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Woman gets 25 years for sexually abusing toddlers

NEWPORT (AP) - A New Hampshire woman has been sentenced to at least 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two toddlers in her care and recording videos of her husband allegedly assaulting the girls. ...

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Woman gets 25 years for sexually abusing toddlers

NEWPORT (AP) - A New Hampshire woman has been sentenced to at least 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting two toddlers in her care and recording videos of her husband allegedly assaulting the girls.

Ashley Blood of Claremont pleaded guilty in Sullivan County Superior Court in Newport to two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts to manufacturing images of child sexual abuse. I

The Eagle Times reports (http://bit.ly/1oLFEUn) her attorney, James Mulligan, said his client thinks the sentence is for the best.

Police arrested the 26-year-old Blood and her husband, Kevin Blood, in December. Investigators recovered 13 videos of the abuse from a computer flash drive.

Kevin Blood remains jailed on $500,000 cash bail. He faces trial in the fall.


Nighttime construction on I-293 to restrict lanes

MANCHESTER (AP) - Nighttime construction on Interstate 293 southbound in Manchester, New Hampshire, is causing some lane restrictions.

The night lane closures are scheduled in the vicinity of Exit 4 from 7 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday. One southbound lane will be open at all times.

The temporary nighttime lane closures are to allow for construction work in the median. This work is necessary to accommodate a lane shift that will take place later this month for a project to replace four "Red Listed" bridges and the rehabilitation of one "Red Listed" bridge at the I-293 Exit 4 Interchange.

The $26.2 million project is scheduled to be completed in November 2016.



Request made to set aside explosion conviction

LANCASTER (AP) - A judge has declined to rule on a request to set aside a conviction in the 2010 explosion that killed two workers at a New Hampshire gunpowder plant.

Craig Sanborn's attorney, Mark Sisti, said a witness who testified Sanborn knew his Colebrook Black Mag plant was deficient embellished his own military record.

The Caledonian Record reports (http://bit.ly/1oZN09F) Sisti said the witness was a principal of a Florida-based gunpowder firm with which Sanborn entered into a contract. He said such misrepresentations "cast grave doubt" on his testimony.

Coos Superior Court Judge Peter Bornstein said he has no jurisdiction as Sanborn has an appeal pending in the state Supreme Court.

Sanborn, of Maidstone, Vermont, was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison. He's been convicted of wire fraud in Maine.


Work to begin on New Hampshire-Vermont bridge

WEST LEBANON, N.H. (AP) - Drivers are being encouraged to seek alternate routes next week as work begins to replace a bridge between New Hampshire and Vermont.

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says construction associated with the replacement of the Route 4 bridge over the Connecticut River will begin Monday, July 28, and continue until mid-October. The bridge connects West Lebanon to Hartford, Vermont.

The work will be done at night to start, but after Aug. 8, work will continue during the day. Traffic will be alternating one-way at night and during work hours.

CPM Constructors of Freeport, Maine, is serving as the general contractor for the $10.7 million project.