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Wednesday in Enfield: A presentation on Noyes Academy, a 19th-century integrated school that was destroyed by a white mob

Dan Billin is giving the presentation at the Enfield Community Building at 7 p.m. From today’s Valley News:

The story of the short-lived and ill-fated Noyes Academy — an integrated school that opened in Canaan more than 120 years prior to the Little Rock Nine, in 1835, only to be destroyed months later by an angry mob that dragged the building a half-mile down the road from its foundation — is one that history has largely forgotten.

Read more here.

Mikel Wells’ 1999 painting, “Destruction of Noyes Academy,” which is owned by the Canaan Historical Society. (Courtesy Canaan Historical Society and Mikel Wells)

Police video + PDF of AG report: New Hampshire Attorney General says trooper ‘legally justified’ in fatal Canaan shooting

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald speaks to the media about the findings in the police shooting involving Jesse J. Champney at the Grafton Superior Court in North Haverhill, N.H., on March 14, 2018. MacDonald said Trooper Christopher O’Toole was legally justified when he shot Champney on Dec. 23, 2017, in a field along Route 4 in Canaan. (Valley News – Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald today said a state trooper who shot and killed a 26-year Enfield man in Canaan shortly before Christmas will not be charged.

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Below, find video & audio released by the AG, as well as a PDF of the AG’s report.

In case you were wondering why Route 4 was closed at the Canaan-Enfield town line on Tuesday

According to Darren Carter, of Midnight Auto Recovery Services, the road was detoured for most of Tuesday because of this calamity caused by -26 degree Fahrenheit weather.

“This poor guy was driving to work when the telephone pole snapped because of the cold and landed on top of his truck,” Carter said on Facebook. “Luckily no one was hurt!”

Photo courtesy Darren Carter.

Carter told me he was called to the scene by Enfield police and performed the vehicle recovery with his son, Andrew, who works for him. They responded before the sun rose and the road was reopened after 3 p.m.

My reaction to all of this:

Fiancee: Enfield man was shot, killed as he fled from police

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Saeti Tobin, of Grafton, N.H., looks at a photo of her fiance Jesse Champney, who was fatally shot by a New Hampshire State Trooper in Canaan, N.H., on the night Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, while talking to a reporter about Champney’s life and the cirucumstances leading up to his death on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at a home in Danbury, N.H. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.