December 28, 2012

New England Dispatches

From news service reports


Airline offering $12 tickets for flights out of Lebanon

A small airline is offering huge discounts over the next few days to help the Lebanon, N.H., airport qualify for more federal funding.

Cape Air is offering $12 tickets to passengers flying from Lebanon to either Boston or White Plains, N.Y., through Monday. The tickets include all fees, and the New York tickets include ground transportation from White Plains to Manhattan.

Airport manager Richard Dyment says the goal is to reach 10,000 departing passengers by the end of the year, which would boost the airport's federal funding for safety improvements and other projects from about $150,000 to $1 million.

Cape Air added additional flights for the promotion, many of which are already sold out.


Teen bites off part of mother's nose on Christmas Eve

Police say a 15-year-old Providence girl flew into a rage and bit off part of her mother's nose on Christmas Eve.

Police say the girl also pushed her 60-year-old grandfather down a flight of stairs and punched and kicked two police officers who responded to the scene.

The mother and grandfather were treated at a hospital.

Authorities did not say what sparked the outburst, but say the girl threatened to kill everyone and attacked her family when they tried to prevent her from grabbing a knife.

The girl was charged with mayhem, felony assault and resisting arrest and was taken into custody of state youth services.

The girl's mother, 37-year-old Annalilla Caballero, says her daughter is mentally ill and forgot her medication.


Woman accused of impeding murder probe gets court date

The 19-year-old woman accused of lying about her whereabouts the day a University of New Hampshire student was killed is due back in court Jan. 2.

Kathryn McDonough of Portsmouth remains in custody on charges related to the disappearance and death of 19-year-old UNH sophomore Elizabeth Marriott of Westborough, Mass.

Prosecutors say McDonough lied when she said that she and 30-year-old Seth Mazzaglia of Dover had no contact with Marriott Oct. 9, the day she disappeared. Prosecutors say Mazzaglia, who is charged with second-degree murder, suffocated or strangled Marriott.

McDonough has been in custody since her arrest Christmas Eve. She's due in Portsmouth District Court on Wednesday for a hearing on charges of conspiracy and hindering apprehension.

Her lawyer says he and McDonough haven't decided whether to waive the hearing.


Police: OUI driver ended up on ex-land of AA co-founder

Vermont State Police say a man faces a drunken driving charge after driving onto the lawn of a historic home once owned by the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Police said 55-year-old Donald Blood III of Marlborough, Mass., has been ordered to appear in court in Bennington on Jan. 14.

Blood thought he was driving into a parking lot, police said, but it actually was the lawn of the Wilson House, built in 1852 in Dorset, the birthplace of AA co-founder Bill Wilson.

The Wilson House's website describes it as a "place of sanctuary where people can come to give thanks to God for their new lives."

It still hosts several AA meetings each week.


Unable to sell house outside fire district, chief may lose job

With the soft real estate market of recent years, many Americans are finding it tough to sell a home. But for Fire Chief Bradley Ober, it's a special problem.

Ober's contract with the Tilton-Northfield Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department requires him to live in the fire service district. But he's been unable to sell his house in Ashland, 20 miles away, without taking a big loss.

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