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Meet the candidates for state Senate District 16

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Maureen Raiche Manning was just settling into life anew as an empty nester when she got a phone call in late July. Then another. And another. The race for state Senate District 16 had no Democratic challenger. Would she be interested in running? Manning may have seemed an obvious choice from the outset. The 53-year-old attorney from Manchester has previously …

Garcia talks private market, ISIS and the Department of Education

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

State Rep. Marilinda Garcia has never promoted the idea of repealing and replacing the federal health care overhaul known as Obamacare, she told the Monitor yesterday. But that’s not because Garcia, the Republican nominee for Congress in the 2nd District, thinks the law should stay on the books, though. “I’m not interested in …

Tenant testifies against CATCH Neighborhood Housing at opening day of trial in lawsuit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Emotions high, Cathy Wyrenbeck reached for a tissue from the box in front of the witness stand. She had just described to a jury and a federal judge the chronic and painful hives that have kept her from working for the past eight years. Having blown her nose, she continued to describe her one-bedroom apartment at Mennino Place in Concord and the way …

Concord house at intersection of historic preservation, economic development

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The red two-story Concord home at 11 Blake St. isn’t quite the paradise of a Joni Mitchell song, but the Concord Heritage Commission is hoping to dissuade its owner from putting up a parking lot anyway. Phenix Mutual …

Man pleads guilty to role in home invasion

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A man accused of being an accomplice in a 2012 violent home invasion in Bedford has pleaded guilty to multiple charges and has agreed to spend at least five years in prison. WMUR reported Nathan Lamontagne appeared in court Monday, pleading guilty to criminal liability to first-degree assault …

Weare officials accept Velleca’s resignation, extend secretary’s leave

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Weare Board of Selectmen has accepted the resignation of police Chief John Velleca. Velleca tendered the resignation last week, following a brief romantic affair with his secretary this past summer. The secretary, Jennifer Posteraro, claimed last month that Velleca had assaulted her at her home in Hillsboro. …

Pembroke woman takes stand on 2012 home invasion, knife attack

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Pembroke woman attacked in her home in 2012 took the stand yesterday and described the moment she awoke to see a masked intruder standing over her with a knife. That intruder, she insists, was her ex-boyfriend, Christopher Compas. Compas was arrested in March 2012 and is on …

Concord School Board to vote on operating budget

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Concord School Board is expected tonight to finalize and vote on its $74.27 million operating budget for fiscal year 2015. To fund the budget, the city will need $48.1 million in local and state taxes. If passed as presented, taxpayers will pay $14.08 per thousand of assessed …

PHOTO: Peace rain

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nancy Burke, left, and Faith Sillars of New Hampshire Peace Action in Concord brave the rain during the lunch hour yesterday at the corner of North Main Street and Centre Street. …

Guinta, Shea-Porter debate health care, economy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Democratic U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta sparred last night over familiar topics such as health care and the economy and tussled over new ones such as Ebola and terrorist threats. The two met for their first televised debate this year, broadcast on WBIN-TV. They are …

Attorney general: No charges in Rumney lakeside shooting

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A long-smoldering feud between neighbors in Rumney over the use of a lakeside dock erupted in an alcohol-fueled fight this summer that ended when one man, who said he feared for his life, shot another to death, the state attorney general said yesterday. Attorney General Joe Foster said …

Planners take on Chichester’s speedy village center

Monday, October 20, 2014

Is Main Street in Chichester a shortcut for commuters or a link for residents between the town’s historic fixtures? This past weekend, planners helped begin the process of preserving the village and deterring speedy commuters from whizzing along …

Storm expected to bring cold rain, wind - but no snow - to central N.H.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The snow boots can stay in the closet for at least a few more weeks. A nor’easter making its way southeast from the Great Lakes region is expected to bring some high winds and up to 5 inches of rain in some parts of the state, but no …