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A police sketch of the man who may have driven Abigail Hernandez away on Oct. 9.

Investigators release sketch of man who may have driven Abigail away

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CONWAY – Authorities have released a sketch of a man who they say may be responsible for driving Abigail Hernandez away when she disappeared on Oct. 9.
Investigators say the man depicted in the sketch drove her away on Oct. 9 between 2:20p.m.-3:00 pm. At the time, the man was driving a navy blue pick-up truck on North South Road in Conway, north of the rotary.
Investigators say they are not sure if the man took Abigail against her will.

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Supporters ask for patience in Abby Hernandez case while authorities sort it all out

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As law enforcement officials try to get a firm understanding of how Abigail Hernandez disappeared, where she has been for the past nine months, and how she returned, social media has been buzzing with theories and negative comments about the formerly missing teen.

A sign explains why produce is missing from shelves at Market Basket on Elm Street in Manchester on Thursday.

Manchester Market Basket workers hope solution near as shelves empty

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Market Basket workers said Thursday they hope the company’s board of directors accepts an offer from the family faction including ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas to buy a controlling stake of the supermarket chain and end a widespread customer boycott.

Pope Francis blesses Meriam Yehya Ibrahim of Sudan and her baby during a private meeting at the Vatican Thursday.

NH man's wife flies to Rome, meets Pope Francis after giving birth on death row in Sudan

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A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith, then detained after her conviction was quashed, flew into Rome on an Italian government plane on Thursday and hours later met with Pope Francis.

A Manchester firefighter hands a kitten to Nastja Rebrin, whose 303 Jewett St. apartment was likely struck by lightning Wednesday night.

Lightning likely cause of Manchester apartment building fire

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Fire officials believe a Wednesday night blaze at a 303 Jewett St. apartment building’s was caused by a lightning strike. Fire Chief James Burkush said fire crews encountered "multiple areas of fire" on the two-story building’s second floor. The fire was under control before 10 p.m., he said.

Seabrook fires two officers for Bergeron brutality

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Town authorities announced Wednesday afternoon that police officers Mark Richardson and Adam Laurent had been fired for their brutal actions following the November 2009 arrest of Michael Bergeron, then 19.

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Annual festival bash draws diverse roster of folk acts

The Wood Brothers, Shakey Graves, Pokey LaFarge, The Stray Birds and the Soggy Po' Boys take to the Prescott Parks Arts Festival for its annual folk music celebration Friday at 5 p.m.

Johnny Winter was scheduled to bring his tour, in support of his forthcoming 'Step Back' disc, to the Granite State, prompting entertainment venue officials to talk about the holes left in show lineups, as well as in the hearts of music enthusiasts.

Entertainment venue promoters lament death of music icon

Texas blues-rock icon Johnny Winter had planned to visit New Hampshire this month as part of an extensive world tour promoting the forthcoming release of his “Step Back” disc.

The fifth annual Hampton Beach Comedy Festival will bring funny guys Paul Gilligan, Dave Rattigan, Mac Livingston, Will Noonan, Chris Pennie and Josh Day to the Ashworth by the Sea tonight, while Friday's lineup will feature Jimmy Dunn (above), Lamont Price, Jeff Koen, Jesse Bickford, Abhishek Shah and Day.

Hampton Beach Comedy Festival to surf into town

The fifth annual Hampton Beach Comedy Festival will bring funny guys Paul Gilligan, Dave Rattigan, Mac Livingston, Will Noonan, Chris Pennie and Josh Day to the Ashworth by the Sea tonight, while Friday's lineup will feature Jimmy Dunn, Lamont Price, Jeff Koen, Jesse Bickford, Abhishek Shah and Day.


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Celtic group to invade Lancaster

Tartan Terrors is its own Celtic invasion, storming stages with a whirlwind of classic pipes and fiddle, driving drum beats and signature guitar styles, all peppered with humor and Highland dance.

Cello virtuoso Dave Eggar and singer/songwriter Amber Rubarth serves up a night of folk song, stories and grooves through the ages at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in a Monadnock Folklore Society show at The Walden School's Heberton Hall, 76 Winter St., Keene.

Cello virtuoso Dave Eggar and singer/songwriter Amber Rubarth to perform in Keene

Cello virtuoso Dave Eggar and singer/songwriter Amber Rubarth serves up a night of folk song, stories and grooves through the ages at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in a Monadnock Folklore Society show at The Walden School's Heberton Hall, 76 Winter St., Keene.


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Joe Carelli, president of Citizens Bank-New Hampshire and Vermont, speaks at a luncheon Wednesday in Concord to announce that New Hampshire Children's Trust is the Citizens Bank Champion in Action grant winner for 2014.

Citizens Helping Citizens names NH Children's Trust its Champion in Action

On Tuesday, the New Hampshire Children's Trust was named a Champion in Action in the Strengthening Communities category of the Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen Communities program.

Joseph Blood, 14, of Jaffrey, Isaiah Hill, 15, of Rindge, Robert Papa, 14, of Rindge and Timothy Moreau, 15, of Jaffrey play drums during QUEST summer camp at Franklin Pierce University Tuesday afternoon.

QUEST summer camps moving to new communities

QUEST, a free summer camp for middle school children started by Jaffrey and Rindge Rotarians, is slowly spreading from its start at Franklin Pierce University four years ago to other communities.

Joe Blajda, left, Kathy Murby and Mike Becker of the band Smoked Kielbasa peform at the Art on the Wall at City Hall watercolor painting show part of the Open Doors Art and Cultural Trolly Tour in Manchester in 2008.

Open Doors Manchester offers look at city's art, culture

You can experience downtown by trolley Thursday with Open Doors Manchester. The event happens several times a year and includes free access to some of the Queen City's arts and cultural venues.

Wallis Sands State Beach is perfect for young kids to enjoy their boogie boards.

Four NH state parks celebrate 50th anniversary

In 1964, Clough State Park in Weare; Greenfield State Park in Greenfield; Wallis Sands State Beach in Rye and Mount Washington State Park in Sargents Purchase were preserved forever.

Swing band to perform Sunday at Manchester bandstand

The Friends of Stark Park welcome the New Legacy Swing Band at the bandstand Sunday at 2 p.m. at the park on River Road.

Derry resident Rich DiSalvo and his family are ready for the second stage of the Tour to Endure, his ongoing fundraiser for Autism Speaks. From left are Sue DiSalvo, Rich's wife; DiSalvo with daughter Jennifer; daughter Christina; and son James.

Derry cyclist makes cause a family affair

Rich DiSalvo is prepared to pedal all the way from Maine to Florida in the second part of the three-year fundraising effort for people with autism dubbed the "Tour to Endure."

Pelham resident David Silva and his daughter, Shayna, are the organizers behind the Pelham PMC Kids Ride: one of only two such events in the entire state. Registration is now open for the fundraising event, which will take place Sept.6.

Pelham family supports Pan-Mass cause

Pelham's David Silva and daughter, Shayna, are organizing the area's only Pan Mass Challenge Kids Ride, a child-sized version of the lengthy bike race to benefit cancer care and cancer research.

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