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Merrimack Valley SD: Washington Street School not for sale

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Washington Street School in Penacook is officially off the market. In response to an unsolicited offer from the Penacook Community Center to buy the building, Merrimack Valley School District officials have drafted a position paper that says the building is an important asset that will not be sold. “It’s not that we don’t respect and feel like we’re a partner with the community center. It’s that this particular location, …

Franklin pair accused of trying to prostitute child

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Franklin couple has been arrested after allegedly attempting to prostitute their 14-year-old daughter, an offer that authorities said could be part of a pattern involving at least one other child. William Shine, 33, and Julie Shine, 41, have each been charged with two Class B felonies, one for attempted prostitution of a minor and conspiracy to commit felonious sexual assault. They were …

Thousands without power in Concord, around New Hampshire

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thousands of New Hampshire homes and businesses are without power as the first snowstorm of the winter barrels into the region. As of 5 p.m., Unitil is reporting almost 3,600 Concord area customers are without power, about 12 percent of the company’s customers in the area. Several outage updates indicated customers could be in the dark until 8:30 tonight. Including other areas of …

Colleges hope to engage students on wealth gap

Monday, November 24, 2014

Many students at Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College already know something about the widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else. Now, the schools are working together to get them to do something about it. Keene State, a four-year liberal arts college, and Mount …

Ray Duckler: A man with clean morals, values and clothing

Sunday, November 23, 2014

When I looked into the background of the late Jay Rosenfield, something didn’t jibe. Two of his children are physicians, one is a retired doctor, one is a lawyer and another co-founded a giant energy consulting company. Rosenfield, …

Tomie dePaola visits Gibson’s Bookstore for discussion, book signing

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Listeners young and old filled chairs, sat on the floor and peered around bookshelves at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord yesterday morning to hear from local author and illustrator Tomie dePaola. “I love my home, I work at home. …

Manchester police dealing with thefts from cars

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The police in Manchester said they are working to solve 60 thefts from vehicles in the past three weeks. Authorities said many of the thefts – 27 of the 60 – involve smash-and-grab style burglaries in which the thief or thieves broke a window to gain access to …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …