New England in Brief

Wednesday August 21, 2013

Officials in Vermont town say U.S. border plans shelved

DERBY LINE (AP) -- Officials in a Vermont border community say the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has dropped plans for a major expansion of the port of entry from Canada at the northern end of Interstate 91 in Derby Line.

Derby Line Village Trustee Keith Beadle says that rather than a full-scale expansion that would re-route traffic, Customs and Border Protection plans to expand a building within the existing footprint.

The larger plan went through the environmental impact study phase and then was shelved after the Great Recession reduced truck backups.

The Caledonian Record ( ) reports the existing Derby Line border facility was built when the interstate was opened in the 1960s. It does not have enough lanes to handle all the truck and passenger-vehicle traffic that uses the port during the summers.

N.H. Veterans Cemetery planning expansion

BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) -- Officials are planning to expand the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery.

Michael Horne, director of the Boscawen cemetery, says as with earlier construction, the land must first be checked for any historical artifacts. The two-year state capital budget that took effect July 1 includes $30,000 for an archaeological study.

Horne said the study probably will be done next summer, with construction tentatively set for 2015.

The cemetery opened in 1997 and has 104 acres, but only about 14 are used for burial. The expansion would add 5 acres.

More EEE found in Vermont mosquitoes

WHITING (AP) -- The Vermont Health Department says aerial spraying of a pesticide is planned in southern Addison County after Eastern equine encephalitis has been detected in more mosquitoes.

The spraying will take place Thursday and next Tuesday around a swampy area in Whiting, weather permitting.

Health Commissioner Harry Chen says spraying may reduce the risk of infection, but warns it’s still important to take precautions against mosquito bites.

EEE was found for the first time in Vermont mosquitoes last year. Two people contracted the illness and later died. Mosquitoes have also tested positive for West Nile virus in Addison, Rutland and Franklin counties.

No human or animal cases of either disease have been reported this year.

Biden to attend fundraiser for in Maine

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YORK, Maine (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend a private fundraiser in Maine for New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat who is due to run for re-election next year.

Biden is scheduled to attend the event Thursday at the York home of New Hampshire Democratic lobbyist James Demers. However, he currently is in Houston with his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, where the younger Biden is undergoing medical tests. It’s not clear how long the vice president will stay with him.

The Maine fundraiser is being hosted by Demers, former Maine Gov. John Baldacci and Maine lobbyist Severin Beliveau.

Brattleboro police warn of phone scam

BRATTLEBORO (AP) -- Police in Brattleboro, Vt., are warning residents of a phone scam saying their power will be cut off if they don’t make a money transfer.

Police say residents have been getting calls from people claiming to be from Green Mountain Power. The callers say they will shut off the power if the residents don’t meet them to make a money transfer.

Police are telling residents not to meet with the callers, but to call Green Mountain Power to verify that the power is not being disconnected. They ask residents to call the Brattleboro Police Department if they receive such calls.

Claremont man admits killing man with truck

NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) -- A 47-year-old Claremont man has admitted he killed a friend by running him over with his pickup truck last year.

David Carrier Sr. has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the April 7, 2012 death of Arthur Desilets.

Prosecutors say Carrier killed the 45-year-old Desilets by hitting him with his Dodge Ram truck at Desilets’ home in Claremont because he thought Desilets was in a relationship with his estranged wife.

Carrier, who has used a wheelchair since a 2007 car accident, was originally charged with manslaughter then the charges were increased to two counts of second-degree murder.

Carrier, who pleaded guilty on Friday, was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison.

Settlement reached in false trademark case

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Attorney General’s office has reached a settlement with a New York City business that it says misrepresented itself as a trademark renewal service.

The attorney general says Patent & Trade Agency, LLC mailed solicitations to businesses in Vermont, charging up to $1,750 for renewals, substantially more than amounts charged by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Last August, the Patent office took issue with the mailings, saying they had a tendency to confuse recipients into thinking the business was a government entity.

Under the settlement, the business has to pay refunds to the businesses that sent it money and pay $10,000 to the state in civil penalties and costs.

Mainer tapped as acting head of SBA

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A Maine woman has been tapped to serve as acting administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Jeanne Hulit will replace Karen Mills, also of Maine, who stepped down this summer until President Obama appoints a new administrator.

U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says Hulit has played pivotal roles in supporting the state’s economic recovery while heading New England’s Regional SBA Office and the national Office of Capital Access.

Small plane crashes into river in Maine

BINGHAM, Maine (AP) -- The Federal Aviation Administration says a small airplane has crashed in Bingham, Maine.

The FAA says the plane went down in the water at 2:54 p.m. Tuesday. The Somerset County Sheriff’s Department says the plane was in the Kennebec River near Bingam’s Main Street.

There was no immediate word on the plane’s occupants.

The FAA says only that it was a small plane and that it wasn’t a commercial aircraft.

The Bingham Fire Department, Maine Warden Service and Maine State Police also responded.

N.H. beach evacuated after possible shark spotted

RYE, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire officials say a beach in Rye has been evacuated after a possible shark sighting.

The sighting happened at about 3 p.m. Tuesday at Wallis Sands State Beach.

Officials say they are trying to determine if a shark was spotted.

WMUR-TV reports that the Coast Guard has been called in to help.


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