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Airman from Merrimack, N.H., killed in ATV accident in Kuwait |

By The Associated Press

Sep 17, 2020 |

US Air Force Staff Sgt. Ronald Ouellette

A U.S. Air Force staff sergeant from New Hampshire has died from non-combat injuries suffered in an ATV accident in Kuwait, the Department of Defense said.

Ronald Ouellette, 23, of Merrimack, died Monday, Col. Craig Peters, 439th Airlift Wing commander, said in a news release. Ouellette was assigned to the 42nd Aerial Port Squadron, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts.

The accident happened at the Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait. The accident is under investigation. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu said in a statement that Ouellette was an American hero whose service to the country “will never be forgotten.”

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire said in a statement,

“We have a solemn obligation to always honor the memory of Staff Sergeant Ouellette and hold his family close.”

U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan said in a statement,

Ouellette “represented the best that our state has to offer.” 

Merrimack woman’s fourth arrest in 2 1/2 years involves habitual offender, second-offense OUIL allegations – Nashua Telegraph

Merrimack, NH Police Department, Press Release


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Date: September 12, 2020

Arrested: Ashley Rutkowski | Age: 31

Charges: Operating while a Habitual Offender, Operating after Suspension – Subsequent, OUIL – 2nd Offense, Open Container Violation

Court Date: TBD | Bail: Personal Recognizance

On September 12, 2020, at approximately 12:22 a.m., Merrimack Police stopped a motor vehicle for a moving violation. The officer made contact with the operator of the vehicle and identified her as the above Ashley Rutkowski.

While speaking with Rutkowski, the officer noted signs of possible impairment due to the consumption of alcohol.

After a brief investigation, which included road-side field sobriety tests, the officer took Rutkowski into custody for OUIL.

Rutkowski was brought back to the station for processing where it was also learned that she had been deemed a habitual offender by the Director of Motor Vehicles. It was further learned that Rutkowski had a previous conviction of OUIL so the charges were adjusted appropriately.

Rutkowski was released on personal recognizance bail and a court date is to be determined out of the Hillsborough County Superior Court (south) to answer to the charges of operating while a habitual offender, operating after suspension – subsequent, OUIL – 2nd offense and open container.


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