Union Leader Reports on City Council Ignoring BEARCAT Return Proposal

BEARCATThanks to Meghan Pierce for her report on the Keene City Council’s outright refusal to even hold a public hearing regarding councilor Terry Clark’s proposal to return the BEARCAT attack tank to the feds. Here’s her story:

KEENE – A move to return the city’s BearCat armored police vehicle to the federal government was rejected by city council members 11 to 3 Thursday night.

 

City Councilor Terry Clark made the request to return the BearCat in a letter to Mayor Kendall Lane and the council dated Aug. 19.

 

Clark asked Lane and councilors to withdraw from the Homeland Security grant that funded the BearCat and return the specialized vehicle in light of the “the lack of use of and practical need for, as well as the derogatory impact on our fine city’s name,” he wrote. (more…)

WKBK’s Excellent Series on Heroin

Rick Van Wickler VICEWKBK‘s morning host Dan Mitchell recently did some of the best reporting in the area that I’ve seen all year. He interviewed jail superintendent Rick Van Wickler along with some inmates about heroin addiction, which is a real problem in the Monadnock region.

Van Wickler is known internationally as a speaker for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. He knows drug users don’t belong in jail and his perspective on drug addiction is an important one to be heard. Another perspective worth hearing is our own Rich Paul, who is currently locked in Van Wickler’s jail, aka the Keene Spiritual Retreat.

Here are the audio files from WKBK: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Sentinel Covers Shire Free Church Appeal on Front Page

CoexistThanks to Martha Shanahan at the Keene Sentinel for her front page feature piece focusing on the Shire Free Church’s appeal of the City of Keene’s denial of tax exempt status for our Keene parsonage. Stay tuned here to Free Keene for the latest on this case. Here’s the Sentinel story, for which city attorney Thom Mullins refused to comment:

Members of a local activist group have appealed a city board’s rejection of their application for tax-exempt status on a Keene duplex.

 

Jay Denonville, Mark Edgington, Ian B. Freeman and Darryl W. Perry, who identify themselves in the appeal as ministers of the Shire Free Church: Monadnock, say the city’s Board of Assessors should reverse its June decision and allow the group to claim tax-exempt status on the property as the parsonage of a religious organization. The appeal was filed Aug. 28 in Cheshire County Superior Court.

 

Freeman and Perry, both members of the loosely organized group of bloggers known as Free Keene, filed the application for tax-exempt status at the group’s Leverett Street property in March.
Freeman told The Sentinel he co-founded the Shire Free Church, which has branches and ministers in other parts of New Hampshire and outside of the state, in 2010. (more…)