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May 3, 2014

DOE releases Northern Pass alternative routes

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has released a list of alternative routes that can be analyzed in the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Northern Pass electric transmission proposal.

Gov. Maggie Hassan said yesterday that she is encouraged that the DOE has agreed to examine a wide range of options, including several underground options.

Northern Pass would run 187 miles from Canada to southern New Hampshire, carrying 1,200 megawatts of electricity to southern New England markets. Opponents say the mostly overland lines would scar the landscape, cut property values and hurt tourism. Project backers say it would create jobs and provide clean hydropower.

The alternative proposals came from the DOE, cooperating agencies and public comments. One alternative would bury the transmission line along its proposed route through the White Mountain National Forest.

Ex-Waltham officer admits to childporn charge

BOSTON — A former Waltham police officer has pleaded guilty charges of possessing child pornography.

Paul Manganelli entered a plea agreement with the federal government in U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday. In exchange for a guilty plea on a charge of possession of child pornography, prosecutors dropped a charge of receipt of child pornography.

Manganelli faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing.

Prosecutors say Manganelli traded child porn via email from December 2011 through March 2013 and had more than 850 images and 40 videos containing child pornography.

Manganelli said he was attempting to identify online sexual predators, but police say he was never assigned nor authorized to conduct such investigations and never reported any criminal conduct.

Manganelli resigned a few months after his arrest.

Man whose parents died in fire sought

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The New Hampshire U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force is offering a $5,000 reward leading to the location and arrest of a 38-year-old Manchester man who vanished after a suspicious fire at his home killed his parents in March.

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