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No criminal charges for Beaver Meadow School principal in incident with student

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Concord elementary school principal put on administrative leave last month after an incident with a student will not face any criminal charges, the police said. The police have been investigating an incident in which Beaver Meadow School principal John Forrest allegedly had physical contact with a student “while trying to restrain him for some type of outburst,” according to …

Prison guards accused of witness tampering, reckless conduct in Concord knife incident

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Two state corrections officers have been indicted on felony charges accusing them of slicing a Concord halfway house inmate’s shirt and threatening to withhold medical care from him unless he reported that he had “cut himself.” The indictments, released yesterday, identify the officers as Robert Gauthier, 47, of Epsom and Dennis Fitton, 40, of Alexandria. Both have been suspended with pay pending an …

N.H. Senate committee rejects $4 million for commuter rail study

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A push to extend commuter rail from Boston into New Hampshire hit a snag yesterday when a state Senate committee rejected plans to spend $4 million to study the expansion. The vote fell along party lines, with Republicans on the Senate Capital Budget Committee rejecting the proposal and Democrats championing it. Discussions over whether to bring commuter rail service into Nashua and Manchester …

Hopkinton town, school officials to take a hard look at high taxes

Saturday, May 16, 2015

It’s no secret taxes are high in Hopkinton. The town’s tax rate for 2014 was $32.57 per $1,000 of assessed property value, one of the highest in Merrimack County and within the top 10 highest rates in the state. It’s something town officials say is making it more …

At Concord homeless center, a matter of resources

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Jake King looks like a cop. He was, in fact, at one time a police officer and an Army Ranger. As the new manager of the Concord Homeless Resource Center, his muscle has earned wary glances from guests …

Ray Duckler: Running the Rock ‘N Race for David, Brigit and Danica

Saturday, May 16, 2015

They’re called David’s Angels, but let’s add two people to the mix. Let’s add Brigit McKeough and Danica Gage. That tells the whole story, the one about the parents who died too young, the little girl who’s since …

Capital Beat: Cyber mischief an unwelcome campaign guest

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Republican Yvonne Dean-Bailey is still running in the election to represent Candia, Deerfield, Nottingham and Northwood in the state’s House of Representatives. But days before the special election, that’s not what someone wants you to think. A hoax …

Second public hearing on Weare police chief to be held next week

Friday, May 15, 2015

A second public hearing to consider whether Weare should hire Interim Police Chief Sean Kelly to stay on as part-time chief will be held Monday. Selectmen first announced their choice to keep Kelly on as chief at the end of last month, saying they wanted to keep consistent …

Sen. Lindsey Graham tours HL Turner in Concord during latest N.H. trip

Friday, May 15, 2015

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham toured a Concord architectural and engineering firm with an emphasis on sustainable building practices yesterday afternoon, part of his latest trip to New Hampshire as he inches closer to a presidential announcement. At …

Concord man arrested, charged with sexually assaulting boy

Friday, May 15, 2015

A 64-year-old Concord man has been arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a boy, the police said. Theodore Littlefield was arraigned yesterday on three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one count of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault, Lt. Tim O’Malley said in a release. Two counts …

Concord authorities say brush fires may have been intentionally set

Friday, May 15, 2015

Authorities are investigating a spate of recent brush fires in and around Concord that may have been intentionally set. The Concord fire and police departments have launched a joint inquiry into seven blazes since April 25. Officials in Hopkinton and at the state Division of Forests and Lands …

Man who sent hoax email from GOP candidate had ‘too many beers’ before ‘prank’

Friday, May 15, 2015

A liberal activist who was booted from Maureen Mann’s special election campaign said he “probably had one too many beers” before he sent out a hoax email saying Mann’s opponent was bowing out of the race. Carl Gibson …

New Hampshire high court upholds decision striking down 2012 voter registration law

Friday, May 15, 2015

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled that a 2012 law linking voter registration to getting a driver’s license is unconstitutional and could discourage people from participating in the electoral process. The justices yesterday said the language of the law is confusing and inaccurate, and could sway an …