The Manchester Police Department announced a major drug bust yesterday that rounded up some pretty interesting characters and a lot of drugs and cash on Wednesday.  Police believe it was the largest heroin bust in the city’s history.  Twenty four year old Monique Teal of Silver Street, thirty five year old Jon Larochelle of Cohas Ave. and forty nine year old Bradley Tyrell of Loudon Road in Concord were arrested at Teal’s three twenty five Silver Street address.  Thirty seven year old Roberto Adorno and twenty two year old Ismailin Lugo of Lawrence, Mass. were picked up at a separate location.  A grand total of three hundred grams of heroin with a street value of thirty grand was seized, along with a large assortment of prescriptions drugs, packaging and distribution materials, twenty nine grams of coke, and almost twelve grand in cash.  The state police and FBI assisted in the investigation.  Details of the raid are posted with this newscast at Girard at Large dot com.  Nice job by MPD on this one.

Yesterday, we reported on the dumb political debate stunt pulled by the mayoral campaign of Ward 12 Alderman Patrick Arnold.  Today we get to tell you that Arnold KNEW that Gatsas had no intention of debating him or rival Glenn R J Ouellette the weekend before his campaign made the announcement.  That’s what Ouellette told Girard at Large yesterday in an interview on the matter.  According to Ouellette, Mayor Ted Gatsas told him “you two will do just fine without me” when asked by Ouellette to debate.  Ouellette says he told that to Arnold, so he was really surprised to learn of the Arnold campaign’s press release and really irritated by statements from Alderman at-Large Joe Kelly Levasseur blaming him for the mishap.  Ouellette will be our guest this morning in the eight o’clock hour so you can hear the story straight from him.  Put a bright red line under this one folks, what the Arnold campaign did was just dumb.

News from our own backyard continues right after this.

Hooksett School Board Vice Chairman David “The Pariah” Pearl has created a survey and would like your input.  As you may know, Pearl wanted to use a projector in the board’s meeting room so that the audience could follow along with the discussion he wanted to have about the settlement agreement with Manchester over the tuition contract.  He was deprived of that opportunity on a 3 to 2 vote after what can only be described as mindless squabbling.  That caused audience member Jason Hyde to lambast the board for its inability to act like adults, which lead to Board Chair Trisha “The Gavel” Korkosz to call the police and have Hyde removed from the room.  Pearl’s survey asks 5 really simple and on point questions about the affair.  We’ve linked to the survey from this newscast at Girard at Large dot com and to the story with the original video for your convenience.  Ah, Hooksett, the gift that keeps on giving.

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats have introduced a new partner for the team’s popular off-season reading challenge.  Velcro U S A Inc. will be the presenting sponsor for the Fisher Cats Reading Challenge, which rewards students with a trip to a Fisher Cats game for increasing their out-of-classroom reading.  Yesterday marked the official launch of this year’s challenge, which is expected to reach more than one hundred fifty schools by distributing more than sixty thousand entry forms and informative bookmarks to students in New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts throughout the school year.  Every year, the Reading Challenge encourages students to read five books outside their normal school curriculum.  Upon completing the free challenge, students will be rewarded with a pair of tickets to a Fisher Cats Reading Challenge game in two thousand fourteen, courtesy of Velcro.  Each game will feature a pre-game parade with a different theme to celebrate the students’ achievements. Since the program was created in two thousand seven, bookmarks have been distributed to more than two hundred thousand students.  Complete details are posted with this newscast at Girard at Large dot com.

That’s news from our own backyard, Girard at Large hour ___ is straight ahead!