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NH News
7:08 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Keene City Council Rejects Permit For 2015 Pumpkin Festival

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There will be no Pumpkin Festival in Keene this year, after the City Council voted overwhelmingly to reject a permit for the annual event after alcohol-fueled violence last year led to injuries, property damage and more than 100 arrests.

The council voted 13-1 last night not to grant the license.

Councilor Kris Roberts was one of the most vocal supporters of keeping the festival going.

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NH News
6:54 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Future Of Keene Pumpkin Festival In City Council's Hands

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The fate of the Keene Pumpkin Festival rests with the City Council, which could vote against holding the annual fall tradition that was overshadowed by nearby violent disturbances last year.

The city's Planning, Licensing and Development Committee has twice rejected a permit request for the festival. The matter now goes before the council, which meets at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The nonprofit group running the festival, Let It Shine, wants the city to develop a security plan for the festival. That's estimated to cost more than $300,000.

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NH News
12:58 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Police Make Arrest After Keene State Put On Temporary Lockdown

Tyler Day
Credit Keene Police Department

Keene police have arrested a man they say fired a gun during a domestic dispute Wednesday morning, prompting a lockdown at nearby Keene State College and Wheelock School.

Tyler Day, 22, is facing five felony charges, including reckless conduct and criminal threatening, as well as three misdemeanors. He is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon at Keene district court.

Police say they responded to the area of Proctor Court around 9:30 Wednesday morning for a report of a domestic disturbance.

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NH News
6:33 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Keene City Council Committee Again Rejects Pumpkinfest Permit

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A City Council committee has once again rejected a permit request this year for the Keene Pumpkin Festival, a fall tradition overshadowed by nearby violent disturbances last year.

WMUR-TV reports the nonprofit group running the festival, Let It Shine, wants the city to develop a security plan, estimated to cost more than $300,000.

The Planning, Licensing and Development Committee rejected a license Wednesday for the second time. The Keene City Council is scheduled to vote on it April 2.

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NH News
9:09 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Keene Officials Clash With Pumpkin Festival Organizers

Police responding to last year's riot in Keene.
Credit Courtesy Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

  Let It Shine, the group that organizes the Keen Pumpkin Festival, and city officials are at an impasse as this year’s festival hangs in the balance.

After the riot that took place during last years’ pumpkin festival, Let It Shine was saddled with an unusually high bill due to the added police response needed to control the disturbance.

It has already paid about $60,000 of the $90,000 bill and is now asking the city for approval to move forward with this year’s festival.

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NH News
10:27 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Quality Of Life, Fear Of Repeat Riots Raised At Keene Pumpkin Festival Forum

Credit Courtesy Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

Advocates for keeping Keene’s annual Pumpkin Festival going said at a forum Tuesday the loss of revenue to local nonprofits would be devastating, while those who want to see the festival end raised concerns about whether the riots that marred this year’s festival will get worse.

"Is it responsible to dig in our heels when there is a very real possibility this will happen again?" said Beth Truman, a Keene resident and Pumpkin Festival volunteer. "Luckily this didn't result in any deaths, but what if there is a death next year? ...It is time for it to end."

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All Things Considered
5:06 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Methadone Clinic In Keene Comes Under Scrutiny

One of the ways health officials have tried to stem the growing amount of heroin and prescription opioid abuse in New Hampshire is methadone treatment. Methadone is an opioid, but given in the proper dose, it can reduce cravings without getting users high.

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NH News
10:21 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Keene Residents Discuss Riots, Weigh Future Of Pumpkin Festival

Keene resident Jessica White, who started the Facebook Page "Keene Pumpkin Festival Move it or Lose it" and moderated Thursday night's forum
Credit Melanie Plenda for NHPR

For many Keene residents, the wounds are still fresh.

"This is an emotional issue," said Jessica White, who started the Facebook Page "Keene Pumpkin Festival Move it or Lose it" and moderated a forum Thursday night focused on the events of that weekend. "We were hurt. We were embarrassed. Embarrassed is a big one."

On Oct. 18 and 19, more than 2,000 college-aged adults overwhelmed police, started street fires, threw full liquor bottles at emergency officials tending to the injured, toppled light poles and tipped cars for more than eight hours.

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NH News
1:32 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Chichester Man Faces Felony Charge For Alleged Role In Keene Riot

Jacob Clark
Credit Keene Police Department

 

Keene police have made the first arrest as a result of asking the public for photos of the violent disturbances during a family-friendly pumpkin festival last weekend.

Police say 19-year-old Jacob Clark of Chichester threw a beer bottle at a police officer. He was charged Thursday with a felony count of reckless conduct. He was released on $500 bail and is due back in court Nov. 6.

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NH News
4:52 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Keene Police May Seek Subpoenas To ID Riot Culprits On Social Media

Credit Courtesy Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

Keene police say they may pursue subpoenas as they work to identify those responsible for the mayhem that occurred during last weekend’s Pumpkin Festival.

Police say the subpoenas will be used to identify account subscriber information for phone numbers and social media accounts.

Officials say social media played a significant role in the riots that occurred in Keene Saturday and into Sunday morning.

And that’s where they’re now looking for evidence.

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Health
4:46 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Two Families Allege Abuse At Crotched Mountain School

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When her son came home from school one day last March, Jessica Giberson was disturbed. She noticed her son’s genitals were bruised and swollen. Giberson’s son is developmentally delayed.  

"He is nine years old. He’s more like a three year old in a nine year old’s body," says Giberson.

Giberson says she complained to the Crotched Mountain Foundation School, but that nothing ever came of it. Then in June, she got a call from the school.

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Word of Mouth
2:01 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

10.23.14: Using Social Media To Solve Crime & Nosferatu's Live Soundtrack

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Police officials in Keene have taken to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to track down the major players in last weekend’s riots, and want the public to help them track down additional perpetrators. On today’s show: how police departments across the nation are using social media to fight crime and bolster their image. 

Plus: the 1922 version of Nosferatu still tops lists as one of the greatest horror films of all time. We’ll find out what goes into scoring this silent classic for a live audience.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

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NH News
11:57 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Keene Police Release Riot Photos, Ask Public To Help ID Suspects

Keene Police Department

Keene police have released two dozen photos from this weekend's riots and are asking the public to help identify the suspects.

"These subjects can be seen engaging in criminal acts, if identified, will be arrested and charged accordingly," the department said. 

Police said earlier this week they've already made 84 arrests connected to the riots, which took place Saturday afternoon and escalated again later that night and into Sunday morning.

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NH News
6:27 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

After 84 Arrests, Keene Police Ask For Help Tracking Down Riot's 'Heavy Hitters'

Officials in Keene hold a press conference Monday.
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There have already been 84 arrests made in connection with the riots in Keene over the weekend, as police continue to scour video and photos on social media for additional culprits.

At a press conference in Keene City Hall, Police Chief Ken Meola said there’s been trouble at Pumpkin Festival in the past, but nothing like what the city saw this weekend.

“These were gatherings that occurred on public property, disrupting traffic, disrupting people’s lives, disrupting the quality of life, putting people in potential for some serious harm.”

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NH News
6:01 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Is Party Company 'FinnaRage' To Blame For Keene Riots?

FinnaRage TV has been blamed for encouraging outsiders to come to Keene ready for a huge drunken party.
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This weekend, Keene’s annual Pumpkin Festival ended in chaos.

The main part of the festival downtown was mostly untouched. But just down the road, in a neighborhood abutting Keene State College, young people charged through the streets, hurling beer bottles at police in riot gear.

And city and state officials are laying at least some of the blame on social media, and they've named one small party-hosting company. 

So, how in the world did Keene’s annual Pumpkin Festival - a subdued, family event - turn into this…

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NH News
10:02 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Pop-Up Party Company Under Scrutiny For Role In Keene Riots

Police in riot gear barricade streets of Keene.
Credit Courtesy Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

Governor Maggie Hassan says a company may have staged the massive house parties that broke out into riots in Keene Saturday and early Sunday morning.

After meeting with officials from the city and Keene State College Sunday, Hassan explained the parties were broadcast on social media.

"As far as we can tell," Hassan says, "there are companies now that advertise parties around certain events often near college campuses, attract people there, and the people are encouraged to do things that are then videotaped and put on social media."

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NH News
7:48 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Slideshow: Before The Riots, It Was All About The Pumpkins In Keene

Melanie Plenda for NHPR

Before riots overshadowed the festivities in Keene on Saturday, thousands gathered in the city's downtown for the annual spectacle of thousands of jack-o'-lanterns lining Main Street.

Click above to see a gallery of some of the pumpkins, which include corporate-sponsored carvings, political messages, and at least one marriage proposal. 

NH News
5:09 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Keene State Students Clean Up After Mayhem Near Pumpkin Fest

Keene State College students and friends clean the backyard of a house on Winchester Court on Sunday morning, the site of a large party on Saturday that was broken up by police.
Credit Michael Moore / Keene Sentinel

 

Keene State College students are cleaning up from a chaotic weekend after parties near the city's annual pumpkin festival turned violent.

Dozens of people were injured and arrested as crowds overturned cars, set fires and hurled bottles at police, who responded with riot gear and tear gas.

Police did not have a final count of arrests Sunday, but the department's police log shows officers responded to 235 calls between 2:30 a.m. Friday and 3:30 a.m. Sunday and made at least 49 arrests.

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NH News
9:51 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Police In Riot Gear Clash With Crowd In Keene, Several Injuries Reported

Police formed a barricade on Winchester Street to deal with the huge crowds.
Credit Courtesy Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

Police turned out in riot gear to try to quell the violence that erupted in the neighborhoods surrounding the Pumpkin Festival in Keene Saturday.

Initial police and fire reports indicate that police and EMTs had to dodge bottles and other debris from the hostile crowd as they tried to tend to the injured.

Stephanie Konopka of Swanzey was visiting the festival with her 12-year-old daughter Saturday afternoon, and said her car was surrounded by a mob of hundreds of college age students while driving down Winchester Street at about 2 p.m.

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Health
4:30 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Cheshire Lands $1.1 Million Grant For Healthy Monadnock Plan

Cheshire Medical Center-Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene

A plan to make the Monadnock region one of the healthiest communities in the country has received a financial boost from the federal government.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $1.1 million to Healthy Monadnock 2020, an initiative of Cheshire Medical Center-Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene. The hospital is working with schools, farmers and other private and public entities to prevent some of the leading causes of death, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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Health
6:04 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Urgent Care Clinics Poised to Compete In Keene

Max Puyanic, CEO of ConvenientMD, shows off an urgent care clinic in Concord.
Credit Jack Rodolico

The number of urgent care clinics in New Hampshire has almost doubled since 2012. And in the next year, three such clinics will open their doors in the City of Keene. That will mean more choices for patients in the Monadnock Region - and stiff competition for the clinics.

Urgent care clinics are often called retail healthcare. You’ll see the clinics in strip malls. The idea is you can walk in without an appointment, be treated by a doctor for anything from a bad cut to a broken finger to a sore throat, and get out -- quickly.

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NH News
11:29 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Police Ask For Help From Public In Keene Homicide Investigation

The state's Attorney General and Keene police are asking for the public's help in the investigation of an apparent homicide discovered Saturday evening.

Responding to a call for medical assistance, Keene police found David Wheelock, 48.

Police say he was the apparent victim of a homicide.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

The investigation is in its early stages and authorities are asking  for the public's help.

NH News
3:02 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Judge Dismisses Keene's Lawsuits Against 'Robin Hooders'

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A Cheshire County Superior Court judge has dismissed a pair of lawsuits filed by the city of Keene against a group of people calling themselves “Robin Hooders.”

Members of the group fill parking meters and videotape parking enforcement officers.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

With A Little Help, N.H. Hopes Unemployed Can Create Their Own Jobs

Holly Morin wants to call her pet store The Fuzzy Dog in honor of her Keeshond Anika.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

  After citing the latest unemployment statistics, many media reports add a note about the number not including “discouraged workers.”  Those are people who gave up after months of unemployment.  But there is another, much smaller group of people who have decided to make their own jobs, by starting a business.

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NH News
4:49 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Robin Hooders Case To Continue

The city of Keene’s lawsuit against a group known as the Robin Hooders will go forward. The group has gained attention for filling empty parking meters in the city, as well as for allegations of harassing parking attendants. This week, they had their first day in court.

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NH News
3:45 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Corrections Officer Charged with Smuggling

A corrections officer at the Cheshire County Jail has been arrested for smuggling drugs into the facility.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Greyhound Cuts Could Leave Riders Stranded

Susan VonStade waits for the Greyhound bus in Keene.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Greyhound used to be the symbol of American mobility; of transportation for all. To prove it, they made killer commercials.

…Go Greyhound and leave the driving to us !! America is discovering the comfort and convenience of Greyhound…   [jingle]

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Campaign 2012
6:27 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Paul Talks Banks After "Occupy"-Style Interruption

Ron Paul is in the midst of a two day campaign swing through the Granite State.

The Texas Congressman’s town hall meeting at Keene State College was briefly interrupted by a group of protesters affiliated with Occupy Wall Street.

The protesters used their call-and-response technique to say "there is something wrong with the system" and "we are the 99 percent." When they were done, Ron Paul said "I hope you feel better," and there was laughter and applause. And then he said when it came to the power of big banks, he agreed with the protesters.