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Hassan signs human trafficking, cell phone bills

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed into law a measure that strengthens New Hampshire’s laws against human trafficking, as well as a bill banning handheld cell phone use while driving as of July 1 of next year. Hassan said the human trafficking bill, which she signed Friday, takes significant steps to strengthen protections for victims and reinforcing New Hampshire’s commitment to equal justice for all. The bill, which had strong bipartisan … 0

Governor vetoes workplace bullying bill

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed a bill yesterday aimed at protecting New Hampshire state employees from abusive work environments, saying it was well-intentioned but unworkable. Lawmakers passed the measure after hearing from current and former state workers who said they experienced workplace bullying. It would have required state departments and agencies to develop policies … 0

Inmate witness in Edic trial makes appeal to victim’s mother

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Prosecutors in the second-degree murder trial of William Edic continued to build their case yesterday, calling yet another alleged eyewitness to the 2010 prison attack that led to the death of Anthony “Tony” Renzzulla. But on the fourth day of testimony in Merrimack County Superior Court, it seemed that much of their work … 0

Edic trial opens; inmate says he witnessed deadly 2010 prison assault

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Arguments in the second-degree murder trial against William Edic began yesterday, with a former fellow inmate at the Concord state prison saying he witnessed the alleged gang member repeatedly stomp another convict’s head into the pavement of their … 0

Claremont postmaster accused of school theft

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The head of the postal office in Claremont has been accused of taking more than $2,000 from a school Parent/Teacher Organization savings account. The Eagle Times reported that Rebecca Remick, a former member of the Claremont Middle School PTO, has since paid back the money back. She blamed … 0

District 15 Democratic primary candidates set schedule for joint events

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Democratic candidates for the District 15 state Senate seat have agreed to four joint events in the next several weeks, but not without some debate about the schedule itself. Concord attorney Dan Feltes and Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger will be on the primary ballot to … 1

Opening statements expected today in 2010 prison murder trial

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Opening arguments are scheduled to begin this morning in the murder trial of William Edic, a 34-year-old inmate and alleged gang member who is accused of assaulting a fellow prisoner in 2010. Edic was serving time at the … 0

Judge denies Concord inmate’s request for new hate crime trial

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Concord judge has denied a request by Donald Freese, the first man convicted in Merrimack County of a race-based hate crime, that he be given a new trial because of inadequate counsel. Freese’s current attorney, Nicholas Brodich, claimed in a motion filed this spring that Freese’s trial … 0

Separate civil case against Rymes Propane & Oil moves forward in state court

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

While one local oil company considers refiling its dismissed civil suit against Rymes Propane & Oil, a second similar case is making its way through state court. A federal district court judge recently dismissed a case brought against Rymes by Johnny Prescott & Son Oil Co., but a … 0

Police: Man robs Manchester bank, flees with 6-year-old

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The police in Manchester have accused a man of robbing a bank at gunpoint before fleeing with a 6-year-old child in his car. The police said 31-year-old Jose Falero entered the Citizens Bank on Monday, allegedly waving a gun and telling everyone to get on the floor before … 0

With loophole in bylaws, New Hampshire Young Democrats endorse Dan Feltes for state senate

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The New Hampshire Young Democrats group has endorsed Concord attorney Dan Feltes in the primary race for the District 15 state Senate seat. Feltes, 35, is competing with Concord School Board member Kass Ardinger to replace outgoing state Sen. Sylvia Larsen, who has held the seat for 20 … 5

Former Newmarket firefighter sentenced on home arson charges

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A former firefighter has pleaded guilty to two charges of arson following a fire at his home and has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison, with part of that time suspended. Firefighters said the fire at the garage at Donald Dubbs’s rental home in Lee … 0

Driver stops in median to help ducklings in Newfields

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A New Hampshire woman who stopped in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a ticket from the state police. Hallie Bibeau of Newfields told WMUR she was driving east on Route 101 by Exit 8 on Friday when she had to slam on … 0