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 near the intersection of South River Road and Route 1 0 1.
Meanwhile, over the same period of time, seventeen people were shot and killed in Chicago; that place with the toughest gun laws in the country.
New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster and State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner announced that Hancock Town Clerk Joan Joseph was arrested for violating the state’s Driver Privacy Act, which makes Division of Motor Vehicle records confidential, allowing only certain people and entities to access the records for purposes permitted by law. Joseph is charged with knowingly disclosing protected information, including a vehicle owner’s name and address, to a person not authorized to obtain that information. Joseph used her position as town clerk to obtain the information for a friend who wanted to know the name and address a person who had a particular plate number. This charge is a class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum possible penalty of 12 months in jail and a $2,000 fine.
The Candia Police Department released the monthly crime stats we’ve used to document the crime tidal wave that’s washed over the town these past five years. Things don’t seem to be settling down much. In the past month, Candia’s cops issued 9 4 motor vehicle warnings and 7 motor vehicle summons. It also arrested two people on drunken driving charges, one person for driving after suspension, another domestic violence and forty six year old Deborah Deslongchamps was arrested for Reckless Conduct, two counts of Attempt to Commit Murder, Endangering the Welfare of Child, and First Degree Assault. Oh My HEAD!
News from our own backyard continues after this.
The non-partisan, conservative Cornerstone Action has released its much anticipated Families First Voter Guide. The annual publication is a conservative political bible of sorts, presenting the voting records of New Hampshire state reps and senators seeking reelection on a variety of family issues. The guide, according to Cornerstone, takes every available voting record to assess the family-friendliness of candidates. This year’s scorecard was based on 15 roll call votes in the House and 7 in the Senate from the just-completed session. Cornerstone’s Executive Director Rico McCahon said the guide will give voters a sense of what the officials are likely to do in the future.
Said McCahon, quote:
Protecting families requires principle and sometimes tough votes,
he said in noting that twenty three representatives and six senators received a perfect score.
We’ve linked to the Voter Guide, which is organized by district and to the place on the General Court’s Web site where you can find your town and ward to cross reference it with the house and senate districts it belongs to.
No response. That, so far, is the answer we’ve received from the town of Derry to our request for copies of the proposed employee union contracts that will be voted on by the Derry Town Council tonight. The town has refused to release any union contract we’ve requested to date, telling us that once they’re approved by the council, they’ll be posted on its Web site. We note that, unlike last time, when we corresponded only with the town council’s administrative assistant, we emailed the entire council and every department head when we “replied all” to the email that contained the meeting notice. While we have yet to receive a reply to our request, we did receive three out of office message replies, including one from Barbara Chapman, advising us of her recent retirement and noting she now only works part time on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Her Highness the Governmess of New Hampshire, Margaret Wood Hassan announced she would not only return the funds a big Boston law firm gave her campaign for U S Senate, but she would also return the funds the firm contributed to her gubernatorial reelection campaign. The Thornton Law Firm was exposed by a report in the Boston Globe for the illegal practice of giving employees bonuses in their pay checks to cover contributions made to Democratic politicians across the country. The scheme was a way around corporate contribution limits to give money to candidates who, like Hassan, complain about the influence of corporate cash in politics. Busted!
That’s news from our own backyard! Girard at Large hour ___ is next!