EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 16, 2012

In Brief

In Brief
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Mom pleads guilty to OUI with child in car

KITTERY, Maine — A New Hampshire woman charged with drunken driving with her 3-year-old daughter in the car in Maine will lose her license for 90 days.

Sara Ba

ll of Portsmouth, N.H., pleaded guilty Thursday to operating under the influence and will be fined $640 in addition to losing her license.

WMTW-TV says Ball will begin alternative sentencing on Nov. 2, meaning that she won’t have to spend time in jail.

Police say the tires on the passenger’s side of Ball’s car were damaged and the vehicle couldn’t be driven when an officer stopped to check on her in March in Kittery.

Woman found dead; foul play not suspected

EXETER, N.H. — Police say foul play isn’t suspected in the death of a New Hampshire woman who was charged last year after baby-sitting six children while intoxicated.

Police are awaiting toxicology reports to determine the cause of death of 31-year-old Julie Reid of Exeter, who was found in her apartment on Sept. 4.

The Portsmouth Herald says Reid received a suspended sentence for reckless conduct for the incident in which she was intoxicated while caring for six children between 3 and 12 years old.

But police say she ran into more legal trouble last month when she allegedly stole a bike and gave a false name to police.

Navy awards $94M contract for sub repair planning

KITTERY, Maine — The U.S. Navy has awarded a $94 million contract for planning and ordering materials for the repair of a submarine severely damaged by fire while in dry dock in Maine.

The Naval Sea Systems Command said Friday it awarded the contract to a team led by General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide design and planning, ordering of repair materials and pre-fabrication to restore the USS Miami. The contract includes an option worth $6 million more.

The submarine is based in Groton, Conn. It suffered $450 million in damage in the May fire while docked in Kittery, Maine.

A former shipyard worker from Portsmouth, N.H., is accused of setting the fire and awaits trial in federal court in Portland, Maine. He told Navy investigators he set the fire because he was feeling anxious and wanted to go home.

West Nile virus found in 2 more Maine communities

BIDDEFORD, Maine — State health officials say West Nile virus has been found in mosquito

es trapped in Biddeford and Scarborough.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Sears said Thursday the confirmed positive results came from routine surveillance of monitoring pools in northern York County and southern Cumberland County. The terrain at the two new sites is similar to where West Nile was found earlier in Gorham and Standish.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/QX10Tm ) reports there have been no instances of West Nile or the more dangerous mosquito-borne disease Eastern equine encephalitis infecting humans in Maine this summer.

Sears urged residents to prevent mosquito bites by avoiding the outdoors from dusk until dawn, if possible; wear loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and pants; and use insect repellants.

People infected with West Nile often experience flu-like

symptoms.

—Associated Press