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Northeast, including New Hampshire, braces for ‘near blizzard’ snowstorm

Monday, January 26, 2015

By the looks of the forecasts National Weather Service meteorologist Margaret Curtis has been monitoring, tomorrow will be “a great day to have hot chocolate and shovel the driveway” – but not for much else. From state officials and the National Weather Service, the message was clear: You’ll probably want to adjust your travel plans to avoid driving tomorrow, unless it’s an emergency. Much of the Northeast, including New Hampshire, …

Christian nonprofit looks to open transitional housing for families, homeless shelter

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Open Hands Resource Center is raising money to open a transitional housing facility and a homeless shelter in Concord. The Christian nonprofit, which runs a drop-in center for the homeless on North State Street, is soliciting donations to buy property in Concord. Roberta Hixson, a member of the center’s board of directors, said …

State rep wants to examine safety regulations for mobility scooters

Saturday, January 24, 2015

State Rep. Dick Patten is worried about his sister. For the past few years, he said, she has relied on a mobility scooter to get around Concord, running errands and venturing outdoors in spite of a physical disability. But the sidewalks aren’t always up to par, especially this time of year. And drivers …

Contoocook man accused of pointing gun at driver in a fit of road rage

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A 48-year-old Contoocook man was arrested yesterday morning in Manchester after allegedly pointing a gun at another driver in a fit of road rage. The incident took place about 8 a.m. on Route 293. The state police released few details of the incident, saying in a statement only …

State Supreme Court upholds pension reforms

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld some legislative reforms to the state retirement system, a month after upholding key provisions. The court yesterday upheld changes to the definitions of “earned compensation” and Cost of Living Adjustments. It ruled the changes didn’t retroactively reduce pension benefits earned before …

Henniker officer cleared in November shooting; reportedly feared suspect was armed

Friday, January 16, 2015

State investigators have determined that a Henniker police officer was justified when he shot a fleeing suspect two months ago, saying the officer mistakenly believed the man had a gun, when all he had was a butter knife. …

Ray Duckler: In this case, silence is the golden rule

Friday, January 16, 2015

Sometimes, a half-hour of silence says a lot. Take yesterday, for example, in front of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. No one said a word from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m., yet the voices were loud and clear, varied …

Money Trail: A trek that takes a lot of planning and teamwork

Friday, January 16, 2015

Kai Newkirk organized a 500-mile march across California to promote political equality regardless of wealth. In part, he learned how to coordinate that movement, an effort of the group 99 Rise that he said was a “huge logistical …

PHOTO: Honoring Blake Marston

Friday, January 16, 2015

Concord firefighters stand at attention as the hearse carrying Navy Seal Blake Marston passes under the American flag hoisted between two ladder trucks Thursday night as it travels through the parking lot of NH1 on its way to …

Addison appeal: high court hears arguments on death sentence for cop killing

Friday, January 16, 2015

The New Hampshire Supreme Court inched closer to determining the fate of the state’s lone death row inmate yesterday, hearing arguments on whether Michael Addison’s 2008 sentence is fair compared with similar cases across the country. But the …

Kearsarge Regional School District voters approve land transfer to Warner, will vote on four additional articles in March

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Kearsarge Regional School District voters authorized the district to transfer land next to the Odd Fellows building to the town of Warner at the school district’s annual meeting Saturday. “That’s been the missing piece that we’ve never had before,” said Jim McLaughlin of Warner’s Odd Fellows Building Committee. …

Man convicted in Hill and Franklin rape case

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A 46-year-old Auburn man has been convicted of raping and molesting a young girl several years ago in Hill and Franklin. Kendall McLain was found guilty Wednesday of aggravated and attempted felonious sexual assault, misdemeanor and felony sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. A sentencing …

Bradford worker injured in mill accident, flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A man was reportedly injured yesterday in a machine shop accident in Bradford. Few details were known yesterday. WMUR reported that the man got caught in a milling machine and was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He was not identified, and his condition was not known. No one …