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Still minutes before the discussion began, extra rows of chairs were brought into the meeting room at the First Congregational Church in Concord. At the height of the discussion, at least 10 people listened from the hallway because stannding attendees had filled every inch of space in the room. (JONATHAN VAN FLEET / Monitor staff)

Advocates share ideas on how to help Concord’s chronically homeless at forum

Friday, December 19, 2014

A panel of Concord’s most prominent advocates invited discussion of ideas to permanently address the city’s chronically homeless population at a Monitor-sponsored forum last night. Representing the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, the soon-shuttering cold weather shelters, city hall and other homeless service providers, the panelists said the community must build on current momentum to do more on behalf of …

Media blitz in Conway case shifts focus from abducted to alleged abductee

Friday, December 19, 2014

The name they want you to remember is Nathaniel Kibby. But for more than a year now, the name that has captivated the state and much of the surrounding region has been that of the Conway teen who mysteriously vanished one afternoon in October and then, just as mysteriously, resurfaced nine months later. On Wednesday, as authorities announced that Kibby, the girl’s alleged …

Singing flash mob at Steeplegate Mall surprises boy fighting rare disease

Friday, December 19, 2014

Last-minute visitors to see Santa at Steeplegate Mall in Concord last night were surprised with a spontaneous singing of Christmas carols by a large chorus. But these weren’t professional singers, and this wasn’t your average holiday performance. They were simply friends and family of a young Concord boy who’s been fighting a rare …

N.H. customers continue FairPoint complaints, as negotiations stall

Friday, December 19, 2014

At 2 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving, a tree knocked down power and telecommunication lines outside Sarah Grund’s home in Boscawen. Despite repeated calls to FairPoint Communications, no one came to restore service or remove the wires that were sitting in snow, Grund said. She was still waiting …

License revocations: Dec. 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The director of motor vehicles, Richard Bailey Jr., released the following list of driving while intoxicated license revocations. ∎ Kevin P. Roark, 23, of Andover ∎ Robert M. Casey, 41 of Belmont ∎ Joshua R. Laplant, 24, of Belmont ∎ Michael S. Hurley, 30, of Boscawen ∎ Danielle E. Mooney, 22, of Bow …

Concord will pick up Christmas trees curbside this year

Thursday, December 18, 2014

As part of a pilot program this year, Concord residents can place their Christmas trees on the curb with trash and recycling on their scheduled collection day between Jan. 5 and Jan. 16. The general services department has asked residents to remove all lights, ornaments, tinsel and other …

Concord Planning Board approves overhead line for PSNH

Thursday, December 18, 2014

With an okay from the Concord Planning Board, Public Service of New Hampshire will resurrect an old overhead power line through Concord and Webster. At the request of neighbors, the board considered asking PSNH to bury the lines through residential parts of the city. But a report from …

Greenland worker spends 90 minutes stuck in mud up to waist

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fire officials say a fuel delivery worker sank in soggy ground up to his waist and it took nearly 90 minutes to pull him back out. Greenland Deputy Fire Chief Myrick Bunker told the Portsmouth Herald that John Hanscom was filling a propane tank Wednesday afternoon when he …

Whitefield mom jailed in custody case, says daughter safe

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A woman who was accused of fleeing with her daughter to Central America in a custody dispute 10 years ago and recently returned home was sent to jail yesterday to await trial. Genevieve Kelley returned to New Hampshire …

Concord woman arrested after reportedly driving wrong way on Interstate 393

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A 49-year-old Concord woman who was seen traveling the wrong way Wednesday night on Interstate 393 has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Jennifer Gallagher was detained shortly after 8 p.m., after witnesses reported seeing her headed westbound in the eastbound lane. The state police said …

Planning board approves plans for poultry processing plant in East Concord

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Concord Planning Board approved a poultry processing plant in East Concord last night, despite opposition from neighbors in multiple public hearings on the proposal. The vote clears the way for Fournier Foods to build a 5,500-square-foot plant for slaughtering and packaging chickens. The company will now finalize …

Nathaniel Kibby charges: Stun gun, zip ties used on abducted teen

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A man used death threats, a stun gun, zip ties and a shock collar to control a teenage girl he’s accused of kidnapping at gunpoint, imprisoning and sexually assaulting over nine months, according to indictments released yesterday. Nathaniel …

Seeking Shelter: Safety net for NH homeless has limited resources

Thursday, December 18, 2014

To understand the homeless services available in Concord – and the challenges that exist in creating new ones – it’s helpful to know something about who funds them and how. Cash comes from four general sources: federal, state …