Saying quote “Kids do some stupid things. Apparently these are rivaled by those of their elders, who should know better” Kevin Bloom of the The New Hampshire Liberty Alliance issued a statement condemning Governor Margaret Wood Hassan for declaring a State of Emergency and ordering a synthetic form of T H C, known as Spice, off store shelves across the state. Bloom called the order an “abuse of power” that unconstitutionally seized private property by executive decree. The statute used by Hassan enables a declaration of emergency for a variety of reasons, including a quote a “man made disaster of major proportions is imminent or has occurred with in the state, and that the safety and welfare of the inhabitants of this state require an invocation of the provisions of this section.” End quote. Said Bloom quote “Disaster of major proportions? Seriously? Ruling by executive decree should not be taken so lightly.” End quote. Asserting the executive order does not meeting the test of R S A 4 : 45, Bloom said the governor’s action violated three sections of the New Hampshire Constitution: Article Twelve Protection and Taxation Reciprocal, Article Fifteen Right of the Accused, and Article Nineteen, Searches and Seizures Regulated.
In a related story, the Manchester Police Department is reporting that regular Spice users are complaining because they cannot buy it anywhere in the city and that people talking to the cops during their regular park checks are stating people are going through withdrawals and are “dope sick.”
The Committee on Administration of the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen is scheduled to meet tomorrow at three to hear the appeals of the three businesses whose business licenses were revoked by City Clerk Matthew Normand in light of the nearly fifty reported Spice overdoses during a two day period last week. T N Gas and Convenience at ninety Bridge Street, Union Street Market at six twenty one Union Street and Han’s Food Market at three fifty three Maple Street were shut down following overdose victims’ statements that they’d bought the drugs they overdosed on at those markets. Approximately fifty stores in the Queen City sell this Spice drug. Police checks in light of the governor’s order have determined it is no longer on shelves. On Friday, an emergency injunction filed with the Hillsborough Superior Court by Attorney when it suits him and Alderman when it suits him Joe Kelly Levasseur that would have ordered the the city to restore the licenses to the businesses that had them revoked was denied pending the outcome of tomorrow’s hearings.
News from our own backyard continues after this.
The town of Londonderry Health Division announced Friday that a batch of mosquitoes tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The news of mosquitoes carrying Triple E is not unexpected at this time of year and town officials say they’re monitoring the situation closely. Mosquito breeding sites are monitored regularly and treated as needed. Residents should use the utmost caution regarding exposure to mosquitoes. Officials say Tripe E is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird and that there is no risk to being around horses. If a mosquito bites a horse or a human, it cannot transmit the disease to another human, so the risk of contracting the infection is low. If illness does occur, it happens within 4 to 10 days after being bitten. If you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms including fever and headache, you should contact you local medical provider. To protect yourself and your family: Reduce outdoor activities from 3:00 P M until 8:00 A M, use mosquito repellent containing DEET or Picaridin, wear long sleeves and pants, check around your home for standing water and remove it and ensure window and door screens fit properly so that mosquitoes cannot enter your home. The risk of contracting Triple E or West Nile Virus does not end until after the second hard frost of the season. Residents are urged to take personal precautions to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes.
Assistant Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard has been chosen to participate in the National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women hosted by The International Association of Chiefs of Police. I A C P wants to elevate violence against women crimes higher on law enforcement’s agenda and support the adoption of best practices. During the four day seminar in Kansas City, MO, Willard will explore innovative approaches for investigating crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking. Additional attention will center on assessing agency performance and sharing challenges and solutions with law enforcement colleagues. The participating law enforcement executives will be engaged in the development of action plans throughout the Institute in order to adopt new strategies for pro-active coordinated community collaboration upon returning to their departments. Attendance at the Institute is supported by a grant to the I A C P from the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
That’s just some of the news from our own backyard, I’ve got a lot to get caught up on, Girard at Large hour __ is on the way.
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