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N.H. drug czar position extended through December

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lawmakers opted to continue funding the state’s drug czar position through the end of the year, despite some Republicans’ claims that the man tasked with coordinating New Hampshire’s substance abuse response hasn’t outlined clear goals or contacted key players. “I think the office is important,” said Sen. Jerry Little, a Weare Republican. “I don’t think it’s performing the mission we want it to perform.” Gov. Maggie Hassan in January appointed …

Police seeking suspects after residential burglary reported in Bow

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bow police are investigating a home burglary on Woodhill Hooksett Road. Jewelry and laptops were stolen Tuesday sometime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., police said in a press release. Police said they did not know the total value of the stolen items. Entry into the house was made through an unlocked rear sliding door. At 4 p.m. Tuesday, a neighbor reported that …

Former Henniker man receives 16-year sentence in decades-old child rape case

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

George Daniels hardly budged as the woman whose childhood he demolished more than 20 years ago turned to him and offered the one thing she knew he least expected. “I’m going to take complete control from you . . . and say I no longer hate you,” she said during a sentencing hearing Wednesday in Merrimack County Superior Court, where Daniels, 59, was …

Weare Police Department becomes nationally accredited

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Weare Police Department is now a nationally accredited organization. On July 25, the department received its accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., also known as CALEA. The commission is an organization created by national law enforcement agencies to set national standards for …

Three indicted in Concord home invasion, including target, an alleged drug dealer

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Three men are facing felony charges in connection to an April armed robbery at 39 Thorndike St. in Concord, including the alleged victim, John Cowdrey, who is accused of selling drugs and storing them in the home in the presence of a young child. According to county indictments …

Court finds in couple’s favor over attempt to sue ski resort

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The state Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a couple who attempted to sue Pats Peak Ski Resort over a chairlift fall, but whose complaint was dismissed for failing to give proper notice. The court reversed a judge’s decision Tuesday and sent the case back for further …

Liberty activists in high court cases say their newly created religions afford them tax exemptions

Monday, July 27, 2015

A church pastor, late to the Sunday service, crashes through the door of a Concord bar, and the congregation inside turns to look. A second pastor, Stu Light, stands on the piste with a foam sword in hand. …

Undercover Planned Parenthood videos reignite funding debate in N.H.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A pair of undercover videos showing portions of conversations with Planned Parenthood officials candidly discuss the practice of procuring aborted fetal organs for research – circulated in recent weeks by an anti-abortion organization, the Center for Medical Progress …

Sanborn: Drug czar should resign for failure to meet with police chiefs

Monday, July 27, 2015

New Hampshire’s drug czar came under increasing pressure from Republicans on Monday as a prominent state senator called for his resignation, citing reports from police chiefs that the man tasked with coordinating the state’s addiction response had yet …

Partnership lets Major League Soccer players earn degrees

Monday, July 27, 2015

Major League Soccer is striking a multiyear deal with Southern New Hampshire University that will provide full scholarships for players and internship opportunities for the school’s current students. The partnership, announced Monday, is the first of its kind for the 20-year-old league, which has 20 clubs throughout the …

Police cite lack of seatbelt in fatal Sanbornton crash

Monday, July 27, 2015

A 21-year-old Belmont man died Friday night when his car crashed off Route 127 in Sanbornton, ejecting him from the vehicle. Police said Benjamen Page was speeding without a seatbelt along a northbound curve when his Ford SUV veered off the road and crashed at the corner of …

Get the waffles! Maple syrup spill on New Hampshire highway

Monday, July 27, 2015

The only thing missing was the waffles. Authorities in Keene were in for some sticky times Monday when a load of maple syrup shifted in a tractor-trailer and leaked – very slowly – all over a main highway. Police Sgt. Thaddeus Derendal said some 220 gallons of the …

Woman accused of being accomplice in death reaches plea deal

Monday, July 27, 2015

A woman who initially pleaded not guilty to being an accomplice to first-degree murder in the death of her husband’s ex-wife in 2013 has reached a plea deal. Sarah Desjardins, 36, of Epping was charged in connection with the death of Amanda “Amy” Warf. Desjardins is scheduled to …