EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 4, 2013

N.H. News in Brief

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Some Guard members return to work

CONCORD (AP) — About 120 New Hampshire National Guard members are back at work after being furloughed as part of a federal government shutdown.

The military technicians received exemptions and were allowed to go back to work yesterday. About 100 of them work at the Pease Air National Guard Base; the rest are Army guardsmen.

About 330 other National Guard members remain on furlough.

There are about 2,800 troops in total.

For many of the furloughed members, it’s their second forced time-off this year: They had to take six unpaid days over the summer as a result of the mandatory across-the-board spending cuts.

State, marina reach settlement

CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire attorney general’s office has settled a boat fuel safety regulations case at the Wentworth by the Sea Marina in New Castle.

The state alleged that an underground fuel storage tank system was altered to engage in “fast fueling,” allowing boats to be fueled more quickly, but bypassing required safety systems. The state said the practice increased the risk of uncontrolled releases of petroleum to the water, although no fuel was spilled at the marina.

The marina’s Pier People LLC agreed there were violations, but said they resulted from miscommunication.

The settlement, announced yesterday, assesses a penalty of $50,000; $15,000 will be permanently suspended provided there are no further violations.

UNH police step up safety patrols

DURHAM (AP) — Police say a University of New Hampshire student says she was assaulted by two men who tried to take her wallet.

Police said the woman was near Rudman Hall on Academic Way at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday when the men grabbed her. They said she fought off the attackers, striking one suspect in the face.

University police officers and campus service officers were increasing their patrols of the area and offered to provide safety escorts.

Hospital workers treated for scabies

EXETER (AP) — New Hampshire’s Exeter Hospital says 33 employees are being treated for scabies after contracting it from a patient at the hospital.

About 300 more staff members are being treated as a precaution, but have not shown symptoms of scabies, a contagious skin condition caused by mites.

The hospital also said it is going to notify 165 patients about a possible exposure.

The hospital said it reported the exposure to state officials on Sept. 27.

Cemetery vandals cause $3K in damage

MANCHESTER (AP) — Police in Manchester said 15 monuments were knocked over at a cemetery, causing $3,000 in damage.

Most of the damage was to headstones at the Valley Street Cemetery, which are made of marble or granite.

The damage was discovered at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Police are asking anyone with information on what happened to contact them.