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May 25, 2012

Pedestrian struck by van in Plaistow improving

PLAISTOW — Jonathan Stearns, 29, of Haverhill is in stable condition after a local man allegedly struck him with his van and drove off.

Police arrested John Sheehan, 30, of Plaistow for allegedly hitting Stearns at 9 p.m. on Sunday. Sheehan told police he was downloading an application on his smart phone at the time. He said he didn't stop because he didn't realize he had hit someone, according to police.

Stearns was found by the side of the road by a resident, who heard the crash and called an ambulance. He was rushed to Lawrence General Hospital and later flown by medical helicopter to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. His condition has been upgraded to stable from critical, according to a hospital spokesman.

Sheehan was charged with conduct after an accident, a felony. State police are assisting Plaistow with the investigation, looking into physical evidence on Sheehan's white 1998 Ford Econoline Van, according to Plaistow Deputy police Chief Kathleen Jones.

Help the very young get ready to read

HAMPSTEAD — "Mother Goose on the Loose" is designed to develop early literacy skills for the very young and a caring adult.

It meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and is a stepping stone in getting young children ready to read.

Nursery rhymes, movement games, finger plays, music and stories encourage children to recognize patterns of language at a very young age.

All sessions are "drop-in" and do not require registration.

Call the library at 329-6411 for details.

Residents, meet Windham officials in June

WINDHAM — Town residents can meet local officials at a series of forums throughout June. Sessions are set for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the individual town offices. The schedule is: June 5: Finance, Administration, Maintenance, Senior Center, Human Services, Recreation, IT; June 12: Community Development, Tax Collector, Town Clerk, Assessor, WCTV, Museum; June 19: Transfer/Recycling Station, Highway Garage/Salt Shed; June 26: Police Department, Fire Department.

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