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Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday morning New Hampshire news update

Man arrested after 7-town chase

KINGSTON (AP) - A man is expected to face multiple charges in a New Hampshire court after police followed him on a chase through seven towns over the weekend. ...

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Man arrested after 7-town chase

KINGSTON (AP) - A man is expected to face multiple charges in a New Hampshire court after police followed him on a chase through seven towns over the weekend.

Police say the pursuit started in Hampton Falls on Saturday night. WMUR-TV reports ( they said they were concerned 23-year-old Donald Smith was armed because a bag filled with ammunition was thrown out the vehicle window during the chase.

Police said the chase went through Exeter, Hampton, and back to Hampton Falls before heading to Seabrook, Kensington, East Kingston.

Police said Smith was stopped in Kingston when he crashed into a church, then broke into a nearby store and took women's clothing to wear as a disguise.

Smith was being held on $25,000 bail. It wasn't immediately known if he had a lawyer.

Police: Man strikes trooper at Speedway, crashes

LOUDON (AP) - Police say a man has been accused of driving into the path of two state troopers directing traffic after the New Hampshire Motor Speedway race, striking one of them, then speeding away and hitting another vehicle.

Police said the trooper was not hurt after he was struck by the front grill of the pickup truck.

Police said 21-year-old Damian Biron of North Sutton failed to stop Sunday, struck a vehicle, then went down southbound route 106 before colliding with a pickup. That vehicle was pushed about 20 feet off the road.

Police said Biron left his truck and tried to flee, but was arrested on charges of reckless conduct, disobeying an officer, and others.

Two other people in Biron's truck were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Busy weekend for mountain rescues

FRANCONIA (AP) - It's been a busy weekend for rescue crews in New Hampshire's mountains.

Fish and Game Department conservation officers responded to three incidents on Saturday on Mount Washington and Mount Lafayette.

One involved a hiker who slipped and fell 10 feet and was injured, another involved a man suffering medical issues and the third involved a hiking party that became disoriented while descending down the Cog Railway.

The department says in all cases, the hikers mostly had the appropriate gear. One group didn't have any prior experience hiking in the White Mountains and was not fully aware of the difficult terrain.

Storm outages delay FairPoint unions' vote

SOUTH BURLINGTON Vt. (AP) - It appears weather-related power outages have caused some delays on a vote whether to authorize a strike by union employees of telecommunications firm FairPoint.

Workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont had scheduled meetings from Friday through the weekend on the vote. Their contract ends Aug. 2. Negotiations started in April.

Mike Spillane of the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Vermont tells Vermont Public Radio ( ) it now appears the vote count won't be completed for another week. He said ongoing outages have prevented workers from attending meetings where the votes are held. He said workers in New Hampshire were affected, too.

Also voting on a strike authorization is the Communications Workers of America.

The company says service to customers will continue if there is a strike.

Dartmouth hosts summit on sexual assault

HANOVER (AP) - College and university officials from around the country will join students, nonprofit groups and others at Dartmouth College for a summit on sexual assault.

The conference Monday and Tuesday will allow participants to discuss best practices in preventing and responding to sexual violence on campus. Presenters will include national experts and representatives from several federal agencies.

Dartmouth is among 55 colleges and universities being investigated by the federal education department for how it handles sexual harassment and assault complaints. In addition to taking other steps, it recently overhauled its system for handling sexual assaults.