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March 02. 2013 9:55PM

Bill would grant some relief for FRM victims

CONCORD — The plight of those bilked off nearly $30 million by Scott Farah and Donald Dodge, the principals of Financial Resources Mortgage, Inc. of Meredith, who are serving time in federal prison for working the biggest scam in state history, has inspired legislation to establish a restitution fund for victims of financial fraud.

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Police: Acworth woman charged with using forged prescriptions

Kathleen Whitcomb, 35, of Acworth, N.H., pleaded not guilty to prescription-fraud charges this week in Windham Superior Court Criminal Division.

Belmont officials won't abide a gray fire vehicle, even a new one

BELMONT — Selectmen will spend about $3,000 painting and lettering the new fire chief vehicle after they realized he bought a gray one instead of red or white one.

Hinsdale police chief seeks to calm concerns about alleged peeping Tom

HINSDALE — The local police department will continue to investigate reports of a peeping Tom in the community, but officers don't yet have enough information to conclude there is one, according to Police Chief Todd A. Faulkner.

Nashua couple faces felony indictment for punishing boy with a belt

NASHUA – A Hudson man and Nashua woman arrested in May for allegedly whipping an 8-year-old boy with a belt and forcing him to kneel until his legs and knees were bruised have been indicted by a Hillsborough County grand jury on related charges.

Asbestos shuts down Sigma Nu fraternity house at UNH

DURHAM — Members of UNH’s chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity are left without a home now that asbestos has been found in their 10 Madbury Road building.

Seabrook officers fired for brutality seeking reinstatement

SEABROOK — Two Seabrook police officers fired Wednesday and a lieutenant who was demoted following a probe into a four-year-old excessive force incident caught on video are contesting the town’s disciplinary action.

Medical marijuana patients sick of state bogarting their remedy

A year out from the adoption of New Hampshire's medical marijuana law, state officials said they're trying to move quickly to roll out the rules for ID cards, dispensaries and other provisions that go along with it.

GARY SAMPSON

Feds fly death row NH spree killer by private jet to new facility for life-saving cancer treatments

Spree killer Gary Lee Sampson, sentenced to die 11 years ago for an interstate murder rampage in 2001, was flown by private jet on the taxpayers' dime July 11 to new death-row digs in Butner, N.C. — the same federal medical facility where disgraced former House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi has been battling Stage 4 cancer.

Manchester's Mara one of two finalists for Somerville chief job

A team of Somerville officials has selected two finalists — a department insider and the current chief of the largest city in New Hampshire — to vie for the police chief position with the hopes that one of them will end the recent trend of turnover at the top.

Disgraced NH oil dealer sentenced for Montana fraud, must pay $6.5M in restitution

MISSOULA, Mont. -- A Montana man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $6.5 million in restitution for taking millions of dollars in down payments on steel buildings he never completed.

Independent comedy to be filmed at haunted hotel on Star Island

The location, The Oceanic Hotel on the Portsmouth coast, was featured on the SyFy channel show, 'Ghost Hunters,' and currently serves as a retreat for artists, writers and their families.

Biker bar owner tells city officials Motorcycle Week in decline

LACONIA — 'This is the oldest motorcycle rally,' said Bill Niland, who owns and operates a biker bar in Seabrook, 'and it's the first one I've seen declining.'

Man struck, killed by Downeaster train in North Berwick

An Amtrak Downeaster train packed with commuters as it headed north from Boston to Brunswick struck and killed a pedestrian Wednesday evening in downtown North Berwick.

NH artist's 'Han Solo Frozen In Carbonite Toilet Seat'

The seat itself is carefully hand-painted by an artist in New Hampshire.

Secretive moderate Islamic group buying U.S. influence, Ayotte among those receiving donations

Started in Turkey as a moderate Islamic movement in the secular 1960s and 1970s, the movement — also known as Hizmet, roughly meaning 'service' in Turkish — runs schools, businesses, and media outlets around the world.

Drunk Manchester man charged with carrying baby into traffic in Sanford, Maine

SANFORD — Police say a drunk 37-year-old Manchester, New Hampshire man placed his 15-month-old baby in danger when he stood in traffic kicking cars with the child in his arms.

Wolfeboro police commissioners look to dispose of scores of guns by selling them out of state

At the start of the discussion, Chase said that he has concluded that it would be best to sell the lot to the Interstate Arms Corporation.

Hearing on Co-op Food firing of union organizers fills high school gym with angry members

Hanover — About 300 members of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society packed the Hanover High School auditorium Wednesday, with many demanding that two fired employees be reinstated and denouncing the way Co-op Food Stores management handled the terminations.

NH state senate candidates deploy Bitcoin donation system PayStand

For roughly a dozen New Hampshire state senate candidates, PayStand's solution is making political donations with these new next-generation payment methods easier than ever.

Foreclosure rates continue to fall in Manchester-Nashua

Foreclosure activity in Manchester-Nashua was lower than the national foreclosure rate, which was 1.73 percent for the month.

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