MANCHESTER — Granite State Dog Recovery, a nonprofit "dedicated to reuniting lost dogs with their families in the State of New Hampshire" has been the target of vandals.
The group posted on their Facebook page Wednesday, "We are sad (and angry and defeated) to report that GSDR's storage space, where we keep ALL of our supplies, was broken into in the last 24 to 48 hours."
Susan Pinché, Vice-President of GSDR, says the loss is massive, around $15,000. The vandals stole a large laser printer, 20-30 trail cameras, tools, batteries and a drop net mechanism for trapping animals valued at $10,000.
GSDR doesn't seem to be specifically targeted, as Pinché says other units were also broken into at the storage facility. She says the management company called them to notify them of the burglary and told GSDR the locks would not be able to be fixed for 24-48 hours. Pinché says they decided to move to a new storage facility that night, which took about four to five hours with eight people moving dozens of truck loads.
Pinché said she filed a report with the Manchester Police Department.
GSDR is asking for donations and anyone who may have seen anything or knows anything to come forward.
DEWITT, Mich. (AP) — How's this for curb appeal: A Michigan real estate agent selling a house next to a cemetery is promoting it with a sign that says "quiet neighbors."
Shane Broyles says the message immediately came to mind when he saw the four-bedroom house in DeWitt, which is in the middle of the state near Lansing. He says his grandparents knew a man who lived next to a cemetery and joked about it.
Broyles told the Lansing State Journal that he hadn't previously used humor to market a house. But he says "there's not much point to life" without some fun.
The seller, Deborah Perrin, likes the "quiet neighbors" sign. She says she can guarantee there won't be a new subdivision going up in the cemetery.
PELHAM — Police are asking the public for help finding a person who placed barbed wire across a trail sometime last week.
Police said someone tried to block a trail in the area of Grouse Run & Fineview Circle with barbed wire sometime between Thursday and Sunday.
Police said the wire could have caused serious injuries to people who use the trails.
Police also reminded the public that there are no legal public ATV trails in Pelham and said that if an ATV had struck the wires, the operator would likely have suffered life threatening injuries. Police said anyone riding on private ATV trails needs permission from the landowner.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 603-635-2411.
BOSTON (AP) — A few fans seated above the Green Monster dropped down a sign denouncing racism during the fourth inning of Boston's 7-3 loss to Oakland at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.
The sign - draped over the top middle of the 37-foot Monster - had a black background with white letters that read: "Racism is as American as Baseball."
It was up for about one batter and the umpires asked it be removed because it was in fair territory. There was a spattering of boos from the crowd as Red Sox security forced them to remove it and escorted the people from their seats. A Red Sox spokesman said four people were escorted from the park and that one of them said they were inspired by Black Lives Matter.
"Yeah, I saw it," Boston right fielder Mookie Betts said. "There's no place for that. That's for another day, though."
It's not the first time that the Red Sox have responded to the topic of racism at the ballpark.
"Saw it was draped over the Monster," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "From the dugout, you see someone expressing their opinion and it looked like it was withdrawn relatively quick."
Earlier this season, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said after a game on May 1 that he was the victim of racial slurs and had peanuts thrown at him during the game.
The next day, Jones received a personal apology from Boston team president Sam Kennedy on behalf of the club. When he stepped up for his first at-bat of the game, he was also given an extended applause from the Fenway crowd.
Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale stepped off the mound to allow the applause to continue.
"Just appreciative that action was taken and not everybody feels the same way as selected people," Jones said. "Sale, who works extremely fast, took his time and let it relish a little bit, so I appreciate the sentiments," Jones said after Boston won 5-2.
In August, owner John Henry said his team will lead the effort to change the name of Yawkey Way. The street is currently named after Tom Yawkey, who owned the team from 1933 to 1976 but refused to integrate the team from 1947 to 1959.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Police say a shooting in Fall River earlier this week was sparked by an argument over a stolen dirt bike.
A 32-year-old man was shot and two men were arrested in connection with the shooting Monday night. Police also seized an AR-15 assault-style rifle, although it's unclear if it was used in the shooting. Witnesses say the shooter used a silver handgun.
The Herald News reports that police arrested 21-year-old Chad Guilmette, who they allege is the gunman, on charges including armed assault to murder; as well as 26-year-old Christopher Pettey on accessory charges.
The AR-15 was found in the attic of the apartment building in which the suspects live.
Two people who were with the victim told detectives their group confronted another group about a stolen dirt bike.
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — A vigil is being held in Maine to honor a woman whose son is charged with killing her and three others.
The candlelight vigil for 60-year-old Elizabeth Krause will take place Thursday evening in Rockport, where she and her 22-year-old son, Orion Krause, lived.
Elizabeth Krause, known by her nickname Buffy, was bludgeoned to death in Groton, Massachusetts, along with her parents, 85-year-old Elizabeth Lackey and 89-year-old Frank Lackey III, and their caregiver, 68-year-old Bertha Mae Parker.
Orion Krause, who's charged in the killings, is being held at Bridgewater State Hospital pending a competency hearing.
The Krause family issued a statement expressing condolences to Parker's family, thanking people in Rockport and Groton for support, and asking for privacy.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who got away with $5 when he robbed a pizza delivery driver has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in jail.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that 20-year-old Aaron Dakota Fogg was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and larceny.
Prosecutors say the Belchertown man pointed a BB gun at the side of the driver's head on the night of June 6, after approaching him and asking for change. The driver handed over $5, which was all he had at the time.
Fogg was arrested two days later at his home. He originally pleaded not guilty, and was held without bail after being ruled a dangerous person.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine man accused of shooting a firearm into a neighbor's farm stand has pleaded not guilty, saying he was trying to scare off a rabid raccoon.
State police say 31-year-old Matthew Brigham was arrested Tuesday after neighbors reported seeing a man with a gun. The Kennebec Journal reports he was arraigned Wednesday in Augusta on charges including reckless conduct.
State Trooper Travis Luce says a witness watched Brigham fire a gun into the air several times, then fired at a nearby farm stand and then into the ground.
Brigham says he fired his gun to scare a rabid raccoon. His weapons have been confiscated, and he has been released on bail.
He is due back in court in November and says he's applied for a court-appointed attorney.
ANDOVER — A motorcyclist was killed after crashing into a box truck Wednesday.
New Hampshire State Police said around 4:45 p.m. they responded to Route 11 near the intersection of Route 4A in Andover for an accident involving a motorcycle and a box truck.
When Troopers arrived, they said Andover Fire and EMS were attending to the motorcycle operator.
Police said the initial investigation revealed that the motorcycle had been traveling eastbound when it crossed the center line for unknown reasons.
A 2016 Hino box truck owned by Delivery Partners Express N.H. Inc. that was transporting mail for the U.S. Postal Service was traveling westbound when the motorcycle swerved into their lane.
The box truck driver attempted to dodge the motorcycle by pulling to the right, but the motorcycle crashed into the rear driver’s side of the box truck resulting in fatal injuries.
Police said Route 11 was closed for approximately three hours while traffic was diverted around the scene with minimal impact.
No pictures, vehicle or operator information are being released pending the notification of family members.
Police are looking for witnesses to the crash or anyone who saw the motorcycle's actions before the accident. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at 603-271-1162.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — An explosion during a training exercise injured a number of U.S. special operations forces at Fort Bragg on Thursday.
The soldiers were taken to the Army base's Womack Army Medical Center for treatment, said Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt, a spokesman for the U.S. Army's Special Operations Command, which is based at Fort Bragg.
Bockholt didn't yet know the number of soldiers injured or the extent of those injuries. He also could not say what exactly caused them.
"There was an incident that occurred on one of the ranges," Bockholt said, adding that the command is investigating. "We're looking into exactly what happened."
About 57,000 military personnel are attached to Fort Bragg, located next to Fayetteville, N.C. It is the largest Army installation by population and covers about 161,000 acres. The Special Operations Command has about 23,000 soldiers spread over several sites.
SEABROOK — The New Hampshire Marine Mammal Rescue says whales are currently feeding within 100 feet from the beach in Seabrook and Salisbury.
A Facebook post by the NH Marine Mammal Rescue Wednesday confirms two different humpback whales and possibly 1-2 minke whales have been spotted close to shore feeding on baitfish called menhaden (pogies). The rescue group says the baitfish are numerous right now in the area, drawing whales, seals and even tuna to the shore.
The whales have been spotted feeding between Salisbury center and the southern portion of Seabrook Beach.
The marine rescue group stresses that although they are incredible to look at, viewers need to keep their distance.
"Remember, these animals are federally protected and you must keep a wide berth from them; at least 150 feet. Being in a boat, paddleboard, or kayak is no different.... keep a far distance and let them feed without being harassed. They are working hard to fatten up before migrating south!" the posts stresses.
Anyone who sees any of the whales close up, can report it to the New Hampshire Marine Mammal Rescue at 603-997-9448 or submit photos and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONCORD — A Massachusetts man pleaded guilty to producing child pornography Wednesday.
Acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley announced that Matthew Adey, 47, of Malden, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of producing child pornography.
According to statements made in court and court documents, on Feb. 26 the defendant met a 14-year-old boy in an online local interest chat group. Adey was aware of the child’s age, but he still requested a photograph of the child engaging in sexually explicit conduct, which the child took and sent to the defendant.
The defendant continued to communicate with the child over the Internet, and on March 4, the defendant traveled from Massachusetts to the child’s residence in New Hampshire. Then, on March 4 and 5, the defendant engaged in sexual intercourse with the child multiple times.
Court documents said subsequent forensic analysis of the defendant’s computers showed that he possessed various images and videos containing additional child pornography.
The defendant’s plea agreement includes a binding stipulated sentence of 204 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.
A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 21.
HAMPSTEAD — A woman was transported to the hospital after crashing into a strip mall support beam Wednesday.
Hampstead police said around 12:30 p.m. they received a report that a car had crashed into a building in Colby Corner plaza on East Main Street.
First responders found a 2011 Ford Focus had smashed into the front of a support post in front of the strip mall, causing extensive damage to the vehicle and the post.
Police said their investigation suggested that the driver, Sheena Lewis, 74, of Hampstead, was pulling into a handicapped parking spot and hit the gas instead of the brake.
Police said she was treated at the scene and transported to Parkland Medical Center for complaints of pain to her head and chest.
DOVER — Planet Fitness celebrated its 25 years with a grand reopening of its very first gym Wednesday, but in a birthday celebration twist, the gym was the one giving a gift.
Planet Fitness, which was founded in Dover in 1992, handed $25,000 to the Dover High School Building Fund at its own party Wednesday morning.
"It's just incredible," said Dover's deputy mayor Bob Carrier at the event. "This is a stepping stone for the rest of the community to step up and say geez, we can help out also."
The Planet Fitness club, at 898 Central Ave. in Dover, just renovated its 23,000-square-foot club with 53 new treadmills and elliptical machines, along with a designated PF360 room with additional space for functional equipment exercises.
There is also a new Black Card Spa area with updated lounge and privacy rooms, refreshed locker rooms a new front desk area.
According to the company, Planet Fitness has approximately 10 million members and more than 1,400 stores in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada and the Dominican Republic as of June.
The $87.5 million high school project will get $13.5 million in state funding, with more coming from community partners providing their own donations.
"It's just incredible," said Dover's deputy mayor Bob Carrier at the event. "This is a stepping stone for the rest of the community to step up and say, 'geez, we can help out also.'"
"We are so excited and thank you so much," Carrier said. "This money will be put to incredible use."
MORETOWN, Vt. (AP) — The senior class at a Vermont high school is raising money to help honor four classmates and a friend who were killed in a wrong-way crash last year.
MyChamplainValley.com reports seniors at Harwood Union High School in Moretown plan to dedicate their class gift to the students in the form of a gazebo. The seniors are hoping to raise $7,500 by Oct. 1, with a dedication ceremony scheduled for Oct. 5.
Harwood students Eli Brookens, Liam Hale, Mary Harris, and Cyrus Zschau were killed last October after their car was struck by a wrong way driver on Interstate 89. Janie Cozzi, who attended Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire, also was killed in the crash.
The driver, Steven Bourgoin, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of murder. His trial starts February 2018.
CONCORD (AP) — The Manchester VA Medical Center appointed a 12-member task force Wednesday to make recommendations on the future of New Hampshire's only veterans hospital in the wake of whistleblower allegations of substandard treatment and conditions.
The appointments were the latest step toward reform since a Boston Globe report in July on a whistleblower complaint that described a fly-infested operating room, surgical instruments that weren't always sterilized and patients whose conditions were ignored.
In response, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin immediately removed three top officials and ordered an investigation. Shulkin visited the hospital in August, and said a task force would explore bringing a full-service veterans hospital to New Hampshire, teaming up with other hospitals in the state or forming a public-private partnership to improve care.
The task force named Wednesday includes one of the physicians who filed the complaint, regional VA officials, and representatives from outside groups, including the New Hampshire Hospital Association. It will be led by Dr. Michael Mayo-Smith, regional director for the New England VA system, and by David Kenney, head of the New Hampshire State Veterans Advisory Committee.
"This is a broad range of subject matter experts," said Alfred Montoya, the hospital's acting director.
The group's comprehensive review will include listening sessions, focus groups and a website, said Kenney.
"We need to be as transparent in this process as possible," he said.
The task force had its first meeting, by conference call, on Wednesday. Kenney said he is optimistic its work will lead to substantial improvements. He said he has been encouraged by some of the changes Montoya has helped implement already, particularly the creation of a new office to help veterans navigate a program that allows them to seek care outside the VA.
Kenney and Montoya said the most frequent complaint they had been hearing from veterans involved that program.
"It just frustrated the hell out of a lot of veterans who were trying to get appointments," Kenney said.
Montoya said flooding that heavily damaged the hospital just days after his arrival in July has turned into an opportunity to explore ways the facility can do more to partner with community members. Physicians from the VA hospital are temporarily performing endoscopies and other same-day procedures at Catholic Medical Center while the flood damage is repaired, but that arrangement could become a permanent way of doing business, Montoya said.
"We're now replicating that model now at Elliott Hospital and really thinking about how can we do other things outside the box," he said. "I think the success we've seen with it so far, and that it's the first of its kind in the nation, is something I'm particularly proud of."
MANCHESTER (AP) — A man has been sentenced to at least 30 years in prison in the shooting death of a man in a Manchester, New Hampshire parking lot last year.
John Gebo pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder in the June 2016 shooting death of 35-year-old Hans Odige, and to first-degree assault in wounding 25-year-old Ashley Thompson in the leg.
The 31-year-old Gebo was jailed on unrelated charges when he was arrested in connection with the Manchester shootings.
LONDON (AP) — London's monster fatberg may be destined for a museum.
The Museum of London says it is trying to acquire a chunk of the 130 metric ton mass of oil, fat, diapers and baby wipes currently clogging one of the city's Victorian sewers. Utility company Thames Water is trying to dislodge the smelly blob, which is 250 meters (820 feet) long, by breaking it up with high-powered hoses. They say the process could take weeks.
Museum director Sharon Ament said Wednesday that adding the fatberg to its collection "would raise questions about how we live today and also inspire our visitors to consider solutions to the problems of growing metropolises."
The museum hopes to obtain a cross-section of the fatberg. It hasn't decided how it would be displayed.
LEBANON — Police are looking to identify people who have been spraying graffiti on many downtown properties.
Police said Wednesday that they have seen an increase in criminal mischief reports from the graffiti. It has been found on private and city-owned property in the downtown Lebanon mall area and surrounding neighborhoods.
The department is asking anyone who has information to call police at 603-448-1212 or submit an anonymous crime tip to 603-448-CLUE (2583).
BOSTON (AP) — A film chronicling the story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman premiered in the U.S. on Tuesday at the hospital where he and others who were injured in the 2013 deadly attack were treated.
Dozens of people attended the screening of "Stronger" at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.
The movie is based on Bauman's 2014 memoir of the same name. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman, who lost his legs in the attack, and "Orphan Black" actress Tatiana Maslany as Bauman's then-girlfriend, Erin Hurley.
Bauman, Hurley and their on-screen counterparts graced a red carpet at the hospital on Tuesday with director David Gordon Green, producer Todd Lieberman and writer John Pollono.
Hurley was running the marathon and Bauman was there to cheer her on when two bombs went off near the finish line on April 25, 2013, killing three spectators and injuring more than 260 others, including Bauman.
Bauman, who uses prosthetic legs, and Gyllenhaal became close during filming and remain friends. They walked side by side down the red carpet at the hospital, where Bauman spent grueling months in intensive rehabilitation.
"No matter how hard I tried I would never really understand what Jeff has been through," Gyllenhaal said, when asked how he approached the role. "I spent a lot of time with Jeff. There wasn't a moment that went by when we were filming that I wasn't thinking about (him)."
Bauman said he's "honored" to have Gyllenhaal play him in the film.
"He's a great guy. He works hard," Bauman said. "He's a good role model."
The Spaulding premiere marks Bauman's third time seeing the film, but this time he viewed it with the people who worked alongside him in his recovery, many of whom are in the film. As they entered the building, attendees were met with cheers from a crowd of patients who gathered on the second floor, holding signs that read "Boston Strong," ''Go Jeff" and "You give me hope."
The movie hits theaters nationwide Sept. 22.
Bauman and Hurley, who had a daughter and got married in 2014 and separated this year, said they hope it inspires audiences to realize their strength.
"I think people would be surprised at how much they can handle," Hurley said. "I definitely was surprised at how much Jeff and I could handle ... after this happened to us. I think that everyone can find the strength in themselves to handle tough situations."