NEWPORT, NH–On Wednesday, July 24th, at 5:54 p.m., the Newport Emergency Communication Center received a 911 call advising that there had been an altercation and shooting at a shared driveway between 214 and 220 South Main Street. Upon arrival, responding officers discovered one person had sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and that another had sustained injuries from a physical assault. The investigation has revealed that there had been a verbal argument involving a property dispute between the two residences.
Newport Police Chief James Burroughs reported that the victim of the gunshot was identified as Kevin Nottage III, age 24, Newport, NH. Nottage received emergency medical aid by Newport Police Officers as the scene was secured and he was ultimately transported to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center by the Newport Ambulance Service.
According to Burroughs, the alleged shooter was identified to police as Oliver Renehan, age 58, Newport, NH. Renehan was taken into custody without incident and was charged with First Degree Assault, a class A Felony and Reckless Conduct with a Deadly Weapon, a class B Felony.
Also involved, and sustaining injuries from a physical assault, was Paula Cain, age 57,
Newport, NH. Cain was transported by the Newport Ambulance Service to Valley Regional Hospital.
Due to the serious nature of the incident, assisting the Newport Police Department were the NH State Police, Troop C and the State Police Major Crime Unit along with the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office.
Renehan was held without bail and will be arraigned at the Sullivan County Superior Court on Thursday, July 25th, at 1:00 p.m.
Burroughs said that the investigation is ongoing at this time and “additional charges are expected.” The medical conditions of both Cain and Nottage are not known at this time.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Lt. Charles Rataj at the Newport Police Department at (603) 863-3232.
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