August 27, 2013

New England Dispatches

ATTLEBORO, Mass.

Hernandez friend's case likely to move to trial court

The district court case against an associate of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been continued.

Prosecutors and Ernest Wallace's defense attorney agreed during a brief proceeding in Attleboro on Monday to schedule the next district court hearing for Sept. 23. But Wallace was indicted last week and his case is expected to be moved to superior court, the trial court, before then.

Police have said Wallace and another man were with Hernandez at the time 27-year-old Odin Lloyd was killed.

Wallace was indicted Thursday on a charge of being an accessory to murder after the fact. He pleaded not guilty earlier in district court to the same charge and was ordered held on $500,000 bail.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.

Man arrested for burglary on 1763 mansion property

Police in Portsmouth, N.H., say a man smashed a window to break into a warehouse on the property that once belonged to a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The burglar alarm sounded around midnight Monday at the Moffatt-Ladd House. Police later arrested 23-year-old Thistleton Robertson IV for burglary.

The Portsmouth Herald reported during his arraignment, Robertson said he was intoxicated and broke into the home because he was running away from two people. He said he works as an engineer for New York City's Department of Environmental Protection and was visiting his girlfriend in Kittery, Maine.

The Moffatt-Ladd House, a Georgian mansion built in 1763, was the home of merchant William Whipple, one of the three New Hampshire signers of the Declaration.

BOSTON

First case of West Nile virus confirmed in state this year

Massachusetts health officials say they have confirmed the first case of West Nile virus in the state this season.

The health department said Monday that a Plymouth County man in his 70s has the mosquito-borne illness and is recovering in a hospital.

There were 33 cases of West Nile in the state last year and at least one person with an underlying medical condition died.

Symptoms of the virus are fever and flu-like illness.

PLYMOUTH, Mass.

Nuclear plant back online following electrical repairs

The Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth is back online after repairs to the electrical system that runs pumps to supply cooling water to the reactor core.

A spokeswoman for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station's owners said the plant was reconnected to the regional power grid at 1:47 p.m. Monday. The system had been manually shut down Thursday morning.

The company said plant technicians replaced a breaker and corrected a ground fault on a solenoid associated with the water cooling circuitry. They also performed other maintenance that can't be done when the plant is operating.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission and plant operators said last week there was no threat to public safety. Pilgrim owner Entergy said backup pumps automatically activated and plant systems performed as designed.

DURHAM, N.H.

UNH creates professorship in sustainable food systems

The University of New Hampshire has a new professorship devoted to food sustainability issues.

Joanne Burke, clinical associate professor of nutrition, is the first Thomas W. Haas professor in sustainable food systems at UNH.

Her primary responsibility will be to advance the mission of Food Solutions New England. The organization is a regional network dedicated to advancing a sustainable New England food system. Its vision calls for the region to build the capacity to produce up to 70 percent of its food in ways that are environmentally and socially sustainable and promote health by 2060.

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