Somersworth, NH

Testimony ends in deadly motorcycle crash trial

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A 2019 collision that killed seven members of a Marine motorcycle club would’ve happened even if the truck was in the middle of its lane because the lead biker was “headed in that direction,” a crash reconstruction expert said Monday on the final day of testimony in the truck driver’s trial. Closing arguments are set for Tuesday in the trial of Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 26, who faces negligent homicide, manslaughter and reckless conduct charges in connection with the June 21, 2019, crash in Randolph, New Hampshire. Prosecutors have argued that Zhukovskyy, who had taken heroin, fentanyl and cocaine that day, repeatedly swerved back and forth before the head-on crash and told police he caused it. But a judge dismissed eight charges related to whether he was impaired, and his attorney blames the lead biker, Albert “Woody” Mazza, saying he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with the truck while driving drunk. Testifying for the defense, William Howerton of Scientific Boston, Inc., was asked where the collision between Mazza’s motorcycle and Zhukovskyy’s truck occurred.
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Police: Man wanted in abduction of woman in New Hampshire found sleeping in truck

PORTLAND, Maine — A man wanted in connection with the abduction of a woman in New Hampshire was arrested Monday after spending days on the run, officials said. Peter Curtis, 35, of Portland, Maine, is facing charges including kidnapping, criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, eluding a police officer, operating after suspension (habitual offender), unauthorized use of property, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and leaving the scene of a personal injury crash.

Frisbie Hospital plans to send baby deliveries to Portsmouth. State AG says not so fast.

ROCHESTER — Frisbie Memorial Hospital is facing a review by the New Hampshire attorney general's office over a decision to discontinue labor and delivery services, sending patients instead to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, which is under the same ownership. Attorney General John Formella said Frisbie, which informed the state attorney general last month it plans to stop delivering babies, had agreed in February 2020 to continue labor and delivery services for at least five years after it was acquired by HCA...

Did You Know Vladimir Putin Once Caught a Fish in Maine?

Do you know that Russian President, Ukraine Invader, and all-around bad guy Vladimir Putin once spent some time in Maine? It was back in the summer of 2007, when Putin visited the Bush Compound on Walker's Point in Kennebunkport. Back in 2007, Putin visited President George Bush (43). The other...

Fugitive in Brentwood, NH, Kidnapping Arrested in Maine

The suspect in a brief kidnapping in Brentwood has been taken into custody after over a week on the run. Peter Curtis was arrested Monday morning in Portland after a vehicle pursuit and crash, according to the U.S. Marshal Service. Portland Police officers spotted Curtis sitting in a stolen car. Curtis tried to flee, but instead crashed the vehicle. He was checked at a hospital for injuries.

Two-way traffic on State Street in Portsmouth will cause more harm than good: Letters

Two-way traffic on State Street will cause more harm than good. Regarding State Street as a proposed, two-way traffic street, I strongly believe that there will be far too much confusion, a loss of parking spaces and an overwhelming increase of traffic on State Street by converting it. Another negative result will be the back-up of bridge traffic, both coming and going as well.

Tall ships are Coming for Sail Portsmouth 2022

Sail Portsmouth returns to the city Aug. 11-16, bringing tall ships to the city for the first time since 2019. The festival was cancelled for the past two years due to COVID-19, but is making a comeback this summer with three historic tall ships to tour and sail. Sail Portsmouth,...

Maine school system prepares for influx of asylum-seekers

SACO, Maine — Saco school officials admit it might be a tight squeeze at Burns Elementary School, which serves grades three through five, but there is enough room in all the other schools as they make adjustments to accommodate all students. A sign above a hotel entrance Monday welcomes...

Portsmouth remembers Olivia Newton-John at 'Grease' sing-along

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Some Granite Staters got to celebrate Olivia Newton-John's career Monday night in Portsmouth. Newton-John died at her southern California ranch Monday morning. She battled breast cancer for more than 30 years. Many people sang along with the movie “Grease” as part of the Prescott Park Arts...