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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday morning New Hampshire news update

Popular amusement park ride shut down

SALEM, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire amusement park has shut down its newest ride "for the foreseeable future." ...

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Popular amusement park ride shut down

SALEM, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire amusement park has shut down its newest ride "for the foreseeable future."

The popular twisting, twirling Equinox is closed at Canobie Lake Park in Salem.

Spokesman Chris Nicoli tells the Eagle Tribune ( says the ride's operation has been sporadic. He said safety has not been issue, and there has not been any one specific cause for the lack of its regular operation.

Employees said numerous problems have left the ride inoperable, less than two years after it opened.

The ride has three mechanical arms that lift participants 75 feet up into the sky, spinning and swinging.

Fisherman finds rare calico lobster

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) - A fisherman has caught a rare lobster that's bright orange with dark blue spots.

Josiah Beringer found the calico lobster in one of his traps on July 23 in the mouth of Hampton Harbor. He donated the 1 ½-pound, 5-year-old male lobster to the Explore the Ocean World Oceanarium in Hampton for viewing.

Beringer tells the Portsmouth Herald ( the lobster was found in an area known as Washerwoman Rock, an area between two rocks that gets its name from its "really rough" and "washing machine"-like waters.

Ellen Goethel of the oceanarium said calico lobsters are the "second most rare lobster" in the world, after albino lobsters. She said the spots are the result of a genetic pigmentation mutation occurring in 1 in every 30 million to 50 million lobsters.

Amtrak's Downeaster wrapping up difficult month

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Amtrak's Downeaster is wrapping up the worst month for train cancellations since the passenger rail service launched more than a decade ago.

The train's on-time performance usually runs around 80 percent but it dipped to about 15 percent in July and ridership has dropped because of delays and cancelations caused by track repairs following a harsh winter.

Patricia Quinn of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority says Pan Am Railways, which owns the track between Brunswick and the Massachusetts border, has been replacing 2,000 rail ties.

She said trains should be on time next week.

Despite the delays that began in June, the Downeaster closed its fiscal year on June 30 with a 4.7 percent increase in ridership and record ticket revenue of $8.6 million.

Small claims courts starting online pilot programs

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Small claims courts in two New Hampshire communities are going paperless.

The courts in Concord and Plymouth are switching to electronic filing and processing on Wednesday.

The goal is to have all 32 small claims courts statewide go paperless by the end of the year.

Judicial officials say more than 13,000 new small claims actions were filed in 2013 and nearly 9,000 were reopened.

Small claims are filed in cases involving damages or debts of $7,500 or less. That sum will increase to $10,000 next year.

Edwin Kelly, administrative judge of the circuit court system, says the project will save money, reduce paper and speed up processing time.

Police seek suspect in Rochester shooting

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Police in Rochester are searching for a suspect they say shot a 19-year-old man in broad daylight in the New Hampshire community.

WMUR-TV ( ) reports the 19-year-old victim was hospitalized with possible life-threatening injuries in the shooting that took place just before noon on Tuesday.

The identity of the victim was not released.

Rochester Police Capt. Gary Boudreau described the suspect as an African American male about 6 feet tall, skinny, with dreadlocks that reached his shoulders. He was wearing a gray shirt with jean shorts.

Police say they believe the victim was targeted by the shooter.

The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.