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Governor Hassan Signs Ten Year Plan

by Christian Mower on June 23, 2016

State-houseConcord, N.H. – Governor Maggie Hassan signed the ten-year transportation plan today. The plan calls for road and bridge repairs and improvements all across the state within a span of 10 years. The plan also authorizes the completion of the widening of interstate 93.

 

The plan gives authorization to many projects in the Mount Washington Valley including the replacement of the 302 Bridge over the Conway lake outlet, the repair or replacement of the bridge carrying nh 113 over the bear camp river in Tamworth, and improvements to the roundabouts on route 16 at the intersection of route 153 and the intersection route 113.

Governor Maggie Hassan a statement after signing the House Bill 2016, saying “The Ten-Year Transportation Plan is integral to ensuring a solid, modern transportation infrastructure, which is critical to the success of our people, our businesses and our state. This plan advances several important transportation projects that will help build on the bipartisan progress we have made over the last several years, including maintaining and preserving existing roads and bridges, completing the widening of Interstate 93, accelerating construction of Exit 4A in Londonderry and Derry and beginning the first phase of widening the portion of Route 106, which is critical for access to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. While there is still much more work to do to strengthen our transportation infrastructure – including bringing commuter rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester – I am proud to sign this bipartisan transportation plan into law to support our people and businesses and spur economic growth.”

For a look at what work will be done as a part of the Ten Year Plan Click Here

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Major Drug Bust In Oxford County Maine

by Christian Mower on June 22, 2016

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Paris, M.E. – There was a major drug bust in Oxford County Maine as a result of an overdose death in September of last year.

According to Maine State Police the investigation began after an 18-year-old woman in Norway overdosed. Since then the Maine Drug Enforcement agency had been investigating associates of the woman and identified 4 as suspected heroin dealers.

During the investigation agents were able to make undercover purchases of heroin from 18-year old Jacolby Morrison of Norway earlier this year. Morrison was subsequently arrested for Trafficking Heroin and was out on bail for those charges at the time of his arrest last night.  In addition to the MDEA officers from the Paris, Oxford, Norway Police Departments and State Police, assisted in the investigation and the search of an apartment on High Street in Paris late last night.

Earlier Tuesday investigators conducted surveillance of the apartment at the Buck Hill Apartments in Paris. The apartment rented to 52-year-old Laurie Jones was a suspected location used to distribute heroin by Morrison and 27-year-old Jonathan Keefe of Wakefield Massachusetts. Morrison and Keefe are suspected of routinely traveling to Mass to purchase heroin that was later distributed in Maine.

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Seized in the apartment were approximately 80 grams of heroin worth an estimated $12,000, scales, packaging materials and $1,600 dollars of suspected drug proceeds.

Morrison and Keefe were arrested for Aggravated Trafficking in Heroin and transported to the Oxford County Jail. No bail was allowed for Morrison, Keefe’s bail was set at $25,000 cash. Laurie Jones and her son Jared Jones were arrested for possessing heroin and transported to the Oxford County Jail where bail was set at $500 each. MDEA agents will continue to work on the case and the aftermath of the death.

 

Photo Courtesy of Maine State Police

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Stepfather Of Celina Cass Arrested For Her Murder

by Christian Mower on June 21, 2016

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Berlin, N.H. – A New Hampshire man who was charged with killing his 11-year-old stepdaughter nearly five years after her body was found in a river is due in court.

Fifty-two-year-old Wendell Noyes, of Stewartstown, was arrested Monday on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Celina Cass. The girl was reported missing from her home July 26, 2011. Her body was recovered from the Connecticut River six days later.

Noyes is accused of killing Cass by submerging her body in the river. He was deemed unfit to stand trial in a 2003 case in which he was charged with breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s home and threatening her.

A phone number listed for Noyes is disconnected. He is set to be arraigned Tuesday in Berlin.

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56th Annual Mount Washington Road Race

by Christian Mower on June 20, 2016

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PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. – The winners of this weekends 56th Annual Mount Washington Road Race are no strangers to the winners circle. Joe Gray of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Kim Dobson of Eagle, Colorado continued their winning streaks Saturday.

Gray took the lead about a quarter mile in to the race and never gave it up finishing in 58:17. That was just 2 second slower than his record from last year, which is the fastest an American runner has ever run on the Auto Road course.

Dobson finished the race in 1:09:34 which put her in 10th place overall in the race.  Dobson’s 4th win in four attempts ties her with Anna Pichrtova who accomplished the feat in her first four attempts as well. Dobson was within 8 seconds of her personal best of 1:09:25 that she ran in 2012.

The top New Hampshire finisher is awarded the Crossan Cup each year in memory of Gary Crossan who won the race four times.  This year’s winners were Jim Johnson of East Madison, NH and Amber Ferreira of Concord, NH.  Johnson finished fifth overall while Ferreira was the 5th woman.  Both had phenomenal races on the mountain today. Johnson in particular wasn’t sure of how his performance would go but was very happy with the results.

In other milestone news, 96 year old George Etzweiler finished his ninth Mount Washington race in a time of 3:23:15.  Etzweiler noted during the awards that he has started incorporating some strength training into his training regime and looks forward to returning next year.

Rounding out the top ten for the men were:
2nd: Eric Blake, West Hartford, CT – 59:49
3rd: Tomasso Vaccina, Italy – 1:01:41
4th: Francesco Puppi, Italy – 1:03:59
5th: Jim Johnson, East Madison, NH – 1:07:27
6th: Simon Gutierrez, Colorado Springs, CO – 1:07:46
7th: Brandon Newbould, Nottingham, NH – 1:09:10
8th: Drew Best, Amherst, MA – 1:09:19
9th: Greg Krathwohl, Ipswich, MA – 1:09:49
10th: CJ Hitz, Colorado Springs, CO – 1:10:40

Rounding out the top ten for the women were:
2nd: Kim Nedeau, Leverett, MA  – 1:13:51
3rd: Shannon Payne, Franktown, CO – 1:16:10
4th: Amber Ferrreira, Concord, NH – 1:19:30
5th: Kasie Enman, Huntington, VT – 1:20:09
6th – Layce Alves, Gloucester, MA – 1:24:09
7th: Regina Loicano, Gloucester, MA – 1:24:38
8th: Christin Doneski, Hopkinton, NH – 1:26:34
9th: Laura Brustolon, Littleton, MA – 1:26:48
10th: Jennifer Brooks, Gloucester, MA – 1:27:45

For the Complete List of Winners Click Here

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Authorities Search For Missing Man From Lake Umbagog Campground

by Christian Mower June 20, 2016 Front Page News

Errol, NH – On June 19, 2016 at approximately 3:14 AM, State Police Troop F Dispatch was notified of a missing/runaway, Lane Lesko, 19, of Ann Arbor, Michigan who was last seen at a remote camp site on Lake Umbagog. Lesko was at this camp site as part of a camping/canoeing trip organized by Summit […]

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Kennett Eagles Leave The Nest Saturday

by Christian Mower June 17, 2016 Front Page News

Conway, NH (Isabella Branham) – The Kennett High School class of 2016 Graduation will be held at the Gary Millen Stadium, this Saturday, June 18th. Roughly 207 seniors will be receiving their diplomas. Speeches will be given by the Valedictorian, Kyler Phillips, Salutatorian Katherine Lees, Student Body President Garrett Fortin, Senior Class President Tessa Greenhalgh, […]

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