Newport Fire Destroys Home – Dogs Perish
blazeA fire destroyed a log cabin and took the lives of two beloved dogs in Newport on Thursday just before 1:30 pm. Newport Fire Chief Wayne Conroy said there was fire coming out of the log cabin at 77 Coon Brook Road belonging to Ernest Sheppard Junior when they arrived.
Chief Conroy said the cause of the fire of is unknown but it is not considered suspicious and thanked all the Mutual aid companies.
The fire was deemed under control at 2:50 pm but an excavator was still on site in early evening for Newport Fire Department to treat hot spots.

Road Usage Tax on Hold For Now
NH HB 1602 also known as the Road Usage Fee Bill will not pass into law this year. NH Representative John Cloutier, (District 10) and a member of the Public Works and Highways committee said the committee unanimously voted on Feb. 2 to refer the bill to Interim Study. After the committee studies the Bill they will vote whether to Recommend or Not Recommend it for the legislature’s next two year term that starts in Dec.2016. Another hearing on the bill is scheduled for Feb. 19 at 9:30 am. See related story here.

Keene Medical Settles with Vermont
The State of Vermont and Keene Medical Products, Inc. reached an agreement following a multi-year investigation by the Medicaid Fraud and Residential Abuse Unit of the Attorney General’s Office and the Program Integrity Unit of the Department of Vermont Health Access. The investigation looked into whether Keene Medical Products submitted false claims or received overpayments from the Vermont Medicaid Program. Under the settlement agreement, Keene will repay $451,621.09 to the Vermont Medicaid program and pay $10,000.00 in additional recoveries to the State.