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Woman whose Great Danes were seized could face jail time

OSSIPPEE, N.H. (AP) — A woman who was found guilty of housing dozens of filthy and sick Great Danes in her New Hampshire mansion is expected back in court to learn her sentence.
Christina Fay could serve as little as a month in jail on animal cruelty charges if she undergoes counseling. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday to discuss an alternative plan to prosecutors’ recommended yearlong jail term.
The hearing also will determine a reimbursement amount to the Humane Society, which has been caring for the dogs; a plan to find a new home for them; and whether one dog should be euthanized after seriously injuring a caretaker.
The 60-year-old Fay had pleaded not guilty. She said she took care of her 84 dogs and compared them to an art collection.

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Former officer declines plea deal

NEWPORT (AP) – A former New Hampshire police officer accused of performing an illegal search and falsifying his report has turned down a plea offer from the state.

The Valley News reports Assistant Attorney General Geoffrey Ward said in court Tuesday that the state made 30-year-old Ian Kibbe a plea offer. He declined to say what it was, and it wasn’t detailed in court documents.

Kibbe’s lawyer, Eric Wilson, responded the offer „would not be accepted by the defense.“

Judge Brian Tucker scheduled Kibbe’s case for trial in December, with jury selection to start on Dec. 3. Ward said he’d need two days for trial.

The former Claremont officer was charged on April 26 after authorities said he lied about how he discovered weapons during an arrest in February. He’s pleaded not guilty.

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Man gets 25 years in federal prison

CONCORD (AP) – A New Hampshire man who posed online as a modeling agency representative to get sexually explicit photos of young girls has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.

Matthew Felton, of Somersworth, pleaded guilty in January to child pornography charges. Court documents say he used social media accounts to convince three girls ranging from 12 to 14 years old that he would help them secure modeling contracts if they sent the suggestive photos.

Police obtained thousands of images from one of his accounts in 2015.

Defense lawyers had asked for a 15-year sentence, saying that Felton was a good person „who did a bad thing.“ They say he had a difficult upbringing and suffered from alcohol and drug abuse.

The 38-year-old Felton was sentenced
Wednesday.

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Death of 11-month old a homicide

LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) – Vermont State Police say the January death of an 11-month-old Ludlow boy has been ruled a homicide.

Police said Wednesday that an autopsy and subsequent investigation by the office of the New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner determined that the death of Karsen Rickert was due to strangulation or smothering.

On Jan. 11, police were called to the home where Karsen lived with his mother, Abigail Wood, and her boyfriend after receiving a report of an unresponsive infant. Karsen was later pronounced dead at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

The investigation is continuing.

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New police chief for Manchester

MANCHESTER (AP) – New Hampshire’s largest city is getting a new police chief.

Carlo Capano will take over as chief of police in Manchester on July 1. He currently is assistant chief of the department.

Chief Nick Willard is retiring. He has been appointed by President Donald Trump as the next U.S. marshal for New Hampshire.

Capano has been assistant chief since 2015. He started with the department in 1996.

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Dad gets support after Facebook rant

PORTSMOUTH (AP) – A frustrated father’s Facebook post over the lack of baby-changing stations in men’s restrooms is getting a lot of support from parents in similar situations.

New Hampshire man Chris Mau is a 33-year-old father of four. He recently posted that he used the floor in the men’s bathroom at a restaurant to change his 8-month-old daughter’s diaper. He had been out for a walk with his family.

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Woman dies of single gunshot

ROCHESTER (AP) – New Hampshire authorities investigating the killing of a woman in Rochester say the cause of death was a single gunshot wound.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald identified the woman as 24-year-old Billy Jo Ahearn, of Rochester. She died at a hospital Wednesday.

MacDonald said the shooting involved two groups.

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Fisherman rescued after boat flips

NEW CASTLE, N.H. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a New Hampshire fisherman whose boat was flipped over by large wave and capsized.

Brian Weeks’ boat was flipped over Wednesday off the coast of Kittery, Maine, WMUR-TV reported . The 64-year-old said the day before he had watched “The Perfect Storm,” a movie about the crew of a commercial fishing boat caught in a violent storm.

“It took me right up,” he said of the wave. “Landed under the boat and I woke up under the boat. I’m under my boat. I’m thinking, ‘Did that happen?’”

Hypothermia was setting in as Weeks, of Rochester, crawled onto his capsized boat.

“I was thinking, ‘No, I don’t want to go like this, fishing. I don’t want to go like that. I’ve been doing it 40 years,’” said Weeks, who’d gone out to look for mackerel. “And I thought of my family, and they’re going to find me just off shore.”

Someone saw the boat capsize and called for help. The Coast Guard was able to get him out of the water safely.

After his release from the hospital, Weeks went to thank the Coast Guard crew who saved his life.

Weeks does not remember the rescue, but says he is grateful to be alive.

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UNH to be part of NASA mission

DURHAM (AP) – A team from the University of New Hampshire has been selected to be part of a NASA mission that seeks to study interstellar space.

The mission will help researchers better understand the boundary of the heliosphere, which acts as a bubble-like shield for the solar system from galactic cosmic radiation.

UNH researchers and engineers from the Space Science Center will help design and build the IMAP-Lo instrument, which provides imaging of the heliosphere and tracks the flow of outer space particles.

The university will also give students the opportunity to participate in the mission. Some students will design and build a miniaturized satellite and other scientific
instruments.

The student project targets underrepresented populations in the STEM field.

The mission is planned to launch in 2024.

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Police call death of woman who was shot a homicide

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire authorities are calling the death of a woman who was shot a homicide.
Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says around midnight Tuesday, Rochester police responded to a reported shooting that involved two groups.
Police found three adults, including a woman with an apparent gunshot wound. She was taken to a hospital, where she later died. Her name hasn’t been released.
Police don’t believe anyone else was hurt. They are investigating.