Washington D.C. (AP) – The federal government is reporting that New England’s unemployment rate was lower than the national average last year.
The New England office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Monday that the six state region’s average rate of 4.1 percent was -lower than the national jobless rate of 4.9 percent in 2016. It was also lower than the 4.9 percent the region registered in 2015.
New Hampshire had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation at 2.8 percent last year.
Three other states also bested the national rate: Vermont at 3.3 percent, Massachusetts at 3.7 percent and Maine at 3.9 percent unemployment.
Two New England states, however, exceeded the national average: Connecticut at 5.1 percent and Rhode Island at 5.3 percent.
Denmark, ME – Five people are safe but several pets were killed during an early morning fire in Maine yesterday. According to authorities the fire broke out at around 4:45am at a home on East Main Street in Denmark Maine.
Luckily all five people who were in the home, including four children, were able to make it out safely. However four pets including kittens and a rabbit were killed in the blaze.
Part of East Main Street was closed while fire crews fought and cleaned up the fire. No firefighters were hurt, and the house is considered a total loss.
The Maine state fire marshals office is investigating the cause of the fire.
31-year-old Ross Hammond was arrested after being found in possession of a controlled narcotic ~ Police Photo
Wolfeboro, NH – Wolfeboro police arrested multiple people on drug charges after stopping a car for speeding. Police said that on Sunday they pulled over 31-year-old Ross Hammond of Greenland New Hampshire, for allegedly speeding on Center Street in Wolfeboro. While investigating the stop the officer found that the Hammond was in possession of a controlled narcotic pill.
33-year-old Kathryn Harvey ~ Police Photo
As the officer continued to investigate the rear passenger, 33-year-old Kathryn Harvey of also of Greenland, was found to allegedly be in possession of a Controlled/Narcotic Drug and have evidence of the Sale of a Narcotic Drugs on her person.
36-year-old Matthew Sessions ~Police Photo
The Officers attention was then turned to the front passenger, 36-year-old Matthew Sessions of Portsmouth, who allegedly was found to be in possession of what police believe to be heroin, or another Opiate, as well as a drug kit.
All three suspects were arrested, transported to the Carroll County Jail, and later bailed with a court date of June 7 in the 3rd Circuit Court of Ossipee.
Concord, NH (AP) – With Gov. Chris Sununu on board, advocates for marijuana decriminalization hope this is the year New Hampshire joins its New England neighbors in removing criminal penalties for possessing pot.
But the measure is facing challenges in the Senate, where lawmakers aligned with police chiefs are working to water it down. Lawmakers, police and advocates agree some form of decriminalization will likely reach Sununu’s desk.
Up for debate, though, is what amount of weed will be decriminalized and how much discretion cops should have to make arrests. Police chiefs say decriminalizing marijuana amid a drug crisis is a confusing and dangerous message.
But as neighboring Maine and Massachusetts move to full legalization, advocates say it doesn’t make sense for New Hampshire to continue arresting people for a seemingly minor offense.