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.

Former shipyard fire chief criticizes Navy report


The former chief of the fire department at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard said the department is getting unfair criticism from the U.S. Navy.
The Navy released its long awaited report on the disastrous fire on the submarine USS Miami. In the report the Navy criticizes its own procedures, but also singles out the shipyard fire department.

Police calling woman's death untimely

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Police in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, are investigating what they call the untimely death of a 34-year-old woman.

They said Sara Bigelow of York, Maine, was found dead at a residence on Saturday afternoon.

Police are investigating.

Portsmouth Police pursue drug offenders

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (NEWS CENTER) -- Portsmouth Police are looking for known wanted drug offenders.

Police released a list of 10 suspects who were either arrested Thursday or who are wanted in connection with drug dealing or drug possession offenses. The investigation and arrests were carried out by the Portsmouth Police High Intensity Interdiction Team.

List of those arrested or wanted in connection with the investigation:

22-year-old Mary Lucas is wanted on three counts of sale of heroin.

26--year-old Heather Hayes, of Exeter, is wanted on two counts of selling Alprazolam.

31-year-old Sean Curran, of Portsmouth, is wanted on one count of sale of heroin.

24-year-old Anna Battle, of Portsmouth, is wanted on one count of being an accomplice to selling heroin. Battle may be in Florida, police said.

Inquiry cites complacency in sub fire

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- An investigation into a fire that crippled a U.S. submarine concludes that the Navy was complacent about fire safety during shipyard repairs and put too much faith in firefighters who'd never trained to battle a blaze aboard a submarine.

The Navy investigators said there was confusion at the start of the fire in May 2012 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. They also said there were two hour-long periods in which the fire wasn't being fought.

The findings are part of more than 100 pages of documents obtained by The Associated Press in a Freedom of Information Act request.

It took 12 hours and the efforts of more than 100 firefighters to save the USS Miami after a small fire set by a worker quickly spread.