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YCN News: Kearsarge Area News Update 2/9/17

Weare Man Arrested by FBI on Illegal Weapons Possession Charges

Our first story comes to you from Weare, New Hampshire – on Friday, February 10th the FBI SWAT team charged the home of Jody Swett, 37 after a federal search warrant was obtained to enter his home. There, officials found a large amounts of weapons and ammunition. He was arrested charged with the federal crime of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Swett is not allowed to be in the possession of guns due to two domestic violence incidents that he was convicted of. The first one took place in April 2015, when was charged with a misdemeanor for grabbing his 9-year-old son by the face and pushing him. The second occurred in October of 2016, when Swett was convicted of simple assault for punching a 17-year-old make in the mouth. The raid was part of an ongoing federal investigation and the FBI says there is no direct danger to the public.

Newport Police Receive Donation for Body & Cruiser Cameras

The Newport Police Department will be receiving cruiser mounted recording cameras and cameras for their bullet proof vests thanks to four location donations totaling twenty two thousand, five hundred dollars. The equipment will be provided by DigitAlly and cost over forty one thousand dollars to purchase twelve body cameras and five cruiser cameras. Donations were given by Carroll Concrete for twenty five hundred dollars, the Ray Malool Foundation for fifteen thousand dollars, LaValley Building Supply for three thousand dollars, and Harold and Geraldine LaValley for two thousand dollars. The remaining eighteen thousand dollar balance will be covered by the department. A set of guidelines for the use of the cameras will be presented at a public hearing before the Newport Board of Selectman in the coming weeks.

Plow Truck Driver Arrested for DWI After Hitting a Bridge

A commercial contractor assisting the New Hampshire Department of Transportation with clearing the roads during this past weekend’s storm has been arrested and charged with an aggravated DWI. Police say Lewis Elliott, 45, of South Acworth, New Hampshire, hit a bridge on Route one twenty three around 4AM on Monday morning. The truck lost its wing plow blade and did not stop. Police later caught up with the truck on Route one twenty three in Walpole and arrest Elliott. No one was injured at the time.

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