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Ray Stevens listens as his attorney makes her case before the judge sentenced him Wednesday in Merrimack Superior court.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Former Concord man pleads guilty in racist graffiti case, receives one-year jail sentence

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The messages were erased years ago, their bitter words scraped off, painted over, the clapboard sidings on which they were scrawled restored. But for the families inside, they lingered as terrifying reminders of the lives they once fled thousands of miles away, in Rwanda, Somalia, the Congo. “Your subhuman culture,” opened one. “You are not welcome here,” read another. “You …

Judges deny attempted cop-killer’s bid for shorter sentence

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A panel of New Hampshire judges has denied the bid for a shorter prison sentence for a man convicted of trying to kill a Manchester police officer. In a one-sentence ruling released Wednesday, the judges unanimously upheld the 60-years-to life sentence for 25-year-old Myles Webster. He was convicted of attempted murder after shooting …

State to release its Common Core results this fall

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A handful of states that participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the testing that corresponds with the Common Core State Standards, have released results, including two New England states. But New Hampshire, which participated in the testing for the first time this past academic year, is not going to join that list until later in the fall. Some of the states – …

As public funds shrink, legal aid programs increasingly looking to private donations

Saturday, August 29, 2015

As the amount of public money to New Hampshire legal aid programs shrinks, lawyers are increasingly looking towards local businesses and community stakeholders for financial assistance. The 15th annual N.H. Campaign for Legal Services is kicking off to raise $350,000 for New Hampshire Legal Assistance as well as …

Former Weare assistant: Chief fired me for my disability and hired a woman he had an affair with

Saturday, August 29, 2015

In the course of one month in the spring of 2014, a six-year employee of the Weare Police Department and former assistant to then-Chief John Velleca accidentally called the chief by his first name, was interrogated about a heart attack she suffered years earlier, was commanded to resign, …

Concord 250 Watch: Commemorative Collectables

Saturday, August 29, 2015

In addition to the year-long series of events for Concord’s 250th, the anniversary is being celebrated with many commemorative items. Medal The beautiful medals featuring the Concord 250 logo and Concord Coach are available at the Greater Concord …

Convict in 1971 murder wants to appeal latest trial ruling

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old woman more than four decades ago wants to appeal a recent court decision denying him a new trial. Robert Breest, 77, denies beating Susan Randall to death and tossing her partially …

Letter: Lots to do in Concord

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A recent Insider article jokingly suggested that there was “nothing to do” in Concord. Huh? That observation is just amazing to me, because nothing could be further from the truth. Concord has an inventory of historic and cultural amenities that rival any other community in this state. Couple …

Cousin of drug kingpin sentenced to 16 years in prison

Saturday, August 29, 2015

A cousin of one of the world’s most notorious drug lords who prosecutors say was working to distribute cocaine in the United States has been sentenced in a New Hampshire court to 16 years in federal prison. Manuel Jesus Gutierrez-Guzman, 54, cousin of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman who …

Owen Labrie guilty of having sex with minor, girl’s family calls it ‘a measure of justice’

Friday, August 28, 2015

He remained stoic through days of condemning testimony. Through the tears of his accuser as she recounted a painful, terrifying sexual assault. Through the messages dredged up from his online accounts and recited for jurors, their salaciousness, pretentiousness, …

Opponent challeges Franklin mayor in upcoming race

Friday, August 28, 2015

Two candidates are seeking the office of mayor in Franklin. Logan Barbosa, 27, is running against incumbent Ken Merrifield in the October city elections. “I think that everyone should be contested in an election,” Barbosa said. In recent years, that has not always been the case in Franklin. …

Judge upholds time limit for Libertarian Party to collect ballot signatures

Friday, August 28, 2015

Efforts by the Libertarian Party to win back its official listing on New Hampshire ballots received a setback Thursday when a federal judge upheld a 2014 state law that puts a time limit on the period during which …

Kentucky fugitive arrested in Concord

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Concord Police Department assisted the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force with the early-morning arrest Thursday of a man wanted in Kentucky. Christopher John Wade, 47, of Richmond, Ky., was wanted in connection with the alleged rape of a child over a period of 10 years in his …