State proposes crackdown on litter, fireworks, alcohol

Next summer, visitors to Hampton Beach could be fined for littering, illegally setting off fireworks and consuming alcohol.

The state Division of Resources and Economic Development is proposing the changes.

Hampton police would dole out the fines and collect revenue. Fines would be divided into three tiers. Tier 1 violations merit a $25 fine and $50 for subsequent offenses; Tier 2 is $50 and $100 for subsequent offenses; and Tier 3 is $100 and $250.

Tier 1 includes littering. Tier 2 includes illegally setting fireworks. Tier 3 includes drinking alcohol on the beach.


Hilltop Steakhouse’s closure draws thieves of mementos

Police say some fans of the soon-to-close Hilltop Steakhouse in Saugus are stealing mementos of the famous restaurant.

Lt. Ronald Giorgetti said since the owners announced that the 52-year-old restaurant would close Sunday, plates with its logo, leather-bound menus and even antique pots worth $600 each have disappeared, likely lifted by nostalgic diners.

Some of the items are showing up for sale on eBay.

Giorgetti told The Daily Item that police hope to use the Internet auction site to track down those responsible for the alleged thefts.

The Hilltop on Route 1 was once one of the busiest restaurants in the nation.


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