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August 18, 2013

Around the Region


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---- — CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An impatient New Hampshire baby might be destined for a life in the fast lane after he couldn’t wait to get to the hospital to be born.

Kelly Thompson gave birth to her son, Jacob, in the passenger seat of the family minivan.

Thompson tells WMUR-TV she began getting labor pains Wednesday night. She called her husband, Mark, who works as a nursing assistant. But by the time he arrived 15 minutes later the contractions were coming fast and furious.

The Penacook couple raced to the hospital but couldn’t keep ahead of Jacob. They pulled over and called 911 but the healthy 6-pound, 13-ounce baby arrived before the paramedics did.

Jacob is the couple’s fourth child.

Police ride pays tribute to fallen MIT officer Sean Collier

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — A procession of police officers on motorcycles has paid tribute to fallen Massachusetts Institute of Technology Officer Sean Collier by putting a single red rose where he died.

More than 100 officers from Boston area police departments took part in Saturday’s ride, which started in Cambridge.

Organizers say the event was put on by Ride4Cops and raised $50,000 to help families of officers who die in the line of duty.

Saturday’s procession also visited the Law Enforcement Memorial at the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston, where participants placed a wreath.

A federal indictment alleges surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) and his brother fatally shot Collier on April 18 while trying to elude authorities.

Collier was 27 and planning to join the Somerville Police Department.

Increase in human-bear encounters in NH forest

CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Visitors to the White Mountain National Forest have been reporting more encounters with black bears rummaging through coolers and food storage bags, and crawling into tents, the U.S. Forest Service said.

In the past week, visitors have reported numerous incidents of bears looking for food at the Sugarloaf, Hancock, Campton and Tripoli campgrounds, as well as along several trails on the Pemigewassett Ranger District east of Interstate 93, the forest service said.

Visitors are advised to keep clean campsites to ensure that bears and other animals don’t search them for food.

The forest service is urging visitors to properly store all food, including drink containers, condiments like ketchup and mustard, and empty food wrappers. Backcountry campers should hang their food bags at least 10 feet off the ground and 5 feet out from a tree limb that could support a bear. The use of bear-resistant containers also is encouraged.

The feeding of bears, intentional or unintentional, is prohibited in the White Mountain National Forest. Visitors who have not properly stored their food risk their own safety and receiving a citation, the forest service said.

Cogburn, Wunderwald win Mt. Washington race

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — A Massachusetts man and a Rhode Island woman have won the top prizes in a bicycle race to the summit of Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast.

Twenty-seven-year-old Cameron Cogburn of Cambridge, Mass., and 42-year-old Silke Wunderwald, of Hopkinton, R.I., were the fastest man and woman in Saturday’s Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

Cogburn reached the summit in 50 minutes, 48 seconds.

Wunderwald finished the race in one hour, 9 minutes and 56 seconds.

More than 600 bicyclists were expected to compete.