Very little was revealed at the news conference about the Abigail Hernandez Kidnapping case yesterday. What was clear though was that if it were not for the non-stop efforts of the community and authorities, the case could have had much different outcome. Authorities said at the conference how the 3 key elements that helped this case the most were the community of Conway’s constant efforts to keep Abby on people’s minds, the tireless work of crime fighters, and the great strength of Abigail herself. Nathaniel Kibby is being charged with one count of kidnapping the then 14 year old Hernandez. If convicted he will be facing up to seven years in prison. Kibby’s bail was set at 1 million dollars cash and a probable cause hearing will be on August 12th and more details will be released at that time.
Concord – NH Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte announced a new legislation yesterday that is intended to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill would allow veterans to receive care from a non-VA provider if a veteran lives more than 40 miles from a VA medical facility or if the VA cannot provide the requested appointment within VA wait-time goals. An additional provision Shaheen and Ayotte worked to include would give veterans the option of seeking care from a non-VA provider if they reside in a state without a full-service medical facility, like New Hampshire, and live more than 20 miles from the nearest full-service VA hospital. The bill also includes measures to strengthen accountability and transparency at the department in response to the recent mismanagement scandal. The Senators said in a statement “For too long, New Hampshire veterans have been forced to travel long distances to access VA health care, and they deserve better,” The Senators also announced that the VA would be opening two new health care facilities for North Country veterans in Colebrook and Berlin. The Senate is expected to take up the bill in the coming days.
Today during the one o’clock hour we will be broadcasting the Press Conference regarding the Kidnapping Case of Abigail Hernandez live. Tune into 93.5 WMWV or our sister station Magic 104 to listen in as the Authorities release more details of the case live.
Fryeburg Maine – After a 4 hour rescue operation and a 2 mile hike a group of 15 people are safe. The group set off for a camping trip around 10 am yesterday. At around 10 pm after heavy rains they had to abandon their trip, describing the river as having risen 2 feet in a matter of 10 minutes. As they attempted to return to a landing one of the canoes capsized, leaving the entire group stranded on a riverbank between Indian Acres Campground and Canal Bridge Campground. Fryeburg Police and Rescue were able to successfully get the group to safety. Fryeburg acting Police Chief Joshua Potvin said, “The group was extremely tired and lost some of their gear but overall appeared to be in good health. The collaborative efforts by police and rescue made for another successful rescue operation on the Saco.”