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Pelham - Windham News | January 27, 2012 - 5 Accident Leads to DWI Arrest


submitted by Pelham Police Department On Saturday, January 21, at approximately 1:02 p.m., Sgt. Anne T. Therriault was patrolling the area of Bush Hill Road when she observed a vehicle down an embankment. The vehicle was a green 1995 Pontiac Grand Am operated by Jeffrey Daigle, 35, of Pelham. Preliminary investigation showed that Daigle was traveling eastbound on Bush Hill Road when he lost control of his vehicle causing it to go off the roadway and down a 12 foot embankment. The vehicle was heavily damaged and partially submerged in running water. Daigle was found to be unconscious upon initial contact. Within minutes, Daigle regained consciousness and was able to speak to the officer. The Pelham Fire Department arrived shortly after and Daigle was extracted out of the vehicle. The icy road conditions and alcohol appear


to be the cause of the collision. Daigle was subsequently arrested on scene for Driving While Intoxicated. He has two prior convictions for Driving While Intoxicated in the State of New Hampshire. The first offense was out of the Nashua District Court in 1996 and the second conviction was in 2003 out of the Salem District Court.


Daigle was transported to the Southern New Hampshire Regional Medical Center in Nashua where he was treated and released with minor injuries. He was charged with a first offense Driving While Intoxicated and a second offense of Driving While Intoxicated. Bush Hill Road was shut down for approximately one hour due to the crash. This is the second storm related crash within a week that has caused Bush Hill Road to be shut down for an extended period of time.


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Windham Woman’s Club Extends Tanks


Te Windham Woman’s Club thanks everyone who stopped by our table at the Primary Election, Tuesday, January 10, that was held at the Windham High School. We thank our members who baked, volunteered at the table and donated raffle items. A special thank you to Al Letizio who donated the cookie dough and with the help of our member Betty Csenger along with her two neighbors baked many delicious cookies. We had two raffles: 1. Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging donated by Anne’s Quilting Frenzy; the winner was Jan


Root, and 2. American Girl Clothes donated by Ruth Alexander; the winner was Julie Omogrosso. We thank you everyone for making it a great success. Proceeds to benefit our civic and community projects. Co-chairs: Polly Chervincky and Valerie Bronstein. For more information about the Windham Woman’s Club visit www.windhamwomansclub.com.


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Proposed to Sign Ordinance and Fence Ordinance


submitted by Elizabeth Wood, Community Planner In an effort to educate the public on the zoning ordinance amendments that are being recommended by the Planning Board for 2012 Town Meeting, a series of articles will be published leading up to Town Meeting on March 13. Each article will provide a summary of one or more zoning amendments being proposed. This week’s topics are Signs & Fences. In an effort to encourage improvements to public safety and eliminate confusion for drivers, an amendment is being proposed to the sign ordinance. The ordinance would allow up to eight inch high street numbers to be included on building wall signs for identification purposes and will not count towards the wall sign size and/or as a wall sign if placed separately on the wall of a building. This is Amendment 7 on the ballot. The proposed amendment to the Fence Ordinance is aimed at the regulation of the height of fences in front, rear, and side yards in the Residence A, B, C, Rural, Village Center District, and Historic Districts. Currently fences are regulated according to lot lines and there is nothing in the ordinance to prevent a fence that is constructed one foot from a lot line from being from being eight feet tall in a residential district. The proposal is to replace the words “lot line” with “yard.” The resulting regulation would set the maximum height for fences in front yards at four feet and fences in rear yards at six feet in height. This is Amendment 12 on the Ballot. The exact ordinance language of the Sign Ordinance amendment,


Fence Ordinance amendment, and the language of all other Zoning Amendments proposed for the 2012 Town Meeting can be found on the Planning Board page of the Town Website: www. windhamnewhampshire.com. The proposed amendments are also available at the Community Development Department. If you have any questions feel free to contact Community Development staff at 432-3806.


Man and His Dog Rescued From Canobie Lake


submitted by Windham Fire Department On January 20, at approximately 10:17 a.m., Windham Fire and


Police responded to the end of Johnson Street located off West Shore Road for a report of a dog through the ice of Canobie Lake. While en route, emergency personnel were updated by E-911 that a person attempting to reach the dog with a canoe, had tipped and the rescuer was now in the water. Emergency personnel arrived to find a dog and a victim in the water several hundred feet off shore. Emergency personnel found their best access to the victim to be in the area of 11 Johnson Street


Donned with Ice Rescue Suits and equipment, firefighters were able to make their way out from shore onto an Island several hundred feet out. From there, rescuers were then able to reach both the victim and the dog. The victim later identified as Michael Cifuni, 58, of Windham, was pulled from icy the water and placed on a rescue sled. He was not wearing any flotation device. Cifuni’s dog, a large Shar-Pei, was pulled from the water and wrapped in a blanket. With the assistance of police and firefighters awaiting on shore, Cifuni was then pulled to shore on a rescue sled where he was placed in an awaiting ambulance and later transported to Parkland Medical Center in Derry to be treated for hypothermia. Cifuni’s dog was placed in a Fire Department Rescue for warming. The victim’s wife later took the dog from the scene to a local veterinarian clinic for treatment of minor cuts and hypothermia. Unlike training scenarios, firefighters regularly conduct emergency personnel had to overcome some challenges during their rescue efforts. The ice, being thin in numerous areas, kept breaking as rescuers attempted to reach the victim. Another obstacle was reduced visibility of the victim from shore. Because the victim and dog were located on the other side of the Island, rescuers were unable to see the area until they made their way out beyond the island. Thick brush also was a challenge for firefighters using ropes which were used to tether rescuers and eventually pull the victim to shore.


No injuries to rescue personnel were reported. Salem Fire Department also assisted at the scene.


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Law enforcement and higher education officials from across New Hampshire called on the House Tuesday, January 3, to reject a bill that would allow guns in college classrooms, dorms, libraries and across public higher education campuses. House bill 334 is one of three the House could possibly take action on as early tomorrow that will severely weaken New Hampshire’s decades-old gun laws and potentially put public safety at risk. Gov. John Lynch today joined New Hampshire police chiefs, sheriffs and officials from the Department of Safety and the state’s university and community college officials in urging the House to vote down three bills that would weaken state gun regulations. “These bills represent a radical departure from our approach to public safety here in New Hampshire,” Gov. Lynch said. “I am proud of the fact that we live in the safest state in the nation. New Hampshire is a place with very little violent crime, a place where families and seniors can feel safe in their homes, their neighborhoods and their communities. We need to be doing all we can to continue to ensure New Hampshire remains the safe state that it currently is.” Currently, state law gives public colleges and universities the discretion to regulate guns on campuses. House Bill 334 would eliminate that discretion and give sole authority to regulate guns on any public land or in publicly owned or financed buildings, except for courts. This dramatic change in state law would eliminate prohibitions on guns at the Verizon Wireless Arena and Fisher Cat Stadium in Manchester. It would allow firearms to be carried at the State Hospital, which treats people suffering from mental illness, at the state’s 10 county jails, and at state parks, including Hampton Beach. Also, the state owns land and leases office buildings to private companies at Pease International Tradeport. This legislation would even prevent those private companies from prohibiting guns in their offices.


“I don’t think that is a message we should be sending to businesses we are trying to bring to New Hampshire, and could threaten the success of Pease,” Gov. Lynch said. “I ask the House to listen our higher education administrators and to law enforcement and reject this reckless legislation. It is uncalled for and unnecessary.” In addition to House Bill 334, the House is will also soon take action on House Bills 536 and 194. House Bill 536 would allow just about anyone to carry a gun without a license, putting the public and law enforcement at an immediate disadvantage. Stripping away the permitting process, which has been in place for decades, would remove an important protection that helps ensure a person with a violent past, or a history of mental illness is not allowed to carry a concealed weapon. House Bill 194 would drastically re-write the definition of a loaded rifle or shotgun, as a result, overturning a decades old law that prohibits carrying loaded rifles and shotguns in vehicles. “It is absurd to believe that a rifle with bullets in it is not really


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