Croydon Students Must Attend Public Schools
Croydon students who attend the Newport Montessori School will not be allowed to have their tuition paid by the town. Sullivan County Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker issued the decision on Friday on the case that was heard in March. The judge sided with the State Board of Education who argued that private schools may not be meeting adequacy requirements and that the law prevents using public funds for private schools. The state won the permanent injunction they requested but back tuition or legal cost does not have to be paid by Croydon. The Croydon School Board will meet on Thursday August 4 at 6:30 to discuss this matter and the public is invited to attend. See related story here.
Two Arrested During Sobriety Checkpoint
A sobriety checkpoint this weekend in Sunapee led to 187 vehicle stops and two arrests.
Joshua Maurais 24 of Litchfield, NH was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Jackson Glunt 27 of Woodbridge, CT was charged with having an Open Container.
The checkpoint began at 9 p.m. Saturday and ended at 3 a.m. on Sunday.
The New Hampshire State Police, Colonel Robert Quinn and the Sunapee Police Chief David Cahill and their departments consider the detection and apprehension of impaired drivers a top priority. New Hampshire State Troopers from Troop C in Keene and officers of the Sunapee Police participated in the detail.
Chester VT Man Sentenced for Child Porn and Exploitation
A Chester VT man will spend 2 years in prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Child and Child Porn. Shawn Ellison of Chester, Vermont was sentenced last week in Vermont Superior Court, after pleading guilty to three felony counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child and One felony count of Possession of Child Pornography. Ellison was sentenced to 7 to 12 years imprisonment, all suspended except for 2 years. He was also placed on probation for 15 years. While on probation, Mr. Ellison will be subject to special conditions of probation designed for sex offenders, including conditions that require him to successfully complete sex offender treatment and limit his access to the internet and to children under the age of 16. Mr. Ellison will also be required to register as a sex offender.
Two Drown at Clough State Park
Two paddle boarders lost their lives in Everett Lake at Clough State Park on Saturday. Police said that the NH Marine Patrol was notified shortly after 5:00 pm of an adult male and female paddle boarders were experiencing distress in the water. A Weare Police Officer and a Weare Firefighter went in the water. After searching, they located the female and pull her to shore. She was transported to Concord Hospital where she later passed away.
The emergency personnel searched the area and the male victim was recovered by Nashua Fire Rescue divers in approximately 12 feet of water. Neither paddle boarder had a life jacket. The identity of the victims is not being released at this time pending notification of the next of kin. The female was 59 years of age from Merrimack, NH. The male victim was 59 also of Merrimack, NH.
The incident is currently under investigation by the NH State Police – Division of Marine Patrol.