONCORD, N.H. — As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, the NH Fish and Game Department reminds outdoor enthusiasts to use caution on the trails and to support Search and Rescue by purchasing a Hike Safe Card.  The card is valuable for anyone hiking, paddling, cross country skiing or engaging in other outdoor recreation.
Purchase Voluntary Hike Safe cards:
The cards are $25 for an individual, or $35 for a family (parents and minor children), and are good through the end of the calendar year. All funds raised through the sale of Hike Safe Cards go to Fish and Game’s Search and Rescue Fund.
People who obtain the cards are not liable to repay rescue costs if they need to be rescued. An individual may still be liable for response expenses if the actions that created to need for the emergency response meet criteria set forth by legislation (RSA 206:26-bb).
In recent years, Fish and Game has conducted an average of about 180 search and rescue missions each year.  In 2016, over 4,000 Hike Safe Cards were sold, bringing in over $107,000 to the Search and Rescue Fund.
Fish and Game Law Enforcement reminds hikers that, even in late spring, winter conditions may prevail in high elevation areas of the White Mountains, so outdoor enthusiasts should bring appropriate gear, check the weather, and use caution.
Learn more about the Hike Safe Card and see Frequently Asked Questions about the card at www.wildnh.com/safe.

NY Man Sentenced for Trafficking Drugs in VT

A  New York man was sentenced to 110 months in Federal Prison for Selling Oxycodone and Laundering Money in VT. Michael J. Foreste, nicknamed “Beast,” was convicted last October on 10 charges involving his trafficking of oxycodone and money laundering in Vermont.

Court Documents showed Foreste received the oxycodone pills through a NYC police officer Andre Clark who received them from his sister Carol Clark. Carol Clark was receiving 100’s of oxycodone pills each month for a sickle cell disease.  Foreste would transported the pills to Vermont and sell them on his own until  April 2012 when Vermont State Police stopped Foreste and seized 659 oxycodone pills on I-91. After his arrest and conviction, Foreste started sending the oxycodone pills in Skittle bags to middleman, Dannis Hackney to sell in the Burlington area.  Evidence at the trial showed the drug scheme produced more than $500,000 in profit for Foreste and was laundered between the four accomplices using various bank accounts. Foreste’s convictions and sentencing were the result of a multi-agency investigation and prosecution beginning back in mid-2014, spearheaded by Homeland Security Investigations.

Target Settles with NH

NH states’ investigation found that on or about November 12, 2013, cyber attackers accessed Target’s gateway server through credentials stolen from a third party vendor. The credentials were then used to exploit weaknesses in Target’s system which allowed the attackers to access a customer service database; to install malware on the system and to capture data including consumer data comprised of full names, telephone numbers, email addresses and mailing addresses; payment card numbers, expiration dates and CVV1 codes and encrypted debit PINs. The breach affected more than 41 million customer payment card accounts and contact information for more than 60 million customers.
In addition to the monetary payment to the states, the settlement agreement requires Target to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive information security program and to employ an executive or officer who is responsible for executing the plan. The company is required to hire an independent, qualified third party to conduct a comprehensive security assessment.
The settlement further requires Target to maintain and support software on its network; to maintain appropriate encryption policies, particularly as pertains to cardholder and personal information data; to segment its cardholder data environment from the rest of its computer network and to undertake steps to control access to its network including implementing password rotation policies and two factor authentication for certain accounts.
New Hampshire will receive $186,721.17 from the settlement.

Lebanon Officers Participate in Wounded Vet Run

Corporal Michael Wright and Special Officer Peter Begin were honored to escort bikes as part of the 7th Annual Wounded Vet Run in Everett, Massachusetts on May 21, 2017. The Wounded Vet Run is a Police, Fire and Veteran sanctioned event and an estimated 10,000 bikes participated at this year’s run in Boston.
Each year a select few are honored in Boston’s Wounded Vet Run and this year, Specialist Brandon Boyd was one of those honored. Specialist Boyd is from Lebanon and we were proud to be able to escort the bikes on behalf of his hometown. “Specialist Brandon Boyd served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Due to injuries he sustained in combat, Brandon must also rely on a wheelchair because of a spinal injury.” A hundred percent of money raised from this event goes to the wounded Veterans or charities of their choosing.
We wish Specialist Boyd and his family the best and thank him for his service.
To learn more about the Wounded Vet Runs across the United States, please visit: https://theyfoughtweride.com

Accident Investigation Leads to Arrest

On February 26, 2017 at approximately 2:30am, Lebanon Police responded to the report of a motor vehicle accident on Route 12A, near the Plainfield town line. Officers located a single vehicle with extensive damage. A subsequent investigation led to a warrant being issued for Christian West, age 23, of Windsor, Vermont.
West was arrested in the State of Vermont on May 21, 2017 and waived extradition back to New Hampshire. He was charged with Class A Misdemeanor counts of Conduct After an Accident, Negligent Driving, Possession of Prescription Drugs, Controlled Drug Acts Prohibited, Transporting Drugs in a Motor Vehicle, and a Class B Felony of Witness Tampering. West was held on $5,000 cash bail and arraigned on May 23, 2017 at the Lebanon District Division, New Hampshire Second Circuit Court where he released on personal recognizance bail.