Six Injured
In Newport Crash

Newport — A head-on crash on Bradford Road last night sent six people to the hospital.

The accident happened a short distance from the Sunapee line around 7 p.m., Firefighter and EMT William Hardy Jr., said.

Hardy said the crash involved a four door sedan with four people and a mid-sized SUV with two individuals. One female had to be extricated using the Jaws of Life, Hardy said.

The road was closed for a little more than an hour while emergency personnel transported the patients. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.

Newport Police Officer Michael Nelson said no one was killed in the accident, which is under investigation.

Helicopter Rescues Hikers
On Mount Lafayette

Franconia, n.h.. — Two hikers have been rescued by helicopter after spending the night on New Hampshire’s Mount Lafayette.

Fish and Game officials say the men from Quebec were found uninjured around noon yesterday.

Officials say 26-year-old Bruno Boutin of Sherbrook, and his hiking companion Denny Daigle were experienced, prepared hikers but the wind and snow made it difficult to navigate their way off the mountain on Sunday afternoon. The men activated an emergency beacon — a GPS device that sends out an emergency signal — on Sunday night.

A helicopter spotted the hikers who were well off the trail about 1.5 miles up hill from Interstate 93 yesterday morning. Fish and Game officials say the men were hoisted into the helicopter from difficult terrain.

New Northern Pass Route,
Few Details

Concord — Northern Pass officials missed their own deadline yesterday when they failed to unveil a new North Country route for their behind-schedule hydro-power line by year’s end.

Project officials had told investors in early 2012 they’d have a route in hand by the fall. When they didn’t, they pushed an announcement off again, to the end of 2012. In December, project officials reiterated that self-imposed deadline at a conference for financial investors.

While Northern Pass officials did post an “update” on the project’s website yesterday, the post provided no new information about the proposed route through the northern-most part of the state, where the project has faced the most opposition.

Instead, the post largely repeated what project officials have said previously as they’ve struggled to find landowners willing to sell them enough contiguous parcels to site a hydro-power line up north.

“We are pleased to report that we have identified a new route in the North Country that we will submit to the New Hampshire (project review board) in the future for consideration and review,” read the post.

It continued: “We believe . . . communication and dialogue is critical to the ultimate success of the new route and the project overall and felt it was necessary to take some additional time to continue these efforts before we publicly announce the new routing proposal.”

Police: Landlord Killed Teens Over Rent Dispute, Parking

Portland, Maine — A 74-year-old Maine man killed two teenage tenants inside their apartment after arguing with them about late rent, snow shoveling and parking, according to a police affidavit released yesterday.

James Pak, of Biddeford, walked into the apartment attached to his home and told the tenants he was going to shoot them before following through on his threat, police wrote. A third tenant survived by playing dead and hiding behind a Christmas tree. Pak allegedly told police he spared the life of a 6-year-old boy who lived in the apartment but thought he killed three adults.

Pak didn’t enter a plea during his first court appearance yesterday in York County Superior Court, where he was ordered held without bail. He’s charged with two counts of murder in the Saturday evening deaths of 19-year-old Derrick Thompson and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Alivia Welch.

Mass. Lawmakers Approve
Dam Repair Bill

Boston — Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a bill designed to improve dam safety. The legislation would set aside $17 million for the repair or removal of unsafe, abandoned, or useless dams while also helping strengthen the state’s coastal infrastructure.

Environmental and engineering groups have been pushing for the bill.