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The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission is warning gas and electric customers of a phone scam about past-due balances.

The commission says the caller demands immediate payment of the account, typically via a pre-paid card, and threatens disconnection of utility service unless payment is received.

The commission says customers receiving these calls should hang up and call their utility company or the commission itself.

 

New Hampshire Democrats Maggie Hassan and Annie Kuster are part of a bipartisan group sponsoring a bill that targets counterfeit pill makers.

The bill allows the U.S. attorney general to create a registry of machines that are used to manufacture pills. This would ensure that the machines are not used for illicit purposes.

Hassan said members of both parties, and President Donald Trump's own opioid commission, agree on the importance of regulating the machines.

 

Prosecutors in Massachusetts say an arrest has been made in the killing of a man found near a road in Rindge, N.H., earlier this month.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said 21-year-old Julia Enright was charged with murder at an arraignment  in Gardner. She was held without bail.

She knew the victim from high school, Early said.

 

A 17-year-old has been indicted in New Hampshire on charges of killing a man and shooting his own mother.

Authorities said 33-year-old James LaPrade was found shot in the head in Farmington in March 2017.

Last week, a grand jury indicted James Belyea, of Farmington, in LaPrade's death on charges of first- and second-degree murder. Belyea also was indicted on an attempted murder charge in the shooting of his mother, Denise Belyea.

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Nicholas "Duffy" Fudge, a fisherman who was part of the cast of the reality television show "Wicked Tuna," has died. He was 28.

The Remick & Gendron Funeral Home confirmed to The Associated Press that Fudge, of Greenland, New Hampshire, died Thursday. A cause of death was not released.

The National Geographic Channel show follows several Gloucester, Massachusetts-based boats that try to land bluefin tuna, which can weigh hundreds of pounds and fetch tens of thousands of dollars.

Firefighters say a woman was found dead in a house fire in Hopkinton.

The New Hampshire state fire marshal's office said firefighters arrived at the house fire at 381 Pine St. just after midnight on Tuesday. Firefighters from multiple communities responded. They found one occupant outside of the home and the other unaccounted for. The woman was found in a bedroom.

Further information about the woman wasn't released. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday.

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A mountaintop New Hampshire estate known as "Castle in the Clouds" has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

The nearly 5,300-acre estate in the Ossipee Mountains was originally owned by shoe manufacturer Thomas Plant. Called Lucknow, it offers 75-mile views across Lake Winnipesaukee and to mountains. Plant oversaw the construction of several buildings between 1913 and 1914.

 

While the Trump administration fortifies the southern border, there's growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the porous northern border with Canada.

People crossing the border between Vermont and Quebec have paid smugglers up to $4,000, usually payable when the immigrants reach their U.S. destination, according to officials and court documents.

While the number of arrests is tiny compared with the southern border, the human smuggling is just as sophisticated.

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A former New Hampshire Boy Scout leader has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting four scouts two decades ago.

Eugene Perreault entered his plea Monday to multiple felony charges and was sentenced to 12 to 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors say the 70-year-old Newfields man assaulted the scouts in the 1990s and early 2000s. He was arrested in October 2016 after two victims went to police.

One victim testified during Monday's hearing saying, "the court can't give me my life and this sentence can't give me personal closure."

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Lawyers for a woman convicted of housing dozens of filthy and sick Great Danes in her New Hampshire mansion have filed a notice of appeal with the state Supreme Court.

Christina Fay was sentenced on 17 animal cruelty charges earlier this year. A judge ruled she will serve no jail time, but is responsible for paying back nearly $2 million for care of the dogs until they find new homes.

 

Amtrak is bringing back a 1950s-era domed railcar that offers panoramic views for riders of a New England train.

The Downeaster train will begin four daily trips starting Aug. 11 using the Amtrak Great Dome railcar, which features an upper level with windows on all sides.

Riders will have views of the coastline, marshes and streams along the Downeaster route from Boston to Brunswick, Maine.

 

Kevin Harvick warned he was charging for the lead with taps on Kyle Busch's rear bumper over the waning laps.

Harvick had failed to methodically work his way around the race leader with a clean pass, so he set aim with his Ford on Busch for the knockout shot.

Harvick nudged the right side of the Toyota and jostled Busch out of his groove and three lanes up the track. He zipped to the front with a textbook bump-and-run that led to a beer-soaked celebration and left Busch fuming — the move of the race in another stellar showcase for the leader of the Big Three.

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Authorities say two children aboard a boat in New Hampshire have been treated for possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

The New Hampshire Marine Patrol says it received a call around 12:15 p.m. Saturday about an unresponsive 8-month-old on a 35-foot boat on Lake Winnipesaukee in Alton.  When the boat docked the baby was responsive and crying. The child was taken to a hospital where it was treated and released.

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Ahead of next week's meeting on Vail Resorts proposed takeover of the Mount Sunapee ski area, some concerned residents want assurances that the park will be protected.

Vail announced June 4 that it would be acquiring the operating rights to three ski areas owned by the Mueller family: Sunapee, Okemo in Vermont and Crested Butte in Colorado. The purchase price is $82 million.

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The rhododendrons that bloom once a year at a New Hampshire state park are coming out, but vegetative growth may be hiding some of them.

A New Hampshire State Parks report Thursday said most bushes of Rhododendron maximum, also known as great laurel or rosebay, have opened their buds in a 16-acre grove in Fitzwilliam that's part of Rhododendron State Park.

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UPDATE: The State of Vermont Board of Libraries voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to reject the proposal to rename Mount Ascutney to Kaskadenak.

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  A Vermont man wants Mount Ascutney—which looms over the Connecticut River valley west of Claremont and Cornish in New Hampshire—renamed Kaskadenak.

Rob Hutchins, of Hartland, Vt., says the name Ascutney is made up and the original name of the summit was Kaskadenak, which means "wide mountain" in the Abenaki language.

A flash flood watch was issued for southern New Hampshire, with heavy rain in the forecast.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstrom warning for much of Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack, and Rockingham counties until 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service says there's a flash flood watch in effect from Tuesday afternoon through the evening for the area of York, Maine, and in much of southeastern New Hampshire.

 

New Hampshire officials say a hiker who went missing in the far northern part of the state has been found unharmed after ending up in a drainage system.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says 37-year-old Michael Perkins of Abington, Massachusetts, had last been seen on Saturday around 5:30 p.m. on Jewell Trail in Thompson and Meserves Purchase, a Coos County township.

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U.S. regulators Friday approved the first treatment for smallpox — a deadly disease that was wiped out four decades ago — in case the virus is used in a terror attack.

Smallpox, which is highly contagious, was eradicated worldwide by 1980 after a huge vaccination campaign.

But people born since then haven't been vaccinated, and small samples of the smallpox virus were saved for research purposes, leaving the possibility it could be used as a biological weapon.

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New Hampshire's Department of Corrections praised its K-9 unit for seizing drugs in prisons and at the homes of parolees.

According to statistics released Friday, the K-9 unit handled 93 calls since January and seized a range of drugs including suboxone hidden in mouths and clothes and synthetic marijuana. Suboxone is intended to treat heroin addiction, but some abuse the drug to get high.

The team also confiscated phones, a homemade machete, a homemade knife, and a tattoo motor.

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Investigators have identified a man found dead off the side of a road in Rindge.

They say the death of 20-year-old Brandon Chicklis, of Westminster, Massachusetts, is a homicide. The cause of death is being withheld pending further investigation.

The body was found off of Route 119 on Tuesday afternoon by a jogger. Chicklis was 20 to 40 feet from the roadside.

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A man previously indicted for allegedly running a fentanyl trafficking ring in Massachusetts is being charged with a drug user's death.

 

Prosecutors say on Friday that 28-year-old Sergio Martinez is facing charges in Concord, New Hampshire that include aiding and abetting a distribution of fentanyl that resulted in a death and money laundering.

 

According to documents filed in federal court on Wednesday, Martinez allegedly distributed fentanyl to someone identified as K.B., which resulted in his death.

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An FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages fueled suspicions of partisan bias said at a fiery and occasionally chaotic hearing in Congress on Thursday that his work has never been tainted by politics, angrily rejecting Republican allegations that he set out to stop Donald Trump from becoming president.

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New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is traveling to Brussels to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit as a co-chair of the Senate NATO Observer Group.

Shaheen, a Democrat, co-chair Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, of North Carolina, were traveling Wednesday.

The group informs senators outside of national security committees about defense spending commitments of Alliance members; the process of upgrading military capabilities; the Alliance's counter-terrorism capability; and the ability of NATO member states to address non-conventional warfare.

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A thunderstorm has knocked down trees and damaged some homes in parts of Maine and New Hampshire.

Tuesday night's storm brought wind gusts up to 60 mph and hail. Trees and power lines were brought down.

Nearly 4,000 customers in Maine were without power at one point, most of them in Portland.

In New Hampshire, damage such as trees falling on houses and overturned boats was reported in Northwood, Andover, and other towns.

 

The Santa's Village theme park in Jefferson, N.H., says there was a small fire in its Polar Theater, but damage was minimal and the park is open for business.

The theme park in Jefferson posted news of the fire on Facebook. The Tuesday night fire happened upstairs in the theater and was quickly contained by the local fire department. The cause wasn't immediately known.

The park said the theater building will be closed while it works on cleaning up from the smoke and water. The rest of the park is open.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is coming to New Hampshire to speak about the opioid and fentanyl crisis.

Sessions will deliver his remarks Thursday afternoon at the federal building in Concord.

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A former high school guidance counselor in New Hampshire has been sentenced to over two years in prison as part of an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to sexual assault charges involving a student.

Kristie Torbick, of Lee, had worked at Exeter High School. Education officials said the assaults happened in late 2016 and early 2017.

Other charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

The 39-year-old Torbick surrendered her education credentials. She also will need to register as a sex offender after serving her sentence.

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An invasive earthworm may be on the move in New Hampshire.

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is hosting a public seminar later this month about a fast, hungry species called the "jumping worm" that was recently introduced to North America from eastern Asia.

Watch a video the worms here.

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A man has been sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for setting fire to a New Hampshire church and stabbing two people who talked to police about him.

Anthony Boisvert apologized to the First Baptist Church in court on Monday. The 29-year-old Boisvert, of Lebanon, pleaded guilty to multiple charges.

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