Press Releases




Wanted Person - Marlin Fogg

November 27, 2019

The Portsmouth Police Department is seeking the public’s help locating a wanted male.  The Portsmouth Police Department has an active arrest warrant for Marlin Fogg.  Fogg is wanted for the following charges: Domestic Violence Second Degree Assault, Domestic Violence Assault, Domestic Violence Criminal Restraint and Breach of Bail Conditions.  Fogg is a thirty-six (36) year old white male described as being about 5’10, 195 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.  



Hazmat Incident Findings

November 26, 2019

This morning, members of the Portsmouth Police and Fire Departments, along with New Hampshire State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD) responded to 43 Austin Street where a significant quantity of dynamite and blasting caps were discovered in the basement. The previous homeowner had died and the items were located during a search of the residence. Current caretakers of the property properly notified authorities early on that the potential of the dynamite existed. This was crucial to the safe mitigation of the material.


Hazmat Incident

November 26, 2019

**UPDATE** 12:45pm - Austin and all surrounding streets are now reopened to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The evacuation has been lifted and residents have been cleared to return to their homes. The Portsmouth Police Department would like to thank everyone for their cooperation and understanding.



Unattended Death Investigation

November 20, 2019

The Portsmouth Police Department and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating the death of a 38 year old male which occurred in Portsmouth overnight between November 17th and the 18th.


At approximately 5:15 AM on November 18th, the Portsmouth Police and Fire departments responded to 171 Union St, #3, after a man reported finding his roommate unresponsive in the residence. Despite efforts to revive the male, he was deceased on-scene.



Sale of Controlled Narcotics Arrest

November 5, 2019

On November 4, 2019, the Portsmouth Police Department arrested the following individual for Sale of Controlled Narcotics, a Class B Felony.


Everton Sterling

Age 35

From Manchester, NH



Arson Arrest

October 23, 2019

On October 19th at 2:14 AM, the Portsmouth Police and Fire Departments responded to Prescott Park for a Ford F-350 dump body truck that was fully engulfed in flames. Evidence on scene suggested that the fire was intentionally set. Fire Investigators from both the Police and Fire Departments processed the scene for evidence. The investigation ultimately led to the arrest of the following individual:


Stephen P. Denault


Portsmouth's 2019 "Trick-or-Treat" & Halloween Parade

October 22, 2019

The date and time for “Trick-or-Treat” activities in Portsmouth this year will be Wednesday, October 30th, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.


The Portsmouth Police Department encourages families participating in this activity to review and practice personal safety as they walk through neighborhoods at this time of day, as driver visibility can be diminished by the darkness setting in.



National Drug Take Back Day: October 26th, 2019

October 22, 2019

The Portsmouth Police Department will be joining the Drug Enforcement Administration and other seacoast communities in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day; this Saturday, October 26th 2019, at the Portsmouth Police Department, from 10:00 A.M.


Fraudulent Delivery Scam Arrest

October 9, 2019

On October 8th, the Portsmouth Police received a call from a resident about a new iPhone that was delivered to his house from AT&T, that he did not order. Being familiar with recent scams regarding these deliveries, the resident called to alert the police. Members of the Portsmouth Police Special Investigations Unit initiated surveillance on the residence in question.