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Andy Sanborn, a Republican from Henniker, is running for State Senate, 2010.  

(Alexander Cohn/ Monitor staff)

Sanborn: Drug czar should resign for failure to meet with police chiefs

Monday, July 27, 2015

New Hampshire’s drug czar came under increasing pressure from Republicans on Monday as a prominent state senator called for his resignation, citing reports from police chiefs that the man tasked with coordinating the state’s addiction response had yet to consult with them after six months on the job. The call comes a week after John Wozmak, senior director of substance abuse and behavioral health for Gov. Maggie Hassan, released nearly two dozen recommendations meant to combat the state’s growing opiate scourge, ranging from more readily available resuscitation drugs to greater access to treatment and recovery services. But state Republicans, including Sen. Andy Sanborn of Bedford, …

Police cite lack of seatbelt in fatal Sanbornton crash

Monday, July 27, 2015

A 21-year-old Belmont man died Friday night when his car crashed off Route 127 in Sanbornton, ejecting him from the vehicle. Police said Benjamen Page was speeding without a seatbelt along a northbound curve when his Ford SUV veered off the road and crashed at the corner of Willow Road. Sanbornton police Chief Steven Hankard said Page appeared to be going above the …

Get the waffles! Maple syrup spill on New Hampshire highway

Monday, July 27, 2015

The only thing missing was the waffles. Authorities in Keene were in for some sticky times Monday when a load of maple syrup shifted in a tractor-trailer and leaked – very slowly – all over a main highway. Police Sgt. Thaddeus Derendal said some 220 gallons of the sweet-smelling pancake-topper from a Vermont producer oozed onto Route 101 about 2 p.m. Firefighters used …

Woman accused of being accomplice in death reaches plea deal

Monday, July 27, 2015

A woman who initially pleaded not guilty to being an accomplice to first-degree murder in the death of her husband’s ex-wife in 2013 has reached a plea deal. Sarah Desjardins, 36, of Epping was charged in connection with the death of Amanda “Amy” Warf. Desjardins is scheduled to …

Whitey Bulger’s bid for new trial heads to appeals court

Sunday, July 26, 2015

During his 2013 racketeering trial, former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger called the proceeding a “sham” after he was barred from presenting the centerpiece of his defense: his claim that a federal prosecutor gave him immunity to …

Tipsters help police seeking theater shooter’s motive

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Police on Saturday thanked the many people providing tips about John Russell Houser as they work to reconstruct his movements before he killed two people, wounded nine and then killed himself in a movie theater. By interviewing victims …

Pollard’s ex-wife: Israel should fund his legal defense

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The former wife of Jonathan Pollard, an American convicted of spying for Israel, called Saturday on the Israeli government to pay for an attorney to facilitate his freedom amid international speculation he could be released soon. Jonathan Pollard …

MEXICO: Escaped drug lord no saint despite folklore

Sunday, July 26, 2015

People living in the hometown of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman have heard stories of his benevolence: gifts of medicine for the poor, deliveries of drinking water to storm-stricken towns. But finding anyone who’s actually received or even seen such a gift is another matter. In Badiraguato, …

Illinois: Hundreds attend jailed activist’s funeral

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Family and friends of an Illinois woman found dead in a Texas jail remembered her as a “courageous voice” for social justice and promised to keep fighting for clarity on the circumstances surrounding her death. Hundreds of people attended Sandra Bland’s funeral. They celebrated her life with words …

Killing may imperil possible gunpowder plant retrial

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The owner of a gunpowder plant convicted in an explosion that left two workers dead could soon walk free after a home invasion left the key witness against him dead. Craig Sanborn, the owner of the Black Mag …

Police: jogger finds body of motorcyclist in roadside swamp

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hudson police said a jogger discovered the body of a woman apparently killed overnight when her motorcycle ended up in a swamp. Police Chief David Stevens tells WCVB the body of 27-year-old Amber Zapatka of Lowell was found about 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Stevens said it appears Zapatka’s bike …

West Stewartstown: Four years later, mystery remains

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The grandmother of an 11-year-old girl found dead in a river four years ago says the mystery surrounding the child’s death gets harder and harder to deal with as the years drag on. Marcia Laro says she’s often …

Concord police arrest pizza worker, seize stash of cocaine, marijuana

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A 26-year-old pizza employee has been arrested in Concord after a month-long investigation into claims he was selling cocaine from the restaurant, according to the police. Kurt Dillon, of Chichester, was detained Thursday and charged with three Class B drug felonies, the department said in a press release. …