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February 27, 2013

Around New Hampshire

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---- — NH woman to remain in psychiatric unit in killing

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the fatal shooting of her landlord in 2006 will remain in the state prison’s secure psychiatric unit.

Fifty-four-year-old Susan Disharoon was charged with gunning down her landlord — Syed Hussain — in Franklin. Prosecution and defense lawyers agreed in 2008 that she met the criteria for a finding of not guilty by reason of insanity and she was committed to the secure psychiatric unit.

By law, prosecutors must seek to have insane inmates recommitted every five years.

WMUR-TV reports that both sides in the case agreed Tuesday to another five-year commitment, although her lawyers say they may try to have her transferred to the state’s psychiatric hospital.

Next round of snow on way to NH, Maine, Vt.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Another round of heavy, wet, snow is in store for northern New England.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for southwest and central New Hampshire and western and inland Maine from early Wednesday through Thursday afternoon. Snow forecast accumulations range from 6 inches to more than a foot of snow. Lesser amounts or a mix was anticipated for the coast.

The snow was expected to start at about the time of the morning commute and continue throughout Wednesday, New Hampshire officials said. Winds could gust up to 30 mph.

The speaker of the House in New Hampshire has canceled the legislative session on Wednesday due to the storm.

Communities are asking residents to pay attention to the amount of snow and ice that have accumulated on roofs after the recent heavy snows.

Officials urge those who don’t have to travel to stay at home, and say those who must drive should slow down and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and others. They also warn drivers not to crowd snowplows — as plow drivers’ field of vision is restricted.

NH woman plans for 2nd bridge event after 90 years

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Eileen Foley was just 5 years old when she was picked to cut the ribbon for the Memorial Bridge connecting New Hampshire and Maine in 1923. Now she’s accepted an invitation to participate in the ribbon-cutting for the new bridge when it’s completed this summer, nearly 90 years later.

“I’m excited and looking forward to it,” said Foley, the former mayor of Portsmouth, N.H., who turns 95 on Wednesday. “I feel fortunate to once again be participating in a celebration of a new Memorial Bridge.”

The Foley family has no idea why then-5-year-old Eileen Dondero was picked out of the crowd of 5,000 people for the ribbon-cutting honors on Aug. 17, 1923. That same day she also was in the group that rode the first draw of the lift span.

“We felt it was very appropriate to issue the first official invitation for this year’s Memorial Bridge celebration to Eileen Foley,” said Chris Clement, New Hampshire transportation commissioner. “As much as anyone associated with the Memorial Bridge projects, Eileen has connected generations and bridged communities.”

The original Memorial Bridge over the Piscataqua River connecting Portsmouth to Kittery, Maine, cost $2 million to build. It was dedicated as “Memorial to the Sailors and Soldiers of New Hampshire who participated in the World War 1917-1919.”

The original bridge closed to vehicular traffic in July 2011. The new bridge is expected to be completed by this July.

NH police take advantage of school break to train

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — While most New Hampshire school students are on break this week, Manchester’s school resource officers are back in school doing active shooter drills.

The Queen City’s eight school resource officers, members of the department’s SWAT team and training officers are taking over a vacant building at the Sununu Youth Development Center to run simulations using “simu-nition” ammo, akin to bullet-sized paintballs.

Sgt. Mark Sanclemente said the officers train regularly, but said the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 first-graders and six staff dead is on everyone’s minds.

He said police are concerned about possible “copycat” incidents and are taking advantage of school vacation week to refresh and refine their skills.

Sanclemente said Manchester fire and police departments have devised a first-responder plan to triage mass-casualty situations.

NH lawmakers want drug tests for hospital workers

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Some New Hampshire lawmakers want to require drug tests for health care workers in hopes of preventing a crisis like the one at Exeter Hospital, where an employee allegedly stole drugs and replaced them with tainted syringes later used on patients.

Legislators are holding a hearing Tuesday to gather public input on a bill requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to perform random tests four times per year on certain health care workers at hospitals and other facilities.

The bill’s sponsor, Tim Copeland of Stratham, is pushing additional legislation to create a registry of medical technicians in the state. The House will also vote this week on whether to expand reporting requirements for adverse events at hospitals to include transmission of blood-borne pathogens and other unsafe acts.