Political Signs Being Stolen and Destroyed
For the third time since the NH Primary the large Trump sign in Croydon Flat has been vandalized. Nearby residents say it appears the sign was vandalized between 3:30 and 4:15 pm on Friday. About 8 smaller Trump signs along RT 10 also have been stolen in recent months. In addition to a sign for Janet Gibson the Republican Candidate for Sullivan County Register of Deeds was cut out of its wooden frame. Gibson said she is going replace the sign with homemade wooden sign because the destroyed sign cost $100.00. Gibson also reported that several of her smaller signs in Croydon were taken.
Croydon’s Police Chief Richard Lee said, he is in Croydon Flat often and unless he sees someone doing damage to the sign there isn’t much he can do. Lee works 34 hours a week and is the town’s only police officer.
Lee suggested to put a game camera up to catch the person/persons vandalizing the signs. When asked if the town would provide one, Lee said the Select Board has turned down his past requests for one. The Chief is asking for the residents of Croydon to report anything suspicious they see or hear by calling the Croydon Police Department at 863-5115. As a reminder, under NH RSA 664:17 it is against the law for anyone to remove, deface or knowingly destroy any political advertising which is placed on public property. Violations are punishable by civil penalty of up to $1,000.
Newport Hires Hunter Rieseberg as Interim Manager
Newport has a new Interim Town Manager. At their Monday night meeting the Newport Select Board voted unanimously to hire Hunter Rieseberg as interim town manager. Chair Jeff Kessler made the motion to appoint Rieseberg for not less than 6 months and no more than 12 months for a salary of $99,500 as Interim Town Manager.
Rieseberg starts the interim position today and will also act as Tax Collector. addressed the audience and thanked the select board for the appointment.
The new interim invited residents of Newport to stop in any time since he has an open door policy and believes in transparency.
Rieseberg stepped down as Hartford VT’s town manager in August of 2015 after 20 years of service and a salary of $133,000. Prior to working for Hartford VT, Rieseberg served as town manager in Hampton, Jaffery, Durham, and Epping NH.
Newport Fire Department Responds to Croydon Blaze
Help from a neighbor and fast action by the Newport Fire Department thwarted a dangerous incident on Brighton Road yesterday afternoon. Rick Bressette was on his way home when he noticed flames coming from a riding lawn mower at 138 Brighton Road, he stopped to help the operator and the machine became fully engulfed. The Newport Fire Department arrived and quickly extinguished the blaze, preventing the fire from going into the tree line. Dried leaves going up in the motor was stated as the cause of the fire.
Hartford Police Hosting Crisis Intervention Training
The Hartford Police Department is hosting their third Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training this week. There are 18 Officers/law enforcement personnel from both Vermont and New Hampshire Police Departments attending the 40-hour training to learn about mental health, de-escalation techniques and community resources. There will be 22 different agencies and over 30 presenters donating their time for law enforcement officers, dispatchers and Chaplin.