Police Seek Public’s Help in ID

Rindge NH- The Rindge Police Department and the NH State Police are looking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in an assault that occurred on Saturday, December 1st, 2018, on the campus of Franklin Pierce University that left one a student critically injured.   The suspect and his friends were seen driving away in a small blue SUV (older model Toyota Rav4/ Honda CR-V), and a light colored Dodge pickup truck that appears to be a 2500 series, that is set up for a plow.  (See photos).  The registrations are unknown, but it’s likely that the suspect and his friends are local to the area, which may include Jaffrey, New Ipswich, Rindge, and Winchendon, MA (and surrounding towns).

Any information can be forwarded to Sgt. Shawn Skahan, NH State Police, Troop C at (603)223-8729, or Detective Rachel Malynowski, Rindge Police Department at (603)899-5009, ext. 15.

Vermont Requests Federal Damage Assessment for Storm Damage and Power Outages

WATERBURY, VT – Vermont Emergency Management (VEM) Director Erica Bornemann has requested a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine if the state qualifies for a federal Public Assistance disaster declaration following a winter storm and power outages that began November 26.  The request asks for assessments in Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Washington, and Windham counties.

Local, state, and federal officials will begin the assessments on Thursday, December 6.

To qualify for a declaration Vermont must show at least $1-million in response and public infrastructure recovery costs.  Individual counties must also show public infrastructure damages and recovery costs of $3.78 per capita, which includes restoration expenses for public utilities.  Preliminary estimates by the state indicate Vermont will exceed the $1-million threshold.  FEMA must verify the damage before the Governor can request a disaster declaration.

“The storm dropped several inches of snow in many areas of Vermont, snow that is often a welcome sight here,” Vermont Emergency Management Director Erica Bornemann said.  “But as it piled up, the heavy snow took down trees all over the state, blocking roads and taking down power lines.  Our initial assessment found many communities now have debris removal bills, and public utilities shouldering hefty power restoration costs.”

Eligible reimbursement costs include repair work on public roads and buildings, tree and debris removal from public rights of way, municipal employee time spent working on recovery, contractor help, equipment rentals, and other costs associated with the storm.

Crews keep moving in the course of their work so exact times and locations are difficult to determine ahead of time.  To find an assessment team contact Mark Bosma at Vermont Emergency Management at mark.bosma@vermont.gov<mailto:mark.bosma@vermont.gov> or 802-839-6717.

Individual homeowners should report damage to their insurance companies.  For homeowners insurance questions or assistance contact the Vermont Divisions of Financial Regulation Insurance division at 800-964-1784.

NH DHHS Announces Updated Schedule of Public Forums to Introduce Granite Advantage Health Care Program

 Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced both new and updated dates and locations for public forums to introduce the Granite Advantage Health Care Program, the new health insurance program for people enrolled in expanded Medicaid.

In 2019, Granite Advantage will replace the New Hampshire Health Protection Program’s (NHHPP) Premium Assistance Program (PAP). During the public meetings, DHHS will provide an overview on Granite Advantage open enrollment, the transition to Medicaid Care Management, and a new community engagement and work requirement for members ages 19-64.

The presentations will also cover Granite Workforce, a pilot work program for Granite Advantage members offered by NH Employment Security and DHHS, which will provide job training, case management services, and employment supports to assist them in meeting the work and community engagement requirement.

Newly scheduled public forums will be held in Conway, Colebrook, Claremont, Portsmouth and Keene. In addition, the schedule for forums in Concord, Laconia and Littleton has been updated. The dates, times and locations for the new and rescheduled public forums are:

Conway

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6-7:30 pm

Conway Public Library, Ham Community Room

15 Greenwood Ave.  Conway, NH

Concord

Monday, January 7, 2019, 6-7:30 pm

DHHS Brown Building Auditorium

129 Pleasant St. Concord, NH

Colebrook

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 2-3:30 pm

Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital, Pearson Board Room

181 Corliss Ln. Colebrook, NH

 

Laconia

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6-7:30 pm

City Hall, Council Chambers

45 Beacon St. East   Laconia, NH

Littleton

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 4-5:30 pm

Littleton Regional Hospital, Caswell Conference Center

600 St. Johnsbury Rd. Littleton, NH

 

Claremont

Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 2-3:30 pm

River Valley Community College, Room 170

1 College Dr. Claremont, NH

Portsmouth

Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 3-4:30 pm

Portsmouth Public Library

175 Parrot Ave. Portsmouth, NH

 

Keene

Thursday, January 31, 2019, 2:30-4 pm

Keene Parks and Recreation, Room 14

312 Washington St.

Keene, NH

If accommodations are needed for communication access such as interpreters, CART (captioning), assistive listening devices, or other auxiliary aids and/or services, please contact Leslie Melby at Leslie.Melby@dhhs.nh.gov or 603-271-9074 no later than five business days prior to the scheduled Public Forum date. At least 5 business days advance notice is requested in order to assure availability; requests made fewer than 5 days prior to the event will attempt to be accommodated but cannot be guaranteed.

For more information about the Granite Advantage Health Care Program, please visit www.dhhs.nh.gov/ombp/medicaid/granite.htm. To select a new Medicaid Care Management plan, please visit https://nheasy.nh.gov/.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Leaders Chosen for Prestigious Carol Emmott Fellowship

LEBANON, NH – Two members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) leadership team are among 18 women from 16 health organizations nationwide chosen for the prestigious Carol Emmott Fellowship.

Vice President for Financial Planning Wendy Fielding and Vice President of Regional and System Integration Mary Oseid were chosen for the Emmott Fellowship, for “their ability to deliver results within their organizations and potential to advance to senior executive roles in health.”

The Emmott Fellowship expands the connections and experiences that top leadership candidates require to have the most influence in improving health for all.

“Investing in women leaders will transform healthcare,” said Christine Malcolm, executive director of the Carol Emmott Fellowship. “The fellowship’s mission is shared by the men and women who hold executive positions today, see the gaps created by gender disparity, and are committed to serving as our advisors, mentors, and partners.”

Fielding has been vice president of financial planning for D-HH since 2009. Her responsibilities include providing business and analytical decision support, overseeing the annual financial planning cycle for system, and developing long-term financial projections that align with the D-HH’s strategic vision. “Health care finance covers rapidly changing territory,” said Fielding. “The complexities of our industry and how we support the efforts of our providers, for the benefit of our patients, requires the ability to adjust quickly, while maintaining the long view of our institutions’ vision and values. I look forward to learning from my classmates in the Emmott Fellowship as we find new ways to improve the health of our communities.”

Prior to joining D-HH, Fielding held positions as the chief financial officer at Mt. Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, ME, and director of financial reporting and analysis at Boston Medical Center.

Oseid has 25 years of experience in health care finance, operations, and leadership. In her current role as vice president for integration and regional services, she leads D-HH’s efforts to integrate clinical and support services across system member locations.

“Delivering care to patients, especially in rural areas like ours, requires innovation and collaboration,” says Oseid. “Our integration efforts, across the D-HH system, will benefit from the deep well of experience and expertise reflected in my classmates in the 2019 Emmott Fellowship. The networks that Wendy and I will build, and the experience we’ll gain, will strengthen our efforts across the system.”

Oseid is also D-HH’s leadership liaison to out-of-system regional partners, manages the New England Alliance for Health, and has responsibility for D-HH’s growing telehealth program. She joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 1994.

“In dynamic organizations, the role of leaders is evolving,” said D-HH CEO and President Joanne Conroy, MD. “Instead of commanding or directing, management’s role is focused on supporting and leading. I’m extremely proud of the leadership that Wendy and Mary show, on a daily basis, and I look forward to their continued development as leaders through the Carol Emmott Fellowship.”

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Maria Padin, MD, was also an Emmott Fellow, in the class of 2018. And DHMC Inpatient Pharmacy Director Marva Williams-Lowe is a member of the Emmott Fellowship class of 2017.

Carol Emmott Fellows are nominated by their sponsoring organization and compete for acceptance into the program with a proposed impact project that transcends their current role to advance an area of health. They continue to work for their organizations during the fellowship, which provides them with more opportunities to increase their visibility in their health communities while building a network of relationships with other top leaders as they implement their impact projects.

Kibbe Pleads Guilty to Falsification and Obstruction Charges

Concord, NH — Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces that Ian Kibbe, age 31, of Springfield, Vermont, pleaded guilty today to one count of unsworn falsification and one count of obstructing government administration in the Sullivan County Superior Court.  The Court will schedule a sentencing hearing in this matter for January of 2019.

Mr. Kibbe’s guilty pleas were entered pursuant to a capped plea agreement wherein the State will argue on the charge of unsworn falsification that Mr. Kibbe should be sentenced to 12 months in the House of Corrections with all but 90 days of the sentence suspended for a period of two years, conditioned upon Mr. Kibbe’s good behavior.  Under the terms of the capped plea agreement, the defendant can argue for no stand committed jail time.  In addition, Mr. Kibbe has agreed to forfeit his certification as a law enforcement officer, meaning he can no longer work as a police officer.

On the charge of obstructing government administration, Mr. Kibbe will be sentenced to 12 months in the House of Corrections, all of which will be suspended for a period of 2 years.

On March 28, 2018, Attorney General MacDonald announced that he had initiated an investigation into the conduct of 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.  Mr. Kibbe was later arrested on April 26, 2018, on one count of conspiracy to commit perjury, one count of attempted perjury, two counts of unsworn falsification, and two counts of obstructing government administration.

Claremont Man Charged with Burglary

Claremont NH – On November 30, 2018, at approximately 9:45am, the Claremont Police Department responded to a panic alarm and reported armed robbery at the Sugar River Pharmacy located on Pleasant Street in Claremont. Pharmacy staff advised that a male subject entered the pharmacy, displayed a weapon, and left with a quantity of prescription drugs. Responding patrol officers established a perimeter and searched the area with the assistance of the Claremont Police K9 Unit. Due to the pharmacy’s proximity to Stevens High School, local schools were advised to temporarily “shelter in place” until it was determined that the area was secure. Once the Patrol Division and K9 Unit determined that it was safe to do so, the schools were notified that they could lift the “shelter in place.” At no time was there any specific threat to a school.

Following the initial response, the Criminal Investigations Division began investigating several leads and identified a possible suspect. Detectives executed a search warrant and  arrested Brian  Mahoney 42, of Claremont NH.

Mahoney is charged with one count of Robbery. He is currently being held without bail at the Sullivan County House of Corrections pending arraignment in Sullivan Superior Court on December 3, 2018.

Investigation into this matter is ongoing, and further charges are anticipated. Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to call Claremont Police Detective Casey Piehl at (603)542-7010 or e-mail cpiehl@claremontnh.com.

Rock Slide Closes I-91 in Fairlee VT

Fairlee VT – Shortly before 7:00 AM on Tuesday, Troopers with the Vermont State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on I-91 S near mile marker 93.  Upon arrival it was determined several pieces of rock fell from the ledge off the east side of the roadway into the travel lane of the I-91 S. Further investigation revealed operator #1, Richard Ludwig, was unable to avoid the ledge while negotiating a bend in the interstate and struck a large piece with the front right tire of his vehicle. Ludwig was able to stop the vehicle down the roadway. AOT was on scene soon after and removed the ledge from the roadway. Ludwig’s vehicle was eventually transported off the interstate. The vehicle suffered moderate damage to its right side and undercarriage. The travel lane of I-91 S was shut down for approximately 3 hours.

Lebanon Police Department Swearing In and Awards Ceremony

Swearing in of Officer Ashley Mills

Lebanon NH – The Lebanon Police Department held a Swearing In and Awards Ceremony on Monday in the department’s training room.
 
Newly hired Police Officers Ashley Mills and Ryan Brewster were sworn in by Lebanon City Clerk Sandi Allard. Officer Mills is a Certified Officer from Hingham, MA Police Department, and is pursuing a Criminal Justice degree from the University of Massachusetts. Officer Brewster has a degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science from Hilbert College, and will attend the NH Police Academy in January.  
 
Officer Pete Begin was given a Commendation Award for Community Service, for his ongoing dedication to the Lebanon Police Department and the greater community. Officer Begin consistently volunteers to take part in a multitude of community events to ensure their success. 
 
Officer Brett Quillia was recognized for 10 years of service with the department, and our Facilities Custodian Tom LaPointe was recognized for 15 years with the department. 

Unity Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Fire Arms Crime

CONCORD – Lucas MacLean, 27, formerly of Unity, was sentenced to serve 51 months in prison for federal firearms crimes, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.  

According to court documents and statements made in court, MacLean induced Jacob Perra, 28, of Goshen to purchase a handgun for him from a firearms dealer in New Hampshire on April 30, 2014.  MacLean financed the purchase and later took possession of the gun.  Maclean was a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing firearms.

MacLean pleaded guilty on July 27, 2018.

Perra previously was convicted for his role in the offense.

“Federal firearms laws are designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” said U.S. Attorney Murray. “In order to reduce violent crime, those laws must be strictly enforced. We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute those who obtain firearms illegally, as well as those who help felons to obtain guns.”

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Newport Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Arnold H. Huftalen.

White River Junction Man Arrested for Striking Woman with Vehicle

Lebanon NH – On November 19, 2018 at approximately 10:44AM, Lebanon Police and Fire units responded to the parking lot of the Circle K Convenience store on Main Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian. Officers on scene learned that Daniel Guarino, age 31, of White River Junction, Vermont, had intentionally struck a female patron at the gas pumps with the front of his vehicle while both subjects were trying to use the same gas pump.

Guarino was arrested and is charged with a Class B Felony count of Reckless Conduct with a Deadly Weapon.

Guarino was released on personal recognizance bail and will be arraigned on December 10, 2018 at the Grafton County Superior Court.

The female victim refused medical treatment at the scene.