Rockingham County

NH News
4:55 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Fired Rockingham Whistleblower Joins Exeter Defense Firm

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  Former Rockingham County prosecutor Jerome Blanchard begins work Monday as a criminal defense attorney with Russman Law in Exeter.

Blanchard was a primary whistleblower in the state’s investigation into former Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams. Blanchard was later fired by Patricia Conway, a longtime prosecutor in Reams’ office who was elected County Attorney in November.

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NH News
5:35 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Rockingham County Designated 'High Drug Trafficking' Area

A coalition of federal and regional law enforcement officials have designated Rockingham County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.  Rockingham County joins Hillsborough as a so-called “HIDTA” county.

While it may seem like an unwanted distinction, Jay Fallon, Director of the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, says it will actually bring additional federal funds and coordination between federal, state and local organizations

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NH News
5:52 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Judge Reinstates Suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams

Attorney Michael Ramsdell argues on Monday before Judge McNamara (not pictured). Formerly suspended Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams takes notes (right).
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

A New Hampshire judge has ruled that the continued suspension of Rockingham County attorney Jim Reams is illegal, and ordered his reinstatement.

Attorney General Joseph Foster suspended Reams’ power to prosecute in November, as the AG investigated allegations of sexual harassment and financial mismanagement.

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NH News
3:44 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Rockingham County Attorney Argues Suspension Was Unconstitutional

Credit Rockingham County Attorney's office

Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams is seeking to get his job back, arguing his suspension by the New Hampshire Attorney General was unconstitutional.

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NH News
11:08 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Rockingham County Attorney, Deputy Suspended Amid Investigation

Jim Reams
Credit Rockingham County Attorney's office

Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams has been suspended as state and federal officials conduct an investigation into "managerial and operational" issues in the office.

Deputy County Attorney Tom Reid has also been placed on administrative leave.

At a press conference Thursday morning, Attorney General Joe Foster said a complaint made to his office by a former employee prompted the investigation.

Foster wouldn’t go into the nature of the complaint, but said he has stripped Reams of his prosecutorial authority until further notice.

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NH News
1:36 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Rockingham Healthiest County In N.H., Coos Struggles

Rockingham tops the list of healthy N.H. counties
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Rockingham County is officially the healthiest place in New Hampshire, while Coos County is struggling in terms of public health.  That’s according to a report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.

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5:36 pm
Tue July 3, 2012

White Nose Syndrome Found in Rockingham County for the First Time

USFWS Headquarters Flikr Creative Commons

Officials with New Hampshire Fish and Game have confirmed that bats infected with White Nose Syndrome have been detected in Rockingham County for the first time.

White nose was first detected on bats in Rockingham in 2010, but this March was the first time bats were visibly infected with the fungus. Fish and Game biologist Emily Brunkhurst says the disease has devastated bat populations in the Northeast.

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