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Court: Enfield Drug Arrest Unconstitutional

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Concord — A police officer who stopped a driver for a defective taillight acted unlawfully when he asked to see the man’s tongue, then used its green hue as the basis for a marijuana arrest, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The court reversed the drug convictions of the man, Hillman Blesdell-Moore, saying the Enfield officer who stopped the 18-year-old in 2011 had no basis to ask to see …

N.H. Considers ‘Unfit to Drive’ Law

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Concord — Legislation that would protect New Hampshire doctors and other medical professionals from lawsuits if they report someone as unfit to drive ran into a potential roadblock in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill has the support of the state branches of the AARP and AAA but members of the Transportation Committee said they were concerned drivers could be inconvenienced if the …

Vt. Senators Hear Stun Gun Bill Testimony

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Montpelier — Some Vermont law enforcement officers told a Senate panel Tuesday that they favor legislation the House passed last month that would require new statewide standards on the use of stun guns by police. But the mother of a Thetford man who died in 2012 after a state trooper shocked him with a stun gun told the Senate Government Operations Committee that …

History Online: N.H. to Digitize Thousands of Records, Photos

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Concord — Civil War nurse Sarah Low met Abraham Lincoln on April 20, 1864, writing in her diary that the president shook hands with everyone at a crowded White House reception. One year later, the Dover woman would see Lincoln again, this time as he lay in state …

Vt. House Gives Final OK to School Tax Increases

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Montpelier — The Vermont House on Friday passed new and higher school taxes for the coming academic year, with some lawmakers saying they are hoping for big changes in the state’s school funding system in the coming years. The bill raises the state-determined share of the residential property …

Crown Point Road Is Part of N.H. Archaeology Series

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Concord (ap) — The New Hampshire Archaeological Society is offering some talks about the Shakers, the Manchester mills, Strawbery Banke and other topics this month. The theme for April is “Brush Up on Archaeology,” and focuses on the many disciplines involved in being an archaeologist. Other topics include …

Panel: PSNH Should Drop Power Plants

Friday, April 4, 2014

Concord — A recommendation that New Hampshire’s largest utility get rid of its power plants and pass the costs to all its ratepayers was met with skepticism this week by an advocate for consumers who worries the region’s …

Sens. Shaheen, Ayotte Oppose Base Closings

Friday, April 4, 2014

Concord (ap) — New Hampshire’s U.S. senators are speaking out against the Department of Defense’s call for a new Base Realignment and Closure round. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte are the chairwoman and ranking member, respectively, on …

Repeal of N.H. Death Penalty Recommended

Friday, April 4, 2014

Concord — Led by former state Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, New Hampshire death penalty opponents pressed for repeal at a marathon Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday. More than 50 people, including the relatives of murder victims, former prosecutors and retired police officers, urged repeal. Less than …

Funeral Held for 2nd Fallen Boston Firefighter

Friday, April 4, 2014

Boston — A Boston firefighter and former Marine killed in an apartment blaze last week was praised Thursday as a courageous, compassionate man who served his country in Iraq and his community at home. Firefighters from around the …

Vermont House Approves 4 Cent Increase in Homestead Rate

Friday, April 4, 2014

Montpelier — The Vermont House voted Thursday to increase school property taxes after rejecting an amendment to scrap the state’s current school funding system. The bill before the House, which is expected to win final approval today, would raise the rate on a house and up to 2 …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, April 3

Thursday, April 3, 2014

White River Junction Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges White River Junction — A 21-year-old White River Junction man has pleaded guilty to numerous charges of possessing heroin and cocaine and will serve a year in prison. Jesse J. LaFlam, Jr., pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Windsor Superior …

Gun Bill Stalls In Vt.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Montpelier — A measure to address longstanding concerns that police in Vermont lack space to store guns being held in domestic abuse cases appeared in jeopardy Wednesday as a Senate committee discussed whether the underlying practice is constitutional. The matter of gun owners’ versus abuse victims’ rights centers …