Fire Engulfs Two Story Home in Washington

Washington NH  Fire Department have cleared the scene of  fire that started shortly before 7:00 PM at 341 Heights Road.  The fire went to a 2-Alarm upon Washington’s firefighters arrival finding the two story wood  structure fully engulfed.  Multiple fire departments from surrounding towns  were called to assist.  Lempster Mountain Road was closed during the fire fight. One man was home at the time of the fire and jumped out the window.   Washington Fire Department will return to the scene tomorrow to check on hot spots.

Chopper Overhead Signals Moose Collaring Underway

CONCORD, NH — Northern New Hampshire residents may see a helicopter overhead in the coming weeks as approximately 45 moose cows and calves are collared for the fourth year of a study of moose mortality and productivity.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has contracted with Native Range, Inc., to collar the moose. Activity will be weather dependent, but could begin as early as January 9, 2018. During this time, residents of Success, Berlin, Milan, Cambridge, Dummer, Millsfield, Second College Grant, Wentworth’s Location, and Errol may notice a low-flying helicopter. Residents with questions can call Fish and Game’s Wildlife Division at (603) 271-2461.

The collaring will take place in Wildlife Management Unit C2, the eastern side of WMUs B and C1, and southern A2.

The capture crew will use net-guns and tranquilizer darts to capture the moose so that they can be collared.  Blood and other samples collected during the collaring process will help evaluate the health of the moose. The collared animals will be radio-tracked for four years and monitored for as long as the collars keep transmitting. A graduate student and several field technicians from the University of New Hampshire (UNH), which is partnering with Fish and Game in the study, will track the moose, recording how long the individual moose live, and when a moose dies, getting there as soon as possible to determine the cause of death.

Fish and Game’s moose project leader Kristine Rines indicates that the capture crew will be collaring moose in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, as the three states work together to learn how moose density and weather interact to boost tick-caused moose mortality and reduce moose birth rates.

“In comparing mortality and productivity from the New Hampshire study conducted in 2001-2006, versus the work done to date in New Hampshire from 2014-2016, we know that ticks are causing increasingly negative impacts to adult cow productivity,” said Rines. “In addition, as our winters become consistently shorter, more ticks are surviving and calf mortality is remaining high. We are also seeing clear evidence that tick loads are directly correlated with both moose density and shorter winters. We did have a break last year (2017) as the summer-fall drought caused many ticks to die, lessening the impacts to moose.”

The study, funded by federal Wildlife Restoration dollars with the support of matching funds from UNH, may help answer a question on the mind of many Granite State residents and visitors: What’s in store for New Hampshire moose?

“While regional moose populations are indeed facing some serious threats, moose are not on the verge of disappearing from the New Hampshire landscape, but they are declining,” said Rines. “We don’t know what the future holds, but as our winters continue to shorten, it may be best for moose if they are held at much lower densities. Based on our own work, we know that ticks have far less impact when moose densities are 0.25/square mile or less.”  Current moose densities in the New Hampshire study area range from 1.14-1.71 moose/square mile.

For more information on the study, visit www.wildnh.com/wildlife/moose-study.html.

Charlestown Man Injured in Claremont Snowmobile Crash

On the night of January 8th, 2018, just after 8:30 PM a 911 call was received in reference to a
single snowmobile crash in the town of Claremont. Two snowmobile riders were riding the
snowmobile trail system between Pappas Road and Old Bible Hill when they came upon a single
snowmobile crash They found the operator of the crashed snowmobile, later identified as Tucker Trudo of Charlestown, conscious and breathing but suffering from signs of hypothermia. Once the 911 call was made Claremont Fire, Claremont Police, Golden Cross Ambulance, and New Hampshire Fish and Game responded to the crash.
Claremont Fire Department was able to stabilize and transport the victim out to Pappas Road
where Mr. Trudo was treated and transported by Golden Cross Ambulance. It appears that Mr.
Trudo was unable to negotiate a sharp downhill turn and caught a ski on a tree, ejecting Mr. Trudo from the snowmobile. New Hampshire Fish and Game is currently investigating the crash.

Study Shows Patients Who Use Opioids May Be More Satisfied But Not Healthier

LEBANON, NH ­­ Patients with common musculoskeletal conditions who use opioids may be more satisfied but have poorer health when compared to patients who do not use opioids.

That is one of the conclusions of a new study by researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the University of Michigan. The team’s primary interest was to determine if patient’s perception of their care was associated with the number of opioid prescriptions they received from their health care providers.

“Patient satisfaction is an important driver of health care reimbursement mechanisms,” said Dr. Brian Sites, Dartmouth-Hitchcock anesthesiologist and the lead author of the study, which was published in the January/February 2018 Annals of Family Medicine.  “We found, using population-based data, that patients suffering from chronic musculoskeletal disorders (such as arthritis) rate their satisfaction with care higher when they receive more opioid prescriptions.  This higher satisfaction exists despite the fact that these patients have poorer physical and mental health compared to their counterparts who do NOT take opioids.”

Two Pets Perish in Claremont Fire

The Claremont Fire Department responded to its second structure fire in less than one week today. Fire crews responded to 1 Camden Ave for a reported building fire reported in at 1424 hours. First arriving crews were on scene at 1427 hours. Fire involved the basement of the structure and extended severe heat and smoke damage throughout the first floor of the structure. No on was home at the time. No injuries reported. Two pets perished in the fire. Departments from Ascutney, Cornish, Newport covered the station. The fire was called under control at 1452. The cause has not been determined at press time as investigators remain on scene sifting through the rubble.

 

Claremont Man Arrested on Multiple Charges In Weathersfield VT

A Claremont NH was arrested in Weathersfield on multiple charges after Vermont State Police stopped him in Weathersfield. During the investigation, Nicholas S. Cabral showed signs of impairment.  Cabral was arrested on suspicion of DUI, First Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault, and Assault of Protected Professional.  Cabral was issued a citation an order held on $2,500 bail.  He will appear in Windsor Criminal Court Monday at 12:30 PM to answer the charges.

Walpole NH Woman Arrested for DUI

Just before 10:00 PM on Friday, the Vermont State Police responded to the report of a single motor vehicle crash on Interstate 91, near mile marker 13.8, in the Town of Dummerston. It was learned that the operator, Maria Goodhue, age 58, of Walpole, NH, was operating a 2006 Toyota Rav4 on Interstate 91, near mile marker 13.8, in the Town of Dummerston. Goodhue lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail, causing minor damage to the vehicle’s front end. While on scene, Goodhue showed signs of impairment, and was administered the Standard Field Sobriety Exercises. Goodhue was subsequently placed under arrest for DUI and transported to the Westminster State Police Barracks for processing. Goodhue was released on a citation to appear in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division on 01/23/18 to answer to the charge

NH State Fire Marshal Warns of Building Collapse

State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan announced today that with the recent snow and wind, there is a greater urgency to clear roofs of excessive snow and ice that has accumulated. A roof may collapse with little or no warning, and one common misconception is that only flat roofs are susceptible to collapse.

When should the snow be cleared from my roof?

The depth and weight of snow varies greatly from one area of the state to another.  Roofs are designed to carry the normal snow load for a specific location as specified in the State Building Code (http://www.senh.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/tr02-6.pdf). The design load is having the snow spread out equally across the roof.  The recent snowfall in combination with high winds may cause snow on one side of the roof to be clear and the other side to have a large drift which causes an imbalanced load on the roof making it more susceptible to collapse. Also, bear in mind taking all the snow off one side, but not off the other, will have the same effect. The rule of thumb is that condensed saturated snow weights about 20 pounds per cubic foot. What is the design capacity of your roof structure?

While it is still early in the season, there is no better time than now to make the assessment so you can plan to protect your property.  If you are not sure on the capacity of your roof, consult with a structural engineer to review the design of your roof structure. If at any time you think your roof may have been compromised, consult with a reputable builder and your local building or fire official.

The State Fire Marshal urges all citizens to do the following:

  • Clear roofs of excessive snow and ice buildup, being careful not to damage your roof along or any gas or oil service-entrance or vent into the building below.
  • Keep all chimneys and vents clear to prevent carbon monoxide from backing up into the building.  Some vents, such as gas, oil, and pellet stove vents, may exit the building through a wall and are susceptible to being blocked by excessive snow buildup on the outside of the building.
  • Keep all exits clear of snow, so that occupants can escape quickly if a fire, or other emergency should occur. Keep in mind that windows should be cleared to allow a secondary means of escape in case the primary means of escape is blocked by fire. Keeping exits clear also allows emergency workers to access your building.
  • REMEMBER: Shoveling or raking snow from a roof presents additional hazards with regard to a person sliding off the roof, falling from a ladder, overexertion, or having falling snow slide on top of them.

The State of New Hampshire provides this information in order for property owners to make an informed decision as to when they should consider removing snow from a roof.  An individual property owner should always consider all of the associated dangers in determining their best course of action.

Specific fire and building safety questions can be answered by local fire and building officials or by contacting the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 603-223-4289.

 

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Goshen Police Cruiser Involved in Pedestrian Accident

New Hampshire State Troopers are investing a pedestrian accident involving a Goshen Police Cruiser. Just after 5:30 PM on Thursday, troopers from the New Hampshire State Police Troop C responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian collision involving a Goshen Police Cruiser on Unity Road in the Town of Newport.  Newport Police, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, and Newport Fire and Ambulance also provided assistance at the scene. The investigation revealed that Michael Batista 42, was driving  a 2013 Ford Explorer

The vehicle was traveling southbound on Unity Road to a call for service in the Town of Goshen.  The weather conditions were treacherous with blowing and drifting snow causing “white-out” conditions.  The cruiser was in its lane when it struck Thomas Cummings 68.

Cummings had just parked his vehicle in his driveway and was walking southbound in the roadway attempting to walk onto his walkway. CUMMINGS was struck by the Explorer in the southbound lane sending him up onto the hood and ultimately back onto the roadway in front of cruiser.   The Explorer had no damage and was able to be driven from the scene.

Cummings was  conscious and alert at the scene.  He was transported to Dartmouth Medical Center via Newport Ambulance for what was determined to be non-life threatening injuries.

The weather was a significant contributing factor to the collision.  At this time, the cause of the collision remains under investigation.  Anyone with information pertaining to the collision is asked to contact Sergeant William DiLegge or Trooper William Neilsen at Troop C – 603-223-8494.

Area Firefighter’s Fight Four Alarm Blaze at Durgin and Crowell

Photo from Hanover Regional Communications Center

Firefighters from as far away as Henniker gave mutual aid to Springfield NH Fire Department as they battled a blaze at Durgin and Crowell Lumber last night.  The fire on 231 Fisher Corner Rd was called shortly before 7:30 PM and quickly went to a 3-Alarm calling in Grantham, New London, Sunapee, Newport, Hanover, Lebanon, Andover, Bradford NH,, Warner, Enfield, Canaan, Sutton, Newbury, Wilmot, and Croydon.  The 700 x 200 building was fully engulfed and soon went to a 4-Alarm calling in Henniker Grafton, Lebanon, and Danbury. Meriden and Plainfield Fire Department were toned to cover Lebanon’s stations.

The New Hampshire / Vermont Region of the American Red Cross support ed over 100 first responders with drinking water and snacks while the fire is being addressed.

Firefighters were still at the scene after midnight.

This fire follows a cluster of devastating fires in the Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee region in the past week. Earlier yesterday, a fire destroyed a home on River Road in Claremont, on Monday, a Fire destroyed a log cabin in Plainfield NH, on Saturday, another fire in Lempster left three people injured, and last Friday destroyed a Georges Mills Cottage and left two men homeless.