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Missing Hillsborough man found

July 08. 2011 11:16PM

HILLSBOROUGH -- State police were able to locate a missing Hillsborough man in Francestown on Saturday

Authorities began a search Friday for Justin Chicoine, 20, who left his residence under circumstances that caused family and friends to fear for his safety.

A state police press release said, "No further information will be provided regard this incident."

Chicoine left his residence on Thursday. Information gathered through phone calls and text messages from Chicoine to friends and family caused concern among the family.

State police, New Hampshire Fish & Game and other agencies began the search for Chicoine in the woods and the area around Crotched Mountain.

Merrimack probing 2 auto shop burglaries

MERRIMACK - Police are investigating two auto shop burglaries that occurred last weekend and are asking for the public's help.

Authorities say that Tire Town, 444 Daniel Webster Highway, and Jean's Auto, 742 Daniel Webster Highway, were both burglarized either late July 1 or early on July 2.

The businesses were entered by force and had several items stolen, including cash and an assortment of inspection stickers, according to police.

Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to contact police at 424-2424, or leave an anonymous tip at

Power washer causes electrical fire

PELHAM - Firefighters responded to a single-family home on Windham Road on Friday afternoon after water from a power washer caused the home's electrical system to short circuit.

'Someone was using a power washer on the house and the water ran down into an unprotected electrical system,' said Pelham Fire Lt. James Foley. 'It caused the electrical panel inside to short circuit.'

When responders arrived just before 3 p.m., the basement was full of smoke, but there was no other damage, Foley said.

Firefighters vented the home and the power was cut off until the electrical system can be repaired, he said.

There were no injuries.

Man uninjured after striking utility pole

HUDSON - A Nashua man escaped injury in a single-car accident early Friday morning.

Hudson police and fire personnel were called to the scene of an accident on Derry Street, near the 102 Plaza, at 1:02 a.m., according to a report by Lt. Charles Dyac of the Hudson Police Department.

Police discovered a car driven by Daniel Straitiff, 24, of Nashua, had struck a utility pole. The car's airbags deployed and Straitiff was not injured.

Straitiff's 2011 Kia Soul was traveling south on Derry Street when it veered to the right side of the road, according to police. The car struck two street signs and the TD Bank entry sign before hitting the utility pole.

Speeding and alcohol do not appear to be factors in the accident, police said.

Public Service of New Hampshire sent a crew to assess the pole damage. The accident remains under investigation.

Vt. attorney general won't press charges

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Vermont's attorney general decided not to charge Entergy Corp or any of its current or past employees with perjury for misleading state officials during an investigation into a radioactive tritium leak at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in 2010.

That leak, and misleading comments by Entergy employees that there were no underground pipes at the plant leaking tritium, helped convince state officials the reactor should be shut in March 2012, even though U.S. regulators renewed its original 40-year operating license for another 20 years.

Unless state officials change their minds or New Orleans-based Entergy, the No. 2 U.S. nuclear power operator, wins a court case to block the state from shutting the reactor, Vermont Yankee will close in March 2012.

In January 2010, Entergy said it discovered a tritium leak at Vermont Yankee. The company stopped the leak in March 2010.

Tritium is a mildly radioactive isotope of hydrogen that is a byproduct of nuclear power production and also occurs naturally in very small amounts in ground water.

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