Alex LaCasse @Nomad_Reports
NEWINGTON Since the first Gulf War in the early 1990s, members of the New Hampshire Air National Guard s 157th Security Forces have been continually deployed in support of America s military engagements from Somalia to the Balkans to the post 9/11 wars. The streak continued on Sunday with a ceremony at the Air National Guard base at Pease to honor the deployment of 29 airmen from the 157 s Security Forces Squadron to three Middle East countries for the next six months. Halfway through 2017, 281 airmen have been deployed from the 157th wing, according to Maj. Adjutant Gen. of New Hampshire, William Reddell III.
Today in New Hampshire, families are waking up and deciding, Are we going to go to the beach or the lake or are we going to have a barbecue?’ Reddell said. “But not many of them are saying goodbye to a loved one who s going to war. That s why we re here; to say to the nation, ‘We re still at war, especially this unit. Aug. 2, 1990, that s when this unit started to go to war and we haven t stopped yet. My daughters are 28 and 24 and they have never not known me at war. Gov. Chris Sununu was in attendance along with members of New Hampshire s Congressional delegation, including U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. and Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H.
Gov. Sununu said he was grateful for the sacrifices of both the airmen and their families and that he was proud as governor to see the support communities offer to both veterans and current service members.
There is a sense of pride in this state in folks with respect to what military service really means,” Sununu said. “As the General said, not just for the individuals who signed up, but for the families who are also providing as much, if not sometimes more, of a sacrifice.
Shaheen spoke about the upcoming negotiations for the National Defense Authorization Act and said there was one thing not up for debate the resolve and the commitment of America s armed forces and that all elected officials need to be there to support them.
We re going to debate spending levels, we re going to debate reforming of the Department of Defense, we re going to debate weapons systems, we re going to debate troop levels,” Shaheen said. “But one thing we are not going to debate is the commitment of our men and women in uniform to go whenever you are called, wherever you are called, to do whatever you are asked to do. For that, we in New Hampshire are eternally grateful.
Today is really bittersweet, we ve been pretty lucky to have my husband around so we also knew this would kind of be inevitable, said Melissa Snowden of Newburyport, Mass., whose husband, Dale, is going over on his first tour. At least he was here for my daughter s graduation and some other special events, although the holidays won t be the same without him here for sure.
During the first two months of the park police program in Warren County parks, Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy Wayne Mayfield has made three arrests including one assistant coach, issued more than 50 citations, investigated five collisions, assisted adults on two different occasions when children were accidentally locked in cars and managed a variety of other incidents.
“We’re glad to have Wayne,” parks director Chris Kummer said. “He’s staying pretty busy. I wish we would have done this six or seven years ago. I think it would have deterred several of the issues of the last several years.”
Mayfield began working in the parks April 17. Kummer introduced the idea of a park police program to Warren County Fiscal Court in February following a melee among parents at a children’s recreational basketball game and more than 100 instances since 2013 of other criminal behavior by adult spectators in children’s sports. Last year in Division 1AA football, which serves players who are 5 to 7 years old, Kummer ended the season early after an adult spectator stabbed another adult spectator in the eye with a broken beer bottle at a football game Oct. 25 in Basil Griffin Park. The incident occurred between two games, and there were 500 to 600 people in attendance, with many of those people being very young children. Fiscal court and the sherif’s office partnered with the parks department to create the park police program.
“I think having the sheriff’s office support our park police program has really helped mitigate issues,” Kummer said. “We’ve gone through our tournament season for baseball and softball and had fewer issues than in previous seasons.”
Mayfield, a 39-year law enforcement veteran and retired Kentucky State Police trooper, previously worked at Western Kentucky University Police Department and as a court security officer for the sheriff’s office. Mayfield said in his park police position he is incorporating community policing with the knowledge he gained as a state trooper.
“I want to be visible to the people that I need to be visible but invisible to the people who are there to enjoy the park surroundings,” Mayfield said. Hopefully my presence can be more preventative.
“I do stay busy,” he said. “Fortunately over the last two months things haven’t been bad. I get up and walk around at the ballgames.”
Mayfield also eliminated a backlog of more than 400 background checks for applications and created a 24-hour turnaround on new applications for people who want to either work or volunteer for park activities. Kummer said Mayfield’s presence has been well received and a welcome sight for people who want to safely enjoy recreational opportunities in the county’s parks.
“He’s highly visible,” Kummer said. “He’s talking to families and kids while at the same time, he’s in law enforcement mode which makes people feel more secure.”
After the beer bottle incident in 2016, Kummer had at least 50 people who told him they did not feel comfortable bringing their kids to the parks. Kummer doesn’t want to run a reactive parks department. Instead, he hopes that having a park police program is a proactive step in preventing criminal activity. With the building of two new gymnasiums one at Ephram White and another at Mike Buchanon parks each gym will have a law enforcement substation.
The park policing program could potentially expand as the community and park programming expands, Kummer said.
“Yes, I think there will be a need at some point for expansion, but we are also living within our means,” Kummer said.
Many large national tournaments that are economic boons for this area also require a parks department to either have private security or law enforcement presence during the games.
“I’m really glad we’re able to have this program,” Kummer said. “I think it’s a prime example of county government at its best. We’re in the business of providing quality services to the citizens that we serve.
“It’s an integrative partnership that combined meets the law enforcement and the recreational opportunity needs of the taxpaying public,” Kummer said.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) A man died from a stabbing Thursday morning, and businesses in the South Nashville area tell News 2 they are sick of crime. Joshua Taylor, 19, was stabbed outside the Gold Star Market on Murfreesboro Pike. Taylor died at the scene. Security guard, Pauline Spalding, has worked across the street from the convenience store for seven years.
She has witnessed frequent crime in the area, and thinks businesses need to be proactive.
I worry about everybody and I tell everybody when they move in, do not go across the street due to that fact, said Spalding. I m honest with them. I don t want them stabbed. I don t want them robbed, but it s a constant issue for both.
Mitchell Tarver was arrested at a nearby homeless camp for the stabbing.