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December 30, 2012

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The woman was taken to Frisbie Memorial Hospital and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police found Fisher at the apartment, but due to medical complications he was taken to the hospital, where he remained unresponsive for several hours.

After Fisher regained consciousness, he was arrested on charges of first-degree assault, criminal restraint, criminal threatening and simple assault.

Work continues on NH-ME bridge

PORTSMOUTH — The construction company rebuilding the Memorial Bridge between New Hampshire and Maine says crews are working double shifts to get the project done.

Archer Western has been working on the approaches for the bridge on both sides as well as installing micropiles on three piers.

Officials say the first section of the bridge will be floated upriver by barge sometime in January. The barge will then return to the New Hampshire State Pier, where construction of the north fixed span portion of the bridge will begin.

Bill would aid domestic violence victims

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a bill designed to protect victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault by letting them break a lease without penalty.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem, said that under the bill, victims who live in private housing would receive protections similar to those available under federal law to residents of public housing.

The Newton Democrat said those protections include allowing victims to break a lease without undue financial penalty if his or her safety is in jeopardy.

Tenants would be required to give landlords written notification of their situation. Landlords also could request independent verification of their status as victims, though this information would have to be kept confidential.

The bill has been sent to Gov. Deval Patrick, who is expected to sign it.

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