1 killed in motorcycle crash in Vermont

Posted May 22, 2011, at 10:35 p.m.

IRASBURG, Vt. — State Police say a motorcycle operator has died in a crash in northern Vermont.

Troopers say 19-year-old Luke Whipple was riding a motorcycle that left Route 58 on a curve and crashed into a utility pole at 6:45 a.m. Sunday in the town of Irasburg.

State Police Cpl. Paul Mosher says Orleans Fire and Ambulance responded, but Whipple was pronounced dead at the scene. He says Whipple, who was from Wolcott, Vt., was wearing a helmet.

Repeal of tax on NH lottery winnings takes effect

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire residents no longer have to pay taxes on their lottery winnings.

The state imposed a 10 percent tax on gambling winnings over $600 in 2009, but the tax was repealed by the current Legislature under a bill going effect Monday.

The lottery commission is celebrating with a “Tax Repeal Tea Party” at its headquarters. It’s also unveiling a new $10 instant ticket called “$250,000 Tax Free.” Federal taxes on the top prize will be paid by the state. The tickets will be available at the lottery commission office Monday, with a buy one, get one free promotion, and then statewide starting June 6.

Closing arguments set for Kerrigan brother’s trial

WOBURN, Mass. — A Massachusetts jury will soon hear closing arguments in the manslaughter trial of the brother of Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan.

Mark Kerrigan is charged in the Jan. 2010 death of his 70-year-old father, Daniel Kerrigan.

Testimony in the trial ended Friday. Closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys are scheduled for Monday in Woburn Superior Court. Prosecutors allege that Mark Kerrigan caused his father’s death when he grabbed him around the throat during an argument, triggering heart failure.

Kerrigan’s lawyers say Daniel Kerrigan died because he had severe blockage of his coronary arteries. They say Mark Kerrigan wasn’t responsible for his father’s death.

Nancy Kerrigan and her family have supported her brother. Nancy has been in the courtroom every day of the weeklong trial.

1 killed in fiery crash at toll booth in NH

HOOKSETT, N.H.  — New Hampshire police say a motorist died in a fiery late-night crash at an Interstate 93 toll plaza in Hooksett.

Police said the northbound car did not slow down for the Hooksett Tolls before crashing into one of the concrete barriers and then bursting into flames. The motorist died, but no one else was hurt.

State Police Sgt. Louis Copponi witnessed the crash and said there was nothing he could do to stop it.

He said the vehicle “disintegrated” due to a combination of the high-speed crash and fire. Police did not immediately release the driver’s identity Sunday.

Traffic continued to flow through the toll plaza as police investigated the crash.

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