EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 31, 2013

'Ice-in' a little late this year


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LACONIA (AP) — Even with the recent low temperatures in New Hampshire, “ice-in” at Lake Winnipesaukee is a little behind schedule.

Emerson Aviation, which has the task of deciding when the entire lake freezes over for the first time during the winter, made the determination on a morning flight Tuesday.

Conditions were helped by recent freezing temperatures over the past week. However, some melting was expected yesterday, due to higher-than-normal temperatures.

Dave Emerson of Emerson Aviation told The Citizen the declaration Tuesday was a few days behind schedule.

Reports show there has been only one year — 2001 — in the record books when the lake did not totally freeze over.

Lawmakers look at older driver testing

CONCORD (AP) — A New Hampshire legislative committee is taking testimony on a bill that would require elderly drivers to take road tests to renew their driver’s licenses.

Bette Champney told the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday that her husband and another motorcyclist were killed last year when they were hit by a car driven by an 87-year-old man.

The driver also died.

Rep. Tara Sad, D-Walpole, said she thinks 85 might be the age with which to start.

January slides out on windy note

CONCORD (AP) — Slick, icy roads in New Hampshire delayed or closed schools across the state yesterday and created a dangerous morning commute.

Cars were sliding into intersections yesterday morning.

The National Weather Service said temperatures were expected to be mild, with highs in the mid-40s to low 50s, followed by gusty winds late last night through today.

A strong cold front then moves through this morning, with moderate to heavy rain expected.

Man to be evaluated for trial

NASHUA (AP) — A New Hampshire man accused of beating his sister to death will undergo an evaluation to determine if he’s competent to stand trial.

Duane Rolfe has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the death of 66-year-old Judith Rolfe. She died of multiple blunt trauma to the head.

Police said they were called to the siblings’ Nashua home Jan. 19 and arrested the 65-year-old Rolfe.

The Telegraph reported the evaluation was ordered Tuesday by District Court Judge Michael Ryan at the request of Rolfe’s attorney, Jacki Smith.

If Rolfe is found incompetent to stand trial, prosecutors could request a follow-up examination.

The siblings ran the McDonald’s kitchenware store, which has been in the Rolfe family since the 1930s.