March 2, 2013

New England Dispatches

From news service reports

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Of the abuse cases, 1 percent were committed by strangers.

N.H. tax receipts again lagging behind projections

For the second consecutive month, New Hampshire's tax receipts are lagging behind projections.

Administrative Services Commissioner Linda Hodgdon said Friday that revenue collections in February were $11 million less than expected. January tax receipts were $17 million less than projected.

Total revenues for the year lag $41 million behind estimates largely due to unpaid hospital taxes


Team praised for anti-drug work on 'heroin highway'

Local and federal law enforcement officers are winning praise for efforts to stem the flow of drugs along a stretch of Interstate 195 known as the "heroin highway."

Fifteen Rhode Island police officers, federal drug enforcement agents and a federal prosecutor were honored Friday in a ceremony at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Providence.

The team has spent two years on a joint effort to identify heroin traffickers who use I-195 to ferry drugs to street level dealers and drug users.

So far, the work has yielded 32 arrests and the seizure of more than 5 kilos of heroin, 6 kilos of cocaine and assets worth more than $600,000.


Van hits ice, rolls over, but Frisbee team is not thrown

Vermont State Police say eight Dartmouth College students escaped injury when the van they were in rolled over after hitting a patch of ice on Interstate 91 in the town of Vernon.

Police say rescue crews were called at about 7:15 a.m. Friday to an area about five miles north of the Massachusetts line.

Police say the van was carrying members of Dartmouth's Ultimate Frisbee team, who were headed to a tournament in Virginia.

The van went off the left side of the road, hit an embankmentand came to rest on its side. All the occupants were wearing seat belts.

No one was injured in the crash, but one passenger was taken to the hospital for what police describe as an "anxiety issue."


Man gets 18-month sentence for biting infant, girlfriend

A Pittsfield man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for biting his infant daughter and pregnant girlfriend on separate occasions last year.

Robert Russell Jr. was convicted Thursday of aggravated assault and battery, witness intimidation and assault and battery on a child with injury.

Prosecutors say the 20-year-old Russell bit his daughter at least once in February 2012 and possibly a number of times, based on the number of marks in various stages of healing on her body.

The Berkshire Eagle reports he also bit his 18-year-old girlfriend on the face during an assault in April, which her friend recorded.

Authorities say Russell threatened the friend, telling her if she went to police he was going to "get" her.


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