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The Henniker town garage was destroyed in a fire Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. All of the vehicles and equipment in the building were destroyed.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Local towns pitch in to assist Henniker after fire destroys town garage, plows

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Less than 12 hours after the late Friday night fire was extinguished, neighbors were clambering to help the town of Henniker. “At this time, the Henniker Highway Department is in a bad condition,” said Tim Redmond, director of the Public Works Department in Weare. Late Friday night, Henniker’s town garage caught fire, completely destroying the building and all of the …

Blaze destroys Henniker snow-removal equipment, leaving ‘serious problem’

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Almost all of the snow removal equipment for the town of Henniker was lost in a fire at the town garage last night. Firefighters were alerted to the fire at 7:50 p.m. by an automatic alarm after all of the plows had finished cleaning the streets for the day. “They did a good …

Lawyer says Jerry Gappens, NHMS general manager, used ‘poor judgement’ but did not commit a crime

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Jerry Gappens, one of the most recognizable faces of NASCAR in New Hampshire, used poor judgement and regrets the actions that led to his Jan. 21 arrest in Manchester on a lewdness charge, according to his lawyer. But Gappens’s lawyer Tom Raid said the general manager at New Hampshire Motor Speedway didn’t do …

Jerry Gappens, NHMS vice president and general manager, charged with lewdness

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Jerry Gappens, the gregarious executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, was arrested last week and charged with lewdness after the police observed him and a 19-year-old woman in a vehicle in a downtown …

Owner of Meat House butcher shop has to pay nearly $14,000 to charity

Thursday, January 29, 2015

An owner of a butcher shop in New Hampshire has pleaded guilty to not giving money from a fundraiser to a charity. The Meat House held a charitable event in 2013 for the benefit of the Chaplain Emergency Relief Fund. The money was going to benefit veterans. Attorney …

Remembering Challenger explosion 29 years later

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Yesterday marked the 29th anniversary of the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, which killed all seven crew members, including New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe. The shuttle exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Jan. 28, 1986. McAuliffe was a social studies teacher at Concord …

Snowmobile driver crashes in yard in Dalton

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Hampshire Fish and Game conservation officers said odd circumstances and bad luck led to a snowmobile crash in Dalton that injured the driver. They said 60-year-old Peter Packard of Whitefield was trying to leave a yard and needed to go up and over a plowed snowbank. But …

New trial for alleged child rapist opens in Merrimack County

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The trial of a 35-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl several years ago in Pembroke and Hooksett opened yesterday in Merrimack County Superior Court, with a prosecutor claiming he attacked her three times and a defense attorney suggesting the girl had been coerced to lie …

Treasure hunter who found a fortune in gold is captured

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A treasure hunter accused of cheating his investors out of their share of one of the richest hauls in United States history – $50 million in gold bars and coins from a 19th-century shipwreck – was captured at …

Gilmanton: Fire torches house, vehicles

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

All that’s left of an old Gilmanton home is two chimneys after a fire engulfed the building, torched adjacent cars and prompted dozens of firefighters to rush to the scene yesterday. Gilmanton fire Chief Joe Hempel said the …

Twins who ran major US drug ring sentenced to 14 years each

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A federal judge sentenced twin brothers yesterday to 14 years in prison each for running a nearly $2 billion North American drug ring, agreeing with prosecutors to drastically reduce their sentences as reward for their cooperation against Joaquin …

Famed civil rights protesters to have arrest records erased

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Nine black men arrested for integrating a whites-only South Carolina lunch counter 54 years ago may be heroes in the historic record, but in the record of the law they are still convicted trespassers. That criminal record will …

Pembroke youth football embezzler sentenced to 90 days, served on weekends

Monday, January 26, 2015

Three years ago, Lisa Wiggin was a working mother on the brink of financial collapse. She and her boyfriend and teenage son were living mostly paycheck to paycheck in a rental in Pembroke. The checking account had been canceled because of repeated overdraft violations. The savings was nearly …