<![CDATA[NECN - ]]>Copyright 2017http://www.necn.com/feature/new-hampshire http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN http://www.necn.comen-usMon, 25 Sep 2017 16:48:00 -0400Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:48:00 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Man Accused of Letting 11-Year-Old Drive SUV]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:59:28 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Enrique+Moreno+Manchester+NH+PD.jpg

A New Hampshire man is facing charges after allegedly letting his girlfriend's 11-year-old son drive his SUV with the child's 3-year-old brother in the backseat.

Enrique Moreno, 37, of Manchester was arrested Friday evening and charged with two counts each of endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a controlled drug.

Manchester police said an officer noticed a 2002 Acura MDX committing several traffic violations around Putnam Street and eventually stopped the SUV near Blucher Street.

Moreno allegedly exited the SUV from the vehicle's passenger side and tried to speak with the officer before he made it to the driver's side window. He was ordered back into the SUV as the officer who pulled the vehicle over walked to the driver's side, police said.

When the officer made it to the driver's side of the Acura, he realized the driver was a child, so he took the keys out of the ignition and put the child in the backseat with his brother, who was buckled into his car seat, according to police.

The mother of the two boys - who is dating Moreno - arrived at the scene and Moreno was then arrested.

Police said they also found a small amount of marijuana, heroin and cocaine during a search of the SUV.

Moreno is currently out on bail. No one answered the door at his home Monday.

It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Photo Credit: Manchester Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[NH Soldier Killed in Florida Crash]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:33:48 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/052615+american+flag+close+up+generic.jpg

A soldier from New Hampshire has died from injuries sustained in a car crash in Florida last week, according to officials with the United States Army.

Spc. Robert L. Gagnon Jr., 25, of Exeter, was traveling on Interstate 10 on Sept. 17 when he somehow got into a head-on collision with another driver.

Both Gagnon and the driver of the second vehicle were killed.

Army officials said Gagnon entered active duty military service on Oct. 8, 2013. He attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Military Occupation Specialty Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Gagnon was assigned to Group Support Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida as a motor transport operator.

Gagnon received a number of awards and decorations including the U.S. Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Parachutist Badge and Army Marksman Badge.

It's unclear when funeral services will be.

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<![CDATA[After Running 1,002 Days, NH Woman Taking Day Off]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 22:49:17 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Woman_Taking_Day_Off_After_More_Than_1K_Days_of_Running.jpg

For the first time in almost three years, a New Hampshire woman is going to take a day off from running on Saturday.

NBC Boston caught up with Beth Whipple along her 18-mile run Friday in Nashua to find out why and how she did it.

"There's just that invincible thing, like I can do anything," Whipple said about running.

It's that runners high that keep her going - and she's been going for more than 1,000 days.

"One thousand and two," Whipple said, to be exact.

Just after Christmas of 2014, Whipple set a goal to run at least one mile every day of 2015.

"Then 2016 came and I kept going, and 2017 came along and I just kept going," she said, laughing.

Whipple has run through the heat, the rain and record-breaking snowfall. Her friends vouched for her.

"Some of the elements she ran in, I thought she was nuts," said runner Kate Von Pichl. "That's what makes her so special to us."

Though they weren't always easy, Whipple's logged more than 6,000 miles and sent a poignant message with every step.

"Absolutely inspire and motivate people to get out and do something," said her friend, Amanda McCann.

"Do something that betters you, betters your life, or makes you happy, makes you smile, because that's what living is about," Von Pichl said.

Back in 2013, Whipple was a block and a half away when bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line. So today, she runs with a different perspective.

"Just grateful, just being grateful that I'm able to run," Whipple said. "I really love to run."

But on Saturday, she'll stop.

"I'm taking tomorrow off," she said.

She's breaking a nearly-three-year long running streak but only to regroup before a race on Sunday.

"You would be surprised at what you could do," Whipple said. "I didn't think that I could do it."

She's run the Boston marathon the last two years and is anxiously waiting to find out if she qualified for next year.

She says Boston is the most meaningful race she'll ever run.

<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Faces Life-Threatening Injuries After Crash]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:53:04 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/police-tape-shutterstock_5628043319.jpg

A motorcyclist is fighting for his life after a serious crash in Kingston, New Hampshire, Thursday evening.

Police say the crash happened on NH Route 125 around 9 p.m. after a Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Christopher St. Onge, 23, of Kingston, crashed into a Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Matthew Sommers, 31, of Kingston.

Police say initial investigation shows that St. Onge was trying to make a left hand turn onto Debra Road and did not see Sommers, who struck the front right side of the vehicle and was ejected from his motorcycle.

Sommers sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported by medical helicopter to Boston Medical Center. St. Onge was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

NH Route 125 in the area of Debra Road was closed for several hours while police investigated the scene.

Police say that impairment was not a factor in the crash and that they are continuing to investigate the incident.

New Hampshire state police were assisted on scene by the Kingston Police Department and the Kingston Fire Department.

<![CDATA[UNH Sorority Under Fire for Singing Song With N-Word]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:27:20 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/UNH+Gold+Digger+Party.JPG

A controversial video taken at an Alpha Phi sorority event and posted on social media is spreading far beyond the campus of the University of New Hampshire.

The video shows a room of rowdy Alpha Phi members singing Kanye West's "Gold Digger," with the hashtag #UNH. The All Eyez on UNH Facebook page shared the video, criticizing the sorority sisters because the song's chorus uses the n-word, which the girls can be seen singing.

"In the context of the song, it's just a good word to rhyme with 'digger,'" said Ben Factor a student at UNH.

Factor is one of the hundreds of students talking about the lyrics on Thursday.

"I'm sure they weren't going about singing that to try to be racist or hurtful," said Bridget Keaveney.

"We believe this showed poor judgment," the school said in a statement. "At the same time, the university statement suggesting there would be an investigation and possible disciplinary action was not accurate. The students have apologized and will play an active role in working to improve our campus culture as we move forward. "

Elysa Caisey, who is on the board of the Black Students Union, said she was not happy the university is not taking any action.

"It wasn't a form of racism, but it was unacceptable," said Caisey. "When you use a word like that, you need to understand the implications behind it."

Caisey said they should be held accountable.

"It's sad they don't understand the connotation behind using that word, and at the end of the day, it reflects the culture that's always been here at UNH, and something has to give," said Caisey.

"The use of that word runs counter to our values," Dean of Students John T. Kirkpatrick said in a statement. "Moreover, it is a word that diminishes members of our community. The posting has been reported to the national chapter. Both the university and the national chapter are investigating the matter."

Alpha Phi has been reported to their national chapter. The sorority has issued a statement to the university apologizing for the incident reiterating that they do not condone the behavior.

<![CDATA[$700B Defense Budget to Bring Jobs to NH]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:20:03 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Impact_of_Defense_Contract_in_NH.jpg

More jobs are headed to New Hampshire thanks to the massive $700 billion defense budget passed this week.

The F35 is the most advanced fighter jet in the world and parts of it are manufactured in the Granite State by dedicated workers like Helen Milo.

"I just think it's really something," Milo said.

Milo is the oldest production employee at Gentex Corporation.

"I'm happy about how old I am," she said with a laugh. "I'm 80, I'll be 81 on Oct. 5."

For the last 30 years, she's been getting her hands dirty on the assembly line in Manchester.

"I assemble and I weld, whatever they need me to do," she said. "The people in here realize how important what they do is and that's why they work so hard to make a good product."

The Gentex team is responsible for the creating the hearing protection headphones that go in the pilot's helmet, as well as other components of their critical communication system

"She shows up for work every day because she knows what a difference she makes for the men and women in our military," said Sen. Maggie Hassan, who met Milo at Gentex on Thursday.

Sen. Hassan helped pass the $700 billion defense budget, which includes $10.6 billion to ramp up production of the F35 — bringing more jobs to the Granite State.

"At about two and a half years, we will be at full rate production, and were going to need more jobs and create more economic impact," said Bob Rubino, the F35 Program deputy director at Lockheed Martin.

Rubino says in New Hampshire alone, the F35 program has a $500 million economic impact, and employs more than 3,500 people at 55 different companies

"We're proud of what we do," Milo said.

She says never met a fighter pilot, but is honored play a part in protecting them.

"What a nice feeling," Milo said. "It really is."

Gentex and 1,400 suppliers across the United States will help create components for 66 aircrafts this year, 90 next year, and more than 150 by 2020.

<![CDATA[NH Man Charged With Sexual Assault, Impersonating Officer]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:42:31 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Michael+Graham.jpg

A New Hampshire man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman and pointed a handgun at another man while impersonating an officer, according to Nashua police. 

Nashua resident Michael Graham, 24, is facing charges of criminal threatening, false personation and aggravated felonious sexual assault. 

Police said they took a report around midnight on Sept. 18 from a woman who said she was sexually assaulted by Graham. The woman and Graham knew each other. 

The victim told police she called a friend to come pick her up. When that friend arrived, Graham allegedly opened the door and pointed a gun at the man, saying he was law enforcement and telling the man to leave. Both the man and the woman were able to leave the home. 

During the investigation, police said Graham referred to himself as Homeland Security Law Enforcement. Police determined this was not true and said he was really an armed security guard employed by a private security company. 

An arrest warrant for the criminal threatening charge was obtained on Sept. 21. Graham was arrested without incident at his home that day and additional charges were added. 

He was held on $100,000 bail and will appear in court Thursday. 

It’s not clear if Graham has an attorney. 

Photo Credit: Nashua Police]]>
<![CDATA[PD: Remains of Man Who Went Missing in 1998 Likely Recovered]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:34:00 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Truck+Driven+by+Tony+Imondi.JPG

Skeletal remains have been found in a truck at the bottom of a New Hampshire river in connection with the investigation of a man who went missing in 1998, state police announced Tuesday.

Tony Imondi, 26, was last seen leaving a horseshoe tournament at Bill's Seafood in Errol in his girlfriend's Ford Ranger truck on July 1, 1998.

After his family didn't hear from him for several days, a search was launched in the immediate area. It wasn't clear if he went south on Route 16 or west on Route 26.

New Hampshire Fish and Game searches were conducted by air, ground and water, but to no avail.

Authorities continued their search over the years and recently picked up an image matching the shape of a truck in the Androscoggin River with a SONAR scan in Errol just a few miles south of Errol village.

State police confirmed it was the missing truck and removed it from the river on Tuesday. Skeletal remains found in the cab of the truck have been sent to the state's medical examiner's office for identification.

Imondi's family has been notified.

Photo Credit: New Hampshire State Police]]>
<![CDATA[NH Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting 4 Girls]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:08:57 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Mohammod+Rafique.jpg

A New Hampshire man is facing sexual assault charges after he allegedly assaulted four girls in August.

Mohammod Rafique, 27, of Nashua, is facing charges of felonious sexual assault, two counts of simple assault, and one count of attempted simple assault.

Nashua police say they responded to a home in Nashua on Sept. 7 for a report of a sexual assault. It was reported Rafique touched the four girls inappropriately the prior month. Rafique knew one of the victim’s family members, according to police.

A warrant for the felonious sexual assault charge for Rafique was obtained following an investigation. The additional charges came at the time of his arrest.

Rafique refused bail and is expected to be arraigned on Sept. 20.

It’s not clear if he has an attorney.

Photo Credit: Nashua Police]]>
<![CDATA[Worker Dies Following Home Explosion in NH]]> Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:58:39 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/205*120/New+Boston+NH+explosion+David+Morin.jpg

A worker who was inside a New Hampshire home when it exploded Tuesday morning has died from his injuries, authorities have confirmed.

Antonio De Souza, 46, of Nashua, died from the injuries he sustained when the home on Foxberry Drive in New Boston exploded, caught fire and collapsed.

Images from the scene showed the home consumed by flames, with the roof collapsing in on itself. Firefighters from several area towns were still on the scene into the afternoon trying to get the flames under control.

"We heard a big bang and I thought all my windows blew out of my house," recalled neighbor Maryanne Willander.

Police said the 10:30 a.m. explosion rocked the home under construction and sent debris flying hundreds of feet. Fire officials said shockwaves were felt as far as 15 miles away.

"The whole house shook," Foxberry Drive resident Mike Stanley said.

A worker, later identified as De Souza, had been inside the basement painting when a propane tank exploded, authorities said.

Fire officials said neighbors ran to the house and heard De Souza screaming, trapped inside the basement.

"They knew there was somebody injured inside the house," District Fire Chief Danielle Cole said. "He said that he was hurt and he was unable to move."

De Souza had survived the explosion but died in the subsequent fire and collapse. His body was recovered around 2 p.m.

Neighbors said they are in shock over the tragedy.

"We’re offering prayers and support for whatever happened and whoever was involved," neighbor Kathy Zukowski said. "It’s the only thing, the best thing we can do."

Authorities said the fire ripped through the first floor of the home, causing it to collapse. The second floor of the home was left mostly intact.

The exact cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

Photo Credit: David Morin
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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting 9-Year-Old Girl]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:28:55 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/James+Bourque+Nashua+NH+PD.jpg

A New Hampshire man is facing multiple charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

Nashua police said James Bourque, 46, of 10 Maple St., in Nashua, was arrested and charged with two counts of felonious sexual assault on Saturday night.

Police said officers responded to a report of a sexual assault on Saturday afternoon after the victim reported to her mother and to officers that she had been inappropriately touched by an unknown man at Sandy Pond on National Street.

The victim provided a description of the suspect to officers, which led investigators to Bourque, police said.

Bourque is being held on $25,000 cash bail pending his arraignment Monday in Hillsborough County Superior Court. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Photo Credit: Nashua Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Man Seriously Injured in ATV Crash]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:08:10 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/122515+generic+ambulance.JPG

A New Hampshire man was seriously injured Saturday night in an ATV crash in Gilford.

Conservation Officers from New Hampshire Fish and Game responded to the crash on Longridge Drive at 8:15 p.m.

When they arrived, Daniel Quimby, 34, of Gilford, had suffered serious bodily injury after a mechanical malfunction sent him crashing into a parked car.

Authorities said Quimby, who was not wearing a helmet, was transported to Lakes Region General Hospital where his exact condition is unknown.

The crash is currently under investigation by Gilford Police.

<![CDATA[Motorcyclist Killed in Head-On Crash With Pickup Truck]]> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 08:38:56 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/generic-police-lights22.jpg

A motorcyclist from New Hampshire was killed Saturday night in a head-on crash with a pickup truck in Hampton, according to state police.

Officers responded to the southbound ramp to Route 1 north at 11:50 p.m. and immediately called for state police assistance due to the seriousness of the crash.

Police said a preliminary investigation showed that a Dodge Dakota truck driven by Keith Rogers, 61, of Voluntown, Connecticut, had been traveling southbound on the northbound ramp to Route 1 when he crashed head-on into a Kawasaki EX 250 motorcycle.

The motorcycle was driven by Dawn Houston-Fields, 32, of Greenland. Houston-Fields sustained serious injuries and was transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital where she later died from her injuries.

The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation by New Hampshire State Police. Anyone with information related to the crash is urged to contact Trooper First Class Thomas Conlon at 603-223-8614 or via email at thomas.conlon.@dos.nh.gov.

<![CDATA[Pot Decriminalization Law Goes Into Effect in NH]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:34:08 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-592213300-marijuana-generic.jpg

A law in New Hampshire decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana goes into effect Saturday.

The law reduces the penalty for possession of up to three-quarters of an ounce of marijuana and a much smaller amount of hashish from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil violation with fines up to $300. New Hampshire joins more than 20 states, including all of New England, in easing criminal penalties on pot.

Under the new law, police cannot arrest someone for a marijuana violation. Any money collected from the fines will go toward alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment.

An analyst for the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project praised the law, saying there's "no good reason to continue arresting and prosecuting people for marijuana possession."

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<![CDATA[Police Searching for 4 Young Kids Taken From NH by Their Dad]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:42:26 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/dadkids.jpg.jpg

Police in Salem, New Hampshire, are searching for four missing children believed to have been taken by their father in a case of custodial interference across state lines.

The children's mother filed a police report Monday saying that her ex-husband had driven their four children to Colorado and was refusing to bring them home. The mother has full custodial rights and made an agreement for their father to take the children for a short time while she got situated.

Police said the father is now refusing to bring the children back to New Hampshire. They range in age from 3 to 9.

The father, 30-year-old Matthew Giovanditto, has a last known address in Taunton, Massachusetts, according to police. He is believed to be driving a white 2015 Chevrolet Traverse with New Hampshire disabled veterans plate 2559. He is believed to be hauling a white 2000 Jayco Eagle pop-up camper with New Hampshire registration T400759.

Police said they believe Giovanditto and the four children have been staying in campgrounds and parking lots in the Denver-Colorado Springs area, but that has not been confirmed.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Giovanditto and his children is urged to contact Salem police Detective Mike Geha at 603-890-2321.

Photo Credit: Salem Police]]>
<![CDATA[Dogs, Cats Impacted by Hurricane Irma Arrive in NH]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:50:20 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/puppy32.jpg Dogs and cats impacted by Hurricane Irma have begun to arrive at the New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Stratham.

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<![CDATA[Homeless Animals Who Survived Irma Arrive in NH]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:29:14 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Homeless_Dogs_and_Cats_Arrive_in_NH_From_Florida.jpg

Dogs and cats that survived Hurricane Irma in Miami arrived in New Hampshire Thursday afternoon — in hopes of finding a new family to love them.

A private plane carrying the animals landed safely on drier ground at Portsmouth International Airport.

"It's great to know we are doing something good while we are doing our job," said one of the pilots, Jennifer Perez.

The 10 dogs and 16 cats were homeless before Irma and rode out the storm in various shelters in the Miami area.

"It is heart wrenching," said NHSPCA Executive Director Lisa Dennison. "I was told there were dogs swimming in water and a shelter that lost its roof."

The animals are being moved out of those shelters down south, to make room for pets that were left behind during the floods.

"We learned after Katrina, it was so important to keep animals locally displaced, local," Dennison said.

She says that way when families come back home, they have a better chance of finding their animals.

"It's so vital to have that relationship maintained if possible," Dennison said.

These 26 pets will join 16 other Irma cats already settled in at the NHSPCA. And we're told they'll be getting plenty of familiar company from Florida as the cleanup there continues.

"We just want to help however we can," Dennison said. "It's the beginning of what will be many more flights."

The NHSPCA plans to take in as many Irma pets as possible in the coming months.

This first group will be up for adoption by next week.

Check with NHSPCA website for updates on which hurricane animals are available and ready for their new home.

<![CDATA[Ice Castles Coming Back to New England ]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:36:32 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/178*120/BryanRowalnd31.jpeg

A "magical" ice castle is coming back to New England this winter.

Ice Castles, which builds the popular castles across the United States and Canada, announced in a Facebook post it is returning to Lincoln, New Hampshire.

The ice castles are built by hand using icicles harvested by the company. In the past, the castles have featured archways, tunnels, ice slides and glacial waterfalls that light up at night.

In addition to the New Hampshire location, ice castles will be built in Utah, Minnesota, and Colorado; as well as locations in Canada.

Photo Credit: Bryan Rowland
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<![CDATA[Police Seek Man Who Tried to Rob Concord Bank]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:04:13 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/233*120/media+bank+susp.PNG

Police are looking for a suspect in connection to an attempted bank robbery in Concord, New Hampshire on Tuesday.

Police say a white male entered Eastern Bank at 11 South Main Street and demanded money while holding a gun.

The suspect then fled the scene on foot.

Police say the man is approximately six feet tall with a thin build and is around 20 to 30 years old.

Anyone who has information relative to any criminal incident is asked to call the Concord

Regional Crimeline at (603) 226-3100. Information can also be submitted online through the Crimeline website at concordregionalcrimeline.com or by texting TIP234 and your message to CRIMES (274637).

<![CDATA[No Bail for Accused Hospital Gunman in Deadly Shooting]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 18:48:29 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/202*120/Dartmouth+Hitchcock+Medical+Center+Travis+Fink+mugshot+composite.jpg

A man accused of shooting and killing his mother at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was ordered held without bail on Wednesday.

New Hampshire authorities say 49-year-old Travis Frink of Warwick, Rhode Island, shot and killed his 70-year-old mother, Pamela Ferriere, four times Tuesday afternoon while she was in the hospital's intensive care unit.

The victim's husband, Robert Ferriere, is still in shock and can't believe the love of his life since high school is gone.

"It's painful," he said through tears. "She was the most loving and caring person I have ever known."

Autopsy results revealed Ferriere suffered wounds to the chest, abdomen and pelvis. Her death resulted in blood loss, according to Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Jennie Duval.

Frink was ordered to be held without bail during his Wednesday afternoon arraignment on a first-degree murder charge. A judge also granted prosecutors' request to prevent Frink from contacting his stepfather, whom officials say witnessed his wife being shot multiple times by her son.

"Facts gathered to this point reveal that the purpose of Mr. Frink's visit to the hospital today was to kill his mother," MacDonald said Tuesday night.

MacDonald said Frink signed in at the visitors desk at 1:15 p.m., and within nine minutes, police had received a 911 call that shots had been fired at the hospital.

He was caught by Lebanon and Canaan police as he tried to leave hospital property.

A police affidavit released earlier Wednesday described how Robert Ferrieresaw his stepson point a gun at his wife and fire several shots before walking away without saying a word.

Ferriere then called for help after the shooting, and when Frink was arrested, he told police he went to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with the sole intention of killing his mother, according to the affidavit.

Through tears, Ferriere said Pamela Ferriere had suffered a brain aneurysm and was planning to go home on Friday when her son visited and opened fire.

"I was there, I saw him kill her," he said.

In a letter to staff late Tuesday night, DHMC's CEO and president Dr. Joanne Conroy thanked them for their response to the shooting, including treating patients in the parking lot and comforting patients and families.

"This is not an event that we can anticipate or prevent ... but that is why we drill and train," Dr. Conroy wrote.

"We've trained for this, and people were ready — ready for something that we should never be ready for," Dartmouth-Hitchcock Chief Clinical Officer Edward Merrens added Wednesday. "We're incredibly proud of the care that was provided and the commitment to patients and the resilience of our organization."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call state police 603-223-8568.

Photo Credit: Lebanon Police Department/NBC Boston
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<![CDATA[Police: Gunman Shot and Killed Mother in Hospital ICU]]> Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:07:18 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Dartmouth-Hitchcock+Scene+091217.JPG

A man is in custody after allegedly shooting and killing his mother at New Hampshire's largest hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

According to New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, 49-year-old Travis Frink of Warwick, Rhode Island, shot and killed his 70-year-old mother, Pamela Ferriere, while she was in the intensive care unit.

"Facts gathered to this point reveal that the purpose of Mr. Frink's visit to the hospital today was to kill his mother," MacDonald said Tuesday night.

MacDonald said Frink signed in at the visitors desk at 1:15 p.m., and within nine minutes, police had received a 911 call that shots had been fired at the hospital.

Silas Baker, who was in the ICU recovering from brain surgery at the time of the shooting, said he heard five or six shots and was absolutely terrified. He said he didn't know when the shooter was going to stop.

Frink was caught by Lebanon and Canaan police as he tried to leave hospital property, MacDonald says.

Federal, state and local law enforcement officials all responded to the shooting around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Lebanon police, special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Boston office and representatives of the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, including state police, are expected to remain at the scene until at least 10 p.m.

Calling the incident "tragic," Dartmouth-Hitchcock chief legal officer John Kacavas said the hospital's medical teams are trying to make sure there is "as little interruption to patient care as possible."

A silver SUV at the entrance of the hospital's campus was surrounded by police after the hospital was locked down following the reports of an active shooter. Although law enforcement officials have not confirmed whether the car was connected to the incident, Rhode Island State Police confirmed to local NBC affiliate WJAR that the SUV belongs to the suspect after authorities contacted them regarding the vehicle's Rhode Island license plates.

Police had been looking for a man described as 6'1" tall, with salt and pepper blonde hair, wearing a red camouflage shirt and possibly carrying a camouflage backpack in connection to the incident, according to Dartmouth College in neighboring Hanover.

Dartmouth College said its Hanover campus was not on lockdown and classes were going on as scheduled.

Lora Charbonneau said she and her husband, who is a police officer, were on their way to Dartmouth-Hitchcock to see his mother when they got a call about an active shooter and lockdown at the hospital.

"We got here as quick as we could and obviously we couldn't go any further," she said. "My husband being the wonderful officer he is, obviously, jumped right out and volunteered to do whatever he could, so he's out there directing traffic."

Frink is due to be arraigned Wednesday at Grafton County Superior Court on a first-degree murder charge. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call state police 603-223-8568.

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<![CDATA[NH Police Chief Who Helped on 9/11 Reflects on Tragedy]]> Mon, 11 Sep 2017 19:38:58 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Chief+Robert+Merner.JPG

A New Hampshire police chief who helped dig through the rubble for survivors at Ground Zero is reflecting on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy.

Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Merner says the images are as just as vivid today as they were in 2001. Humanity is also one of the most poignant memories that he has held with him every day.

"People are just helping people,” Merner said on Monday. "Firefighters digging, hoping to find some of their comrades."

On that fateful morning, Merner was working his shift as a Boston Police sergeant. By midnight, he and three other BPD officers were at Ground Zero searching for survivors.

"When you close your eyes and you remember 9/11 what, do you see?" asked NBC Boston reporter Katherine Underwood.

"Seeing names written in the dust on windows, things like, 'Dad, I came down here looking for you. Mom, I came down here looking for you,'" he recalled.

Sixteen years later, Merner still wears his "WTC" pin with pride and a black band across his badge with sorrow.

"Being a parent, I think of how many kids lost parents, some lost both parents that day," Merner said.

The pictures from New York City are some of the first that Merner put up this summer in his new office in Portsmouth.

Outside his window, there’s another daily reminder of the lives lost and the sacrifices made.

A steel beam from 2 World Trade Center is a permanent fixture outside the police department.

"I park there every morning," Merner said. "For many of these families, that day doesn’t end."

Merner admits his time at Ground Zero changed him.

"You learn to appreciate all the little things," he said.

Merner said he is grateful to have witnessed firsthand the spirit of the nation and the strength of its people.

"That’s what this nation is all about, that’s why we won’t be defeated," Merner said.

<![CDATA[NH Fire Crews Head to Florida Before Irma]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 21:52:47 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/NH_First_Responders_Head_South_to_Help_During_Irma.jpg

As Floridians flee their hometowns for safer ground, a group of Granite Staters is preparing to head into Irma's path of destruction.

It's a team of first responders specifically trained to assist in natural disasters.

For more than 30 years, Hampton Falls Fire Chief Jay Lord has responded to emergencies.

"You just kind of get into the mindset, 'What am I going to do to make someone's day better,'" Lord said on Friday.

And for nearly two decades, he's helped put out wildfires across the country, but Lord has never been in the path of a Cat. 4 hurricane.

He says he's eager to respond to Irma.

"You can train, and train, and train, but until you go see it for yourself, all bets are off," Lord said.

He's part of the 30-member multidisciplinary Seacoast Region Incident Management Team specially trained to manage emergency natural disasters.

Exeter's assistant fire chief, Eric Wilking, has his bags packed and knows what to expect when Irma strikes.

"We had crews in Katrina for two weeks," Wilking said. "People's lives, just piles of debris in front of their home, and you know it's all they have."

The team will work hand in hand with locals, managing recovery efforts. Both say they're looking forward to helping Floridians pick up the pieces Irma is bound to leave behind.

"Hopefully, at the end of two weeks, I've made a difference in somebody's life," Lord said.

"You come back feeling, after two weeks of being reinvigorated, really why we are doing this," Wilking said.

About 10 members of the Seacoast team will likely be heading to Florida next week. They're not sure exactly when or where, but will get those details as Irma makes landfall this weekend.

<![CDATA[New Hampshire Principal Gives New Start to Houston Family]]> Thu, 07 Sep 2017 18:15:09 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Pelham+camper.JPG

Donations are pouring in from across the country to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, but one New Hampshire man had an idea to do more than just send aid.

The Pelham community is coming together to give one Houston family a whole new start.

At Pelham High School, there’s a steady stream of donations for those hit hardest by Harvey.

“They have absolutely nothing,” said senior Alyssa Janak.

It started a few days ago, when Principal Gary Dempsey had an idea to send not only household items, but an actual house.

“I called Campers Inn in Merrimack, they called me back an hour later, and said, ‘We’re in,’ and donated a $29,000 camper,” Mr. Dempsey explained. “Enterprise gave me truck and JetBlue gave me two tickets to fly home. People have been great.”

The camper is like a one bedroom, full bath apartment with a kitchen, complete with a generator and now filled with necessities to help one family start over.

“It’s inspiring,” Dempsey said about the outpouring of support.

“The donations that came in were just incredible, people just want to give back,” said Tracy Musto whose company Liberty Utilities dropped off a trailer full of donations on Thursday.

It seems with each contribution comes a reality check.

“We take for granted everything we have,” Musto said.

“I can’t imagine what they’re going through,” said the Pelham Elementary Principal Tom Adamakos as he carried a box into the camper.

“I’m so lucky, I guess,” said Janak. “I wish I could do more.”

But they’re doing all they can, packing this home with a powerful message for Texas.

“There is faith and hope in everything,” said Pelham junior Olivia Gagnon. “With everyone coming together, anything is possible.”

Dempsey starts the 29-hour journey to Houston on Friday morning.

By Sunday, one family will have a new home and all the extra donations will go to shelters in the area.

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<![CDATA[Police: Nearby Shooting Resulted in Brief School Lockdown]]> Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:26:36 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/manchester15.jpg

A New Hampshire school was placed on lockdown as police investigating a nearby shooting at a rooming house on Thursday morning.

Manchester police said multiple officers responded to a call about a possible gunshot on Beech Street just before 8 a.m. after the caller claimed a man had been shot and needed help.

Officers searched the area for the victim and a possible crime scene, which is near Central High School and sparked a temporary lockdown. The lockdown was lifted about 15 minutes after it began.

An officer found the victim around 8:15 a.m. on Central Street. Police did not give the victim's condition, but said their investigation has determined it wasn't a random act of violence.

Detectives also searched for a possible shooter at an Amherst Street rooming house. The suspect wasn't there, but detectives are in contact with the suspect as they continue to investigate.

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<![CDATA[Man in Custody After Standoff in NH]]> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:25:59 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/160*120/DJD0ONpUQAAP3Kv.jpg

A man is in custody after a standoff with law enforcement in Hooksett, New Hampshire.

Police urged residents in the area around Dundee Avenue to shelter in place as authorities dealt with the male subject.

Hooksett's police chief said the male subject barricaded in a Dundee Avenue home threatened to hurt himself, his mother, animals in the house and police.

SWAT members from Manchester arrived on the scene. about an hour and a half later, a flash bang could be heard as police made entry.

The man surrendered peacefully.

Dundee Avenue, Granite Street, Highland Avenue and Chase Street were all closed during the incident.

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<![CDATA[Police Seek Driver Who Crashed Into House, Caused Gas Leak]]> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 08:20:48 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/POLICE+LIGHTS+NIGHT7.jpg

New Hampshire police are searching for a driver who crashed into a house and caused a gas leak.

Goffstown police say the driver fled a traffic stop and left behind their passenger. The SUV was pulled over after a passing officer saw someone aiming a handgun out the window of the vehicle.

The driver fled the traffic stop but the officer who made the stop did not pursue. Instead he arrested and charged the left-behind passenger with felony reckless conduct.

The 46-year-old Manchester resident is being held on cash bail.

Shortly after, police say the driver overturned the SUV crashing into a home in Manchester and causing the gas leak. No one was injured and the driver fled before police arrived.

Police say they have spoken to the driver's attorney.

<![CDATA[Town Puts Dog Owners on Notice to Pick Up Poop or Pay Fine]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:54:30 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Rye+Dog+Poop+Fine.JPG

Dog walkers beware: if you leave your dog’s waste behind in one New Hampshire community, you could be taken to court and face a $1,000 fine.

Rye police said the measure was necessary after high levels of fecal bacteria was detected in the Parsons Creek Watershed.

A lot of residents in the seacoast town of Rye said they were shocked at how expensive the fine is.

"A thousand is a lot of money," said resident Lisa Lombard.

It’s a hefty fine for leaving her dog’s waste behind, but since Lombard says she would never do that, she supports the penalty if it means cleaning up her neighborhood.

"Nobody wants to step in dog waste, nobody wants waste in the water," she said.

There are new signs in the town of Rye alerting people that not picking up after their pet is just as bad as littering.

"This is serious," said Rye Police Chief Kevin Walsh. "Once we destroy our environment, we can't go back."

Officials say the recent studies that showed the elevated levels of bacteria in the watershed show that the water is contaminated with either human or animal waste.

"It's also got to do with our natural resource, the Atlantic Ocean, that's everybody's and that's starting to get contaminated," Walsh said.

Ellen Morton-Hamil has lived in Rye most of her life and said she is disappointed that people are littering in her little slice of heaven.

"I have seen the dog bags with waste that've been left alongside the road," she said.

Some residents, like Rod Lintz, question the enforceability of the $1,000 fine.

"It's just unreasonable," he said.

But others think the signs are enough to scare people into picking up what their pets have left behind.

"I'm hoping people realize it's not something they can ignore," said dog walker Krys Earle. "It's our water too, it's dangerous."

The fine starts at $50 and police say the $1,000 fine is typically reserved for repeat offenders.

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<![CDATA[20-Year-Old Killed in Rollover Crash in NH]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 06:37:21 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Road-Generic2.jpg

A New Hampshire woman is dead after crashing into a guardrail in Hampton Monday night. 

State police say 20-year-old Rochester resident Felisha Brown was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. 

Police responded to the scene off Route 101 around 8:45 p.m. and found Brown’s vehicle in the area of the exit 13 ramp. Brown crashed into the guardrail, causing her vehicle to overturn. She was not wearing a seatbelt. 

Speed appeared to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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<![CDATA[PD: Driver Flees Traffic Stop, Crashes]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 05:46:56 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000008762412.JPG

Police say a driver took off after being pulled over and then crashed in Manchester, New Hampshire. 

Goffstown police say they pulled the driver, but officers did not pursue the driver when they sped away. 

The vehicle later crashed in Manchester, engulfing it in flames. 

Police did not say if there were any arrests or injuries. 

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<![CDATA[Officials ID Man Who Died After Jumping Off NH Cliff]]> Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:43:21 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/police-stock-breaking-1198189943.jpg

A man is dead after attempting a cliff jump at Livermore Falls in New Hampshire Monday afternoon.

Authorities responded to the Campton, N.H. falls around 4:00 p.m. after receiving a report of a person who jumped off of a large cliff and did not resurface after entering the water.

Both the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol and Fish and Game Dive team searched the water for the victim, who was found about two hours after his jump, in the same area.

The man has since been identified as 24-year-old Bellingham, Massachusetts, resident Saige Bradbury. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

State police say the water conditions were relatively calm with a slight current.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any relevant information is asked to contact Officer Scott McLain at 603-227-2118 or scott.mclain@dos.nh.gov.