Newport Helps Keene on Saturday
Newport Fire and EMS were one of the 60 fire departments aiding Keene on Saturday to help with the gas leak and carbon dioxide problem. Newport Fire-EMS Lieutenant Corey Conroy said seven of their fire fighters were on scene for over 10 hours.
The problem started shortly after 9 am when Liberty became aware of the problem when their plant’s safety system detected a change. The high BTU mixture in the Keene pipeline system was potentially a health threat if it produced carbon monoxide at the gas appliance/burner tip in a home or business. Firefighters searched 1250 Gas Company customers and Newport firefighters were among those going door to door
Keene Police Department reported hat four people were transported for symptoms of exposure to carbon monoxide. The six-alarm emergency ended about 2:00 am Sunday morning.
Franklin Man Injured in Armed Home Invasion
A Franklin man is in D.H.M.C. for injuries he received during a home invasion. Police say they found a man with head trauma and a leg injury on Nelson St. and learned he was a victim of a home invasion on Plains Court in Franklin. The man was taken to Franklin Hospital where he was airlifted to D.H.M.C. because of the extent of his injuries.
After an investigation by the Police determined the suspects fled the scene in a newer model maroon pickup truck with an unknown New Hampshire temporary registration. Andover Police noticed the truck pulled into a private driveway on Rt. 11 in Andover NH shortly before 9:30 am. Franklin and the NH State Police arrived on the scene to assist Andover, since it was believed the suspects were armed. Taken into custody was Trenton McDonald (Driver) 18 of Laconia, Tasha Lebeau 19 of Laconia, and Dominic Ferrari 18 with a last known address of Gilford NH.
Bail was set at $30,000 cash for each defendant. They are currently being held at the Merrimack County Jail pending arraignment in the 6th Circuit Court-Franklin District today. Investigators believe this was an isolated incident and the public is not in danger.
The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact TFC Eric Shirley (New Hampshire State Police) at 603-223-4381 or Officer Jonathan Ciavola (Franklin Police Department) at 603-934-2535.
Snow Squalls Cause Crashes and Road Closures
Snow squalls throughout the area kept first responders busy on Saturday. Sunapee, Unity, and New London all had road closures due to icy conditions and accidents. NH State Police closed I-89 in New London and traffic was diverted off exit 12 due to icing conditions. Vermont Officials were asking people to take caution on I-89 and I-91 in the White River due to ice. Unity closed the Second New Hampshire Turnpike after four accidents on the road, and Sunapee closed Rt. 11 in Georges Mills due to several accidents on the hill.