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Man pronounced dead after kayakers find body in NH river

STARK — According to Fish and Game officials, one New Hampshire man has been pronounced dead after kayakers find him in the Upper Ammonoosuc River. 

Responders say 53-year-old Kent Woods, of Stark was last seen on Route 110 between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Friday.

Stark allegedly left the NH campsite on foot, causing a panic when he had not returned later that night. 

Multiple calls came in to NH fish and game, prompting a full search of the area. 

While responders were searching, kayakers located Woods in the river about a quarter mile downstream from the camp.

Once the body was recovered, a medical examiner pronounced him dead at the scene.

Fish and Game is still investigating the incident at this time.









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More than 90 hospitalized during Chance the Rapper show

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than 90 people were hospitalized during a concert Friday night featuring Chance the Rapper in Connecticut, authorities said.

Many were taken to hospitals for excessive drinking.

Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley said Saturday that officers made 50 underage drinking referrals at Hot 93.7's Hot Jam concert at Xfinity Theatre. Most of those charged were issued a summons to appear in court. Several other arrests were made throughout the evening.

The crowd was apparently made up of people in their late teens and early 20s, Foley said. Tailgating, partying and excessive alcohol consumption was "extremely prevalent."

Foley said a large number of people hospitalized were underage attendees experiencing "severe intoxication."

Hartford Fire Capt. Raul Ortiz told The Hartford Courant there were so many patients that some had to be taken to hospitals outside Hartford for treatment.

One 19-year-old had a blood-alcohol content of nearly 0.5— eight times the legal limit for driving. John Brancato, assistant director of the pediatric emergency department at Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford, told the newspaper the young man was admitted to the intensive care unit for close monitoring.

Other artists performing at the concert were Kyle, PnB Rock and ANoyd.

About 21,000 people attended the concert, Foley said.

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DA: New England woman arrested after boyfriend's body found in closet

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Authorities in Massachusetts say a woman has been charged in connection with the death of her boyfriend.

The Plymouth County district attorney's office says state police on Saturday arrested 33-year-old Kathryn Podgurski. She faces a charge of accessory after murder in the death of 44-year-old Joseph Shaw.

The office says Shaw was found Friday night in a closet at a Brockton apartment. He had been dead for a significant period of time and had multiple stab wounds consistent with a homicide.

Authorities say a family member had reported Shaw missing on Monday. Police were alerted to the body by someone who reported a foul odor near the Elm Court Hotel.

It couldn't be determined Saturday if Podgurski has an attorney.

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Coast Guard helicopter rescues injured fisherman off Cape Cod

CAPE COD — Coast Guard rescue crews medevaced an injured fisherman from the Muskeget Channel between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket on Saturday. 

Responders say the call came in around 1:30 p.m. reporting that a crewmember had fallen and sustained injuries that required medical attention. 

An Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter was already in the air, so Coast Guard officials say it diverted to assist the injured fisherman.

Aircrew personnel arrived on scene around 2:15 p.m. and hoisted the man off the 75-foot fishing vessel.

Rescuers say they then flew to the Hyannis Airport and transferred the patient to an awaiting ambulance. 

The fisherman was brought to Cape Cod Hospital for further care. 





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NH man helps arrest suspect after officer knocked unconscious

MANCHESTER — A police officer in New Hampshire was assisted by one local resident when trying to apprehend a fleeing suspect. 

Officer Fred Gillis said he was patroling the area of Lake Ave and Union Street around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday when he spotted a suspect known for having an outstanding warrant. 

Police say, Stone Cooper, 18, of Manchester was asked several times by Ofc. Gillis to stop but he took off running. 

Ofc. Gillis was able to catch up to Cooper after a short pursuit that ended with both men on the ground. 

Police say, Ofc. Gillis hit his head off the pavement, causing him to briefly losing consciousness.

A bystander saw the whole thing and ran to assist Ofc. Gillis who was still holding onto Cooper. 

According to police, Steve Mannion of Manchester was able to communicate with Ofc Gillis and retrieved his handcuffs, placing them on the 18-year-old suspect. 

Additional officers quickly arrived on scene and took Cooper into custody. Ofc. Gillis was treated at a local hospital as a precaution.








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Police: NH man arrested for failing to register as sex offender

NASHUA — Police have arrested one New Hampshire man who failed to comply with the terms of the sex offender registry.

Police identified Eduardo Rivera, 41, of 23 Temple Street, Apartment 13, Nashua, around 3:38 p.m. on Friday. 

According to detectives in Nashua, Rivera had an active warrant for duty to report, which is a class B felony.

Police say, Rivera failed to report to the Nashua Police Department after establishing residency back in September 2016.

Rivera was convicted of indecent assault and battery in Brockton District Court in February of 2008.

Based on that conviction, Rivera is now required to register as a sex offender in the state of New Hampshire.

Rivera and is being held at Valley Street Jail on $20,000 cash bail pending arraignment on July, 24. 





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Rescuers need help after they get stuck helping kayakers

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Even rescuers get stuck, too, sometimes.

That happened in the marshes of Hilton Head Island when a rescue airboat tried to help two kayakers who had gotten stuck during low tide.

The Island Packet reports that authorities were called Thursday afternoon. David Refosco is second mate with Beaufort Water Search and Rescue. He says an airboat arrived around 1:30 p.m. and got close to the kayakers in about 10 minutes. Then, the rescue boat got stuck in a ravine among high marsh grass.

Refosco says they waited about 30 minutes for the tide to come in and were able to maneuver out of the situation and bring everyone to shore. There were no injuries, but the kayakers were covered in thick, brown mud.

Not a great day at the beach.

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Feds to support health center expansion in northern Maine

FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators say the federal government is loaning a rural health center more than $1 million to pay for new facilities in far northern Maine.

Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King say the U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving a $1.35 million loan to Fish River Rural Health Center, which has facilities in Eagle Lake and Fort Kent. The loan will support construction in Fort Kent.

The money is coming through the USDA's Community Facilities Direct Loans and Guaranteed Loans program.

Collins is a Republican and King is an independent. They say the expansion will help ensure that residents of far northern Maine can have access to quality health care.

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Florida man on mend after acquiring flesh-eating bacteria on New Hampshire hike

CONCORD (AP) — A Florida man is recovering from flesh-eating bacteria he encountered while hiking in New Hampshire.

Thirty-two-year-old Wayne Atkins of Miami has been hospitalized since Father's Day weekend. WHDH-TV reports Atkins was left in a two-week coma because his organs were shutting down.

Doctors say the bacteria entered Atkins' body through blisters on his foot from when he went on a hiking trip. He started feeling sick when he got back to Miami.

Doctors say the bacteria were stopped via antibiotics and surgery. Family members in Norwell, Mass., say Atkins is now doing well. Doctors say the chance of contracting bacteria like Atkins did is one in 250,000.

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Gambler drops 75 pounds to win a share of a $1 million bet

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A professional gambler dropped some pounds and gained some wealth after betters wagered $1 million he couldn't reduce his body fat to less than 10 percent.

Walter Fisher tells the New York Post he began overeating while on a losing streak and gained 40 to 50 pounds in a month. The 6-foot-1 Fisher weighed 245 pounds and was more than $100,000 in debt in December.

The Post reports that's when a group of gambler acquaintances bet $1 million Fisher couldn't drop his body fat to under 10 percent in six months.

The 36-year-old got financial backing from friends. He weighed 175 pounds with 8.8 percent body fat on June 22.

The feat netted him $600,000, and he tells ABC News he'll make another bet if he gains the weight back.

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4 Maine fire departments to get nearly $1.5M from feds

VAN BUREN, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators say four fire departments in the state are getting nearly $1.5 million in federal money to purchase new equipment and hire staff.

The money is coming through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant and Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response programs. The largest award is a grant of more than $950,000 to the Westbrook Fire Department to hire eight new firefighters.

Bucksport Fire Department is slated to receive nearly $250,000 to hire two new firefighters. Raymond Fire Department will get more than $260,000 to buy a new pumper truck, while Van Buren Fire Department will get more than $20,000 to purchase thermal imaging cameras.

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Over 1,000 hospital patients' records exposed in breach

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says an employee of Tewksbury Hospital may have inappropriately accessed medical records for more than 1,000 patients.

The department says on Friday that it conducted a review after a former patient's complaint.

It says it determined records were exposed between 2003 and 2017. The records included personal information such as names, medical diagnoses and possibly Social Security numbers, although the department says there's no indication the information was misused.

The employee was not publicly identified, but the department says the person is no longer employed there and no longer has access to the records.

The department says it has made changes to protect Social Security numbers and is reviewing its policies.

Tewksbury Hospital is one of four hospitals operated by the department.

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New England church to unveil contents of 125-year-old time capsule

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The contents of a time capsule placed in the cornerstone of a Pittsfield church 125 years ago are being revealed to the public.

The copper box was placed during construction of the Zion Lutheran Church in July 1892.

It's being opened Saturday on Pittsfield Common in conjunction with a celebration of the church's recently completed $1.2 million renovation that improved accessibility and added new flooring and ceilings.

Church pastor the Rev. Timothy Weisman tells The Berkshire Eagle that the box has actually already been opened because it was welded shut and officials want to make sure they could open it. But all anyone

knows is that there are books and papers inside and he's eager to learn more details.

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Actor John Heard, of 'Home Alone' movies, dies at 72

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor John Heard, best known for playing the father in the "Home Alone" movie series, has died. He was 72.

His death was confirmed by the Santa Clara Medical Examiner's office in California on Saturday. TMZ reported that Heard, who lived in southern California, was found at a Palo Alto, California, hotel where he was recovering from back surgery.

Heard played Peter McCallister, the father of Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, in "Home Alone" and "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York."

He earned an Emmy nomination for a guest role as a corrupt police detective in "The Sopranos." Heard also played Tom Hanks' rival in the movie "Big."

He was briefly married to fellow actor Margot Kidder.

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Coast Guard searching off Maine after kayaks found adrift

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has been searching Casco Bay for the possibility of missing kayakers after a pair of kayaks was found drifting off an island.

The Coast Guard says there were no sign of recent use of the kayaks, which were found drifting off of Cow Island on Saturday morning.

The Portland Press Herald reports the kayaks were first discovered drifting next to each other at about 6:20 a.m. just north of Great Diamond Island.

The Coast Guard is asking anyone with information about the kayaks to call 207-767-0302.


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Country singer Scotty McCreery cited for handgun at airport

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Country singer Scotty McCreery has been cited after authorities say he had a loaded handgun with him in Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Authorities told local media organizations that they found a loaded 9 millimeter handgun in McCreery's backpack at a security checkpoint on July 13. He told authorities he had been at a firing range and forgot to take the gun out. He was flying to Nashville, Tennessee.

Authorities say he had a valid concealed carry permit. He was cited for a misdemeanor concealed weapon permit violation and released.

McCreery told WTVD-TV in a statement that he has learned a lesson he won't forget, adding, "I take gun safety very seriously."

The singer is an "American Idol" winner and North Carolina native.

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Trump Jr., Manafort may be interviewed privately by senators

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's eldest son and his former campaign chairman won't be forced to testify publicly next week and are instead discussing being privately interviewed by a Senate committee investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, the panel said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee initially called for Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort to appear at a public hearing Wednesday. But the top Republican and Democrat on the panel now say the men are negotiating the terms of their appearances, and lawmakers don't currently plan to issue subpoenas to compel their public testimony.

In a joint statement, Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., also said they are negotiating with Trump Jr. and Manafort about possibly turning over documents. Grassley tweeted late Friday that Trump Jr.'s interview, while not public, will still be on the record. Feinstein and Grassley both said on Twitter that the two men will testify in public after private interviews, but they did not elaborate on when that might occur.

Both men face questions about attending a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 that was described to Trump Jr. in emails as part of a Russian government effort to help his father's campaign. Trump Jr. was told the lawyer had damaging information that could be used against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and top White House aide, also attended the meeting. He is scheduled to speak behind closed doors with the Senate intelligence committee Monday and with the House intelligence committee Tuesday.

The revelation of the Trump Tower meeting renewed questions about the Trump campaign's possible connections with Russia and put some of Trump's inner circle at the forefront of ongoing federal and congressional probes.

Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni declined to comment on the committee's announcement. Trump Jr. attorney Alan Futerfas did not respond to several attempts by The Associated Press to contact him this week, including calls and emails Friday.

Also Friday, The Washington Post, citing anonymous U.S. officials, reported that the Russian ambassador to the U.S. has said he discussed election-related issues with Jeff Sessions, then a U.S. senator and foreign policy adviser to Trump, when the two men met during the 2016 presidential race.

Trump responded to the report on Twitter on Saturday, complaining about "illegal leaks."

"A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post,this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions," he tweeted. "These illegal leaks, like Comey's, must stop!"

The Post had cited anonymous U.S. officials who described U.S. intelligence intercepts of Ambassador Sergey Kislyak's descriptions of his meetings with Sessions, who now serves as attorney general.

Department of Justice spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said Sessions stands by his previous assertion that he never had conversations with Russian officials about any type of interference with the election.

Word of the negotiations with Trump Jr. and Manafort comes as the president's legal team evaluates potential conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. Mueller's probe into Russia's election meddling also appears likely to include some of the Trump family's business ties.

Attorney Jay Sekulow, a member of the president's external legal team, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the lawyers "will consistently evaluate the issue of conflicts and raise them in the appropriate venue."

Two of the people with knowledge of that process say those efforts include probing the political affiliations of Mueller's investigators and their past work history. The people insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Trump himself has publicly challenged Mueller, declaring this week that the former FBI director would be crossing a line if he investigated the president's personal business ties.

The White House push against the special counsel's probe and the attempts to put the focus on potential conflicts with Mueller's team may well be an effort to distract from snowballing federal and congressional investigations into possible election-year coordination between Trump's campaign and Russia. While Trump has assailed the probes as a partisan "witch hunt," the investigations have increasingly ensnared his family and close advisers.

Since the 2016 Trump Tower meeting became public, Trump Jr. has faced tough questions from lawmakers about why he agreed to participate. He and his father have downplayed it as politics as usual, saying they believe most people would have taken the meeting to learn about damaging information on an opponent.

Manafort had attracted scrutiny for months from congressional committees and Mueller. The Associated Press reported in June that Mueller's probe has incorporated a long-standing federal investigation into Manafort's financial dealings. That investigation is scrutinizing political consulting work he did for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine and the country's former president, Viktor Yanukovych.

Manafort has denied any wrongdoing related to his Ukrainian work, saying through a spokesman that it "was totally open and appropriate."

Manafort also recently registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for parts of Ukrainian work that occurred in Washington. The filing under the Foreign Agents Registration Act came retroactively, a tacit acknowledgement that he operated in Washington in violation of the federal transparency law.

That law was scheduled to be the topic of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in which he was called to appear.

The committee also is looking at the work of Glenn Simpson, a political operative who was involved in the compilation of a dossier of unsubstantiated and sometimes salacious information about Trump and his associates and their interactions with Russians.

Grassley and Feinstein said Friday that they have issued a subpoena for Simpson to appear before the committee next week.

Trump has accused former FBI Director James Comey of having leaked classified information to the media. A close friend of Comey's has disputed that.

Associated Press writers Julie Pace, Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick and Jonathan Lemire contributed to this report.

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Pics or it isn't happening: AG office clarifies NH voter ID law

CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire attorney general's office is clarifying voter identification laws in the state in advance of a Tuesday special election.

Associate Attorney General Anne Edwards says there has been confusion in the state about what forms of identification can be used by voters. She says identification cards that don't have a photograph on them will not be accepted "under any circumstances."

Edwards says valid forms of identification include driver's licenses issued by any state or the federal government, U.S. passports and valid student identifications. Other forms are also acceptable, but they must include a photo of the individual to whom the ID was issued, as well as their name.

Secretary of State Bill Gardner supports stricter voter ID laws, which is an issue state lawmakers have considered recently.

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3 vehicles towed, 2 drivers injured after 5-car collision in Rochester

ROCHESTER — A five-vehicle collision sent two people to the hospital Friday.

Rochester police said they — along with Rochester Fire and EMS — responded to the intersection of Gonic Road, Chesley Hill Road and Main Street in Gonic around 4:41 p.m. for a report of a five-vehicle crash.

Upon arrival, they learned a blue 2006 Acura TSX driven by Timothy Higgins, 43 of Kingston, had been traveling southbound at a high speed.

Police said a grey 2017 Honda CRV, driven by Tammy Jones, 55 of Barrington, a black Nissan Altima, driven by Heather Roland, 28 of Gonic, a beige 2007 Ford Fusion driven by Luke Kyle, 31 of Exeter, and a grey 2016 Chevy 1500 pickup truck driven by Michael Barham, 46 of Gonic, were stopped at a red light in the southbound lane.

Police said Higgins drove to the right of the lane of traffic and struck Barham's pickup truck and Kyle's car. The subsequent impact caused Kyle's car to hit Roland's vehicle, and Roland's vehicle to collide with Jones' SUV.

According to police, Higgins', Kyle's and Barham's vehicles had to be towed, but Jones and Roland were able to drive away from the scene.

Two of the drivers were transported to Frisbie Memorial Hospital for the treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the cause of the accident remains under investigation, but impairment by alcohol or drugs is not believed to be a factor.

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Vermont man arrested in New Hampshire following pursuit

LEBANON — A Vermont man was arrested Wednesday after leading police on a chase while allegedly intoxicated.

Lebanon police said around 5:05 p.m. an officer saw a black Ford Mustang recklessly pull out of a plaza parking lot on Plainfield Road at a high speed, skidding sideways across two lanes of travel.

The officer attempted to stop the Mustang, but the vehicle fled.

Police said the Mustang turned off of Plainfield Road but then got back on before turning onto the Interstate 89 southbound on-ramp.

The Mustang spun out and sideswiped another vehicle before fleeing again, now with a flat rear tire. Police said the driver of the Mustang eventually lost control at the I-89 southbound rest area, crashing through a fence in front of the state weigh station.

Police arrested Michael Polito, 28 of Chelsea, Vermont, and charged him with reckless conduct, a Class B misdemeanor, aggravated driving while intoxicated, disobeying an officer and conduct after an accident, all Class A misdemeanors. He was also charged with Reckless Operation violation.

Polito's bail was set at $10,000 cash, and he was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections pending arraignment.

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