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Symphony New Hampshire picks new music director

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Symphony New Hampshire has announced that Roger Kalia will be its new music director. New Hampshire Public Radio reports Kalia currently serves as music director for Orchestra Santa Monica, the Lake George Music Festival and Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra in ...

Former lawyer gets 6 months in prison on contempt charge

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former lawyer has been sentenced in New Hampshire to six months in federal prison for misrepresenting himself. Seventy-seven-year-old William Summers, of Haines City, Florida, pleaded guilty to a criminal contempt charge in October. Court documents say he was ...

Psychiatrist: Wrong-way crash suspect was insane

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A psychiatrist originally hired by the state has testified for the defense that a Vermont man was legally insane when he drove the wrong way on an interstate and crashed into an oncoming vehicle, killing five teenagers. Steven Bourgoin is on trial on five counts of ...

Police: Man fell in to brook, accidentally drowned

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say a man accidentally drowned after falling into a brook. Police in Keene said they were alerted to a man in the brook on May 11. They found the body of 59-year-old Richard Oliver, who was believed to have been homeless. Police said the cause of ...

Woman accused of assaulting clerk in gas station

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A woman in New Hampshire is accused of smashing a clerk in the face with a wine bottle and throwing a bag of charcoal at a police officer. A clerk told police that 25-year-old Beth Whittaker, entered the Manchester gas station on Wednesday night and began throwing ...

Cafeteria worker says she lost job for giving boy free lunch

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire school cafeteria worker’s kindness may have got her fired. Bonnie Kimball tells the Valley News she was terminated March 28 by her employer, a vendor that supplies food to the Mascoma Valley Regional High School in Canaan. It came a day after she gave a ...

Superintendent, principal on leave following police report

FARMINGTON, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire school board has placed its superintendent and the high school principal on leave following a police department memo raising concerns about school safety. Fosters.com reports the Farmington Police Department alleges administrators knowingly aren’t ...

Warrant: Man who avoided jail for bigamy has disappeared

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man who avoided jail time on bigamy charges could end up behind bars after all after authorities say he lied about his whereabouts and then disappeared. Michael Middleton, 43, pleaded guilty last month and was given a 12-month sentence, which was ...

Woman gets 5 years in prison for fentanyl trafficking

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for participating in a fentanyl trafficking conspiracy. Court documents say 44-year-old Heidi Langevin, of Belmont, sold the drug and methamphetamine to someone who was cooperating with the FBI. In 2017, ...

As expected, Sununu vetoes paid family leave bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gov. Chris Sununu vetoed a paid family medical leave bill Thursday, repeating his claim that it amounts to an income tax and promoting his own plan as representing the “New Hampshire way.” The plan that passed the Senate in February and the House in March calls for ...

Orchestra finds child who charmed crowd with ‘wow!’

BOSTON (AP) — A performing arts group has found the child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert. The Handel & Haydn Society had just finished a rendition of Mozart’s “Masonic Funeral” at Boston’s Symphony Hall on Sunday when a youngster blurted out: ...

Elderly woman shot dead by husband suffering from dementia

NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — Authorities in New Hampshire say an elderly woman was fatally shot by her husband, who won’t be charged because he suffers from dementia, among other health issues. Newport police on Tuesday found 75-year-old Margaret “Peggy” Clarke dead inside her home, with a ...

Dartmouth students win Mars greenhouse NASA challenge

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A team of Dartmouth College engineering students has won a NASA competition that sought innovative ideas for the design of a greenhouse on Mars. The Dartmouth greenhouse design on Wednesday won the 2019 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing — or BIG — Idea ...

80 patients evacuated from hospital without heat, hot water

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Officials in New Hampshire say a hospital has been evacuated due to the loss of heat and hot water. WBUR reports 80 patients were evacuated Thursday about 7 p.m. from the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. The patients are being relocated to other facilities and Friday ...

Tillotson Fund awards $358K in North Country grants

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire Charitable Foundation fund that supports North Country organizations recently awarded 16 grants totaling more than $358,000. The Tillotson Fund is helping kids get backpacks filled with nutritious food to keep them full for the weekend. It’s also ...

NH police identify ‘person of interest’ in Laconia killing

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire law enforcement officials say they have identified a “person of interest” in the investigation into the death of a 57-year-old Laconia man. Officials said Wednesday that investigators want to speak to 21-year-old Hassan Sapry. He was last seen Tuesday ...

Lake Winnipesaukee is ice-free, a sure sign of spring in NH

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — It’s another sign of spring in New Hampshire: Lake Winnipesaukee is ice-free. Dave Emerson, of Emerson Aviation, made the declaration Wednesday morning. Emerson’s family has been tasked with declaring “ice-out” since 1979. Ice-Out is declared when the 230-foot ...

Police identify teen killed in crash in New Hampshire

SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — Police in Seabrook, New Hampshire, have identified a motorist killed in a crash on Easter morning. Police say 18-year-old Lily Dore, of Hampton, was behind the wheel of a car that crashed into a tree early on Sunday. Police said they found the car engulfed in flames and ...

Man pleads guilty to shipping lizards from Philippines to US

BOSTON (AP) — A New Hampshire man who smuggled rare lizards from the Philippines to the U.S. by hiding them in socks and placing them inside electronic equipment has pleaded guilty. Federal prosecutors say 26-year-old Derrick Semedo pleaded guilty in Boston on Tuesday to trafficking in ...

Portsmouth gives green light to mosque

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The Planning Board has given the green light for construction of a mosque with parking for 60 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Islamic Society of the Seacoast received the unanimous approval last week of its site plan and conditional use permit. The Portsmouth ...