Friday, August 22, 2014

We Need Your Help

There is certain events and people in an officer's life who you will never forget.  They tear a hole in your heart and leave a void that will never be filled.

This story is about Chelsea.


Chelsea was a kind, active child.  During her Jr. high school years, she began to experience a twitch.  Doctors could not determine what was causing it.  In the year 2012, Chelsea began to experience seizures.  
She was diagnosed with Lafora Disease. a fatal seizure disorder which progressively gets worse.

Chelsea has died at the young age of 18.  A life taken much to young.  Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to this family.  I cannot imagine the pain that comes with the loss of a child.  

The Middleton police association would like to help this family through this tragic event.  Would you please consider helping?  While we will never be able to remove the pain, we may be able to help remove a financial burden which comes with any death.  The Best thing that I could describe about our community is the warming generosity that comes from our Town when someone is in crisis?

Would you please consider going without that coffee on the way to work or maybe you don't need that sub for lunch and donate it to our Chelsea fund?  With 1800 folks in town and our summer residents as well as our community neighbors, I think we can make this happen.

The Middleton Police Association is accepting donations at the police department.  You can drop off a check or cash in any size.  No donation is to small and greatly appreciated.  Please mark the envelope Chelsea fund if you are giving cash or write a memo on a check that this is for Chelsea.

All checks should be made out to the Middleton Police Association and 100% of this money will go to the family.  You can also drop a donation at the Town Hall if no one is available at the Police Station.

Finally checks can be mailed to:

Middleton Police Association
Chelsea Fund
182 Kings Highway
Middleton NH 03887

Please help us share this message on all your social media.  Thanks for your kind generosity, thoughts and prayers.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Minor Injury in Middleton Crash

On 08-16-2014 at approximately 8:00 a.m.  Members of the Middleton Police and Fire and Rescue as well as the Wakefield Police and Fire Departments responded to the area of 77 Route 153 for a reported motor vehicle collision.

Preliminary findings indicate that a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee left the paved portion of Route 153 and struck a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe which was parked off the roadway.  The force of the collision sent the Tahoe into the porch area of the residence.

The operator was identified as 16 year old:

Samuel T Bonefant
69 Durgin Road
Tuftonboro, N.H.

He was transported by private vehicle to the hospital for precautionary evaluation.  
His brother, Lucas Bonenfant, Age 18 was transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital by ambulance for non-life threatening injuries.

While the investigation remains under investigation, alcohol and drugs do not appear to  play a role in the causation of the collision.




Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Middleton Police and One Voice


We recently announced the formation of the Strafford County Drug Unit which is a regional team of law enforcement consisting of Federal, State, County and local law enforcement who's goal is to combine resources and collectively enforce the narcotic laws.  

Outside of our enforcement duties, we also have a social responsibility to help prevent and get folks help when dealing with substance abuse.  We are also seeing many folks with mental health issues also may have narcotic related problems.  Mental Health issues and drug and alcohol issues have for a long time had a negative stigma attached to them.  


I want to start out this blog by saying that you are not alone.  Doctors, teachers, police officers firefighters, lawyers and prominent members of the community and their family members have suffered from substance abuse and mental health illness.  Both these problems are medical issues and can hit anyone.  The longer you wait to seek help, the harder some problems may be to solve.  


In our schools on an annual basis, a risk survey is conducted.  The numbers we received in the area of risky behavior, suicide thoughts, drug and alcohol abuse were off the charts.  I have previously said that these numbers concern me as a parent and a police officer. They should scare you as well.


This risky behavior has led us to become actively involved in One Voice.  Here is the mission statement and vision of One Voice:  ONE Voice for Strafford County is committed to creating a collaborative proactive environment that supports and sustains the 13 Strafford County  communities' health and vitality through enhancing alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery resources.


Their Vision:   The ONE Voice Regional Network envisions an alliance of communities that are well equipped to overcome and diminish substance abuse. Through our joint efforts; communities will be engaged in partnerships to use resources efficiently and implement programs that that are scientifically proven to be successful.


One Voice has a webpage here:  http://onevoicenh.org/index.htm and you can also follow them on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/OneVoiceNH  They are also located on Twitter here:  https://twitter.com/onevoicenh

One Voice is made up of community partners with a wide diversification of talent.  You can see the steering committee here:  http://onevoicenh.org/our-partners.htm

One of the biggest resources One Voice Provides is a resource guide of where to get help.  This guides shows what facilities treat substance abuse, the insurance taken and age that they deal with.  The guide is continually updates.  You can check the guide here:  http://onevoicenh.org/assets/referral%20guide%20booklet%20final.pdf  


We will continue to seek outreach from this group as it has a ton of treatment resources to provide us that will help our community.  As resources and events become available we will update you here.


In closing, More than 20 percent of high school students have used prescription drugs in their life without a doctor’s prescription.  These same children are at risk of graduating to heroin if the prescription drugs are not available and they are addicted.  The police department and schools can't solve this problem alone.  We need your help.  If you have a family member with a substance abuse problem, please reach out to us and we will provide you with all the resources we can.  If we don't have an answer, we will do the best we can to find you one.  











Thursday, July 31, 2014

Missing Cat

Have You Seen Sully?

A Farmington Resident contacted us and requested we post a photo of her missing cat "Sully"

Sully has been missing 10 days now and was last seen in the Main Street, Farmington Area.  Folks from town have contacted the owner and stated they may have seen him in the New Durham Road Area.

If you see Sully, please contact the police department.  We have the owner's information and will contact them if located.

Thanks for the help and please Share and bring Sully Home !


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mobile App Updates

Our Mobile App was updated to the latest and greatest software for real time alerts.

You may not see many changes when opening the update as most occurs behind the scenes.  The software takes advantage of the Apple updates in the new 7.0 software.

The biggest change is the new code allows the mobile app to work faster.  It also allows us to send push notifications to everyone, a region or when you enter an area.

The software will will ask if you want to download cache.  This allows you to read content when you have no cell or Wifi service.  It will also ask to send push notification and use your location.  Push notifications is how we get breaking and important news to you.  If you want these, please allow the notifications.  As far as location, we need this information to send messages to an area.  The server side of the software knows how many users we have in an area but it does not know who you are.

If you have not installed the mobile app, it is available in the Android and Iphone Store here:

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/middleton-police/id614733056?mt=8

 Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app_middletonpolice.layout&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5hcHBfbWlkZGxldG9ucG9saWNlLmxheW91dCJd 




Saturday, July 5, 2014

Rochester Resident arrested on drug charges

On 07/05/2014 while conducting motor vehicle enforcement, members of the Middleton Police stopped a 2003 Chevy Black Cavalier for a minor motor vehicle infraction.

During the motor vehicle stop, the officers established probable cause that the vehicle contained a controlled drug.  A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in a seizure of a small amount of marijuana.

The operator identified as:

Lawrence Hustus Age 48
78 Salmon Falls Road
Rochester, N.H.
 
was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Drug.  He was released on a summons to appear in the Rochester Court on 9/2/2014 at 8:00 a.m.
 




Sunday, June 29, 2014

Wakefield Resident charged with Felony Reckless Conduct

On 06/22/2014 members of the Middleton Police Department received information that an unknown person placed spikes strips in a walking trail located on Town Property behind Pheasant Drive.

Middleton Police were joined by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and commenced an investigation.

On 06/23/2014, both agencies executed a search warrant at 4196 Province Lake Road, Wakefield, N.H.

Based on evidence recovered at the residence along with information received during the investigation, an arrest warrant was obtained for:

Michael K Stevens Age 51
4196 Province Lake Road
Wakefield, N.H.

Mr. Stevens turned himself into authorities on 06/25/2014.  He was processed and released on $5000 PR bail and will be arraigned in the 7th Circuit Court on 08/5/2014 at 8:00 a.m.

Reckless Conduct in this matter is a Class B Felony punishable by up to 3.5 to 7 years in the New Hampshire State Prison.