Wednesday December 26, 2012

Search for missing students suspended on Christmas

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) -- Maine authorities say there are no new developments in the disappearances of two boatbuilding students whose clothing was found on an island near Kennebunkport.

Police say the search for 21-year-old Zachery Wells of Burlington, Vt., and 23-year-old Prescott Wright of Barnstable, Mass., was suspended on Christmas.

Searchers found pieces of clothing early Monday morning. Officials say it’s possible to two men had been kayaking or boating.

They were last seen drinking beer with a small group of friends at Wells’ home in Kennebunkport near the Cape Porpoise pier on Wednesday night. They both are students at The Landing School, a boatbuilding and yacht design school in Arundel.

More charges in death of UNH student, body unfound

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A Portsmouth woman has been charged with interfering with the investigation into the disappearance and death of a University of New Hampshire student.

The attorney general’s office says 19-year-old Kathryn McDonough was arrested Monday and charged with one count of hindering apprehension or prosecution and one count of conspiracy to commit the same crime.

The charges refer to the death of 19-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Westborough, Mass., who disappeared in October. Thirty-year-old Seth Mazzaglia of Dover is charged with second-degree murder and is accused of strangling or suffocating Marriott, though her body has not been found.

McDonough will be in Derry District Court on Wednesday.

Hunting and Fishing Expo next month

SALEM, N.H. (AP) -- Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the Rockingham Fishing and Hunting Expo in Salem next month.

The expo in Rockingham Park is scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 5-6. It will feature many local and national outdoor products and services, as well as hunting and fishing seminars.

Half of the proceeds will be donated to Barry Conservation Camp, the overnight summer camp for youth operated by the state Fish and Game Department. The camp programs focus on the shooting sports, hunting, fishing and other outdoor skills.

New Hampshire Wine Week to feature industry leaders

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A distinguished list of winemakers is visiting the state for New Hampshire Wine Week next year.

The eighth annual event is being held Jan. 21-27 with in-store tastings, seminars and other events at New Hampshire restaurants and other locales. Also scheduled is the Winter Wine Spectacular to benefit Easter Seals NH. That’s being held Jan. 24 at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

The visiting winemakers include Merry Edwards, owner of Merry Edwards Winery in California; Rob Mondavi Jr., president of winemaking at Folio Fine Wine Partners; and Joel Gott, founder and winemaker for Joel Gott Wines.

One of the highlights will be an event in Manchester called "Cellar Notes" with winemaker visits, bottle-signings and tastings.

Ben Affleck won’t run for U.S. Senate in Mass.

BOSTON (AP) -- Take actor and director Ben Affleck off the list of potential candidates for U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s seat if the Massachusetts Democrat is confirmed as Secretary of State.

Affleck said in a posting on his Facebook page Monday that he would not be running for political office.

The politically active Affleck, who grew up in Cambridge, did not completely rule out a Senate bid during an appearance on CBS’ Face The Nation on Sunday, though he did say he enjoyed being involved from the outside of government.

Affleck said in the posting that he planned to continue his work with the East Congo Initiative, a nonprofit organization that helps direct humanitarian aid to the war-torn region.

He said he expected a number of "phenomenal" candidates in Massachusetts for Kerry’s seat.