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Still minutes before the discussion began, extra rows of chairs were brought into the meeting room at the First Congregational Church in Concord. At the height of the discussion, at least 10 people listened from the hallway because stannding attendees had filled every inch of space in the room. (JONATHAN VAN FLEET / Monitor staff)

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 hall and other homeless service providers, the panelists said the community must build on current momentum to do more on behalf of …

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 mysteriously, resurfaced nine months later. On Wednesday, as authorities announced that Kibby, the girl’s alleged …

Singing flash mob at Steeplegate Mall surprises boy fighting rare disease

Friday, December 19, 2014

Last-minute visitors to see Santa at Steeplegate Mall in Concord last night were surprised with a spontaneous singing of Christmas carols by a large chorus. But these weren’t professional singers, and this wasn’t your average holiday performance. They were simply friends and family of a young Concord boy who’s been fighting a rare …

Sanbornton fire destroys garage, two vehicles

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A garage and two vehicles were destroyed in a Saturday afternoon fire in Sanbornton that officials are blaming on a wood stove. The Sanbornton Fire Department found the garage fully involved when they arrived at 118 Burleigh Hill …

CRIMELINE: Concord police looking for man in armed robbery at Tedeschi

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Concord police are searching for a man they say robbed the Tedeschi Food Shop on South Main Street with a gun early yesterday morning. The encounter occurred about 1 a.m., the department said in a statement. Witnesses said a masked man in his late teens or early …

Early morning crash in Concord leads to slowed traffic, minor injuries

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Two cars collided this morning off Exit 17 in Concord, snarling traffic for some time but causing only minor injuries, the police reported. The crash occurred early on Hoit Road, just off Interstate 93. Both cars had single occupants; each was taken to Concord Hospital for precautionary measures, …

Timeline: Spike in crime and a few high profile deaths leads to police crackdown

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

November 2010: The first of three suspects pleads guilty to violently assaulting a 19-year-old homeless man in 2009 at a camp near Everett Arena. The incident started after the man allegedly stole another homeless man’s boots. April 2011: …

Seeking Shelter: From living in car to sleeping in shelter has become seasonal routine for Concord pair

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Harold Coffey and Wendell Ford are a package deal – you would be hard-pressed to find one without the other. They live together in Coffey’s blue Ford Focus, which is parked most nights outside Walmart. The pair met …

Seeking Shelter: Series of violent incidents leads to crackdown on homeless community

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Timothy O’Malley’s first glimpse of the homeless encampment behind Everett Arena came a decade ago, as a Concord police detective. It was hardly the portrait of squalor he expected: half a dozen tents stood neatly clustered on a …

Seeking Shelter: City Hall supports solutions to homelessness, but isn’t the solution, Concord Mayor Bouley says

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To Jim Bouley, the idea was a no-brainer. Not so fast, the neighborhood said. It was November 2008, the economy was in a nosedive, and the first-term Concord mayor wanted to open an emergency winter shelter for homeless …

Seeking Shelter: Chronic cases on the rise

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

While the number of homeless in New Hampshire has decreased slightly in the past three years, the number of chronic cases and veterans among that population has increased. That data was included in an annual report released yesterday by the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness. The report …

Former Epsom activist who claimed state stole his baby pleads guilty to lying about guns

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A former Epsom man and vocal gun rights activist who drew headlines in 2010 when he and his girlfriend accused the state of stealing their newborn baby has pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents. Johnathon Irish, 28, of Brentwood pleaded guilty Thursday to claiming last year that …

Public comment sought on Concord TV contract with Comcast

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Concord TV has asked for a $400,000 grant from Comcast, as the city negotiates a new 10-year contract with the cable provider. A handful of Concord TV employees and supporters gathered last night for a public hearing on those negotiations. The most recent 10-year agreement will expire Oct. …