April 12, 2013

New England Dispatches


UNH president calls for inquiry into faulty pipe

The president of the University of New Hampshire is calling for an inquiry into a broken hot water pipe that caused burns to three students at a dorm last weekend.

President Mark Huddleston says the university needs to do everything it can to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future.

The inquiry will be led by Paul Dean, executive director of public safety.

Officials found the pipe that delivered hot water to Hunter Hall for the heating system was under a pipe that delivers hot water for sinks and showers. Huddleston said that pipe, which is several decades old, had been slowly leaking for some time. It was continuously spraying hot water on the second larger and newer pipe. That corroded the exterior and caused premature failure.


Burglary suspects call AAA after getaway car gets stuck

Police say two people accused of burglarizing a New Hampshire home needed an emergency tow when their getaway car got stuck in the mud.

Police said the car got caught in a ditch in Gilford last month. Officers called the local AAA affiliate to help tow it.

Sometime after that, Belmont police located and searched the vehicle. They recovered some of the jewelry missing from the home that was burglarized.

Police arrested 33-year-old Gordon Potter, who is currently incarcerated at the state prison on an unrelated parole violation, and 26-year-old Kerry Duggan, who was held at the Belknap County jail.


Navy naming new combat ship after city of Manchester

The U.S. Navy is naming a new combat ship the USS Manchester in recognition of Manchester, N.H.

The surface combat vessel is designed for operation in near-shore environments, yet capable of open-ocean operation. They are designed to defeat threats such as mines, quiet diesel submarines and fast surface craft.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who announced the news Thursday, said the naming is a tremendous honor for the city of Manchester and a testament to the incredible work carried out by New Hampshire’s men and women who serve in uniform.

The ship is expected to be completed in August 2016.


Lawmaker’s husband faces charges of credit card fraud

The husband of a Rhode Island lawmaker is facing a new charge of fraudulently using a credit card and has been ordered held at the Adult Correctional Institutions.

State Police Maj. Michael Winquist says Henry Fellela was arrested Wednesday evening in Cranston on a warrant issued last week out of Concord, Mass., on a charge of credit card fraud. He is the husband of Democratic state Rep. Deborah Fellela of Johnston.

Winquist says he’ll be held until Concord police take custody of him, which is expected Friday.

Winquist says the 55-year-old was a passenger in a parked car in Cranston when he was arrested. He was charged last month with stealing a credit card to rack up $720 in charges.

Deborah Fellela said Thursday she had no comment on the arrest.


Official: State revenue in March ‘disappointing’

A top Vermont official is calling the state’s revenue for March “disappointing.”
Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding says state revenue figures for the general fund, transportation and education funds were all below expectations in April.

Spaulding says that despite last month’s lower-than-expected revenue, for the fiscal year that began in July, the state has taken in almost 6 percent more than last year.

In figures released Thursday, Spaulding said the general fund revenues were 3.2 percent less than expected. The transportation fund was off 7.4 percent and the education fund was short 3.3 percent.

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