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Sullivan County’s Fugitive of the Week

Newport NH – This week’s Sullivan’s County Fugitive of the Week is a 38-year-old Claremont man. In February of 2017, Michael Ferullo was indicted by the Sullivan County Grand Jury on one count of the sale of Suboxone, two counts of conspiracy to sell crack cocaine, and two counts of the sale of cocaine.

On March 17th, 2017 Ferullo pled guilty in Sullivan County Superior Court to the charges. As part of his sentence, Ferullo was placed on probation.

On March 12th, 2019, the NH Probation Department filed a violation of probation, alleging that Ferullo violated the terms and conditions of his probation. On March 19th the Sullivan Superior Court issued an arrest warrant for Ferullo for violation of probation.

Michael Ferullo is 5”10” tall and weighs 260 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. Ferullo’s last known address was 1 Green Street in Claremont NH. A photo of Ferullo is on WNTK’s web and Facebook pages. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Michael Ferullo should contact their local police department or the Sullivan County’s Sheriff’s Office at 603-863-4200.

Goshen Awaits Word on New Election

Goshen NH – Goshen is awaiting word if they will have a new election. A voter filed a complaint after arriving at the polling place at 8:00 AM and
found no one there. The voter was unable to return to vote later. The hours the polling place were not on the town warrant as required by law.

The only contested contest was between incumbent Selectman Douglas O’Clair who received 69 votes and challenger Diane Craig who received 70.
Selectman Doug O’Clair resigned and the remaining Select Board members
are waiting for a decision from the Attorney General’s office on if a new election will take place.

Lebanon Expected to Receive Funds for Demolition of Westboro Yard

Lebanon NH – Lebanon is scheduled to receive $570,000 for the demolition of
buildings in the Westboro Yard.
Yesterday, Lebanon Mayor, Suzanne M. Prentiss participated in a press
conference held by Governor Sununu at the State House in Concord about
the $570,000 the Governor has placed in his proposed State budget for
the demolition of the buildings in the Westboro Yard.
Westboro Railroad yard at one time was a major hub for freight and
passenger trains, including a turntable, maintenance building, and a
large bunkhouse for railroad workers. The line ran between Boston,
Mass. and Montreal, Canada.
Mayor Prentiss has led the effort to obtain funding from Governor
Sununu in the State budget to demolish the buildings. The buildings
are owned by the NH Department of Transportation and are in poor
condition. Westboro Rail Yard is part of the West Lebanon Central
Business District and described in the Lebanon Master Plan as the
district’s “single greatest obstacle and its greatest opportunity.”
Westboro Rail Yard was also discussed during the March 6th Lebanon
City Council Meeting

Police Arrest One and Issue Arrest Warrant on Another for Drugs

Claremont NH – Over the past year, the Claremont Police Department received multiple tips and complaints from the public regarding illicit drug activity at 35 Woonsocket Avenue in Claremont. As a result of those tips, on March 21, 2019, the Claremont Police Department executed a search warrant at that address with the assistance of New Hampshire Probation and Parole and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators seized a substantial quantity of suspected heroin or fentanyl, buprenorphine and suspected bath salts. Also seized was a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and approximately $2,500 in US currency.

During the execution of the search warrant Kerri Yaqoob 28, of Claremont was arrested.
Yaqoob is charged with two felony counts of Conspiracy to Commit Sale of Controlled
Drugs, and three felony counts of Possession of Controlled Drugs with Intent to Distribute. It is alleged that Yaqoob committed these offenses while released on personal recognizance bail from the Sullivan Superior Court for pending felony charges of Escape and Attempted Escape.
Those pending offenses were, in turn, allegedly committed while Yaqoob was released on bail from the Sullivan Superior Court on a previous felony charge of Possession of Controlled Drugs.

Subsequent to this investigation, the Claremont Police Department also holds an active arrest
warrant for James “J.J.” Santaw, 30 also of Claremont.
Santaw is charged with two felony counts of Sale of Controlled Drugs. It is alleged that
Santaw committed these offenses while released on bail from the 5th Circuit Court – District
Division – Claremont, for previous misdemeanor offenses of Stalking, Violation of a Protective
Order, Simple Assault and Resisting Arrest.
Investigation into this matter is ongoing, and further charges are anticipated. Anyone with
information about this investigation, or about the whereabouts of Santaw, is encouraged to
call Claremont Police Detective Casey Piehl at (603)542-7010 or e-mail cpiehl@claremontnh.com.

 

 

NH Insurance Commissioner Urges Consumers to Review their Flood Coverage Now

Concord, NH – Each year, New Hampshire residents experience flooding when the snow and ice melts. The New Hampshire Insurance Department wants to ensure that New Hampshire residents understand their home’s flood risk and whether they are protected.
“Even if you do not think your home could be flooded, it’s important to understand your property’s potential flood risk and talk to a licensed insurance agent about your options,” says New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner John Elias. “Most homeowners policies exclude damage caused by flooding or storm surge– it’s essential to find out whether you need to buy additional flood coverage.”
It is important to remember that the standard New Hampshire homeowner’s policy specifically excludes coverage for floods. Flood insurance is important to consider even if you do not live in a high flood risk area. Just one-inch of water can cause $20,000 or more in damages to your property.
Flood insurance can be purchased through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) if you live in a community that participates in the NFIP or private flood insurance whether or not your community participates in the NFIP.
The NFIP Standard Flood Insurance Policy
The NFIP is a government program that offers two types of coverage for homeowners: building property coverage up to $250,000 and contents coverage up to $100,000. NFIP has a thirty day waiting period before a policy can become effective. If your agent or insurer doesn’t sell NFIP flood coverage, contact the NFIP Referral Call Center at 1-800-427-4661.
Private flood insurance
Private flood insurance can either replace an NFIP standard policy as the primary flood policy or supplement the NFIP standard policy by providing higher coverage limits. The private flood insurance market is new and just beginning to grow. New Hampshire residents can contact their insurance agent or insurance company to ask about what options are available in the private flood insurance market and how those options compare to the NFIP standard policy. If your insurance company is a direct writer (no insurance agent) and it does not offer private flood insurance, you will have to contact an insurance agent to get a quote and an explanation of what private flood insurance is available for your home.  Beginning July 2019, banks and other mortgagees are required to accept private flood insurance policies that have coverage at least as comprehensive as what is offered by the NFIP.
What to do before a flood
  • Have a plan. Learn the evacuation routes in your community and designate a point of contact in another state in the event your family is separated. If you are staying in your home during a flood event, go to the highest level of your home. If you are outdoors, move to higher ground and take shelter, if necessary.
  • Prepare your home. Move items you want to protect to a higher floor and prepare to turn off your electricity.
  • Store your insurance information in a safe place. Regularly update your homeowners or renters insurance and maintain a home inventory to keep a record of your possessions. Also, keep track of records and receipts.
  • Keep insurance agent and company contact information handy. In the event of a flood, contact your insurer as soon as possible when it’s safe. Your policy may require you to notify the company within a certain time frame.
What to do after a flood
  • Take pictures of any property damage. Try to prevent further damage by cleaning and drying wet items.
  • File a claim. Most insurance companies have a time requirement for reporting a claim, so contact your agent or company as soon as possible. The NH Insurance Department can help you find contact information for your company if you cannot find it.
  • Beware of fraud. Protect yourself by getting more than one bid from contractors and requesting references. Ask for proof of necessary licenses, building permits, insurance and bonding. Record the contractor’s license plate and driver’s license numbers and check for complaints with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
For more information on flood insurance visit https://www.floodsmart.gov/

Colby-Sawyer College Awarded NSF Grant to Support Student Success in Biology

NEW LONDON, N.H. – Colby-Sawyer College is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant of $648,000 that will focus on Pell-eligible students and prepare them for post-graduate success in STEM careers and graduate school.

“This is a highly competitive grant process and the college is very fortunate to be selected,” President Susan D. Stuebner said. “The importance of supporting students in STEM fields is critical and the grant will have an impact not only on these students’ learning but also on filling future job needs.”

Through the five-year grant, Colby-Sawyer will launch the Engage, Mentor, Retain and Graduate (EMERGE) Scholars Program to identify and recruit cohorts of academically talented students who will major in the STEM discipline of biology. EMERGE Scholars will be eligible for scholarships in their first and second years that increase in their junior and senior years.

The grant will also aid in establishing best practices for retention of STEM students through the critical first two academic years, monitor post-graduate employment and graduate school acceptance, and establish an evidence-based model for building institutional capacity in STEM instruction.

“We have seen an increase in the number of our graduates going directly into graduate programs in STEM fields and professional skill programs,” Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculty Laura A. Sykes, Ph.D., said. “Our strong science curriculum provides opportunities for students to work with faculty on research projects, and we incorporate research into the science curriculum throughout students’ experiences. The opportunity to target academically talented students who might not otherwise have the chance to realize their potential is exciting.”

Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Peter White, project director, is joined by Assistant Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Andrew D. Cahoon, Professor of Social Sciences and Education Lynn J. Garrioch and Professor of Natural and Environmental Sciences Semra Kilic-Bahi in leading the project.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to provide social, academic and financial support to talented students during their time at Colby-Sawyer, and to provide greater opportunity for their success in STEM fields beyond graduation,” said Professor White.

While New Hampshire ranks last in the nation for the number of bachelor degrees awarded in the STEM disciplines, a 2013 report on Labor Demand-Supply Analysis published under the direction of then Governor Maggie Hassan indicates that between 2010 and 2020, STEM occupations in the state are expected to grow at 17.3 percent compared with overall state job growth of 10.4 percent. By 2020, STEM occupations will account for 14 percent of employment statewide, with nearly half of those positions requiring a bachelor’s degree. STEM employers especially seek reading comprehension, active listening, critical thinking, and active learning in entry-level members to their workforce, all hallmarks of Colby-Sawyer’s liberal arts-based education.

Rule Hearing Set Regarding Proposed Permit Reduction for 2019 NH Moose Hunt

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on proposed rules to reduce the moose permit issuance for the 2019 moose hunting season. Wildlife season-setting rules are subject to the state’s rulemaking process. A public hearing will be held on Monday, April 8, at New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord at 6:30 p.m.

The complete rulemaking notice, with original and proposed rule language, can be viewed at www.wildnh.com/legislative/proposed-rules.html.

Written comments must be received by April 16, 2019, and may be either emailed to comments@wildlife.nh.gov using the subject line “Comments on Moose Permits,” mailed to Executive Director, NH Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301, or sent by fax to (603) 271-1438.

After considering public comment, the Wildlife Division will present the final rule package to the Fish and Game Commission at its April 18, 2019, meeting. The rules then go before the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) for approval. The new rules will establish permit numbers to be issued in the 2019 moose permit lottery to be held in June.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has proposed the reduction of statewide moose hunt permit issuance from the 51 issued in 2018 to 49 in 2019. The estimated moose density in the Southwest Region, comprised of Moose Management Units H2-North, H2-South, and K has increased to levels which meet criteria established in the Moose Management Plan which eliminate the permit issuance suspension. As a result, the proposal would issue one (1) permit in each of these three units during the 2019 lottery.

The proposal also would reduce permit numbers in the White Mountain Region (units C1, D2, E1, E2, E3, and F) from 15 to 10, with some permits continuing to be issued in all moose management units in that region.

For more information on rule setting or the moose lottery, visit wildnh.com.

Colby-Sawyer’s Nursing Program Ranked #1 in New Hampshire

New London NH – Colby-Sawyer College’s undergraduate nursing program has been recognized as #1 in New Hampshire by RegisteredNursing.org after the group analyzed 15 programs in the state. Colby-Sawyer led the pack with a score of 98.85.

The annual registered nursing program rankings are based on current and past first-time National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exam pass rates. In 2018, for the third year in a row, 100 percent of Colby-Sawyer’s undergraduate nursing students passed the NCLEX-RN on their first attempt. Nursing programs were also assessed on several factors that represent how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond.

Colby-Sawyer’s nursing program, as described by RegisteredNursing.org, “molds nursing students into high-quality nurses who are committed to improving the quality of care throughout the profession and judiciously use their leadership and communication skills to improve community health.”

“We are very proud of this recognition,” Joan G. Loftus, dean of Colby-Sawyer’s School of Nursing and Health Professions said. “The success of our nursing program is built on the foundation of a strong curriculum, highly qualified nursing faculty and exceptional clinical experiences at our Dartmouth-Hitchcock partnership sites.”

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for a registered nurse in New Hampshire is $67,190 and New Hampshire Employment Security projects an average of 491 registered nursing job openings each year.

To learn more about how Colby-Sawyer Nursing School ranked click https://www.registerednursing.org/state/new-hampshire/#rankings

by Kate Seamans, College Communications

Croydon Votes to Replace Police Chief

Croydon NH – Croydon voters chose to contract services from the Newport Police Department over their own Police Chief at their town meeting on Saturday. The vote would in effect terminate long time Police Chief Richard Lee’s employment with the town after 19 years of service. The vote confused some voters since this option was not on a warrant article.  Croydon Select Board Chair Carol Marsh presented the option under Warrant Article Two in the police budget. A proposal of what Newport could offer vs. Croydon was displayed at the Coniston Store, as well as posted on the Croydon Community Facebook on March 14th , but no posting at the Town Hall. Copies were handed out at Saturday’s meeting, but few people had the proposal prior to Saturday’s meeting. In a paper vote, residents voted 48 – 36 to contract with Newport.

The proposal is not a done deal since it will need to go before the Newport voters for their approval. If Newport voters veto the proposal, there is no Plan B at this time. If passed the target date will be July 1, 2019 for the change to go into place.

Police Chief Richard Lee said he feels the voters did not have enough time to get all the information, citing public hearings on ATV use in Croydon that went on for two years. That was verified by several town’s people on the Croydon Community Page who said they were uncertain of the vote. Lee said if the majority of people preferred utilizing Newport’s services over those of the Croydon Police Chief, it was acceptable, but he wants them to be informed and feels the town people need more time and information.

Newport Fire-EMS as well as Newport Dispatch will also be providing services to Croydon who currently uses  New London Ambulance and New London Dispatch.

Claremont Man Arrested for Possessing Firearm During Attempted Robbery of THC Products in Springfield VT

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Ira Flowers, 36, of Claremont, New Hampshire was arrested yesterday after having been indicted by a Vermont grand jury for possessing a 9mm semi-automatic pistol after having been convicted of multiple felonies. Flowers appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Andrea K. Johnston, in Concord, New Hampshire, and consented to his detention pending transfer to the District of Vermont.

According to court records, the charge in the Indictment stems from defendant Flowers’s possession of a firearm on January 6, 2019, at the Holiday Inn in Springfield, Vermont. Defendant Flowers and three others met in one of the hotel rooms to exchange thousands of dollars for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-infused products. During the meeting, Flowers brandished a 9mm pistol, and attempted to rob the seller of the THC products. A struggle ensued, and Flowers was stabbed in the neck, shot once in the leg (with the pistol he unlawfully possessed), and left in the hotel hallway bleeding profusely from his wounds. A search of the hotel room by the Vermont State Police resulted in the seizure of the 9mm pistol possessed by the defendant, as well as a single 9mm casing.

If convicted, Flowers faces a maximum of ten years of imprisonment, and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence however, would be determined by the Court with guidance from the advisory Federal Sentencing Guidelines. The United States Attorney emphasizes that the charge in the complaint is merely an accusation, and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is proven guilty.

United States Attorney Christina Nolan commended the investigative efforts of the Vermont State Police, as well as the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). She stated: “Federal prosecutors in Vermont will show no tolerance for gun crime and violence in connection with the illicit drug trade, and prosecution of these crimes will remain the top priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. These principles apply with equal force to those who commit violent crime – such as robberies, burglaries, and gun offenses – in connection with the marijuana and THC trade.”

The United States is represented in this matter by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Ophardt. The defendant was represented in the District of New Hampshire by the Federal Public Defender