Conway man killed in hit and run Wednesday evening

By Daymond Steer

CONWAY — A Conway man was hit and killed by a vehicle while biking on West Main Street in Conway Village on Wednesday evening.

jesse-fulcher-mugshotJesse Fulcher, 36, of Conway was killed in a hit-and-run Wednesday on his bicycle. (COURTESY PHOTO)On Thursday morning, Conway police identified the victim as Jesse Fulcher, 36, of Conway. They also said they are seeking the driver of an 18-wheeler that was believed to have been involved in the incident.

At press time on Thursday afternoon, police had located the truck and sent detectives out of town to investigate, along with New Hampshire State Police.

Officers had responded at 5:52 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a man who had been struck by a motor vehicle.

Witnesses reported that the victim later identified as Fulcher was found unresponsive in the roadway next to a bicycle. The driver involved in the incident was not on scene when witnesses and officers arrived.

Conway Fire and Rescue personnel attended to Fulcher at the scene, but his injuries proved to be fatal, according to Lt. Chris Mattei of the Conway Police Department.

West Main Street was closed to through traffic in order to allow the Conway Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team to document the scene. The road was reopened at approximately 9 p.m.

The investigation revealed that the suspect's vehicle continued south on West Main Street.

On Thursday morning, a man who identified himself as "Frank James," of Waterville, Maine, posted to The Conway Daily Sun's Facebook page that the victim was his brother.

Jackson residents react to police chief being put on leave

By Daymond Steer

JACKSON — Selectmen shared little Thursday about the mysterious circumstances that led to Police Chief Douglas Jette being put on administrative leave last week.

5-25-Memorial-Day-jackson-police-saluteJackson Police Chief Doug Jette (left) and officer Lauren Orsini (right) are seen on Memorial Day 2015. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)But they did divulge that Jackson police officer Lauren Orsini had resigned.

On Tuesday, Selectmen's Chair Bob Thompson told the Sun that  Jette had been put on paid leave following an accusation by another employee.

Before their meeting on Thursday, selectmen held a non-public meeting with Carroll County Sheriff Domenic Richardi (R-Conway) and Carroll County Attorney Tom Dewhurst (R-Bartlett).

Thompson read aloud brief minutes from that meeting.

"The Carroll County Sheriff will assign an on-duty supervisor to be the contact for the Jackson Police Department," said Thompson. "Carroll County Sheriff's Department will provide any response needed, and they are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week."

The sheriff's office supervisor will vary per shift.

About two dozen people attended the meeting, though some seemed to be there for other topics, such as the lack of public restroom facilities in town.

State moose permits being reduced from 105 to 71 this fall

CONCORD — Looking ahead to fall hunting seasons, New Hampshire hunters should be aware that certain rules have changed as a result of the biennial rule-making review.

Several changes were made to wildlife baiting regulations, particularly in the application process for bait permits and submission deadlines. For a summary, go to www.huntnh.com/newsroom/news.html?news=427.

Students can now wear hats at Kennett High, but not in the classroom

By Lloyd Jones

CONWAY — The Conway School Board recently adopted a policy paving the way for students to wear hats everywhere at Kennett High except in classrooms and the auditorium during a class or event.

According to the policy that the board approved 6-0 (with Michelle Capozzoli absent) at its June 27 meeting, hats may be worn in hallways, the cafeteria and the library by all students but cannot cover the wearer's eyebrows and can't have images or graphics in violation of school policy. In addition, hoods are still off-limits.

Conway selectmen appoint members to historic district commission

By Daymond Steer

CONWAY — Selectmen on Tuesday appointed six members to their newly re-created Historic District Commission. Selectmen got interested in reviving this long- dormant entity following public outcry related to the razing, which took last week, of the onetime Homestead Restaurant, which was built in the 1790s.