Monday December 24, 2012

Tobacco sales to youth in state rises

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Public health officials say after declining for several years, sales of tobacco to young people have increased in New Hampshire.

The federal government requires states to survey retailers across the state by having supervised youth attempt to buy tobacco products. The latest report shows tobacco sales to New Hampshire youth increased to 13 percent last year, up from just under 8 percent in 2011.

That percentage had dropped dramatically from 14 percent to under 9 percent from 2009 to 2010.

Joe Harding, director of the state Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, says the new numbers raise concerns because research show that lower tobacco use by youth also decreases the chance that they will use drugs or alcohol.

Handgun background checks set record

MILFORD, N.H. (AP) -- Police in New Hampshire say they performed a record number of background checks on handgun buyers the day following the mass killing at a Connecticut elementary school.

State police say officers processed a record 468 background checks on Dec. 15. The previous one-day record was 286, in April.

Sgt. Sean Hagerty said that nearly 1,500 background checks have been performed in the past week.

Police in Connecticut say 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother at their Newtown, Conn., home on Dec. 14 before going to Sandy Hook Elementary School and killing 20 students, six adults and himself.

’Fugitive of the week’ back in jail

DOVER, N.H. (AP) -- A 33-year-old man listed as the U.S. Marshals Service’s "fugitive of the week" in New Hampshire is behind bars following his arrest during a routine traffic stop.

Doni Thompson was arrested Friday in Dover by state police.

The U.S. Marshals Service says Thompson was being sought for a parole violation following his conviction for first-degree assault.

He is also facing charges in Kittery, Maine, where police have obtained warrants charging him with aggravated assault and kidnapping stemming from an incident on Thursday.