New Hampshire things to know: Murder trial, snow rescue
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A defendant made the rare decision to take the stand in his murder trial in Sullivan County, a group of friends hauled their fellow hiker to safety after she got sick on frigid Mount Washington and expanding commuter rail from Massachusetts got another look. Here are things to know in New Hampshire:
A jury won't hear closing arguments until next week in the trial of a Vermont man accused of killing his wife the day she filed for divorce. James Robarge, 45, took the stand during his murder trial in Sullivan County Superior Court and testified that he didn't kill Kelly Robarge on June 27, 2013. Her badly decomposed body was found 10 days later in Unity, not far from the Charlestown home. The trial wrapped up Friday morning.
FLED WITH DAUGHTER
A judge in North Haverhill granted a prosecutor's request to question an 18-year-old who fled with her mother a decade ago in a custody case, but the teen is in hiding and it's not clear how or when she would come forward. Mary Nunes was 8 when she left with her mother, Genevieve Kelley, from New Hampshire. Kelley turned herself in to authorities in November on custodial interference charges. Judge Peter Bornstein ruled that Mary needs to be questioned in person by prosecutors.
MOUNT WASHINGTON RESCUE
When a 28-year-old woman from Connecticut lost consciousness on a frigid Mount Washington, her fellow hikers bundled her in a sleeping bag, called a rescue crew and dragged her 2 miles through the snow. The sick hiker, Monoswita Saha, survived and was out of a hospital within hours after the ordeal. Rescue officials said the group's actions likely saved her life on the mountain that is home to severe weather.
The long-debated issue of expanding commuter rail from Massachusetts to New Hampshire was back in the news when a study group released a report showing that running trains from Lowell to Manchester would give the state the best economic return on investment. Two years in the making, the New Hampshire Capitol Corridor Rail and Transit study shows that route would cost $246 million, carry 3,120 riders each weekday and create 5,600 jobs. The study looked at options including doing nothing, expanding commuter rail or putting buses on the shoulders of the overcrowded highways between the two neighboring states. The issue now goes to policymakers for more discussion.
Christine Trovato started work as Henniker town administrator on Monday, Jan. 26, returning to her hometown after 21 years in sunny Florida. One week later, she watched her town crews use snow plows donated by the state, neighboring towns and private business to clear another big storm. The town's plows had been destroyed in a fire at the town garage. Residents even offered to use their private vehicles to clear the roads but the town had what it needed.