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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday morning New Hampshire news update

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Consignment shop on fire, street closed

BERLIN (AP) - Firefighters are battling a three-alarm fire at a consignment shop in Berlin, New Hampshire.

WMUR-TV reports ( the fire started at about 4:15 a.m. Friday.

The shop is on Pleasant Street. The street has been closed.

There's no word of injuries.

Further information was not immediately available.

2 found guilty of night-hunting violations

CONCORD (AP) - Two men have been found guilty of night-hunting deer violations in New Hampshire.

James Blaisdell and Dana Martin have to pay over $6,000 in fines each. They've also lost their hunting licenses for five years and will need to do 20 hours of community service.

The Fish and Game Department says Blaisdell shot a deer decoy in the town of Northwood last fall, using a crossbow from a motor vehicle. Once the target was hit, Martin, who was driving the vehicle, took off, leading officers on a pursuit through four counties. Both were arrested in Pittsfield.

New Hampshire hosts 33rd annual tennis tournament

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. (AP) - The Waterville Valley Tennis Center is once again hosting the annual New Hampshire Open, which gets underway Friday.

The New Hampshire Open Tennis Championships is set on the 18 red clay court complex of the tennis center.

Athletes include top ranked New England and collegiate players who play the eastern summer tennis circuit.

Play continues Saturday with singles and doubles. Semi-finals and finals are on Sunday.

Family of World War I veteran to get his medals

HOOKSETT (AP) - The family of a World War I veteran from New Hampshire is being presented with some long-overdue service medals.

Frank Silva's son, Cmdr. Frank Silva, and daughter, Kathleen Talley, are receiving the Purple Heart and other medals on Friday at the American Legion, Post 37 in Hooksett.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is presenting the medals.

Man charged with selling threatened turtles

CONCORD (AP) - A New Hampshire man has pleaded guilty to illegal possession and sale of threatened and endangered turtles.

The state Fish and Game Department says Richard Decoste of Londonderry had advertised the sale of spotted turtles, which are threatened in the state, and Blanding's turtles which are endangered.

Conservation officers searched Decoste's home and say they found ten spotted turtles and two Blanding's turtles. The investigation also included purchasing a turtle from him.

Decoste pleaded guilty last week to both charges and paid a little over $1,000 in fines.

Officials say the turtles have been returned to their native habitats.

Police say Epsom man abused kids over 23 years

BARNSTEAD (AP) - Barnstead police say a 67-year-old man sexually abused two children at least 300 times over the past 23 years.

Sgt. Joseph McDowell says Kenneth Day of Epsom was arrested on Thursday and charged with aggravated felony sexual assault.

McDowell says a male and female came to the police station about two months to say Day had abused them in various locations starting in 1991 when they were children.

McDowell said the investigation is still continuing and involves other police agencies.

Day is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning.