Sunapee Students to Use Pedal Cart During Alcohol Awareness Week

Sunapee NH – This pedal cart that will be used in one of several events planned by the students of Sunapee Middle High School during Alcohol Awareness week, April 15th through April 19th.  The events planned for the week are designed to bring attention to the many consequences of alcohol abuse.  

The pedal cart will be used in conjunction with impairment goggles which simulate a blood alcohol level of between .08 and .10 (the legal limit and above).  The cart will be operated by a student wearing the goggles through an obstacle course set up on school grounds.  The concept behind this exercise is to show the student how impairment decreases a person’s normal dexterity so the student better understands what an impaired driver experiences.  This awareness will help a student make the better choice when it comes to possibly driving impaired or whether to ride as a passenger in a vehicle that the student believes may be operated by an impaired person.

The pedal cart and impairment goggles were purchased by the Sunapee Police Benevolent Association with funds generously donated by members of our community.

MA Man Arrested for Attempted Sexual Assault

Lebanon NH – The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit has been conducting an investigation through a social media provider targeting individuals who were seeking to victimize children.
Lebanon Police officers engaged in a conversation via social media with a male who was later identified as Daniel Dudek, age 49, of Lexington, MA.
This investigation led to Dudek arriving in Lebanon to meet two people that he thought were juveniles for sexual acts on March 13, 2019.
Dudek taken into custody and charged with Certain Uses of Computer Services Prohibited, Attempted Felonious Sexual Assault, both Class B Felony charges, Attempted Manufacturing of Child Sexual Abuse Images, a Class A Felony, and Attempted Sexual Assault, a Class A Misdemeanor. Dudek was held in preventative detention and is expected to be arraigned in the Grafton County Superior Court on Thursday March 14, 2019.
The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit will continue to prosecute those who use the internet to sexually exploit children. The Lebanon Police Department is an affiliate of the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce (ICAC).

Former Claremont Police Officer Mark Burch Sentenced

Concord NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces that Mark Burch, age 32, of Claremont, New Hampshire pleaded guilty and was sentenced today in the Sullivan County Superior Court on one class A misdemeanor charge of unsworn falsification.

Pursuant to a fully negotiated plea agreement, Mr. Burch was sentenced on the unsworn falsification charge to 12 months at the House of Corrections, all of which is suspended for a period of two years.  The sentence also requires Mr. Burch to perform 100 hours of community service, with proof of the community service to be provided to the State within six months of today’s date, and to be of good behavior.  The sentencing order also states that Mr. Burch will not seek employment in law enforcement in the State of New Hampshire.

On March 28, 2018, Attorney General MacDonald announced that he had initiated an investigation into the conduct of then Sergeant Ian Kibbe and Officer Mark Burch of the Claremont Police Department.  That investigation was initiated based on information from Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase, which alleged that while acting in their capacity as police officers, Mr. Kibbe and Mr. Burch had falsified documentation related to a search that occurred in late February, 2018.

As a result of that investigation, charges were brought against Mr. Kibbe which resolved by way of guilty pleas to one class A misdemeanor charge of unsworn falsification and one class A misdemeanor charge of obstructing government administration.  On January 7, 2019, Mr. Kibbe was sentenced on the unsworn falsification charge to 12 months at the House of Corrections, with all but 90 days suspended for a period of two years upon Mr. Kibbe’s release from incarceration. On the charge of obstructing government administration, Mr. Kibbe was sentenced to 12 months at the House of Corrections all of which was suspended for a period of two years upon his release from incarceration, to be served consecutive to the first sentence, if imposed. The sentences also require Mr. Kibbe be of good behavior and included the provision that Mr. Kibbe will not to seek employment in law enforcement in the State of New Hampshire.

With Mr. Burch’s plea today, this matter is now concluded.

Franklin Man Sentenced to 66 Months for Fentanyl Trafficking

CONCORD NH Stephen Marando, 58, formerly of Franklin, New Hampshire, was sentenced to 66 months in prison for fentanyl trafficking charges, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on April 13, 2017, Marando and another individual drove from Franklin, New Hampshire, to Lawrence, Massachusetts in order to buy fentanyl.  After they obtained the fentanyl and were on their way back to Franklin, the New Hampshire State Police conducted a traffic stop on their vehicle.  During the course of the stop, the other individual attempted to discard a package containing 91 grams of fentanyl that they had been picked up in Lawrence.

Marando pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and one count of possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute on July 24, 2018.

“Traffickers who transport fentanyl into New Hampshire should understand that they face serious consequences in federal court” said U.S. Attorney Murray.   “Prison sentences await those who trade in this deadly drug. In order to protect our citizens, law enforcement will continue to focus its efforts on stopping the flow of fentanyl into the Granite State.”

“This synthetic opioid is 50-100 times more powerful than heroin and we are not going to idly stand by and let more friends, family members and neighbors get addicted, or die of drug overdoses. Together, with our law enforcement partners, the FBI will continue to use every tool at our disposal to tackle the opioid crisis head on, and put individuals like Mr. Marando behind bars. The goal is and always will be to stem the flow of illegal drugs and reduce crime,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division.

This matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New Hampshire State Police, and the Laconia Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Anna Krasinski is prosecuting the case.

 

Fire at Anchorage Under Investigation

Sunapee NH – On Friday, March 8, 2019 at approximately 7:18 p.m., Sunapee Police and Fire Departments responded to a 911 report of a structure fire at 71 Main Street (the Anchorage Restaurant). The fire was quickly extinguished.  The NH State Fire Marshal also responded to the scene.

At this time, this incident is under investigation by the Sunapee Police Department and NH State Fire Marshal.  The Sunapee Police Department is requesting that anyone with information about this incident please contact the police department at 603-763-5555.

On there Facebook page the Anchorage posted, “We regret to announce the cancellation of our St. Patrick’s Day celebration as a result of an arson attempt last Friday March 8th. We have been preparing for months to share our recent renovations with you, and we will not let this setback deter us. We will keep you updated as we work to establish our new opening date.”

 

Newport School District Passes Operating Budget and 3-year Teacher Agreement

Newport NH – The Newport School District Warrant was voted upon today, March 12, 2019.   1245 citizens casted votes at the Newport Opera House between 8 am to 7 pm. This was the largest voter turnout for a School Budget vote on record.

The District elected Linda Wadensten and Russell Medbery for 3 year terms as School Board members.  Howard Dunn was re-elected to serve as Moderator and Robert Scott was re-elected to serve as both Clerk and Treasurer.

The District’s proposed operating budget of $18,963,855 passed by a vote of 997 to 233.  This ensures that the paraprofessionals and administrative assistants in the Newport Support Staff collective bargaining unit receive a negotiated raise for the 2019-20 academic year.

The Newport Teachers Association’s three year agreement also passed by a vote of 629 to 612.  This ensure that over three years, the teachers will receive the correct salaries assigned to their years of experience.   

Linda Wadensten, Newport School Board Chair, says” I’m relieved the NTA warrant passed.  It’s the steps needed to build trust and recognition of our children’s educators. I’m eager to keep building faith in the district”.

Additionally, the voters approved the repair of a fire alarm panel in the CTE Center by a vote of 739 to 478.  

Virginia Irwin, the Newport School Board Vice-Chair says, “I’m very pleased that the community recognized the need to support our staff and disappointed  they did not understand our other needs. We have more work to do”


The voters failed to pass the warrant for a feasibility study on the Sugar River CTE Center.  CIndy Gallagher, Superintendent said, “We all know that the CTE Center is essential to many the Newport students’ career preparation.  It is unfortunate that there were so many competing needs this year. I’m hopeful we will try again next year.


Additionally the voters failed to pass the money for an Autism program in the elementary school.  Gallagher said, “Special education continues to be a large part of our budget. The community keeps telling us to find ways to reduce costs, but the voters didn’t approve a $200,000 program that serves six students  This is the second year in a row that voters have denied this investment. These leaves us with substantial gaps to fill.”

The voters denied all the fund transfers to trust funds, including the proposed health trust fund.  The voters also denied the opportunity to receive gifts and denied the ability to have a contingency fund to help mediate the fund balances.

Wadensten says, “This has been the most contentious budget season.  We know that by the the information and misinformation in the papers, social media and the flyers that filled our mailboxes.  Although not every article passed, I’m pleased that the many members of the town finally came out to vote.”

Sullivan County’s Fugitive of the Week

MICHAEL ROGERS – DOB: 08/26/1972  LKA: 175 LEVITT ROAD, PLAINFIELD, NH

DESCRIPTION: WHITE MALE, HEIGHT: 5’6”, WEIGHT: 160, EYES: BROWN, HAIR: BROWN

REASON: FAILURE TO APPEAR

ORIGINAL CHARGES:

AGGRAVATED DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED, CLASS A MISDEMEANOR (2 COUNTS)

RECKLESS CONDUCT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON (AUTOMOBILE), CLASS B FELONY

BAIL JUMPING, CLASS A MISDEMEANOR

BAIL JUMPING, CLASS B FELONY

ON OCTOBER 25, 2017 ROGERS WAS INDICTED BY THE SULLIVAN COUNTY GRAND JURY ON TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE AND ONE COUNTY OF RECKLESS CONDUCT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON (AUTOMOBILE).

ON NOVEMBER 13, 2017 ROGERS FAILED TO APPEAR FOR AN ARRAIGNMENT IN SULLIVAN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT AND ON NOVEMBER 15, 2017 THE SULLIVAN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT ISSUED A WARRANT FOR ROGERS ARREST FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR.

NOVEMBER 22, 2017 ROGERS WAS ARRESTED AND RELEASED ON PERSONAL RECOGNIZANCE BAIL. AS A CONDITION OF BAIL HE WAS ORDERED TO APPEAR IN SULLIVAN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT ON JANUARY 11, 2018.

ON JANUARY 11, 2018 ROGERS FAILED TO APPEAR AND AS A RESULT THE SULLIVAN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT ISSUED A WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR.

ON APRIL 19, 2018 ROGERS WAS ARRESTED AND POSTED CASH BAIL. AS A CONDITION OF BAIL HE WAS ORDERED TO APPEAR IN SULLIVAN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT ON MAY 15, 2018 FOR A DISPOSITIONAL CONFERENCE.

ON MAY 9, 2018 LEGAL COUNCIL FOR ROGERS WAS NOTIFIED THE MAY 15, 2018 HEARING WAS BEING MOVED TO MAY 17, 2018 IN SULLIVAN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT.

ON MAY 17, 2018 ROGERS FAILED TO APPEAR IN SULLIVAN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT AND AS A RESULT THE SULLIVAN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT ISSUED A WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR.

ON MAY 23, 2018 ROGERS WAS INDICTED BY THE SULLIVAN COUNTY GRAND JURY ON ONE COUNTY OF BAIL JUMPING, CLASS B MISDEMEANER AND ONE COUNT OF BAIL JUMPING, CLASS B FELONY.

ON JUNE 7, 2018 ROGERS FAILED TO APPEAR IN SULLIVAN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT FOR AN ARRAIGNMENT ON THE TWO BAIL JUMPING CHARGES. AS A RESULT THE SULLIVAN COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT ISSUED A WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR.

Woodstove Suspected as Cause in Fire at Newport Residence

Newport NH – At 8:04 AM  the Newport Police Dispatch received a 911 emergency call from a resident at 289 Maple Street reporting that his house was on fire. The first Newport Police officer on scene reported heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof and eaves.

Upon arrival, the first Newport engine requested an upgrade to a first alarm due to substantial fire conditions. At 8:23, a second alarm was requested for additional tankers to the scene.

Due to the volume of fire and compromised interior conditions, fire attack and suppression were limited to exterior operations. The fire was called under control at 9:32. Bradford Road remained closed to traffic for approximately two hours.

One resident was home at the time of the fire. He was asleep downstairs on a couch when the fire started. A single smoke detector was located in the kitchen area, but was reported to be inoperable. Fortunately, as smoke began to fill thebuilding, the resident was awoken by his pet cat. Both the resident and his cat were able to safely exit the building.

The home is deemed to be a total loss. Firefighters were able to save and secure some valuable tools in the back part of the house. The fire is not considered to be suspicious in nature and may been started by a woodstove in the basement. The dwelling was not insured.

Other Newport departments assisting Newport firefighters on scene were the Newport Police Department and the Newport Highway Department. Mutual Aid Departments providing fire apparatus and manpower at the scene were Claremont, Croydon, Goshen, Lempster, Newbury, New London, Sunapee and Unity.

Anyone with additional information regarding the fire may contact Newport Fire Chief, David McCrillis, at (603) 863-1416 or the Newport Police Department at (603} 863-3232.

Cavendish Man Arrested for Burglary

Cavendish VT – On 03/09/2019 at approximately 1625 hours, Vermont State Police arrested John J. Fernandes on the charges of burglary and grand larceny. The charges were the result of an investigation of a residential burglary in Cavendish in November of 2018. Fernandes will answer to the charge in Vermont Superior Court, Windsor Criminal Division on 03/11/2019.

Newport School District Budget for 2019-2020 will not be impacted by the Governor’s proposed budget.

Newport NH – The Newport Community will vote on the School District’s proposed budget and warrant articles on March 12, 2019.

Two warrant articles, 7 and 8, are money articles. The Governor has also included these costs in the proposed budget.  On the Newport School District Warrant, Article 7 is the Autism Program for Richards School and Article 8 is the fire alarm panel in the CTE center.  The Governor’s proposed budget is based on contingent funding available after July 1, 2020. This has created confusion regarding funding sources and the need to vote on the articles in the current warrant.

The purpose of the  “Capital Infrastructure Revitalization Fund” from HB 2 in the Governor’s proposed budget is to provide targeted funding for the state and local infrastructure projects and other one-time strategic investments.

Newport School Board Chair, Linda Wadensten says, “Should this money become available, we will seek reimbursement for these projects.”

The possible future effect of the Governor’s proposed budget

Article 7 of the Newport School District 2019-20 Warrant is for an Autism Program in the elementary school.  The warrant is for $200,000. If the voters approve this article, then the District will be able to provide services to up to 6 students in the elementary school.  If the Governor’s proposed funding survives the State’s budget process, then the District would then apply for the targeted aid funds and they could be used as revenue to offset costs for the program in the 2020-21 year.  If the voters deny Article 7 on Tuesday, then the District could still apply for the contingency money and use it as revenue to offset costs if the program is approved for the 2020-21 year.

Article 8 of the Newport School District 2019-20 Warrant is for the repair of a fire alarm panel in the CTE center.  The warrant is for $78,000. If the voters approve this article, then the District will be able to repair the panel in the 2019-20 school year.  If the Governor’s proposed funding survives the State’s budget process, then the District would then apply for the contingency funds and it could be used as revenue in the 2020-21 year.  If the voters deny Article 8 on Tuesday, then the District could still apply for the contingency money and use it as project revenue in 2020-21.

Any questions should be directed to SAU 43 Superintendent, Cindy Gallagher at (603) 865-9500 or cgallagher@sau43.org.