Accident Victim From Massachusetts
Lyme — A Massachusetts man who was severely injured when his vehicle skidded off Route 10 and overturned in Post Pond on Wednesday remained hospitalized at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, police said.
Lyme Police Chief Shaun O’Keefe on Thursday identified the driver as 58-year-old Gerald Pare and said he was at DHMC.
While a Massachusetts resident, Pare had recently been staying in Orford, O’Keefe said.
A DHMC official said he was not authorized to release information about Pare.
Three bystanders pulled Pare out of his vehicle, which was submerged in five feet of water, before emergency responders arrived at the scene.
27 Vt. Schools Picked to Try New Tests
Montpelier — The Vermont Agency of Education says it has picked 27 schools in which to test a new computer based assessment program.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment System will replace the state’s current New England Common Assessment Program known as NECAP for math and English language arts in the spring of 2015. The elementary, middle and high schools were selected from 80 schools that had volunteered to participate. The agency said the finalists were picked in the order in which their applications were received. The students taking part will not have to take the NECAP tests this fall. The Education Agency says the new tests are being developed by a consortium of 28 states and are expected to provide more accurate results while decreasing the amount of time students spend taking tests.
Ayotte Bill Aims to Create Infrastructure Banks
Concord — New Hampshire and other states would have an easier time attracting private investment to help fund local transportation projects under a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte.
A federal highway law approved in 2005 allowed up to 10 percent of a state’s federal highway allocation to be used for the creation of a state infrastructure bank that pools public and private money. That provision expired in 2009, but Ayotte proposes reviving the option for fiscal years 2013 and 2014.
State Sen. Sharon Carson, who has led state efforts to create an infrastructure bank, praised Ayotte’s legislation.
N.H. Man Convicted in Hunting Death
North Haverhill, n.h. — A New Hampshire hunter has been convicted of negligent homicide in the shooting death of a Massachusetts man in 2011.
Fifty-year-old Wade Holmes of Lisbon also was convicted Wednesday of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon in the death of Kenneth Brunelle of Marlboro, Mass. The verdict came after a five-day trial and the jury’s visit to the shooting scene.
Brunelle was unarmed and walking with his father and brother on opening day of firearm deer season when he was shot once and instantly killed. He had been carrying a video camera to document the hunt.
The Caledonian Record reports Holmes faces a maximum sentence of 3½ to seven in prison. His sentencing hasn’t been scheduled yet.
Holmes was accused of failing to identify with certainty the target at which he was shooting, and for shooting at and killing Brunelle, whom he mistook for a deer.
Defense attorney Leonard Harden argued Holmes shot at a doe that appeared between Holmes and Brunelle. He said Brunelle’s camouflage clothing, position in the woods and the area’s undergrowth made him hard to see.
Harden also argued a deer was recently in the area just before the shot and pointed out text messages from Brunelle to family members minutes before the shooting stating a deer had been spotted.