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P.O. Box 26
27 Main ST - Basement
Francestown, NH 03043
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March 1, 2018

The Francestown Police Department has relocated to the basement of the Francestown Offices until further renovations to our building have been completed. 27 Main Street Francestown NH 03043 is our temporary address. Parking is the same for the Town Clerk or Selectman's Office. Our contact numbers, to include dispatch and fax line, have remained  the same.


December 6, 2017

On December 5, 2017 at 1:00pm the Francestown Police Department responded to the Russell Station Road area for a report of a residential burglary that had occurred. Upon arrival the homeowner advised that while away for a short period of time in the morning and returning home a burglary had occurred at the residence. The investigation indicates that the residence was entered by unknown suspect(s) between 10:00 am and 1:00pm that afternoon. Forced entry was made through the front door which facing Russell Station Road. Upon gaining entrance the unknown suspect(s) went through various personal effects of the homeowners. The investigation indicated through evidence collected at the scene that a vehicle was used to enter the driveway and to leave after committing the crime. Further investigation indicates that some items were removed from the residence however for investigative purposes they will not be disclosed. The Francestown Police Department is asking that any citizen that may have been in the Russell Station Road area during the above time period that may have observed any suspicious activity such as people walking; vehicles that seemed out of place however insignificant in may seem, you are asked to contact us at 603- 547- 6850 or 603-547-2043. We can keep your name confidential at your request. Any assistance is appreciated. Also, citizens should be vigilant in observing any suspicious activity all the time but especially during these holiday seasons. Criminals have a tendency to become more active during this time of year. One other note: do not leave anything of value in your vehicle unattended such as valuables and Holiday presents. Criminals are targeting these situations.   

Respectfully submitted,

Fred Douglas
Chief of Police

December 6, 2017

It is that time of season again, yes snow and ice! I wanted to take the opportunity to remind the motoring public of the following. In 1999 a young girl, Jessica Smith who was twenty years old had her life cut short and was killed on Route 202 in Peterborough, N.H when a large piece of snow/ice came off a vehicle and struck her vehicle as she was traveling in the opposite direction. This preventable tragedy resulted in the parents bringing forth a bill to the State Legislature known as the Jessica Smith Law. After several hearings and testimony from many a law was passed prohibiting snow and ice being left upon vehicles. This law was effective on January 1, 2002. Although this would seem to be common sense, many drivers either don’t know the law or don’t pay attention. Again, common sense!
The law, Negligent Driving under RSA 265:79-b is outlined below and the penalties. The intent of the law (the testimony can be read outline under the State Legislature minutes) was to prohibit snow and ice on a vehicle “in a manner that endangers or is “LIKELY TO ENDANGER A PERSON OR PROPERTY” or engaging in other activities that would support the elements of the motor vehicle violation.
2015 New Hampshire Revised Statutes
Chapter 265 - RULES OF THE ROAD
Section 265:79-b - Negligent Driving.
Universal Citation:~NH Rev Stat § 265:79-b (2015)

~~~~265:79-b Negligent Driving. –~Whoever upon any way drives a vehicle negligently or causes a vehicle to be driven negligently, as defined in RSA 626:2, II(d), or in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property shall be guilty of a violation and shall be fined not less than $250 nor more than $500 for a first offense and not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense.

The Francestown Police Department has had many operators violating this law in recent years. We ask that you please remove the snow and ice from your vehicles. The failure to do so may result in a high monetary fine (see above fine), civil liability and possible injuring or causing another preventable tragedy. The life you save may be your own.

Respectfully submitted,

Fred Douglas
Chief of Police


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