EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 2, 2012

In Brief


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — First human EEE cases confirmed in Vt.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Two people have been hospitalized in Vermont with Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the state Health Department said yesterday, confirming the state’s first human cases.

Both cases involve adults from the Addison and Rutland counties in western Vermont, where mosquito pools recently tested positive for EEE and West Nile virus, the department said. The first and only confirmed cases of EEE in animals to date occurred in September 2011 in emus.

Like West Nile virus, EEE is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. With the human cases confirmed, health and agriculture officials are considering an aerial spraying program as early as next week, weather permitting, for the area where EEE was detected.

Elsewhere in northern New England, suspected cases of EEE and West Nike were reported in Maine in August. EEE was found in August in a mosquito batch in New Hampshire, the first time an animal tested positive for the disease there since 2010.

Small plane crash kills 1, injures 2

FALMOUTH — A small plane has crashed near a small airstrip in Falmouth, killing one person who was trapped in the aircraft and leaving two passengers with life-threatening injuries.

Holly Baker of the Federal Aviation Administration says the plane left Tweed-New Haven Airport in Connecticut and crashed at 11:02 a.m. yesterday, while attempting to land at Falmouth Air Park. The Falmouth Fire Department says the injured victims were taken by medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of burns.

The crash sparked a fire in the woods at the air park, a small airstrip near Fresh Pond Road. Baker says the Cirrus SR22 aircraft was badly burned. The FAA is investigating.

The identities of those involved in the crash were not immediately known.

Woman on oxygen dies after outage

NEW DURHAM — Police say a New Durham woman who needed oxygen died in her home around the time of a power outage this week.

Foster’s Daily Democrat says the unidentified 64-year-old woman died between Wednesday night and early Thursday morning following a power outage in that area, caused by a car crashing into a utility pole in Milton.

Sgt. Reginald Meattey says it appears the deceased woman required oxygen at all times. Police are investigating if the woman’s medical requirements are related to her death during the outage.

NH town holds 4th UFO festival

EXETER — People gathered in Exeter, N.H., in remembrance of reported UFO sightings there in 1965 and to celebrate all things extraterrestrial.

Yesterday’s festival is in its fourth year. It’s in recognition of a sighting in which then-teenager Norman Muscarello reported seeing a spacecraft on Route 150 on Sept. 3, 1965. Similar sightings had been called in from Hampton Beach and Raymond. It became the subject of a book, “Incident at Exeter.”

The festival featured lectures on UFOs, a UFO construction contest and a costume contests for children and pets.

—Associated Press

R.I. fisherman spots shark carcass

LITTLE COMPTON, R.I. — A Little Compton fisherman has spotted the carcass of a 13-foot great white shark that washed ashore just over the state line in Westport, Mass.

The discovery yesterday morning forced Little Compton officials to close two beaches to swimming as fishery experts dissected the shark in Westport. An emergency official says the Goosewing Beach and South Shore Beach in Little Compton will remain closed until further notice.

Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. Gary Severa tells WPRI-TV that he was out fishing shortly before dawn when he spotted what he initially believed was driftwood. A closer inspection revealed that it was a shark.

Erin Merz of Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut tells The Associated Press that representatives have confirmed it was a 13-foot great white shark.

Man rescued from Mount Adams in NH

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire fish and game officials say a 43-year-old man who injured his knee has been rescued from Mount Adams.

Officials learned Friday evening that Jason Baker, of Chicago, had dislocated his knee on the south slope of the mountain and was unable to walk. Due to the remoteness of the area, it was decided that Baker and his companions would stay the night on the mountain.

Yesterday morning, state conservation officers hiked to Baker’s location. An Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter airlifted Baker off the mountain and his two companions were safely escorted from the remote area to the summit of Mount Washington.

Officials say that Baker’s rescue was made much easier because the helicopter was available.

NH town holds 4th UFO festival

EXETER, N.H. (AP) — People gathered in Exeter, N.H., in remembrance of reported UFO sightings there in 1965 and to celebrate all things extraterrestrial.

Yesterday’s festival is in its fourth year. It’s in recognition of a sighting in which then-teenager Norman Muscarello reported seeing a spacecraft on Route 150 on Sept. 3, 1965. Similar sightings had been called in from Hampton Beach and Raymond. It became the subject of a book, “Incident at Exeter.”

The festival featured lectures on UFOs, a UFO construction contest and a costume contests for children and pets.

Associated Press