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Weare police chief John Velleca chats with residents following his swearing in ceremony at Weare Middle School on Saturday, October 26, 2013. 

(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

Details surface on domestic violence claim against Weare police chief

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A judge has granted a new restraining order against Weare police Chief John Velleca, days after his assistant claims he assaulted her at her Hillsboro home. In a petition filed yesterday and released this morning in Hillsboro’s district court, 40-year-old Jennifer Posteraro alleges that she and Velleca had a brief “sexual relationship” this summer, and that Velleca, who is married … 1

Hopkinton firefighter: Emergency response won’t change despite temporary move

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Some Hopkinton Fire Department functions are now based out of the Hopkinton Village station, while the Contoocook Village station undergoes construction. The full-time crew, primary ambulance and chief’s office can be found at 100 Main St. in Hopkinton. Anyone looking to file for a burn permit or with any other in-person business should visit that location until March, when the expansion is expected … 0

U.S. Attorney: Drug cartel member pleads guilty in Cocnord

Monday, September 15, 2014

The U.S. Attorney’s office in New Hampshire said a member of the Sinaloa drug cartel has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Jesus Gonzalo Palazuelos Soto of Mexico was in federal court in Concord yesterday. Prosecutors said he was arrested in Spain in 2012, where he was to monitor the delivery of 346 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipping container. Prosecutors … 0

CDC: Nearly 1 in 5 women have been raped

Saturday, September 6, 2014

An estimated 19.3 percent of women have been raped at one point in their lives. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which Friday released results from a 2011 survey. Additionally, nearly 2 percent of men have been raped; nearly 44 percent of women and … 0

Mystery shrouds U.S. couple’s crash off Jamaica

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Rescue crews searching off Jamaica’s coast yesterday said they could no longer see debris spotted earlier, stymieing efforts to solve the mystery surrounding a small plane carrying a prominent upstate New York couple that went on a ghostly … 0

Federal court rules on Exeter Hospital’s lawsuit

Friday, September 5, 2014

A federal judge in New Hampshire dismissed a lawsuit Thursday brought by Exeter Hospital against a staffing agency that had once worked with a cardiac technician who infected 32 of the hospital’s patients with hepatitis C virus. U.S. District Judge Steven McAuliffe said the Maxim agency ended its … 0

Mom fights resuscitation order for ill daughter

Friday, September 5, 2014

A teenage mother is fighting a do-not-resuscitate order imposed on her brain-damaged daughter, saying she should be responsible for medical decisions. Maine child welfare officials who intervened after the baby was severely injured say life-saving measures in the … 0

Ex-Virginia gov, wife guilty of public corruption

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted yesterday of using his office to promote a dietary supplement in exchange for gifts in a public corruption case that derailed the career of a onetime rising Republican … 0

Man who helped Mont Vernon home invasion killers denied parole

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A 24-year-old man imprisoned for hiding evidence and fabricating an alibi for friends who savagely killed a Mont Vernon woman and maimed her 11-year-old daughter was denied parole yesterday by the New Hampshire parole board. The board told Autumn Savoy he needs to work his way through transitional … 0

Judge orders medical records to be turned over in racist graffiti case

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The defense for Raymond Stevens has been ordered to provide a state forensic examiner with all medical records relating to a gunshot wound the former Concord resident inflicted on himself last fall after being charged with defacing the homes of refugee families. Stevens has been under house arrest … 0

Evidence hearing in Abigail Hernandez kidnapping case postponed 60 days

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Evidence against a New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl last October won’t be aired in court next week. Prosecutors and lawyers representing 34-year-old Nathanial Kibby agreed to postpone a hearing on the evidence against him for 60 days. Kibby was scheduled to appear in court … 0

Bicyclist struck by one car, pinned under another

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A 13-year-old bicyclist has been hospitalized after he collided with a car, throwing him into oncoming traffic and pinning him underneath a car that tried to stop. The police said 13-year-old Tarik Mukanovic of Manchester was riding his mountain bike \ Tuesday afternoon when he struck the car … 0

Former youth baseball coach sentenced to 30 more years in prison

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Robert Joubert, the former Concord area youth baseball coach convicted in March of molesting a former player, was sentenced yesterday to 30 to 60 years in state prison, the maximum penalty prosecutors had sought. The sentence was announced … 0