Police: W. Lebanon Man Made Child Porn

Lebanon — A 53-year-old West Lebanon man is out on bail after being charged with manufacturing child sexual abuse images, unlawful wiretapping and violation of privacy.

Thomas Barnes was arrested on Tuesday, and later arraigned in Lebanon District Court, where his bail was set at $10,000 cash. Barnes posted bail and was released. He has a probable cause hearing scheduled for March 3.

Barnes is charged with four counts of manufacturing child sexual abuse images, four counts of unlawful wiretapping and four counts of violation of privacy.

Barnes could not be reached for comment.

Lebanon Police began investigating a report of possible child endangerment and violation of privacy in late December. The New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is assisting with the ongoing investigation.

Man Charged With Robbery, Assault In Incident at New London Hospital

New London — A New London resident was arraigned and charged with robbery, criminal mischief, simple assault, breach of bail conditions and criminal trespass in Newport District Court on Monday.

New London Police arrested Joel Bahaw, 53, after piecing together evidence and witness statements stemming from a reported assault and robbery at New London Hospital, according to a news release.

The alleged incident occurred in a secure break room of the hospital at 6:15 p.m. last Friday. Bahaw is being held on $15,000 cash bail, the release stated.

Accident Causes Charlestown Road To Close in Claremont

Claremont — Icy road conditions early Wednesday morning are being blamed for a one-vehicle accident on Route 12 that forced the closure of a stretch of Charlestown Road for several hours.

Claremont Police Capt. Mark Chase said Serena Fletcher, of Claremont, was driving south when her Ford Explorer slid off the road and into a utility pole about a half-mile south of the intersection with Grissom Lane. Fletcher was not injured. The accident happened just past 3 a.m. when black ice conditions were reported throughout the city, Chase said.

Power was not disrupted but the road was closed, Chase said, because of low hanging wires.

Utility crews set a new pole and the road was reopened around 9:30.

Stevens High Seeks Principal Search Committee Members

Claremont — The school district is looking for three parents of Stevens High School students and one other community member to serve on a search committee to hire a replacement for Stevens High School Principal Frank Sprague.

Sprague is retiring in June, after two years as principal. He was previously director of student services at the high school.

Also on the search committee will be teachers, support staff, a district administrator and a Stevens secretary. The committee will be formed the first week of February and screening of applications for the position will begin the middle of the month. The position will be advertised next week and the goal is to announce Sprague’s replacement in the middle of March.

Also, applications to serve on either the Early Childhood Education or full-day kindergarten feasibility study committee are now available on the SAU 6 website. The application deadline is Jan. 29.

Both committees are to complete their work and report to the School Board by the end of the summer.

Newport Logging Contractor Sentenced to Prison

Concord (ap) — A Newport, N.H., logging contractor has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay more than $71,000 after being convicted of deceptive forestry business practices.

The state Division of Forest and Lands says Andrew Pysz was accused of failing to pay for wood harvested from a timber sale he was operating in 2012 in Sullivan County and failing to verify the amount of timber removed. He pleaded guilty to two felonies, was sentenced to one to four years in prison and was ordered to pay the landowner $68,000.

Pysz also was ordered to pay $3,500 after pleading guilty in Merrimack County to contract forgery, and he has been banned from logging in the state.

— Staff and wire reports