---- — 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.
NH man charged with assaulting infant
RAYMOND — Police in Raymond, N.H., say a 26-year-old man is facing charges of assaulting an infant less than a year old.
Police say they received reports that an infant about 2 months old had received injuries in recent weeks. An examination of the baby at the Exeter Hospital showed that the child had suffered multiple fractures.
The baby is not being identified, but police say the child was injured in a Raymond residence over the past several weeks.
Cavan G. Moore of Raymond faces three counts second degree assault on a victim less than a year old. He’s being held on $25,000 cash bail pending an arraignment in the Candia Circuit Court.
20 vehicles crash on I-93 in NH; 5 injured
NEW HAMPTON — Authorities in New Hampshire say 20 vehicles crashed in a chain-reaction accident during heavy snowfall on Interstate 93.
New Hampshire Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says the crash happened near Exit 22 early Saturday afternoon. Boynton says the pileup left five people injured, but none of the injuries was life-threatening. Rescue workers took all five to hospitals.
It was snowing heavily at the time in the area at the time of the crash.
The accident temporarily forced the closing of I-93, but the highway’s now been reopened.
Twelve vehicles were involved in the initial crash, before four more vehicles then became involved. Boynton says an additional four vehicles veered off the road to avoid the pileup.
Man charged with slashing woman’s throat
ROCHESTER — Rochester, N.H., police say a man is facing charges of slashing of his girlfriend’s throat with a kitchen knife.
Police tell WMUR-TV that the 38-year-old victim woman, who was not identified, ran into the Rochester police station bleeding from her neck Friday afternoon. She told officers that her boyfriend, 40-year-old Nathan Fisher, had cut her throat during an argument at their apartment.
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.
— Associated Press