Father charged in crash that killed son
MERRIMACK (AP) — New Hampshire State Police say charges have been upgraded against a Nashua man accused of causing a three-vehicle crash that killed his 14-year-old son.
Thirty-seven-year-old Nghia Huynh initially was charged with felony drunken driving after the crash on the Everett Turnpike Friday night. On Monday, he was arraigned on a negligent homicide charge as well and was ordered held on $50,000 bail.
Kobe Huynh was a seventh-grader at Auburn Middle School in Maine, where he recently was made an honorary member of the Bates College baseball team through a program for children with terminal illnesses.
It was not immediately known if Huynh is being represented by a lawyer. A probable cause hearing is set for Monday.
Outage Sunday wasn’t the work of vandals
NORTH CONWAY — A power company spokesman says a brief power outage in the North Conway area wasn’t the work of vandals after all.
Seth Wheeler of the New Hampshire Electric Co-op told WMWV-FM that crews responding to Sunday’s outage initially believed that a number of insulators on power poles had been shot out, causing a fire on one pole.
But after further investigation, workers realized that a tree had fallen on a span of wire, causing insulators in both directions to break.
The tree wasn’t immediately visible to the crew, and since it didn’t break the wires or poles, the cracked insulators appeared to have been damaged by bullets.
Smith to make Senate run official
CONCORD — Former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith is ready to start a new campaign for his old seat in New Hampshire.
Smith plans to formally declare his candidacy March 4 in Concord. Other Republicans competing for a chance to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen include former state Sen. Jim Rubens and conservative activist Karen Testerman.
Smith who recently moved back to the state from Florida, served two terms in the Senate before losing the 2002 primary to John E. Sununu, who went on to win the election. In 1999, Smith ran for president, dropped out of the Republican party, became an independent, ended his presidential campaign and returned to the GOP.
In 2004, Smith endorsed Democrat John Kerry for president and briefly ran for a U.S. Senate seat in Florida.
State reduces load limit on some roads
CONCORD — The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says several sections of state roads will have reduced weight limits as winter turns to spring.
DOT Commissioner Christopher Clement said the limits occur every year as the warmer weather makes pavement more vulnerable to breaking up as frost finally gives way.
The maximum weight allowed on posted sections of state highways is 30,000 pounds.
Heating fuel and milk trucks are exempt with the approval of DOT engineers.
A list of roads can be found on the web at 511nh.com.
NH DOT plans to bridge two states
LANCASTER (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is going to begin the planning process to replace the U.S. Route 2 bridge between Lancaster and Guildhall, Vt.
As a part of that planning process, the department is going to be holding a public hearing on a proposal to replace the so-called Rogers’ Rangers Bridge across the Connecticut River between the two states.
The meeting will be held at the North Country Resource Center, on US Route 3, in Lancaster on March 25.