Written by Art McGrath
LANCASTER—Last week when the Coos Grand Jury released its list of indictments two Berlin men were indicted on first-degree assault charges stemming from a May home invasion in Berlin.
Windy Ferron, 21, of 129 Mt. Forest St. in Berlin and Brad Antone, 20, of the Coos County House of Corrections, were indicted on first degree assault charges and are charged with going to the 183 Jericho Road home of John Russo causing severe head trauma and bone fractures by punching him and kicking him in the body, head and face.
The charge is a Class A felony and carries a potential sentence of seven and a half to fifteen years in prison.
The pair were are also charged with conspiracy to commit the crime of burglary, also a Class A felony.
In addition they are each charged with three counts of second-degree assault, all Class B felonies that carry a potential sentence of three and a half to seven years in prison.
Ferron is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 14, Antone on Oct. 8.
Chad R. Blais, 41, of 79 Maple St., Berlin, was indicted on a Class B felony charge of shoplifting for a May 14 incident in Gorham.
Francis Brundle, 26, of 13 Power Hill Road, Lancaster, was indicted on a charge of receiving stolen property and escaping from custody at the Lancaster Police Station. Both charges are Class B felonies.
Candy Demers, 37, of 727 First Avenue, Berlin, was indicted on a Class B felony charge of shoplifting for a Feb. 14 incident in Gorham.
Pamela Estes, 37, of 30 Elm St., Whitefield, was indicted on a Class B felony charge of second-degree assault for allegedly strangling a 10-year-old child on April 20 in Whitefield.
Jonathan King, 25, of 100 Pine St. #300, Berlin, was indicted on a Class A felony charge of theft, for a July 9 incident in Berlin. He is alleged to have stolen a ring belonging to Gemma King, the value of which exceeded $1,500.
Kenneth Lewis, 34, of 716 Bailey Road, Jefferson, was indicted on a Class B felony charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a deadly weapon, a .22 bolt-action rifle, while in Jefferson on May 24.
Samuel Meyerhoffer, 26, of 535 First Ave, Berlin, was indicted on a Class B felony charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm while in Berlin on June 11.
Chad Moxley, 34, of 4 Abenaki Lane, Berlin, was indicted on a felony charge of felonious sexual assault for allegedly sexually assaulting a female between the ages of 13 and 16 while in Berlin on July 20.
Steven Sandillo, 56, of 56 Old Village Road, Northumberland, was indicted on Class B felony charge of being a habitual offender after being arrested driving a motor vehicle on Old Village Road in Northumberland on April 14.
Jeremiah Sargent, 18, of 8 West St. Apt. #3, Groveton, was indicted on the Class B felony charge of second-degree assault for allegedly strangling Trisha Gaudette while in Groveton on June 1. He is also charged with kidnapping for preventing her from leaving the tent they were sharing in Groveton on June 26. This is also a Class B felony.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 22:57
Written by Kirstan Lukasak
GORHAM— Only two candidates submitted applications for the opening on the board of selectmen. During Monday night's meeting the board waved the interview process, citing that previous knowledge of both candidates would be enough to make a decision.
The town posted the vacancy in late August, after longtime Selectmen Bill Jackson submitted his letter of resignation. The town received two letters of intent - one from Robert Balon and the other from Terry Oliver.
The selectmen had originally intended to interview each candidate Monday night with a series of questions directed towards their ability to fulfill the duties of the position.
However, based on the experience and involvement with the town, both Selectmen Jeff Schall and Grace LaPierre decided to vote on the vacancy without conducting the interview.
Schall and LaPierre voted to elect Terry Oliver as the new selectmen. Oliver will serve on the board until elections are held next spring.
"Knowing the two candidates, we don't need to go through the interview process. I feel that Terry comes with experience, and that Robert has a conflict of interest with the town and would not make a good candidate," explained Schall.
In new business, four properties that were seized due to back taxes will be auctioned on Oct. 22. Properties include 459 Main St.; know as the former Currier building, the adjacent property 1 Tees Rd., vacant land on 26 Spruce St. and a house on 15 Main St.
Paul McInnis Inc. out of North Hampton will be working with auctioneer Justin Conway to conduct the auctions. The auction for all properties will be held at 459 Main Street starting at 11 a.m. For more information about the properties or the auction, contact Town Manager, Robin Frost.
In other business:
Only one bidder showed up for the walk through of the Public Works building last Friday. The town is still seeking bids to complete the roof project and will be holding another walk through in two weeks. Anyone interested in placing a bid for the project is encouraged to contact the town.
Several residents have written letters to the town addressing concerns over the street light survey. Some question the benefit of turning off the lights and the potential safety risks that are being taken.
"Considering the small amount of money that this saves the town, I just don't think that it's worth it, because we are compromising the safety, and should just leave things as is," commented LaPierre.
The selectmen will address the concerns at next week's meeting after they have more time to review the letters and survey.
The Forest Committee met with the board to get authorization for a reassessment of the town forest. The goal of the reassessment would a reduction in taxes.
"I think it's great that the Forest Committee is taking the initiative to lower taxes, anything to get the taxes down will help," said LaPierre.
The Forest Committee will begin negotiations in the following weeks, and update the selectmen, as information is available.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 22:30
Written by Art McGrath
NORTH COUNTRY—Executive Councilor Ray Burton may have died almost a year ago but he will live on in the scholarship fund set up in his name.
This legacy continues the work he started in life as an educator and in the intern program he set up in Concord, helping students throughout the years.
Kathy Eneguess, former president of White Mountains Community College, loved seeing Ray Burton’s name on her cell phone. Burton would not begin with “hello.” Instead, he would begin, “Now, Kathy.”
Burton would often be calling about a student in need who had come to him for help. “We would work together and try to find whatever was necessary,” Eneguess said, “A gas card, tires for a student’s car ... finding a ride, finding scholarship funding. It was very much about a constituent who had a need, and Ray would ask as many people as necessary to try to meet that need.”
And most often, he would succeed. Burton, the state’s longest-serving executive councilor and indefatigable champion of New Hampshire’s North Country and its people, died in November 2013.
He left, as a legacy, the Raymond S. Burton Scholarship Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to support North Country students and adult learners.
“He was all about education and empowerment through education,” said Peter Benson, senior program officer at the foundation. He did those things as a matter of course.”
Joan Day, Burton’s sister, remembers visiting their mother in a nursing home.
A nurse approached her. “If it hadn’t been for Ray,” the woman said, “my daughter never would have gotten into college.”
Those are words — “If it hadn’t been for Ray” — that Day has heard frequently since her brother’s death. Burton was the first in his family to graduate from college, earning a degree in education from Plymouth State in 1962. He was a teaching principal in Andover and Warren, taught some college courses, and created the intern program that immersed students in state government and inspired them to enter public service. He was first elected to the Executive Council in 1977.
“Beyond my parents, nobody has had more influence on me than Ray Burton,” said Jeff Woodburn, a New Hampshire State Senator and one of 142 former Burton interns.
Burton lived his entire life in his beloved family farmhouse in Bath, where he and his siblings grew up, where holiday gatherings were held, and where he died. He left the home and possessions — including his famed antique cars — to be auctioned for the creation of his scholarship fund. The first of the Burton scholarships is projected to be awarded in 2015.
And generations of North Country students will still say, “If it hadn’t been for Ray.”
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 16:55
By Erik Eisele
LOW AND BURBANKS GRANT — Rescuers braved blustery conditions in the Presidential Range on Saturday to help a Massachusetts woman who fell while hiking nearly five miles from the nearest road.
The call reporting 46-year-old Suzanne Chiarito, of Arlington, Mass., had fallen on slippery rocks reached Fish and Game officers at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement from Sgt. Mark Ober. Chiarito had been hiking the Gulfside Trail from the Madison Spring Hut toward the Lakes of the Clouds, but her exact location was unknown. Initial reports indicated her injuries were significant enough she could not walk and would need to be carried off the mountain.
It took until 2:15 p.m. for first responders from AMC's Madison Hut and RMC's Gray Knob cabin to locate Chiarito, just past the junction of Gulfside Trail and Israel Ridge Path. The conditions on the ridge were wet, with winds around 50 mph, gusting to 60 mph, and temperatures in the 40s — prime hypothermia weather. The nearby summits and the ridgeline were in the clouds for most of the day.
Fellow hikers and AMC and RMC rescuers kept Chiarito warm and treated her injuries as they waited for a full rescue party. Fish and Game conservation officers, Androscoggin Valley Search & Rescue volunteers, Appalachian Mountain Club members and students from the Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities wilderness medicine school in Conway all responded to assist, hiking in from the summit of Mount Washington, the Caps Ridge Trail off the Jefferson Notch Road and Lowe's Path off of Route 2 in Randolph due to Chiarito's initial unconfirmed location.
When conservation officers arrived at 4:52 p.m. Chiarito's condition was deemed not as severe as initially reported, and she was able to hike out with assistance. She and the rescuers hiked the nearly 5 miles down Lowe's Path to a waiting ambulance from Gorham, arriving at 12:30 a.m. Sunday. The ambulance carried Chiarito to Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin for evaluation.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:02
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