<![CDATA[NECN - ]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/feature/new-hampshirehttp://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gifNECNhttps://www.necn.comen-usWed, 17 Jan 2018 10:13:58 -0500Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:13:58 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Father, Son Claim NH Hospital May Have Exposed Them to HIV]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:54:47 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011944304.JPG

A Navy veteran is struggling to figure out how he was exposed to HIV during a recent visit to a Nashua, New Hampshire hospital.

Eugene Devoyd still can't believe it.

"I will tell you what I think, deep down, but I don't want anybody copying, I think the people that are working at the hospital up there are a bunch of idiots," Devoyd said.

Devoyd says his trouble started when he visited Southern New Hampshire Medical Center for complications after he fell outside his house.

Devoyd is a diabetic, and during his treatment he was given insulin using an insulin pen. He says the hospital later told him the pen had previously been used on a patient with HIV, potentially exposing him to the virus.

 "I feel like they should have definitely told me what was going on," he said.

To make matters worse for the family, Devoyd says his son was checking his insulin levels when he accidentally pricked himself, potentially exposing himself to HIV, too.

"I feel more sorry for my dad," Chris Devoyd said.

The hospital declined to discuss the incident, citing privacy laws.

"Due to federal and state confidentiality laws and our utmost commitment to patient confidentiality, we cannot discuss individual treatment at our facility," Tate Curti, COO of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, said Thursday.

"If a potential issue arises, it would receive prompt attention, as well as a quality review, to determine all factors and to identify opportunities for improvement and corrective actions, as warranted," Curti added.

Both Eugene and Chris are taking anti-virus medicine, and have passed one screening for HIV. They still have two more tests.

"Very very stressful," Chris Devoyd said. "I can not let it stop from continuing how this can happen in this day and age."

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Man Arrested After Seabrook, NH Robbery That Left Woman Hurt]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:13:41 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Freddy+Poisson.JPG

A man has been arrested and charged in a robbery that left a woman injured in the parking lot of a New Hampshire Market Basket store, authorities confirmed Tuesday

Officials say a woman was loading groceries into her car at the Southgate Plaza in Seabrook Friday night when she was notified that a man had taken her wallet from her purse. When she confronted the suspect, the two got into a physical altercation and he ran to his vehicle to try to get away. Police say he punched her in the face.

The woman, who has not been identified, grabbed hold of the suspect's door in an attempt to stop him, but she was tossed off after the car sped up around a corner. She was taken to a nearby hospital with multiple injuries and has not been discharged yet.

The suspect was identified Monday as 40-year-old Freddy Poisson, whose last known address was in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Authorities said Poisson had been seen at a CVS on Monday, allegedly using the victim's credit card.

Seabrook Police said Tuesday that Poisson had been taken into custody in nearby Amesbury.

Photo Credit: Seabrook Police]]>
<![CDATA[21 Abandoned Animals Rescued From NH Home]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:04:39 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NH+Animals+011618.jpg

Authorities rescued 21 abandoned animals from a New Hampshire home Friday.

According to the New Hampshire SPCA, 10 cats, five rabbits, three gerbils, a guinea pig and two turtles were found at a home on Wanda Lane in Exeter. The home's occupants had been evicted about two weeks earlier.

"When they arrived at the shelter, they were obviously very hungry," New Hampshire SPCA Field Services Manager Steve Sprowl said in a statement. "The cats and rabbits especially were drinking water like they hadn't had it in days, or longer."

The guinea pig was in such poor condition that he had to be euthanized. A veterinarian said that the animals were thin and suffered from flea infestation and that some had ear mites.

The SPCA had already been caring for 32 dogs that were rescued from similar circumstances, including 31 German Shepherds from cases in Bristol and Alexandria.

"I can't remember a time in recent history that we've had this many animals under protective custody," New Hampshire SPCA Executive Director Lisa Dennison said. "While we will always find a way to care for the animals that need us ... it puts a tremendous financial strain on our resources."

The agency is asking for help paying for the animals' care. Click here for more information.

Photo Credit: New Hampshire SPCA]]>
<![CDATA[Police Identify Man Wanted in Robbery That Left Woman Hurt]]>Mon, 15 Jan 2018 23:20:56 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Freddy+Poisson.JPG

Police are searching for a man they say robbed and injured a woman in the parking lot of a New Hampshire Market Basket store.

Officials say a woman was loading groceries into her car at the Southgate Plaza in Seabrook Friday night when she was notified that a man had taken her wallet from her purse. When she confronted the suspect, the two got into a physical altercation and he ran to his vehicle to try to get away.

"He jumped into the vehicle, there was an altercation, the suspect punched the victim in the face," said Seabrook Detective Scott Mendes.

The woman, who has not been identified, grabbed hold of the suspect's door in an attempt to stop him, but she was tossed off after the car sped up around a corner. She was taken to a nearby hospital with multiple injuries and has not been discharged yet. 

Surveillance video shows the woman being flung from the car, skidding across the lot and landing on the sidewalk. 

Many shoppers at the same supermarket where the incident happened say they also keep their purse or pocketbook in their grocery cart.

"I always get yelled at from my boyfriend about it but it's just like a habit," said Bri Lacarubba. "It's just an easy spot to put it."

Joe Michaud says she likes to use a carriage with a child safety strap and loop it through her handbag.

"I usually put that through my pocketbook so that if anyone were to run off it would hold them up," she says.

As for the continuing investigation, authorities released surveillance footage of the man on Sunday, but identified him Monday as 40-year-old Freddy Poisson, whose last known address was in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Authorities say Poisson was seen at a CVS, allegedly using the victim's credit card.

Police are also looking for a silver SUV, but the make and model are not known at this time.

While officials believe they know who the suspect is, they could use a good tip to locate him.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Seabrook police department at 603-474-5200, or the anonymous crime line at 603-474-2640.

If you want to speak to a detective in person, you can also visit the Seabrook police department at 7 Liberty Lane.

Photo Credit: Seabrook Police
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<![CDATA[Truck Catches Fire on I-93 in Ashland, NH]]>Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:33:23 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Ashland+NH+Truck+Fire.jpg

Part of I-93 north in New Hampshire was closed Sunday morning after a truck caught fire, according to state police.

The incident happened just before 7 a.m. in Ashland.

Responding crews determined the truck, which was hauling 2,800 gallons of propane, caught fire when its brakes overheated.

The propane tank on the truck was not impacted by the fire and did not leak at any time.

The area was closed for around 20 minutes and has since reopened.

No injuries were reported.

Photo Credit: New Hampshire State Police]]>
<![CDATA[Police Looking for Market Basket Parking Lot Robbery Suspect]]>Sun, 14 Jan 2018 15:36:07 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/seabrook+robbery+suspect.jpg

Police are investigating a robbery that happened outside a Market Basket in Seabrook, New Hampshire, on Saturday.

Officials say a woman was loading groceries into her car at the Southgate Plaza when she was notified that a man had taken her wallet from her purse.

When she confronted the suspect, the two got into a physical altercation and he ran to his vehicle to try to get away.

The woman, who has not been identified, grabbed hold of the suspect's door in an attempt to stop him, but she was tossed off after the car sped up around a corner.

She suffered multiple injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The suspect is believed to be about 5'10", in his mid-to-late 30s, clean shaven with dark, spiked hair and heavyset.

The vehicle is a silver SUV, but the make and model are not known at this time.

Officers are reviewing surveillance cameras from the area.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Seabrook police department at 603-474-5200, or the anonymous crime line at 603-474-2640.

If you want to speak to a detective in person, you can also visit the Seabrook police department at 7 Liberty Lane.

<![CDATA[Search for Suspect in Rochester, NH Robbery]]>Sun, 14 Jan 2018 08:12:16 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/160*197/Rochester+Robbery+Suspect.png

Police are looking for a man they say robbed the Holy Rosary Credit Union in Rochester, NH Saturday.

Police say that a man wearing a maroon jacket went into the bank Saturday morning and handed a note to the teller demanding money. He left the seen with an undisclosed amount of money.

No one was injured in the incident. If you have any information, please call Rochester Police.

<![CDATA[Woman Thrown Off Car in NH Robbery]]>Sun, 14 Jan 2018 08:12:05 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/police_investigate_robbery_in_market_basket_parking_lot.jpg

A woman suffered multiple injuries when she was dragged by a car after confronting a man who allegedly stole her wallet in a Seabrook, New Hampshire parking lot Friday.

Police say the victim was loading groceries into her car in the Market Basket at Southgate Plaza when she was notified that someone had taken her wallet from her purse.

The victim confronted the suspect which led to a struggle. Following the struggle, the man ran to his car to try and drive off.

The woman grabbed hold of the suspects door but was tossed off after the car sped up and took a corner.

She suffered multiple injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital.

The suspect is believed to be about 5'10" and drove off in a silver SUV. If you have any information you are asked to call Seabrook Police.

<![CDATA[1 Dead After Shooting Outside Brockton Bar]]>Sun, 14 Jan 2018 08:06:04 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/man_shot_to_death_outside_brockton_bar.jpg

A man was shot to death outside of a Brockton, Massachusetts bar early Saturday, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney.

Police received multiple 911 calls around 2:02 a.m. reporting the shooting outside Dylan's Bar at 789 Centre Street in Brockton.

The victim was transported to Brockton Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

He has been identified as 42-year-old David Carroll, of Brockton. 

Massachusetts State Police are assisting Brockton police with the investigation. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact Brockton police at 508-941-0234 or State Police detectives at 508-894-2600.

<![CDATA[1 Dead, 2 Hospitalized After High Levels of CO Detected]]>Sun, 14 Jan 2018 07:03:10 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/181*120/roslindale+CO+leak.jpg

One person is dead after Boston EMS responded to an attached five-unit condo building in Roslindale, Massachusetts for elevated carbon monoxide levels.

Authorities were called to 741 Hyde Park Avenue at 9:47 a.m. Saturday.

One man and two women were treated and transported to area hospitals. One person was taken to Faulkner and two people were taken to Brigham and Women's.

The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. His cause of death has not yet been determined, and an autopsy will be be conducted.

The two women have very high levels of carbon monoxide in their systems, and their condition is not known at this time.

Investigators say that carbon monoxide was found in every condo in the building and that there were also no working CO detectors in the units. Fire officials say they also found several smoke detectors that were disabled.

It's unclear how many people in the condo building may have been displaced by this incident. One resident says she was woken up by a doorbell and told to get out.

"A police officer said that a couple of people had passed out next door and that we needed to open the doors and windows and air the house out," said Lisa Chin.

A stove in the unit was determined to be faulty. Boston fire says it was the source of the CO.

National Grid was on scene Saturday and will determine if carbon monoxide was coming from anywhere else.

Now that a cause has been determined, officials have an obligation to not allow the building to reoccupy until they come into compliance with smoke and CO detector laws.

People will not be allowed back in their homes until they have working carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

<![CDATA['Felony Lane Gang' Hits New Hampshire]]>Fri, 12 Jan 2018 19:27:26 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Police_Warn_of_Felony_Lane_Gang_After_Crime_Spree.jpg

Police in southern New Hampshire are warning residents that the "Felony Lane Gang" is in the area, breaking into cars, stealing valuables and trying to steal identities.

They've victimized 10 people in Londonderry and Windham just this week, police say.

Gang members made a quick stop at Gym-Ken Gymnastics in Windham. The owner says within 10 minutes, they broke into four cars, stole wallets and purses, along with everyone's sense of security.

"That's the part that upsets me the most, because now we don't have that feeling anymore," said Gym-Ken Owner Trisha Ferguson.

It happened Tuesday evening. By Friday morning, the owner says at least one of the victims was still shaken up.

"She's still having a hard time with it, she's still not sleeping, she's struggling," Ferguson said.

Police are now looking at surveillance video from earlier that same night, when authorities say gang members, likely in a white Kia minivan, hit Spectrum Gymnastics in Londonderry.

"There was glass all over the passenger seat," said a Spectrum victim who didn't want to be identified.

She told NBC10 Boston on Friday that she was shocked to find her window smashed and her purse gone.

"It's a violation, they came in to what was supposed to be mine," she said.

Police say the gang has a strategy. They target locations where people leave their valuables in their cars, like a park or a gym, especially a place where parents are just running inside to pick up their kids.

"They just never think about leaving their purse in the front seat and not locking the car," Ferguson said. "I've been here 28 years and we've never ever had anything like this happen so it makes it even worse."

The Felony Lane Gang that started in Florida about a decade ago and has made its way up the east coast. It's now in southern New Hampshire and police warn that Tuesday's crime spree may not be the last in the area.

"What they do is come into a community and stay for a while," said Windham Police Sgt. Bryan Smith. "The length of time they stay is dependent on how successful they are once they get here."

So police are warning residents to be vigilant. No matter how safe you feel where you are, they say you should still lock your doors and take your valuables with you.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Small-Town Police Struggling to Keep Up With Meth Problem]]>Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:38:30 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011842976.JPG

New Hampshire’s drug epidemic is seeping into every community, and now the Merrimack police chief is asking residents for help, calling the problem and the danger "imminent."

Chief Denise Roy said her town is getting the reputation as a "meth heaven" because drug users and dealers know that there aren’t enough officers on the streets to handle the growing epidemic.

"We’ve not had to deal with it on a scale that we are today and it’s becoming dangerous," she said in an interview Thursday.

The numbers are proof. In 2015, police responded to The Residences at Daniel Webster, an extended stay hotel, 63 times. Last year, that number skyrocketed to 163.

"They’ve increased by 100 calls," Chief Roy said.

Since Woodspring Suites opened just six months ago, officers have responded to nearly 60 calls there.

"It’s not just once in a while," Roy said. "We are dealing with this on a daily basis."

She said the people being arrested are admitting that they’re trying to avoid the drug task forces in neighboring Manchester and Nashua, so they come to Merrimack.

"That’s exactly what they’re saying," Roy said. "They’re the ones telling us they come to Merrimack because nobody is here to do anything about it."

It’s an alarming realization for people who live and work here.

"Raising children in this town knowing that’s going on is scary," said Brenna Wescott, who works at a child care facility in town.

Roy said it’s time to dedicate at least two officers, preferably three, to a "drug unit" which will cost the town more than $200,000.

"If that means an increase in taxes, well then that is what it means. I’m all for that," said Merrimack mom Rhonda Waxman.

"I’m not sure throwing money at it will solve the problem," said Christine Grosso, who has lived in town for decades.

The chief admits there’s no easy solution to a problem this big, but she said a specialized drug unit to deal with the drug epidemic is now a necessary place to start.

"We’re trying to do everything we can to make sure that these people know, 'We cannot go to Merrimack, because they are dealing with the issues,'" Roy said.

The public can hear all the specifics on the chief’s plan and its cost at a hearing on Jan. 25.

<![CDATA[Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting 2 Young Kids]]>Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:25:16 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Michael+Lauzon.jpg

Police in New Hampshire have arrested a man accused of sexually assaulting two young children.

Twenty-seven-year-old Lebanon resident Michael Lauzon is facing two counts of felonious sexual assault on a child under the age of 13, according to police. 

Lauzon was arrested Wednesday following an investigation that began Jan. 2 after accusations that he assaulted two kids ages 6 and 8. 

The children know Lauzon, but are not related to him, police said. 

Lauzon's home was searched during the investigation.

He was held on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in the Grafton County Superior Court Thursday. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Photo Credit: Lebanon Police]]>
<![CDATA[Winning Powerball Ticket Sold in NH]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 10:14:28 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Powerball+5+17.jpg

An unidentified customer at Reeds Ferry Market in Merrimack, NH, is the winner of the $559 million Powerball jackpot. 

The winner is expected to take home up to $352 million. The winning Powerball numbers drawn Saturday night were 12-29-30-33-61 and Powerball 26. The Powerball jackpot was the nation's seventh largest.

The owner of the New Hampshire convenience store that sold the winning ticket for the $570 million Powerball lottery jackpot says he is very excited and overwhelmed by the win.
Sam Safa says many of Reeds Ferry Market regulars have been stopping by since it opened at 5:30 a.m. Sunday to congratulate him and chat about the nation's seventh-largest jackpot. He says the store in Merrimack, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Concord, is a small, independent business over 100 years old.

The owner of the convenience store says he is very excited and overwhelmed by the win. Reeds Ferry Market, located in southern New Hampshire about 25 miles south of Concord, will receive a $75,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Sam Safa says many of Reeds Ferry Market regulars have been stopping by since it opened at 5:30 a.m. Sunday to congratulate him and chat about the nation's seventh-largest jackpot. He says the store is a small, independent business over 100 years old.

Experts predicted that the odds of winning the jackpot was approximate 1 in 292.2 million.

It's been a billion-dollar lottery weekend after a lone Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire matched all six numbers and will claim a $560 million jackpot, one day after another single ticket sold in Florida nabbed a $450 million Mega Millions grand prize.

The Florida Lottery says the winning Mega Millions ticket was bought at a 7-Eleven convenience store in Port Richey. The retailer will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the ticket.

The winning numbers to claim the Mega Millions jackpot were 28-30-39-59-70-10.

The jackpots refer to the annuity options for both games, in which payments are made over 29 years. Most winners opt for cash options, which would be $281 million for Mega Millions and $358.5 million for Powerball.

The odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are one in 302.5 million. Powerball odds are one in 292.2 million.

The identity of either winner was not immediately available. However, under Florida law, the Mega Millions winner cannot remain anonymous.

The winner has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize. However, to elect the one-time, lump-sum cash payment option for $281.2 million the claim must be filed within 60 days, according to lottery officials.

The winner's name, city of residence and details on the winnings can be made public; however, the winner's home address and telephone numbers are to be kept "confidential."

According to the website, only three Mega Millions jackpots have been larger than the most recent grand prize: a jackpot of $656 million in 2012; a jackpot of $648 million in 2013; and $536 million in 2016.

<![CDATA[Bubbles Froze on Mount Washington]]>Sat, 06 Jan 2018 22:45:25 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/175*120/26001340_10155361116244685_7470506635110311728_n.jpg

Almost nothing compares to the frigid temperatures atop Mount Washington Saturday morning. It was so cold that the Mount Washington Observatory froze bubbles. 

Mt. Washington was tied as the second-coldest place on the planet this morning, plunging to -36 ° Fahrenheit.

With winds roaring at a steady 92 miles per hour, blowing snow and freezing fog encompassed the mountain. The summit is 6,288.2 feet above sea level, and is located in the White Mountains.

The coldest temperature recorded on Earth this morning was a tie at -38 ° F in Eureka, Nunavut, and Jakutsk, Russia.

Temperatures have rebounded to a milder -18 ° F this evening.

<![CDATA[1 Dead in Early Morning NH House Fire]]>Sat, 06 Jan 2018 13:38:15 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-627890264.jpg

One person was found dead after an early morning fire burned through a home in New Hampton, New Hampshire. 

Firefighters responded to a home on Beech Hill Road shortly after 3a.m. on Saturday and found it heavily engulfed in flames. 

Fire officials say the extreme cold weather and the unplowed driveway made it challenging to contain the fire. 

One person was found dead inside the home. Officials have not yet released the identity of the victim. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto]]>
<![CDATA[Cold Makes Cleanup Difficult on Hampton Beach]]>Fri, 05 Jan 2018 17:26:48 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011676827.JPG

Thursday’s historic storm impacted coastal communities across New England and at Hampton Beach in New Hampshire, longtime residents say they’ve never seen anything like it.

"Nope," said Frank Kellicker. "Maybe the Blizzard of '78."

And those outside Friday morning say cleanup is harder than it’s ever been.

"It’s wet and heavy and doesn’t push very well," said plow driver Adam McLean.

"It’s impossible to move it," said Tony Denaro.

Residents learned quickly that snow blowers are made for snow and not slush.

"I tried it, it won’t work," Denaro said.

It’s the aftermath of a historic storm surge that flooded Brown Avenue, where Jim Gallagher lives.

He captured video of the flooding on his cell phone.

"That’s the shock of it all, you see how fast it’s coming in but you don’t know when it’s going to actually stop," Gallagher said.

For hours, roads were shut down and firefighters rescued people from their cars and their homes.

"Nobody expected it to come up that quick, that fast like that, it was pretty bad," he said.

Bad then and maybe worse now as neighbors deal with the consequences of living along the coast.

"The floor in the back is all wet," Kellicker said as he shoveled out his car so it could be towed.

"They’re not turning over at all," said tow truck driver John Murphy who was busy towing all day Friday.

Still, beach residents have become experts in finding a silver lining even in a storm as damaging as this.

Kellicker says there is nowhere he’d rather be than here.

"Never," he said smiling. "Come back in the summertime."

Gallagher agreed, saying, "No, I love Hampton Beach."

When asked is summers make up for this, Gallagher replied, "tenfold."

During the storm, firefighters rescued more than ten people from stranded vehicles and helped evacuate 11 people from their homes.

Authorities say despite the dangerous conditions, no one was hurt. 

<![CDATA[SEE INSIDE: Massive Ice Castle Now Open in NH]]>Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:04:24 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/AJ.Mellor_UT17-11.jpgThe ice castle is located in Lincoln and officially opened to the public earlier this month.

Photo Credit: AJ Mellor]]>
<![CDATA[1 Dead in Seabrook, New Hampshire Fire]]>Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:24:21 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/215*120/seabrook+fire.PNG

A fire at a home in Seabrook, New Hampshire on Monday has left one person dead.

According to officials, the fire started at around 1 p.m. at a home on Normal Road.

Seabrook Fire District Chief Tom Riley said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday, but the victim still remains unidentified.

<![CDATA[3-Alarm Fire at NH Elderly Complex]]>Sat, 30 Dec 2017 23:57:23 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Fire_Truck_Generic_NECN_Chris_Caesar.jpg

A fire at an elderly housing complex in Dover was under control Saturday night after it had gone to three alarms.

The fire was at the complex at Edgar Bois Terrace. Luckily all of the people inside the building got out safely. One person was taken to the hospital with chest pains which may have been stress related.

Crews were on the scene for several hours before getting things under control. At least one of the apartments in the building was heavily damaged. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

<![CDATA[Vets Warn People to Watch Pets Amid Extreme Cold]]>Fri, 29 Dec 2017 19:24:32 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011490883.JPG

As the temperature drops, veterinarians are warning people to keep a close eye on their pets.

Even bigger dogs that usually do well through the winter could show signs of hypothermia in these conditions. For small dogs, frostbite can set in in less than a half-hour.

Small dog owners across New England say it’s the same story every year.

"We’ve been outside for 30 seconds and she’s lifting her paw," said Jessica Stira of Haverhill, Massachusetts. "I double coat him, but it doesn’t seem to work."

But experts say on days as cold as Friday, even big dogs who usually do well this time of year need some extra attention.

"It’s just been such a quick change that she hasn’t had a great chance to acclimate," said Dr. Steve Gentilella, director of animal and medical services at the NHSPCA in Stratham, New Hampshire. "She’s not a dog that will wear a jacket all winter, but for this stretch she’s been wearing one."

Dr. Gentilella says you should limit your pet’s time outside.

If they start getting lethargic, or their extremities turn colors, that’s when the danger of frostbite or hypothermia is imminent.

"If you suspect that in your pet, you want to get them to the vet and warm them up in the meantime," Dr. Gentilella said.

Another way to keep your pets safe is buying some dog booties. They’ll keep their paws warm and also protect them from the salt and sand.

The best advice Dr. Gentilella has is to treat your animals like family and protect them the same way.

The ASCPA offers these tips for keeping your pets safe:

  • Keep your home humidified and towel-dry your pet as soon as it comes inside.
  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter.
  • Bathe your pets as little as possible during cold spells.
  • Feed your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months.

<![CDATA[CDC Investigating E.coli Outbreak in 13 States, Infecting 17 Americans]]>Fri, 29 Dec 2017 15:02:45 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/CDC+GettyImages-456691988.jpg

The CDC is investigating a multistate E.coli outbreak in 13 states, including Connecticut, and the agency is looking into whether it’s connected to an outbreak in Canada that’s believed to be linked to romaine lettuce.

There have been 17 illnesses linked to the outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections, including two in Connecticut, two in New Hampshire, three in California and one each in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Nebraska, Virginia and Washington.

The Illnesses started between Nov. 15 and Dec. 8, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Public Health Agency of Canada also is investigating an outbreak of STEC O157:H7 infections in several provinces.

Whole genome sequencing is being performed on samples of bacteria making people sick in the United States, preliminary results show that the type of E. coli making people sick in both countries is closely related genetically, according to the CDC.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak in Canada.

In the United States, state and local public health officials are interviewing sick people to determine what they ate in the week before their illness started.

CDC is still collecting information to determine whether there is a food item in common among sick people, including leafy greens and romaine.

At this point, the CDC is unable to recommend whether U.S. residents should avoid a particular food and said the investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[High Levels of CO Detected at New Hampshire Shopping Plaza]]>Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:55:38 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011484582.JPG

For the second day in a row, New Hampshire fire officials were called to a shopping plaza in Manchester where elevated carbon monoxide levels were detected.

Authorities were called to 1525 S Willow St. on Friday morning, the same place they responded to on Thursday afternoon, for high levels of CO.

About a dozen people were evaluated on the scene for possible exposure to CO but nobody was taken to a hospital. The scene was cleared by 11:45 a.m.

District Chief Mike Gamache said the source of the CO was a disabled rooftop HVAC unit. 

Repair crews were called to fix the broken unit.

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Boiling Water Turns to Snow at -31 F on Mt. Washington]]>Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:19:50 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011451309_1200x675_1125265987821.jpg

With hurricane force winds and temps of -31 degrees, Mt. Washington, New Hampshire, weather observer Adam Gill stepped outside this frigid morning to show how boiling water instantly turns to snow atop the mountain.

<![CDATA[Power Restored to Hundreds in Nahant After Pole Downed]]>Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:30:14 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/nahant1.jpg

Power has been restored after hundreds of residents in Little Nahant, Massachusetts, lost power Thursday morning when a truck downed a power line, causing an outage and extensive damage.

The Nahant Fire Department said the power outage occurred in the Little Nahant area after a truck with an elevated bed turned a corner and snagged some wires, bringing down the pole.

"I heard a thwack-a-thwack-a-thwack-a-thwacka," said Little Nahant resident Bonnie Bishop. "I looked up quickly and saw the tail end of a yellow truck."

"I just watched the construction truck lift up the thing that puts the tarp on the back and then he didn’t put it back down and I watched as he took down all of the wires as he was driving down the street," said resident Suzanne Macarelli. 

No one was injured, but according to town officials, about 1,000 people were without power in the area amid bitter cold.

"It’s cold! My house was nice and warm and cozy and it just – now it’s cold, the heat is off and it’s cold," said Marie Petrecci of Little Nahant.

"We’ve been doing several well-being checks as we’ve had family members showing up to check on their loved ones," Nahant Fire Chief Michael Feinberg said. 

Some people sheltered at home, running the faucets and bundling up. The town set up a shelter at the nearby Johnson School. 

“The best thing to do is come down here for a while, get warm, or go to somebody else’s house," said Assistant Director Of Emergency Management Mike Halley said. 

But most people chose to go stay with family or friends. 

"Hanging out with my mom at the nursing home playing cards," said Macarelli. 

Officials say the road is still shut down because they’re still waiting for Verizon and Comcast to come and repair their wires. 

<![CDATA[See This Massive Ice Castle Opening Soon to Visitors]]>Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:36:03 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/AJ.MELLOR7.jpgThe ice castle is located in Lincoln and tickets are expected to go on sale any day now

Photo Credit: AJ Mellor]]>
<![CDATA[PD: Man Carjacked 2 Vehicles, Caused 4 Hit-and-Run Crashes]]>Tue, 26 Dec 2017 23:31:16 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Anthony+Plourde.JPG

A New Hampshire man is facing numerous charges after he allegedly carjacked two different vehicles and was involved in four hit-and-run crashes in three different municipalities while driving drunk on Tuesday morning, according to police.

Anthony Plourde, 22, of Manchester, is charged with multiple counts of felony receiving stolen property, felony reckless conduct, felony conduct after an accident, misdemeanor conduct after an accident and driving while intoxicated, according to police.  

Manchester police say they responded to the Gulf Express on Main Street around 9 a.m. They spoke with a man who said he was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Granite and Second streets when a man, later identified as Plourde, armed with a stake tried to order him out of his vehicle.

When the victim refused, Plourde allegedly used the stake to damage his mirror and fled on foot toward Main Street. The victim tried to follow him but lost sight of him around the area of West High School.

Police say Plourde then encountered Doreen Betts, who had just left her car warming up in the driveway.

"All of a sudden, this person ran around the corner," Betts said. "Jumped in my car and rammed it up the street. He was gone. I couldn't believe it."

The 74-year-old was stunned.

"Because I'm old, I couldn't move fast enough," she said. "If I had been able to move, he would have had my fist in his face."

Plourde then allegedly crashed Betts' car into a building and a utility pole. A witness told police he tried unsuccessfully to take another car. He ran off to a Walgreens parking lot, where police say he told a woman and her child to get out of their SUV as he jumped in the driver's seat.

"I know these things happen, but I lived in central Vermont for 27 years, and the biggest issue sometimes in the police report was somebody's pig got loose," said Betts.

The mother and daughter climbed out of the passenger side unharmed, while Plourde fled the area in the vehicle.

Manchester police then issued a bulletin, saying that the Ford Escape had been stolen from their city in a carjacking.

Following that incident, Hudson police said they were flagged down around 9:35 a.m. for a report of a hit-and-run accident on Central Street. Police found a damaged Ford Escape in a snowbank on Central Street near Belknap Road. 

Witnesses told police that they saw the driver, Plourde, fleeing the Central Street scene on foot. Plourde was eventually taken into custody near the Cumberland Farms on Central Street. 

After further investigation, police determined that Plourde had been involved in two collisions on Central Street.

In one of the Central Street collisions, the Escape sideswiped a Chrysler 200 on the left side. No one was injured in that incident. 

The other collision happened about two miles west, at Central and Greeley streets, where the Escape struck a Kia Soul. The Kia had rear driver's side damage and had to be towed from the scene.

Hudson police then learned of the notice from Manchester police and determined the Ford Escape in the crash was the same one stolen earlier in the day.

In addition to the incidents in Manchester and Hudson, Derry police said the same Ford Escape hit two cars in their town earlier Tuesday morning without stopping.

The suspect's motives were unclear, and police say his story made no sense when he was interviewed.

"It's an aggravation," Betts said. "I'm too old for it. I just need peace in my life, a cup of tea and something decent on public television."

It is not clear when Plourde is due in court or if he has an attorney. Bail has not been set.

Photo Credit: Hudson Police]]>
<![CDATA[1 Killed, 2 Injured in Crash Involving Tractor-Trailer]]>Sun, 24 Dec 2017 18:34:37 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/201*120/Windham+NH+Fatal+TT+Crash.png

One person was killed and two others were injured after the vehicle they were in was hit by a tractor-trailer Saturday night in Windham, according to New Hampshire State Police.

Ashley St. Onge, 19, of Methuen, Massachusetts, was killed in the crash on I-93 north, south of exit 3, around 6:45 p.m.

State police say they responded to the scene of the crash and found a 2004 Volvo S40 in the right travel lane with heavy rear-end damage, as well as a tractor-trailer about 100 feet down an embankment in a retention pond.

St. Onge was found on the embankment and was taken to Parkland Medical Center, where she later died.

Nicholas Hadley, 19, of Derry, New Hampshire, who was one of the passengers of the Volvo, was also found on the embankment. He was taken to Parkland Medical Center with life-threatening injuries and was subsequently taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

Haley Wizboski, 18, another passenger of the Volvo, was found inside the vehicle. She was taken to Parkland Medical Center with minor injuries.

Police say their initial investigation shows St. Onge pulled over because she was frightened of icy road conditions and decided to switch positions with Hadley to allow him to drive.

The tractor-trailer then came through and was unable to stop because of road conditions, striking their vehicle from behind while St. Onge and Hadley were outside.

There were no reported injuries to the driver of the tractor-trailer.

The crash remains under investigation. 

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting in NH]]>Sun, 24 Dec 2017 17:28:16 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Police+lights+generic1.jpg

A New Hampshire State Police trooper was involved in a deadly shooting Saturday night in Canaan, according to the attorney general.

The shooting took place in a field located at the junction of Route 4 and Switch Road, according to AG Gordon MacDonald.

Sunday, MacDonald identified the man who was killed as 26-year-old Jesse Champney of Enfield. The trooper who fired the shot has not been named.

According to MacDonald, Champney was shot four times.

The cause of death was determined to be homicide.

The trooper has been placed on administrative leave and the shooting is still being investigated by the Attorney General's Office in conjunction with the State Police Major Crime Unit.

<![CDATA[Pedestrian Killed in NH Motor Vehicle Crash]]>Sat, 23 Dec 2017 14:10:35 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/police+lights24.jpg

Manchester Police are investigating the death of a pedestrian who was struck in the area of Chestnut and High streets Friday night.

The accident occurred at about 11 p.m. and remains under investigation, according to a news statement issued by police.

The name of the male pedestrian was withheld pending notification of family, police said. The name of the driver, identified only as a female, was also unavailable.

Police said the accident occurred near the Cadillac Motel. When officers arrived, they found the  pedestrian with serious injuries. An ambulance took the man to an area hospital for treatment, but he later died from his injuries, police said.

The Manchester Police Traffic Unit Collision Reconstruction and Analysis team is investigating. Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 603-668-8711.

<![CDATA[Should the Jaws of Life Cost a Fee?]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 23:36:24 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Town_Puts__Jaws_of_Life__Fee_on_Hold.jpg

The Jaws of Life are a critical piece of equipment firefighters turn to when someone is trapped inside a car.

In Seabrook, New Hampshire, it's only used a few times a year, but the fire chief has requested that a fee now be charged each time someone is freed from a vehicle and the device is used.

"I think that it's ridiculous, and that saving lives should not be so costly, and that's part of the town's expenses and they should incur that," said Kathy Lambert, who works in Seabrook.

Seabrook's Board of Selectmen voted to approve the fee this week, but now it's on hold. If the fee is eventually implemented, the plan would be to bill the auto insurance company $500.

If someone doesn't have insurance, the fee would be waived.

"The chief's intent is to try to take some of the onus off Seabrook taxpayers and put it on users," said Town Manager William Manzi III. "Whether this particular fee is a good idea, I think, is a very fair question, and one that the board continues to examine."

Frank Doyle, senior vice president at AAA Northeast, says the fee would likely be passed along to policy holders in some form. But he adds that getting someone out of a trapped car quickly could perhaps save money in the long run, by reducing medical bills.

Manzi is researching the fee and will report back to the Board of Selectmen in January, but at this point, he thinks it may not pass this time around based on some of the negative feedback he's already getting from Seabrook residents.

Still, some are supportive of the fee.

"I don’t think it’s a bad idea because it’s an expensive piece of equipment and it does cost a lot and they wear it out and they have to replace it,” said Seabrook resident Jean Simonson.

<![CDATA[Heart Surgery Prompts Police Officer to Help in Puerto Rico]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 22:19:31 -0500https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NH_State_Trooper.jpg

Detective Chris Decker with New Hampshire State Police had a chance to protect the lives that saved his.

"Their security team walked off the job," Decker said, describing a makeshift hospital in Puerto Rico.

He was there volunteering in November, helping to get supplies to people who live in rural parts of the hurricane-ravaged island.

While his team was preparing to make a delivery, they discovered the hospital had been left without proper protection.

"They've got generators, they've got medications, food and water," he said.

Also inside was staff from Massachusetts General Hospital, including nurse Catherine Liberles.

"It was at that point that Chris and his buddies from New Hampshire State Police signed up to help anyway they could," she said.

Decker underwent emergency open heart surgery Mother's Day weekend and has always thought about ways to repay the doctors who saved his life.

"Amazing people, absolutely amazing people," is how Decker describes the doctor and staff that saved him.

Dr. Thoralf Sundt performed his bypass surgery after he suffered a "widow-maker heart attack."

"There are two arteries on the heart, the arteries that bring the blood supply to the muscle," said Dr Sundt, the director of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center and chief of Cardiac Surgery.

Decker's artery that supplies blood to two-thirds of his heart was blocked.

"I basically resigned myself to the fact that I was dying," Decker said.

When describing his recovery after surgery Dr. Sundt said, "his heart responded beautifully."

Since then, he's even hiked Mount Washington.

"Exactly 100 days from my surgery, my older daughter and I hiked Mount Washington," said Decker. "Took me four hours but I got to the top."