Couple found 200 miles from facility

HAMPTON (AP) – Police searching for a New Hampshire husband and wife have found them about 200 miles away from their assisted living facility.

Police in Hampton said Dave and Ona Magee, both 86, were found in Bangor, Maine, on Wednesday morning. Their conditions weren’t immediately known.

The Magees, who had a car, were last seen leaving an appointment in Dracut, Massachusetts, on Tuesday afternoon. They were supposed to return to the assisted living facility in Hampton.

Court sends slip-and-fall case back to judge

CONCORD (AP) – New Hampshire’s Supreme Court has found in favor of a Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center nurse who slipped and fell on ice in an employee parking lot.

The nurse, Eileen Bloom, was injured in December 2013 and required surgery. She sued Casella Construction Inc., which provides snow removal services for the medical center. She alleged that Casella breached its duty, but Casella said it owed no duty of care to Bloom. A judge ruled in Casella’s favor.

In Bloom’s appeal, the supreme court on Wednesday disagreed with most of her arguments. However, it found that, in addition to snow removal, Casella agreed to provide sanding and salting services to Dartmouth-Hitchcock, when asked. Because it couldn’t be determined whether Dartmouth-Hitchcock asked for such assistance, the court sent the case back to the judge.

UNH grant to help sex abuse investigators

DURHAM (AP) – A research center at the University of New Hampshire is getting a federal grant to support police officers and others who investigate crimes involving child sexual abuse images.

Officials say a surge of such images online and new technology designed to intercept them means more investigators are being hired to review such material, but doing so can have toxic effects on their mental health. The university’s Crimes Against Children Research Center will use a three-year grant to interview police and forensic examiners across the country to identify best practices for workload, counseling and debriefing.

The center also will use its findings to develop a screening instrument to help agencies assess whether candidates are suitable for such work.

The $886,000 in funding comes from the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. It was one of five recent grant awards totaling $3.9 million related to three topics: the impact of fatigue and stress on officer performance, managing stress, burnout and vicarious trauma experienced by forensic workers and improving officer interaction with mentally ill individuals.

The other recipients were the Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina, the Fund for the City of New York, Washington State University and the Research Foundation for SUNY. Their projects include a study of how police officers’ atypical work hours affect their health and an evaluation of a program to divert individuals with mental illness away from jail and toward treatment.

Crews prepping for outages ahead of storm

CONCORD (AP) – Utility crews are preparing for power outages in advance of the stormy weather and 50 mile-per-hour-wind gusts forecast for New Hampshire.

Utilities are securing additional crews. Heavy rain and strong winds were expected from Wednesday night into Thursday.

Alec O’Meara, a spokesman for Unitil, said the heavy overnight rain, combined with early morning winds, have the potential to create an extended period of hazardous conditions. That may mean that areas may lose power multiple times after an initial restoration.

N.H. adult positive for mosquito-borne virus

CONCORD (AP) – New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services says an adult from Laconia has tested positive for a mosquito-borne virus.

The department said Wednesday the adult tested positive for the Jamestown Canyon virus, transmitted by infected mosquitoes. It’s the second time a case has been identified in the state this year; it was identified in a Kingston resident in August.

Reports of Jamestown Canyon virus in humans are rare, but have increased over the last several years. This is New Hampshire’s eighth case since the state’s first report of the disease in 2013.

The department says most illnesses caused by the virus have been mild, but moderate-to-severe central nervous system involvement has been reported, including fatal infections.

Shaheen to speak at USS Thresher memorial dedication

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire is going to deliver the keynote address at the dedication of a memorial honoring sailors killed in the deadliest submarine disaster in the nation’s history.
The ceremony is at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday afternoon. Shaheen has been an advocate for the memorial.
Built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, the first-in-class Thresher was the world’s most advanced fast attack submarine when it was commissioned. But a malfunction during a deep-sea drive off Cape Cod on April 10, 1963, claimed the lives of all 129 aboard.
A 129-foot flagpole memorial in Kittery also pays tribute to the sailors.

Sununu signs compromise budget after overwhelming votes

FRANKLIN, N.H. (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has signed a nearly $13 billion, two-year state budget three months after he vetoed the Legislature’s first effort.
Sununu signed the spending plan and a companion policy bill in Franklin on Thursday, a day after the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve them.
Democrats had argued their original plan provided property tax relief and a boost to education funding, while addressing the state’s most pressing problems. But Republicans argued it relied on one-time surplus funds for ongoing expenses and would drive the state toward a broad-based tax.
Under the compromise plan, Democrats got the property tax relief and education funding they sought, though the latter was shifted to include more one-time payments. Republicans got the scheduled business tax breaks they wanted, as long as revenues meet certain targets.

Office of Child Advocate to review restraint, seclusion use

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Office of the Child Advocate has started a review of how restraint and seclusion are being used on about 400 children in behavioral health settings.
The review will look at children placed in private residential facilities and the Sununu Youth Services Center by the Division for Children, Youth and Families.
Child Advocate Moira O’Neill says right now, the patterns of how restraint and seclusion are used in New Hampshire are poorly understood.
She says the only statewide data available is an aggregate number that shows the total incidents of restraint and seclusion across all facilities. Since 2014, there have been more than 20,000 incidents of restraint and seclusion across all residential facilities. But it’s not clear what that means.

Autopsy report: Mall parking lot shooting was murder-suicide

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An autopsy report has declared that the shooting deaths of a man and woman at a New Hampshire mall parking lot were a murder-suicide.
Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said in a news release Thursday the victims of the Wednesday shooting at Steeplegate Mall in Concord were 22-year-old Alexander Thorne and 21-year-old Zoe Desmarais.
A man told WMUR-TV he heard two loud pops as he was walking outside and saw a woman on the ground who was shot.
Thorne was pronounced dead at the scene and Desmarais was taken to Concord Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The autopsy report states the manner of Desmarais’ death was a homicide, and Thorne’s death was determined to be a suicide.
The motive remains under investigation by the Office of the Attorney General.