Body of girl, 12, found after struggle to swim ashore

The search for a 12-year-old girl swept out to sea at New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach has ended with the grim discovery of her body, in waist-deep water just south of where she disappeared.

The body of Nayelin Encarnacion, of Lawrence, Mass., was located just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, about 100 yards south of where she was last seen struggling against the current.

She and her 20-year-old brother, Walter Maldonado, were swimming about 75 yards offshore just before 8 p.m. Monday when both began struggling to get back to shore, Seacoastonline.com reported.

A bystander heard their cries for help and was able to guide Maldonado back to shore, but Nayelin disappeared from sight. The water temperature at the time was 55 degrees, officials say.


Armed robbery of bank ends in arrests as getaway fails

Police say two armed men staked out a Rhode Island bank and put a gun to the manager’s head when she arrived for work Saturday during a harrowing robbery that resulted in two arrests.

Authorities said Louis R. Peters III of West Topsham, Vt., and Craig A. Carey of Fall River, Mass., faced bank robbery charges in federal court Tuesday.

According to an affidavit, the masked pair accosted the Centerville Bank manager as she was opening the branch. One suspect also held a gun to her head. Other bank employees were bound with zip ties.

Authorities said Peters and Carey were arrested behind a nearby building after they failed to carjack a getaway vehicle.


Official: Alleged slap on jet falls to Florida’s jurisdiction

A Massachusetts court official has denied an application to charge a New York man accused of slapping a male flight attendant on a JetBlue flight from Florida.

Massachusetts State Police said 48-year-old Bryan Garnett, of Utica, N.Y., was taken into custody at Boston’s Logan International Airport when the flight from West Palm Beach landed Tuesday morning.

An East Boston District Court clerk later determined that the encounter occurred while the aircraft was on the ground in Florida. The clerk says Massachusetts has no jurisdiction to charge Garnett with interfering with a flight crew and assault and battery.

Suffolk County prosecutors said JetBlue will have to pursue the matter in Florida. A JetBlue spokeswoman says the airline wasn’t aware of the decision.


Shelter for flood victims is still open, Red Cross says

American Red Cross officials say a shelter they opened for flood victims last Thursday in Barre is still open and operating.

As of Tuesday morning, 29 people were being assisted at the shelter, located at the Barre Auditorium.

About 175 people sought shelter at the Barre facility and another one in Montpelier the night the flooding hit.

School buses have added the Barre Auditorium shelter as a stop on their routes, to make sure affected children can get to school.

In addition to meals, showers and other resources being made available, children have been playing basketball there, and movies are being shown on a television on loan from a local merchant.


Man charged after using forklift to carry girlfriend’s car

Police in western Massachusetts say a man is facing assault charges after he used a forklift to pick up his girlfriend’s car with her inside and carried the vehicle for several feet before dropping it.

Springfield police said Brian Hurley was arraigned Tuesday in Springfield District Court on charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Authorities said the 41-year-old Hurley and his girlfriend argued over money as she drove him to work at a warehouse Saturday morning.

She told police Hurley slapped her, got out of the car and kicked it, then got in the forklift. He fled the scene but was later found at his home.