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Hands free sign on I-93 south near exit 15 in Concord.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: Are you driving and talking hands free yet?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

With apologies to the Concord Police Department, I broke the law three days ago and got away with it. No one pulled me over for talking on my cell phone, held to my ear, which is no longer allowed under the state’s new hands-free statute. I never heard anything connected to the color blue, nothing about my bluetooth, no blue …

Hassan likely to veto bill removing concealed gun license

Saturday, July 4, 2015

New Hampshire’s gun laws are likely to be the center of debate next week as Gov. Maggie Hassan takes action on a bill that would make it easier for people to carry hidden guns. She has said she’ll veto it. The legislation passed the Republican-led Legislature this year and landed on Hassan’s desk this week, giving her five days to act. A veto …

Hands-free law violation leads to drug arrest

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The new hands-free cell phone law has led to the arrest of a driver from Massachusetts on drug charges after a police officer stopped him about using a phone, then smelled marijuana. The Salem officer saw the driver using the phone Thursday and stopped him. The law barring people from using hand-held cell phones while driving went into effect Wednesday. The officer said …

Pittsfield administrator resigns amid weeks-long partisan attack

Sunday, June 28, 2015

In the past seven weeks, partisan letter writers have assailed Pittsfield Town Administrator Mike Williams in the pages of the Suncook Valley Sun for his alleged “hostile takeover” of the town’s volunteer-operated website. In one of the 13 letters written by website committee members and relations, Rachel Wood …

Cemetery, document storage laws targeted in Allenstown officials’ proposed legislation

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Allenstown may end a long tradition of noncompliance with an archaic law requiring the town to have its own cemetery – and a storage room full of old documents at town hall could be converted to electronic format – if legislators covering the town get their way next …

With Sanders and Chafee in state, Clinton and O’Malley supporters on hand, Democratic competition on full display in N.H.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

You didn’t need to travel far in New Hampshire on Saturday to understand this much about the Democratic presidential primary: It’s on. In fact, if you were in Nashua on Saturday morning, you didn’t need to travel more …

Former National Guardsman gets probation for gun theft

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A former member of the New Hampshire National Guard will serve two years on probation after being convicted of stealing a gun from the Manchester armory. Acting U.S. Attorney Donald Feith says 34-year-old Eric Evers of Plaistow joined the National Guard in December 2009. Feith said Evers took …

Big solar project proposed for Franklin

Saturday, June 27, 2015

For the past half century, two plots of land along River Street in Franklin have been used to grow feed for Daniel Webster Farm. The land could soon have a new purpose – one that would usher in …

Competency hearing in racist graffiti case delayed once again

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A competency hearing for the former Concord man accused of defacing refugee homes with hateful messages has been delayed once again. A hearing for Raymond Stevens, 44, had been scheduled for Friday in Merrimack County Superior Court. But due to a last-minute time conflict involving Judge Richard McNamara, …

Names of boy, stepfather who drowned in river released

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Police have released the identities of the 10-year-old boy who drowned when he went under water while swimming in the Merrimack River and his stepfather who died trying to save him. The body of the boy, Javier Gonzalez, was recovered by divers Thursday morning in water that was …

PHOTOS: Market Days 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The 41st annual Market Days Festival wraps up in downtown Concord today. For more information, entertainment schedules and a map, pick up this week’s Concord Insider. …

Man sentenced for possessing child pornography

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A Newmarket man has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison after being convicted of possession of child pornography. Federal prosecutors say 36-year-old Brian Sorrentino was sentenced this week in U.S. District Court in Concord. Authorities say the investigation into Sorrentino began in 2008, when investigators traced …

Primary 2016: Jindal: Obama ‘is living in a bubble’

Friday, June 26, 2015

Just hours before taking a New Hampshire stage as a presidential contender, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was handed a political target he couldn’t miss: the Supreme Court’s decision upholding portions of the Affordable Care Act. “Today the president …