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August 2, 2013

N.H. NEWS IN BRIEF

Federal block grants go to three towns

ROCHESTER (AP) — Several New Hampshire homeless shelters, food pantries and adult learning facilities are benefiting from a $224,000 federal grant.

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., announced the Community Development Block Grant yesterday for Rochester, Dover and Portsmouth.

The recipients include the UNH Small Business Development Center, which is getting $12,000 to support entrepreneurs and business development in Rochester.

Shea-Porter has argued against efforts to further decrease the amount of money distributed under such grants.

Teenager held on $250,000 bail

NOTTINGHAM (AP) — A Nottingham teenager accused of breaking into a home and sexually assaulting a woman has been ordered held on $250,000 bail.

Seventeen-year-old Zachary Lajoie was arraigned yesterday on two counts of sexual assault, one count of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts of burglary.

WMUR-TV reported Lajoie agreed with the bail amount sought by prosecutors, and told the judge that after what he had done, it was appropriate for him to remain in jail.

Lajoie is accused of breaking into the home of a 44-year-old woman on Wednesday and assaulting her.

Controversial incinerator will shut down

CLAREMONT (AP) — An incinerator that turns trash from New Hampshire and Vermont into energy is shutting down.

The Valley News reported Wheelabrator Technologies will stop accepting waste at its Claremont facility on Sept. 16, and the plant will close on Sept. 30.

The company said the decision was a financial one and not influenced by critics who have long tried to have the plant shut down. Opponents have argued that the plant produces dangerous levels of dioxins and heavy metals, but the company maintains it has consistently complied with state and federal environmental standards.

The plant, which has about two dozen employees, pays the city about $275,000 a year in taxes and another $240,000 for water. City Manager Guy Santagate said officials are considering their options for future waste disposal.

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