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Pelham - Windham News | January 6, 2012 - 13 Thumbs Up? Thumbs Down?


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“Thumbs up to ignorance if that’s what it takes to protect families with young children from being raised by the government. Oh enlightened one, take your kindergarten and pre-kindergarten and stuff them.


“Thumbs down to the


teachers union for aiding and abbeting incompetent lazy teachers. If teachers actually had to do the job they’re paid to do and educate, illiteracy would not be a public school problem.


“Thumbs down to Mr.


Hardy’s idea of closing our high school and getting rid of all our hard working and loyal staff. And to the question, ‘Is it more economical to build a new Pelham High School, or help Salem build a larger high school so we can tuition into it?’ a plan to do an addition has never been brought to the voters by support of the school board. The one time it happened was by a petition vote by some of the citizens of Pelham and the school board and budget committee both shot it down. No wonder it did not pass. It’s the school board’s job to come up with an addition plan that the tax payers can afford even in these hard financial times that we are all in.”


then thirdly, transport the students out of town. If you’re throwing, throw everything, not just your preference. After all, the voters decide, not you.”


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“Thumbs down to any busing of any of our school children anywhere. Our children are already in our own permanent school buildings with their own town’s teaching staff. Do you bus your own kids out of town while you renovate your home? What is wrong with you school board? Update, add-on, and upkeep our own town and school properties. Take care of our own, with our own, for our own. Stop imposing Pelham off to everywhere else.”


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“Thumbs down to the caller who complained about his wood being stolen from Dutton Road under the power lines. It wasn’t even your wood, it wasn’t on your property, and you didn’t have permission from the property owner for the wood. What makes you think it’s your wood? It’s sitting on the side of the road on private property. Forget it, Buddy.”


“Thumbs down to the


Pelham library trustees and the BOS for hiring of a person that is facing the charges of larceny, fraud and embezzlement in Revere, MA, in connection with his past job as library chief in Revere. Pelham’s library chief had these


charges pending when Pelham hired him and the town officials in Pelham knew about them. With


by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Ellie Morin, 20, of Windham was a student at


University of New Hampshire home on Christmas break when she passed away on December 21. Her life was sadly cut short, mysteriously as of now and an investigation into the circumstances of the cause of her death and what EMTs and police officers found when she was discovered has resulted in the arrest of a friend of hers. On December 21 at about 11:30 a.m. a 911 call was made from 8 Bear Hill Road in Windham, the home of Robert and Mary Ann Ida as well as their 23-year old son Joseph. The call reported an unknown medical issue involving an unresponsive 20-year old female. Police and medical personnel from Windham


Fire and Police Departments located Morin in a basement family room. She was unfortunately


deceased. Police have remained fairly tight- lipped about how they found suspicious items at the scene, but have said that medical personnel at the scene on December 21 reported some type of a chemical at the scene. The result was the activation of the Southeastern New Hampshire Hazardous Materials Mutual Aid District. The regional HAZMAT team was at the home for many hours on December 21 after Windham police obtained a search warrant and searched the residence as part of the beginning of the investigation. According to Windham Police Captain Mike Caron it was a result of what was found when the warrant was executed at the Ida’s home that caused them to deploy the HAZMAT Team as a precaution. Neighbors were assured at the time of the incident that there was no danger to them.


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the many people unemployed today you would think that the Pelham officials could find someone that had a better background. Also, remember that the library chief works in contact with our children at the library . Let us hope that our officials in Pelham will use better judgment in the future. Thank you.”


“Thumbs down to ignorance and anger. Allow me to straighten out last weeks TD. Pelham’s Fire Chief has a command SUV full of equipment, radios, etc., used to command large scale incidents. The fire inspector has an SUV, which is used throughout the day for deptartment business. One of the super-duty pickups was purchased over 6 years ago by a federal grant and is used for brush/forest fires as well as snow plowing the station and people’s driveway when needed in an emergency. The new super- duty pickup is also a brush/forest fire vehicle. Each vehicle has a pump and 250 gallons of water. They are moved around a lot because we use them, not to make it appear so. The Crown Victoria is a retired Pelham Police car and used for non inspector dept. business. They are parked outside because they don’t fit inside. I am not aware of a coffee vehicle or the need for one. If the chief and the inspector use the super-duty pickups for their business, I guess the firemen could use the 10 year old Crown Victoria for brush fires and snow plowing, huh? If you don’t like how we do things, feel free to come on down and discuss it with us. You own the building and the equipment and we would love to talk, unless we are busy moving trucks and buying coffee, of course.”


“Thumbs down to the lockdown. Pelham PD doors locked, police hidden behind bulletproof glass, Pelham FD doors locked, firefighters hidden out of sight. What’s up with all the locked doors?”


it shouldn’t have taken 3 months to see the 30K loss. Lets hope he gets a calculator for Christmas.”


“Thumbs down to the strip malls on Rte. 38


in Pelham and the town zoning board. We have beautiful new banks, pharmacies and a medical center, but the worst looking malls in the area. Can’t we at least enforce some rules on business signs?”


“Thumbs down to the Chairman of the Pelham


Library and all Trustees. You hire a Director who is under investigation in a much bigger role. When he’s indicted in March and you allow him to keep working. Finally, you ‘grant’ him a leave of absence two weeks before he pleads guilty to embezzlement. And now, for saying his job is safe when he gets out of jail in 6 months? You can say you are limited because it happened in another state, what about his ‘satisfactory explanations’ in his interview being lies? Some of this stuff was still at his house? Did you see the disguised purchase orders? Never mind a liar, this guy is a thief. And you hired him knowing something was going on. Impressed with his references? Were those checked? Everyone involved should be fired. Another issue to embarrass Pelham.”


“Thumbs up to the old time town obstructionists. No school! No fire station. You won’t stop until our property is worth fifty bucks in Green Stamps. Or is this your grand plan to devalue our property so you can buy it all back for pennies on the dollar. Way to go you good ole boys!!!”


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“Thumbs down to poor management. The manager of the town dump runs a new program to take construction trash from anyone who will pay a fee including contractors and it looses 30K in 3 months. He might be good at collecting trash, but


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“Thumbs up to Pelham High School. Having a high school in Pelham is a great asset to the students as well as the community. The problem with Pelham High is with the facility, not with academics. There are many repairs and improvements we need to address to solve the high school’s accreditation warning status. Bringing the HVAC/Sprinkler system to the high school is a beginning to addressing many improvements to this neglected old building. The School Board has placed these items on the March ballot. Let’s come together and support the necessary repairs needed at our high school. We can continue to successfully educate our high school students in Pelham. The work begins anew.”


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UNH Student Found Dead in Windham Home, Police Make Arrest


During the search of the residence detectives found a portable drug manufacturing lab in an attic room. The substance located is known as Dimethyltryptamine, or, DMT, a hallucinogenic drug.


“We found what we would call a small lab in the attic. DMT is a poor man’s ecstasy or LSD. We believe it was being manufactured and packaged in gel caps,” Captain Caron said. According to Caron this is the first case he has seen in his 19 years with Windham police that he has encountered DMT. The lab that was seized by Windham detectives was small and could be set up in a car or on a desk. Police also seized heroin from the home in addition to DMT and the small lab. On Wednesday, December 28, Joseph Ida, 23, an acquaintance of Morin and son of the homeowners turned himself into Windham


police after they issued an arrest warrant for him charging him with two counts of manufacturing a controlled drug, one charge for heroin and the other for DMT. The charges are Class B felonies punishable by up to three and a half to seven years in state prison per charge. Captain Caron said detectives have not ruled out bringing forth additional charges. Ida’s parents Robert and Mary Ann are not to be charged and are not the focus of the investigation. Morin spent the evening at the Ida’s home. At the time of the 911 call the following day Joseph Ida, his sister, and his father, Robert, were present at the home. After Joseph Ida was arrested he posted $25,000 cash bond and was released. He will be arraigned at the 10th District Court in Salem on February 6. The case remains under investigation at this time.


6 Month Drug Investigation Ends in Arrests


submitted by Pelham Police Department On Wednesday December 21, at approximately 10:20 a.m., Pelham Police executed a search warrant at a Brookview Drive residence in Pelham as a result of a six month drug investigation. The investigation revealed that an individual was selling large quantities of marijuana from the residence in what was determined to be a significant drug operation. Police searched the residence and discovered approximately 12 pounds of Marijuana, packaging equipment, scales, prescription pills, cash and 16 firearms. The marijuana was discovered behind a false wall in an upper bedroom constructed to hide the drugs. Three individuals were arrested and charged with the following: Stephen Lagasse, 24, charged with Possession of a Controlled/Narcotic Drug, Unlawful dealing in Prescription Drugs and Possession with intent to distribute drugs. Jeffrey Barnaby, 50, charged with Possession of Controlled/Narcotic Drug. Krystle Barnaby, 24, charged with Possession of a Controlled/Narcotic Drug. The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected. Krystle and Jeffrey Barnaby were released with a court date in January. Lagasse was held and was scheduled for arraignment on December 22at Salem District Court.


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