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NH native holds lead spot in Iditarod

New Hampshire native Aliy Zirkle held the lead spot Saturday in the 975-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race in Alaska.

According to the race's website, the 44-year-old Zirkle, who finished in second place in the 2011 and 2012 races and has finished the race 12 times, was leading the pack on Saturday after being the first to leave the Kaltag checkpoint, which is about two-thirds of the way through the race.

Trailing her is four-time champion Martin Buser.

Zirkle was born in Nashua and lived in Merrimack until she was 8.

Fake officer attemps to scam money

PORTLAND, Maine - Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce issued a warning Saturday regarding at least two recent attempts to scam money from people in the Portland area.

Joyce said that he heard from a constituent last Sunday evening who reported that his 84-year-old father had received a telephone call earlier in the day from an individual claiming to be a lieutenant with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

The so-called lieutenant reportedly told the elderly man that there was an outstanding warrant for him for failing to report for grand jury duty in February.

The phoney lieutenant told the victim that he could pay $475 and avoid arrest but said the victim would have to go to Walgreens and get a voucher in order to pay.

Joyce said that the Portland Police Department took another complaint on Sunday from a resident who told a similar story and provided the same name for the lieutenant.

In that incident, the victim was told that he owed $490 to avoid arrest. The victim was ordered to meet the caller at a location near the Cumberland County Courthouse.

Joyce said the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office does not have a lieutenant by the name being used in the scam.


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