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Mold Found In Several Places At Madison Elementary School

by Christian Mower on December 13, 2017


Madison, NH – A water leak at Madison Elementary School lead to the discovery of mold in multiple areas of the school. According to SAU 13 Superintendent Louis Goscinski a sink leak in one of the classroom closest resulted in water damage, which lead to mold in the area. The area has since been cleaned and tested clean.

Goscinski said that as a precaution they had the whole school tested, which lead to the discovery that other locations had sustained water damage leading to more mold. School officials said they have isolated and managed the contaminated areas according to the recommendations of Air quality management service Inc. with the assistance of Service Master Cleaners.

Goscinski said the Town Health inspector, Code Enforcement officer, as well as the State Officials were contacted when they discovered the problem.  According to Goscinski the Health Inspector said that there is no need to close the school, however the contaminated areas did need to be isolated. ” We have had the air tested. We’ve had experts come in and make recommendations. And we’re following those recommendations, were taking those seriously. we’ll get information out to parents as needed.”

Letters about the problem have been sent out to parents and information was included in the school newsletter. Goscinski added that a letter is going to be sent out today (Wednesday) as well.

Goscinski said that he did not have a clear estimate of when the work would be finished but he speculated it would go into the Christmas break.

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Great Danes Owner Found Guilty On All Counts

by Christian Mower on December 13, 2017

One of the dogs seized from Christina Fay’s Wolfeboro mansion in June ~ Photo by Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Wolfeboro, NH – The woman, who stood accused of neglecting over 80 Great Danes at Wolfeboro Mansion, has been found guilty. According a press release from the United States Humane Society and Wolfeboro Police Judge Charles Greenhalgh convicted Christina Fay on all 10 counts of animal cruelty.

Judge Greenhalgh noted that a veterinarian experienced in investigating animal cruelty cases testified that “the conditions within the Defendant’s home [were] the worst she had ever seen.”

The 20-page order issued by the court stated:

“The totality of evidence, including pictures, video and testimony from witnesses in or around Defendant’s home, between the beginning of May and June 16, 2017, consistently show the same conditions. These included an accumulation of feces and urine, which was not cleaned and built up over time to a point that made walking in the home difficult. In addition, there was a pervasive ammonia odor, so strong that veterinarians and others with experience working in kennels, and with large groups of animals, were unable to remain in the home without taking frequent breaks to get fresh air. The dogs were forced to live in filthy, unsanitary conditions. Some were lying for many days in their own feces and urine and it was covering their coats.”

New Hampshire law states that upon a person’s conviction of cruelty, the Court has discretion to determine the fate of victimized animals. The Court will determine the matter of disposition of the dogs and restitution at the sentencing hearing.

Lindsay Hamrick, New Hampshire state director for The Humane Society of the United States, said: “Given the facts of the case and the compelling evidence the State presented, Judge Greenhalgh was right to find the defendant guilty of animal cruelty. The suffering these animals endured at Fay’s hands could have been alleviated much sooner or prevented if New Hampshire had stronger commercial breeding laws.” Senate Majority Leader, Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, with bipartisan support from half of the state’s senators, has introduced legislation to address these issues.

Wolfeboro Police Chief Dean Rondeau of the Wolfeboro Police Department said: “We are thrilled The Honorable Judge Greenhalgh handed down a conviction of 10 counts of animal cruelty. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to prosecutors Simon Brown and Timothy Morgan, as well as The Humane Society of the United States, Conway Area Humane Society and Pope Memorial SPCA for their incredible work and dedication to rescuing and seeking justice for these Great Danes.”

In June Police seized 75 Great Danes from Fay’s Wolfeboro home as well as 9 Danes at a Bartlett residence also owned by Fay after a complaint filed against Fay’s business De La Sang Monde Great Danes.

According to the Associated Press Lawyers for Fay say they’re disappointed in the verdict and plan to appeal. Fay’s lawyers said in a statement they’re disappointed in the court’s analysis of the facts and the law used to reach the verdict. They said Fay’s primary concern is the welfare of her dogs, and that she looks forward to the next step in the process. Fay is set to have a sentencing hearing scheduled within 30 days.

Fay will be scheduled for a sentencing hearing within 30 days.

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32-year-old Scott Sanborn of Wolfeboro was arrested after leading Police on a chase Monday ~ Photo Courtesy of Wolfeboro Police

Wolfeboro, NH – Wolfeboro Police were lead on an early morning chase Monday morning. According to Police an officer was attempting to stop a vehicle that was allegedly speeding near Morrissey’s Front Porch at around 4:30 am. The driver, later identified as 32-year-old Scott Sanborn of Wolfeboro, failed to stop and made an abrupt left turn down Cove’s End Road where he then quickly stopped the vehicle on the lawn of a private residence after running out of roadway. Sanborn then fled from the vehicle, which had two other occupants still inside.

The vehicle the suspect allegedly fled in an attempt to evade Wolfeboro Police before later being arrested ~ Photo Courtesy of Wolfeboro Police

Back up from Wolfeboro and Alton Police responded, including the Wolfeboro’s K9, Riggs and his handler Senior Patrolman Mike Strauch. After approximately ninety-minutes Police tracked down Sanborn to the Lake Motel, where he had allegedly broken into a room.

Sanborn was arrested and taken to Huggins Hospital for evaluation and treatment for cold weather exposure that he received while trying to evade authorities. Police said that “Mr. Sanborn jumped into several bodies of water to avoid detection by the PD’s K-9-it did not work”

Police said that Sanborn was under suspension at the time of the stop for a previous infraction. Investigators said they observed at least one hypodermic needle, believed to contain methadone, inside Sanborn’s car. The vehicle has been impounded by the Wolfeboro Police and is being held pending the application of a Search Warrant.

Sanborn was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (Second Offense), Speed, Possession of Drugs, Transportation of Drugs in a Motor Vehicle, Driving After Suspension, Disobeying a Police Officer, Criminal Trespass, Criminal Mischief, Negligent Driving. and Obstructing Governmental Operations. He was later bailed from Huggins Hospital with a Court Date of 20 December 2017 in the Third Circuit Court in Ossipee, NH.

Wolfeboro Police Chief Dean Rondeau said “This was really good team work and show cases just how well our Police and Central Dispatch work together in a high stress situation. Wolfeboro Central Dispatch was able to follow the Officers circumstances and get the appropriate resources to the right location in a timely fashion to make this arrest happen.”

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GORHAM — U.S. Forest Service snow rangers hope Mount Washington’s first avalanche of the season will be a catalyst for a newly launched initiative to teach school kids and the public how to be safer on the highest peak in the Northeast.

Frank Carus, the lead snow ranger, said two climbers were uninjured after triggering “a small avalanche” on Dec. 1 in Central Gully in Huntington Ravine, on the northeast side of the mountain.

Between 80 and 100 avalanches are reported on the mountain annually, he said.

“The slab was up to 18 inches thick and it looked like a pretty small avalanche, just a ribbon of snow,” Carus said.

Dec. 1 is when Carus, three fellow snow rangers and avalanche dog Lilly take over primary search-and-rescue operations in both Huntington and Tuckerman ravines from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

It was in Huntington Ravine on March 1, 2013, that an avalanche last claimed a life on Mount Washington — James “Jimmy” Watts in Pinnacle Gully.

Carus said the Dec. 1 avalanche had the same potential as the one that claimed Watts’ life because even “small avalanches can be particularly dangerous in early season conditions in that you can get driven into boulders poking out of the snow.”

The snow rangers took to social media last week and decided to use the avalanche as an opportunity to talk about the White Mountain Avalanche Education Fund.

Established seven years ago, the fund pursues “avalanche knowledge” and delivers “avalanche education” by providing scholarships for participation in a certified avalanche course, clinic or seminar.

Scholarships are open to students in grades six to 12 from the northeastern United States; from school systems in Coos, Carroll, and Grafton Counties in New Hampshire and Oxford County in Maine; as well as from active volunteer mountain rescuers.

The fund has also been working to develop educational material “to benefit youth and adult residents, or those visiting the mountains of New Hampshire.” An initial public outreach workshop was recently held in Portland, Maine.

Carus said the goal is to offer similar workshops in the Granite State and complete a “snow-science curriculum for schools that will tie in science and math with the changes that the snow goes through and touch on back-country avalanche conditions.”

Carus recommends checking the daily condition reports from the Mount Washington Avalanche Center.

On Mount Washington, avalanches happen with “regularity,” he said, adding some are caused by storms, not human beings.

Story courtesy of John Kozial, Union Leader…

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Conway Police Searching For Suspect In Christmas Tree Assault At Lowes

by Christian Mower December 6, 2017 Front Page News

Police suspect that this man assaulted an elderly woman at Lowes in North Conway On Sunday (December 3) ~ Photo courtesy of Conway Police     ***UPDATE*** The Conway Police posted on their Facebook page that a suspect has been identified. However they did not release the name of the suspect or if any arrests […]

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New Study Says Coos County Residents Hopeful For Future But Concerned About Jobs

by Christian Mower December 6, 2017 Front Page News

Durham, NH – A News Study released by UNH shows that residents Of Coos County are optimistic about the future of their area, but remain concerned about the lack of job opportunities and drug abuse. The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire conducted a phone survey in four North Country […]

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