Wednesday morning New Hampshire news update
New trial date for woman in drug-fatal crash case
BRENTWOOD (AP) — A trial has been rescheduled for a New Hampshire woman accused of giving a drug to a 19-year-old woman hours before the teen drove into some cyclists, killing two. ... Subscribe or log in to read more
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New trial date for woman in drug-fatal crash case
BRENTWOOD (AP) — A trial has been rescheduled for a New Hampshire woman accused of giving a drug to a 19-year-old woman hours before the teen drove into some cyclists, killing two.
Foster's Daily Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1qULNnp) the trial is scheduled for Oct. 6 for 49-year-old Cindy Sheppard of Hampton, with a final pretrial hearing on Sept. 25.
Sheppard was indicted in January on charges of dispensing a controlled drug and possession of fentanyl, cocaine and methadone.
Police said Sheppard gave fentanyl to Darriean Hess last year after Hess was pulled over for speeding. Hours later, the unlicensed Hess was speeding in the same stretch of road when she crossed the center line and hit some cyclists.
Killed were Massachusetts residents Pamela Wells and Elise Bouchard.
Hess faces trial in November.
Exeter man charged with robbing 2 Portsmouth stores at knifepoint
PORTSMOUTH (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been charged in two convenience store robberies at knifepoint in Portsmouth.
Police say 21-year-old William Flibotte of Exeter is accused of robbing the Cabot Street Market on June 24 and Hanscom's Truck Stop on the Route 1 Bypass the following week.
Flibotte has been in custody on drug charges since last week. He's being arraigned on the armed robbery charges Wednesday.
It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.
Massachusetts hikers found, got lost on NH trail
NEW IPSWICH (AP) - A group of four Massachusetts hikers has been found after getting lost on a trail and heading into New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says the four women, ages 18 to 24, had started their hike Tuesday from the Mt. Watatic Trailhead on Route 119 in Asburnham, Massachusetts.
They hiked the summit and intended to head back, but unintentionally hiked north into New Hampshire on the Wapack Trail. They got lost and called 911 at about 11 p.m.
A conservation officer and members of the New Ipswich Fire Department found the women shortly before midnight in the Binney Pond Natural Area.
Job recruiting events being held in New Hampshire
MANCHESTER (AP) - Several job recruitment events are being held in New Hampshire.
Express Employment Professionals is holding a Race Day hiring event Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m. at 6 Loudon Road in Concord. Forty-five people are needed to replenish and serve food and drinks in the Hospitality Tents and Suites at the racetrack in Loudon on Sunday, July 13.
The Leddy Group is holding an event Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at New Hampshire Employment Security on Hanover Street in Manchester. They are hiring for a variety of light industrial and administrative positions.
CoWorx Staffing Services also is holding a recruitment event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the New Hampshire Employment Security office in Concord on South Fruit Street.
Check pool filters for invasive beetles
CONCORD (AP) - New Hampshire residents with swimming pools are being asked to check their filters for an invasive insect that poses a serious threat to the state's forests and trees.
The state Division of Forest and Lands is asking residents to look for Asian long-horned beetles. The insect was found in trees in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 2008 but experts believe it was there for a decade before that.
Forest health specialist Kyle Lombard with the state Division of Forest and Lands says pool filter systems are more effective at capturing insects than systems available to entomologists. Residents are asked to take pictures of possible Asian long-horned beetles and upload them to the UNH Cooperative Extension website. They also should freeze the insect in a plastic container until they hear from offic
New Hampshire ranks high in prison health spending
CONCORD (AP) - A new report ranks New Hampshire 4th highest in how much it spent per inmate on prison health care in 2011, though spending has dropped considerably since then.
The study released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts says New Hampshire's per inmate spending on prison health care grew 28 percent between 2007 and 2011, rising to $10,191. The current budget allocates about $8,800 per inmate.
The study found that states with older inmates tended to have higher per-inmate spending. It did not include inmate age information for New Hampshire, but state officials say the number of older inmates has risen sharply.
The Department of Corrections says just 9 percent of inmates were 49 years old or older in 2007, while nearly 22 percent were at least 50 in 2011.
Salem eliminates $50 Sunday business fee
SALEM (AP) — Businesses in the town of Salem, New Hampshire, have been asked for years to pay an annual $50 fee to open on Sundays or holidays. As of next year, that fee will be gone.
The Eagle Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1swiCEX) selectmen voted 4-1 on Monday to eliminate the annual fee as of Jan. 1, 2015. They said some businesses were paying it, while others weren't.
Assistant Town Manager Leon Goodwin said only 228 of several thousand businesses have paid it this year.
Voters adopted the regulation in 1983. Goodwin said just a few communities in New Hampshire still charge a Sunday fee, which dates back to a time when most local businesses were closed that day.