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August 17, 2013

Around the region

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---- — NH neighbor busts suspected burglars

BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — Police say a neighbor helped to foil a burglary in the New Hampshire town of Bedford.

Authorities say the neighbor reported seeing people on the property that she said she didn’t believe belonged there and asked officers to investigators.

WMUR-TV reports that police arrested 24-year-old Corey Tellier of Manchester in the woods near the home and 20 -year-old Jenna Collins of Bedford. Both have been charged with trespassing and burglary. It’s unclear if they are being represented by lawyers.

Police say they also recovered more than $25,000 of stolen items taken from the home.

2 arrested on alcohol charges

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Police in the New Hampshire town of Dover have arrested a brother and sister on alcohol related charges in connection with a motorcycle crash that killed a Dover man.

Twenty-one-year-old Kelsey M. Shaughnessy has been charged with prohibited sales of alcohol and 18-year-old Colin Shaughnessy has been charged with hosting an underage drinking party. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports that police say Jarrett Hudson and his motorcycle passenger drank alcohol at a party hosted by Colin Shaughnessy in Dover before the crash. Police allege that Shaughnessy’s sister bought the alcohol.

Authorities say Hudson was traveling from the party when the motorcycle crashed killing him early Wednesday morning. Police say Hudson was not wearing a helmet. His passenger was treated for minor injuries.

Ex-Tewksbury employee pleads guilty to stealing

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — A former Tewksbury town employee has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $50,000 from the town’s recreation department to support her drug habit.

Lauren Bibo Morris entered her plea in Lowell District Court on Thursday to larceny charges. Morris, the recreation center’s former business manager, admitted in court to stealing more than $31,000 in 2009 and more than $20,000 in 2010. A complaint was brought forward in 2012.

Prosecutors say the 32-year-old Morris’ actions stemmed from her drug addiction. Morris told police she needed the money to support her Oxycontin addiction and she would spend upward of $80 a pill for sometimes several pills a day.

The Sun reports the embezzlement scheme took place largely in the form of falsified summer camp registrations.

Morris’ defense attorney had no comment.

Blue butterfly making comeback in NH

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Karner blue butterfly, once considered extinct in New Hampshire, has made a comeback.

The state Fish and Game Department says the number of butterflies marked in the wild surpassed the previous high number observed in 2010, which was more than 2,600. This year’s final count is still being worked on.

The department says good weather, coupled with help extending the butterfly’s habitat in Concord, have made a difference. A company called Praxair Surface Technology created a 10-to-15 acre habitat to attract the brilliant blue butterflies, planting over 600 blue lupine and nectar plants.

The butterfly has been on the federal Endangered Species list since 1992. That year it also was named New Hampshire’s state butterfly, which has been working to restore their unique, savannah-like habitat.

NH wraps up hepatitis A investigation

HOPKINTON, N.H. (AP) — More than 1,000 people who may have been exposed to hepatitis A by a bartender in Hopkinton, N.H., have received injections to protect themselves against the contagious liver disease.

State public health officials had recommended that anyone who ate or drank at the American Legion or Covered Bridge Restaurant between July 20 and Aug. 3 receive a vaccine or an immune globulin injection. They estimated that between 600 and 1,000 people were potentially exposed, and a total of 1,114 received the injections.

Hepatitis A can be spread when an infected person handles food without appropriate hand hygiene, but vaccinations given soon after exposure can prevent illness from developing.

Public health director Dr. Montero on Thursday thanked everyone involved for what he called a quick and thorough response.