Fish and Game Seeks Rabbit Hunters
Participants are needed to report rabbit sightings. A new citizen science project sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, with support from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, is seeking to collect data, photos, and sightings of rabbits throughout New Hampshire.
The native New England Cottontail rabbit population has been dwindling in numbers over the last several decades. Their declining population is due to habitat loss and fragmentation since the species need large areas of vigorously growing grasses, shrubs, and trees to avoid predators and survive.
In many small habitat patches, eastern cottontails have replaced native New England cottontails, since they can survive better in the human-dominated, fragmented habitats of New England.
Anyone can participate, and rabbit sightings will help the NH Rabbit Reports team learn more about where rabbit species are located in the state. You can use your Smartphone or computer to submit your sighting to NH Rabbit Reports. Data collected through NH Rabbit Reports will give researchers a complete picture of the state’s rabbit populations. To take part in the project go to nhrabbitreports.org
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New London Police Seeks Community Votes
The Aftermath K9 Grant is awarding a total of $15,000 in grants to five Police departments and their existing or prospective K9 programs. The first place grant is for $5,000, second place will receive $4,000, third place is $3,000, the fourth place winner will take $2,000 and the fifth place winner will receive $1,000. The grants are for maintenance, safety equipment, or officer training. New London Police Benevolent Association is asking the New London community to vote for their K-9 department and is aiming for the $5,000 grant.
You can enter once a day until the deadline on Nov. 7th at 11:59 PM. To vote go to https://www.aftermath.com/k9-grant/ and choose New London Police Department.

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Local Beef Recalled
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are recalling Bread and Butter ground beef. The one-pound packages sold by Bread & Butter Farm of Shelburne VT may have been contaminated with E. coli. Vermont Livestock Slaughter and Processing, LLC, of Ferrisburgh VT who is voluntarily recalling the product, produced the ground beef.
The one-pound, vacuum-sealed packages were produced on July 24 and 25, 2017. The packages are branded “Bread & Butter Farm Ground Beef” with the lot codes #072517BNB and #072417BNB. The product’s establishment number “EST. 9558” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Approximately 133 pounds of ground beef are being recalled.
In late September, the Vermont Department of Health investigated reports of two children who became ill after eating cooked beef burgers at Bread & Butter Farm on September 15, 2017. One child was hospitalized, but both have since recovered. FSIS determined the burgers that were served at a Bread & Butter Farm event were the probable source of the reported illnesses.
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Newbury NH Names New Chief
Brad Wheeler has been named Newbury Police Department’s Interim Chief. Newbury Officials have refused to comment on the recent departure of Police Chief Robert Lee. The town has released a severance agreement that states the parties have agreed that Lee would take an immediate leave of absence and begin looking for other employment. In exchange, Lee will be paid $49,000. In 2014, the Board suspended Lee for a week, only to rescind it a week later after he sued and the town paid him over $10,000 including attorney fees. The Newbury Select Board met with New London Chief Ed Anderson to see if his department can help until a replacement is selected. In the
Interim, Newbury resident Brad Wheeler has been appointed as acting chief. The board has indicated Wheeler will be considered for the permanent position
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VSP Seeks ID of Bugler
Vermont State Police are seeking information on a burglary at the Basketville Store in Putney VT. Police say an unknown person forced entry through the rear door of the Route 5 store on Thursday about 10:00 PM. A surveillance video is on the WNTK Facebook Page. Anyone with information on this incident should call Trooper Trenosky at the Westminster Barracks at 802-722-4600.

Tilton Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault on Minor

A Tilton man pled guilty to repeatedly sexually assaulting a 13-year old and photographing the abuse. Charles Beckley, 54, entered a plea agreement with prosecutors in which he could face more than a decade in prison. Beckley is charged with five counts of felonious sexual assault, one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two counts of manufacturing child sexual abuse images and three counts of misdemeanor sexual assault. Tilton Police began investigating Beckley in May after a woman reported that Beckley had confided in her about the sexual abuse. The woman told police “it was not the first time that Charles had told her he had sex with someone 12-14 years old,” noting that two other females were mentioned. Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier earlier reported that additional child victims had come forward since Beckley’s arrest, but additional criminal charges have not yet been filed.