PORTSMOUTH, N.H.

Chili fans have hot time at cook-off

More than 20 restaurants served up their best chili recipes at an annual cook-off in Portsmouth.

The cook-off Saturday was sponsored by WHEB-FM and Taste of the Seacoast magazine and was held at Strawbery Banke, which was having its own fall festival as well.

Restaurants were cooking their chili in hopes of winning the public’s vote for Best Chili, Best Booth and Best Veggie Chili.

The event was the final one in the Prescott Park Arts Festival Summer Season.

LOWELL, Mass.

Fleeing police, R.I. man dies in river

Lowell police say a Rhode Island man has died after he fled police and jumped into the Merrimack River.

Police said Saturday morning that Luke Hammond, 23, of Coventry had been arrested during a traffic stop around 7 p.m. Friday on charges of driving without a license and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Police said Hammond escaped the officers and jumped into the nearby river.

Fire department divers found him at 7:45 p.m. about 15 feet from shore. He was taken to Lowell General Hospital, and later pronounced dead.

Lowell police, state police and the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office are investigating.

MANCHESTER, N.H.

Moose needs major help to escape pool

A moose who took a dip in a New Hampshire swimming pool needed the help of nine people to pull him out.

Police, firefighters and state Fish and Game Department officers were called to the Manchester home Friday night. The moose was swimming around, unable to leave.

Rescuers attached a rope to the agitated moose and pulled him out. The moose appeared to be in good health when he walked away into the woods.

Officials said it’s breeding season for moose, so it’s not uncommon to see them wander into unfamiliar places.

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt.

Student charged with shooting threat

A 17-year-old student at Vermont’s St. Johnsbury Academy is facing criminal charges after allegedly threatening to go on a shooting spree at school.

According to police, the Barnet youth was angry about being suspended and said that he was going to come back to school and start shooting.

His comment was made in the presence of a staff member who then reported it to police. He was charged as a juvenile with disorderly conduct. 

— From news service reports