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Hassan Warns Against GOP Return

West Lebanon — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan warned Tuesday that the policies of her Republican opponent Walt Havenstein would “blow a hole” in the state’s budget and also empower former Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien, who hopes …

Barnard Man Faces Sex Charge

Barnard — Police last week charged a man with felony lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor following a weeklong investigation by Vermont State Police and the Department of Children and Families. Authorities allege Thurston Twigg-Smith, 67, “inappropriately touched” a 14-year-old girl from Barnard, according to a State …

Attorneys Debate Evidence In Thetford Rifle Case

Chelsea — The prosecution and defense in the case of a Thetford man who allegedly fired rifle rounds into an occupied car debated Tuesday what evidence should be introduced at a trial slated to start next week. During a motion hearing in Orange Superior Court, defense attorney Daniel …

Investigators: Fire That Torched Police Cars Was Intentional

Thetford — State fire investigators have determined that the fire that destroyed Thetford’s three police cruisers last week was set intentionally. The cause of the fire, which was reported around 2:30 a.m. on Friday, has been officially identified as “incendiary/arson,” according to a State Police statement distributed Tuesday …

Charlestown-Area House Incumbents Face Challengers

Charlestown — The two lawmakers who represent the Charlestown area in the New Hampshire House are facing challenges next month. State Rep. Steve Smith, R-Charlestown, one of the few Sullivan County Republicans to survive the 2012 election that …

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