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Missing Portsmouth baby returned safely


PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) -- A 4-month-old from Portsmouth was located safely after her mother fled the state with her.

According to Portsmouth Police, Tabitha Rantanen was served a court order mandating she surrender custody of her daughter Khalieya last week.

Once aware of the order, Rantanen fled the state with her daughter.

Saturday morning, the Portsmouth Police Department was notified that Rantanen brought Khalieya to the Greenfield, Mass. Police Department.

The baby is in good health and is in custody of Child Protective Services.

Rantanen will appear in Massachusetts District Court Monday.


Fire destroys Hiram home




HIRAM, Maine —Fire officials say a fire destroyed a home in Hiram Friday night.

Fire Chief James Siracuse says the call came in from 200 Duringtown Road, just after 9 p.m. Friday night.

The Chief says there were no injuries, largely due to the family of seven were not at home at the time of the fire. Officials say the family did lose at least four dogs and may have lost a dog that had just had a litter of puppies.

Officials say the state fire marshal's office is investigating the cause of the fire. Chief Siracuse believes they have determined the cause of the fire, but they are waiting for official word from the Fire Marshal.

Siracuse says his department had to return to the home for rekindles throughout the morning.


Navy attack sub USS Norfolk begins inactivation process


KITTERY, Maine (AP) -- The nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Norfolk arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Friday to begin the inactivation process.

The Los Angeles-class submarine arrived in Kittery, on Friday with a crew of 15 officers and 122 enlisted sailors.

A decommissioning ceremony on Dec. 11 in Norfolk, Va., the submarine's namesake, marked the end of 31 years of service that included 15 deployments.

On its final deployment, the submarine traveled 30,000 miles supporting the U.S. Central Command. The crew learned halfway through the deployment that the sub would be decommissioned.

The 360-foot sub is the third Navy ship to be named for Norfolk. It was built by Newport News Shipbuilding and was commissioned 1983 by then-Defense Secretary Casper Weinberger.


Ceremony to mark construction on Maine-NH bridge


KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) The first phase of construction is about to begin on the project to to replace the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge that connects Kittery and Portsmouth.

A ceremony Monday marked the start of the 2-year construction phase.

The bridge is 74 years old and has been rated structurally deficient.

Construction is expected to cost $158.5 million dollars. New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Maine Senator Susan Collins were part of the congressional delegation that lobbied for a $25 million dollar grant to fund the rail portion of the new bridge. The two states will split the rest of the cost.

Cianbro, which is building the multi-million dollar structure, is moving in equipment and setting up cranes for the project.

Bates College teen to be honored for giving spirit


Eliot, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A family from the town of Eliot who lost their only son in an accident while he was at college two years ago, is still trying to come to grips with his death. What has been a comfort for Mary and John Pappas is that, in death, their son Troy gave a better life to seven other people through organ donation.

Troy's mother Mary said, "We were very touched and happy that it was just another way to keep his memory alive. We are so proud of his donations."

Troy's father, John, agreed, "I think one of the biggest things is we have met some of the donors before and you can see some of these people that are spending time with their children, their grandchildren when if it wasn't for Troy's donation they may not of had that time."

Man arrested after high speed chase


KITTERY, Maine

(NEWS CENTER) – New Hampshire State Police say they two people were apprehended in Kittery after a high speed chase reached speeds of over 100 MPH.

Officials say New Hampshire State Police tried to stop a vehicle for lane violations on I-95 in North Hampton, New Hampshire Saturday evening. The vehicle came to a complete stop in the northbound travel lane until the trooper exited the vehicle. Police say at that moment the car sped away.

Officials say the chase on I-95 and onto Route 1 Bypass in Kittery reached speeds in excess of 100 MPH.

New Hampshire State Police say they terminated pursuit at the Maine border. Officials say Kittery Police located the vehicle abandoned behind a Kittery truck stop.

Shaheen getting update on bridge replacement


PORTSMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen will be getting an update on the replacement of the Sarah Long Bridge between New Hampshire and Maine.

In September, transportation officials from the two states reached a $158.5 million tentative price agreement to replace the bridge, which is rated structurally deficient. Construction is scheduled to start late this year with the new bridge expected to open in August 2017.

Shaheen, who helped get a $25 million Department of Transportation grant for the project, will visit the New Hampshire Port Authority on Friday to learn more about the replacement plans for the 70-year-old bridge.