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Pittsburg, NH – Three people were injured and 1 hospitalized after multiple calls in Pittsburg yesterday. According to New Hampshire Fish and Game at 1:15 Sunday Afternoon 29-year-old Maclynn Trojan of Worcester Massachusetts was riding an ATV while following 72-year-old John Saffron on another ATV and failed to slow down in time to avoid his vehicle as it slowed.

Authorities said Maclynn appeared to strike the left rear tire of Saffron’s ATV with her front right tire, which caused both vehicles to crash and rollover. Neither Maclynn nor Saffron were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

Emergency Services were called and Maclynn was transported to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Saffron refused medical treatment for his minor scrapes and bruises sustained in the crash.

A few hours later Fish and Game Officials received another call because 71-year-old Carolyn Vecchry of Middleton Massachusetts injured her ankle while walking along the rocks below Garfield Falls on the East Branch of the Dead Diamond River.

A Conservation Officer was still in Pittsburg due to the high call volume in the area and was able to respond to the scene along with other rescuers. Carolyn was secured in a litter and carried up the steep trail away from the falls and back to the awaiting ambulance. Carolyn was then transported to Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital for treatment.

In a written statement Conservation Officer Glen Lucas said “This busy day in Pittsburg called on many volunteers and first responders to come out on a Sunday to provide a much needed and appreciated service to the constituents of the Pittsburg tourist community. Without the unwavering dedication of the local responding personnel neither call would have been handled so professionally and so promptly.

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CUTTS GRANT, NH – The search For a Missing New Jersey man came to tragic conclusion yesterday. The New Jersey Sierra Club confirmed that the body of 63-year-old Gregory Auriemma, of Brick, New Jersey, was found. According to reports Auriemma’s body was located by the appalacian mountain club in the Dry River Wilderness in Cutts Grant.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department initially worked off his last known location (North Conway), and later in the week developed information that he had stayed in the area of the Mizpah Spring Hut in Bean’s Grant on or about June 28.

Further information was then obtained linking Auriemma to an abandoned campsite near the Dry River Trail in Cutts Grant. A Fish and Game search and rescue team confirmed on Saturday (July 15) that the abandoned campsite was Auriemma’s.

A ground search of the Dry River drainage was conducted by that search team and the area was also searched by air with a New Hampshire National Guard Blackhawk helicopter. Hikers in that area were interviewed by Fish and Game Conservation Officers to try to obtain additional information.

Authorities are asking the public for any information available from hikers who have been in this area and may have met up with Auriemma; if you have any information, please call (603) 271-3361.

Fish and Game Conservation Officers were assisted in the search by the Upper Valley Wilderness Search and Rescue, New England K-9 Search and Rescue, Pemigewassett Valley Search and Rescue, the Appalachian Mountain Club, US Forest Service, a NH State Police search team, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, and NH State Forest Rangers.

 

Lt. Bradley Morse and Lt. Heidi Murphy from New Hampshire Fish and Game Contributed to this report.

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HB 640 Takes Effect in 60 Days

 

CONCORD — Gov. Chris Sununu has signed into law a bill eliminating criminal penalties for possession of three-quarters of an ounce or less of marijuana.

It was one of 28 bills the Republican signed Tuesday, his office said in a news release.

House Bill 640 was passed by the Senate in a bipartisan 17-6 vote in May; it sailed through the House, 318-36, on March 8.

At the time, Sununu said he would sign the measure into law, calling it “common sense marijuana reform.”

Sen. Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, worked with stakeholders to engineer a compromise which he fought to protect against amendments proposed by decriminalization opponent Sen. Bill Gannon, R-Sandown.

“The reason I am supporting this bill is personal,” Bradley said in May. “A lot of us have kids. I do. Every parent knows kids are what we used to be when we were kids. They try things. I don’t want my kids facing one strike and you are out, because I’ve been there.”

Opponents of the bill said it would send the wrong message to youth, especially with the state deep in a drug addiction crisis.

Story provided by Union Leader

Note: Not included in the above story, HB 640 is described as follows… 

Any person 18 years of age or older who is convicted of possessing up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana or five grams of hashish would be guilty of a violation, punishable by a fine of $100 for the first or second offense, or up to $300 for any subsequent offense within a three-year period. A fourth offense would result in a Class B misdemeanor charge.

Any person younger than 18 who is convicted of less than the threshold amounts of marijuana or hashish would be subject to a delinquency petition.

The bill takes effect in 60 days.

 

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CUTTS GRANT, NH – The search continued today (July 17, 2017) for Gregory Auriemma, age 63, of Brick, New Jersey, who was reported last week as missing in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department initially worked off his last known location (North Conway), and later in the week developed information that he had stayed in the area of the Mizpah Spring Hut in Bean’s Grant on or about June 28.


Further information was then obtained linking Auriemma to an abandoned campsite near the Dry River Trail in Cutts Grant. A Fish and Game search and rescue team confirmed on Saturday (July 15) that the abandoned campsite was Auriemma’s.  A ground search of the Dry River drainage was conducted by that search team and the area was also searched by air with a New Hampshire National Guard Blackhawk helicopter. Hikers in that area were interviewed by Fish and Game Conservation Officers to try to obtain additional information. The Dry River area is a very remote portion of the White Mountains; searchers must hike approximately four hours to access the area to begin searching.


Authorities are asking the public for any information available from hikers who have been in this area and may have met up with Auriemma; if you have any information, please call (603) 271-3361. Additional on-the-ground search assistance is not being requested at this time.


The search is likely to be scaled down after today, depending on what is found, according to Fish and Game Lt. Bradley Morse.
Fish and Game Conservation Officers have been assisted in the search by the Upper Valley Wilderness Search and Rescue, New England K-9 Search and Rescue, Pemigewassett Valley Search and Rescue, the Appalachian Mountain Club, US Forest Service, a NH State Police search team, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, and NH State Forest Rangers.


Story Courtesy of:
Lt. Bradley Morse: (603) 271-3361
Lt. Heidi Murphy: (603) 271-3127

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Conway Police Seeking Public’s Help In Locating Missing NJ Man

by Christian Mower July 17, 2017 Front Page News

Conway, NH – Conway Police are looking for the publics help in locating a missing man who is believed to be hiking. According to Conway Police Lt. Christopher Mattei 53-year-old Alexander “Gregory” Auriemma from Brick New Jersey was reported missing after he failed to return to White Mountains Hostel on July 5th. Auriemma was last […]

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U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen Talks With News Director Christian Mower About The American Health Care Act

by Christian Mower July 14, 2017 Front Page News

  Conway, NH – United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen will be in the Mount Washington Valley Friday. The Senator and former two term New Hampshire Governor will be visiting Memorial Hospital this morning at 10:30 to talk about the impact the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill will have on rural hospitals. Shaheen will then […]

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