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Berlin man killed in accident

CONWAY – A Berlin man was killed Monday morning in a two-vehicle accident on West Side Road.
Kyle Guerin, a 2010 graduate of Berlin High School, was operating a black Chevrolet S10 pick-up truck south when Conway police said the truck crossed into the northbound lane, striking a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe. The accident occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. on the corner in front of the Eastern Slope Farm at 773 West Side Road.
Guerin was unconscious inside his truck and was treated at the scene by Conway Rescue and Ambulance but his injuries proved to be fatal.
The operator of the Tahoe, a woman whose name has not be released, sustained multiple and serious injuries and was transported to Memorial Hospital in Conway. She was then flown by life flight to Maine Medical Center in Portland for further treatment.
The section of West Side Road was closed to through traffic for over three hours to allow the Conway Police Reconstruction Team to document the scene.
Conway police said the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 22:16

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Federal prison achieves accreditation

BERLIN – The federal prison in Berlin received initial accreditation by the American Correctional Association on Aug. 17.
Achieving accreditation was a goal set by Warden Esker Tatum when he took over the top job at the Berlin federal prison last fall.
The accreditation process included an onsite audit of FCI Berlin's level of compliance with over 500 correctional standards, followed by an accreditation hearing at the recent ACA Conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah. FCI Berlin was found to be in compliance with 100 percent of the established standards.
ACA and the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (CAC) are private, nonprofit organizations that administer the only national accreditation program for all components of adult and juvenile corrections.
The ACA accreditation of operations in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has been an ongoing process since the accreditation of the first federal institution, USP Terre Haute, in 1979. Institutions are initially accredited for a period of three years based on published ACA standards. ACA reaccreditation is achieved in conjunction with the BOP's Program Review process through the Intensive Reaccreditation Process.
The federal prison is still not operating a full capacity. Currently there are approximately 260 staff employed at the prison, which will employ 342 when at full capacity. There are a total of 1,090 inmates. The prison is designed to house 1,152 medium security inmates and 128 minimum security inmates.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 21:37

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Judge orders Croteau to remove junk vehicles

LANCASTER – Coos County Superior Court Justice Peter Bornstein has granted the city of Berlin's petition for a preliminary injunction and ordered Paul Croteau to remove all junk vehicles and material from his property on Jericho Road within 30 days.
Bornstein also ruled that Croteau must provide the city with documentation that all unregistered and uninspected vehicles and as well as junk are removed and taken to a licensed junkyard.
Noting that Croteau had argued he is running a vehicle repair business, Bornstein said he must provide a valid work order for any vehicles he is repairing, countersigned by the owner.
During a hearing Friday on the petition, City Attorney Christopher Hilson told the court Croteau owns two lots on Jericho Road. The properties are split within two zoning districts – rural residential and general business. Hilson said neither zone allows for the storage of junk motor vehicles and other junk. The city charged there are multiple vehicles on the lot without inspection stickers and Croteau uses motor vehicles and trailers to store goods and materials for longer than 90 days. He is also charged with storing old parts and metal on the property.
The city notified Croteau in writing on March 28 that his use of the site violated city ordinances and state statutes and he was given 30 days to abate the violations. Hilson told Bornstein there had been recent clean up efforts. By last Thursday afternoon, he said one lot had been cleaned up but the other, while improved, still remained in violation.
Representing himself, Croteau insisted he is running a repair and towing facility.
"I'm not a junkyard – not by any means," Croteau told Bornstein. "Nor did I ever run a junkyard at this location," he said.
Croteau said the photographs submitted into evidence by the city show all the vehicles on his property have plates. He said most of the vehicles belong to his customers and are inspected.
To support his argument, Croteau produced a receipt for work he did last year on a vehicle belonging to Berlin Code Enforcement Officer Joseph Martin. He questioned whether Martin would have done business with him if his operation were illegal.
Croteau said for years there was a recycling yard on the property. He said after he purchased the property in 2012, he and his son spent three weeks cleaning up old junk left on the site. He said some of that junk is what remains and stressed he is "not buying stuff off the street and putting it on the lot."
Croteau said he does have a trailer on the property but said there are over 30 trailers stored on lots within five miles of his property. He said there are seven trailers on his neighbor's property. Hilson objected to Croteau's effort to introduce a list of trailers on the road and Bornstein upheld the objection, telling Croteau to focus on his own property.
Bornstein said the preliminary order will remain in effect until the court issues a final order.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 21:08

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ATV and UTV Collision in Dixville

DIXVILLE – No injuries were reported when two Off-Highway Recreational Vehicles collided Saturday afternoon on the Greenough Pond Road.

Fish and Game officer Eric Fluette said an ATV operated by by Trevor Carlson, 20, of Torrington Conn., was traveling south on Greenough Pond Road at approximately 2:45 p.m. Saturday. Carlson was traveling across and down the left side of the road when he noticed a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) heading north as he turned back to the right side of the road.
In an attempt to avoid a head-on collision both Carlson and the operator of the UTV, Robert Buswell, 77, of Sunapee, turned their vehicles but they still collided.
All parties involved, including Joyce Buswell, 75, of Sunapee who was a passenger in the UTV, were utilizing safety equipment and were not injured in the collision. Errol Rescue responded to the accident scene and checked over those involved. No one was transported from the scene for medical treatment.
The accident remains under investigation with charges pending. Fish and Game would like to remind OHRV riders that when meeting oncoming traffic, operators of OHRV's shall reasonably turn to the right and reduce speed to avoid collision.



Last Updated on Monday, 25 August 2014 20:10

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