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


(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.

Shipyard firefighters respond to USS Miami fire findings

KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Firefighters involved in battling the fire that destroyed the billion dollar USS Miami submarine in Kittery are calling on Congress to look into issues raised by the Navy's investigation into the response.

The report from the investigation was released late last week. Parts of it were critical of the federal firefighters on the base who battled the fire. Those firefighters are taking issue with the findings.

In May 2012, a shipyard employee anxious to leave work early set fire to the USS Miami nuclear submarine. The fire spread quickly and burned for 10 hours before it was brought under control. According to the Navy's investigation, the fire was not reported in a timely manner, was hard to locate and long periods went by without water being put on it.

Conference explores aging in northern New England

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.(AP) -- Community and policy leaders from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont will be exploring the economic challenges and opportunities that go along with the region's aging population and shrinking workforce.

New Hampshire's Endowment for Health and the Maine Council on Aging are hosting a conference in Portsmouth on Tuesday bringing together service providers, business leaders and others.

They'll hear from economists about what the region needs to do to support an older population increasingly in need of services and what it can do to pioneer new solutions.

Participants also will be sharing strategies on the housing, transportation, health and community care needs of older adults.