NASHUA – Chris Gilmore’s phone and email in box was blowing up late last week. The reason? Daniel Webster College had just announced it was adding two new varsity sports, women’s ice hockey and men’s wrestling, and upgrading its longtime club hockey team to varsity. Big news. Big response.
HUDSON – A polar vortex, which gripped the Eastern United States with frigid temperatures for the better part of last week, has retreated and this year’s “January thaw” has come as advertised. Meteorologist and Telegraph columnist Doug Webster said that homes near streams should be on alert as the thaw takes over and rain arrives. Yet, Webster said flooding should not be a major concern. “I don’t think the average homeowner should worry,” Webster said. Rain this week, coupled with a still-frozen ground, may set the stage for minor basement flooding in vulnerable homes and Webster cautioned homeowners.
Fears that the moderate, sometimes heavy, precipitation Sunday and Sunday night would change to freezing rain or slushy snow were never realized in the immediate Nashua area, but those journeying out early Monday should be wary of patches of black ice, local weatherman Doug Webster said. The fast-moving storm system, which hit the Northeast Sunday with rain, freezing rain and snow depending on location, didn’t hang around long enough to allow colder air to freeze the precipitation or change it to snow, Webster said. He predicted the rain to end well before midnight Sunday, followed by gradually clearing skies. The temperature won’t dip drastically, he said, but it will get cold enough overnight to freeze whatever water that remains on walkways and roadways. “This is what I call a yawner,” Webster said.
Merrimack Police Department Oct. 14 Arrest/Summons Aaron Davis, 24, 8 Kearns Drive: Operating after suspension, 1:43 p.m. Accidents Route 101A: 10:42 a.m. Two-vehicle accident. Drivers: William Connoly, Merrimack, and John O’Laughlin III, Nashua.
AMHERST – A police officer was injured Friday when his cruiser was struck by a car driven by a woman fleeing police. The woman, Cheryl Nelson, 44, of Tyngsborough, Mass., faces multiple felony and misdemeanor charges and was held at the Amherst Police Department on $25,000 cash bail pending arraignment, police said. The officer, Sgt. Patrick Webster, was treated at a local hospital and released, police said. Nelson was involved in a chase that began in Milford.
Hudson Police Department DEC. 24 Arrest/Summons Kyle Thomas Goguen, 25, 263 Webster St., Hudson, armed robbery. DEC. 25 Accidents Robinson Road: One-vehicle accident.
It’s cold out, indeed – but it’s been colder and, depending on your age, a whole lot colder in these parts. Still, this week’s temperatures, which are expected to moderate a tad by the weekend, aren’t to be scoffed at. They may not set records, but they’re still plenty low enough to injure, or even kill, folks who don’t abide by the dress-in-layers and cover-exposed-skin rules. In Nashua, the mercury made it to 14 on Wednesday, making it the coldest day in two years but still not a record-setter. That honor goes to Jan.
MANCHESTER – A Litchfield man convicted of attempted murder in the shooting of a Manchester police officer has been sentenced to 60 years to life in prison. Twenty-three-year-old Myles Webster was convicted in December of shooting Officer Daniel Doherty last March, shattering his leg and causing serious internal injuries. At Webster’s sentencing hearing Monday, Doherty said he is still living with the scars of seven bullet wounds, but is on a fast-track for recovery. In urging the judge to impose a significant sentence, he echoed prosecutor Jeff Strelzin, who said nothing but locking Webster up would stop him from harming others. Webster did not speak at the hearing.
NASHUA – The Snow Miser and Heat Miser fought for turf during the season’s first significant snowmaker Wednesday night into Thursday morning, with white covering most of the state, but green winning the day in a few areas. New Hampshire indeed seemed a battleground between the warring White vs. Green stepbrothers in the animated holiday cartoon “The Year Without a Santa Claus.” “It was a very strange storm with the gradient of snow from nothing to half a foot in a short space,” Telegraph weather columnist Doug Webster said. For example, Nashua got roughly 6 inches or so, with snowfall measured in Hudson at 6.4 inches, Webster said. But drive 10 minutes down Route 3, and you’ll find green grass, Webster said.