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News briefs: Man hiking in New Hampshire dies despite helicopter effort

Published: 9/13/2020 9:24:47 PM
Modified: 9/13/2020 9:32:00 PM

THOMPSON & MESERVE’S PURCHASE, N.H. — A Massachusetts man who suffered a medical emergency while hiking in New Hampshire has died despite rescue efforts that included a National Guard helicopter, authorities say.

The 60-year-old Mashpee man was in a small group hiking to the summit of Mount Jefferson in the White Mountains when he suffered an unknown medical condition at about 2 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Good Samaritans, many of whom were in the medical profession, started CPR at the scene.

A National Guard Blackhawk helicopter was dispatched to the scene and hoisted the hiker into the aircraft using a winch without landing.

Despite the rescue efforts, the man died, Fish and Game said.

The hiker, whose name was withheld pending notification of family, was experienced and in good health prior to his collapse, authorities said.

In a separate episode Saturday afternoon, a 50-year-old Needham, Mass., man had to be rescued from a trail on Mount Lafayette by another National Guard helicopter crew after suffering a medical emergency.

He was taken to a Concord hospital. His condition was not released.

Districts investigate explicit images during remote lessons

NASHUA, N.H. — Students in two New Hampshire school districts were subjected to pornography and other inappropriate behavior during remote classes last week, authorities said.

A teacher in Nashua reported a pornographic image being shown to the entire class during a remote lesson, Gregory Rodriguez, Nashua’s director of technology told WMUR-TV.

The teacher closed down the class right away, he said.

“We’re working with the Nashua Police Department, trying to figure out ways to investigate this,” Rodriguez said.

In Concord, there have been several reports of inappropriate behavior during remote high school lessons.

Two were pornographic, one was racial, and one involved a toy gun in the background behind a student, said Pam McLeod, the district’s IT director.

The Concord police computer crimes unit is investigating.

Vermont DMV launches new online system during pandemic

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has started a new online system for temporary registrations and license plates for private vehicles sales amid the pandemic.

The system issues a temporary plate and registration for all types of vehicles sold, transported or registered in Vermont after the user enters owner and vehicle information and pays a $6 fee, the department said.

Temporary plates and registrations are valid for 60 days, the department said. They can be used for state inspections.

“We understand that Vermonters want and need to register vehicles in a timely manner after purchasing them, and this new system expands the menu of online services now available to our customers,” DMV Commissioner Wanda Minoli said in a written statement.

Small Maine college implements ‘study-in-place’ due to virus cases

A small liberal arts college in Maine is implementing a “study-in-place” program after detecting nine cases of COVID-19 on campus, the college president says.

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish will deliver all classes remotely and students will be required to stay in their rooms as much as possible for two weeks, President Jim Dlugos said in a statement Saturday.

Contract tracing had linked most of the cases to one residence hall, he said. All students who tested positive are in quarantine.

The school has about 2,000 students.

— The Associated Press

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