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Mother of Epsom teen killed during late night chase sues town, police department

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The mother of an 18-year-old Epsom man who died last year during a high-speed police chase is suing the officer involved, claiming he failed to comply with – or even properly learn – the town’s vehicle pursuit policies. Attorneys for Lorraine LaBonte contend that former patrolman Dana Flanders errantly disregarded the safety of her son, Allen Field, when he initiated a chase shortly after midnight on Sunday, July 7, 2013. …

City offices, library closed for holiday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, city offices will be closed tomorrow and Friday. The Concord Public Library will close early at 6 p.m. this evening, and it will also be closed tomorrow and Friday. The library will reopen for its regular Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thanksgiving is also a trash and recycling holiday. Thursday’s traditional route will be picked …

Meteorologist: 6+ inches of snow to land in N.H. on Thanksgiving Eve

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

You won’t be thankful for this: New Hampshire is expected to be hit with its first substantial snowstorm of the season – more than 6 inches – just before one of the most popular travel days of the year. National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Hawley said he expects snow to start falling about noon tomorrow in the Concord area and continue until 6 …

Three Rivers School in Pembroke seeks input for playground

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pembroke’s Three Rivers School is seeking public input on a proposal to revamp its playground, Principal Jon Marston said. Parents and the public are invited to attend a meeting at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow in the school’s library. Marston said the playground currently “doesn’t exist.” “We have a couple …

Program gives support, guidance to New Hampshire college applicants

Monday, November 17, 2014

Concord High School senior Irene Ireme grabbed the confirmation letter off the printer and flashed a wide smile. She had just applied to the University of Connecticut. By day’s end, Ireme expected to submit applications to Keene State …

Concord inmate pleads guilty to 2011 drug smuggling scheme

Monday, November 17, 2014

A former Northfield man sentenced earlier this year for smuggling contraband into the state’s prisons has pleaded guilty to conspiring to do it again, this time in Concord. Vincent Bitetto, 27, admitted last week in court to working with at least one other inmate and two civilians to …

Concord homelessness committee sets its 2015 agenda

Monday, November 17, 2014

Tasked with implementing Concord’s plan to end homelessness, a newly formed committee has set priorities for its first year. The committee will focus on finding an interim cold weather shelter for December 2015, when First Congregational and South Congregational churches will no longer run emergency winter shelters. Its …

N.H. corrections officials look to add $48 million over two-year budget cycle

Monday, November 17, 2014

In order to staff New Hampshire’s new women’s prison and to fill 30 frozen positions, the Department of Corrections is looking to add $48 million to its budget over the next two years. Department officials have long raised …

Decades-old Henniker molestation case headed to trial next month

Monday, November 17, 2014

A former Henniker man accused of molesting a child in the late 1980s has asked a judge to prevent images from entering his trial next month that purportedly show recent texts from him to the alleged victim. George Sartorelli’s attorney argued last week that prosecutors have provided snippets …

N.H. mom turns self in decade after fleeing with child

Monday, November 17, 2014

A woman who fled with her 8-year-old daughter a decade ago during a custody dispute turned herself in yesterday to face trial. Genevieve Kelley of Whitefield disappeared with her daughter, Mary, into Central America in fall 2004 after her attempt to prove her ex-husband had harmed the child …

Specialist: Surprised suspect was named quickly

Monday, November 17, 2014

A trauma specialist said she’s surprised a teenager provided a name within a week after she returned to her Conway home from nine months of what prosecutors call “captivity.” Dr. Judy Cohen, medical director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children & Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital …

Students briefly told to stay put after gun report

Monday, November 17, 2014

University of New Hampshire students were told to stay inside early yesterday morning after the campus police received a report of someone showing a gun at an on-campus apartment complex. A university spokeswoman said the incident at the Gables apartment complex started about 4 a.m. Students were told …

Downtown: Owner outlines plans for renovation at former Vegas Block, applies for tax break

Sunday, November 16, 2014

To new owner Remi Hinxhia, the building at the corner of Centre Street and Loudon Road is no longer the notorious Vegas Block. “Now it’s called ‘Remi’s Block,’ ” Hinxhia said, correcting me. But he has more than …