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Pumpkin Festival Organizer to Reporter: "I Am Going to Pull the Plug On You"

Reporter Jared Goodell of Cheshire TV and Keene Pumpkin Festival organizer Ruth Sterling had a confrontation on television during the riot Saturday night in the city.

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    Reporter Jared Goodell of Cheshire TV and Keene Pumpkin Festival organizer Ruth Sterling had a confrontation on television Saturday night in the city. (Published Monday, Oct. 20, 2014)

    While confrontations between police and crowds were taking place during the Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire, a reporter and the festival's organizer had a tense moment captured on television.

    Coordinator Ruth Sterling ripped a microphone from Cheshire TV reporter Jared Goodell during a liveshot.

    "She's not letting me do my job and to report to you, she would not like me to tell you what's going on at Keene State College," Goodell said.

    "This is a family-friendly event. The footprint of Keene Pumpkin Festival is 100 percent safe. We have a bigger crowd than we've ever had. I want them to have a wonderful evening and not be disturbed by people who aren't even at the pumpkin festival," said Sterling after reaching for the microphone. "So if you think that inciting these people is a good idea, I am going to pull the plug on you. Because you are here as a guest of Keene Pumpkin Festival and I assigned you this spot."

    Sterling posted the following statement on the Pumpkin Festival's website:

    "Yesterday gave us many lessons; sorting them out and learning will take time. There is some thing each of us can to do help. And there is some comfort in remembering Mr. Rogers' wisdom, 'look for the helpers.' In the helpers, there is hope."

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