HOLLIS, N.H.

Police say man in Santa suit spread panic at school

Police in southern New Hampshire say a man dressed as Santa Claus was only trying to spread some cheer but ended up panicking officials when he knocked on school windows and entered the building.

The Nashua Telegraph reports that administrators at the Hollis Primary School called police around 10 a.m. Thursday after they saw the man running around the school, tapping on windows and waving at students.

He was buzzed into the building but fled when he saw a look of alarm on a staffer’s face.

Other schools and parents were notified and kids were kept inside for recess.

The man has contacted police to say he was only trying to spread “holiday cheer” and didn’t mean to cause panic. Police aren’t identifying him because he wasn’t charged.

CONCORD, N.H.

Driver in crash charged with second-degree murder

New Hampshire authorities have upgraded the charges to second-degree murder against a former executive charged in a crash that killed a Vermont couple.

Attorney General Joseph A. Foster and state police say 53-year-old Robert Dellinger of Sunapee was arrested at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on the new charges Friday.

Dellinger says he was depressed and trying to kill himself when he drove his pickup truck across a Interstate 89 highway median in Lebanon on Dec. 7.

Police say the truck went airborne and crushed to death Jason Timmons and Amanda Murphy, who was eight months pregnant.

The attorney general said Dellinger has been charged with two counts of second degree murder for recklessly causing the deaths “under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to the value of human life. “

HATFIElD, Mass.

Police find heroin labeled ‘Obamacare,’ ‘Kurt Cobain’

Massachusetts state police say they’ve stopped a car carrying 1,250 packets of heroin stamped “Obamacare” and “Kurt Cobain” and arrested the four people inside it.

Police say a trooper was making a traffic stop in Northampton when another car passed and he noticed several violations. He stopped the car a short time later in nearby Hatfield and found the driver wasn’t licensed to drive it. A state police dog found the bags of heroin.

The four arrested people have been charged with heroin trafficking.

State police Lt. Daniel Richard says it’s not unusual for heroin to be stamped with numbers, words or symbols to identify who’s selling it. But he says the “Obamacare” stamp is one he hadn’t heard of.

BOSTON

Man who raped neighbor sentenced to life in prison

A Boston man will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury found him guilty of raping and killing his neighbor, who had come from the Dominican Republic to seek medical care for her 1-year-old son.

A Suffolk Superior Court jury on Friday convicted Eldrick Broom of first-degree murder and aggravated rape in the Nov. 21 death of Rosanna Camilo.

The 29-year-old Broom and 34-year-old Camilo lived in the same complex in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood. Prosecutors said he entered her apartment, sexually assaulted her and strangled her with a power cord.

Her 16-year-old daughter found her body.

Camilo, a married mother of three, is the daughter of Ruben Camilo, a radio personality in the Dominican Republic.

Broom’s attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.