State Issues Cyanobacteria Beach Advisory and Lake Warning for Elm Brook Park Beach in Hopkinton

Concord, NH – An elevated cyanobacteria cell concentration has been measured from samples collected at Elm Brook Park Beach, Hopkinton.  Samples were collected by the Army Corp ofEngineers who monitored this beach and observations were made at the boat launch, beach and fishing platform. Samples revealed that the state threshold of 70,000 cells/ml or greater of cyanobacteria wasexceeded.  The cyanobacteria were identified as Anabaena/Dolichospermum, Microcystis and Woronichinia. The bloom was described to be dense and stretched atleast 1,000 feet around the beach.  As a result, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has issued a cyanobacteria beach advisory for those who recreate at the beach. It is also advised to look out for accumulations in other areas of the lake or shorelines. Please continue to monitor your individual shoreline for changing conditions.

This warning is not based on a toxinevaluation and is intended as a precautionary measure for short term exposure.NHDES advises lake users to avoid contact with the water in areas experiencing elevated cyanobacteria cell conditions typically where lake water has a surface scum, green streaks or blue-greenflecks aggregating along the shore. NHDESalso advises pet owners to keep their pets out of any waters that have a cyanobacteria bloom.

NHDES routinely monitors public beaches and public waters of the state forcyanobacteria. Once a cyanobacteria lake warning or beach advisory has been issued, NHDES returns to affected waterbodies on a weekly basis until the cyanobacteria standards are again met.Cyanobacteria are natural components of water bodies worldwide, but blooms andsurface scums may form when excess nutrients are available to the water. Some cyanobacteria produce toxins that are stored within the cells but released upon cell death. Toxins can cause both acute and chronic health effects that range in severity.  Acute healtheffects include irritation of skin and mucous membranes, tingling, numbness, nausea,vomiting, seizures and diarrhea. Chronic effects include liver and central nervous system damage.

The warning went into effect on June 12,2018, and will remain in effect until additional samples reveal cyanobacterialevels have diminished.

Visit the NHDES Beach Program website for photos and more information about cyanobacteria at https://www.des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/beaches/index.htm
Updates on advisories and warnings may be obtained at http://www4.des.state.nh.us/WaterShed_BeachMaps/WaterShed_BeachMaps.aspx
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If you notice anything resembling cyanobacteria, please refrain from wading, swimming, or drinking the water. Keep all pets out of the water and contact NHDES immediately. Please call NHDES to report a cyanobacteria bloom at(603) 848-8094.

Lebanon Man Arrested After Firing Gun Shot During Domestic Incident

Lebanon NH – On 6/13/18 at approximately 3:40AM the Lebanon Police received an emergency call from a 26-year-old female, who resides on Meriden Road, that her mother’s boyfriend was armed and made threats to shoot her and her mother, along with himself. Further information was obtained that the caller’s mother, a 53-year-old female, had locked herself in the bathroom while the 26-year-old female fled from the home on foot.

While officers were in-route to the call, the female caller advised that a gunshot had been fired outside the home. Upon the officers’ arrival, the 53-year-old female was still inside the home with the 48-year-old male suspect, who was believed to still be armed. Responding officers established a perimeter around the home and made contact with the female victim still inside the residence. A short time later, Kevin R. Hicks, age 48, of Meriden Road in Lebanon, exited the house and was taken into custody without further incident.

Further investigation revealed that Hicks had been drinking and had an argument with his girlfriend. During the argument, Hicks made threats to shoot his girlfriend, his girlfriend’s daughter and himself. During the argument, Hicks’ girlfriend was able to wrestle one handgun away from Hicks but he retrieved a shotgun from inside the home. After the 26-year-old female fled the home, Hicks went outside after her and fired one shotgun round into the air. Neither female victim was injured.

Hicks is charged with Reckless Conduct and Criminal Threatening, both
Class B Felony charges due to the use of a Firearm. Hicks refused the
services of a bail commissioner and was transported to the Grafton County
Jail pending arraignment in the Grafton County Superior Court later today.

Colby-Sawyer College Presents 2018 Town Award to Mount Sunapee Resort

NEW LONDON, N.H. – On Friday, June 8, Colby-Sawyer College President Susan D. Stuebner presented the 2018 Town Award to Mount Sunapee Resort during the spring meeting of the President’s Alumni Advisory Board Council. The Town Award is presented annually to an area resident or organization who has demonstrated extraordinary involvement in, and made noteworthy contributions to, the college.

 

The college honored Mount Sunapee Resort with the award for its significant contributions to the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region for the past 70 years, as well as for its collaboration with the college in hosting the championship Men’s and Women’s Alpine Team as their training facility; supporting the college in its efforts to provide free skiing and riding to all students; and helping students gain valuable professional experience through internship opportunities.

 

Mount Sunapee’s Director of Marketing Megan Burch ’01, an Elkins resident who studied exercise and sport science at Colby-Sawyer, and Kurt Wehde, a Newbury resident and the resort’s digital content manager, accepted the award.

 

“Mount Sunapee is tremendously honored to have received the Town Award,” Burch said. “Community is invaluable to us, and our relationship with Colby-Sawyer and other local businesses will always be a priority in order to get students and families outdoors enjoying activities year-round at Mount Sunapee.”

 

Since the mountain opened in December 1948 with three trails, Mount Sunapee has been a favorite destination for New Englanders. Today, they continue to offer family-friendly, big-mountain skiing on 66 trails served by 10 lifts covering more than 1,500 vertical feet. During the 2017-18 season, 218 Colby-Sawyer students made 1,036 trips to Mount Sunapee to take advantage of the free passes offered by the college.

 

“Our students, faculty and staff who enjoy all that Mount Sunapee Resort has to offer year-round join with generations of New London-area residents who have benefited from having this gem in our backyard,” President Stuebner said during the award presentation. “As the resort continues to celebrate its 70th season of operation, Colby-Sawyer is proud to present the annual Town Award to Mount Sunapee.”

 

Manchester NH Man Found Guilty of Taking Minor to VT for Sexual Assault

CONCORD NH – United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced that a jury found Kurt Carpentino, 34, of Manchester, New Hampshire, guilty of transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

In a trial that began on June 7, 2018 and ended with the jury’s verdict on June 11, 2018, evidence demonstrated that Carpentino transported a person under the age of 18 from New Hampshire to Vermont with intent to engage in sexual activity.

Evidence at trial showed that on April 27, 2017, the Hinsdale, New Hampshire Police Department received a report of a missing 14-year-old child. The child was found later that morning at an abandoned motel owned by the defendant’s sister in Rockingham, Vermont. The child told the police that the defendant took her to the motel and that they had sex there. The defendant was observed driving by the motel and arrested nearby.  Later that day, he admitted to taking the child from New Hampshire to Vermont and having sex with her at the hotel.  A few weeks later, the defendant wrote the victim letters from jail, attempting to get her to recant her statement to the police.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 19, 2018.  The defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

“Those who prey on children will be prosecuted aggressively,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.   “There is no place in our community for those who attempt to rob children of their innocence.  I am grateful for the courage of the young victim, as well as the hard work and dedication of the investigators and prosecutors who secured this guilty verdict”.

The investigation in this case was led by the Vermont State Police, Homeland Security Investigations in Manchester, New Hampshire, the Hinsdale, New Hampshire Police Department, the Manchester, New Hampshire Police Department, the Springfield, Vermont Police Department, and the New Hampshire State Police, with the assistance of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Seth R. Aframe and Georgiana L. Konesky.

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NY Man Arrested on Multiple Charges in VT

Vernon VT – On 6/9/18, at approximately 1841 hours, Troopers responded to a report of a disabled vehicle on Interstate 91 northbound, near mile marker 3 in Vernon, VT.  The vehicle was occupied by Nyree Scott 32 of New York, NY,  another adult male, and two juvenile children ages 2 and 3.

While speaking with the occupants,Troopers developed probable cause of criminal activity.  During a consensual search of the vehicle and occupants, Trooper’s located approximately 11 grams of crack cocaine on Scott as well as pistol magazine with several rounds of ammunition.  Located under the unsecured car seat of the 2 year old juvenile was a Ruger .22 handgun.

Scott was arrested for the above mentioned offenses and transported to the Westminster Barracks for processing.  Scott was issued a citation for the charges and lodged at the Southern State Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.  The children were brought to a safe family member.

John Elias Begins Term as New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner

CONCORD, NH – Today, John Elias began his five year term as Commissioner of the New Hampshire Insurance Department. He was nominated by Governor Chris T. Sununu and unanimously approved by the New Hampshire Executive Council in May.
“I am honored to be trusted with this responsibility,” said Commissioner John Elias. “I am excited to get started working in this new role on behalf of New Hampshire.”
Elias’s priorities as commissioner include regulatory modernization, operational efficiency and effectiveness in the pursuit of regulatory value, and the use of data to promote market transparency and to improve regulatory accountability and success in the reduction of public harms.
In 2016, Elias joined the New Hampshire Insurance Department as the Property and Casualty Director and was quickly promoted to Assistant Commissioner. In his two years at the department, he has focused on streamlining business processes, goal setting, and speed to market initiatives. He has also led the department’s first strategic planning initiative, which includes workforce development. He has also served on several National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) committees and task forces and has been involved in the NAIC State Ahead strategic plan.
Commissioner Elias has more than 15 years of insurance industry experience in the fields of profit and loss, state relations, and strategic projects. He has led compliance, underwriting, product and project teams and served as Vice President at two property and casualty insurance companies. He has worked with insurance regulators in 16 states, and embraces customer service and continuous improvement.
“Commissioner Elias will do a tremendous job leading the New Hampshire Department of Insurance,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “I am confident Commissioner Elias will preserve New Hampshire’s individual market, reduce burdensome regulations, and continue to put the customer first. I look forward to working with him in the many years ahead.”
Commissioner Elias has an M.B.A. and a J.D., and earned his Bachelor’s degree in political science. In addition, he holds a Chartered Insurance Operations Professional designation and a Certificate in Strategic Management of Regulatory Enforcement Agencies.

Second Person Dies from Injuries in Fatal Newfane Fatal Accident

Newfane VT – On 6/8/18, at approximately 1629 hours, Troopers responded to a two-car motor vehicle crash on VT RT 30 at the intersection with Sears Road in the town of Newfane, VT. Investigation revealed that Sarah Loos was traveling north on VT RT 30, when she drifted left of center, into the southbound lane. Loos was operating a 2012 Toyota Highlander, which after traveling mostly into the opposing lane, struck a 1999 Subaru Outback that was operated by Robert Lind. Loos was the lone occupant of the Highlander.

Lind’s vehicle was also occupied by Mandi Gamache who was seated in the front passenger seat. A witness traveling behind Lind, advised Lind was traveling at approximately 40 mph in the 50 mph zone. The witness observed as Loos drifted well into the southbound lane, striking the Subaru nearly head on. Lind was pronounced deceased at the scene. Gamache was airlifted to DHMC with significant injuries.On 06-09-18, Mandi M. Gamache had succumb to her injuries and died at DHMC in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Loos was treated at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. During the investigation, Trooper’s obtained a search warrant to collect blood from Loos. Loos was issued a citation for Grossly Negligent Operator – Death Resulting, as well as DUI Drugs. She was ordered to appear in court at a later date and time. Loos was not processed for the offense, due to remaining at the hospital.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident, or the events leading up to it,are encouraged to contact Tpr. Max Trenosky of the Westminster Barracks at 802-722-4600.

The Vermont State Police was assisted by the Newbrook Fire & Rescue, Rescue Inc., as well as the Brattleboro Police Department.

Downtown Lebanon Timed Parking Limits to be Enforced

In the near future, the Lebanon Police Department will begin an initiative to increase compliance with timed parking limits at various locations in the downtown area. The initiative is being launched as a result of a recent Parking Utilization Study that was conducted to evaluate parking utilization counts along with vehicle turnover and time limit compliance. The regular monitoring of parking utilization and availability in Lebanon’s downtown is one of the recommended actions of the 2012 Master Plan.
The goal of this initiative will be to ensure adequate turn-over of parking spaces in the downtown area through voluntary compliance with time limits established in City Ordinance. In an effort to achieve voluntary compliance, the Lebanon Police Department has begun a messaging campaign to bring attention to the parking areas in question along with the prescribed time limits for each area. These time limits and parking areas can be seen in the enclosed map.
After an initial awareness campaign, the police department will begin enforcement activity. The Lebanon Police Department is asking those who visit our downtown area to obey the rules and ordinances concerning timed parking, handicap parking, vendor/permit parking and no parking areas.

One Killed One Critically Injured in Newfane VT Collision

On 6/8/18, at approximately 1629 hours, Troopers responded to a two-car motor vehicle crash on VT RT 30 at the intersection with Sears Road in the town of Newfane, VT. Investigation revealed that Sarah Loos was traveling north on VT RT 30, when she drifted left of center, into the southbound lane. Loos was operating a 2012 Toyota Highlander, which after traveling mostly into the opposing lane, struck a 1999 Subaru Outback that was operated by Robert Lind. Loos was the lone occupant of the Highlander.

Lind’s vehicle was also occupied by Mandi Gamache who was seated in the front passenger seat.  A witness traveling behind Lind, advised Lind was traveling at approximately 40 mph in the 50 mph zone.  The witness observed as Loos drifted well into the southbound lane, striking the Subaru nearly head on. Lind was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Gamache was airlifted to DHMC with significant injuries, to include multiple fractures to her left arm and leg as well as unknown injuries to her chest.

Loos was treated at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.  During the investigation, Trooper’s obtained a search warrant to collect blood from Loos. Loos was issued a citation for Grossly Negligent Operator – Death Resulting, as well as DUI Drugs.  She was ordered to appear in court at a later date and time. Loos was not processed for the offense, due to remaining at the hospital.

Anyone who may have witnessed the accident, or the events leading up to it,are encouraged to contact Tpr. Max Trenosky of the Westminster Barracks at 802-722-4600.

The Vermont State Police was assisted by the Newbrook Fire & Rescue, Rescue Inc., as well as the Brattleboro Police Department.

Charlestown Women Arrested After Heroin Found in Car

L-R Miranda Goodell and Kerri Yaqoob

On 6/6/18, at approximately 1500 hours, Troopers conducted a motor vehicle stop for speed, on Interstate 91 northbound, near mile marker 36  in the town of Rockingham.  During the course of the traffic stop, probable cause was developed to believe criminal activity was occurring.  Troopers conducted a consensual search of the vehicle and located 1 bag of heroin on Miranda Goodell’s person, as well as 142 bags of heroin secured in a tissue box that belonged to Kerri Yaqoob.  Both females were arrested and transported to the Westminster Barracks for processing.  Yaqoob was also found to be in violation of conditions of release, stemming from a prior heroin possession arrest.  Both females were issued citations to appear in Windham Criminal Court on July 10th to answer the charges.