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Franklin fire guts School St. home, kills two cats

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A two-alarm fire in Franklin has left a two-family residence uninhabitable. The fire at 40 School St. was reported at 6:17 p.m. Tuesday, Captain Bruce Goldthwaite said. The residents home at the time of the fire, two cats and several pit bulls were safely evacuated, but three other cats died, he said. The fire, which started on the second floor of the building, is under investigation by the state’s fire …

Judge rules two out of three charges against Concord Hospital nurse accused of diverting drugs lacked probable cause

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A district court judge in Concord determined Tuesday that two of three felony charges against a traveling nurse accused of pocketing narcotics from Concord Hospital lacked probable cause to go forward. Kerry Bridges, 47, of Warren, Maine, was arrested June 12 and charged with illegal possession of hydromorphone and morphine during the time …

Police say Sanbornton homeowner interrupted burglary in progress, two suspects in custody

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Two Franklin men were arrested Monday following a reported break-in and assault at a Sanbornton residence. Frederick Temple, Jr., 30, and Cody Merrill, 21, were arrested by the Sanbornton police Monday and are being held on cash bail, police said. A homeowner on Stage Road in Sanbornton called police after he said he …

‘Fugitive of the Week’ arrested in Epsom

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The U.S. Marshals’ “Fugitive of the Week” from mid-March was arrested at a home in Epsom on Wednesday. While investigators were searching for Kevin Breed, 20, they visited a home on Dail Drive and found Breed inside. He …

Fire damages apartments in Fisherville Road complex

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A kitchen fire at the Meadowbrook Apartments on Fisherville Road heavily damaged one unit and forced the evacuation of 17 others Tuesday, according to a press release. The Concord Fire Department responded to the blaze about 4 p.m. Tuesday, when they saw smoke coming from the second floor …

Firefighters knock down blaze inside Bradford recycling center

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A two-alarm fire that broke out Tuesday morning at a Bradford recycling plant was quickly knocked down by firefighters, said fire Chief Mark Goldberg. About 9:30 a.m., firefighters were called to the Naughton and Son Recycling Plant after a piece of machinery sparked and came in contact with …

Franklin sees spike in emergency calls, drug overdoses

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In May, the Franklin Fire Department responded to 206 calls, and 112 of them were for medical assistance. A year earlier, the fire department responded to a total of 114 calls the entire month of May. Officials at both the police and fire departments say they are seeing …

Former Weare lieutenant who resigned amid internal investigation sues town for violating civil rights

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A former lieutenant at the Weare Police Department who was accused of threatening members of his staff, transporting alcohol in a town vehicle and having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a town employee is suing the town, accusing officials of violating his civil rights. In a lawsuit filed …

16 dead, 5 injured in nursing home fire in northern Mexico

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A fire swept through a retirement home for poor people early Tuesday, killing 16 elderly residents at the facility outside the northern border city of Mexicali, the mayor’s office said. Five other residents were reported in serious condition …

Bloodshed in El Salvador reaching levels of 1980s civil war

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Word on the street is that only the girlfriends of gang members are allowed to be redheads or blondes. So in the violent place of El Salvador, women are scurrying to salons to give up their blond hair …

Weare settles suit with officer involved in fatal shooting, refuses to release details

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The town of Weare has settled a lawsuit with Sgt. Joe Kelley, one of its former police officers who oversaw a deadly drug bust in 2013, but officials have failed to provide any details. Kelley was fired by the department after facing accusations that he falsified documents following …

Dozens of DWI cases in question due to faulty police certification exam

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Dozens of DWI cases across the state have been called into question because of a technical glitch in the recertification process for police officers who administer Breathalyzer tests, according to the attorney general’s office. The anomaly, effective since January 2013, allowed officers to pass a two-part online exam …

Report details 2014 murder-suicide in Fremont

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Fremont man who killed his girlfriend and himself last year left behind a note apologizing for the “mess” and saying he felt insecure in the relationship. The attorney general’s office on Monday released its final investigative report on the October 2014 deaths of 52-year-old Mary Lucas and …