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Opponent challeges Franklin mayor in upcoming race

Friday, August 28, 2015

Two candidates are seeking the office of mayor in Franklin. Logan Barbosa, 27, is running against incumbent Ken Merrifield in the October city elections. “I think that everyone should be contested in an election,” Barbosa said. In recent years, that has not always been the case in Franklin. Merrifield has been mayor since 2008. He ran unopposed in 2007 and 2011, though he faced a challenger in 2009 and a …

Judge upholds time limit for Libertarian Party to collect ballot signatures

Friday, August 28, 2015

Efforts by the Libertarian Party to win back its official listing on New Hampshire ballots received a setback Thursday when a federal judge upheld a 2014 state law that puts a time limit on the period during which the party can gather the thousands of necessary supporting signatures. The law in question, HB …

Kentucky fugitive arrested in Concord

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Concord Police Department assisted the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force with the early-morning arrest Thursday of a man wanted in Kentucky. Christopher John Wade, 47, of Richmond, Ky., was wanted in connection with the alleged rape of a child over a period of 10 years in his home state, according to a press release. He was arrested on a warrant from Madison …

Deliberations begin in sex assault case involving St. Paul’s School students

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Owen Labrie used clout and manipulation to lure a 15-year-old underclassman into a dark attic at St. Paul’s School and then forced sex on her despite repeated dissent, prosecutors said Thursday during closing arguments. “She told him no …

Ray Duckler: This rape trial makes you wonder: where did we go wrong?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Maybe we can learn something from the heart-wrenching trial that’s unfolded in superior court here since last week. Maybe we can talk to our children about stuff we don’t want to talk about, namely sexual assault, instead of leaving it up to the schools. Maybe we can mention …

St. Paul’s grad Owen Labrie testifies in rape trial, denies having sex with girl

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The handsome young man with the once-promising future waited more than a year to tell this story, his version of the night that has since brought everything to a crashing halt – the full ride to Harvard, the …

Legislative budget assistant submits resignation after 32 years

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lawmakers accepted the resignation Wednesday of longtime Legislative Budget Assistant Jeff Pattison, who oversees the office that helps senators and representatives of both political parties craft the state budget. “Jeff is a great teacher,” said Concord Rep. Mary Jane Wallner, one of several lawmakers who praised Pattison’s tenure …

Emergency funding keeps state parks open

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The state parks system will stay open after lawmakers approved a $1.1 million stop-gap funding measure Wednesday. The Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee approved the money after officials warned that without it the Division of Parks and Recreation would …

Canterbury police chief waives right to probable cause hearing

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Canterbury police chief accused of sexually assaulting a young mentee years ago waived his right Tuesday to a probable cause hearing, in which a judge determines whether enough evidence exists for a case to go to trial. …

Concord psychotherapist accused of fondling young patient, operating practice without a license

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Concord psychotherapist has been charged with fondling a young boy who was his patient, while operating his clinic without a license. Foad Afshar, 55, was charged with one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault. He also faces two misdemeanor charges of unlawful mental health practice, for operating …

Strong thunderstorm downs trees, knocks out power in Weare

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A strong afternoon thunderstorm felled trees and downed power lines in a few local towns, hitting Weare especially hard. Reached Tuesday evening, Weare police Sgt. Kim McSweeney said it was a very busy day for her department, as well as for Weare Fire and Rescue. Officers were out …

Vandalism at Concord Crew boathouse leaves team out of the water

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A string of vandalism at the Concord Crew boathouse this summer escalated this week, leaving the team mostly landbound just as their season got under way. Someone cut cords required to start the motors of three launch boats …

Prosecutors rest in St. Paul’s rape case; Owen Labrie expected to testify

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Prosecutors in the rape trial of Owen Labrie called their final witnesses Tuesday, including two detectives who questioned the St. Paul’s School graduate before his arrest and a criminalist who said his DNA was on the underwear the …