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Convicted killer Robert Breest looks around the courtroom during his hearing in Merrimack County Superior Court, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in Concord, N.H. Lawyers for Breest, convicted of killing an 18-year-old New Hampshire woman more than four decades ago, asked a judge Tuesday to grant him a new trial based on DNA evidence, but prosecutors said the case against him remains strong. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Breest’s request for new trial denied; judge says evidence still convincing in 1971 killing

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A judge in Concord has denied Robert Breest’s request for a new trial, saying the convicted murderer has failed to show that new DNA evidence would sway a jury to exonerate him. In an order this week, Judge Larry Smukler of Merrimack County Superior Court said the evidence, taken from dried blood under Susan Randall’s fingernails, does not prove she …

Motorcyclist dies in collision with pickup truck

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A 59-year-old man died Friday after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in the area of Route 106 and D’Amante Drive in Concord, police said. The collision was reported to police Friday about 3:45 p.m. The motorcyclist was transported to Concord Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The two people in the pickup truck suffered no injuries. Police have not identified …

Concord police recover body of missing person at White Park

Friday, July 31, 2015

The body of Tina Russell, a 39-year-old Concord woman who had gone missing, was discovered Friday in White Park, police said. They do not suspect foul play. Police received a report of an “unconscious” female in the park about 3:15 p.m. Friday, said Lt. Tim O’Malley in a press release. Upon arrival, police determined she was deceased. Earlier in the day, the department …

Dartmouth to promote gap year service

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dartmouth College is partnering with a project that encourages incoming students to take a year off serving their communities in areas such as health, poverty, conservation and education. The Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project connects young people in search of service opportunities, nonprofits and agencies that have such positions …

Hassan joins nation’s governors at summer meeting

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan is joining her counterparts from across the nation in West Virginia this weekend for a gathering of the National Governors Association. Rising health care costs, the need to repair roads and bridges, and efforts to combat global warming are just a few of the topics …

Concord police arrest pizza worker, seize stash of cocaine, marijuana

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A 26-year-old pizza employee has been arrested in Concord after a month-long investigation into claims he was selling cocaine from the restaurant, according to the police. Kurt Dillon, of Chichester, was detained Thursday and charged with three Class B drug felonies, the department said in a press release. …

Artist a driving force behind plan for Franklin art car

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A car is more than a mode of transportation. Each has a personality, an alter ego and a desire for expression. All vehicle owners may not see this, but this is how artist Laurence Gartel views cars and …

‘Pushed out’: Pittsfield high school graduate returns to confront school board

Saturday, July 25, 2015

One of the last projects Taylor Edwards handed in as a senior at Pittsfield Middle High School was a poster board for an English class about her idol, Marilyn Monroe. On it, she pasted photos from throughout Monroe’s …

Conservation officers find lost hiker

Saturday, July 25, 2015

New Hampshire conservation officers located a lost hiker in Pisgah State Park in Chesterfield after searching for several hours. Officials say they got a call from the husband of 51-year-old Margaret Laird of Williamsburg, Mass., about 12:30 p.m. Friday. She could not get enough cell phone service to …

Concord: Room to grow

Saturday, July 25, 2015

SEEDS 4 THE FUTURE is building a 22-foot wide passive solar Geodesic Grow Dome greenhouse during the next couple of weeks to house large scale hydroponic food production and scientific investigations located at White Farm in Concord. It …

Police, AG, investigate death of 4-month-old

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Officials say they are investigating the death of a 4-month-old baby. Police and investigators from the attorney general’s office are releasing few details. They said the baby died sometime Friday in Greenland. WMUR reports that officials at the attorney general’s office say they are assisting because a child …

Mother hurt, 12-year-old son loses control of ATV

Saturday, July 25, 2015

A woman has suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries after her 12-year-old son lost control of their ATV as they descended a steep trail in Pittsburg. Fish and Game conservation officers said the vehicle went off the edge of …

Former speaker O’Brien won’t run for re-election, moving on to head tech company

Friday, July 24, 2015

As former House speaker and five-term state Rep. Bill O’Brien looks toward a future outside the State House, his colleagues say he’ll be remembered as a straightforward leader who didn’t compromise his principles. The Mont Vernon Republican and …