New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster, Manchester Police Chief Enoch F. Willard and New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner announced they will host a press briefing this morning at 10:30 at the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles Auditorium in Concord to discuss the recent efforts to locate Denise Beaudin, who went missing from Manchester in the Fall of 1981. While the did not release any details, it did indicate there was a relationship between Beaudin’s disappearance and four unidentified murder victims, an adult female and three children, found in Allenstown in 1985 and 2000. They also said there appeared to be connections between those two New Hampshire cases and a California murder case. Details to follow.
Police in Hooksett sent out a similarly cryptic press release yesterday about a drug arrest. According to Sergeant Valerie Lamy, the New Hampshire Drug Task Force and the Hooksett Police Department, along with the assistance of the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office and the New Hampshire State Police arrested a subject in the parking lot of the Interstate 93 North Rest Area in Hooksett yesterday afternoon at approximately 4:00 o’clock. The arrest came at the completion of a two month investigation into the unlawful sales of controlled drugs in Hooksett and Merrimack County.
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Manchester Fire Department officials have released the latest stats relative to the impact of the opioid epidemic in the city. As of Monday, the city had responded to just twenty five overdose calls. Seventeen people were treated with Narcan. There have been five fatalities. Last January there were more than eighty overdose calls with a total of six fatalities. So, unless there’s a dramatic uptick in the number of calls, it would seem that there’s been a substantial decrease in the number of overdoses.
That might have something to do with the Safe Station initiative. Statistics released by Manchester Emergency Medical Services Officer Christopher Hickey show visits to the program continue to increase. Since launching last May, eight hundred twenty five addicts have made nearly eleven hundred visits to a Manchester fire station. Only three hundred thirty five of those folks were residents of the city. The rest came from over ninety New Hampshire communities and came from nearly thirty communities out of state, including Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Alabama and Arizona.
So far this year, there have been around seventy visits from people in more than thirty New Hampshire communities, including twenty five from the Queen City. Seven visits have come from out of state communities, including Maine, Massachusetts and, get this, Las Vegas, Nevada! One community that there hasn’t been any visits from is Nashua, where they implemented their own Safe Station program last month. People from Nashua had been the second largest contingent of folks visiting a Manchester fire station looking for help.
Of those who visited a station since May, one hundred two have been brought to a hospital. Six hundred forty were brought to Serenity Place and three hundred forty seven were brought to Hope for New Hampshire Recovery to begin their treatment and recovery process.
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