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August 23, 2013


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Police seek SUV that struck biker

NASHUA (AP) — New Hampshire state police are looking for the driver of a black SUV that struck and seriously injured a 78-year-old motorcycle driver in Nashua.

Police said the motorcycle driven by Theodore Takacs of Nashua was on the Exit 5 northbound ramp for the Everett Turnpike yesterday morning when he was passed by a black SUV that made contact.

Witnesses say the collision caused the motorcycle to rollover and eject Takacs, who suffered severe head trauma. He was transported to a Nashua hospital and then airlifted to a Boston hospital.

The accident occurred at about 10:30 a.m..

Police are asking the public’s help in identifying the SUV and driver. They say the vehicle should have scrape marks on its passenger side.

Anyone with information should call 223-8668.

Cottonwood tree nudges state champ

SUGAR HILL (AP) — Residents in Sugar Hill know one of the local cottonwood trees is pretty big. After doing some research, they’ve found out it’s the second biggest cottonwood in New Hampshire.

After official measurements, it was found the cottonwood stands at 117 feet tall and has a circumference of nearly 22 feet and an average crown spread of 85 feet, The Caledonian Record reports.

The state champion cottonwood is just slightly larger. It stands in the town of Rollinsford, in Strafford County.

The tree is not indigenous to the area. It’s believed to be well over 100 years old.

“We are all excited about this big tree find in Sugar Hill,” said Leslie Bergum. “If it continues to grow and stay healthy, I suspect it will dethrone the New Hampshire state champ Eastern cottonwood tree in Rollinsford in the not so distant future.”

Frank Stevens, Grafton County’s big tree coordinator, said the tree has a hollow in the bottom large enough for someone to stand in. The tree is still growing, he said.

“It’s in good shape,” he said. “We won’t say excellent, but good.”

Dartmouth sued over worker death

NORTH HAVERHILL (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against Dartmouth College and several contractors on behalf of a construction worker who died in a fall last year while helping to renovate the Hanover Inn.

The Grafton Superior Court lawsuit alleges the defendants showed gross indifference for industry safety standards. Fifty-three-year-old Dana Lowe of Morrisville, Vt., died after he was knocked off a hydraulic lift by a weight attached to a crane cable and fell into a pile of steel beams.

The lawsuit says the crane operator wasn’t able to see the area in which the crane was swinging, according to the Valley News. It says Dartmouth was aware of the danger and could have prevented the operator from working blindly if it had been set up in a different location.

Dartmouth declined to comment.