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Police: New England woman tries to use 2-year-old as human shield

JAY, Maine (AP) — Police say a Maine woman used her 2-year-old as a shield during arrest.

Officers say the episode unfolded after they responded to a dispute between neighbors in Jay.

Police say they arrived Tuesday evening to find a 30-year-old woman screaming obscenities at the person who made the call.

Officers attempted to arrest the woman, and they say a 31-year-old man tried to block them. The woman then tried to use the child as a shield.

WABI-TV reports the woman has been charged with assault, harassment and refusal to submit to arrest. The man is facing charges for obstructing government administration.

Both the man and the woman are facing child endangerment charges.

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Maine woman accused of killing pedestrian pleads not guilty

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman accused of striking and killing a pedestrian in South Portland in a drunken-driving crash has pleaded not guilty.

Kristen Hodak of Arundel appeared in court Friday to answer charges of manslaughter, operating under the influence, and leaving the scene.

Police say she struck 24-year-old Joseph LePage while he was walking along a roadway on July 2. Her car was found unattended two miles away from the scene of the fatal crash. Investigators say Hodak received a ride to a friend's house before returning to the crash site.

WGME-TV reports that Hodak will be subjected random drug and alcohol tests before her next court date.

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Police investigating 'disturbing' anti-police graffiti

MAYNARD, Mass. (AP) — Police in a Massachusetts town are investigating after three anti-police messages were spray-painted on buildings.

Maynard Police Chief Mark Dubois said the graffiti was found in the early morning hours Friday. He says they cropped up sometime between 11 p.m. on Thursday and 6 a.m. the next day.

One was found on a CVS store on Main Street and read "Down to Die." Another scrawled on The Paper Store said "Kill Pigs," and a third message on another Main Street building said "Kill Cops Now."

Dubois said the department is taking the messages "very seriously" and not treating them as a "simple prank." He says the "extremely disturbing" messages are a threat to the department and the community.

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Mother of slain journalist urges Trump to fill vacancy

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The mother of slain journalist James Foley is urging action on a position that has remained unfilled since President Donald Trump took office.

Rochester, New Hampshire, resident Diane Foley traveled to Washington to speak with hostage recovery and counterterrorism officials on Friday. The Portsmouth Herald reports she hopes to persuade officials to fill the special presidential envoy for hostage affairs position.

Saturday is the three-year anniversary of James Foley's 2014 execution by the Islamic State group.

The position was created in 2015. Former U.S. Army military intelligence officer Julia Nesheiwat currently serves as the acting envoy. Diane Foley says reform is still needed in order to ensure more Americans are brought home safely.

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Feds won't respond to petition over payment of fish monitors

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The federal government has waived its right to respond to a fishermen's group's petition to the U.S. Supreme Court about a court battle over the cost of fishing monitors.

The monitors are workers who gather data that inform fishing regulations. The government shifted the cost of paying for them to fishermen in some Northeast fisheries last year.

A group of fishermen led by David Goethel of New Hampshire filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking a review of the case last month. The suit named the U.S. Department of Commerce, which includes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which regulates fisheries.

Court filings say the commerce department has waived its right to respond to the filing. Justices will now consider petition.

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NH troopers pay tribute to 4 people killed in 1997 shootings

COLEBROOK, N.H. (AP) — About 100 people, including two dozen law enforcement officers, gathered on Friday to remember two state troopers who were killed decades ago in one of the region's worst shootings.

On Aug. 19, 1997, Leslie Lord and Scott Phillips were shot in Colebrook by an angry loner, Carl Drega, who had had repeated run-ins with local authorities. Drega then killed newspaper editor Dennis Joos and part-time judge Vickie Bunnell. He wounded four law enforcement officers pursuing him before he was killed in a shootout just across the Connecticut River in Vermont.

The gathering on Friday was to honor "the loved ones who never returned at the end of their shift," said state police Sgt. Victor Muzzey, the assistant commander of Troop F, the unit to which Lord and Phillips were assigned.

"To remember them is not only our duty but our honor," Muzzey told the crowd.

As troopers stood at attention for a moment of silence, Moriah Penney hugged her two small boys, her eyes red and teary: Lord was her uncle. Not far away, another woman, there to show support for the troopers and the community, bowed her head.

The gathering took place in the nondescript supermarket parking lot on Route 3 where the troopers died. And it was a hard place and time for Wayne Frizzell, Lord's brother-in-law.

"It's a tough day," Frizzell said. "It brings up a lot of memories."

The ceremony concluded with some troopers starting a 55-mile run back to the Troop F barracks in Twin Mountain. Muzzey said the relay runners would be bringing back "the memories of their fallen brothers," although nobody currently assigned to Troop F worked with Lord or Phillips. The final runners are expected to arrive early Saturday, the 20th anniversary of the shootings.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat and former governor who attended Friday's ceremony, said Aug. 19, 1997, was "the darkest day of my tenure as governor and certainly one of the darkest days for our state police."

"This year's memorial run is an act of respect and remembrance — and of love," she said.

Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, did not attend the ceremony but issued a statement saying, "New Hampshire is grateful for the courage and sacrifice of the brave men and women who are on the front lines every day to keep our citizens and communities safe."

Phillips had approached Drega to talk about his rusted-out pickup truck when Drega suddenly opened fire on him with an assault rifle. Lord was killed a few minutes later when, unaware what had happened, he pulled into the parking lot.

Drega then drove into the center of Colebrook, a town of about 2,300 residents, and killed Joos, the newspaper editor, who had tried to take his rifle away. Then, he shot Bunnell, the part-time judge, with whom he had had disagreements over property issues.

The violence appalled the generally safe and sedate North Country, where people in passing cars often waved to police and each other and excitement centered around activities such as the annual moose festival.

"It changed everything," Frizzell said.

Suddenly, after the unexpected and deadly shooting rampage, people began looking at each other differently, he said.

"You never know," he said, "what is going to happen."

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Trump hands communications reins to longtime confidante

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — After three people tackled the assignment with limited success, the job of keeping President Donald Trump on message has for now fallen to Hope Hicks, a young former public relations aide and political neophyte who entered his orbit not knowing the ride would eventually take her into the cutthroat world of Washington politics.

Word of Hicks' promotion — she already was director of "strategic" communications at the White House — landed this week just as she and other top Trump aides confronted one of the biggest communications challenges in recent memory.

After Trump went off message and blamed "both sides" for deadly violence between white supremacists and counter-protesters at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, blowback was sharp and swift. Members of Congress in both parties urged a defiant president to more forcefully denounce the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who marched through the college town. Other lawmakers openly questioned the president's competence and moral leadership. Business leaders whom Trump, a businessman himself, enjoyed inviting to the White House fled the advisory boards they had agreed to serve on, while leaders of the armed services denounced racism and hatred without naming their commander in chief.

Repairing the breach, or at least keeping it from growing, is among the most immediate tasks facing the 28-year-old native of Greenwich, Connecticut. She succeeds Anthony Scaramucci, another flamboyant New York businessman, whose 11-day tenure as White House communications director ended after an expletive-filled tirade to a reporter about his new office mates.

"Hope is a terrific person and will do a great job. Wishing her the best," Scaramucci tweeted after the White House announced Hicks' promotion. She will help shape and steer White House messaging until someone who wants the assignment permanently — who would be the fifth person in less than a year — comes aboard.

Those who have worked with the shy, former teen model describe her as trustworthy.

"Hope is wise beyond her years and is someone I trust to always be there for the president," said Brad Parscale, the digital director of Trump's presidential campaign who, like Hicks, was one of Trump's few original campaign members. "I have been disappointed in seeing so many use President Trump as an opportunity to maximize their own self-interest."

Hicks avoids the spotlight, unlike colleagues who got under Trump's skin by letting their profiles rise.

Hick has long served as a gatekeeper to Trump and now plays the role from her desk near the Oval Office. As was the arrangement during the campaign, media requests to interview the president go through Hicks, and she was the only aide in the Oval Office when Trump sharply criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a recent New York Times interview. She does not do television appearances.

Parscale said Hicks is dedicated to Trump's broader aims.

"His campaign was about millions of Americans across this country who have been left behind," Parscale said, adding that Hicks understands that and "truly wants to see President Trump succeed."

A former Ralph Lauren fashion model and public relations pro who worked for Trump's daughter Ivanka, Hicks had no political background when she signed on for the celebrity businessman's fledgling campaign in 2015. Soon, she essentially became a one-woman communications shop for an unconventional campaign that attracted unprecedented media attention.

She approved interview requests, often tapped out tweets he dictated and remained at his side as he barnstormed the country.

Hicks followed her parents, Paul and Caye Hicks, public relations professionals, into the business. After graduating in 2010 from Southern Methodist University with a degree in English, she moved to New York and worked with Hiltzik Strategies, which has also worked for Hillary Clinton — as did her father. Paul Hicks used to do communications for the NFL, and is now managing partner at a firm in Washington. In 2014, Hicks joined the Trump Organization to help promote Ivanka's merchandise. A year later, Trump brought her onto the campaign.

She attracted considerable media attention on her own, but largely eschewed face-to-face interactions with reporters, and almost never joined them for off-the-record socializing. Her interactions were almost always limited to the phone and email.

Don't look for Hicks to try to curb Trump's tweeting, as others have urged him to do.

"You can own the news cycle with one tweet and I think that speaks to both the power of his presence and personality, but also his message, and his ability to captivate," she said in a brief video for Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30" series. Hicks is not on Twitter.

In Mobile, Alabama, during the transition, Trump cajoled her to say a few words to tens of thousands of supporters who turned out for a "Thank You" rally after the election.

"Where is Hope? Where is Hope? Hope, get up here, Hope. Hope, get up here," Trump said.

"She's always on the phone talking to the reporters, trying to get the reporters to straighten out their dishonest stories," Trump said, adding that Hicks is a "tremendously talented person."

"She's a little shy, but that's OK because she is really, really talented," Trump added, before beseeching her to "say a couple of words."

Hicks said nine. "Hi. Merry Christmas everyone, and thank you, Donald Trump."

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Dallas' black councilmen say remove statues to heal past

DALLAS (AP) — The four black councilmen in Dallas called for the city's Confederate statues to be removed Friday, saying it will allow the community to start healing from its racist past.

Dwaine Caraway, a councilman who serves as mayor pro tem, held a news conference Friday afternoon with the other three black city councilmen to "present a unified statement" on the statues. Councilman Kevin Felder called the monuments "symbols of racism" and says he has talked with Mayor Mike Rawlings about speeding up a proposed 90-day study by a task force to decide what to do with the statues.

"Taxpayer dollars should not support vestiges of racism, white supremacy and oppression," Felder said. "I also support the opportunity for the chance for dialogue and action to address the continued discrimination in the city of Dallas in housing, employment, lending institutions — discrimination in contracting opportunities against black contractors."

Earlier this week, Rawlings proposed forming a task force that would report back to the city's Office of Cultural Affairs and make a recommendation to the City Council around Nov. 8 regarding the future of the statues.

The councilmen said removing the statues will not be a permanent fix to Dallas' racial issues, but they hope it would lead to a larger conversation about the city's racial climate.

Organizers of a rally against white supremacy said they expect thousands to show up for the event Saturday at Dallas City Hall plaza, a short distance from the city's Confederate War Memorial. The monument has a large stone pillar with an anonymous Confederate soldier on top. Stone statues of four leaders of the Confederacy sit at each of the pillar's four corners. The statues are of Jefferson Davis, Gen. Robert E. Lee, Gen. Stonewall Jackson and Gen. Albert Johnston.

The monument was dedicated in 1896 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It was in a park but was moved to its current location in the 1960s to make way for R.L. Thornton Freeway. Petitions have circulated in the last few years and a renewed push was made this week to rename the freeway that gets its name from a former Dallas mayor and prominent member of the local Ku Klux Klan.

Supporters of keeping the Confederate monuments have posted that they plan to be at the rally Saturday. It's not clear whether an organized counter-protest is expected.

Police and city officials said in statements this week that they are preparing to have increased officer presence and some road closures as a result of the rally.

The councilmen said Friday that the city is prepared to "shut it down" if any violence erupts.

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Barcelona's victims include US man celebrating anniversary

PARIS (AP) — The dead and injured in Barcelona were a snapshot of the world — men, women and children from nearly three dozen nations — testifying to the huge global appeal of the sun-kissed city.

Families, friends and government officials from Paris to Sydney, San Francisco to Berlin scrambled Friday to discover whether their loved ones and citizens were among those mowed down by suspected Islamic extremists who zig-zagged down Barcelona's always crowded Las Ramblas promenade in a van, killing 13 people and injuring 120 others.

A related attack early Friday morning in the popular Spanish seaside town of Cambrils, south of Barcelona, took the death toll to 14. Here is a look at some of the victims:

Jared Tucker, 42, USA

Jared Tucker has been confirmed as among those killed in a deadly truck attack in Barcelona, Spain, his father said Friday.

"We just got the text — Jared's body was identified at the morgue by his wife," Daniel Tucker told the Daily News of New York. "It's just something we really just don't understand. I don't know what else to say."

Jared Tucker's sister, Tina Luke, told The Associated Press that Tucker, 42, and his wife Heidi Nunes-Tucker were celebrating their first wedding anniversary with a visit to Barcelona.

Tucker and his father worked together installing swimming pools. The elder Tucker tells the newspaper that "everybody loved him."


Pepita Codina, 75, Spain

Pepita Codina's death was confirmed on Twitter and Instagram by Xavier Vilamala, the mayor of Hipolit de Voldrega, the town of 3,000 people where she was from near Barcelona.

Vilamala said on Twitter he was "very sad and distressed" by the news.

Local media reported that Codina's daughter, Elisabet, was injured in the attack, but is currently out of danger at Hospital del Marin Barcelona.


Ana Maria Suarez, Spain

The Spanish Royal family sent condolences to Suarez's family in its Twitter account after Ana Maria died in the attack in the resort town of Cambrils.

According to local media, the woman was originally from the city of Zaragoza, and was on vacation with her family. Her husband and one of her sisters are injured in a hospital.


Francisco Lopez Rodriguez, Spain

One of his nieces, Raquel Baron Lopez, said on her Twitter account that Rodriguez, 60, died immediately when he was struck by the van.

"We are a broken family" Lopez posted on Twitter on Friday night.

The mayor of Lanteira, the southern town in Spain where Rodriguez was born, confirmed his death, as well as a delegate of the Spanish government in Granada who spoke with Spanish radio Cadena Ser.

While his age is not clear, relatives have told local media that Rodriguez was a 57-year-old machine operator who was strolling with his family along Las Ramblas when the attack occurred. His wife, badly injured in the attack, worked at a meat shop in Rubi, a nearby town where they both lived.


Bruno Gulotta, 35, Italy

A father from Legnano in northern Italy is being praised as a hero who protected his children during an attack in Barcelona.

One of his Gulotta's work colleagues, Pino Bruno, told the Italian news agency ANSA that he saved the life of his two young children — Alessandro, 6, and Aria, 7 months — by throwing himself between them and the van that mowed people down.

Bruno said he spoke to Gulotta's wife, Martina, and she told him her husband had been holding the 6-year-old's hand on the tourist-thronged avenue in Barcelona when "the van appeared suddenly."

"Everyone knelt down, instinctively, as if to protect themselves," Bruno said, adding that Gulotta put himself in front of his children and was fatally struck.

Gulotta was a sales manager for Tom's Hardware Italia, an online publication about technology. "Rest in peace, Bruno, and protect your loved ones from up high," read one tribute on the company's web site.


Luca Russo, 25, Italy

One of Italy's two victims in the Barcelona van attack is being mourned as a brilliant young engineer dragged to his death before his girlfriend's eyes.

A determined Luca Russo, 25, already had a job in electronic engineering, no easy feat in Italy, where youth unemployment runs stubbornly high.

"We were investing in him, we wanted to make him grow professionally," the Italian news agency ANSA quoted Stefano Facchinello, one of the partners in the Padua area company where Russo had worked for a year, as saying.

Facchinello praised Russo Friday as a "willing, precise and punctual young man. He made an impression on us for his rationality and determination."

Rosario Rizzuto, the rector at Padua University, where Russo studied, said the young man had "earned his degree brilliantly and got down to work."

The girlfriend, Marta Scomazzon, who was hospitalized with a fractured foot and elbow, told an aunt that "we were walking together, then the van came on top of us."


Elke Vanbockrijck, Belgium

Arnould Partoens, president of the KFC Heur Tongeren soccer team, said Vanbockrijck was at the club "nearly every day" ferrying her 10- and 14-year-old boys back and forth to training and matches. He described her as very committed.

"She was always positive," he said in a phone interview. He said the team would hold a minute of silence before every match and training session this weekend.

Partoens said the family was on vacation in Barcelona. The boys and their father, a policeman, were unhurt, he said.

"The mother was in the wrong moment and the wrong place," he said.

In a message of condolence on its Facebook page, the club said: "We deplore the death of Elke, the mother of two players from KFC Heur Tongeren. She was often at the club, and was committed to our club. We will always remember her as a happy woman, a caring mother and loving wife. Elke will be missed. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her two sons, her husband, family and loved ones."

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Space Center, Lake Cruise, Grand Hotel all celebrate eclipse in NH

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire won't be seeing a total solar eclipse next week, yet various venues will be celebrating the event, including a space center, a Lake Winnipesaukee cruise and a grand hotel.

New Hampshire will be close enough to see 62 percent of the sun eclipsed by the Earth's moon on Aug. 21.

"We own it for the U.S.," said Andrew DiGiovanni, who teaches science at Lebanon High School. "We're the only country that is going to experience this one." He said the last recorded total solar eclipse seen from the United States was 99 years ago. The next one is scheduled for 2024. "Hopefully, when we start the school year, science gets that big boost of, 'I can't wait for my science class!'

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord is offering events starting at 10:30 a.m. that day, with tours, talks and a live stream from NASA at noon. Visitors will be able to make their own solar and eclipse-themed crafts, and use telescopes with solar filters.

A special cruise of the M/S Mount Washington in Lake Winnipesaukee is leaving Weirs Beach at 12:30 p.m. that day. A telescope also will be set up at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods.

On Aug. 19, before the event, educator and NASA Solar System Ambassador Sally Jenson will give a talk at the Margaret and H.A. Rey Center at the Curious George Cottage in Waterville Valley. A small scope with a solar filter to watch the event will be set up from 1:15 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. on Aug. 21.

On Aug. 21, the eclipse is to start at about 1:25 p.m. and will darken skies from Oregon to South Carolina. The moon will gradually block more and more of New Hampshire's view of the sun over the following hour and 18 minutes, until maximum partial eclipse is reached at 2:43 p.m. From 2:43 p.m. to 3:55 p.m., the sun will gradually return to full brightness.

From 1:25 p.m. to 3:55 p.m., people will be gathering outside the Discovery Center, joined by staff and educators from the New Hampshire Science Teachers Association. DiGiovanni, representing the association, will give a talk, "A Space-Bird's Eye View of the Sun-Earth-Moon System."

He said even though New Hampshire will experience a partial eclipse, "we're always going to need that eye protection as we view it."

Special eclipse glasses are flying off the shelf at the Discovery Center.

"Oh man, we're trying to keep up," said Jeanne Gerulskis, executive director.

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Bike sharing program finds success in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Officials in the New Hampshire city of Portsmouth are praising a new bike sharing program after two months of operating.

According to a report by Planning Director Juliet Walker, there were 548 bike rentals in a two-month period following the Zagster bike sharing program's launch on May 3.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Zagster allows people to rent bikes from kiosks throughout the city.

Walker says Portsmouth pays $54,000 a year to lease 30 bikes and six stations. Zagster returns money from membership fees to the city after deducting a 7 percent processing fee.

The planning director estimates the city could recover "15 to 25 percent of the overall costs of the program."

City Councilor Josh Cyr says he's impressed with the program's activity during its first two months.

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Boston mayor: Violence won't be tolerated at weekend rally

BOSTON (AP) — Boston will deploy about 500 police officers on Saturday to prevent possible violence at a free speech rally and planned counterprotests, the mayor and police commissioner said Friday.

"We will not tolerate any misbehavior, violence or vandalism whatsoever," Police Commissioner William Evans said at a City Hall news conference.

The city granted permission for what organizers are calling a free speech rally on Boston Common, but which some people fear is actually a white nationalist event similar to the Unite the Right rally in Virginia last weekend that erupted in violence and left one person dead.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh pointed out that some of those invited to speak "spew hate." Kyle Chapman, who described himself on Facebook as a "proud American nationalist," said he will attend.

"They have the right to gather no matter how repugnant their views are," Walsh said. "We're going to respect their right of free speech. In return they must respect our city."

The Boston Free Speech Coalition says its rally has nothing to do with white nationalism, Nazism or racism and that they are not affiliated with the organizers of the Charlottesville, Virginia, rally.

"While we maintain that every individual is entitled to their freedom of speech and defend that basic human right, we will not be offering our platform to racism or bigotry. We denounce the politics of supremacy and violence," the group said on its Facebook page.

Its permit is for 100 people, though an organizer has said he expected up to 1,000 people to attend.

Organizers of a counterprotest expect thousands of people to join them on a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) march from the city's Roxbury neighborhood to the Common to "stand in defiance of white supremacy," activist Monica Cannon said.

"I don't think what they are exuding is free speech, I believe it is hate speech," she said at a separate news conference Friday.

Organizers promised a peaceful counterprotest.

Another group is planning a separate "Stand for Solidarity" rally on the Statehouse steps near the Common.

The police presence in Boston will include undercover officers mingling in the crowds and officers on bicycles, Evans said. More officers will be held in reserve in case of trouble. Transit police will increase their presence at subway stations in the area. Weapons of all kinds, even sticks used to carry signs, are banned. The sides will be separated by barricades.

Popular tourist attractions, including the Frog Pond on the Common, and the Swan Boats in the adjacent Public Garden, are being shut down for the day. Streets around the Common are also being blocked to vehicle traffic.

Extra security cameras have been installed at the bandstand where the free speech rally is taking place. Walsh noted it's a spot where Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., and President Barack Obama have spoken.

State police troopers are also available if needed, Gov. Charlie Baker said.

"We're going to do everything we can to make sure tomorrow is about liberty and justice, and about freedom and peace," he said.

Boston isn't the only city preparing for such a rally.

Dallas police said Friday they will have extra officers on duty for a rally against white supremacy planned for City Hall Plaza on Saturday night.

Supporters of keeping the city's Confederate monuments have also posted on social media about a counterprotest, but it was unclear Friday whether that event would occur.

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Police: 4 arrested in NH on various drug charges

NASHUA — Authorities arrested numerous individuals associated with criminal behavior related to drug activity.

According to police, 22-year-old John Morris, of 57 Vine Street, B, Nashua, faces charges including sale of controlled drug, marijuana (second offense) – felony. He is currently being held on a $25,000 cash only bail.

Police also apprehended Angela Westerhoff, 28, of 77 Lock Street, Nashua. She faces charges that include possession of controlled drug, heroin (excess of five grams) – felony. She is being held on a $20,000 cash/surety bail.

Christopher Donlon, 37, 59 Ponemah Road No. 208, Milford, was arrested on charges of dispensing suboxone (second offense) – felony, endangering the welfare of a child – misdemeanor, possession of controlled drug, marijuana – misdemeanor, transporting drugs in a motor vehicle – misdemeanor. Donlon was released on $340 cash bail.

Officers also arrested Dustin Gagnon, 29, of 10 Blossom St., Nashua, for possession of controlled drug, heroin (second offense) – felony. Gagnon is being held on $5,000 cash/surety bail.





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Man pleads guilty to drug distribution charges following NH arrest

CONCORD — A Massachusetts man has plead guilty to three drug distribution charges after selling heroin and fentanyl at a retail store in Plaistow. 

United States Attorney John J. Farley announced Friday that Rafael Delacruz, a.k.a. “Simba,” 55, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, has plead guilty in federal court Friday. 

Delacruz sold heroin and fentanyl in hand-to-hand exchanges on July 8, Oct. 20, and Nov. 19, 2015.

Delacruz also admitted in court that he sold fentanyl to a cooperating individual on June 22, 2016, inside a retail store in Epping.

Each of the transactions were captured on the store’s security surveillance video.

Delacruz’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 1. If a plea agreement is accepted by the court, the defendant will be sentenced to serve 12 years in prison.

“Opioid abuse is at epidemic levels across New England and those suffering from opioid addiction need access to treatment and recovery,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson. “But those responsible for distributing lethal drugs like heroin and fentanyl to the citizens of New Hampshire need to be held accountable for their actions. DEA is committed to aggressively pursue Drug Trafficking Organizations or individuals who are coming from out of state to distribute this poison in order to profit and destroy people’s lives. In response to the ongoing opioid epidemic DEA and its local, state and federal partners are committed to bringing to justice anyone who distributes these drugs.”








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Oh nuts! Photographer hit at Fenway to throw first pitch at Fisher Cats game

MANCHESTER — Fenway photographer Tony Capobianco will throws out the first pitch at the Fisher Cats game Sunday after being hit in the groin with stray ball at Fenway on Wednesday. 

Before that game, cancer surivor Jordan Leandre was throwing out the first pitch which went wayward and hit Capobianco, a photographer for the Eagle-Tribune.

Capobianco's fame grew after his painful experience was captured on video and went viral.

After a speedy recovery, Capobianco is ready to throw a first pitch of his own.

Capobianco is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Sunday's Fisher Cats game, and team has agreed to clear the area behind home plate of any unintended targets.

With just eight home games remaining in 2017, fans can purchase tickets at or by calling (603) 641-2005. 






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NH lawmaker calls for state epidemiologist to resign

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire lawmaker is calling for the state epidemiologist to resign after he criticized a health study on drinking water contaminants.

The Portsmouth Herald reports Democratic state Rep. Mindi Messmer called for Dr. Benjamin Chan to resign after his comments during a meeting Wednesday with the task force on the Seacoast Pediatric Cancer Cluster.

Chan called the C8 study on the effects of perfluorinated chemical contamination a legal settlement, saying the situation was not fully discussed or vetted.

Messmer says his comments misrepresent scientific data, and he is not looking out for the public's best interests.

Task Force Chairman Tom Sherman says he also disagreed with Chan's statements, saying C8 is a "sound medical study."

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NH lawmaker charged with hitting political foe during recount

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire representative is charged with hitting a political foe on the head while they were observing a state Senate race recount.

The Concord Monitor reports the altercation took place in November between Republican observer Susan Olsen and Democratic observer Katherine Rogers, who is a state representative.

Olsen told a conservative blog that Rogers "clocked" her after Olsen asked for the ballots to be moved so she could see them better. She says she waited to file charges against the 62-year-old Rogers until the legislative session was over.

Rogers was charged Aug. 7 with misdemeanor simple assault.

Rogers' attorney says the "unfortunate" complaint was made for political purposes.

Democratic Party spokesman Wyatt Ronan says party officials are waiting to get more information from Rogers' attorney before commenting.

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A Nazi submarine in the Great Lakes, Adam Sandler defending Mormons and other fake news

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts:

NOT REAL: Charlottesville Killer Was Hillary Supporter, Funded By Soros

THE FACTS: James Fields, who's charged with murder after police say he drove his car into a Charlottesville, Virginia, crowd last weekend, supported President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, his former teacher told the AP. GoFundMe confirmed that it removed "multiple campaigns" to raise money for Fields; none were started by billionaire George Soros, who has been a frequent target of hoax sites. The stories shared by YourNewsWire and other sites claim Fields' arrest is part of a "false flag" aimed at sparking a civil war.

NOT REAL: President Trump Fires All 14 Muslim Federal Judges

THE FACTS: There aren't any Muslims on the federal bench and the president has no authority to fire federal judges. Abid Qureshi, a Washington, D.C., attorney, was nominated last year by former President Barack Obama to be the first Muslim federal judge, but he wasn't confirmed by the Senate. The hoax story by a site named As American As Apple Pie and shared by others also claimed Trump used the "evacuation clause" to remove the judges. There is no such clause that is part of federal law.


THE FACTS: Divers didn't find a German U-boat at the bottom of the Lake Ontario despite a story posted last year by admitted hoax outlet World Daily News Report, shared recently by other sites. The story suggests the ship may have sunk during the non-existent Battle of Niagara Falls. The photos included with the article show in reality a rusted Soviet submarine and two divers from a 2010 expedition to the North Pole by a French team.

NOT REAL: British PM Theresa May: Pedophiles Should be Allowed to Adopt Children Too

THE FACTS: The story by Neon Nettle is based on a 2010 article by a British law professor that called for May, who was the U.K.'s home secretary at the time, to relax rules banning sex offenders from caring from children. May had previously ordered a review of vetting procedures for adults coming into regular contact with children other than their own, but May's spokesman said at the time that her office wouldn't consider allowing pedophiles to adopt.

NOT REAL: What Adam Sandler is Saying About Mormons

THE FACTS: The comedian didn't come to the defense of Mormons on a recent podcast, despite a slew of identical articles on websites designed to look like local news outlets. The story claims Sandler stepped into say Mormons were "decent people" when an unnamed interviewer began to disparage them. All of the sites include a disclaimer saying the stories on them aren't real.


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NASA, PBS marking 40 years since Voyager spacecraft launches

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Forty years after blasting off, Earth's most distant ambassadors — the twin Voyager spacecraft — are carrying sounds and music of our planet ever deeper into the cosmos.

Think of them as messages in bottles meant for anyone — or anything — out there.

This Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of NASA's launch of Voyager 2, now almost 11 billion miles distant. It departed from Cape Canaveral on Aug. 20, 1977 to explore Jupiter and Saturn.

Voyager 1 followed a few weeks later and is ahead of Voyager 2. It's humanity's farthest spacecraft at 13 billion miles away and is the world's only craft to reach interstellar space, the vast mostly emptiness between star systems. Voyager 2 is expected to cross that boundary during the next few years.

Each carries a 12-inch, gold-plated copper phonograph record (there were no CDs or MP3s back then) containing messages from Earth: Beethoven's Fifth, chirping crickets, a baby's cry, a kiss, wind and rain, a thunderous moon rocket launch, African pygmy songs, Solomon Island panpipes, a Peruvian wedding song and greetings in dozens of languages. There are also more than 100 electronic images on each record showing 20th-century life, traffic jams and all.

NASA is marking the anniversary of its back-to-back Voyager launches with tweets, reminisces and still captivating photos of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune taken by the Voyagers from 1979 through the 1980s.

Public television is also paying tribute with a documentary, "The Farthest - Voyager in Space," airing Wednesday on PBS at 9 p.m. EDT.

The two-hour documentary describes the tense and dramatic behind-the-scenes effort that culminated in the wildly successful missions to our solar system's outer planets and beyond. More than 20 team members are interviewed, many of them long retired. There's original TV footage throughout, including a lookback at the late astronomer Carl Sagan of the 1980 PBS series "Cosmos." It also includes an interview with Sagan's son, Nick, who at 6 years old provided the English message: "Hello from the children of Planet Earth."

Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco — who joined Voyager's imaging team in 1980 — puts the mission up there with man's first moon landing.
"I consider Voyager to be the Apollo 11 of the planetary exploration program. It has that kind of iconic stature," Porco, a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, told The Associated Press on Thursday.

It was Sagan who, in large part, got a record aboard each Voyager. NASA was reluctant and did not want the records eclipsing the scientific goals. Sagan finally prevailed, but he and his fellow record promoters had less than two months to rustle everything up.

The identical records were the audio version of engraved plaques designed by Sagan and others for Pioneers 10 and 11, launched in 1972 and 1973.
The 55 greetings for the Voyager Golden Records were collected at Cornell University, where Sagan taught astronomy, and the United Nations in New York. The music production fell to science writer Timothy Ferris, a friend of Sagan living then in New York.

For the musical selections, Ferris and Sagan recruited friends along with a few professional musicians. They crammed in 90 minutes of music recorded at half-speed; otherwise it would have lasted just 45 minutes.

How to choose from an infinite number of melodies and melodious sounds representing all of Earth?

Beethoven, Bach and Mozart were easy picks. Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven represented jazz, Blind Willie Johnson gospel blues.

For the rock 'n' roll single, the group selected Chuck Berry's 1958 hit "Johnny B. Goode." Bob Dylan was a close runner-up, and the Beatles also rated high. Elvis Presley's name came up (Presley died four days before Voyager 2's launch). In the end, Ferris thought "Johnny B. Goode" best represented the origins and creativity of rock 'n' roll.

Ferris still believes it's "a terrific record" and he has no "deep regrets" about the selections. Even the rejected tunes represented "beautiful materials."
"It's like handfuls of diamonds. If you're concerned that you didn't get the right handful or something, it's probably a neurotic problem rather than anything to do with the diamonds," Ferris told the AP earlier this week.

But he noted: "If I were going to start into regrets, I suppose not having Italian opera would be on that list."

The whole record project cost $30,000 or $35,000, to the best of Ferris' recollection.

NASA estimated the records would last 1 billion to 3 billion years or more — potentially outliving human civilization.

For Ferris, it's time more than distance that makes the whole idea of finders-keepers so incomprehensible.

A billion years from now, "Voyager could be captured by an advanced civilization of beings that don't exist yet ... It's literally imponderable what will happen to the Voyagers," he said.

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Golden retriever digs up heroin in Oregon backyard

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon family's golden retriever has been honored by a sheriff for digging up $85,000 worth of black tar heroin in a family's backyard.

KATU-TV reported Friday that the owners of the 18-month-old dog named Kenyon thought he had dug up a time capsule in their backyard, so they decided to film themselves opening it.

As they did, they realized Kenyon had found drugs.

Yamhill County Sheriff Tim Svenson identified the substance as more than 15 ounces of black tar heroin.

Svenson presented Kenyon with an official ribbon and named him an honorary narcotics dog for life.

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