Teen Rescued from Mt. Monadnock

On Wednesday, NH Fish and Game Conservation Officers received a call from Monadnock State Park personnel at approximately 3:26PM requesting assistance with a 14 year old female who was having a serious medical issue on the summit of Mount Monadnock.  The patient was hiking with camp counselors from the Monadnock Bible Conference Center in Jaffrey at the time of the incident.  Due to the fact that the Conservation Officers had a significant distance to travel to get to the park, and the seriousness of the medical issue, a request for assistance from the Jaffrey Fire Department and Umass Memorial Lifeflight was made by a Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Mountain Patrol Ranger.  A Umass Memorial Lifeflight helicopter picked up a Conservation Officer on Dublin Road.  The helicopter then traveled to the nearest landing zone, which is located .3 miles below the summit.  From the landing zone the CO and the Lifeflight crew hiked up to the summit and provided medical aid to the patient.  The CO, DNCR staff, the camp counselors, and the Lifeflight crew then carried the patient down to the helicopter.  At approximately 7:10PM the Lifeflight crew transported the patient to Umass Memorial Hospital in Worcester, MA.

 

Conservation Officers were assisted by members of the Jaffrey Fire Department, The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Umass Memorial Lifeflight, and the Jaffrey Police Department.

 

 

NH Fish and Game Conservation Officers would like to remind anyone who ventures outdoors to prepare for the unexpected by leaving adequate time to hike and by carrying the essential equipment such as a map, flashlights, food, water, extra layers and to know your physical limitations.

 

Gebo Arrested in Illinois

Randal Gebo was arrested in Downers Grove, Illinois by the Illinois State Police following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon.  Gebo was identified as the operator and sole occupant of the 2009 Mini Cooper that belongs to homicide victim, Cindy Cook.  Gebo was arrested without incident on outstanding Vermont arrest warrants for aggravated vehicle operation without owners consent and fraudulent use and possession of a credit card issued to another.  The vehicle was seized as evidence, by Illinois State Police following Gebo’s arrest.

Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit detectives are working closely with prosecutors and the Illinois State Police in furtherance of this investigation.  Prior to Gebo’s arrest this afternoon, detectives working with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Burlington, obtained a federal arrest warrant for Gebo on federal charges directly related to the vehicle theft and fraudulent use of the victim’s credit cards.

 

Gebo will appear in Federal court tomorrow, 07/20/17 in Illinois for an initial appearance.  No other details are available at this time.

 

Detectives are appreciative of all of those who have come forward with information and continue to ask for the public’s assistance with information regarding this investigation.  The homicide investigation is ongoing, anyone with information is asked to contact Major Crime Unit detectives at 802-229-9191.

Victim of North Hampton Fire Identified

North Hampton, NH – State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan announces with North Hampton Fire Chief Michael Tully and Police Chief Michael Maddocks a fatal fire investigation and identification of the victim for the July 18, 2017 fire that occurred at 35 Cedar Road in North Hampton, NH.

An autopsy was conducted by the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office earlier today and the victim has been identified as 87-year-old William Kelson of North Hampton, NH.  The cause of death was smoke inhalation and the manner of death ruled accidental.

The investigation by the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Office into the origin and cause of the fire is complete.  The investigation revealed an accidental fire that originated in the living room of the home.  The fire was caused due to an failure in an overloaded and a non-grounded electrical outlet.  Due to hoarding conditions in the home, there was only one usable doorway to exit the structure.  The fire started in close proximity to this door and quickly blocked the means of escape for the homeowner.  No smoke alarms were located in the home, which is believed to have delayed making the occupant aware of the fire.

State Fire Marshal Degnan and North Hampton Fire Chief Tully would like to reminded everyone that working smoke alarms save lives and that hoarding conditions in the home create serious safety issues, to include escaping a home in case of a fire.

A fire doubles in size every minute.  When a fire is detected by smoke alarms, occupants only have minutes to escape before being overcome by the effects of smoke.

 

If you know of anyone, especially the elderly, who live in hoarding conditions, please contact the local health department and social services to assist the individual and provide improved fire and health safety.

 

Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Investigator Shana Clark of the State Fire Marshal’s Office at (603) 223-4289.

Police Release Name of Victim in Townshend VT Fire

 

The female victim from Sundays barn fire in Townsend, Vt has been identified as 32 year pld Shala Kean. Ms Kean was a resident and employee at the farm prior to her death. She was not living in the barn that caught fire but in the main residence. The cause of death and fire are still being investigated and any updates will be forthcoming.

Still Time to Enter 2017 NH Moose Permit Auction

CONCORD, N.H. – There’s still time to enter the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire’s 2017 NH Moose Permit Auction. The auction is in its ninth year and is the Foundation’s primary fundraiser to support the programs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department.
Official bid guidelines and documents can be downloaded from the Foundation’s website at www.nhwildlifeheritage.org or by calling (603) 496-2778. Sealed bids are due by August 11, 2017.
The successful bidder in the 2017 auction will be able to harvest one moose of either sex in most Wildlife Management Units. The exceptions are Units H2N, H2S and K, where permit issuance has been suspended.  Individuals who receive a permit in the 2017 New Hampshire open moose hunt lottery will not be eligible to participate in the auction.
New Hampshire’s moose hunt takes place October 21-29, 2017. Additional information on moose hunting in New Hampshire, including rules, permits, and licenses, can be found at www.huntnh.com/hunting/moose.html.
The Foundation is authorized to auction one permit this year, in line with statewide moose population goals. The highest bidder in the auction will receive a 2017 New Hampshire moose hunt permit, as well as a 2017 New Hampshire general hunting license. Last year, the auction of two permits garnered bids from four states, with winning bids from New Hampshire and Massachusetts of $17,001.99 and $16,002.00, respectively.
Proceeds from the auction help support critical fish and wildlife conservation initiatives, along with education programs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department, such as freshwater angler surveys, fish hatchery improvements, deer decoy replacements, continued lynx camera studies, boardwalk replacement at Great Bay Discovery Center, landowner access programs, and the Department’s publication Wild Times for Kids.

Free Hands On Safety Course for Teen Drivers

The Governors Highway Safety Association and the Ford Motor Corporation are providing a highway safety educational program for teenage drivers this weekend. Ford Driving Skills for Life is a hands-on clinic that provides the ultimate form of training for young drivers who hold a permit or license. Drivers will work with professional instructors in actual vehicles, students and parents will learn advanced driving skills in a controlled and safe environment. The clinics provide skills beyond the traditional driver education courses, and are an important step in the life-long process of learning to drive safe,

The free course is being held at NH International Speedway in Loudon this Saturday and Sunday, July 22nd, and 23rd. Drivers can choose from AM or PM clinics. Visit WNTK web or facebook pages for a link to the website for more information.  https://www.drivingskillsforlife.com/events-cat/events/state/NH

Vilas Bridge Scheduled for Inspection

Good news for Walpole NH and Bellows Falls VT residents. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) will be conducting a routine bridge inspection of the Vilas Bridge over the Connecticut River connecting the two towns.  The inspection will be supplemented with imagery obtained using a small drone.

This inspection is scheduled for Thursday, July 20th, but could be delayed until the following week depending on the weather conditions. Traffic will not be impacted.

Built in 1930, the Vilas Bridge was closed to traffic 2009. The inspection will assist the NHDOT in planning for a potential future project

Dartmouth’s Women Swim Team Put on Probation

Dartmouth College has placed the women’s swimming and diving team on probation.  The action stems from the team’s admission that it violated the College’s hazing policy. The team admitted to violating the college’s hazing policy by telling first-year team members to create and present a sexualized PowerPoint presentation for their teammates during their December 2016 winter break training trip.

The team was charged with the violation after an extensive series of interviews conducted by the Department of Safety and Security and senior staff in the Department of Athletics and Recreation.

The Organizational Adjudication Committee (OAC) accepted the team’s admission. After a hearing with the team captains, the team received a one-year

Paving To Start on Charlestown NH – Springfield VT Bridge

Paving work is planned for the NH Route 11 Bridge over the Connecticut River in Charleston, NH – Springfield, VT. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) made the announcement on Monday.  The bridge will be closed to traffic on August 1st and 2nd between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM and message boards will be used to inform motorist of the work during the week of July 31st.

This work will be weather dependent. Alternate routes across the Connecticut River are south in North Walpole across the Ach Bridge, or north in Claremont across the NH Route 12 Bridge.

 

Miller Construction of Windsor VT is the prime contractor for the $695,000 contract.

VT Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Homicide Case

Detectives with the Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit continue their investigation into the 7/12 homicide of Cindy Cook and are asking for the public’s help.  If you recently frequented or went camping at the Shady Rill picnic area located on Shady Rill road near the Wrightsville Reservoir off Vermont Route 12 in Middlesex between approximately Monday, July 3rd to Thursday, July 6th, investigators would like to speak to you.  Please call 802-229-9191 to reach VSP Major Crime Unit investigators.