Citizen Recognized for Aiding Arrest of Sex Offender

by Gina M. Votour

Gerard Jodoin with Hudson Police Chief Jason Lavoie

Hudson resident Gerard Jodoin was recently presented with a Hudson Police Department Civilian Service Award and a Certificate of Recognition after playing a critical role in the arrest of a convicted sex offender.

As previously reported, Jodoin was traveling near the corner of County and Belknap Roads on the afternoon of June 30 when he spotted a man communicating with a young boy on the side of the road.  Feeling suspicious, Jodoin immediately went back to the scene, at which time the man sped away from him.  Jodoin was unable to determine whether or not the boy was also in the car but did obtain a license plate number which he quickly passed on to the Hudson Police Department.

After identifying the driver in question as 63-year-old Vernon Ingersoll Jr., a convicted sex offender in Manchester, the HPD connected with the Manchester Police Department, who subsequently arrested Ingersoll within the hour.

Fortunately, the young boy never got into the car with Ingersoll and had already returned safely home to his family.

It turns out that Ingersoll was previously convicted of both a Felonious Sexual Assault with a child under the age of 13 and of Child Pornography with a victim under the age of 16.  As part of his parole, Ingersoll was instructed to avoid contact with children under 16 years old.

Upon his June 30 arrest on charges of probation violation, items discovered in Ingersoll’s car further revealed that he had been meeting recently with another child in the Manchester area.  Ingersoll is currently being held and will face a hearing shortly.

Gerard Jodoin’s quick thinking could therefore have warded off potentially catastrophic events.  As an expression of the police department’s appreciation of Jodoin’s actions, Chief Jason Lavoie presented Jodoin with a Hudson Police Department Civilian Service Award on the evening of Tuesday, July 14.

“The citizen award is for those citizens that go above-and-beyond what a normal person would do given a situation,” Lavoie began.  Upon presenting the award to Jodoin, Lavoie read, “If it were not for the quick response and the actions of Mr. Gerard Jodoin, there is no doubt the Hudson and Manchester youths may have become victims to this child predator.  On behalf of the citizens of Hudson, the Board of Selectmen, and the Hudson Police Department, with deepest appreciation for your actions, we proudly present the Hudson Police Department Civilian Service Award to Mr. Gerard Jodoin.”

Board of Selectmen Chairman Roger Coutu also praised Jodoin with a Certificate of Recognition from the board, a portion of which read, “Mr. Jodoin’s quick response to what he had witnessed undoubtedly saved other children from this sexual predator.”

Coutu then expressed personal thanks, stating to Jodoin that, “It is a heartfelt appreciation, sir, for what you did.  Thank you so much for helping make our community a safer community.”

Coutu also applauded the Hudson Police Department for their outstanding work on this case, particularly with regard to a potential missing child.

“I feel more confident each day, when I see actions of this sort taking place, that we have one of the finest, if not the finest, police department in the state of New Hampshire,” proclaimed Coutu.

Al Kaprielian Visits Hudson

submitted By Tom Tollefson

MyTV Chief Meteorologist with Hudson youths 

Interactive learning isn’t restricted to the classroom.  MyTV Chief Meteorologist Al Kaprielian proved this statement to be true during his visit to the Hudson Recreation Summer Program last Wednesday to talk about weather of course.  Kaprielian had a dozen pint size volunteers shift in a line to represent the changes in an active jet stream. 

“It was kind of different because he split us apart into groups, and he told me stuff I didn’t know about the weather,” Alyssa 11, said about being an “active” part of Kaprielian visit.

MyTV’s chief meteorologist also brought a message of warning to the children, as he often does when speaking to youngsters. 

“Basically, our job as meteorologists is to protect your lives,” he said when warning children about staying safe in thunderstorms and staying hydrated when playing in extreme summer heat, and wearing sun screen. 

Kaprielian explained the mystery of the many thunderstorms that have plagued the Granite state this summer as being an imbalance in the atmosphere.  He broke it down for the children by using an example of the imbalance of strength between an elementary student and a high school student. 

“I think it’s always great to have exciting guests to educate and entertain the children.  I think the children had a great time,” Summer Director Kim Malley said.

School District May Ban Skateboards, Rollerblades and Scooters

by Lynne Ober

The Litchfield School District is considering a total ban on skateboards, rollerblades, and scooters because of an uncovered liability issue.

Campbell High School Principal, Robert Manseau, brought this issue to the attention of the school board and, at the time, requested a revision to the policy by prohibiting the use of skateboards, rollerblades, and scooters on school grounds.

Business Administrator Steve Martin reported that the District’s insurance company was queried regarding the policy and the response was not promising.  Primex, the insurance carrier, told Martin that there was an open issue of district liability with the current policy.  According to Martin, if someone is hurt on school grounds under the current policy, the District may be liable.  He further commented that the insurance company’s position is to ban the activities on school grounds.  Martin stated that the District Grounds Coordinator, Mr. Bennett, was directed to research surrounding districts and discovered that most rely on the decision of their administrators.

School Board member Pat Jewett said that the town cannot afford the liability.

School Board Chairman Dennis Miller reported that at the Selectmen’s meeting a parent requested permission to solicit for a skate park.  He said this was the meeting he attended to request impact fees.

Manseau said that with the current policy, students who do comply do not leave school grounds, but rather gather in the parking lot.  He reminded the board that the current policy prohibited skateboards, rollerblades, or scooters within 50 feet of the building or on walkways.  By moving to the parking lot, they are in compliance, but the safety issues remain.

Board members discussed the liability of the district if skateboards, rollerblades, and scooters continued to be allowed on school grounds.

Finally Miller commented that the policy needs revision in order to better meet the standards that need to be set for insurance purposes.  He suggested removing the wording that states no skateboards, rollerblades, or scooters within 50 feet of the building or on walkways be removed from the policy.  This would effectively ban these devices from all school properties.

At the time Jewett moved to revise the policy and prohibit skateboarding, rollerblading, and scooters on school property.  School Board member Jason Guerrette seconded and the motion passed unanimously.  The policy will go to a first reading on July 15. 

AHS House is Finally Home and Now Up for Sale

by Doug Robinson

Like Auntie M’s home in the famous musical, The Wizard of Oz, the three-bedroom ranch house which was under construction for over three years by the students of Building Trades at the Wilbur Palmer Vocational School, and then wrapped, bagged, and transported on two trucks is finally set to be sold to the highest bidder during an upcoming auction.  Resting on its new location on Pine Road, Hudson, this house, like the troubled home of Auntie M’s, has survived the tumult of tempestuous economic storms, out lasted the dialect of dissertation from both the Hudson School Board and the Hudson Board of Selectman, lived to let new lives live within, and has finally landed on its new solid foundation on Pine Road, ready for sale to the highest bidder on Saturday, August 1.

Originally, the house was to be auctioned off during the fall of 2008.  However, according to Hudson School Superintendent, Randy Bell, due to the poor economy, elected officials from both the Hudson School Department and the Hudson Board of Selectman decided to review their minimum asking price of $225,000, and directed James St. Jean Auctioneers to set a price “for current economic conditions.”

Two public open houses will be conducted for the public to view the home.  The open houses will be held on Thursday, July 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday morning, July 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. 

The plan to build the home was a collaborative effort between the Town of Hudson and the School District, while the land was tax deeded and appropriated to the project by the Hudson Board of Selectmen. 

Profits, if any, from the sale of the home will be split between the Town and the School District.  

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