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Owner of feces-filled mansion where 84 dogs rescued says she's innocent

WOLFEBORO (AP) — The owner of an eight-bedroom mansion in New Hampshire where more than 80 neglected Great Danes were seized insists she is innocent.

READ: Criminal case could slow adoption of 84 Great Danes rescued from NH puppy mill by a year

 

A lawyer for Christina Fay told The Associated Press on Wednesday that there is more to the case than they can talk about now and that his client "maintains her innocence."

Earlier this month, police and animal welfare workers seized 84 neglected Great Danes and reported that animal feces was found throughout the mansion. Fay has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty. Police say she ran a business from home called De La Sang Monde Great Danes.

Two veterinarians brought in by The Humane Society of the United States said many of the animals have eye problems, skin conditions and viral infections contagious to other dogs.

 


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Maine AG reviewing death of inmate at hospital

WARREN, Maine (AP) — The Office of the Maine Attorney General is reviewing the death of a prisoner at the Maine State Prison in Warren.

The state Department of Corrections says 79-year-old Albert Cochran died on Tuesday morning at Pen Bay Medical Center. The department says the attorney general's office, state police and medical examiner were all notified, which is standard procedure.

Cochran had served about 18 years of a life sentence for murder at the time of his death.


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98-year-old activist arrested at New England pipeline protest

SANDISFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A 98-year-old local activist was arrested after police say she trespassed into restricted areas at a natural gas pipeline project in Massachusetts.

State police say Frances Crowe and seven other demonstrators were arrested last weekend at Otis State Forest in Sandisfield without incident. They were protesting an easement that allows the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to widen its right of way through the forest.

Sugar Shack Alliance, a nonprofit involved in the pipeline protests, says Crowe put herself and her wheelchair in a contested area of the forest on Saturday.

The federally-approved Connecticut Expansion Project extends existing pipeline infrastructure in Massachusetts, New York and Connecticut, adding four miles of new underground pipeline in Massachusetts.

It couldn't be determined Wednesday if Crowe, a Northampton peace activist, has an attorney.


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Blinkers optional? Allstate says this New England city has the worst drivers

BOSTON — If you have driven through Boston, you know the feeling of stomping on the brakes as hard as you can to stop before hitting the pedestrian who decided to step off the crosswalk right in front of you.

You may have run into what other New Englanders refer to as a "Masshole," someone does not realize blinkers are used to alert other drivers when turning. 

Lane-switching in Boston doesn't appear to require warnings, signals, or even space between vehicles. That car in front of you just missed its turn and decided now was the right moment to swerve into your lane, barely missing your front bumper.

We could go on and on describing the brake-checking, speeding, and basic lack of driving skills seen daily in the Boston area. However, Allstate did the work for everyone by studying the 200 largest cities in the U.S. to see which ones were the safest for drivers.

According to the report, Boston ranked 200th out of 200 entries for the safest driving city, proving what everyone else in New England already knew before this research: Boston drivers are the worst. 

But Boston was not just ranked 200th for overall driving safety, it was also dead last in population density and rain/snow problems. Drivers in the Boston metro area are expected to make an insurance claim every 3.6 years, compared to the national average of 10 years.

Unsurprisingly, Boston drivers also experience more hard-braking events per 1,000 miles than the national average (21.4 compared to 19). However, no one in this area needed to see statistics to know that, just check the worn-down pedal in your car.

One year, Boston drivers may begin to lose the nickname of "Masshole" and learn what a blinker does, but that year is definitely not 2017.


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Police find, arrest dad accused of assaulting 3-year-old son's mother, kidnapping boy

LYNN, Massachusetts — A man is in custody after police said he assaulted his 3-year-old son’s mother and then kidnapped the boy.

Police said 25-year-old Rosba Taylor assaulted the woman around 8:50 a.m. at a home on Algonquin Terrace in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the mother and child live.

READ: Massachusetts police looking for man, 3-year-old son he's accused of kidnapping

 

State police asked the public for help Wednesday morning in locating Taylor and his 3-year-old son.

Lynn police found Taylor around 11:34 a.m. and arrested him. The boy appeared to be unharmed and has been returned to his mother.


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Australia developer buying Maine ski mountain

RANGELEY, Maine (AP) — An Australian company is buying the family-owned Saddleback Mountain ski area that's been shuttered for the last two winter seasons.

Majella Group and former owners Bill and Irene Berry made the announcement Wednesday, ending a long search for a buyer of the popular ski mountain.

The Berrys announced in July 2015 that the resort would not reopen without $3 million to replace the aging Rangeley Double Chairlift.

Since then, they've had little to say as rumors swirled about the resort's future.

Last fall, a coalition of local businesses and ski enthusiasts announced they're created the Saddleback Mountain Foundation with a goal of reopening the ski mountain. The foundation's acting executive director wished the new owners well.


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New Hampshire outlines 2018 Obamacare choices

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The health insurance landscape in New Hampshire continues to shift as the fifth enrollment period under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law approaches.

While Republicans in Congress work to dismantle the law, the New Hampshire Insurance Department released information Wednesday about what consumers will face when the next enrollment season starts on Nov. 1.

Nothing is final yet, but three companies — Ambetter from New Hampshire Healthy Families, Anthem and Harvard Pilgrim — plan to offer 15 plans for individuals and six for small businesses. For 2017, there were four companies offering about 50 plans.

The 2018 figures don't include Minuteman Health, which announced Friday it is closing and plans to reopen as a for-profit insurer in January.


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Police: Man wanted for assault in Keene arrested in Wolfeboro

WOLFEBORO — A man wanted on a bench warrant out of Keene was arrested in Wolfeboro on Tuesday.

Wolfeboro police around 7:52 p.m. said they spotted Konrad Sparby, 26, of no fixed address, walking a bicycle on Center Street during a thunderstorm. 

Police stopped to check on Sparby's welfare and were advised by dispatchers that he had an active electronic bench warrant out of the Keene district court for simple assault and failure to appear.

Sparby was arrested and transported to the Carroll County Jail where he is being held on $500 cash bail. He will be transported to Keene for trial.

 

 


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NH ski area warns others after 225 pounds of copper cable stolen

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A ski industry group is warning ski areas around New Hampshire to keep an eye on their copper.

The warning from Ski New Hampshire comes after $6,000 worth of copper cable was stolen from McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester. Surveillance video taken Monday afternoon shows two men walking toward snow-making machines and then leaving with 225 pounds of copper cable. The metal is valuable when sold as scrap, and thieves pulled off a similar theft several years ago.

Operations manager James Nelson says it's disheartening to work hard to maintain the equipment through the summer and then have valuable parts stolen.


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Reward offered after attack on Georgia restaurant owner

BAXLEY, Ga. (AP) — Police say they are looking for a couple who were caught on surveillance video attacking the owner of restaurant and her 15-year-old daughter because they said their chicken was cold.

Jeanette Norris owns the Qwik Chick takeout stand in the southeast Georgia town of Baxley. She says she and her daughter were punched by customers Thursday.

Baxley police are looking for Latasha and Nathaniel Smith on charges of aggravated battery and cruelty to children.

Norris tells WTOC-TV that Latasha Smith complained about her chicken being cold, and remained agitated after she refunded her money. Norris says she went outside to tell Smith that she had called police and Smith began hitting and slapping her, breaking Norris' nose.

Surveillance video shows Nathaniel Smith punching Norris' 15-year-old daughter and the couple fleeing.

A $2,000 reward is being offered by the local business Hunter Johnson Ace & Lumber through the Baxley Police Department.


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Southwest flight diverted after passenger tries to open door in flight

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Houston was diverted after a passenger became disruptive and attempted to open an exterior door while the plane was in the air.

Southwest Flight 4519 was diverted Sunday to the Texas Gulf coast city of Corpus Christi where the passenger was removed.

John Hyland, chief of public safety for Corpus Christi International Airport, says an off-duty officer on the flight helped to restrain the passenger.

He says the woman was pacing back and forth along the aisle and not following instructions from crew before she reached for the door.

Hyland says the woman was committed for a mental health evaluation.

The flight carrying more than 170 passengers and crew later continued on to Houston, about four hours behind schedule.


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Fish market owner upset by large lobster TSA photo

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — The owner of a Connecticut fish market says she is "personally offended" after she saw a photo of a 20-pound lobster being handled by a Transportation Security Administration screener on social media.

Lisa Feinman owns Atlantic Seafood Market in Old Saybrook, and says she packed the lobster in a cooler with other lobsters for a customer from Georgia.

TSA spokesman Michael McCarthy later shared a photo of a screener holding the lobster, getting thousands of likes on Instagram.

In a Facebook post, Feinman says the TSA should "leave our personal property alone." She also criticized the way the agent held the lobster, saying he could have snapped off a claw by putting all of its weight on its joints.

 

The agency has not responded to requests for comment.


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Mom's ex-boyfriend gets life in killing of 'Baby Doe'

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison in the killing of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the shore of a Boston Harbor island.

Michael McCarthy, 37, will be eligible for parole after serving 20 years under the sentence imposed by Judge Janet Sanders.

McCarthy was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the 2015 killing of Bella Bond, the daughter of his girlfriend at the time. A computer-generated image of Bella was shared by millions on social media as authorities scrambled to identify her.

Assistant District Attorney David Deakin asked the judge to set McCarthy's parole eligibility at 25 years — 10 years more than the minimum. McCarthy's lawyer called that recommendation "vindictive" and asked Sanders to make him eligible for parole after 15 years. The judge came out in the middle of the two recommendations at 20 years.

The girl's mother, Rachelle Bond, who also was charged in the case, was the prosecution's star witness. She told the jury she saw McCarthy kill her daughter one night after the girl didn't want to go to bed.

McCarthy's lawyer, Jonathan Shapiro, insisted that Bond was the real killer and cast a "web of lies" to blame McCarthy.

"There was no justice for Mr. McCarthy here," Shapiro said.

Bond pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact for helping McCarthy dispose of her daughter's body. Under a plea deal with prosecutors, she is expected to serve less than two years in jail. The agreement calls for her to be released after her sentencing July 12.

Bella Bond's father, Joseph Amoroso, gave a victim impact statement before McCarthy was sentenced, describing Bella as "a happy and innocent child full of life."

"I was robbed of my chance to be a father to Bella," he said.

Testimony during the trial showed the girl's short life was marked by turmoil. Both McCarthy and Bond were heroin addicts. A friend testified that he saw McCarthy discipline the girl by putting her in a locked closet.


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Maine medical examiner: Man fatally shot in head, neck and abdomen

WEST GARDINER, Maine (AP) — A medical examiner says a man killed outside a Maine house party died of gunshot wounds to the head, neck and abdomen.

Forty-one-year-old James Haskell was found shot to death in West Gardiner on June 17.

Police say they interviewed a number of people at the party, including the person who fired the shots, but have not determined if any charges will be filed. Sheriff's logs indicate the shooter called 911.

A state police spokesman said Monday they plan to do more interviews.

Haskell's stepmother told WCSH-TV that he had struggled with drugs, legal issues and mental illness. She said she had not seen him recently and believed he was trying to get life his together.


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Police seek woman whose infant son died in a New England shelter in 2015

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Massachusetts are looking for a woman charged in the death of her baby boy nearly two years ago while they were living in a homeless shelter.

The Essex district attorney's office says Laci Kirk, also known as Laci Brand, was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday for wanton or reckless endangerment of a child. Her 4-month-old son, Charles Brand III, died Sept. 26, 2015 at a Lynn shelter.

Prosecutors say Kirk spent that day drinking with a friend while the infant was left largely unattended in a crib filled with blankets, a bathrobe and a stuffed animal. The child was unresponsive when Kirk checked on him that evening and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

An autopsy determined the child died of natural causes.

Kirk's whereabouts are currently unknown.


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5-foot boa constrictor found on Maine home's porch

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Police in a Maine city say a five-foot boa constrictor that appeared to be an escaped pet was found curled up on someone's porch.

A person called police on Tuesday afternoon to report the snake, which is not native to Maine. The Portland Press Herald reports an animal control officer captured the snake in a pillow case and took it to the Animal Welfare Society in Kennebunk.

The animal was a red-tailed boa constrictor, which is a kind of snake that is often kept and bred in captivity. They can grow to be 6 to 10 feet long.

No one had claimed the snake as of Wednesday morning.


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Massachusetts police looking for man, 3-year-old son he's accused of kidnapping

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Police are looking for a man accused of kidnapping his 3-year-old son after assaulting the boy's mother. 

The assault occurred around 8:50 a.m. at a home on Algonquin Terrace in Plymouth where the mother and child live, police said. 

The 3-year-old boy, Kyrie Taylor is described as black, approximately 2½ feet tall, weighing 35-40 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes. At the time he was taken, he was wearing a blue T-shirt, red and black shorts, and gray and green sneakers.

Kyrie's father, 25-year-old Rosba Taylor is described as black, about 5-feet, 8-inches tall, weighing 170-180 pounds, with short dark hair and a full scruffy beard, with tattoos on both cheeks, his right ear, wrists, and forearm. At the time of the incident he was wearing a gray T-shirt, blue jeans, and black Nike sneakers.

The suspect and child may be in an older model dark green Jeep Cherokee with a broken windshield. The vehicle may have Cape Cod specialty plates.

Police said Taylor may be armed. He has connections to Lynn, Mass.

Police are asking anyone who may have information about the boy or father's whereabouts to call 911.

Police are working to obtain photos of the boy, his father and the vehicle.


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How much are New England college administrators being paid? Website offers salary list

A college and university news website has released a list of salary and bonus information for administrators.

According to a report posted this week by the Chronicle of Higher Education, compensation packages for universities and colleges around the country can reach into the high 6-figures.

The publication used data from 2008 to 2016 to compile a list of the heads of public and private institutions of higher learning all over the United States and provided a peek at what those administers bring in for salary, bonuses and other pay.

In New England, the Chronicle.com list showed University of New Hampshire president Mark Huddleston's base pay at $405,000 and a bonus of over $100,000.
University of Connecticut's Susan Herbst's package totaled over $850,000.

UMASS Amherst head Kumble R. Subbaswamy took home over $450,000 in base pay. Other compensation brought the number over $570,000.

Chief administrator for the UMASS system, Martin Meehan's total compensation was also over $550,000.

University of Vermont president E. Thomas Sullivan's total compensation was over $440,000.

David Dooley at the University of Rhode Island brought in over $380,000.

James Page at the University System of Maine is shown as receiving over $270,000.

At the top of Chronicle's list is Michael Crow of Arizona State University, who was provided over $1,500,000 in compensation.


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Police: NH man who stole car arrested, multiple pills found in his possession

MANCHESTER — Police said they have apprehended a suspect in connection with a vehicle that was stolen Tuesday.

Manchester police said they spoke with the victim of a stolen 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the parking lot of Belmont Hall around 8:20 p.m. Tuesday night. The car had been stolen in Hooksett earlier in the day, but the victim, Rachel Goyette, 45, of Center Barnstead, said saw the car near Belmont Hall, so she flagged down police.

An officer heading to Belmont Hall spotted the stolen car on parked Belmont Street with one man sitting in the driver's seat. The officer activated his emergency lights and pulled behind the parked vehicle.

Police identified the man as Anthony Kay, 49, of Manchester, and learned that he had an active federal probation warrant and was currently wanted by the U.S. Marshals.

Kay was taken into custody and a search incident to arrest revealed that he was in possession of two Gabapentin pills, police said. Officers also located 20 additional Gabapentin pills inside of the stolen car, police said.

Kay was charged with possession of a controlled drug and receiving stolen property. The vehicle was turned over to the owner while Kay was transported to police headquarters.

He was scheduled to appear in the Manchester district court Wednesday.

Police said the federal probation warrant stems from a case involving the distribution of cocaine and heroin.

 


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Mass. man who exposed himself to teenage girl will not have to register as a sex offender

BRENTWOOD — A Massachusetts man who exposed himself to a 14-year-old girl at a New Hampshire pizza shop in 2016 will serve three months in jail, but will not be required to register as a sex offender.

Seacoast Online reported that Jeffrey Beaulieu, 33, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was sentenced in Rockingham County Superior Court on Friday to a 12-month jail sentence with nine months deferred for 12 months. Beaulieu pleaded guilty to one count of indecent exposure/gross lewdness in May. He was originally charged with two indecent exposure charges, but prosecutors dropped one of those counts.

READ: Man who exposed himself to minor in NH pizza parlor pleads guilty

 

Beaulieu exposed himself to the girl the night of April 25, 2016, at Tripoli Pizza at 418 Route 286. The girl was inside the pizzeria waiting for pizza with another minor female, according to police.

Police said Beaulieu made suspicious gestures toward the girl before unzipping his pants, exposing his genitals and then exiting the restaurant.

Seabrook police released security camera footage from inside the pizza place to the public to help identify Beaulieu.

An impact statement written by the victim said that she wished Beaulieu would be required to register as a sex offender, but that wasn't included as a requirement in his sentence.

While there are numerous charges under state law requiring individuals to register as sex offenders, offender registration is only required for an indecent exposure or lewdness charge if it is a second or subsequent offense.

Kate Winter, the victim’s advocate on Beaulieu’s case, said that gives a judge discretion in whether to require registration.

Beaulieu’s sentence includes conditions that he remain on good behavior, have no contact with the victim or her family and refrain from alcohol and non-prescribed drug use. He must also follow treatment recommendations for a psychosexual evaluation and provide proof of completion to the state.

Beaulieu's deferred sentence requires him to appear before a judge and prove that he has remained on good behavior. He has a review hearing set for Nov. 6.

 


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