Grantham Man Injured in Snowmoblie Crash
NH-Fish-GameA Grantham man sustained injuries after crashing his snowmobile on his property on Friday. NH Fish and Game Officials say Jerry Mitura was attempting to make a turn on an embankment when the snowmobile tipped and fell on top of him. Grantham Fire and Rescue, Grantham Police Department, and New Hampshire Fish and Game responded to the scene. Mr. Mitura was transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries. Mr. Mitura was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. New Hampshire Fish and Game reminds snowmobilers that wearing a helmet can save your life or greatly reduce injury in an accident.

Lempster Resident Makes Dean’s List
A student from Lempster NH has made Colby-Sawyer College’s Dean List. Colby-Sawyer College has named Lydia Walker of East Lempster, N.H., to the Dean’s List for academic achievement. To qualify for the Dean’s List students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours in graded courses. Walker’s major is Child Development and she is a member of the class of 2017.

VT Man Sentenced for Burglary, Auto Theft, and Drugs
A Montpelier VT man was sentenced in Federal Court last week for robbing a gun store said US Attorney for the District of VT. Court papers say Sean McKinnon 29 stole a Jeep from a Montpelier car dealership and drove to Barre, where he used a pry bar to force entry
into R&L Archery. Once inside, he broke into a display case and stole twelve .22 caliber handguns. McKinnon then drove to Hartford, Connecticut where he traded the handguns to a drug dealer for heroin and cocaine and returned to Vermont within hours of the burglary.
Two days later federal and local law enforcement executed a search warrant at McKinnon’s Montpelier apartment and recovered a 20-gauge shotgun, approximately 45 bags of heroin, drug paraphernalia, several pry bars, and ammunition.
McKinnon admitted to the R&L burglary and that he had traded guns for drugs on previous occasions with the Connecticut drug dealer. McKinnon said that among the previous trades was an SKS assault rifle, a .380 caliber handgun with a laser, and several other pistols.
Judge William K. Sessions III sentenced McKinnon to 96 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Judge Sessions also ordered McKinnon to pay restitution of $3,790 to R&L Archery and its insurance carrier for costs associated with the burglary.

State Finds Violations at Mt. Ascutney Hospital
A State inspection at Mount Ascutney Hospital in Vermont revealed numerous lapses in patient care and record keeping practices.
According to the Valley News and Becker’s Hospital Review, the Dec. 9 inspection showed the hospital failed to take adequate measures to prevent a terminal cancer patient from falling six times in six weeks and did not document four of the falls.
The hospital also failed to determine the risks of a fall in a stroke patient and failed three times to document the need for restraints. A third patient incident in the report said the hospital did not put a care plan in place according to the wishes of the patient admitted in November who was treated for heart failure. Nothing in the care plan indicated the patient was transitioned receive only comfort measures during his final days.
Mt. Ascutney Hospital has made a plan for correction. Under the plan, the hospital has committed to beefing up care planning, assessments of patients’ fall risks, training and record keeping when falls occur or restraints are used.