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Anthony Shinholster, 37, in the cold weather shelter for the homeless at First Church in Concord.

Shelter opens for the day to house homeless during storm

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Anthony Shinholster took the early bus from Manchester to Concord yesterday to shovel snow outside Steeplegate Mall. But after trudging up Loudon Road through the snow and piercing wind, the 37-year-old learned that, like most everything else, that just wasn’t happening. The mall had closed because of near-blizzard conditions. So Shinholster, who says he is temporarily homeless, turned around and marched downtown, to the shelter at First Congregational Church on North Main Street. He had never been there before, but he was in luck: the shelter, which usually closes for the day, was staying open during the storm. By the afternoon, Shinholster was settled into …

Despite the cold, enough businesses stayed open for some coffee, pizza, and a hot lunch

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow plows crowded the parking lot of the Windmill Restaurant, one of the few eateries still open and serving drivers who were looking for lunch in the teeth of the storm. “We never close. Only on Christmas Day,” said head waitress Sandy Wood, who came into work from her home in Loudon. “It …

Ray Duckler: In Penacook, some work, some don’t as storm fails to deliver

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Darlene Junkins, who flexed both arms like Arnold Schwarzenegger to show off her New England toughness, sold hardware. George Blatsis sold salads and sandwiches. Mohammad Warraich sold convenience store stuff, mostly coffee and cigarettes. These merchants worked in Penacook yesterday morning, after a flurry of reports through Monday night had detailed a visit …

Opponents urge House committee to kill probable cause bill

Thursday, January 22, 2015

State officials and advocates for victims of domestic violence urged a House committee yesterday to reject a bill that would prohibit police officers from making warrantless arrests unless they witness a crime or have sworn testimony from at least two people who did. Speaking before the House Criminal …

Senate committee weighs restoring taxpayer standing in wake of tax credit ruling

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A state Senate committee is considering an amendment to the New Hampshire Constitution that would allow taxpayers to sue their town or state government, a right many lawmakers thought they already created in 2012. The proposal, by Republican Sen. Jeb Bradley of Wolfeboro, is in response to the …

Authorities identify Derry man shot to death by police officer

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Hampshire officials have identified the man killed by a police officer after he opened fire on an approaching Derry officer. Attorney General Joe Foster said 54-year-old Andrew Toto of Derry fired at the police Wednesday from the back of his pickup truck. Foster said an autopsy yesterday …

Money Trail: Presidential primary in focus at rebellion rally

Thursday, January 22, 2015

When Crazy Larry took the microphone in front of the State House yesterday, he did something that momentarily proved his newly adopted moniker. He told a hundreds-strong crowd of activists for campaign finance reform that their stance toward …

After bear deaths linked to chocolate, N.H. Fish and Game to propose changes to bait regulations

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Four bears were found dead in September because of heart failure triggered by an overdose of chocolate that had been put out as bait. The results of toxicology and necropsy reports revealing the cause of the deaths has …

Ray Duckler: Is the Patriots controversy a lot of hot air? Coaches weigh in

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sean McDonnell, one of the most successful college football coaches in the country, a man respected for his integrity and honor, wants to know what all the fuss is about. Deflated balls? So? “Let me put it this way,” the University of New Hampshire football coach told me …

Religion notes and services

Thursday, January 22, 2015

ALLAH PR AYER, 18 EASTMAN ST., CONCORD. A Muslim prayer meeting is Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. Info: 568-9341 or 369-4350. The group meets at the East Concord Community Center. ALL SAINTS ANGLICAN CHURCH, 124 HALL ST., CONCORD. Info: allsaintsnh.com or 545-9079. BAHA’I FAITH, CONCORD AREA. Saturday …

Amid concerns from bobcat supporters, N.H. Fish and Game asks for preliminary guidelines for bobcat season

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The state Fish and Game Commission wants to see what a bobcat hunting or trapping season might look like in New Hampshire. The commission voted yesterday to instruct staff to draft preliminary guidelines for a bobcat season, as …

Plea deal reached in Kenneth Day rape case; hearing set for next week

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kenneth Day is expected to plead guilty early next week to claims that he sexually assaulted three children years ago in Belknap County, an admission that would close one of two pending cases against the 67-year-old Epsom man, …

Three men indicted in Merrimack County on charges of child sexual assault

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Three men have been indicted by a Merrimack County grand jury on separate charges of child sexual assault in Franklin, Penacook and Allenstown. Salvatore Marcellino, 48, of Penacook is charged with nine counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two misdemeanor counts of sexual assault and one felony count …