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Longtime Department of Safety employee Earl Sweeney to retire – for good – at end of 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Longtime assistant safety commissioner Earl Sweeney will leave his post at the New Hampshire Department of Safety by the year’s end. The Executive Council accepted Sweeney’s resignation yesterday. Sweeney, 77, has been working since he was 15 years old, but said now it’s time to retire to make more time for family. “I don’t know how many more inches are in this yard stick,” he said. “I think it’s time …

Keene wants pumpkin fest organizers to pay $90,000

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Keene city officials want the organizers of an annual pumpkin festival to pay $90,000 in costs incurred after violent disturbances broke out this year. WMUR reported that city officials said additional security and overtime for police, fire and public works drove the total cost of the event to nearly $150,000. More than 100 people were arrested after alcohol-fueled parties got out of hand …

1 of 3 indicted in killing of Madbury man

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A grand jury has indicted one of three men charged with stabbing an 18-year-old New Hampshire man to death and dumping his body in Maine. Eighteen-year-old Tristan Wolusky of Rochester is charged with first- and second-degree murder and other counts in connection with the June 21 stabbing death of Aaron Wilkinson of Madbury. Wolusky, 18-year-old Zachary Pinette of Springvale, Maine, and 21-year-old Michael …

Ray Duckler: War and sand replaced by magic and snow

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For Greg and Amber Card, neither place seemed real. Not the Middle East, with its enemy soldiers, blood and death. Not the North Pole, with its Santa Claus, elves and magic. Call them contrasting visions, fighting for a …

Concord to abandon disruptive property ordinance, for now

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Concord Public Safety Board has advised the city not to pursue an ordinance that would have tightened restrictions on disruptive properties, an idea first floated months ago amid complaints about a four-unit apartment complex at 74 Rumford St. The board, tasked with evaluating the proposal, voted unanimously …

As part of artist-in-residence program, Henniker students learn about African culture

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Social studies teacher Beth Spaulding is teaching the sixth-grade students at Henniker Community School about Africa this year, beginning with ancient kingdoms and working through to modern history. Enforcing the cultural piece of the curriculum is artist-in-residence Segun …

Ray Duckler: Katherine Drouin’s battle moves in front of the camera

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Katherine Drouin’s fight against an eating disorder, featured in a two-part Monitor series last August, will be one of three segments chronicled in a TV documentary Monday night. The hourlong show, called My Strange Criminal Addiction, will start at 10 on Investigation Discovery. Drouin compulsively eats and purges, …

Ex-official pleads guilty to embezzling thousands from Pembroke football nonprofit

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A 47-year-old former official at Pembroke Friends of Football has admitted to having embezzled more than $13,000 from the organization. Lisa Wiggin pleaded guilty Thursday in Merrimack County Superior Court to one count of felony theft. She is expected to be sentenced next month to 90 days in …

Vigil to remember the homeless who died this year held at City Plaza

Saturday, December 20, 2014

About 50 people gathered at City Plaza in Concord yesterday evening for a candlelight vigil to honor the homeless men and women from across the state who died in 2014. During the event, over 45 known names of …

Notorious Sanbornton logger pleads guilty to cheating landowners out of thousands

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gary Bardsley, the 51-year-old Sanbornton logger who has been repeatedly cited for damaging wetlands and who pleaded guilty last year to writing a bad check, has now admitted that he bamboozled landowners out of tens of thousands of dollars. On Thursday, Bardsley pleaded guilty in Merrimack County Superior …

State Supreme Court allows Breest plea to move forward

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Just a few months ago, Robert Breest’s quest for freedom seemed to be fading, and fast. The 76-year-old, convicted four decades ago of murdering a young Manchester woman and tossing her body onto the frozen Merrimack River, had been denied a plea for a new trial, based on …

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 …

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

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 …