New England lawmakers question border patrol checkpoints far from the border

Federal law allows Customs and Border Protection to conduct the checkpoints within 100 miles of the international border.

MONTPELIER, Vt.  —Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, joined members of Congress from Vermont and New Hampshire in questioning Customs and Border Protection about temporary highway checkpoints that are set up away from the Canadian border.

In a letter to Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan dated Wednesday, the lawmakers including both senators from New Hampshire and Vermont asked whether the lack of arrests from the random stops justifies what they called the harmful economic impact.

The lawmakers specifically cited a June checkpoint on Interstate 93 near Woodstock, New Hampshire, that resulted in no arrests, but caused severe traffic congestion.

They also asked about four checkpoints in South Hero, Vermont, that stopped 4,200 vehicles and resulted in one arrest for a visa overstay.

Federal law allows CBP to conduct the checkpoints within 100 miles of the international border.

CBP spokesman Michael McCarthy said the agency would respond directly to the members of Congress.

Maine: Reports of unleashed dogs biting visitors cause concern in Acadia

On Tuesday, August 13, Acadia National Park officials said there were three instances of dogs running off leash and biting visitors this week alone.

After multiple reports of visitors getting bitten by dogs, rangers at Acadia National Park are reminding the public about certain regulations that accompany bringing a furry friend to the area.

RELATED: What to do before and during a dog attack, according to trainers

According to a tweet sent out by the park on Tuesday, August 13, there were three instances of dogs running off leash and biting visitors this week alone.

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Rangers report there were three instances of visitors being bitten by dogs running off leash in Acadia this week alone. Regulations require all pets to be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet (2 m). More at 

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As a result, rangers are reminding visitors that all pets that come to the park must be on a leash no longer than six feet. They also should not be left unattended, since hot summer sun can threaten the safety of animals — especially in cars. 

RELATED: 3 dogs found dead inside hot car in Jamestown, Rhode Island

As is typical with most public spots, pet owners must remove any waste from campground and picnic areas, parking lots, roads, and other developed places.

Acadia has designated pet-friendly areas, which include:

  • 100 miles of hiking trails and 45 miles of carriage roads
  • Blackwoods, Seawall, and Schoodic Woods campgrounds
  • Isle au Haut (for day hiking)

Officials say most lakes in the park are public water supplies, so pets and people may not swim in them.

Also off-limits are:

  • Sand Beach and Echo Lake
  • public buildings
  • ranger-led programs
  • Wild Gardens of Acadia
  • Duck Harbor Campground

Service Animals are allowed to accompany their owners to all park locations.

To read a complete list of park trails that are closed to pets or that are not recommended for pets, click here.

New Hampshire: Fatal car crash in Seabrook

The crash happened on Route 286 around 3:00am on Sunday.

SEABROOK, N.H. — Seabrook Police respond to route 286 in the area of the Seabrook Waste Water Treatment Plant around 3:00am on Sunday.

Officers found a single motor vehicle that had crashed into a tree and fully engulfed in flames.

A sole occupant was found deceased in the vehicle after the fire department was able to put out the flames.

“This accident is particularly tragic, the Seabrook Police Department extends our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of the victim.” said Seabrook Acting Chief of Police Brett Walker in a press release from the department.

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending an autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner scheduled for early this week.

Seabrook police is looking for additional information on this crash is asked to contact Detective Frank Brown at the Seabrook Police Department 603-474-5200 or Investigator Shana Clark at the Office of the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal’s Bureau of Investigation 603-223-4289.

New Hampshire: Police investigate human remains found at Conway wastewater plant

Police in Conway, N.H., are investigating the discovery of fully intact, deceased human remains found at the Conway Wastewater Treatment Plant Tuesday, February 5.

CONWAY, N.H. — Police in Conway, New Hampshire, are investigating the discovery of fully intact, deceased human remains found Tuesday at the Conway Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Authorities are trying to determine how the remains came to be at the plant. A release from N.H. Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald says that transportation through sewer systems is the most likely explanation.

The remains cannot legally be immediately classified as a fetus or a child. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy Wednesday.

Officials are trying to locate the mother to make sure she is safe and determine what circumstances led to the discovery.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Conway Police Department at 603-356-5715.

Ranked Choice Voting in New Hampshire? Lawmakers consider voting system for 2020 primary

New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary could be decided by ranked-choice voting next year if Rep. Read’s bill is favored.

Maine politicians often say we should copy the no tax policies of New Hampshire. Now some in the Granite State say they should copy Maine — by switching to ranked-choice voting.

A New Hampshire legislative committee on Wednesday heard arguments in favor of switching to a ranked-choice system. Democratic Rep. Ellen Read, who is sponsoring the bill, says no one spoke against it during the hearing, although she expects there will be opposition.

A similar bill was defeated last year, but Rep. Read says support for ranked-choice has increased after people saw how it worked in Maine.

Read says her bill would have ranked-choice voting used for next year’s presidential primary, and then for other state elections starting in 2022.

Author: Don Carrigan, News Center Maine

Maine: Horse dead, two children injured in horse-drawn buggy and tractor-trailer crash in Smyrna.

A horse-drawn buggy in Smyrna driven by a 12-year-old boy came into the path of a tractor-trailer that hit and killed the horse on Wednesday, police say.


SMYRNA, Maine — Two children riding in a horse-drawn buggy were injured and the horse was killed when they came into the path of a tractor-trailer.

Police say the crash happened in Smyrna at the intersection of Route 2 and Upland Trail on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Maine State Police say the buggy was being driven by a 12-year-old boy and had seven children inside.

Police say the buggy came directly into the path of the tractor-trailer which hit the horse, killing it while the buggy went off the road.

Police say two of the children suffered minor injuries. The tractor-trailer is owned by Beaulieu Trucking.

Author: Beth McEvoy, News Center Maine

Maine: Storm starts to slow down in the south and on the coast

Snow, ice, very cold air making for tough travel

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Sleet is encompassing most of central and southern Maine now. Heavy snow is confined to the mountains and far north.

This is thanks to a layer of warm air that moved in aloft, around 6,000 feet. As snowflakes fall into this layer, they melt, then refreeze into ice pellets (sleet) as the fall into the very cold layer of air near the ground.

Temperatures are in the single digits for most. Don’t underestimate the sleet. It’s made a mess of the roads. Regular road treatments aren’t effective at these temperatures either. Most roads look like this.

As of 2 p.m., the back edge of the precipitation is moving through Vermont. This means western Maine has a couple more hours of steady precipitation to go, a lot of it in the form of sleet, but it may switch back to snow as colder air wraps in aloft.

In central and northern Maine, it’ll keep snowing into the early evening.

Plans for the Pats game? Drive safely. With temperatures falling even more, and in some cases snow/sleet blowing back on to the roads, I expect travel to remain tricky.

Tomorrow is all about the cold and wind. Morning wind chills will be -15 to -30 in most of the state. In the mountains, expect blowing and drifting of the powdery snow to continue.