<![CDATA[NECN - ]]>Copyright 2018https://www.necn.com/feature/new-hampshirehttp://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gifNECNhttps://www.necn.comen-usMon, 18 Jun 2018 02:08:13 -0400Mon, 18 Jun 2018 02:08:13 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[2 Ex-Police Officers Accused of Sexual Misconduct]]>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 19:01:49 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000015996228.JPG

Two former Manchester, New Hampshire police officers are reportedly facing serious allegations for behaviors that prompted their dismissal.

According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, former undercover Detective Darren Murphy and street-level Detective Aaron Brown were fired earlier this year on accusations of bargaining sex to a woman facing criminal charges in order to get her charges dropped.

The alleged victim in the case reportedly filed a claim through her lawyer to Manchester City and Police Department officials on June 1, which alleges Brown forced her and another woman to show him their breasts in order to secure bail back in 2009. The claim further states that Brown once showed up at the woman’s home in full uniform, ordering her to meet him at a local bar where he bought her drinks and "using his authority, demanded she have sex with him."

Years later, the claim reportedly states the woman and Murphy engaged in an intimate relationship spanning October 2017 through April 2018. Murphy reportedly claimed that he could get a prosecutor in Hillsborough County to drop charges against the woman.

The Manchester Police Department issued a statement on the matter on Sunday.

"The Manchester Police Department has been and will continue to be transparent in each and every incident involving our personnel," the statement reads. "The incident involving Mr. Aaron Brown and Mr. Darren Murphy was investigated immediately once our agency was notified of the allegations. Furthermore, we immediately notified all prosecutorial agencies about the allegations, which included the New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General, the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office and Manchester City Solicitor’s Office. Chief Nick WIllard took swift and immediate disciplinary action following an internal investigation, which prompted the termination of Mr. Brown and Mr. Murphy. An active and ongoing criminal investigation followed the termination of Mr. Brown and Mr. Murphy. To maintain the integrity of the ongoing criminal and civil investigation, we are unable to make further comments at this time."

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<![CDATA[Annual Sand Sculpting Event Kicks Off at Hampton Beach]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:14:20 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Hampton+Beach+Sand+Sculpture+2018.JPG

The 18th annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic is underway in New Hampshire! The event continues through Saturday.

Competitors from around the United States and Canada descended onto the beach early Thursday morning, each vying for the $3,000 grand prize.

The sand used for the competition is specifically brought in for the event. Each artist gets to use 10-tons.

John Kane of the Hampton Beach Village District says he expects huge crowds, especially on Saturday, when visitors can vote for the "People’s Choice Award."

If you can’t make it to Hampton Beach this weekend, the sculptures will remain on display until June 27.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Report: Hampton Beach Among 'Happiest Seaside Towns']]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:39:26 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Hampton+Beach.jpg

If you're from New England, you already know Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, is a popular destination for both residents and tourists.

Now the town has been named by Coastal Living as one of 10 "Happiest Seaside Towns in America."

The town, with a population of just over 17,000, has a 13-mile coastline and has numerous activities along the boardwalk including arcades, shopping, water sports, and golfing. It came in at number 8 on the list of 10.

The town also plays host to the annual Hampton Beach Master Sand Sculpting Classic every June, which draw huge crowds.

Other "happy" seaside towns that made the Coastal Living list are Cape Charles, Virginia, and Ocean City, New Jersey.

Click here for the full list.

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<![CDATA[Woman Convicted in Great Dane Abuse Case Gets No Jail Time]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 19:07:49 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Christina+Fay+Great+Danes+Case.JPG

A New Hampshire woman convicted of animal cruelty after dozens of dogs were rescued from her home won't face jail time.

At a hearing late Thursday afternoon, a Carrol County Superior Court judge suspended Christina Fay's 12-month sentence with the condition that she goes to counseling two days a week.

"I feel gutted," Fay told NBC10 Boston as she walked out of court with her attorneys and supporters. "I lost everything I love."

Last June, police seized 84 Great Danes from her Wolfeboro mansion. Animal advocates say the dogs were living in filth, didn't have enough water or ventilation and some of them were very sick. Since then, six of them have died. The dogs have spent the last year being held as live evidence in a shelter created just for them by the Humane Society of the United States.

"We're approaching $2 million to operate that facility," said Lindsay Hamrick, who was in court on behalf of the Humane Society.

The judge ordered Fay to reimburse the Humane Society $1.9 million, plus any additional costs the organization will incur while rehoming the animals.

The judge also ordered all 78 remaining dogs to be turned over to the custody of the state.

"We are eager to get these dogs placed into loving homes," Hamrick said. "It'll be a year on June 16 that we've been waiting for that outcome."

Hamrick says barring any further legal action, the dogs will be ready to find new homes before the end of the week.

Fay's attorneys say they won't argue the rehoming order, but will be appealing the restitution.

<![CDATA[Massive Fire Destroys Restaurant, Apartments]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 19:33:04 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Salem+NH+fire.jpg

Two firefighters were taken to a Massachusetts hospital Wednesday as crews in New Hampshire battled a multi-alarm fire that destroyed a building containing a restaurant, a vape shop and 10 apartments above it.

The fire broke out about 5:30 a.m. in the kitchen at the China Star Restaurant on Salem's Main Street and quickly reached three alarms.

Many occupants were forced to bolt out on barefoot. As residents ran out, Lieutenant Chris Hamilton and firefighter PJ Comeau had to fight to escape themselves.

The second floor of the building had collapsed down on Lieutenant Chris Hamilton and struck firefighter PJ Comeau, almost trapping them inside.

Firefighter Comeau was able to get the beam off Lieutenant Hamilton, who issued a mayday.

Firefighter DJ Ferguson, who was sworn in the day before the fire, issued a second mayday. 

Lieutenant Hamilton and firefighter Comeau, both who exited the building under their own power, were taken to a local hospital for an evaluation. They had been released as of Wednesday night.

Fire officials had initially said there were no reported injuries. 

Authorities said the 17 residents who live inside the 10 apartments were able to make it out safely.

“It happened so fast. Like in 10-15 seconds I had to be out of there because there was a big cloud of smoke coming from the kitchen up into the apartment,” Daniel Curita said. "My eyes were burning and I just got out of there as fast as I could."

Just after 7 a.m., authorities said the building had fully collapsed.

The fire forced police to close several streets in the area. By late morning, Main Street between Pleasant and Route 28 was expected to remain closed for most of the day while crews worked on hot spots and demolition of the building.

While the cause of the fire is under investigation, the building's 17 residents are looking for places to stay.

"It’s a mixture of emotions like thanking God you’re alive and at the same time a lot of stuff was lost in the fire," said resident Philip Momah.

Salem Fire Chief Paul Parisi says this is the third apartment fire in town in the last five months. He says the residents heeding the alarms is what saved their lives Wednesday.

"It was definitely a close call," he said.

The fire marshal says while they do know the fire started in the kitchen of the China Star restaurant, they do not yet know what caused it. Investigators do not believe it was suspicious, however.

Photo Credit: Salem New Hampshire Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Sexting Scandal: NH Students Caught Sending Nude Photos]]>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 18:37:18 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/bishop14.jpg

Police in Nashua, New Hampshire are investigating after they say several students at a prominent Catholic high school were caught exchanging nude photos.

The students involved could legally face child pornography charges, but NBC10 Boston learned Tuesday that police have decided to educate them instead of prosecuting them.

Just before school let out for the summer, a large group of 10 to 20 students at Bishop Guertin High School got busted for taking and sending nude photos of each other.

"I am not surprised one bit - it's high school," said Kailynd Biggar, a recent college graduate.

“It can ruin their life, it can keep them out of college,” said Patti Mahoney, a mother who lives near the school.

Nashua police Lt. Robert Page said the students didn’t realize what they were doing was actually a crime.

“When you take these photos, you’re technically manufacturing child pornography,” Page explained.

But instead of pressing charges, police are trying to teach the kids and their parents.

“The laws were designed to target and prosecute child predators, not juveniles who make bad decisions,” Page said.

Some people in the community support that idea.

“We’ve all made mistakes when we were younger,” said Kathy St. Pierre, another local mom. “You don’t need it on your permanent record.”

Others think a slap on the wrist simply isn’t enough.

“Once you do something, they’d probably do it again,” Mahoney said.

“Suspension, community service, or something other than education on why it’s wrong – they know it’s wrong,” said Jessalyn Erickson.

School leaders wouldn’t comment on whether the kids involved faced any consequences at school.

In a statement, a Bishop Guertin High School spokesperson said, “As a school, Bishop Guertin is committed to teaching our students responsible online decision-making as they face the same challenges as every adolescent around the country with respect to the consequences of their digital footprint.”

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[8 Teens Arrested for Rioting While Shouting 'Bike Life']]>Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:14:25 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Manchester_Police_Stepping_Up_Patrols.jpg

Eight New Hampshire teenagers were taken into custody Monday night after causing disturbances in two areas of Manchester.

Manchester police said officers were first called to the area of Sheridan Emmit Park around 8 p.m., where a large group of teens were allegedly threatening a man and fighting.

When officers arrived, the teens fled the scene on bicycles.

The victim told police he was able to fend the group off and did not want to pursue any charges.

A short time later at about 8:50 p.m., police received multiple calls regarding a fight with possible weapons in the area of 207 Pine St.

Police said a plain clothes officer arrived to the scene first and saw a juvenile male being beaten with a stick by another group of juveniles.

When other officers attempted to intervene, the suspects began to flee — some on bikes.

Police said other police units arrived and observed disorderly behavior and riot like conditions with the juvenile suspects allegedly throwing rocks at buildings and swinging scooters and sticks around.

Authorities said some suspects were shouting "Bike Life" while others shot cell phone video as the officers pursued them on foot.

Police eventually arrested eight suspects ranging in age 14 to 17. The teens were charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and riot.

It wasn't immediately clear when they will be arraigned on the charges or if they have attorneys.

<![CDATA[Viral Plea to Stop Bullying Spurs Others to Share Stories]]>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:55:43 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/New_Hampshire_Girls_Plea_to_Stop_Bullying_Goes_Viral.jpg

A New Hampshire fifth grader is sparking a passionate conversation in her town after going to the school board about bullying.

You first saw the video on NBC10 Boston, when Delanie Marcotte sat down at the Timberlane School Board meeting on June 7 to tell board members about her experiences with bullying at Pollard Elementary School.

Since our story aired, NBC10 Boston received several messages from parents who say their children have been bullied, and that some teachers are turning their heads.

"He was saying I hate my life and I want to die," said Sandown, New Hampshire, mom Erin Cardone.

It still makes her cry when she talks about how her son Brayden was bullied two years ago.

"They would call him fat," Cardone told NBC10 Boston on Monday. "The boys would egg him on and say, 'You should kill yourself, you should kill yourself.'"

He was in fourth grade at Pollard Elementary School in Plaistow, the same school where Delanie Marcotte goes.

"I’ve been threatened to get shot in the head by a AK-47 and buried in my backyard," Marcotte told the Timberlane School Board last week.

So when Cardone heard Delanie’s story, she reached out to NBC10 Boston to tell Brayden’s story.

Cardone kept track of emails she sent school leaders for the entire school year.

"It was just like everything was ignored," Cardone said.

That summer, she had had enough. Cardone went to Superintendent Dr. Earl Metzler and they decided to put Brayden in a different school and hold him back a year.

"He’s good," she said smiling. "He’s going into middle school and he’s excited for that."

Although her little boy suffered bullying for years, Cardone is hopeful that now, with Delanie’s help, they can change the course for another kid.

"I was very, very proud of that little girl," Cardone said. "I think she opened a door for people to speak out and be more aware."

When we brought these concerns to Dr. Metzler on Monday, he responded in an email that said, "We have a process defined by the law and School Board policy. I am monitoring the process and will participate when appropriate. I have nothing more to add at this time."

<![CDATA[Man Facing Multiple Charges After Fight at Wedding Reception]]>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 11:27:56 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Colby+Dion.jpg

A Massachusetts man is facing charges in connection with a fight at a New Hampshire wedding reception over the weekend.

Cody Dion, 24, of North Andover, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Salem, New Hampshire District Court on one count of domestic violence, simple assault and one count of resisting arrest.

Salem police said officers responded to Sayde’s Bar and Grill on Cluff Crossing Road around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday for a report of a fight involving several people "wearing suits and dresses."

Upon arrival, officers learned that an assault had taken place inside the building during a wedding reception.

Guests told police that a man, later identified as Dion, had choked another guest and fled on foot into the nearby woods when confronted by party-goers.

The victim's injuries were consistent with being choked, according to police.

Salem police set up a perimeter and called in a K9 team to locate Dion. Within minutes, he was taken into custody.

It's unclear what led up to the altercation or if Dion has an attorney to represent him.

<![CDATA['They Kick Me': Bullied 5th Grader Begs School Board for Help]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:12:21 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/5th_Grader_Begs_School_Board_for_Help_With_Bullies.jpg

A fifth grader in New Hampshire who pleaded with her school board to take action against bullying spoke exclusively to NBC10 Boston to share her story.

Delanie Marcotte, a fifth grader at Pollard Elementary School in Plaistow, said she is the victim of bullying. 

"I just didn't want it to happen anymore," Delanie said Sunday.

After months of dreading going to school, she couldn't take it anymore.

Delanie decided she had to do something, and said the school board meeting was a last resort. While there, she provided a heartbreaking, first-hand account of the bullying she has faced for months.

“Hi my name is Delanie. I’m here to talk about a problem that means a lot to me. Bullying... I've been threatened to get shot in the head by a AK-47 and buried in my backyard and many other things... I like working and studying but I just don't like being bullied," Marcotte said to the school board.

Her voice quivered at times as she read the letter she wrote, in which she detailed her pain.

"I wanted to let them know I was getting bullied and that I didn't want it to happen anymore," she told NBC10 Boston. "They kick me and they say mean things, call me names - it is not nice."

Delanie's dad, Todd Marcotte, said the bullying needs to be addressed.

"It is very hard to watch your child get bullied, hear about it day in and day out, and you do get very aggravated," he said. "It's an issue, and it's an issue that has to be addressed."

Todd Marcotte shared his daughter's comments on his Facebook page. In less than 48 hours, the post was viewed more than 29,000 times and shared hundreds more.

"I'm surprised, but it is kind of nice to have all this support," Delanie said.

The fifth grader decided to take her plea public after becoming tired of suffering in silence.

"I ask you, what are you going to do to protect me and my classmates against bullying?" Delanie asked the school board. "I'm here to stand up for every kid who gets bullied."

Timberlane Regional School District Superintendent Earl F. Metzler told NBC10 Boston that the district stands behind all students, including Delanie.

"We will continue to encourage all students to speak up when they see, hear or experience something that makes them uncomfortable," he said. "The same holds true for parents and community members. There are many vehicles at Timberlane to share your concerns including, but not limited to, the public comment portion of our School Board agenda."

Metzler added that the district takes everyone's concerns seriously, and said Delanie’s reports of bullying now have the district’s “undivided attention."

Delanie just wants her personal suffering to end.

"I hope it all stops, and they'll stop being rude," she said.

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<![CDATA[Bernie Sanders' Son Running for Congress in NH]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 20:39:32 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Bernie_Sanders__Son_Running_for_Congress_in_NH.jpg

Levi Sanders, son of Bernie Sanders, is running for Congress in the Granite State.

<![CDATA[NHSPCA in Need of Donations After Taking in Dozens of Dogs]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 18:52:13 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NHSPCA_in_Need_of_Donations_After_Taking_in_Dogs.jpg

The New Hampshire SPCA is in desperate need of donations after spending more than $100,000 caring for dozens of dogs involved in one cruelty case.

On Friday, our NBC10Boston crew met Jill, Jack, Cali, Smokey, and the list goes on.

"I would say we are more inundated now than I ever recall," said NHSPCA Executive Director Lisa Dennison.

Thirty-six dogs were rescued from a New Hampshire woman who is now facing 29 charges of animal cruelty. The case started at the end of last year, when a fire at Jennifer Choate's Bristol home killed 29 dogs.

After the fire, police executed a search warrant at a barn Choate rented in Alexandria. It was the middle of winter, and police found almost two dozen German shepards locked in small, metal crates in temperatures below freezing.

"It was just heartbreaking," Dennison said. "Heartbreaking."

In cases like this, the NHSPCA is required by law to keep the animals as evidence until a judge decides their fate. So for the last six months, these dogs have grown up in a kennel.

"Some of the dogs have never been up and down a staircase," Dennison said. "They don't know the warmth of a home."

For the first time in more than two decades, the shelter has burned through its rescue fund, spending more than $100,000 caring for Choate's animals.

"This has been the most difficult case I can remember in a very long time," Dennison said.

And on Thursday, 10 more dogs from a different case were surrendered, leaving the NHSPCA in dire need of the public's help.

"We sit and we wait, and wait, and wait, and wait," Dennison said. "The cost of caring for these animals grows every single day."

She says there is no relief in the near future, because the dogs will have to be held in protective custody, at least until Choate goes back to court until July.

<![CDATA[NH Dad's Baby Changing Station Complaint Goes Viral]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 21:01:54 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NH_Dad_s_Changing_Station_Complaint_Goes_Viral.jpg

A Facebook post by a New Hampshire dad is going viral after he took to social media to share his frustration that there wasn't a changing station in the men's bathroom at a local restaurant.

Chris Mau says within 24 hours, his post had been seen by thousands of people and had touched a nerve with parents in faraway places.

"Brazil, Germany, England, this is literally worldwide," Mau told NBC10 Boston on Thursday.

Mau says he was with his family at a Portsmouth restaurant when his daughter, Kalli, started fussing.

"I did the good old, tried and true, parent smell test and discovered ... it's diaper change time," Mau said.

He took Kalli into the men's room, where he found there was no changing station. So he took out a blanket and did what he had to do, changing his daughter on the restroom floor.

"The whole time, I'm thinking, 'this is just ludicrous,'" Mau recalled.

Once he was done, he snapped a pic and took to Facebook — a decision that's sparked a passionate conversation, especially among parents who say they've experienced the same thing.

"There were a couple chairs set up as a bench, so we used that," said Kristin Betz, who was with her husband and two kids in Portsmouth on Thursday.

"In 2018, dads change diapers in bathrooms, so let us make that possible," said Kristin's husband, Joseph.

The Portsmouth Health Department tells NBC10 Boston that the FDA does not require restaurants to have changing tables at all. However, city leaders admit, Mau's Facebook post raises some important concerns that will likely be addressed.

"Totally stoked this is actually proving to do some good," Mau said.

NBC10 Boston has decided not to name the restaurant at the center of all this because, legally, it's done nothing wrong.

<![CDATA[Details Emerge in Rochester, NH Homicide Investigation]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 12:39:33 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Rochester+NH+homicide+investigation+060618.jpg

New details have emerged Thursday in a homicide investigation in Rochester, New Hampshire, including the name of the victim.

The state attorney general's office identified the victim as 24-year-old Rochester resident Billy Jo Ahearn.

Authorities said Rochester police officers responded to the scene on South Main Street around midnight on Wednesday for a reported shooting involving two groups of people.

When officers arrived, they found three adults, including Ahearn, who was suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to a local hospital, where she died, according to police.

The state medical examiner's office deterimined Ahern died from a single gunshot wound, and ruled her death as a homicide.

The incident is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact the Rochester Police Department at (603) 330-7140.

Early Wednesday afternoon, a canine with Boston ATF was sniffing the grounds at the Rochester Public Library and at a home on Lafayette Street, about a half mile from the shooting scene.

"Nothing surprises me around here," said Lafayette Street resident Laurie Pearson.

She says it's a violent part of the city, and while she's used to seeing police around, she knows very little about what's going on because she keeps to herself.

"In this neighborhood, it's better that way," Pearson said.

Back on South Main Street, resident Virginia Tripp said that after three years in Rochester, enough is enough.

"This is not what I wanted, I wanted a peaceful, quiet existence," she said. "I'm looking for a new place to live."

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Homicide Investigation Underway After Woman Shot, Killed]]>Wed, 06 Jun 2018 19:12:08 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Rochester+NH+homicide+investigation+060618.jpg

An investigation is underway in Rochester, New Hampshire, after a deadly shooting overnight.

Details are limited, but NBC10 Boston has learned that there were two groups of people involved in the incident, and that one woman was shot and killed. As of Wednesday night, the person who pulled the trigger was still on the loose.

"It's scary," said Virginia Tripp.

Tripp was out for her morning stroll on South Main Street when she learned that a woman was shot and killed along this same route just hours ago.

"It makes me nervous," she said.

Authorities say around midnight Wednesday, Police got a call for shots fired near Friendly's in Rochester.

When officers arrived, they found a woman suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. She died at a nearby hospital.

"I do work at Friendly's, so it is kind of shocking that it happened, like, right outside," said restaurant employee Jacob Rogers.

Early Wednesday afternoon, a canine with Boston ATF was sniffing the grounds at the Rochester Public Library and at a home on Lafayette Street, about a half mile from the shooting scene.

"Nothing surprises me around here," said Lafayette Street resident Laurie Pearson.

She says it's a violent part of the city, and while she's used to seeing police around, she knows very little about what's going on because she keeps to herself.

"In this neighborhood, it's better that way," Pearson said.

Back on South Main, Tripp tells us after three years in Rochester, enough is enough.

"This is not what I wanted, I wanted a peaceful, quiet existence," she said. "I'm looking for a new place to live."

Authorities aren't yet releasing the victim's name because they're still notifying her family.

An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said he doesn't believe there is any danger to the public.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rochester Police Department at 603-330-7140.

Photo Credit: NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Mama Bear May Not Be Moved From Area Near Dartmouth College]]>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 18:48:59 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NH_Wildlife_Officials_Reconsider_Moving_Bear.jpg

A mama bear in New Hampshire that was saved by the community last year is back in Hanover. Officials initially thought they'd try to let her coexist in the densely populated college town, but a recent incident is making them reconsider.

Officials put a radio collar on the bear back in April and have been tracking her ever since. So when NBC10 Boston got to Hanover to cover the story, they took our crew right to the bear.

Within just a few minutes, our cameras captured the mama bear residents call "Mink," along with her four cubs up in a tree.

They were in the woods behind Hanover High School, but a few a few nights ago, Mink was in Ellen Rockmore's front yard.

"One night, she spooked our dog, and the next, she spooked our 12-year-old daughter," Rockmore said.

Mink's story started last May. She and her cubs were set to be euthanized after they got into a home just about a mile from the Dartmouth campus, but a grassroots effort to save the animals drew support from around the world.

Even Gov. Chris Sununu got involved, ordering wildlife officials to relocate the bears instead of putting them down.

The cubs were relocated, but officials couldn't find Mink before she went into hibernation.

So now, she's back with her four new cubs.

"She is very comfortable here," said Rockmore.

Michael Hinsley, assistant chief at the Hanover Fire Department, has been working with state officials and tracking Mink for three years. Hinsley was hopeful that Mink and her cubs could coexist with residents.

"Do I think this bear poses a threat to them?" he asked. "I don't.:

But he admits he was discouraged when the bear was spotted on the Hanover High School Football field a couple days ago.

"She crossed the line," Hinsley said. "There are residents in the town of Hanover and students at Dartmouth that are here now, and I and my colleagues' job is to make sure they're safe."

Officials say if Mink and her cubs are relocated, they might not survive. They also say if Mink is removed from Hanover, another bear will likely take over the territory.

At this point, state wildlife leaders are still trying to decide what's next for Mink and her cubs.

<![CDATA[Tanker Overturns, Spills 3,500+ Gallons of Milk on I-93]]>Tue, 05 Jun 2018 10:09:59 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Milk+tanker+Tilton+New+Hampshire.jpg

An investigation is underway in Tilton, New Hampshire, after a truck overturned on Interstate 93 early Tuesday morning, spilling milk all over the roadway.

State police said troopers responded to the crash on the southbound side of the interstate where the truck had attempted to take the exit 20 off ramp and somehow rolled over.

Authorities said when the truck came to a rest on its side, an estimated 3,500 to 4,000 gallons of milk that the vehicle was carrying spilled out. The truck is registered to Mountain Milk, of North Haverhill, New Hampshire, according to police.

The driver, Gregory Rogers, 64, was taken to Concord Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the cause of the crash remains under investigation but speed and alcohol do not appear to be factors.

Photo Credit: New Hampshire State Police]]>
<![CDATA[Police: Preschool Teacher Fired Gun Near Elementary School]]>Mon, 04 Jun 2018 19:05:30 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Teacher_Charged_With_Firing_Gun_Near_Elementary_School.jpg

Investigators in Manchester, New Hampshire, say they found a teacher outside an elementary school at 3 a.m. with two guns and two teenagers.

Robert Gagne, a preschool teacher, was sitting in the front seat of a car parked outside of an McDonough Elementary early Friday morning when a neighbor called police to report loud music.

Before officers arrived, police said Gagne fired a gun into a field across the street from the school.

"I heard a pop," said John Terrell of Manchester.

According to police, when Gagne got out of the car, they discovered he was sitting on one of his guns.

Gagne, who is on leave from the Manchester School District, was charged with reckless conduct.

"I was pretty shocked when I saw the picture [of him] to be honest," said Miguel Rivas, whose daughter goes to the school at Bishop O'Neil Center. "I saw the guy a few times and I know he was a teacher and I was very disappointed."

In a statement emailed to NBC10 Boston, a spokeswoman for the Manchester School District wrote, in part, "the district strongly disapproves of the use of firearms on school property. The district wants to reassure the community that this is an isolated incident and does not represent any ongoing threat to the safety and well-being of students or other members of the public."

According to the spokeswoman, the district will respond "swiftly" with "harsh consequences."

Gagne was released on personal recognizance bail. He will be in court June 14.

Efforts to reach Gagne for comment were unsuccessful.

<![CDATA[Two-Alarm Blaze Damages Hotel in Hampton, NH]]>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 13:48:44 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/06022018-hamptonfireb.jpg

Fire officials in Hampton knocked down a two-alarm blaze reported at a small hotel Ashworth Street.

The fire was reported at about 9 a.m. at The Sands Resort at 32 Ashworth Ave. Firefighters were able to knock down the blaze. It's unclear whether any injuries were reported.

Firefighters were still at the scene so details are unavailable.  This story is developing and will be updated.

Photo Credit: Joe Finn]]>
<![CDATA[Man Allegedly Places Camera in Bathroom of NH Gym]]>Fri, 01 Jun 2018 20:06:38 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Man_Accused_of_Placing_Camera_in_Gym_Bathroom.jpg

A New Hampshire man is facing charges after police say he put a hidden camera in the bathroom at the gym where he works out.

Yanai Liberman was charged Thursday night with five counts of violation of privacy.

On Friday at his Chester home, he answered the door, but didn't want to be interviewed on camera. He told NBC10 Boston the accusations are false.

Police say back in March, a small recording device was found plugged into the wall inside the unisex bathroom at Rockingham CrossFit in Londonderry.

"It's very similar to the 'hidden spy cam' device," said Londonderry Police Detective Chris Olson. "You can find it on eBay for under $50."

The co-owner of the gym, Aaron Clymer, says a member notified him about the device, so he went into the bathroom, unplugged it, and then found out whose it was.

"I held the device and I said, 'Clearly, you know this is a recording device, I need you to leave,' and he left and was asked not to return to the premises," Clymer recalled.

Clymer went to police that night.

Liberman tells NBC10 Boston that the device doubles as a charger, and that's what he was using it for. Police, however, say there were nine videos of five separate victims from the gym's bathroom.

"We are built on honesty and integrity," said co-owner Keith Macneil. "We're a big family here and it hurts."

As soon as Macneil and Clymer learned which members were caught on that video, they informed them right away.

"When they heard they were recorded, you could see the disgust in their face immediately," Clymer said.

They say it was a devastating development, but that it's made their community even stronger.

"For us, it was a real eye opener," Macneil said. "We will be more vigilant in the future."

They also hope this is a wake-up call for other gym owners to be on the lookout for these sneaky cameras that look like phone charges.

Liberman is due back in court in July.

<![CDATA[NH Man Charged After Roommate's Suicide]]>Thu, 31 May 2018 20:41:51 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NH_Man_Charged_in_Connection_With_Friend_s_Suicide.jpg

A New Hampshire man is accused of providing a gun and helping his friend commit suicide.

Police say on the night of May 7, they both went into the woods for a bonfire and only one came out alive.

Now, a memorial sits on Texas Hill Road in Plymouth outside the woods where 19-year-old Michael Buskey was found dead of a gunshot wound. Police have ruled his death a suicide and they've charged his roommate, Parker Hogan, with helping Buskey kill himself.

"That's disturbing," said neighbor Karl Honabach. "That caught us off guard, we didn't see that coming."

Neighbors say the two teenagers seemed like normal, happy kids until the morning of May 8, when police swarmed the area and they saw Hogan in distress.

"He was crying pretty bad that day, we thought it was just grief over a friend, but it turns out, it was more," Honbach said.

Court documents are filled with disturbing details.

Hogan told police that on the night of Buskey's death, he provided him with a gun, and a notepad and pen to write a suicide note. Hogan said they went into the woods, where he showed Buskey the correct angle to hold the gun.

Hogan says he then left Buskey in the woods until he heard a gunshot, then went back to make sure his roommate was dead.

Hogan claims this was Buskey's plan, but Buskey's mother, Jennifer Phelps, doesn't buy it.

"I honestly don't think he ever would have done it on his own, ever," Phelps told NBC10 Boston.

She says her son had struggled with anxiety in the past, but was doing better and had landed a job.

"In my opinion, there's a lot more than meets the eye," Phelps said. "It's the toughest thing ever not to know."

Hogan is also charged with falsifying evidence because police say he removed the gun, the suicide notes, and some alcohol from the scene.

He is out of jail on bail, but no one answered the door at his apartment.

<![CDATA[Parents Arrested on Drug Charges After Toddler's Death]]>Wed, 30 May 2018 18:59:12 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/manchester17.jpg

A New Hampshire couple is facing multiple drug charges as part of the investigation into the death of a toddler last week.

Joshua Garvey, 31, and Christen Gelinas, 33, were arrested at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at a home in Windham. They are each charged with four counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute. Garvey is also charged with a violation of bail conditions.

Police said they were arrested following an investigation into the death of their 20-month-old child on Friday in Manchester.

As part of the death investigation, Manchester police said they executed a search warrant at the second-floor apartment at 473 Hevey St., where the toddler lived.

They located and seized more than 28 grams of heroin, nearly 12 grams of cocaine, more than 15 grams of crack cocaine and three suboxone strips. The drugs have an estimated street value of more than $5,000, police said.

Court documents revealed the toddler may have ingested a substance from a baggie.

Manchester police and the Hillsborough County Attorney's Office continue to investigate the child's death, and said no additional information is available.

Garvey and Gelinas are scheduled to be arraigned in Hillsborough County Superior Court on Wednesday. It's unclear if they have attorneys.

Photo Credit: Manchester Police]]>
<![CDATA['Devastating': Firefighter Mourned After Dying on Scuba Trip]]>Tue, 29 May 2018 17:12:31 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Town_Mourns_Firefighter_Killed_in_Scuba_Accident.jpg

It was supposed to be an enjoyable day trip with his buddies to Gloucester, Massachusetts, but while Benjamin Tatro of New Hampshire was scuba diving Saturday morning, things took a tragic turn.

Authorities say the 36-year-old Swanzey firefighter went into cardiac arrest after getting tangled in some lines.

"It was surreal," said Mick Sanchez, the deputy chief at the Swanzey Fire Department. "We're more in shock than anything else."

Tatro was a lieutenant at the department. His fellow firefighters are still coming to terms with the death of a man they say was so full of life.

"It was devastating to get that kind of news," said Fire Chief Norman Skantze. "We lost a member of our family."

Tatro's friends call him a fixture in the community. He spent 20 years as a firefighter, he worked as an emergency room technician at a nearby hospital and he coached baseball teams in town.

"The atmosphere he brought to the field, he made things fun, and he made the kids smile," said Kevin Dean, who coached Swanzey Cal Ripken Baseball with Tatro.

It's clear that Tatro wore many different hats, but there's one that meant more than all the others.

"His biggest job was being a dad," Sanchez said.

He was never happier than when he was with his wife and two young girls.

"They just had fun, they loved their dad and he loved them right back," Sanchez said.

Tatro's wife, Sarah, wasn't ready to talk about her husband on camera, but she asked Deputy Chief Sanchez to relay a message.

"If she wanted someone to remember Ben, she wanted them to remember that when he loved something, he loved it with his whole heart," Sanchez said.

Sarah Tatro also told Sanchez that there are few things her husband enjoyed more than scuba diving, so she's finding comfort in knowing he died doing what he loved.

Services for Tatro are still being planned.

<![CDATA[Cops: Man Breaks Into School Where Wife Works to Steal iPads]]>Tue, 29 May 2018 14:48:35 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Robert+Koehler.jpg

A New Hampshire man was arrested after he allegedly stole more than a dozen iPads from an elementary school where his wife works.

Police in Manchester say the iPads was taken from Beech Street School last month. A school administrator saw a man outside the school on Saturday, April 14.

The following Monday, after the administrator learned of the missing iPads, police said she reported the sighting. Police reviewed surveillance footage and school officials identified the man as 43-year-old Robert Koehler, whose wife is an employee at the school.

Thursday, after an investigation that lasted more than a month, police arrested Koehler outside his home. He is charged with burglary and violating bail conditions in connection to a domestic violence charge in January.

Monday, after 15 iPads were found at Manchester Pawn, Koehler was also charged with receiving stolen property.

Koehler is expected to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court Tuesday. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Photo Credit: Manchester Police]]>
<![CDATA[1 Stabbed in Early-Morning Fight at Popular NH Diner]]>Tue, 29 May 2018 11:44:28 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/gilleys.jpg

One person was stabbed during an early-morning fight outside Gilley's Diner in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Portsmouth police said they received a call at 12:38 a.m. Tuesday from staff at Gilley's at 175 Fleet St. reporting a fight between two groups of males inside the restaurant.

The employees had reportedly asked both groups to leave, and the confrontation continued outside and onto Fleet Street.

When they arrived, police said one of the subjects was found with a stab wound in need of immediate medical attention. A police officer applied emergency first aid until emergency medical technicians arrived and brought the person to Portsmouth Regional Hospital. The stabbing victim underwent emergency surgery and is recovering in stable condition.

A second person was also taken to the hospital with a head wound and later released.

During the investigation, several people who were allegedly involved in the fight were identified by police and a K-9 officer was brought in to assist with the search. They were able to locate a knife nearby which may have been used in the stabbing.

No arrests have been made at this time. Police said they believe this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Erik Widerstrom at 603-610-7542. Those wishing to leave an anonymous tip can call 603-431-1199, go to www.seacoastcrimestoppers.com or send a text to CRIMES (274637) with TIPSCS in the message.

Photo Credit: Facebook/Gilley's]]>
<![CDATA[13 Arrested at Border Patrol Checkpoint in NH]]>Tue, 29 May 2018 11:39:40 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Customs+Officers+Arrested+in+Hazing+Probe+.jpg

Thirteen people were arrested at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoint on Interstate 93 in the middle of New Hampshire on Memorial Day, authorities confirmed.

They were taken into custody at an immigration checkpoint on I-93 in Woodstock for immigration law violations, a Border Patrol spokesperson said.

The identities of those arrest, their countries of origin and their specific charges were not released.

Border Patrol spokesperson Stephanie Malin said U.S. law allows agents to set up "critical" checkpoints away from the border to interrogate, arrest and collect evidence.

Border Patrol "is committed to the fair, impartial and respectful treatment of all members of the trade and traveling public, and policy prohibits the consideration of race or ethnicity in law enforcement, investigation, and screening activities, in all but the most exceptional circumstances," Malin said in a statement.

The Union Leader reports that 16 arrests made by police and Border Patrol agents last summer in Woodstock were unconstitutional.

Plymouth District Court Judge Thomas Rappa reportedly said the searches against those arrested were done in violation of the New Hampshire Constitution. Those searches yielded mostly possession of small amounts of marijuana.

<![CDATA[College Baseball Team Inspired by Teen Who Had Brain Tumor]]>Mon, 28 May 2018 19:39:16 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/SNHU_Baseball_Team_Makes_Walk_Wager.jpg

A New Hampshire baseball team competing in the College World Series is getting some inspiration from their biggest fan.

Ian Price bet the Southern New Hampshire University baseball players that if he could get out of his wheelchair and walk across a parking lot, then they would have to win their game.

“He’s taught me so much about myself and my work ethic, as a person and as an athlete,” said SNHU Baseball Player Ivon Clough.

The 15-year-old is with the Penmen in North Carolina as they compete in the Division II College World Series.

Price held up his end of the bargain, walking the farthest he ever has, since getting diagnosed with a brain tumor about six years ago.

“If he could take that walk for us, I knew we could get a win for him,” said teammate Mitchell Powers.

NBC10 Boston caught up with Price via FaceTime on Monday.

“Do you need to get my good side,” the teen said jokingly.

In 2012, the quick-witted Derry boy was diagnosed with a brain tumor. A year later, he became a member of the squad through Team Impact, a nonprofit that pairs kids with life-threatening illnesses with college sports teams.

When we asked Price what his teammates mean to him, he replied, “everything.”

His mom tells us he’s been wheelchair bound until just recently.

“The other day he walked 45 steps with his physical therapist, unassisted, so we knew he was gearing up for this,” Nancy Price said.

She says the parking lot bet was the farthest her son had walked since being diagnosed.

“If I could do it, they could do it,” Price told NBC10 Boston. “I just really wanted to see them win.”

For Price's teammates, who typically have to help him stand up, it was a moment they weren’t sure they’d ever see.

“I mean, it’s just unbelievable,” Clough said.

“He’s amazing, he’s an amazing kid,” said another teammate Jake Walkinshaw.

So, as Price reached for the finish line all on his own, the Penmen knew they had no other choice than to hold up their end of the bargain.

“If he could take that walk for us I knew we could get a win for him,” Powers said.

“It just felt so awesome,” Price said. “I was walking on cloud nine.”

The Penmen play again on Wednesday.

Price says his next challenge will be to someday run the bases.

<![CDATA[2 Injured in NH Crash Involving Moose]]>Mon, 28 May 2018 10:19:20 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/NHCarMoose.jpg

Two people were injured when their car struck a moose on Interstate 93 in Campton, New Hampshire, late Saturday.

According to Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue, the pair were driving northbound just before 11p.m. when their car struck a moose and veered off the road into some trees.

The driver was able to walk away from the crash. Bystanders lifted the roof of the damaged car and pulled out the passenger who was trapped inside.

Their quick action likely saved the passenger's life, Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue said in a public statement.

The pair were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The names of the driver and passenger have not been released. 

The crash remains under investigation.

Photo Credit: Campton-Thornton Fire Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[Man Killed in 3-Way Crash]]>Sat, 26 May 2018 23:52:12 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/160*160/1526357215-Police-lights-%28KXAS-TV-NBC5%29.jpg

An Auburn, New Hampshire man was killed Saturday afternoon in a car accident in Manchester, police reported.

Matthew McGrath, 76, crashed into driver Arthur Skiathits, 52, and then into the Page Street Market after apparently running a red light at the intersection of Hanover and Page Streets, according to police.

McGrath was taken to a local hospital and later pronounced dead. Skiathits was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A third driver, Robert Ames, was also hit during the incident, but was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation by the Manchester police department. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact the police at (603) 668-8711.

<![CDATA[Manchester Drug Arrest Leads to Charges for Stolen Car, Gun ]]>Sat, 26 May 2018 22:48:52 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/180*120/RaffertyLibby.jpg

Members of the Gang Prevention Unit in Manchester, New Hampshire arrested a man Saturday for possessing a stolen car and stolen pistol -- a discovery they made after they began investigating him for selling drugs.

Manchester police said in a statement they had a warrant for Rafferty Libby, 19, for sale of an unnamed drug, and arrested him Saturday as he got out of a taxi near where they had been surveilling him.

During the arrest, police determined he had also been driving a car that was reported as stolen by Enterprise Rental Car, and was found in possession of a Ruger 9 mm pistol, which had also been reported as stolen earlier in Manchester.

Libby was charged with the original warrant and with two counts of receiving stolen property, a felony. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

Photo Credit: Manchester, NH Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Police: 2-Year-Old Dies at NH Hospital]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 23:24:40 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/222*120/ManchesterBabyDeath.JPG

A 2-year-old died Friday after being taken to a hospital from a home in Manchester New Hampshire.

Manchester Police learned Friday that the child had been taken to an area hospital in distress. Later in the day, the child passed away.

Officers investigated the child's home on Hevey Street, but police provided little information about the incident.

Neighbors say there was nothing out of the norm Friday, but they often saw a little boy outside the house. One says the child was out playing on a swing Thursday night.

"He was cute, a doll," another neighbor said. "It looked like they took care of him. But we don't know what went on inside."

Neighbors add that there was often a lot of activity at the home.

"You see people come in," said Pam Leavitt. "Five minutes later, the're gone. Constantly."

Police say they are investigating the cause of the child's death. The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office said Friday it was not involved in the case.

Photo Credit: NBC 10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Aggressive Coyote Shot Dead at Popular NH Hiking Site]]>Fri, 25 May 2018 17:16:53 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/215*120/CoyoteNH.JPG

It was a nerve-wracking few days for hikers on Mt. Major in Alton, New Hampshire this week as authorities warned of an aggressive coyote.

By Thursday evening the animal, believed to be rabid, was shot and killed by a New Hampshire Fish and Game official.

For the first time in his decade-long career, Conservation Officer Ron Arsenault came face to face with a charging coyote.

“It heard me coming and it turned around,” Arsenault said. “It was growling and coming right for me.”

He immediately fired his shotgun and put it down.

“I said, ‘Well, you’re the one I’m looking for,’” Arsenault recalled. “In my professional opinion it was rabid.”

Arsenault said the calls started Wednesday morning. Hikers were reporting an aggressive coyote tormenting them on the Yellow Trail. One caller reported that the animal had attacked her dog.

“You see coyotes and deer and porcupines all the time, but this is the first time we ever heard of anything attacking anybody,” said Alton resident Joe Torriero.

Hikers from out of town were left a bit unsettled after hearing the story and seeing this picture.

“That really freaks me out,” said Shannon Conway of Belmont, NH.

“That’s terrifying,” said Stacia Glover of Franklin, NH.

Arsenault says he’s just thankful he caught up with the coyote before Friday when 200 high school kids from Sanford, ME showed up for a field trip.

“I’m glad we didn’t come yesterday,” said Sanford High Teacher Diana Walker.

And while most people fully expect to encounter wildlife in the New Hampshire woods, few people are prepared for those animals to come at them.

“I really have no idea,” Torriero said.

“I would run or duck or hide,” Glover said. “I don’t really know.”

Officer Arsenault says if you encounter a rabid animal, use a stick or rock to try and fend it off and then get as far away from the animal as possible.

<![CDATA[NH Library Reopens After Bedbug Concerns]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 18:18:53 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Bed_Bug_Infestation_at_NH_Library.jpg

At a public library, the stories you get are usually the ones you check out, but at the Minot-Sleeper Library in Bristol, New Hampshire, the bigger story is about what one resident brought in.

"They were bedbugs, unfortunately," said Rosemary D'Arcy, the chairman of the library's board of trustees.

Bedbugs from someone's home hitched a ride on a stack of books and DVDs that were returned to the library last week.

"It did give me the creepy crawlies," said Bristol resident and library patron Patricia Albert. "You expect it in the big cities, not around here, so it was kind of a shock."

Library staff noticed the tiny insects and soon after closed the doors to the public.

"I babysit a little one and we come every Monday like clockwork, and she was devastated," Albert said.

An exterminator came in and determined there were no more bugs other than the ones in the returned books. After being closed for four days, the library reopened to residents on Tuesday.

"I can reassure them the building and all the books are perfectly safe," D'Arcy said.

Library trustees say there have been no reports of any secondary infestations, allowing residents to close the book on this chapter in the library’s history.

"The staff here goes above and beyond, so you know when they said it was cleaned, it was cleaned," Albert said. "I know there are no problems."

Town health officer Christina Goodwin tells NBC10 Boston she is working with the resident who brought in the infested books. She says that person has been ordered to stay away from the library until the situation at home is remediated.

<![CDATA[High School Starting Pitcher Born Without One Arm]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 00:33:59 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/High_School_Starting_Pitcher_Born_With_One_Arm.jpg

Lebanon High School Junior Varsity Baseball Coach Chauncey Wood admits there’s something different about his starting pitcher.

“He works harder than most,” Wood said.

And apparently, his starting pitcher also throws harder than most.

“Definitely hurts my hands sometimes, I’m not going to lie,” said the team’s catcher Calvin Bates.

Other than that though, Mason Adams’ teammates see no difference.

“Mason’s able to keep up on his own, so there’s no reason to,” said player Cooper Bourne.

But if you look closely at Adams, you’ll notice something’s missing.

“The only thing different about me, is I am not using two hands, I am out there with one,” Adams said.

He was born without a left forearm and since his tee-ball days, he’s been perfecting his form.

The Lebanon High School sophomore now plays three different positions on the JV team and has earned the role of captain.

“I’ve always wanted people to look at me the exact same way as they’d look at themselves,” Adams said.

But he admits it’s not always that easy.

When asked whether anyone has doubted him, Adams replied, “Yeah, they have, and I say, ‘watch me then, if you don’t believe me, you’ll have to see it.’”

Having one hand, Adams says, isn’t an obstacle you overcome, it’s a challenge you learn to live with.

He says it’s made him a better person, and he hopes his message goes far beyond the baseball field.

“If you want something that bad you can go out there and get it one way or the other,” Adams said.

“Hopefully, somebody gets the encouragement to follow through with something they didn’t think they could do, because this kid has done everything he’s wanted to do,” said Coach Wood.

As soon as baseball season is over, Adams is on to the next sport. He starts summer hockey at the end of June.

<![CDATA[3 Arrested in Merrimack, New Hampshire Shooting]]>Thu, 24 May 2018 12:10:45 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Merrimack+Shooting+suspects.jpg

Three people have been arrested in connection with a New Hampshire shooting on Wednesday.

Merrimack police say Jackson Crawford, 22, of Merrimack, shot another man near the Mill Street boat ramp around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Police were searching for Crawford, who was considered armed and dangerous.

Crawford was located walking with two other people who are believed to have been in the car at the time of the shooting. Crawford, along with Robert Brown, 18, of Nashua, and a 17-year-old juvenile, were taken into custody on Daniel Webster Highway.

Crawford was charged with attempted murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, and first-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

It's unclear what charges the juvenile is facing.

Brown was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, falsifying physical evidence, and resisting arrest.

The victim, who was shot in the stomach, was taken to a Nashua hospital before being transferred to a Burlington, Massachusetts, hospital to treat his injuries. There was no update on his condition.

Police are trying to locate the vehicle that was involved in the shooting, described as an older model, possibly blue, Toyota Corolla. One window may be shattered, according to police.

No other information was immediately available.

The incident remains under investigation.

Crawford and Brown were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at Hillsborough County Superior Court-South. The juvenile was scheudled to be arraigned in Juvenile Court. It's unclear if they have attorneys.

<![CDATA[Community Mourns After Brutal Murder of NH Mother]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 11:21:59 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Community_Mourning_After_Death_of_NH_Mother.jpg

A New Hampshire community is mourning the death of a woman after her body was discovered days after she was last heard from, as her son faces extradition following his arrest on theft charges in Virginia.

Fifty-one-year-old Chichester resident Frances Nash was found stabbed to death in a wooded area in Canterbury on Monday after New Hampshire State Police announced the night before they were looking for her and her SUV.

An arrest warrant for Nash's son, 21-year-old Phillip Nash, was issued in connection with the thefts of his mother's SUV and another vehicle, and he was arrested hours later in Emporia, Virginia. It's unclear when he'll be extradited to face theft charges in New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, friends and coworkers at the public library in Loudon, where Frances Nash worked as a librarian and a popular yoga instructor, are grieving for a woman they remember as, "a ray of light."

"One of the biggest gifts that she gave to us here at the library was yoga classes," Carrie James, a family friend and library trustee, said. "Everyone always raved about her yoga, she was a great teacher."

One of Nash's sons posted on Facebook that she was last seen Thursday night with her son Phillip. Friend and co-worker Joli White said she was at the library with Nash when Phillip Nash unexpectedly showed up, adding that he was acting strangely before the mother and son drove away.

"It was definitely out of the ordinary, but she cares a lot about her family," White said. "They've been struggling for the past year and she just left early to go help him out."

Nash had told friends in the past that Phillip Nash had been suffering with mental illness.

"She wasn't the kind of person that's going to look at her own son and be afraid," James said. "But I think the situation was really scary for her."

Phillip Nash has not been named as a suspect in his mother's death, but investigators with the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office also want to speak with him about her murder.

"Right now, we don't know what the connection there is," Jeffrey Strelzin, a senior assistant attorney general, said. "This is obviously his mother and he may have information pertinent to her disappearance and death, pertinent to our ongoing investigation."

It's unclear if Phillip Nash has an attorney.

Anyone with information about the case, or about Frances Nash's activities since last week, is asked to call New Hampshire State Police at 603-271-3636.

<![CDATA[Discovered Body ID'd as Missing Mother, Death Ruled Homicide]]>Tue, 22 May 2018 18:50:31 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Frances+Nash+NH+crime+scene+composite.jpg

A body found Monday has been positively identified as that of a missing New Hampshire woman, according to investigators. The announcement comes one day after her son was arrested in Virginia for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office confirmed the body found in Canterbury was that of 51-year-old Frances Nash, who was last heard from May 17. Her 21-year-old son, Phillip Nash, was arrested in in Emporia, Virginia, by state police Monday night.

New Hampshire law enforcement had been looking for the younger Nash after issuing an arrest warrant for him in connection with the theft of two stolen vehicles, including his mother's SUV.

"Right now, we don't know what connection there is," said Jeffery Strelzin, a senior assistant attorney general in New Hampshire. "This is obviously his mother and he may have information pertinent to her disappearance and death, pertinent to our ongoing investigation."

After an autopsy, Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced that Frances Nash had died from multiple stab wounds, and that the manner of her death was homicide.

Investigators scoured the woods off Hackleboro Road in Canterbury Tuesday morning for any clues about what led to Nash's death.

Sunday night, on Facebook, Nash's other son posted a desperate plea to help find his mother. It was shared more than 4,000 times. By Tuesday, the tragic news had spread quickly as hundreds of people left their condolences for the family.

The Maxfield Public Library in Loudon, where Nash worked, closed its doors Tuesday. A post on its website said employees needed time to grieve the loss of their dear friend.

Phillip Nash will be extradited to face the theft charges in New Hampshire. Strelzin said that process could take weeks or even months. He was expected Tuesday in a Virginia courtroom to face a fugitive from justice charge. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

While no one has been charged in connection to the homicide, authorities do not believe there is any threat to the general public.

Anyone with information about the case, or about Frances Nash's activities since last week, is asked to call New Hampshire State Police at 603-271-3636.

Photo Credit: New Hampshire State Police/NBC10 Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Authorities Find Body They Believe May Be Missing NH Woman]]>Mon, 21 May 2018 21:43:12 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/214*120/frances+nash.jpg

Authorities have found a body they believe may be that of a missing New Hampshire woman, and they have announced they are seeking the public's assistance in finding the woman's son.

Officials announced Monday night that an adult female body was found in Canterbury early Monday afternoon, and they believe it may be Frances Nash.

The 51-year-old from Chichester was last heard from on May 17.

Frances Nash's car, a maroon 2011 Mercury Mariner SUV with NH license plates 4127573 that was also reported missing, was found earlier Monday morning in Canterbury.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Frances Nash's son, Phillip Nash, 21, of Canterbury, in connection with the theft of his mom's vehicle.

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He is described as 5'9" tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Phillip Nash is believed to be driving a stolen maroon 2000 Ford F-350 truck with NH vanity plate GRANITE.

A search will be done of the area where the woman's body was found, and an autopsy will be performed to determine the identity, as well as the cause and manner of death.

Anyone who has information about Frances Nash, Phillip Nash or the two vehicles involved is asked to call the New Hampshire State Police at 603-271-3636.

The investigation is active and ongoing.

No other information was immediately available.

Photo Credit: New Hampshire State Police
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<![CDATA[Federal Funds Approved for NH Needle Exchange Programs]]>Mon, 21 May 2018 19:01:48 -0400https://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Federal_Funds_for_Clean_Needles.jpg

Federal funds are now being made available to support needle exchange programs in New Hampshire as the state continues to battle the growing opioid epidemic.

Wendy LeBlanc helped launch the Syringe Service Alliance of the Nashua Area in February. It allows drug users access “fit packs” complete with 10 sterile needles, a tourniquet, sanitizing wipes, a cooker, and even Narcan kits, no questions asked.

“They’re very grateful, they’re appreciative, they’re thankful,” LeBlanc said.

It’s funded through grants and run by volunteers, but now New Hampshire has gotten approval to use federal funds to support programs like this.

“I can’t tell you how excited and motivated I am again to go to work in the morning and know I am making a difference,” LeBlanc said.

The state petitioned the CDC by using some alarming statistics like a nearly 200-percent increase in overdose deaths from 2012 to 2016 and a spike in hepatitis C and HIV infections related to needle sharing.

“Of course, we all wish no one was injecting drugs, but the reality is they are, and this is a way to help them do so more safely,” LeBlanc said.

Heather Haines was addicted to heroin for five years. She’s convinced if she had access to one of these “fit packs” back then, she could’ve avoided the lifelong impacts of using contaminated needles.

“Quite a few of us just didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into,” Haines said.

She is now one of the volunteers who distributes the syringes to those in need.

“I’ve found my purpose,” Haines said. “I just love seeing that light come on in someone else’s face when I show that same love that was given to me.”

She says the program isn’t just about clean needles, and the federal funding is so much more than money.

“That’s what they’re showing, that they care about every human being, we care about every life,” Haines said.

Some people argue that syringe service programs encourage drug use, but health officials say there are no statistics to support that.