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April 19, 2013

NH Senate OKs 70 mph speed limit on part of I-93

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — CONCORD (AP) — Motorists traveling from Concord north to the Vermont border might soon be able to crank up the speed — just a little.

The New Hampshire Senate passed a proposal Thursday increases the speed limit to 70 miles-per-hour on Interstate 93 from mile marker 45 near Canterbury to Vermont.

Senate President Peter Brandon of Milford called it the lead foot bill.

Sen. Jeff Woodburn of Dalton, whose district covers much of that stretch, said laws live in the hearts of the people not in the signs on the roads.

Proponents added that the change won’t hurt traffic flow through the predominantly rural area and will be a boon to New Hampshire drivers.

NH man accused of going 106 mph in Vt.

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say they clocked a New Hampshire man going 106 mph on Interstate 91 in Brattleboro.

Police say 49-year-old Scott W. Samson of Spofford, N.H., was driving a 2011 Porsche Carrera Turbo when he was stopped for speeding Thursday morning.

He’s been cited to appear in court on charges of excessive speed and negligent operation.

NH Senate approves bill to curb spreadof bedbugs

CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire is moving forward with a bill aimed at curbing the spread of bedbugs by codifying responsibilities between tenants and landlords once the pest is discovered.

Sen. John Reagan, a Deerfield Republican, praised the groups Thursday for coming together in an effort to solve a growing problem in New Hampshire. The increase in multi-family housing and greater mobility has given the blood-sucking parasites, whose population can go from one to 68,000 in six months, a foothold in the state.

The bill amends housing law to make responsibilities clear for landlords and tenants in an infestation. It requires landlords to investigate and take reasonable measures get rid of bedbugs, also giving them greater access to rental properties. It also requires tenants to cooperate with exterminations.

NH Legislature OKs home wine production

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire residents wishing to ferment wine in their homes are one step closer to doing so legally under the same statute that allows the home brewing of beer.

The Senate approved a House-passed bill amending the state’s home brew statute to allow people to produce up to 200 gallons of wine from their residence.

Homes with a single producer will be able to produce 100 gallons and those with two could double that.

The bill now heads to Gov. Maggie Hassan.

NH woman charged with subjecting son to beatings

CONCORD (AP) — A New Hampshire woman has been charged with subjecting her 18-year-old son to beatings and other physical abuse.

Police charged 52-year-old Christine Gelineau of Concord on Wednesday with second-degree assault, criminal restraint, tampering with witnesses and other charges.

Also arrested was an acquaintance of Gelineau and the teen, 20-year-old Daniel Tyler Cantrell of Sparta, Tenn. Cantrell was charged with five counts of second-degree assault, conspiracy, criminal restraint, and other charges.

Police said the teenager suffered burns, abrasions and possible fractured bones and was brought to Concord Hospital for treatment. They said the assaults, which took place from March 10 to April 14, included using a lighter to burn the teen’s genitalia and chest area.

Marshals seek man accused of NH rape

CONCORD (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force is seeking the public’s help in finding a man accused of raping a child in New Hampshire.

The marshals say 44-year-old Anthony Hannon’s last known address was in Nashua. He’s being sought on an outstanding warrant, accused of aggravated felonious sexual assault of a child earlier this year.

The marshals say Hannon is known to have family, friends and associates in Nashua; the Boston metropolitan area; and Maine.

Bridge work temporarily closes NH rail trail leg

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — A section of the Northern Rail Trail that passes under Interstate 89 in New Hampshire will be closed for about a week as construction workers repair the bridge above it.

That section in Lebanon is expected to be closed during day hours except Sunday due to safety concerns associated with falling debris.

State Transportation Department workers have started on an $11.9 million project that includes repairs along four miles of the interstate, including work on the deck of the bridge going over the rail trail.

The Valley News reports I-89 drivers will see the effects all summer: The high speed lane is being rerouted to the northbound side, funneling drivers past exit 17. Motorists in the travel lane will still be able to get off at that exit.