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Rowell Bridge in Hopkinton is closed after a truck damaged the bridge on Monday, April 20, 2015. Signs and barricades blocked the bridge on Tuesday. According to the town's website, the bridge was built in 1853.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Hopkinton covered bridge closed after truck damages structure

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Rowell Bridge, a historic covered bridge in Hopkinton, is closed after a truck damaged the bridge Monday night. “The truck caught and damaged a couple of rafters and the bridge will remain closed until they are fixed,” Town Administrator Neal Cass wrote in an email Tuesday morning. According to the town’s website, “The bridge was built in 1853 by Horace Childs of Henniker with the help of his brothers. The original cost was $300.25.” Signs and barricades block access to the bridge from both sides – Maple Street and Clement Hill Road – of the Contoocook River. The bridge has a weight limit of 6 …

On State House steps, pot smoked in protest

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A group of activists exercised civil disobedience yesterday by smoking marijuana on the steps of the State House and decrying the war on drugs through a megaphone. At 4:20 p.m. on April 20, the unofficial pot holiday, about 30 participants huddled away from cold rain under the awning at the front of the …

Complaint: Man misled donors to non-existent veterans museum

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Manchester man accused of soliciting and accepting donations to create a veterans museum on land he didn’t own – without proper registration to accept donations – has been ordered by a judge to stop. The Veterans Museum of New Hampshire, advertised to be built across the street from the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, was only briefly registered with the state’s …

Amid more migrant emergencies, EU searches for response

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Rescuers responded yesterday to two new migrant emergencies off Libya and a third boat ran aground near Greece following a weekend disaster that left hundreds feared dead, as top European officials searched for ways to stem the tide …

Utah woman gets up to life in prison in deaths of 6 newborns

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Utah mother who killed six of her newborn babies and hid their bodies in her garage was sentenced to up to life in prison yesterday at an emotional hearing in which a prosecutor depicted her as an …

Sperm bank sued after donor details emerge 7 years later

Sunday, April 19, 2015

He was good on paper: eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot. That’s why Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson say they chose Donor 9623 to be the biological father of their child. Then last June, almost seven years after Collins gave birth to a son conceived with …

Officials: 3 shot, injured at Delaware State University cookout

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Three men were shot and injured Saturday night at a cookout on the Delaware State University campus, officials said, and authorities are searching for the shooter. The shooting happened about 8 p.m. at a university- sanctioned fraternity and …

Survivor: Smugglers locked hundreds in hold of capsized boat in the Mediterranean

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A smuggler’s boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya’s coast as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest known migrant tragedy, and intensifying pressure on the European Union yesterday to finally meet demands for …

Ray Duckler: She’s as strong as ever

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Want to get on Pat Pelletier’s bad side? Suggest she use a wheelchair, or a cane, or a walker. That’ll do it. She doesn’t care that she lost the lower portion of both legs when a trolley ran …

Reagan shooter finds rejection, indifference in future home

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community. He takes long walks along tree-lined paths, plays guitar …

After Alps crash, some experts ponder flights without pilots

Friday, April 17, 2015

To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. That radical idea is decades away, if it ever becomes a reality. But following the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the co-pilot, a long-running debate …

Concord: Armed robbery investigation on Thorndike St. leads to drug arrest

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Concord police have arrested two suspects in an armed robbery last week, as well as the victim who was believed to be selling drugs in the vicinity of his 11-year-old son. John Cowdrey, 48, called the police …

Husband in runaway mom-daughter case arrested in Atlanta

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The husband of a woman who fled New Hampshire with her 8-year-old daughter a decade ago amid a custody dispute in a previous relationship was arrested yesterday as he landed at an Atlanta airport on a flight from Central America with the daughter, the U.S. Marshals Service said. …