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August 23. 2013 12:50PM

Keene Sentinel says fake fears used to shill Bearcat

Further, the federal government should be keeping a tighter rein on its purse strings rather than let fear be the sole justification for arming police with such tactical weapons as tanks and sno-cones.

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State forcing county jails to become makeshift mental health facilities

LACONIA — A young man suffering from mental illness has spent the last month-and-a-half in small, bare cell, with only a blanket and thin mattress, at the Belknap County Jail.

An Atlas Pyro Vision Production show on Meredith Bay in NH.

Though Mass. town feels burned, neighbors call NH fireworks company and its owner 'kind and generous'

GREENFIELD — While the mayor waits for word from the town's lawyer about whether he thinks a New Hampshire company short-changed Greenfield's fireworks display this year — an=d possibly for the past three or four years — neighbors of Atlas PyroVision Productions Inc. in Jaffrey, N.H., and its owner Stephen Pelkey are shocked that such a 'kind and generous' person and business would be accused of such a thing.

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The untold story behind serial killer Israel Keyes' jailhouse suicide

A correctional officer fired for 'negligent inattention' by the Department of Corrections because he allegedly read a novel while Israel Keyes committed a 'ritualistic' suicide in a cell 25 feet away was a scapegoat for widespread lax practices and shouldn't have lost his job, a review by an arbitrator found.

Portsmouth mayor tired of waiting for a response from Hassan regarding Sea-3 propane project

PORTSMOUTH — Mayor Bob Lister is tired of waiting for a response from Gov. Maggie Hassan's office to a request he made in a June 18 letter sharing his concerns about the expansion of the Sea-3 propane facility in Newington.

Feds estimate median income for a family of four in NH tops $97.5K

New Hampshire's median income for a family of four tops $97.5K, sixth highest in the nation.

Claremont postmaster who stole from PTO - 'I had to feed my kids'

Rebecca S. Remick, 40, of 35 Citizens St., Claremont’s postmaster at the United State Post Office on Broad Street, has since paid back all the money she allegedly took from the account. She blamed tough financial times for the incidents.

Peeping Tom in town? Hinsdale police chief calls community meeting

The meetings is in response to reports the police department has received and a Facebook page -- Hinsdale Crime Watch -- that claims to have a description of the suspect.

RNC begins ‘robo calls’ vs. Shaheen, Reid

CONCORD – As if Granite State voters weren’t getting enough political advertising on television, the Republican National Committee on Tuesday began making 'robo calls' into the state urging voters to 'fire' Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid by voting against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Former Gov. Benson endorses Guinta for Congress

Benson has been a major contributor to Guinta’s past runs for the seat, but this is the first time a formal endorsement has been rolled out.

Claremont investigates how tax eviction of property owner was mishandled

Lawyer for man who lost home for unpaid taxes questions process,
Claremont — The attorney for a man who lost his home due to unpaid taxes said city employees didn’t have a legal basis for removing personal property from the house because the city had not issued a proper eviction notice. Meanwhile, the City Council will meet in a nonpublic session Wednesday for an update on the hiring of an independent investigator to look into the matter, which city officials have acknowledged was mishandled.

BAE contract part of $496M effort to better protect troops from threats

The latest orders are funded under a recently awarded $496 million, three-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to deliver up to 1,300 Gen3 systems.

UNH DNA analysis may help New England save remaining cottontails

University of New Hampshire researchers say the New England cottontail population has shrunken by at least half in New Hampshire and Maine in the last decade.

Gilford bookkeeper charged with stealing $60K from Vt. dentist

An audit stemming back to 2009 showed $60,000 was missing. Lussier, of Gilford and Keene, New Hampshire, was fired May 12.

3.9% raise for Dover teachers will be $1.1M bill for taxpayers

DOVER — A new collective bargaining agreement with the city’s teachers union could cost taxpayers an additional $1,114,846 over the next two fiscal years.

With loophole in bylaws, New Hampshire Young Democrats endorse Dan Feltes for state senate

The bylaws of the Young Democrats state the group shall not endorse primary candidates, but the group can make an exception if one of its members is running for office and its executive board votes in favor of the endorsement.

Sub Pop releasing Sarah Silverman's new album on vinyl, CD and digital download

Sub Pop will be releasing Sarah Silverman's new comedy album, 'We Are Miracles,' on September 23. The LP will be available on limited-edition colored vinyl, CD and digital formats.

Toddler's breathing restored at Ellacoya beach in Gilford

He said they went into the water and got the girl who was not breathing when they reached her. He said they brought the child to life guards who performed CPR and resuscitation.

Roofer gets three to six years for stealing from customers

Timothy Currier, the owner of Green Home Energy Systems, was convicted in March of having entered into contracts to provide new roofs to three customers, taking more than $18,000 in deposits and purposefully not providing materials, services or refunds.

Vaping takes off as smoking's latest alternative

PORTSMOUTH — Brian Swaine was a pack-a-day Marlboro 'Reds' smoker who switched to vaping and now has a preference for Honey Pearry flavored e-juice.

A mother duck leads her chicks in this 2013 file photo.

Woman stops to help ducklings, gets $100 ticket

NEWFIELDS — A Newfields woman who stopped in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a ticket from state police.

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