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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 High School. She was picked from among 11,000 candidates to be the first teacher and private citizen in space. Today, an elementary …

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 upon cresting the snowbank and heading down the other side Tuesday, his snowmobile came to …

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 by her mother. The defendant, Macario Sanchez, was previously convicted in the same court in …

Police: Doctor shot inside hospital, gunman killed himself

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A man shot a doctor inside a leading Boston hospital yesterday, critically wounding the physician before killing himself. Authorities said Stephen Pasceri, 55, entered Brigham and Women’s Hospital sometime before 11 a.m. and specifically requested the doctor, who …

Concord police seek driver in hit-and-run accident

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Concord police are looking for a woman who is accused of hitting a teenage bicyclist with her car yesterday morning and then driving away. The reported hit-and-run occurred around 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Warren and …

Kentucky teens on alleged crime spree captured in Florida

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Two teenage Kentucky sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the South have been taken into custody in Florida, authorities said yesterday. Eighteen-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, were …

Washington, D.C.: Marchers turn out to support police

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Demonstrators carrying signs saying “Blue Lives Matter” marched to the U.S. Capitol yesterday in a show of support for police officers across the country who organizers say are not thanked enough for the danger they face in the line of duty. “They feel unsupported,” said Kelly Wince, 52, …

Teen sweethearts blaze trail of crime across South

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The police said two teenage sweethearts have blazed a trail of crime across the South, leaving in their path a string of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks and stirring concern about their increasingly bold behavior. The 18-year-old and …

France attacks reinvigorate privacy versus security debate

Saturday, January 17, 2015

President Obama argued yesterday that a resurgent fear of terrorism across Europe and the United States should not lead countries to overreact and shed privacy protections, even as British Prime Minister David Cameron pressed for more government access …

Holder limits seized-asset sharing that split billions with local, state police

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without proving that a crime occurred. Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to …

Contoocook man accused of pointing gun at driver in a fit of road rage

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A 48-year-old Contoocook man was arrested yesterday morning in Manchester after allegedly pointing a gun at another driver in a fit of road rage. The incident took place about 8 a.m. on Route 293. The state police released few details of the incident, saying in a statement only …

Man convicted in Hill and Franklin rape case

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A 46-year-old Auburn man has been convicted of raping and molesting a young girl several years ago in Hill and Franklin. Kendall McLain was found guilty Wednesday of aggravated and attempted felonious sexual assault, misdemeanor and felony sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. A sentencing …

Bradford worker injured in mill accident, flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A man was reportedly injured yesterday in a machine shop accident in Bradford. Few details were known yesterday. WMUR reported that the man got caught in a milling machine and was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He was not identified, and his condition was not known. No one …