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September 9, 2012

In Brief

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NH convenience store robbed at gunpoint

ROCHESTER, N.H. — Police say a robber who held up a convenience store in Rochester, N.H., is being hunted by police.

A tracking dog led police for a while but they weren't able to find the suspect in yesterday's robbery at the Cumberland Farms store on Milton Road.

WMUR-TV in Manchester reports that the clerk described the robber as a white male about 5 feet 8 inches tall. He wore dark wind pants with white stripes down the sides, and a dark colored sweatshirt with white draw strings. He was also said to be wearing purple rubber gloves and a green cloth style knit hat.

The thief had a gun in his hand the entire time of the robbery and fled on foot.

The robbery happened at about 4:40 Saturday morning.

Driver goes wrong way on Mass. Turnpike, 2 killed

LUDLOW, Mass. — Massachusetts State Police say an elderly Connecticut resident and a Massachusetts man were killed when four cars crashed on the Massachusetts Turnpike at Ludlow.

Police say an 84-year-old Clarence Lux of New Britain, Conn., was driving east on the westbound side of the turnpike, resulting in the four-vehicle crash about 8:30 p.m. Friday. His vehicle collided head on with a car, driven by a 28-year-old Robert Magee from West Bridgewater. Both were taken to Bay State Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.

Police say there were no injuries reported in two other cars involved in the crash. Neither one was towed.

Police say they had received numerous calls reporting a wrong-way driver before to the fatal crash, but patrol officers were unable to find the vehicle.

Late-summer cruise ship season begins in Portland

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland's late-summer cruise ship season is getting under way with the arrival of a 990-foot ship.

The Enchantment of the Seas arrived yesterday in Portland. It is the first large cruise ship to make a port call for the late summer and fall cruise ship season in September and October.

The ship carries more than 2,200 passengers and nearly 900 crew members.

After staying in Portland for the day, the ship departs for Bar Harbor, where it will stop for the day today.

Salem Witch Trials Memorial rededicated

SALEM, Mass. — Salem's memorial to the 1692 witch trials is being rededicated.

The dedication ceremony at 4 p.m. today is scheduled to take place at the Charter Street site.

More than 6 million people have visited the memorial since it was dedicated in 1992 on the tercentenary of the Salem Witch Trials.

The Salem News reports that the ceremony marks the restoration of the memorial, which was closed for several weeks for repairs to the stone wall and installation of new lighting and landscaping.

The keynote speaker today is the actor Gregory Alan Williams, the first recipient of The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice.

Nineteen people were hanged and one person was crushed to death during the trials.

Northern New England braces for storm

GRAY, Maine — A tornado watch was posted in Vermont as a late-summer storm blustered up the East Coast yesterdat.

No watches had been issued in Maine or New Hampshire yesterday afternoon, the National Weather Service said. But high surf advisory was in effect until this evening along beach areas of New Hampshire. The high surf advisory extending into Maine also included threats of lightning strikes.

But southern portions of New England — western Connecticut and Massachusetts — did have tornado watches.

In Maine, forecasters said thunderstorms packing high winds could hit much of the state. Meteorologist Tom Hawley said New Hampshire can't rule out a severe front moving through about midnight. "I will be shocked if any points east of the Penobscot (River in eastern Maine) will get severe weather," Hawley said.

The weather service said people in the advisory areas should prepare for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. A watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.

In New York Cityyesterday, a tornado hurled debris in the air and knocked out power.