Fire Damages Newport Home
turkeyhill fireA Newport home received extensive damage from an electrical fire that started shortly before 1 pm on Wednesday. Newport Fire Department Chief Wayne Conroy said the back of the home was fully involved when they arrived.
Mutual aid tankers made multiple trips dropping off water in a holding tank and refilling their tankers from a pond near Newport Golf Course.
Homeowner’s Richard and Robin Geschwinder were not home at the time of the fire. However their pet tortoise was and suffered from smoke inhalation. Medics were able to treat the tortoise with oxygen which was later taken to the vets by the couple.
An extensive overhaul was required for several hot spots in hard to reach places. The fire was deemed under control at 14:04 P.M. The residence was released to the homeowners. The cause of the fire was determined to be Electrical in nature.

Narcotics Taken From Bellows Falls Pharmacy
An undetermined amount of narcotics was taken from the Greater Falls Pharmacy in Bellows Falls just before 12:30 on Wednesday. Police say the robbery suspect is believed to be a white male dressed in women’s clothing. The perpetrator was described as having a sunken-in face with teeth protruding past the chin and wearing a black skirt with black leggings and a black blouse. Anyone who thinks they may recognize the suspect or has any information regarding this case is urged to contact the Bellows Falls Police Department at 802-463-1234.

Alstead Woman Sues NH for Medical Marijuana ID Card
An Alstead woman is due in Merrimack Court today for her lawsuit against the New Hampshire Commissioner of Health and Human Services Nicholas Toumpas. Linda Horan has stage IV lung cancer and filed a pre-registration application for New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program. Horan received approval from all five of her physicians and wants to receive a medical marijuana ID card that will allow her to obtain medical marijuana legally in Maine and protect her from arrest and prosecution in New Hampshire. Gov. Maggie Hassan signed New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program into law on July 23, 2013, but patients are still at risk of arrest and prosecution because program ID cards still have not been issued

Abbot Library Named Library of the Year
Abbott Library in Sunapee has been named Library of the Year. The New Hampshire Library Trustees’ Association selected Sunapee’s Abbott Library for the 2015 Library of the Year Award. The public is invited to attend the presentation and take part in a celebration on Saturday November21 at 11:00 am at the library. It was just one ago – November 15, 2014 that the Library had the grand opening for its new facility. Congratulations for a job well done.