Category Archives: Newport

Newport Man Arrested for Marijuana Grow


newport-marijuana-growThe Newport Police Department announces the arrest of a Newport resident, as part of a brief investigation into the cultivation of Marijuana.

The investigation and subsequent arrest is the result of the Newport Police Department receiving information on the health and welfare of a South Main Street resident who had made suicidal threats.  While looking for the subject of those threats, officers observed the elaborate growing operation.  Based on those observations, a search warrant was sought and obtained for the residence and was later executed.  The search resulted in the seizure of approximately 25 marijuana plants all ranging in height from one to three feet tall.  Also seized were growing implements to in aid in the cultivation as well as paraphernalia for smoking the drug.

Mature marijuana plants have the ability to produce up to one pound of marijuana per plant with an average value of approximately $3000 dollars per pound.  The plants in this case were not yet mature but were well established

Arrested was Jonathan Weaver age 28

As a result of the investigation, and evidence obtained from the search warrant, Weaver was charged with the manufacture of controlled drug, a class B felony.  Class B felonies can be punished with a minimum of 3 ½ years, and up to a maximum of 7 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000 dollars.   Weaver was initially held on $10,000 dollars’ cash bail and was later arraigned in the 5th Circuit Court, Newport District Division on September 21st.  At that time his bail was set at $2,500 dollars cash pending a probable cause hearing on October 3rd at the Claremont District Division of the 5th Circuit court.

According to Chief Burroughs, “The Newport Police Department will continue to aggressively investigate any case involving the cultivation, sales or use of drugs in Newport.”

Towle High Class of ’66 Celebrates 50

towle-reunionAs Towle Elementary School stands idle with an uncertain future, members of the Class of 1966 remember it fondly as their high school. Among many other distinctions, they were the last class to graduate from Towle. Many of them were also the first to call the current high school home when it was a brand new Junior High back in 1960. Among the many activities planned is a tour of the high school lead by classmate and career Newport educator, Calista Teague Thurlow. Many in the class have never seen the additions that morphed into the new Newport High School after they left Towle. That and a lot more will create new memories as The Class of ’66 returns to Newport, September 9-11.
It will be a packed weekend of fun for members of the class and their families. In planning the festivities, Chairperson Gina Willey Hutchinson polled the members to see how they would like to celebrate this milestone. A cruise on Lake Sunapee was high on the list and will take place Saturday afternoon, September 10 at 1:30. Growing up on the lake was the source of many memories of sunny days at Dewey Beach or Sunapee State Park and ice cream at The Anchorage. Even the local members of the class are anxious to get out on the MV Kearsage.
Among the goals of the weekend , was to involve as many Newport area businesses as possible. The Salt Hill Pub will host a “Meet and Greet” Friday night. John Cain Golf Club will be host golf on Saturday morning. Saturday night will be the highlight of the weekend as the class returns to The Newport Opera House for a dinner dance catered by The Old Court House Restaurant. Sunday morning will find the class at The Backside Inn for brunch.
At the dinner dance, the Class will receive new diplomas from Superintendent Cindy Gallagher. In looking at her diploma, one of the class members noticed that they said “Graduate of NEWPORT HIGH SCHOOL”. Fifty years later, and in the face of the closing of their school, the class wanted a lasting reminder that they graduated from TOWLE HIGH SCHOOL. Gallagher polled the School Board , which approved as long as there was no cost to the District, which there is not. She will personally present them at the dinner.
While many of their teachers are deceased or in nursing homes, two were right out of college when they came to teach them and will be present at the dinner. Bob Howard likes to say he was a member of their class as he came to Newport , as the Band Director, in their freshman year and left when they graduated. He went on to be Director of Music for the Pentuckett School District in Groveland , Mass and was “ found” when he came to Newport to watch a football game a few years ago and to see Hutchinson’s baton twirlers. Band and Majorettes alike, remember him as a talented “band man” who could twirl batons as well. Many members of the Class of ’66 were in his band,setting up what will be a great reunion for all. Bill Thurlow, came in while the class was in high school and soon became one of the most popular teachers of all things history and current events. Debates were lively. Unlike Howard, he stayed in Newport, married Calista Teague and both have dedicated their careers to Newport children . Now retired, Thurlow is still an assistant coach for the football team while his wife is still in the classroom.

The Class of ’66 Towle High is a model for their generation in many ways. Growing up in a time of peace in a small town where everyone knew your name wasn’t just a script from “Cheers”. From school dances to proms and hoedowns, Latin class, football games and penny candy at The Midway gas station, it was a great time to be a child in Newport. Teachers were respected and getting in trouble at school meant double trouble at home. That is why the class produced at least ten career teachers, including two more, Nancy Niemi Barton and Bonnie Fortune Flint , who taught in Newport until retirement. In a survey, many in the class cited their own teachers as part of their happy memories of growing up in Newport. Clearly those teachers shaped the future for many and prepared them for college. Most, who went on to college, were first generation. Other members of the class became artists, tradesmen, technicians, real estate agents and owners of businesses. One, Terry Whitaker, was killed in Viet Nam and has his name on the Wall in Washington, DC.
Sadly, the class has lost several members including Class President Ernest Tarullo, who died of cancer a year after the 45th Reunion in 2011. Many other members have had various cancer issues over the last few years. All have dealt with aging parents as well. From the survey, most of the parents of the class of ’66 have died from either cancer or Alzheimers. Many of the parents were Towle High graduates in the 1940’s.
On September 9-11, the Class of 1966 will come together to rekindle old friendships and enjoy the fact that life’s joys and challenges have them on a level playing field. Most of all, a time to reminisce about 18 years of growing up with the great music their grandchildren think is new and amazing and some of the most important times in American history. Ask any member of this class and they can remember vividly where they were at the exact moment JFK was assassinated, or seeing on the nightly news the attempts at integration in the South.
Reunions are important. A time to reminisce, to celebrate and remember that you can go home again and still have connections in The Sunshine Town.

Police Seek Help In Corbin Bridge Damage

corbin bridge damageAt approximately 1:45 P.M. on Saturday August 20th The Newport Emergency Communications Center received several calls that someone had struck the side of the Corbin Bridge causing extensive damage and fled the scene. Officers responded and found extensive damage to the façade of the bridge and vehicle parts; however the bridge remains structurally sound. The vehicle that struck the bridge was traveling East and will have extensive damage to the passenger side of the vehicle.

At this time the Newport Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident or who has information to come forward. Information about this incident can be reported anonymously by contacting the Connecticut Valley Crime Stoppers at or by contacting the Newport Police Department Communications Center at (603) 863-3232.

Newport Police Seeks Public Help with Tagging Incidences

taggingOn August 13, 2016 the Newport Police Department responded to six locations throughout the town to take reports of criminal mischief involving the spray painting or “tagging” of various items including businesses and related structures. It is believed that other locations have yet to be located or identified.  During the investigation surveillance video was obtained from multiple locations showing the acts in progress as well as the travel patterns of the suspects.  From the video that was obtained officers were able to identify the two suspects involved.  The two suspects, both under the age of 18 and are considered juveniles and therefore their names will not be released.  The two involved persons were interviewed and ultimately confessed to the spray painting.  Their actions all took place in the early morning hours of August 13, 2016.

The Newport Police Department would encourage anyone who has sustained damage from the night of August 13th to please report it.  As always, if you are the victim of a crime or witness a crime, please report it to your local police department without delay.  If you have additional information about this crime or others occurring within Newport, please call us at 863-3232.   In an effort to keep our Town looking beautiful, the Newport Police Department will be working with the victims to remove the “tagging” from the affected areas.

Newport Shooting Range On Temporary Hold

newport_fall_banner3Plans for a shooting range at Newport’s Ash Landfill on are hold temporarily. The NH Department of Environmental Services NHDES notified the town on July 29 that the town needs to file a permit modification for shooting range activities.

Nobis engineering was hired for the project and they along with Finance Director, Paul Brown met with DES last week.  Brown said it seems that the permit is procedural.

Although no construction is planned for the site the town is waiting to see what if any restrictions that DES will require.  The range will be used by the Newport Police Department for practice and for Sturm Ruger  gun testing.

Newport Remains Under Volunteer Water Restrictions

Newport nh mapDespite the heavy rains this weekend, Newport is still experiencing drought conditions.  Town Manager Shane O’Keefe said Newport is still under voluntary water reduction usage program.

The town’s water supply, Gilman Pond in Unity did benefit from the recent rain but levels are still low according to Town Manager Shane O’Keefe

Newport instituted the voluntary water reduction program on August 9, and suggestions for reduced water usage can be found on the town’s web site.


Newport NH Man Charged with Arson and Assault

newport manA Newport NH man is charged with Assault, Arson, Burglary and Resisting Arrest in Royal VT. On Tuesday,Troopers from the Royalton barracks responded to a residence on Thetford Lane, in Royalton, Vermont for a reported assault. The suspect, Bradley Nichols 41, was alleged to have punched a 17 year old male in the head then fled the scene on foot prior to troopers arrival.

A search was conducted to locate Nichols. During the search a resident drew attention to an abandoned trailer that was at the end of Pinney Lane in Royalton. Responding Troopers observed a fire within the trailer. As troopers approached the fully engulfed trailer Nichols exited out the back of the trailer, where he was met by a trooper. Nichols refused to obey commands and was quickly taken into custody without further incident.

Newport Puts Tax Deed Properties for Sale

newport_fall_banner3The town of Newport will be accepting bids on two properties acquired by the Town by tax deed.

A public viewing of the properties is on August 24, with 8 Central Street being shown at 9:00 am and13 Sullivan Street at 9:30am. Each property has a minimum bid of $15,000 and all bids must have a bank treasurer’s check for $1,000.All bids must be received at the office of the Town Manager by 4:00 pm, August 29, 2016. The bids will be opened in public on August 29, 2016 at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting at or about 6:30 pm at the Newport Town Office. Forms for the sealed bids and additional information are on the Town of Newport’s webpage.

Croydon is now SAU #99

New Super Schoolboard

L-R Superintendent Greg Vogt, Jody Underwood, Angi Beaulieu, and Jim Peschke

Croydon School District is now SAU 99 and has hired a part time Superintendent. Superintendent of SAU 99 Greg Vogt is retired from the Plainfield School District. This follows a vote in March by both Croydon and Newport voters to leave SAU 43. Newport School District has maintained the number 43 for their new SAU. The Croydon School Board introduced Vogt at their board meeting Thursday  night. Superintendent Vogt started on July 1, 2016.

Newport Street Paving May Cause Delays

newport_fall_banner3The 2016 Paving Project for Newport is scheduled to begin on August 1st and is expected to be completed by August 31st.

Paving operations will take place on the following streets Pike Hill Road, Belknap Avenue Pine Street, Old Goshen Road, Elm Street and Page Hill Road

Paving work include sweeping, grinding, tack coat and paving. One lane will be open to traffic at all times.

Residents on these streets are asked to minimize trips when paving operations are on their street. Some traffic delays may be unavoidable. Questions can be addressed to the Public Works Department, 863-3650.