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On Air News Read for November 13, 2017

From time to time, Girard at Large host Rich Girard, that’s me, not only reports the news, he makes it.  Such is the case this morning as I take the first person in this newscast to announce that I will retire this show effective with our sign off this Friday, November seventeenth.  (Click here for the more thorough explanations given on this morning’s show.  Click here for the Union Leader’s story on the announcement.) The planning for this show, which launched on September twenty sixth, two thousand eleven, began more than six and a half years ago with the...

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On Air News Read for March 16, 2017

It’s Town Election Day for Bedford and Candia today.  Election officials in both towns postponed Tuesday’s elections until today due to the Attack of Snowzilla.  Voters will go to the polls on both town and school district matters, including races for school board, town council and board of selectmen.  Polls are open in Bedford from seven to seven and in Candia from six to seven. The town of Auburn has released its election results from Tuesday, the original Election Day.  In the only contested races on the ballot for elective office, David Dion beat Michael Rolfe for a seat...

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Bedford Police Release 2016 Annual Report

Town Sees Nearly 70 Percent Drop in Residential Burglaries Since 2011 BEDFORD — Chief John J. Bryfonski is pleased to announce that the Bedford Police Department implemented several initiatives throughout 2016 to improve the safety, quality of life and sense of community for residents. The 2016 Bedford Police Department Annual Report shows a sharp decrease in residential burglaries and a re-commitment to traffic safety and community policing by the department. Burglary incidents – including commercial, residential and attempted – fell by 18 percent from 2015 to 2016. Commercial burglaries alone dropped by 83 percent, with only one being reported...

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On Air News Read for January 31, 2017

Saying “The safety and security of our citizens is the most important function of our government, both State and Federal,” New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph  Foster issued a statement condemning the executive order restricting access to the United States by people from seven countries issued by President Donald J. Trump on Friday.  Foster said that government’s protective function quote “must always be implemented in a manner that respects our State and Federal constitutional rights” and claimed Trump’s executive order ran afoul of them.  The man who finds no violation of First Amendment Rights in the “Buffer Zone Law,” which...

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On Air News Read for January 20, 2016

The Bedford Police Department is seeking the public’s help to locate a suspect who allegedly approached a juvenile at a bus stop and attempted to lure them into his car Wednesday morning.  Police say that at just before 10 a. m., a juvenile was allegedly approached by a man in a dark colored S U V while waiting for the school bus in the area of Hawthorne Drive.  The man ordered the juvenile to get into the car and left the area when the order was refused.  The juvenile and their parents brought this information to the department late...

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Bedford Police Arrest Man in Connection with Motor Vehicle Breaks

BEDFORD, N.H. — Chief John J. Bryfonski reports that the Bedford Police Department arrested a man who allegedly broke into multiple motor vehicles last week. ROBERT LARSON, AGE 28, OF MANCHESTER, was arrested and charged with Theft from a Motor Vehicle (Felony) and Criminal Mischief (Misdemeanor). Last week, Bedford Police reported that numerous cars in business parking lots in the areas of South River Road and off of Route 101 had their windows smashed. In many cases, purses were taken from the vehicles and stolen credit cards were then used at stores. Through an investigation, Bedford Police identified a suspect vehicle as...

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On Air News Read for December 12, 2016

The latest statistics on the opioid epidemic in Manchester were released on Friday night.  Manchester Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Officer Christopher Hickey reported things have been trending steadily lower compared to 2 0 1 5.  Since August, there’s been a noteworthy decline in the number of overdose calls.  Nonetheless, there have been seven hundred thirty eight overdose calls since the first of the year and the department has administered Narcan at five hundred thirty four of them.  There have been eighty nine fatalities, which is about one for every eight overdoses.  November finished with forty seven overdoses and six deaths versus fifty eight overdoses and five deaths last year.  The hardest hit areas of the city, according to Hickey, are the response areas around the Amory Street Fire Station, Sommerville Street Fire Station and Central Fire Station.  Interestingly, forty eight overdose victims have been found in parked vehicles while twenty have been found actually driving. Hickey also released updated stats on the Safe Station initiative.  As of Friday, there had been eight hundred seventy four visits by addicts to a Manchester fire station.  Seventy one were taken to the hospital, three hundred forty seven were taken to Hope for N H Recovery and four hundred fifty six were taken to Serenity Place.  Of the eight hundred seventy four visits,  two hundred three came from people who had gone there...

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On Air News Read for November 1, 2016

Police Chief John J. Bryfonski announced that the Bedford Police Department arrested and charged five suspects with Driving While Intoxicated over the weekend.  The five separate incidents took place within the span of just over two days, from 12:05 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 28 to 3 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30.  Bryfonski said it was an extraordinary level of activity for such a short period of time.  Quote: The Bedford Police Department does not take drunk driving lightly. Adults should always find a safe, sober ride home, or expect to be pulled over and charged if they choose to drive under the influence. In order of their arrests, those nabbed were: Fifty nine year Robin Harrell of Concord at the intersection of South River Road and River Way Place Twenty year old Alexandra Ferguson of Milford in the area of Route 1 0 1 and Pinecrest Drive An unnamed seventeen year old in the area of Liberty Hill Road and Highland Farms Road who rolled his vehicle, sending several, including himself to the hospital. Twenty eight year old Rebecca Drury of Manchester who as picked up at the Circle K Irving Store on Technology Drive. She passed out in the driver seat while at the gas pumps and was taken to the hospital. Thirty four year old Eric Goodhue of Manchester was picked up for Aggravated D W I...

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Diane Vaccarello and Bedford’s Problem with Substance Abuse

(Hours 2a,b,3a) Rich spoke to Diane Vaccarello of BeBOLD Bedford about the raging opioid crisis within Bedford.  She talked about a focus on early education and prevention, and informed Rich about efforts to quell the problem.  Finally, Rich inquired as to why drug use is becoming a problem at such a young age. (Hour 2b) As Rich continued with Diane he voiced a question from Lisa Freeman concerning the combination of substance abuse and mental illness.  Diane spoke about her upcoming speech, age-appropriate education, and the role of parents in dealing with the problem. For more information about Diane’s business click here. (Hour 3a) After Diane’s departure Rich continued in the topic of the raging drug problem that is plaguing New Hampshire.  He commented on the need for more parental involvement in the matter and discussed the responsibility of various individuals and government...

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On Air News Read for October 7, 2016

The Derry Town Council, Planning Board and Economic Development Advisory Committee will meet in joint session for a workshop this Tuesday night the eleventh at seven fifteen in the Derry Municipal Center.  The topics of discussion will include economic development, how it’s impacted by current zoning and how it may be impacted by literal and philosophical changes to the zoning.  The meeting will include a round table discussion to address the potential economic development along the proposed Exit 4 A Corridor from I 93 to Manchester Road and Route 2 8 south of Island Pond Road.  Participants will also examine incentive tools available to the town, such as Tax Increment Financing Districts and Tax Revitalization Zones.  The meeting is open to the public and we’ve linked to the agenda in case you want to take a look.  There’s a lot on the table for discussion. Also in Derry on the eleventh, the Veteran’s Tax Credit Sub-Committee will meet starting at 5:00 in Room 2 0 7 at the Derry Municipal Center. The Amherst Board of Selectmen is encouraging all residents, businesses and industries to monitor water consumption and implement water conservation measures.  Effective immediately, the town is asking all water users served either by private wells or the municipal water system to stop using water for any outdoor purposes, with the exception of vegetable gardens and newly planted vegetation.  Curiously,...

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