Claremont will not enforce its curfew or loitering ordinances. Police Chief and lawyer Alex Scott explained at last night’s City Council meeting how the ordinances infringe the on first amendment
Scott cited NH case law involving Keene’s curfew ordinance in the 1980’s when the Keene lost two challenges. Franklin reviewed the Keene cases when they were challenged by the ACLU on reinstating its curfew ordinance. After the review, Franklin decided not to reinstate its curfew. The Chief gave an example of how lawful conduct becomes illegal under a curfew
Chief Scott said he talk for hours on the first amendment and would like to give a longer presentation at a later day.
Claremont’s Incumbent Mayor Jim Nielsen filed on Wednesday to keep his office, joining a field of three challengers A.J. Maranville, Charlene Lovett, and Kyle Messier. Asst Mayor Victor Bergeron filed to retain his office with no challengers so far. Three people are seeking the Councilor at large office, incumbent Councilmen Nick Koloski Allen Damren and Abigale Carman. Current Councilor Carolyn Towle has to retain her seat as Ward One Councilor and Scott Pope has filed for Ward Two Councilor. David Roark has registered for Ward One Clerk. No one has yet filed for Councilor for ward three, or Ward Clerk for wards two and three. Claremont residents can file for offices through Friday at City Hall for the November 3, Municipal Elections.
Jason Heath 29 of Mulberry St., Claremont pled guilty to multiple drug charges in Sullivan County Superior Court on Wednesday. Heath was charged in 2014 with two counts of the heroin sales in July and one count of conspiracy to sell heroin in August. Heath received two one-year sentences to be served consecutively at Sullivan County Correctional Facility and to pay a $350.00 fine with a penalty assessment of $84.00. On the conspiracy to sell heroin charge, Heath received a 2-7 year suspended state prison sentence and a fine of $500.00 which was suspended for five years. Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said although Heath’s new drug charges were not included in the global plea deal there was a penalty.
While out on bail Heath was arrested in July of 2015 on 2 counts of heroin sales and 1 count of heroin possession with intent to sell. No plea was entered on Heath’s 2015 charges.
Today, Harvard Law School Professor Larry Lessig will be in Claremont NH to officially announce his run for President. The announcement follows Lessig’s success in raising $1 million by Labor Day via kick-start to crowd-fund his run as a candidate on the democrat ticket.
Lessig appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos this past Sunday and said if elected, he will be the first “referendum president,” promising to serve only as long as it takes to pass his Citizens Equality Act of 2017. The bill is aimed at reforming campaign finance, voting rights, and Congressional representation. Once passed, Lessig said he would step down, handing over the reins to his vice president. Lessig’s web site says he will make the announcement at the Bourdon Center in Claremont the site where President Bill Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich agreed to form a bipartisan commission to address the problem of campaign finance reform. The e-ticker who reports they received word on Tuesday afternoon says Lessig will be at the Common Man and will make his announcement in their courtyard at noon.
Just after 7 am on Sunday morning members of the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church discovered that during the overnight hours someone had broken into the church. The suspect damaged and stole property from inside the church. During the course of the investigation, Claremont police officers learned that the suspects forced their way into the church through a window. Various religious artifacts were damaged and fire extinguishers were discharged into the church assembly area. The total cost of the repair is unknown at this time due to the expected large clean up and pricing the artifacts that were damaged belonging to the church. Officers developed leads as to who the suspects were in this case. Through the investigation, they learned there were two suspects that forced their way into the church.
Shortly before 3:00 pm Claremont Police arrested 18 year old Zachery Underwood of Charlestown NH. Mr. Underwood is currently being held without bail and will be arraigned in the 5th Circuit Claremont District Court on August 23, 2015.
The second suspect in this case is under the age of 18. This suspect was identified, located and released to his family. Claremont Police will later file juvenile petitions on this suspect for these acts. Further information on this suspect will not be released to the public.
Overloaded electrical cords and wiring were the cause of a mobile home in Claremont, Wednesday morning. Officials say owner of the 7 Denison Ave property, Arlene Supry heard a popping sound and noticed flames behind the couch. After moving the couch forward, she noticed the entire back of the sofa and wall were involved in fire. Ms. Supry left the residence with a couple of her pets and called 911. Claremont Fire Department arrived shortly before 9 am and had the fire under control about 9:10 am. No injuries were reported but two cats perished in the fire. The mobile home received extensive damage to its midsection and the Red Cross assisted the owner with her immediate needs. Newport, Cornish, and Ascutney Fire Departments helped with the firefight and coverage.
Claremont and Newport School Boards met on Thursday to discuss an upcoming review of programs offered by the Sugar River Technical Center (SRTC) at Newport and Claremont campuses.
SAU 6 Superintendent Middleton McGoodwin said Claremont and Newport School Districts along with the NH Board of Education want to see how the programs are preparing students for employment and education after graduation. McGoodwin says he doesn’t know what the outcome will be.
If there are proposed changes to programs at the technical centers for the 2016-2017 school year they will be discussed publicly.
Superintendent McGoodwin said anyone who has a question about the review could call or send an email to him to set up a sit-down appointment.
Claremont Police Department is seeking the assistance of the public with an investigation of stolen property. If anyone recognizes the person in the image they are encouraged to contact Capt. Mark Chase or Officer Jereme Burdick of the Claremont NH Police 603-542-9538.
A Claremont NH man pled guilty to three bank robberies in Federal Court on Monday. James Oberfeldt 31 pled guilty to robbing One Credit Union in Claremont in Oct of 2013, The Lake Sunapee Bank in Lebanon in Nov of 2013, and Claremont Savings Bank in Claremont also in Nov. of 2013.
Oberfeldt was identified after being arrested in Massachusetts on December 7, 2013 on other charges after a traffic stop. At that time Massachusetts State Police recovered an air pistol, dark ski mask and several items of clothing in Oberfeldt’s car. The clothing and gun matched those of the bank robber on a surveillance video from the Claremont Savings Bank. Finger prints from the door of that bank were tested by the FBI’s Forensic Laboratory and found to match Oberfeldt’s.
The defendant faces a maximum prison term of twenty years on each count and will be sentenced on October 5, 2015.
The Claremont and Lebanon Police Departments, the Massachusetts State Police and the Holyoke, Massachusetts Police investigated this case.
On Wednesday, a Sullivan Grand Jury indicted a Claremont teen for the armed robbery of EZ Mart on Maple Avenue last Friday. Martinio Bailey 19 entered the store just after 11 pm, and allegedly brandished a knife while asking an employee to take him to where the money was kept in the store. After getting an undisclosed amount of cash Bailey then fled on foot and was arrested shortly afterwards. Bailey is facing 7 ½ – 15 years in jail and a $4,000.00 fine.