Newport Woman Faces Various Charges
A Newport woman was arrested just after 12:30 am on Sunday after she was stopped for driving without a tire. Cornish Police Chief Doug Hackett said while was patrolling Rt. 12–A he saw Samantha Clark-West 20, driving her 2004 Jetta on three tires with sparks coming off a bare rim. After stopping Clark-West, she was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Unlawful Possession of Alcohol, Reckless Operation, Driving without a Valid License, and Misuse of Plates. Clark-West was bailed and summoned to appear in Claremont District Court on March 14, 2016 at 08:15 hours.
Help Local Boy Win Champion Prize
An eight-year-old Kart racer from Washington NH is a finalist in the Search for a Champion Contest, Joel Beranger who has been cart racing since he was five and was selected as one of the 25 finalists out of 200 entries nationwide.
Joel who races at Claremont Speedway is officially now sponsored by Champion Spark plugs and has a $1000 sponsorship; he is hoping to win the $10,000 grand prize from the contest. Joel’s father, Keith says people voting for Joel increases his chances.
To vote for Joel go to http://www.belangermotorsports.com and follow the link. You can also learn more about this young speed demon there. You will need to register but once registered you can log in daily to vote for Joel now until March 23.
NH Hot Spot for Identity Theft
New Hampshire has become a hot spot in the national identity theft epidemic moving to 9th place in 2015. In 2014, NH was 41. The National Consumers League issued the warning last Wednesday. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, New Hampshire joined the top ten on the FTC’s list of states with the highest per-capita identity theft complaints in 2015.
The vulnerability of New Hampshire residents to fraud and identity theft is heightened by problems of data breaches. Two-thirds of identity fraud victims had received a data breach notification in 12 months prior.
While there is no foolproof way for consumers to protect themselves from identity theft, there are steps they can take that will reduce their risk.
• Make sure browser, anti-virus, and operating system software are updated regularly;
• Use strong passwords that are different for each website;
• Enable two-factor authentication when possible (this is the code sent via text to your mobile phone which you use to log into a website);
• Secure your home wireless router and network;
• Don’t click on links in emails or download attachments you aren’t expecting; and
• Know what companies store your personal data and limit what you share.
• File your taxes early in the tax season. Tax-related identity theft is a top source of identity theft complaints. NCL has published a step-by-step guide to spotting and recovering from this fraud.
• Review your credit reports regularly at http://www.annualcreditreport.com and report any suspicious activity promptly.
Work in Lebanon
Drivers in Lebanon can expect delays starting today. Hartigan Company will be working in the Sachem Village Area (Gould Rd., Wyeth Farms, Pinewood Village) between 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, cleaning and televising sewer lines. Work will continue during the week until complete. Travelers can expect minor delays.
If anyone has any questions regarding this work, please contact Public Works at 603.448.3112