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Fryeburg Stabbing Update

by George Cleveland on October 13, 2021

More information and an arrest in the fatal stabbing that took place early this morning at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds in Fryeburg, Maine.

At 1:05 am on October 13th, the Oxford Sheriff’s Department dispatch center received a 911 call from the Fairgrounds for the report of a male who had been stabbed and was unresponsive.  The Fryeburg Police Department was dispatched to that location along with officers from the Conway NH Police Department, Bridgton Police Department and deputies from the Oxford County Sheriff’s Department.  When officers arrived on-scene they discovered a deceased male on the grounds near the restroom facilities at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds.  The male was identified as 28 year old Anderson Gomes of Waterbury, Connecticut.

At approximately 12:00 noon detectives from the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit – South arrested 46-year-old Carlos A. Negron of Connecticut.  Negron was brought to the Oxford County Jail and charged with murder.  Negron and Gomes were known to each other.  Authorities are confident that there is no on-going risk to public safety.

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner is expected to conduct an autopsy on the deceased individual in the coming days.

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Fatal Stabbing at Fryeburg Fairgrounds

by Clay Groves on October 13, 2021

Police say a man died early Wednesday morning after being stabbed at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds.
Police say they got a report of man who had been stabbed and was unresponsive around 1 a.m.
When officers arrived, they found a dead man near the restroom facilities at Fryeburg Fairgrounds on Main Street.
Detectives have identified witnesses and persons of interest and are conducting interviews and collecting evidence at this time.
Crime scene technicians and analysts from the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team continue to process the scene and are expected to be at the Fairgrounds into the evening.
The victim’s name has not been released.
Authorities say there is no risk to the public.
The Office of Chief Medical Examiner is expected to conduct an autopsy on the man in the coming days.

Photo courtesy WGME TV

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Injured Hiker on Mt. Potash Trail

by Lucia on May 10, 2021

Waterville Valley:  On Sunday, May 9th shortly before 4:30 PM New Hampshire Fish and Game was notified that a hiker was injured on the Mt. Potash Trail. The hiker was Kenneth Winitzer, 65 of Conway, NH. Kenneth was hiking with his wife Jill when he fell and injured his hip while descending the trail.  A passing hiker was able to hike back up the trail in order to gain cell service and placed a call for help.  Kenneth and Jill were also equipped with an Emergency Personal Locator Beacon and were able to activate it.

Along with Conservation Officers members of Lakes Region Search and Rescue responded.  Rescuers located Kenneth a little over a mile from the trailhead.  He was placed in a litter and carried out to a Forest Service Road adjacent to the trail and driven the remaining distance to the trailhead.  He arrived back at the trailhead shortly before 7:00 PM and was taken by ambulance to the Memorial Hospital in North Conway for treatment.

Lakes Region Search and Rescue is a highly skilled volunteer search and rescue organization whose members work hard to maintain the skills and equipment necessary to carry out mountain rescues. Anyone can donate to Lakes Region Search and through the New Hampshire Outdoor Council at www.nhoutdoorcouncil.org.  Donations are fully tax deductible. Outdoor enthusiasts are also encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe card at www.wildnh.com/safe. The card helps support Fish and Game search and rescue activities.  For safe hiking tips and a list of essential gear, visit hikesafe.com.

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Wanted Fugitive Nabbed in North Conway

by Lucia on May 6, 2021

On May 5, 2021 at approximately 9:55 pm, Conway Police Officers were made aware of a subject, wanted out of the State of Vermont who was believed to be armed and staying in a local hotel. The wanted subject was identified as Arthur Butler, 19 years of age, Topsham, Vermont.

Conway Dispatchers confirmed the open warrant for Butler and advised he was wanted on the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon out of Vermont with extradition authorized for all New England states.

Conway Police Officers gathered information from officials in Vermont which included intelligence that Butler may be traveling in a Toyota Rav4, being operated by a female coming from the Berlin, NH area.  Shortly after receiving this information, Sergeant Michael Boucher observed a Toyota Rav4 leaving the parking lot of the hotel Butler was believed to be staying at. Sergeant Boucher observed the vehicle was being operated by a female and that there was a subject seated in the front passenger’s seat as well.  Sergeant Boucher followed the vehicle and observed as it pulled into the Shell gas station located at the corner of River Road in North Conway, NH.

At this time, a rear door of the vehicle opened and a male subject, believed to be Butler, ran on foot from the vehicle down River Road.  Officers set up a perimeter in the area in order to await the arrival of Conway Police Department’s K-9 Summit and K-9 Officer Morganne Sterl.  Shortly thereafter Master Patrol Officer Shawn Baldwin observed the suspect come out of the tree line in the area behind Eastern Slope Inn’s Whitaker Suites.  Sergeant Boucher recognized the suspect as the male who fled from the rear seat of the Toyota Rav4.  After a brief struggle with Sergeant Boucher and Master Patrol Officer Baldwin the male, confirmed to be Arthur Butler, was taken into custody without further incident.

Butler’s arrest warrant out of the Vermont Superior Court shows Butler is charged with Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  Butler was transported to the Carroll County House of Corrections.  An extradition hearing is scheduled for today, May 6, 2021 at 1330 hours.

~ Suzanne Kelley-Scott, Lieutenant

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Injured Hiker Carried Off Carter-Moriah Trail in Shelburne

by Lucia May 3, 2021 Front Page News

Shelburne – Fish & Game Conservation Officers and volunteers from Androscoggin Valley Search & Rescue (AVSAR), and Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO) responded to a report of an injured hiker approximately 3 miles up the Carter-Moriah Trail in Shelburne Saturday afternoon around 2:00 p.m. The hiker, identified as Donald Devost, 48, of Berwick, ME, was […]

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Spring in NH Brings Blue Skies, Warmer Temperatures – and Wildfire Season

by Lucia April 20, 2021 Front Page News

Gov. Sununu with Smokey Bear and N.H. Forest Protection personnel. Picture Courtesy of Governor Sununu’s Facebook Page   Governor Chris Sununu has proclaimed April 18-24 “Wildfire Awareness Week,” part of an effort to raise the level of public consciousness about the dangers of wildfire and its impact not only on New Hampshire’s forested landscape, but […]

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