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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thursday New Hampshire morning news update

Former UNH basketball staffer gets suspended sentence

DURHAM (AP) — The former director of basketball operations at the University of New Hampshire accused of secretly taking photos of players in a locker room has received a suspended sentence. ...

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Former UNH basketball staffer gets suspended sentence

DURHAM (AP) — The former director of basketball operations at the University of New Hampshire accused of secretly taking photos of players in a locker room has received a suspended sentence.

Scott Weitzell of Newmarket, had been accused of taking the photos during a Jan. 20 UNH game hosted at the University of Vermont.

The 50-year-old Weitzell was suspended from his position in February and was later fired.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports ( he recently pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. He received a suspended 180-day jail sentence. Prosecutors also agreed to drop Weitzell's felony charge of falsifying evidence as part of a plea deal.

Prosecutors granted phone access in woman's death

NEWPORT (AP) — Prosecutors have been granted access to personal cellphone records in the case of a Vermont man accused of killing his wife in New Hampshire on the day she filed for divorce.

The Eagle Times reports a Sullivan County Superior Court judge recently granted the state's motions for access to access to records from a phone belonging to James Robarge of Saxtons River, his estranged wife, Kelly Robarge, and Richard Lucias, a friend of Kelly Robarge.

James Robarge's lawyers objected to the state's request, saying Robarge has consistently asserted his innocence.

Prosecutors said Kelly Robarge's phones have not been found, but that other cellular data might provide the state with information to find a Tracfone she had.

Robarge was charged with first- and second-degree murder last year.

Police identify Duncan Lake drowning victim

OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Marine Patrol officers have identified the man who drowned in Duncan Lake in Ossipee July 4.

Authorities say 65-year-old Robert Madden of Huntington Station, New York drowned while swimming across a cove on the lake at about 5 p.m. Friday.

Family and friends swam out to try to help Madden when they saw he was struggling, but the man went under.

He was found about 10 minutes later and brought to shore where rescue workers tried in vain to revive him.

2 charged in convenience store robberies

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Two people have been charged in connection with 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 was arraigned on the armed robbery charges Wednesday.

Police said 28-year-old Kassandra Young of Portsmouth was arrested Wednesday on a charge of operating a car that brought Flibotte to and from the robberies. She's been charged with two counts of criminal liability for conduct of another.

It wasn't immediately known if either Flibotte or Young had a lawyer.

Maine bank robbery suspect arrested

TWIN MOUNTAIN (AP) - The FBI says a Maine man has been arrested in New Hampshire on charges of robbing a bank in his home state.

The FBI and Maine State Police say they arrested 66-year-old John Cecil Slater of Augusta in Twin Mountain, New Hampshire on Wednesday.

Slater is accused of robbing The Bank of Maine in Hallowell on June 23.

He's expected to be arraigned in federal court in Bangor, Maine, on Thursday. It was not immediately known if he has a lawyer.

Spaulding Turnpike nighttime work planned

NEWINGTON (AP) - The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is planning to do night work on the Woodbury Avenue Bridge over the southbound lanes of the Spaulding Turnpike in Newington.

The setting of bridge deck panels is scheduled to start Thursday night and continue through the following week until complete.

Southbound lane closures on the turnpike will be in effect between 7 p.m. and 4 a.m. each night. Traffic will return to two lanes during non-work hours. Northbound traffic should not be affected.

Speeds will be posted at 40 mph through the nighttime work zone.

Authorities treating Lake Opechee for invasive plant

LACONIA (AP) — Authorities are trying to stop the growth of an invasive plant in sections of New Hampshire's Lake Opechee.

The Citizen reports ( nearly 22 acres of the lake will be treated with an herbicide to halt the growth of milfoil.

After the chemical application, planned for next week, divers from Aquatic Control Technology of Massachusetts will attempt to remove remaining milfoil plants by hand.

The New Hampshire Lakes Association says milfoil is not native to the state and is extremely difficult to control when entrenched in lake beds.

Camp cancels rest of season due to bed bugs

CONCORD (AP) — A New Hampshire summer camp has canceled the remainder of the season because of the discovery of bed bugs.

Staffers at Camp Spaulding in Penacook last week found the bugs in two of the boys' cabins. They moved the boys to other cabins and treated the affected areas with the help of an exterminator.

Upon further consultation and the Concord Health Department, camp managers decided the camp should undergo extensive treatment, which could take several months and include replacing all bed frames, sealing the floors and walls, steam cleaning all surfaces, and installing new mattresses.

The camp is offered by the Child and Family Services agency.

Scientists believe bed bugs have made a comeback due to the evolution of insecticide-resistant genes, and international travel.