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The Messenger – February 24, 2017

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Police Chief & former chief, now selectman, face off

Sparks flew at a recent Loudon selectman’s meeting as Loudon police Chief Kris Burgess minced no words to describe his feelings about former police chief, now selectman Bob Fiske. “I’m disappointed, I’m embarrassed, and, as a department head, I’m disgusted,” Burgess said, in reaction to…

Juvenile to be charged with gun threat at John Stark

With the assistance and investigative resources from the New Hampshire State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Weare Police Department has brought the recent situation at John Stark Regional High School to conclusion. A posting was made on a social media website which described the intention to use a firearm at the school the next day. Police have identified a…

Chichester man commands Strike Fighter Squadron

Cmdr. Derek Duford, commanding officer of the “Blue Blasters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34, of Chichester, New Hampshire, dons survival equipment on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment as…

Goffstown man faces felony burglary charge

Robert Smith Jr., 23, of Goffstown, now faces a felony burglary charge after breaking into a home Monday morning. He is currently being held on $10,000 cash bail. Authorities say Smith broke into a house on Hillcrest Road just before 10:45 a.m. The owner arrived home to find an unfamiliar car in her driveway, though the vehicle…

Boys’ Sports Basketball

Goffstown 62 Windham 53: Ryan Hall dropped 12 of his 25 points in a 21-14 fourth quarter for Goffstown. Bishop Brady 46 John Stark 37: Once Isaiah Lovering  went down, the Giants built an eight-point lead in the first half and held on to beat John Stark, 46-37…

Girls’ Sports Basketball

Bow 41 Kingswood 39: Lea Crompton lead the Falcons with 14 points. Taylor Darrell hit the winning shot with seconds to play. Hollis-Brookline 44 Bow 42: The Falcons lost a tight one at home to snap their three-game winning streak…

The Messenger – February 17, 2017

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Weare SWAT team raid

When an FBI SWAT team of armed agents converged on a Weare home last Friday afternoon they found a cache of weapons and charged the resident, Jody Swett, 37, with the federal crime of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. The federal search warrant uncovered a Henry Rifle, .22 caliber found in the garage; an…

With tax rate going down Hillsborough’s Budget Hearing passes quietly

Hillsborough’s Public Hearing on the proposed budget and warrant articles drew few questions and even less debate on Tuesday night. The first six articles deal with zoning amendments…

State Police continue to investigate Stoddard homicide

State Police responded to a 911 call at a private residence in Stoddard last Thursday where they found Michael Carney, 44, of Sullivan, dead, with two gunshot wounds. There were also two other people in the home, an adult female and a…

Goffstown bank robber still at large

Police are looking for a man they say robbed the Citizens Bank on Church Street last week. Police say the man is around 5 feet 9 inches tall, about 140 pounds and in his early 20s. He’s believed to have driven away in a silver Honda Civic or Accord. The man walked into the 11 Church St. bank just…

Boys’ Sports Basketball

Hopkinton 55 Newport 21: Hopkinton went on a 19-2 run to take a 24-9 lead at halftime and ended the third quarter with a 46-15 lead. Hopkinton 67 Hillsboro-Deering 20: Hopkinton led 18-2 after the first quarter on its way to its 13th win…

Girls’ Sports Basketball

Hopkinton 42  Newport 36: Taylor Signor and Abby Houston hit back-to-back 3-pointers to close out the third and that gave the Hawks the momentum. Hopkinton 28 Hillsboro-Deering 12: Hopkinton trailed at halftime, 10-7, but upped the defensive pressure in the second half, holding H-D to just two points after the break…

The Messenger – February 10, 2017

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New Tilton Police Station

Tilton Select Board Chair Patricia Consentino asked if the Board wanted to resurrect the idea of finding a place to build a new police station. Vice Chair Katherine Dawson asked if the need was still there. Police Chief Robert Cormier reported there are safety issues with the booking room, the cells are not gender specific, and even though there have been improvements done, the current building is bursting at…

Motion to cut H-D’s $21.5 million school budget fails

Hillsboro-Deering School District voters spent over two hours debating the proposed budget and warrant articles at Monday’s deliberative session but made only one change. After Moderator Russ Galpin was recognized for his many years of service, Board Vice Chair Steve Hahn presented the…

Henniker man injured in ATV accident

An ATV flipped on Clement Pond Saturday at 4:30 p.m. causing serious injuries to the driver. Jody Abbot, 45, of Henniker, was making a right hand turn off his Polaris ATV when its studded tires gripped the ice, causing the vehicle to flip and throwing him on the ice. Abbot was taken by the…

Officials label Belmont fire as suspicious

A suspicious fire at 30 Corriveau Road that destroyed a two-car garage and nearly the house with it is being investigated as “suspicious” by police and fire officials. According to Fire Chief Ken Erickson, firefighters arrived finding the…

John Stark High School Scholastic Art Award Winners

Several works created by JSRHS students were recognized by The Scholastic Art Awards, which offers early regional and national recognition of creative young people and scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors. Award winning artists are selected by…

H-D DECA Teams qualify for Internationals

After a month of competing against other high schools in a global competition, two teams of three students from Hillsboro-Deering High School have qualified for the DECA International Conference in April 2016 in the areas of Sports & Entertainment Management, and in Retail Management…

Boys’ Sports Hockey

John Stark 4 Monadnock 2: John Stark raised its record to 7-4 and Monadnock dropped to 4-8. Bow 7 Goffstown 3: In a tight contest through the first two periods, the Falcons exploded for four goals in the third led by Doug Champagne and Chris Mead…

Girls’ Sports Basketball

Monadnock 46 Kearsarge 31:  Kearsarge trailed by double digits at halftime and could never make a run to get back in it. Bow 41  Pembroke 39: Lea Crompton’s game-winning basket with less than five seconds remaining led Bow to a 41-39 Division II girls’ basketball win over Pembroke…

The Messenger – February 3, 2017

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21 bed Antrim House treatment facility opened

Headlines of opioid abuse and drug overdoses have dominated the news recently, but in Antrim last Thursday, a small but important step was taken to address the problem. Sobriety Centers of New Hampshire officially opened Antrim House, a 21-bed, women’s full-treatment facility that will be staffed by doctors, nurses and…

Belmont boy saves his father

A 6-year-old Belmont boy probably saved  his father’s life last Friday. Emergency personnel received a call about an unconscious man. Police said the boy saw his father, ran from their home and flagged down a neighbor driving by for help. When responders arrived at the home they found…

Tilton family of eight homeless after Wednesday fire

Two people were injured and eight people were left homeless in a one-alarm fire caused by smoking materials on Hill Road early Wednesday morning. Firefighters from Laconia were first on the scene of the fire at 15 Hill Road at 3:32 a.m., according to…

Goffstown man literally “plows” through the neighborhood

Goffstown homeowners are cleaning up after what appears to have been a hurricane that swept through the neighborhood. Actually it was a lone Goffstown man, accused of driving while intoxicated, drove over their…

Hillsborough OK’s new officer

During prior budget discussions, the Hillsborough Selectmen approved hiring a prosecutor for the Police Department, but declined to fund an additional patrol officer. After meeting with Chief David Roarick Wednesday evening, the board reversed its position and…

Boys’ Sports Basketball

Conant 64 Hillsboro-Deering 24: Zach Rowell scored 17 points in
the loss. Conant 62 Hillsboro-Deering 37:  The Hillcats improved in their second game against the Orioles. Newport 56  Hillsboro-Deering 49: The Tigers got a solid lead at halftime, but got into foul trouble late in a game whose score was closer than it should have been…

Girls’ Sports Basketball

Conant 61 Hillsboro-Deering 22: Kiersten Clough shot the ball well and Faith Grimes played good defense for the Hillcats, but the Orioles got hot from beyond the arc, draining eight 3-pointers. Kearsarge 41 Hillsboro-Deering 18:  Madi Brayshaw led the Cougars with 13 points. Meg Roy added eight points, while Devi Kraushaar and Katlyn Kleckner each chipped in six…

 

The Messenger – January 27, 2017

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Belmont robbery

Belmont Police are asking for the public’s help in their investigation of an armed robbery at the Penguin Market on Laconia Road Saturday night. Police were called to the store by a clerk, who said that a man brandishing a handgun had just robbed the store. No customers…

H-D Elementary Spelling Bee winners named

Hillsboro-Deering Elementary School held their annual Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 19th. 1st place went to Jeffrey Stillman, 2nd place was Paige Kelly and Kaiya Richard placed 3rd. Jeffrey will go on to represent HDES at the…

Memory of murdered Franklin girl remains after 44 years

It has been almost fifty years and the murder of 13-year-old Kathy Gloddy of Franklin is still unsolved. But her friends and family have kept her spirit alive on her birthday. Despite  below zero temperatures, Janet Gloddy and classmates of Kathy’s gathered outside of Marceau Park, inviting locals to bring a can of dog or cat food to donate to the animal shelter in honor of Kathy’s dream of…

Fuel truck accident closes Route 4 Friday

Officials are trying to figure out what made a tractor-trailer driver hauling a large quantity of heating oil drive off road into the woods close to the Andover-Salisbury town line on Friday morning, closing Route 4 for over seven hours. A  J.P. Noonan transportation truck carrying several thousand gallons of oil was driving north headed towards…

Boys’ Sports Hockey

Goffstown 11 Winnacunnet 1: A Max Lajeunesse had a hat trick and Colby Gamache added a pair of goals for the Grizzlies. Belmont/Gilford 11 Laconia/ Winnisquam 1: Belmont/Gilford improved to 6-1-1 in Division III. Pembroke/Campbell 4, Monadnock 3, OT: Matt Tremblay scored a pair of goals, including the winner in overtime…

Girls’ Sports Winter Track

The Con-Val winter track team competed at the first of two qualifier only meets at UNH on Sunday. Highlighting the meet of the girls was Clare Veverka’s first place performance in the 3000 meter run…

The Messenger – January 20, 2017

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Hillsborough teenager escapes abduction attempt

A 16-year-old girl was the target of an attempted abduction Saturday afternoon when she was walking home on Melody Lane, police said. Police Capt. Ian Donovan said the teen reported that a black compact car pulled up next to her and the driver told her to get in. She said no and ran away and the car…

200 Newport neighbors rally to support fire victims

A group of about 200 Newport area residents participated in the Saturday, Jan. 14 Urista Hoop Festival, a series of 8-minute 5-on-5 basketball games to support a family who lost their home to a fire early last week. The event, held at the…

H-D voters petition to rescind Board’s authority to retain surplus

With the crowd consisting of mostly staff from the school district there were few questions and virtually no fireworks at this year’s H-D budget hearing. The operating budget will increase by 2.77% or $602,397. Under SB2 rules the default budget will increase by…

Goffstown Police release funds to aid construction of Fire Station

Progress to upgrade and improve Goffstown’s Church Street fire station continues as new funding is allocated to help pay for the project. Work to renovate and expand the station began in October after a warrant article to acquire a bond to fund the project was approved during the last town meeting. The new building gives the department a bigger…

Boys’ Sports Basketball

Raymond 76 Hillsboro-Deering 50: Elijah Winters scored 15 points, and Zach Rowell 12 as both teams played a tough game. Stevens 71 ConVal 54: Stevens led 9-0 before CV hit its first bucket with the first quarter half over as the Cougars couldn’t buy a basket. By the time the quarter had ended, Stevens a 21-8 lead…

Girls’ Sports Basketball

Hillsboro-Deering 37 Raymond 32: Morgan Racine  had 11 of the Hillcats’ 22 points at halftime, carrying H-D to its first win on the season. Portsmouth 51 Pembroke 39: Olivia Langevin had 11 points, but the Spartans couldn’t turn things around in dropping their fourth straight game…

The Messenger – January 13, 2017

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Hillsborough woman dies – three others injured

A Hillsborough woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash last Thursday afternoon in Hillsborough. Diane Chouinard, 54, a passenger in her husband’s vehicle, was killed in the crash, which occurred about 12:40 p.m. at the intersection of Henniker Street and Route 9. Hillsborough Police Capt. Ian Donovan reports that…

Chichester Board proposes full-day kindergarten

Chichester School District voters will be asked to approve full-day kindergarten to voters this year. As it stands, the proposed budget is projected at $6,202,890, a 0.31 percent increase. In SAU 53, Deerfield, Allenstown and Pembroke have full-day programs, while Epsom is the only other town with…

Belmont man arrested for possession of heroin

Adam Leisner, 28, of Belmont has been arrested and charged with one count of possession of heroin/fentanyl, one count of possession of methamphetamine, and one count of possession of marijuana after an officer witnessed what was described as a possible drug transaction.
He is also charged with…

Peter Christians March closing

Sarah Baas, the owner of Peter Christians in New London has announced that the restaurant will be closing in March. She has leased the restaurant for the last 6 years, but the landlords have decided to turn the building back into the original Edgewood Inn. In order for them to complete…

Boys’ Sports Nordic Skiing

The ConVal Nordic team travelled to Plainfield to compete in its first Nordic ski competition of the season. Eddie Pope was the first ConVal boy to cross the finish line, followed by first time skier Rowan Inglis…

Girls’ Sports Winter Track

The CV winter track teams competed with the majority of the team heading to Plymouth State for their first go on the states newest indoor facility. The girls team finished 4th in the…

The Messenger – January 6, 2017

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Franklin fugitive arrested after massive manhunt

A Franklin man who had been on the run from police for several days has been taken into custody in Concord. Ryan Brouillard, 33, had been on the run since incidents early Wednesday morning in Franklin. Authorities located him at a residence in Concord at around 3 a.m. Police said Concord’s SWAT team employed…

ConVal High School Principal Brian Pickering retires

ConVal High School Principal Brian Pickering, New Hampshire’s High School Principal of the Year for 2016, has retired, citing health-related issues. Pickering, who has been on leave since Dec. 20, informed the school district on Dec. 29 that he would take an early retirement, according to…

Dog alerts family to Tilton house fire

A family dog alerted residents of a Tilton home to a fire in the basement Friday night. The family was able to safely exit the home and call 911. Tilton-Northfield Fire & EMS were called to 114 Dunlop Drive just after midnight. As firefighters arrived, they saw a two-story single family home with fire and smoke coming from…

Hillsboro-Deering Board adopts a $22,303,870 school budget

The Hillsboro-Deering School Board continued its budget discussions Wednesday evening trimming another $100,000 from the original requests of the administration. This brings the total reduction to $703,000 since deliberations began and leaves the current proposed budget at…

Bow official pressing plans for Route 3A development

Plans to develop a plot of land off Route 3A are progressing. Members of the town’s Business Development Commission (BDC) conditionally approved allowing Town Manager Dave Stack and Community Development Director Matt Taylor to work with Stu Arnett, president of the Concord-based Arnett Development Group, LLC, to figure out potential uses for the plot. The hope is to have the…

Former Pines counselor arrested for sex

A former counselor at the Sununu Youth Services Center and Pines Community Center is accused of giving sex, alcohol and guns to a teenager at the youth detention center. Authorities say Kirstie Bean, 25, of Concord also gave the 15-year-old and an 18-year-old pistols this past July when the three were…

The Messenger – December 30, 2016

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Henniker Chamber’s successful toy drive project

The Henniker Chamber of Commerce teamed up with local businesses to collect toys for families in Henniker through the “Local Toys for Local Tots” Toy Drive. Boxes were set up for drop off locations including the Henniker Farm & Country Store, Henniker Pharmacy, Intervale Pancake House, Edmunds Ace Hardware, TD Bank, Trend Acupuncture, The Fiber Studio, Henniker Police Department and Town Hall. Toys were distributed…

Messenger readers give $1,650 for Christmas Baskets

Messenger readers have once again shown their spirit of caring by donating a total of $ 1,650 to the Lions Club Christmas basket project, enabling the local club to prepare 82 complete Christmas dinners to our friends in need…

Henniker students learning about Japan

During December, students in the sixth grade at the Henniker Community School have been creating Japanese tea bowls and large Raku vessels as part of their study of Japan. During this artist in residence with potter Shana Brautigam of Rooted in Clay in Rindge, each student made hand-built traditional Japanese…

Stark students attend program on drug and alcohol use and addiction

All in John Stark health classes recently had the opportunity to attend an awareness and education presentation about drug and alcohol use and addiction given by G2 Focused Information of New Hampshire. The program is designed to plant the seeds of wisdom about drug addiction or substance use disorder, a chronic brain disease…

Francestown’s double dose of good news

A San Francisco man, who grew up summering at his grandparents’ Francestown home, has given a $100,000 donation to the nearly $1 million renovation project of the town’s historic town hall and academy building…

Hillsborough Police request one new officer and an Attorney Prosecutor

The Hillsborough Selectmen have begun preparing the town’s 2016-2017 budget with the goal of presenting taxpayers with a flat, no increase budget. Tuesday evening it was Police Chief David Roarick’s turn to discuss his budget requests for Police, Dispatch and Animal Control with the…

The Messenger – December 23, 2016

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The Grinch is stealing Goffstown Christmas presents

Goffstown Police have reported that package thieves have struck two separate sections of Goffstown lately, stealing delivered items from in front of residences. A Pershing Street resident was bringing in his trash can Friday afternoon when he noticed some empty packages inside that did not belong to…

School Board pondering $600,000 in budget reductions

Entering Monday’s H-D School Board meeting the proposed budget stood at $23,006,870, a 5.85% increase over the current budget, but requesting an additional $1.7 million or 14.58% from taxpayers. The Board spent some time reviewing possible reductions including $397,000 from…

Weare and Hopkinton crews battle structure fires

Five animals died in a fire that destroyed a Hopkinton barn late Tuesday morning. Hopkinton Fire Lt. Kevin Culpon said some of the animals were rescued, but “unfortunately five of the animals perished in the fire.” No people were injured and other buildings on the property were undamaged. The surviving animals were…

Vacationing Franklin woman dies in Rome

A Franklin woman who suffered a stroke while vacationing in Rome has died. Judi Stewart’s family told WMUR that she had always wanted to visit the Italian city because it’s where her late husband was stationed while in the military. Stewart had recently retired and decided to take the vacation. While on the trip, she was complaining that it was difficult to…

Henniker Budget Review Committee reports to the Selectmen

The Henniker Selectmen dealt with a full slate of issues during Tuesday night’s meeting.  The Board unanimously denied resident Bruce Trevolini’s request to ban his neighbor’s mini-bike track at 60 Juniper Ridge. Highway Superintendent Tom Weston was granted permission to…

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