Saturday February 23, 2013

More snow on the way for N.E. this weekend

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The National Weather Service says significant snowfall could fall across southwest Maine and southern New Hampshire during the storm expected Saturday.

Winter storm watches are in effect for those areas. There’s still some uncertainty how far north the snowfall will move.

The snow is expected to be heavy and wet, with some areas of southern New Hampshire getting up to a foot or more, with lesser amounts farther north.

In New Hampshire, the state police advised drivers to limit road travel from Saturday evening into Sunday morning to allow Department of Transportation crews to clean and treat the roads. The state Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department urged building owners to ensure that roof drains are clear and to remove snow as soon as possible. Homeowners should use snow rakes or call a contractor.

A hazardous weather outlook is in effect for much of Vermont, with up to 7 inches of snow expected.

The weather service says the snow will linger into Sunday evening before the storm pulls away.

Senate signature drives face stormy weekend

BOSTON (AP) -- The race to collect voter signatures ahead of next week’s deadline in the Massachusetts special Senate election is heading into a final, stormy weekend.

That could make the task even more difficult for Republican hopeful and former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan who is relying on an all-volunteer network to gather the needed 10,000 signatures by a Wednesday 5 p.m. deadline.

A volunteer working on the signature drive conceded Sullivan supporters are facing an uphill fight.

Democratic candidate Edward Markey’s campaign has already collected an estimated 20,000 signatures while fellow Democratic hopeful and congressman Stephen Lynch has begun the process of delivering signatures to local town and city clerks for certification.

Republicans Daniel Winslow and Gabriel Gomez are relying on a mix of volunteer and paid signature gatherers.

The election is June 25. Primaries are April 30.

Mass. legislator proposes snow lottery ticket

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts state lawmaker has come up with a way to help cities and towns boost their strained snow removal budgets.

With a winter storm bearing down on the state for the third consecutive weekend, Worcester Democrat John Bineinda has introduced legislation that would establish a $2 scratch-off lottery ticket the proceeds of which would go to a statewide snow removal fund.

He suggests calling the ticket the "snow bank" lottery.

Cities and towns running snow removal deficits could request funds from the account, subject to review by the state comptroller.

Bineinda says the fund could help smaller towns that often have to cut into other areas of their budget during harsh winters when they blow through their snow removal budget.

Man taken into custody
after armed standoff in Claremont

CLAREMONT, N.H. (AP) -- Police say an armed New Hampshire man has been taken into custody after a four-hour standoff with police.

Authorities say Anthony Jarvis Jr. had barricaded himself in his Claremont home on Friday around noon and made repeated threats with a firearm after being contacted by his probation officer.

Nearby houses were evacuated and school bus stops cancelled Friday afternoon during the standoff.

Police say Jarvis was apprehended without incident around 3 p.m.

No one was injured.

Jarvis’ father, Anthony Jarvis Sr., was shot and killed by police in 2008 in a similar standoff in Charleston. The New Hampshire attorney general’s office ruled that the shooting was justified.