Former selectman convicted of possessing child porn

A federal court jury has convicted a former selectman of a small New Hampshire town of possession of child pornography.

The jury deliberated about three hours before returning its guilty verdict Thursday in the case of Jonathan Tanguay, 42, who was a Bartlett selectman when he was first indicted on state child pornography charges in 2010. Carroll County prosecutors dropped those charges after a federal grand jury indicted Tanguay in December 2011.

Concord Detective Mark Dumas,of the statewide Internet Crimes Against Children unit testified during the five-day trial in Concord that he found “a whole bunch of child pornography” on Tanguay’s computer and in external storage devices.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas said Friday that the sexual exploitation of children a “scourge” that is on the rise.


Woman slain by trooper had drugs, alcohol in her system

New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster says a woman shot and killed by a state trooper in Manchester last month had drugs and alcohol in her system.

Foster released test results Friday that show 45-year-old Wendy Lawrence had a blood alcohol concentration of .18 percent, more than double the legal limit for drunken driving. He says she also had marijuana, a painkiller and an antidepressant in her bloodstream.

In a report issued earlier this month, Foster said Trooper Chad Lavoie was justified in shooting Lawrence on Sept. 30 after a traffic chase. The report said Lawrence drove aggressively at Lavoie, who was out of his cruiser, and he thought his life was in danger.

The report said Lawrence feared prison time because of prior offenses.


No bad-air days in Vermont in over two years, EPA says

Vermont is reaping the benefit of national clean air policies. The Environmental Protection Agency recently reported Vermont hasn’t had what it defines as a bad-air day in more than two years.

Vermont’s air quality planning chief Rich Poirot said the air quality has improved largely because of policies that have reduced the emission of pollutants from Midwestern power plants, a greater reliance on natural gas for power and cleaner cars.

The EPA says air quality is improving throughout New England, but Vermont was the only state without bad-air days.

Poirot said there are fewer hazy days in Vermont in the summer.


Police seeking woman who stole baby parrot from store

Weymouth police are asking the public to help them identify the woman seen apparently swiping a $500 parrot from a pet store.

Surveillance video shows the woman at It’s a Pet’s World on Bridge Street reaching in and taking the baby bird out of its cage Oct. 18.

Store worker Kyle Waldron told WCVB-TV that the video shows the woman stuffing the bird in her shirt.

Waldron said he’s concerned about the bird’s health. It is only 12 weeks old and is still being hand fed with a syringe.

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