EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 3, 2014

DOE releases Northern Pass alternative routes


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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.

Matthew Dion is wanted on three counts of possession of child pornography. Manchester police also want to question him in connection with the March 24 fire that killed 71-year-old Robert Dion and 67-year-old Constance Dion. Their deaths have been classified as homicides.

Authorities say Dion was driving a white 2009 Nissan Altima with a New Hampshire license plate 341-0587 at the time of his disappearance.

The investigation continues into the fire and the deaths.

Tips can be reported to the task force at 603-225-2632 or by calling 1-877-WANTED-2.

Boston man faces drug charges in Maine

YARMOUTH, Maine — Police have arrested a Massachusetts man they say was bringing heroin into Maine.

Police said a month-long investigation led to the arrest this week of 25-year-old Alex Santiago of Boston.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says Santiago was arrested Thursday in a parking lot on U.S. Route 1 in Yarmouth as he delivered 10 grams of heroin worth $3,000 to an undercover agent.

Police say Santiago was part of a group of Massachusetts men who distributed drugs in Cumberland and Sagadahoc countries.

Santiago is being held on $15,000 bail on a charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs. It was unclear if he had a lawyer.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

2 sought in N.H. home invasion

CONCORD, N.H — Police in Concord are looking for two men accused of entering a home with an apartment armed with a handgun and knife and tying up two teenagers inside.

Police say the two left with some cash Wednesday night.

A 7-year-old child inside the apartment was not hurt.

The men were described as white, about 6 feet tall with medium builds, and in their late teens or early twenties. They were both dressed in dark clothing and had cloth face masks.