NH News

Former officer declines plea deal

NEWPORT (AP) – A former New Hampshire police officer accused of performing an illegal search and falsifying his report has turned down a plea offer from the state. The Valley News reports Assistant Attorney General Geoffrey Ward said in court Tuesday that the state made 30-year-old Ian ...

Man gets 25 years in federal prison

CONCORD (AP) – A New Hampshire man who posed online as a modeling agency representative to get sexually explicit photos of young girls has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison. Matthew Felton, of Somersworth, pleaded guilty in January to child pornography charges. Court documents ...

Death of 11-month old a homicide

LUDLOW, Vt. (AP) – Vermont State Police say the January death of an 11-month-old Ludlow boy has been ruled a homicide. Police said Wednesday that an autopsy and subsequent investigation by the office of the New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner determined that the death of Karsen Rickert ...

New police chief for Manchester

MANCHESTER (AP) – New Hampshire’s largest city is getting a new police chief. Carlo Capano will take over as chief of police in Manchester on July 1. He currently is assistant chief of the department. Chief Nick Willard is retiring. He has been appointed by President Donald Trump as ...

Dad gets support after Facebook rant

PORTSMOUTH (AP) – A frustrated father’s Facebook post over the lack of baby-changing stations in men’s restrooms is getting a lot of support from parents in similar situations. New Hampshire man Chris Mau is a 33-year-old father of four. He recently posted that he used the floor in the ...

Woman dies of single gunshot

ROCHESTER (AP) – New Hampshire authorities investigating the killing of a woman in Rochester say the cause of death was a single gunshot wound. Attorney General Gordon MacDonald identified the woman as 24-year-old Billy Jo Ahearn, of Rochester. She died at a hospital ...

Fisherman rescued after boat flips

NEW CASTLE, N.H. (AP) – The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a New Hampshire fisherman whose boat was flipped over by large wave and capsized. Brian Weeks’ boat was flipped over Wednesday off the coast of Kittery, Maine, WMUR-TV reported . The 64-year-old said the day before he had watched ...

UNH to be part of NASA mission

DURHAM (AP) – A team from the University of New Hampshire has been selected to be part of a NASA mission that seeks to study interstellar space. The mission will help researchers better understand the boundary of the heliosphere, which acts as a bubble-like shield for the solar system from ...

Police call death of woman who was shot a homicide

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire authorities are calling the death of a woman who was shot a homicide. Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says around midnight Tuesday, Rochester police responded to a reported shooting that involved two groups. Police found three adults, including a woman ...

Officials: Car wash must change water disposal methods

NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — State officials say that a New Hampshire car wash must change how it disposes of used water after test results showed unsafe levels of chemicals. Pro-Wash in North Hampton had a permit to dump used water underground. It was obtained before the state began testing ...

Incarcerated fathers can attend counseling with children

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire state prison center that serves families has a new program that provides counseling services to children and incarcerated parents. Family Ties hopes to strengthen communication among families to increase emotional support and practice coping skills for ...

Trial scheduled on records request for dead inmate

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A judge has scheduled a trial on a lawsuit filed by The Disabilities Rights Center against New Hampshire corrections officials to obtain records about the death of an inmate with mental illness. The non-jury trial was scheduled by U.S. District Court Judge Landya ...

Sununu signs surplus spending bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has signed a bill to spend about $102 million produced by an unexpectedly high business tax revenue this year. The bill signed by the Republican governor Wednesday adds $10 million to the state’s Rainy Day Fund; grants $20 million repair ...

Loon cam up and running for fifth year

MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — Fans of loons can once again watch a pair of nesting loons in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. This is the fifth year the Loon Preservation Committee is streaming live footage of the birds. The footage captured the first egg on May 25 and two eggs were seen on May ...

Students learn dangers of alcohol during hands-on programs

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is visiting schools across the state to educate students on alcohol safety issues during prom and graduation season. The school visits include hands-on training, informational sessions and an opportunity for students to engage in a ...

Education programs aimed at stopping ‘summer slide’

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Education has two new options for parents worried about “summer slide.” The department is partnering with an educational research group to provide free reading recommendations and a six-week mathematics program designed to stop the ...

Man stabbed in Portsmouth eatery brawl

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Police say an early morning brawl in a New Hampshire restaurant led to the stabbing of a man and the head injury of another. Police say that the fight in the Portsmouth late-night eatery was reported early Tuesday. The restaurant’s staff asked two groups of men to ...

New Hampshire colleges announce plans to merge

HENNIKER, N.H. (AP) — Two New Hampshire private colleges have announced their plans to merge. New England College and the New Hampshire Institute of Art say that they intend to complete a merger by Oct. 1. The merger is designed to enhance academic programs and streamline administrative ...

Border agents arrest 17 people at New Hampshire checkpoint

WOODSTOCK, N.H. (AP) — A three-day checkpoint operation that took place during the Memorial Day weekend in northern New Hampshire led to the arrests of 17 people living in the U.S. illegally. They were from several countries and charged with immigration violations at the Woodstock checkpoint ...

Search for next New Hampshire poet laureate underway

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials are accepting nominations for the state’s next poet laureate. Alice Fogel, currently serving as New Hampshire’s poet laureate, will complete her term next year after serving five years as an ambassador for poets across the state. Former New ...