NH News

Official: Woman’s death accidental

HOPKINTON (AP) — Authorities are calling a woman’s death in a house fire in New Hampshire accidental. The New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s Office said 85-year-old Beverly Johnson died in the fire in Hopkinton early Tuesday.  It said the cause of death was from thermal and inhalation ...

Unions authorized to strike

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Unions representing Consolidated Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont have authorized a strike if negotiators fail to reach an agreement before their contract expires in less than two weeks, officials announced Wednesday. The International ...

Woman arrested after blood found

GARDNER, Mass. (AP) – Prosecutors say they discovered the blood of a man found dead in New Hampshire on the tree house of a Massachusetts woman suspected of his murder. Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Tuesday that 21-year-old Julia Enright was charged with murder at an ...

17-year-old charged with killing man

FARMINGTON (AP) — A 17-year-old has been indicted in New Hampshire on charges of killing a man and shooting his own mother. Authorities said 33-year-old James LaPrade was found shot in the head in Farmington in March 2017. Last week, a grand jury indicted James Belyea, of Farmington, in ...

Police: Girl, 5, found asleep with gun

MANCHESTER (AP) – New Hampshire police investigating a report of shots fired in an apartment found a 5-year-old girl sleeping with a loaded handgun on her chest, court documents said Thursday. Manchester police said Thomas Gulledge, 29, gave police permission to go inside his apartment ...

Truck driver using GPS damages bridge

CORNISH (AP) – A truck driver using a GPS navigation system drove an oversized box truck through an historic covered bridge that connects New Hampshire and Vermont, causing thousands of dollars in damage. Police say the driver was unfamiliar with the area and went through the ...

Man sentenced to 5 years in drug case

CONCORD (AP) – A man has been sentenced in New Hampshire to serve five years in federal prison for selling fentanyl. Court documents say 22-year-old Yomar Maldonado, formerly of Lawrence, Massachusetts, conspired with others to sell 95 grams of the drug to an undercover New Hampshire State ...

Parts of New England still dry despite rains

CONCORD (AP) – A drought-tracking service says that dry conditions are expanding across the Northeast due to warmer than average temperatures. The National Drought Monitor said Thursday that areas from Connecticut to Maine were found to be abnormally dry or enduring moderate drought ...

Massachusetts poised to raise tobacco purchasing age

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts is close to becoming the latest U.S. state to require people to be at least 21 before they can buy cigarettes or other tobacco or vaping products. A bill to boost the minimum purchasing age from 18 to 21 achieved overwhelming final approval in the state House ...

Crochetiere out of 1st District race

MANCHESTER (AP) – A technology executive says he’s dropped his bid for the Republican nomination for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District in 2018. WMUR-TV reports Bruce Crochetiere, of Hampton Falls, said Wednesday he was dropping out, citing family and business ...

Court upholds $750K judgement

CONCORD (AP) – New Hampshire’s Supreme Court has upheld a $750,000 jury award to a man who said he ate a hamburger at an Applebee’s restaurant and contracted salmonella. Brandon Stachulski, of Derry, ate at the Concord restaurant with his then-fiancee and future brother-in-law in 2014. ...

Lightning strikes 186-year-old church

BOW (AP) – Firefighters say lightning struck a 186-year-old New Hampshire church and flames shot out of the steeple as strong storms made their way through the region. A staffer at a day care center next door called 911 on Tuesday after hearing a loud crack, then seeing a flash and ...

Trump administration handing over docs

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – The Trump administration is complying with a judge’s order to hand over documents from the disbanded voting integrity commission to Democratic Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, officials said Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Justice sent out the materials on ...

N.H. Supreme Court upholds conviction

CONCORD (AP) – New Hampshire’s Supreme Court has ruled against a man who left an angry phone message about plow drivers leaving too much snow in front of his home. Michael Hanes left a voicemail for the Pembroke town administrator about snow plowed “right up onto my sidewalk” in ...

Dover raises age to use tobacco products to 21

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — Dover has become the first city in New Hampshire to raise the age to possess, use and purchase tobacco products to 21. Foster’s Daily Democrat reports City Council voted to approve the ordinance in a 6-1-2 vote Wednesday night. Mayor Karen Weston recused herself from the ...

Man dies in trail bike crash

ANTRIM, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a rider has died in a trail bike crash in New Hampshire. Fish and Game Department officers say 52-year-old Frank Colon, of Dublin, New Hampshire, lost control of the bike and crashed along a trail in Antrim on Wednesday. Colon was wearing a helmet and ...

Police: Man pulls knife on bystander, hits man’s service dog

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man has been charged with using his book bag to hit a service dog and then pulling a knife on the dog’s owner. Police say 27-year-old Christopher Paquette, of Concord, has been charged with criminal threatening, drug possession and cruelty to ...

New Hampshire getting more than $4M in AmeriCorps funding

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is getting more than $4 million in AmeriCorps funding. The money is coming from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the federal program and others. The amount will support 298 AmeriCorps members in the state at City Year ...

Strong storms roll through New England; heat to follow

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Powerful storms are rolling through New England, causing power outages and street flooding. The National Weather Service has posted a flash flood watch for much of the region and a flood advisory is in effect for parts of eastern Massachusetts, including Boston and much ...

Bridge named in honor of longtime executive councilor

NEWINGTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has signed a bill to name a bridge in honor of a Ruth Griffin, who served on the Executive Council for 20 years. The new Dover-Newington Bridge on Route 16 has been named the Ruth L. Griffin Bridge. Griffin, a Republican, also served in ...