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National Guard commander convicted in Texas sex trafficking case

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Raymond Valas, a 41-year-old commanding officer in the New Hampshire National Guard, was found guilty yesterday by a federal jury in Texas of sex trafficking of a minor. Valas, of Bow, was accused of soliciting sex from a 15-year-old prostitute while in Texas last year after a four-month aid mission to El Salvador. He had admitted to meeting with the girl, but argued that it was strictly for an academic …

Concord Fire Department contains two small blazes this week

Saturday, November 22, 2014

After the Concord Fire Department responded to two small fires in the past two days, Chief Dan Andrus reminded residents to exercise caution in their homes this winter. “The season is upon us,” Andrus said. “Our counsel is for people, first thing, have your heating equipment checked by a licensed contractor.” Install carbon monoxide and smoke alarms, he said, and use portable heating …

Concord police investigating possible animal cruelty

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Concord police are investigating a possible animal cruelty incident involving an adult Husky-Malamute mix that was discovered chained to a fence with a sign that read “free.” The dog was found Thursday at the dog park on Old Turnpike Road, Lt. John Thomas said in a statement. Next to it was a box of dog food. The dog is a white and …

New Hampshire author and illustrator is the artist-in-residence at Gilmanton School

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Standing in front of a class of eighth-grade students yesterday morning, Marty Kelley asked if they wanted to first hear the good news or the bad news. “The bad news is you’re going to work really hard this …

Concord judge delays conviction in church-linked molestation case

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A former Concord man with ties to Trinity Baptist Church was found guilty yesterday of molesting his stepdaughter decades ago – but his conviction has been put on hold following a last-minute request to amend the charges. Daniel Leaf, 55, of Tilton had been indicted in Merrimack County …

CRIMELINE: Concord police looking for suspect in iPhone theft

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Concord police have asked for help in locating a man they believe stole a late-model iPhone from the Sunoco gas station on Loudon Road. The theft was reported at 1 p.m. on Oct. 22., Lt. Timothy O’Malley said in a statement. An employee said he left the …

Annual Christmas parade set for tomorrow

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The annual Christmas parade on the Heights will take place at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow. Participants will form at the New Hampshire Department of Transportation parking lot on Hazen Drive at 8 a.m. The parade route will run down Hazen Drive, then east on Loudon Road to the end …

New reps learn rules of New Hampshire House

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Choose your words carefully on the House floor. Always read the speaker’s note in the weekly House calendar (and don’t ask the clerk to advertise your daughter’s Girl Scout cookie sale in said calendar). Know that you are …

PHOTOS: Cooks in training

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Children from Head 2 Toe Learning Center in Concord visited Merrimack Valley High School’s all-grades elective “food choices” class yesterday to help make garlic Parmesan pasta. …

Weare crafting new hiring process for police chief

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Weare Board of Selectmen said last night that it has met with state law enforcement officials and is considering appointing a citizen board to help search for a new chief to lead its embattled police department. During …

Vote on Concord poultry processing plant tabled – again

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Concord Planning Board voted last night to postpone again a decision on a plan to build a poultry processing plant in East Concord. About 40 members of the public attended the meeting, the third on the application from Fournier Foods, which seeks to build a 5,500-square-foot plant …

After 100 years, Canterbury/Boscawen bridge knocked down, removed

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Removing the old Boscawen/Canterbury bridge required town officials to do what the bridge had done for more than 100 years: meet in the middle. Contractors collapsed the bridge into the Merrimack River and removed the second section yesterday. …

Multiple burglaries reported in Weare earlier this week

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A series of burglaries occurred in Weare about 3 a.m. Monday. Deputy police Chief Sean Kelly said that the burglaries were reported both Monday and Tuesday, but all took place early Monday morning. All of the burglaries were within a few miles of each other. On Holly Hill …