RPD Officer Saves Life

On Tuesday, December 12, at approximately 8:39 pm, Rollinsford Police respond to a Highland Avenue residence after 911 received a call reporting an overdose.

Officer Jamie Lajoie found the
34 year old male not conscious, not breathing and blue in color. Officer Lajoie administered CPR. Within a few minutes, the male had a pulse and started breathing on his own. York Ambulance and Rollinsford Fire arrived soon thereafter and administered additional care.

The male was transported to Wentworth Douglass Hospital. Police believe it may have been a heroin overdose. But for the quick and professional actions of Officer Lajoie, this incident may have turned out tragic.

RPD Requests Public’s Assistance: Route 4 Collision

The Rollinsford Police have identified the driver of the vehicle involved in the hit and run collision that
occurred on Portland Avenue on November 7th which seriously injured a Rollinsford resident.  The driver
has been identified as   Stephen Spofford, age 50, last known address in Somersworth.  Police have an
active warrant for his arrest and are asking the public’s help in locating him.  We have reason to believe that
he knows we are looking for him.  Please call the Rollinsford Police Department at 742-2724 if you have seen
him or know where he is.

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Winter Parking Ban

The town wide Winter Parking Ban begins November 15 and ends April 1. 

Town Ordinance 75-01 prohibits parking on any street between the hours of 12 am and 6 am.  Vehicles found in violation will receive a ticket. Vehicles found hindering snow removal operations will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.  The parking ban is in effect regardless of the weather conditions.

To receive notification of daytime storm related emergency ban notifications please click here to sign up.

 

Firearms Permits

It was reported in the recently released Town newsletter that permits are required for firearms.  This information is incorrect.  Permits ARE NOT required for the purchase or carrying of a firearm.  You may still obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit from the PD if you choose, but they are not required.

Speeds on Silver Street

In September, the Police Department deployed a stealth radar unit on Silver Street to capture the number of vehicles and their speeds.   The results of the 4 day survey are:

Total vehicles                   6884
36-40 mph                       2800
31-35 mph                       1971
41-45 mph                       944
26-30 mph                       677
21-25 mph                       304
46-50 mph                       136
16-20 mph                        33
11-15 mph                         8
56-60 mph                       5
51-55  mph                       3
70+                                    3

Fortunately the majority of the vehicles are travelling at or below the posted limit.  We are working on reducing the number of vehicles travelling at excessive speeds by increasing time spent on Silver Street to monitor traffic.  We will publish additional analysis of other streets as they become available.  Please contact Chief Robert Ducharme at 742-8549, ext 303 if you would like an analysis done on your roadway.

 

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SEE SOMETHING-SAY SOMETHING

The Police Department is requesting you call them if you see or hear anything out of the ordinary so it can be investigated immediately. Too often people will call the Police Department hours or days after an event because they did not want to bother the Police Department or did not know if they should call. We encourage you to call no matter how trivial you think it might be. 
Emergencies 911

Dispatch 742-2724
Provide the dispatcher with as much detailed information as possible. You may remain anonymous if you choose.

Town Emergency Operation Plan Update

The Town of Rollinsford is beginning the process of updating its Emergency Operations Plans.  The plans are updated every 5 years.  The Town has received a grant and contracted with Hubbard Consultants to assist with the update.  The first meeting will be held at the Town Hall on Wednesday, October 11, at 9 am.  The public is invited to attend.  For more information, call Chief Robert Ducharme at 742-8549, ext 303.

Public Safety Warning: Needles

RPD is reminding citizens should you come across a discarded hypodermic needle, do not touch it or remove it. So far this year we have had 4 calls to remove found needles. All four instances the needles were discarded along the roadside as if being tossed out a car window. To ensure a safe removal, please call the PD and we will remove and dispose of them.