Local and Regional Briefs for May 15

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Child and Family ServicesTo Hold Office Grand Opening

Lebanon — Child and Family Services will celebrate the grand opening of their new office and expanded visitation center on Hanover Street today.

The organization, which offers services throughout New Hampshire and in Windsor and Orange counties in Vermont, hosts the Upper Valley’s only supervised visitation program.

The event, which will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, will include tours of the facility, as well as presentations by the organization’s Upper Valley program director, Jeannette Birge; Lebanon Chief of Police Richard Mello and CFS president, Borja Alvarez de Toledo.

The organization’s programs include: child abuse prevention, mental health counseling, home-based family support, adoption, a summer camp for low-income children, foster care, treatment services for families at risk, senior home care, advocacy and special services for homeless teens.

Police: N.H. Man Accidentally Shot and Killed Roommate

Keene, n.h. — A New Hampshire man says he was demonstrating a safer way to carry a pistol when he accidentally shot and killed his roommate over the weekend.

Police say 25-year old Adam Anderson, of Keene, recklessly caused the death of 22-year-old Holden Guyette by failing to ensure the handgun was unloaded and clear. They say he aimed it at Guyette and caused a fatal chest wound inside their apartment on Sunday.

A police affidavit says Anderson said he was unaware that he shot Guyette, but called 911 when he saw blood. He said he has been shooting firearms since childhood. Tia Guyette, Anderson’s girlfriend and Guyette’s sister, was a witness to the incident.

Anderson was charged with manslaughter and was arraigned on Monday. His case has been assigned to the public defender’s office.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Urging People to Watch for Turtles

Montpelier — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is urging people to watch out for turtles on the state’s roadways.

During the spring, female turtles are looking for places to deposit their eggs and they sometimes choose to lay along the shoulders of roads, which can end tragically for the turtles.

Biologist Steve Parren said turtles often cross roads as they search for a nest site. He calls them a slow-moving animal in a fast-paced world. Turtles grow slowly and live a long time, so losing a mature breeding female is a huge loss to the turtle population.

Peak turtle nesting occurs from late May through June. Motorists are urged to keep an eye out for turtles in the road, especially when driving near ponds and wetlands.

Lawsuit Alleges New Hampshire Landfill Contaminated Ammonoosuc River

Concord — Two environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that a landfill in New Hampshire is leaking toxic chemicals into a nearby river.

Toxic Action Center and Conservation Law Foundation filed the lawsuit on Monday against Casella Waste Systems and its subsidiary, North Country Environmental Services. It’s accusing the companies of allowing elevated concentrations of iron and manganese, and 1,4-dioxane, to leak from its 46 ½-acre landfill into the Ammonoosuc River. They argue the discharges from the landfill in Bethlehem violate the federal Clean Water Act and threaten those who swim in the river.

Joseph Fusco, of Rutland-based Casella Waste Systems, said he hasn’t seen the lawsuit. But he said the company would defend itself against the “baseless claims.” He said Casella complied with all its permits for the landfill.

Parrot Found Abandoned in Trash Bag

Stratham, n.h. — The New Hampshire SPCA is struggling to feed an Amazon parrot that was found in a trash bag among their donation collections over the weekend.

Surveillance video shows the abandoned bird, now known as “Mayday,” was dropped off at the adoption center by a woman two hours before it opened on Friday, leaving it at risk for suffocation. The group is not currently looking to press charges.

The blue-fronted parrot was examined by a veterinarian who determined it wasn’t in immediate distress, but hadn’t eaten since arriving. Officials are asking the woman to come forward in order to learn more about the bird’s history to take better care of it.

— Staff and wire reports