<![CDATA[NECN - ]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/feature/new-hampshirehttp://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gifNECNhttps://www.necn.comen-usFri, 19 Oct 2018 01:58:45 -0400Fri, 19 Oct 2018 01:58:45 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Authorities Searching for Suspect in Salem, NH Carjacking]]>Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:07:26 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Police_Warn_of_Carjacking_Suspect_on_the_Loose.jpg

Police in Salem, New Hampshire, are investigating a carjacking that happened over the weekend. Authorities are calling it a bold, brazen crime, and they say the suspect is still on the loose.

The victim was parking her car in front of a Michaels store when a stranger came out of the building and up to her window around 5 p.m. Saturday.

"The male asks her for a cigarette, she says she doesn't have any," said Salem Police Capt. Joel Dolan.

Dolan says the suspect showed the victim a gun, forced her into the passenger seat, took over the wheel, and headed south on Route 28.

"It's insane," said Michaels shopper Alysia Allen of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

"If I would've saw this earlier, I wouldn't be at Michaels," said another customer, Katie Arcand.

"I would be, like, so scared," said Michelle D'Arcangelo-Glynn, who was heading into Michaels Thursday with her daughter.

"It just makes me never want to leave my house because it's crazy," Arcand said.

The crime took a bizarre turn when police say the man allegedly told the victim that he had killed his sister and buried her body.

"I don't know the exact conversation, but she was definitely shaken up," Dolan said.

The captain says when the car got stuck in traffic, the victim jumped out, ran to Ted's Stateline Mobil in Methuen, Massachusetts, and called 911.

"I'm glad she was OK, glad she was able to get out," said Justin Brown of Haverhill, Massachusetts, who was waiting for his wife in the shopping plaza.

"I'm glad she had that reaction, because I don't know what I would've done," said D'Arcangelo-Glynn.

Police say they found the car dumped in Lawrence, but they're still searching for the suspect, who they say should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Salem Police.

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<![CDATA[Questions Arise Surrounding Teachers' Days Off in NH]]>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:42:04 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Teachers_Time_Off_Under_Fire_in_New_Hampshire.jpg

Parents in Manchester, New Hampshire have some questions after learning that more than half the teachers in the district are absent from work more than two weeks a year.

But the head of the teacher’s union in the city says the numbers aren’t at all out of the ordinary.

“I was not entirely surprised,” said the president of the Manchester Education Association, Sue Hannan.

She is now defending her fellow educators after a US Department of Education report found that in 2015, out of the 1,004 city teachers, more than 550 of them were absent from their classrooms at least 10 days that year.

“It’s not people taking random days off and saying, ‘I don’t feel like being there,’ we all want to be with our students,” Hannan said.

She says teachers are entitled to these days under their current contract.

They have 15 sick days a year, two personal days, and other days off available for outstanding circumstances.

Some Manchester parents worry about the impact teacher absenteeism will have on their child.

“They’re not getting the instruction time that they’re guaranteed,” said Stephanie Mason, who has a middle schooler at Parkside.

“The substitute comes in doesn’t know the school plan, she’s off topic because they’re only there for a day or two,” said another mom, Sarai Spaulding.

Others say teachers deserve whatever time off they need.

“They have a hard job, you know, they take care of our kids every day,” said Shannon St. Onge who also has a child at Parkside.

The report doesn’t break down whether days off were sick days, personal days, or something else.

That’s why Hannan says the numbers don’t telling the whole story.

“Nobody dives into what do these days actually mean,” Hannan said. “How many days were family sick days, how many days were on leave for FMLA, or maternity and paternity leave, that’s all included.”

The Manchester Superintendent wasn’t available for comment Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Man Wearing Fishnets, Devil Horns Arrested for Trespassing]]>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:10:51 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/101718+eric+mann+merrimack+arrest.jpg

A New Hampshire man wearing a long black wig and devil horns was arrested after he allegedly tried to break into a home.

Merrimack police responded to call for an attempted breaking-and-entering around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home on Grouse Lane. The resident said the suspect was attempting to open doors and was banging on windows.

At the scene, police said they saw someone, later identified as 31-year-old Eric Mann of Merrimack, standing near the home’s emergency access gate. He allegedly ran off after seeing officers, which led to a brief foot pursuit.

Mann, who was wearing makeup and fishnet stockings, was caught by officers and arrested. He was charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

"The subject initially appeared to be a female with long black hair, costume devil horns, makeup as well as women's fishnet type stockings," police said in a press release.

Man is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 29 in the Ninth Circuit Court in Merrimack. It is unclear if he has an attorney.



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<![CDATA[United Airlines Ends Flights From New Hampshire to Newark]]>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 12:05:51 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/united+airlines+getty.jpg

United Airlines says it is ending flights from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport to Newark, New Jersey.

The airline announced Monday it will instead offer two 70-seat flights and one 50-seat flight to Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. starting in March 2019.

The airline currently offers three 50-seat flights from Manchester to Newark.

A spokesperson for United says shifting the flights will allow the airline to strengthen its East Coast hubs.

Travelers who normally rely on the flight to get to the New York area will have Delta's daily flight to LaGuardia Airport as an option.

Bedford resident Sheila Smith who takes the flight to Newark to visit her son says the change is "not quite as convenient, but we'll make it work."



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<![CDATA[Police Investigating String of Shootings in Manchester]]>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:52:43 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Manchester+NH+shootings+Oct+13+Oct+14+related+arrests.jpg

Three people have been arrested as police in Manchester, New Hampshire, investigate a string of shootings over the weekend.

Manchester police officers responded to four shootings, with the first one reported on Laurel Street just after 5 a.m. on Saturday and the last one taking place on Orange Street just after 5 p.m. on Sunday, according to authorities.

Out of all four shootings, only one person was treated for a gunshot-related injury, while another victim was injured after being hit with a gun, Manchester police said.

No one was injured in the Laurel Street shooting, which was reported by neighbors, and police are still searching for a suspect.

The next shooting took place just before midnight on Saturday near Hayward Street and Batchelder Avenue. No one was injured in the shooting, but officers identified several persons of interest believed to have been involved in the shooting. A vehicle was seized in connection with the ongoing investigation.

Manchester police responded to another shooting nearly four hours later on Sunday near South Willow Street and Claremont Avenue for a fight involving guns. When officers arrived, they found a 21-year-old man who had been shot in the arm.

Nineteen-year-old Eddy Assani was charged with unlawful possession of alcoholic beverages by police at the scene of the Claremont Avenue shooting, and two others — 28-year-old Manchester resident Shane Velez and 25-year-old Jovanna Deloach of Bradford, Massachusetts — were arrested several hours later at the scene while investigators were still there after Deloach allegedly took a spent shell casing.

Assani was released on a summons with a later court date, while Deloach was charged with falsifying physical evidence and Velez was charged with conspiracy to commit falsifying physical evidence. Both are due back in court on Oct. 25. It's unclear if either three have attorneys.

The final shooting of the weekend, which took place Sunday evening on Orange Street, was reported by the 34-year-old victim, according to Manchester police, who contacted officers after he was assaulted by a stranger. The Manchester man said he was repeatedly hit in the face with a firearm during the altercation with the suspect, and that the firearm went off once during the attack, but wasn't hit by the stray bullet.

The suspect was was described as about 6' tall with a thin build, blue eyes, brown hair and a chin strap-style beard, and was last seen wearing a black coat with jeans. Manchester police say the suspect left the scene in a 90's style black, four door sedan.

Anyone with any information pertaining to these four shootings is encouraged to call Manchester police detectives at 603-792-5500.



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<![CDATA[Investigation Underway Into Man's 'Untimely' Death]]>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:54:39 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/greenland2.jpg

Authorities are investigating the "untimely" death of an adult male in Greenland, New Hampshire.

The state attorney general's office, state police and local police were all at the scene of the death in Greenland on Monday morning. They reportedly responded to the scene overnight.

A state police crime scene van is on scene, along with several Greenland police vehicles. Investigators in body suits could be seen going in and out of the home.

The home being investigated is located on Route 33, right next to the Country View Restaurant, a popular local breakfast spot.

The attorney general's office said the investigation into whether a crime has occurred is ongoing. They said there is no evidence to suggest that there is a threat to the general public.

No other details about the death or the ongoing investigation were immediately available.

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<![CDATA[Alec Baldwin Speaks at NH Democratic Party Dinner]]>Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:04:23 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/alec+baldwin+democratic+dinner.JPG

Actor and comedian Alec Baldwin was in New Hampshire Sunday night to headline the state's annual Democratic party dinner.

Baldwin cracked a few jokes, but his main message was sober and serious.

"I flew here this morning after doing Saturday Night Live last night," he said.

Hours after doing his famous Trump impersonation on SNL, Baldwin was headlining the annual dinner, which drew a record crowd of more than 800.

But there was nothing funny about the comedian's message.

"It is time to overthrow the government of Donald Trump," he said. "Not in any violent or unlawful way."

It was a call for Americans to vote.

"Let's make America great again by making Donald Trump a casino operator again."

When asked if he would run for office, Baldwin responded that he wouldn't. He joked that his wife told him she would divorce him if he did.

"I've always wanted to do that. I've always dreamed of doing that..." he said.

Baldwin says he's not sure any of the current potential Trump opponents are up for the task, but hopes someone materializes soon.

"To me, every day I wake up, I still am horrified and I feel like I'm in some dream that Trump is the President of the United States. I almost can't even say it."

New Hampshire Republicans weighed in on the Democrat's featured speaker, calling Alec Baldwin a homophobic and sexist bully.

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<![CDATA[Florida Camper Drowns in New Hampshire River]]>Sat, 13 Oct 2018 21:43:31 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/foto+generica+de+police+line+tape+242a2.jpg

A sixty-five-year-old Florida man drowned in a New Hampshire river Saturday, state police announced.

John Wells of Leesburg, Florida was found face-down in Androscoggin River in Berlin at approximately 7 a.m. Officers later learned that Wells had been camping on the river with friends. One of the campers found him this morning next to the campsite in less than two feet of water. The incident remains under investigation, although alcohol impairment has been named as a potential contributing factor.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have additional information is requested to contact New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol Sergeant Seth Alie at 603-227-2117.

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<![CDATA[2 Shot Bear Cubs Posed Safety Issue, Wildlife Official Says]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:07:42 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/215*120/bears25.jpg

Some Manchester, New Hampshire residents have a lot of questions after the Fish and Game Department shot and killed two bear cubs very close to some apartment buildings.

John Pelletier and his wife Sandy were sitting outside their Sundance Village Apartment on Tuesday morning when they realized they had some company.

“Standing right where we are were two black bear cubs,” Pelletier said.

The bears quickly scurried off into the woods.

Minutes later, the couple heard gunshots.

“I’m an animal lover and it’s very upsetting to me,” Sandy Pelletier said.

In trying to figure out what had happened, John Pelletier approached a man who he said was dragging one of the dead bears out of the woods.

“He picked up the bear by the neck and the rump and threw it into the back of the pickup truck,” he recalled.

The Pelletiers said the man refused to identify himself and sped off without any explanation.

“It was just all so suspicious,” Sandy Pelletier said.

But Glenn Normandeau with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department said the man was an experienced biologist checking on the cubs. He said the expert made a split-second decision to shoot the bears as they made a beeline for a busy road.

“Trying to prevent a traffic accident caused by these bears going onto the highway,” Normandeau explained on Thursday.

The Pelletiers are so frustrated by the bears’ fate that they plan to bring their concerns to the governor’s office.

“This was a man who showed up here with the intention of nothing but killing two bear cubs,” John Pelletier said.

But wildlife officials said it’s just the opposite.

“Nobody likes doing this,” Normandeau said.

Lots of neighbors are asking, why not tranquilize the bears?

Normandeau said the cubs needed to be stopped in their tracks immediately before they could enter the road, and a tranquilizer can take several minutes to work.

As for the biologist at the center of this, Normandeau said he’s been advised to identify himself next time around.

Fish and Game officers respond to upwards of a thousand bear calls every year. On average, only three to five bears need to be put down.

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<![CDATA[Missing Woman from Sandwich, N.H. Found Safe]]>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 12:42:34 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Missing+Girl+NH.jpg

Police in Sandwich, New Hampshire say a woman reported missing has been found safe.

Meghan Tubb, also known as Meghan Eaton, 19, left her home early Thursday morning on foot and left personal items behind.

Authorities posted on Facebook around 5 p.m. Thursday that Tubb had been located and "has been re-united with her family."

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<![CDATA[N.H. Principal Sentenced to Prison for Theft of School Funds]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 11:32:58 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/gavel+background-close-up-court-1415558+edited.jpg

A former New Hampshire Catholic school principal who prosecutors say stole thousands from the school is heading to prison.

Shannon Dannible, the former principal at Litchfield's St. Francis of Assisi School, pleaded no contest to a theft charge Wednesday. Prosecutors say Dannible, for over a period of four years, stole more than $152,000 earmarked for school trips and lunches.

Dannible apologized in court and says she has a long history of mental health problems. The judge told her the crime deserves at least 1 years in prison.

The former principal was also ordered to pay $152,000 in restitution after her release.



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<![CDATA[Stolen Custom Motorcycle Found, Police Looking for Suspect]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 18:56:38 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Stolen_Custom_Motorcycle_Found.jpg

Police in Derry, New Hampshire are closer to closing the case on several stolen motorcycles in the last couple weeks.

They’ve found three of the five stolen bikes, including one $85,000 custom Harley Davidson.

The owner of that Harley picked it up from the evidence garage at the Derry Police Department on Wednesday. Darryl Sargent hadn’t seen his beloved bike in four days.

“It was just heart wrenching,” said Sargent, whose motorcycle was stolen from his apartment on Friday.

“I paced my apartment for a good hour sick to my stomach,” he explained.

While most people see chrome pipes and a custom paint job, Sargent sees hard work and lots of memories.

“It’s my life, it’s my heart, it’s my soul, it’s the only thing I have like this,” Sargent said.

He and his best friend, John, started building the bike four years ago, but John died before they were done.

“I lost him two years ago,” Sargent said.

So, Sargent has continued the work alone in honor of his friend.

To lose it was to lose the last thing they had together.

“This was my everything, and I rode it every day,” Sargent said.

At $85,000, it’s the most expensive of the five motorcycles that have been stolen from Derry since Sept. 28.

Police have found three, including Sargent’s, dumped in the woods nearby without much damage.

“He was thrilled to have it back, we were thrilled to get it back for him, now we just need to catch the bad guy,” said Derry Police Capt. Vern Thomas.

And it seems detectives are getting closer to closing this case, and maybe closer to bringing the last two stolen Harleys home to their owners.

“It’d be nice to have a happy ending for all of us,” Sargent said.

Police say this was a poorly planned crime since custom bikes can’t be stripped for parts.

They’re hoping to make an arrest soon.

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<![CDATA[Registered Sex Offender Accused of Sexually Assaulting Child]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 23:35:26 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/John+Lessor.jpg

A registered sex offender from New Hampshire has been arrested on charges he allegedly sexually assaulted a young child whose parent he had befriended.

John Lessor, 64, of Concord, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Police said detectives began an investigation last week after being contacted by officials at the Merrimack Valley School District. Officials there told police that members of the community said Lessor had been spending a lot of time with a particular child to whom he was not related. Authorities said some of that time was unsupervised.

After learning Lessor was a registered sex offender, school officials were notified and they contacted police.

Through an investigation, authorities said Lessor had sexually assaulted the victim over a period of time and that the assaults were ongoing.

An arrest warrant was issued and Lessor was taken into custody without incident. 

Jetta Bernier of the Boston-based child advocacy organization MassKids says two thirds of situations involve people similar to this, people who befriend children, who are known and in the parents circle of acquaintances.

She urges parents to look at people’s behaviors.

Concord police are also crediting citizens with coming forward with the information, and say because of that, a dangerous person is now in custody.

This investigation is ongoing and police say additional charges could be forthcoming.

Lessor is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Merrimack County Superior Court at 1 p.m. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

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<![CDATA[Man Accused of Repeatedly Striking Woman With Metal Pipe]]>Wed, 10 Oct 2018 11:22:39 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/101018+metal+pipe+assault+in+manchester+nh.jpg

A Somerville, Massachusetts man accused of striking a woman with a metal pipe multiple times while in a car with her is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

Muhannad Fadlalla, 23, was arrested early Wednesday in Nashua, New Hampshire for the alleged assault, according to police.

At 1:45 a.m., the suspect allegedly picked up the 32-year-old unidentified victim and tried to engage in conversation with her while in the vehicle.

After becoming uncomfortable, the victim asked to exit the car, at which point Fadlalla allegedly refused and instead locked the vehicle's doors.

Once Fadlalla realized the female passenger, a woman who was known to him, was calling 911, he allegedly stopped the vehicle in the middle of the street and retrieved a handgun and metal pipe from the trunk of his car.

Police said he returned to the vehicle and tried to hit the victim with the gun but missed and dropped it in the process.

Fadlalla allegedly struck the woman with the metal pipe numerous times before she was able to escape. He allegedly chased her for a brief time before he returned to his vehicle and fled.

A resident in the area was awakened by the noise from the alleged assault and called police. He was able to provide a detailed description of Fadlalla and his car, officials said.

Shortly after the alleged assault, an officer made a motor vehicle stop near 333 Valley St. in Manchester and arrested the suspect.

The victim suffered minor injuries and was treated at Elliot Hospital, according to Manchester police.

Fadlalla was charged with first-degree assault and criminal restraint. He is scheduled to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court. It is unclear if he has an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Police: Ex-Prep School Coach Tried to Arrange Sex With Child]]>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 18:54:21 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/soby3.jpg

A former softball coach at a Massachusetts prep school was arrested Monday for allegedly trying to set up a meeting online with someone he believed to be a child for the purposes of sexual contact.

Michael Soby, 59, of Pelham, New Hampshire, is facing a felony charge for certain uses of computer services prohibited.

Soby was hired as a softball coach at Lexington Christian Academy last March, but the school said his contract has not been renewed for next season. School officials would not say if he was let go as a result of this arrest and declined further comment.

Nashua police said Soby was arrested in their city following an investigation in which he attempted to set up a meeting with a person he believed to be a child regarding sexual contact between them using a social media site. They did not say what site he used.

Soby was arrested Monday afternoon after he traveled to Nashua to meet the person he had been communicating with.

He was released on $500 cash bail pending his arraignment on Oct. 18. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.



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<![CDATA[Woman Accused of Placing Molotov Cocktail Under Car]]>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 11:21:31 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/100918+new+hampshire+molotov+cocktail.jpg

A Hudson, New Hampshire woman was arrested for allegedly placing a Molotov cocktail under a car.

Just before 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 12, officers responded to a home in Nashua where a Molotov cocktail was found under a vehicle, according to police.

An investigation revealed that 31-year-old Karen Dowling placed the device there, according to police.

Dowling was arrested on Oct. 5 and was charged with use of a Molotov cocktail.

She was placed on personal recognizance bail and will be arraigned on Oct. 25 at the Hillsborough County Superior Court. It is unclear is she has an attorney. A motive for the incident is unclear.

The Nashua Police Department encourages anyone with information on the incident at 603-589-1665.



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<![CDATA[Woman Found in Storage Locker Died From Single Gunshot]]>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 22:46:36 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Woman_Found_in_Storage_Unit_Died_of_Gunshot_Wound.jpg

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office says a woman discovered in a storage unit died from a single gunshot.

Police officers discovered the body of 45-year-old Jessica Purslow early Sunday inside a self-storage unit after being alerted by a caller around midnight.

Results of an autopsy released Monday revealed she died from a gunshot but the manner of death is pending investigation.

Police are asking anyone who saw Purslow at the Rochester Self Storage to contact the Rochester Police Department.

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<![CDATA[UNH Hosts Workshop on Starting Craft Breweries]]>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 07:55:00 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/generic-beer-2011.jpg

The University of New Hampshire is offering help for those wanting to start a craft brewery.

The UNH Professional Development and Training will host the Craft Brewery Startup Workshop on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from Oct. 23 to Nov. 1 in Durham.

The sessions will be led by craft brewery owners and other professionals in the industry who will share their stories and insights from working in the business. Participants will leave the workshop with a personalized business plan, new industry contacts and a better understanding of the craft brewery market.

Workshop participants will have access to a seacoast brewery tour on Oct. 27 and admission to the 2018 NH Craft Brew Conference on Nov. 2 in Manchester.



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<![CDATA[NH AG Investigating After Woman Found Dead in Storage Unit]]>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 21:16:57 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/210*120/Rochester+Self+Storage.JPG

New Hampshire's Attorney General and Rochester police are investigating after a woman was found dead in a storage unit.

According to the attorney general's office, police received a call reporting an open storage unit at Rochester Self Storage on South Main Street in Rochester, New Hampshire around midnight Saturday night.

When police arrived, they found Jessica Purslow, 45, dead inside the unit.

The incident is still under investigation.

An autopsy to determine Purslow's exact cause and manner of death is expected Sunday.

Police ask anyone who was in the area of the Rochester Self Storage this weekend or who has any information regarding the incident to contact Detective Pat Emerson at the Rochester Police Department at 603-330-7128.

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<![CDATA[Developer Offers Land to Workers After Gas Explosions]]>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 20:31:18 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Developer_Offers_Land_to_Workers_Repairing_Gas_Pipeline.jpg

A New Hampshire developer is playing a huge part in the Merrimack Valley gas line restoration project.

Joe Faro is offering up 40 acres of land in Salem to stage and feed the thousands of workers pouring into the region from across the country.

The land, across from the Rockingham Mall, will eventually become Tuscan Village, complete with restaurants, hotels, shops and apartments. But right now, it's where thousands of gas employees start and end their workdays.

"They need a place to put dirt, they need a place to put piping," explained Faro.

The explosions that rocked the Merrimack Valley three weeks ago hit close to home for Faro, who grew up in Lawrence.

"The day it happened, it was frightening," he told NBC10 Boston Wednesday.

When he got the call from Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker last week, he jumped at the chance to help his hometown.

"They said, 'We have a major relief effort, but we don't have a site big enough to orchestrate it,'" Faro said. "It was serendipitous."

Faro stopped work on about 40 acres, offering them up as a sort of base camp for the restoration project.

"It's humbling, honestly," Faro said. "We are fortunate to be working on a site this large to accommodate this need."

And as the head of Tuscan restaurants, he's also proud to be giving gas workers a true Italian lunch break whenever they need it.

"If this place is donating any kind of food, it's just awesome," said Tuscan customer Dale DeLuca.

Portsmouth resident Janice Anthes agreed.

"I think it's great that he is willing to delay his plans to help the community," she said.

But Faro considers it a small gesture, passing off the praise to the men and women working to restore 50 miles of pipeline before winter.

"These folks are working seven days a week, 14 hours a day, it's unlike anything I've ever seen," Faro said.

The project is expected to last until Thanksgiving.

Faro says the crews can have the lot as long as they need it.

When they move out, Faro will move forward with his plans for a 2.8-million-square-foot, multi-use property.

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<![CDATA[NH Grandma Looks to Defend World Arm Wrestling Title]]>Wed, 03 Oct 2018 04:03:20 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NH_Grandma_Looks_to_Defend_World_Arm_Wrestling_Title.jpg

A New Hampshire grandmother is taking a break from her job as a bus driver in Sunapee to defend her women's World Armwrestling Championship title.

Cathy Merrill loves her job and the students love her back.

"They are like your kids," Merrill told NBC10 Boston.

But she has to take some time off next week for her other passion: arm wrestling.

"Arm wrestling isn't just about strength," she said.

The 54-year-old grandmother of five will be competing against other women at the 40th World Armwrestling Championship in Turkey later this month.

Merrill says she's always been strong like this, but never realized her talent until about seven years ago when her boss dared her to compete at the Cornish Fair.

"He said, 'If you win, I'll buy you fries,'" Merrill said, laughing. "Well, I mean, you're not going to not do it for fries."

Since then, Merrill's become no stranger to the stage.

"I have 17 [United States Armwrestling Federation] medals," she said.

She says hearing the national anthem being played in her honor keeps her wanting more.

"When I'm on that podium, the first place box, and I've got our American flag stretched out in front of me, you can't stop the tears," Merrill said. "It's an unbelievable feeling."

Merrill's kids are almost as excited as she is, expecting their bus driver to come back to work a world champion.

"They think it's great, they're like, 'Are you going to bring home medals?' I'm like, 'I'm going to try to bring home the medals.' That's why I'm going," Merrill said.

The Sunapee resident says she never could've imagined having the privilege of traveling the world as a recognized arm wrestler.

"Never in a million years, nope," she said.

She says her boss and coworkers at the Sunapee School District have been supportive allowing her to take time off for competitions.

"I feel so blessed and fortunate, grateful, thankful for all the people who helped get me here," Merrill said.

She starts four days of competition on Oct. 18. Merrill is hoping to return to bus duty on Oct. 22 with a medal around her neck to show her students.

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<![CDATA[NH AG Responding to Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting]]>Sat, 29 Sep 2018 23:43:34 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/police+shooting_ELIZA.JPG

An officer fatally shot a person during an incident Saturday, the New Hampshire Attorney General's office announced in an evening press release. 

The statement said the officer-involved shooting occured in the area of Exit 6 on Route 101 and that "a male individual is deceased" but "no officers were physically injured."

No additional details about the nature of the incident were provided.

The incident is being investigated by the Attorney General's Office in conjunction with the State Police Major Crime Unit.

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<![CDATA[Friday Morning Car Crash on I-93 Causes Hours-Long Backup]]>Sat, 29 Sep 2018 16:04:37 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/160*128/Londonderry+Crash.jpg

A driver asleep at the wheel caused a car crash on I-93 in Londonderry Friday morning, New Hampshire State Police said in a statement.

The crash occured at approximately 7 a.m. when a 30-year-old driver from Hartford, Connecticut, was driving northbound on the interstate. After reportedly falling asleep, his car went off the road into an active construction zone and hit a parked dump truck that was occupied by a Salem, New Hampshire man. Rodriguez's vehicle then struck a second unoccupied vehicle parked in the construction zone before coming to a final stop.

There were no injuries reported as a result of the crash, but the high speed lane of I-93 was shut down for several hours afterwards.

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