Michael Brindley

Newscast Producer/Reporter

Before coming to NHPR, Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor. Michael started his career in journalism working as a reporter for the Derry News. Michael is a New Hampshire native, born and raised in Nashua. He studied journalism at Keene State College. When he's not reporting, Michael can often be found searching for the best burrito in the Granite State and scouring local record stores for some classic vinyl.

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NH News
4:56 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Several Surgeries Later, N.H. Family Injured In Marathon Blasts Coming Home

Ron and Karen Brassard are from Epsom. They are pictured here moments before the explosions at the Boston Marathon last week.
Credit Courtesy: Karen Brassard

An Epsom family injured in the Boston Marathon bombings expect to be able to return home Wednesday.

Ron Brassard needed three surgeries and a skin graft on his left leg to repair damage from the blast.

His wife Karen says he expects to be released from Tufts Medical Center on Wednesday.

“Where the injury was on his left leg, they also did the graft on this left leg, so it’s kind of isolated, the injuries are all isolated on the one leg, so that he does have his right leg to be able to support himself and be able to get around.”

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NH News
11:25 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Gov. Hassan Orders Flags At Half-Staff Wednesday For Slain MIT Officer

Governor Maggie Hassan is directing flags at half-staff on Wednesday in honor of MIT Officer Sean Collier. 

The 26-year-old Somerville, Mass. resident was killed last week, allegedly by the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. Family and friends are holding a private funeral for him today.

"We are united in our grief and in our pride in the law enforcement officers who gave so much to protect our people and bring the perpetrators to justice,” Governor Hassan said. “Sean Collier’s dedication to protecting others reflects the very best of the American spirit."

NH News
2:42 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Some In N.H. Tourism Not Yet Sold On Benefits Of Casino

An attendee checks out a booth at the Governor's Conference on Tourism in Concord on Monday.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

As Governor Maggie Hassan touts the benefits of a high-end casino for the state, some in the tourism industry have concerns about what it will do for New Hampshire’s image.

At the governor’s conference on tourism in Concord on Monday, Governor Hassan didn’t directly address what impact a casino would have on the industry.

But in an interview after her speech, she said a destination casino would ultimately benefit already existing tourism industries by bringing more people to the state.

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NH News
11:02 am
Fri April 19, 2013

State, Nashua Police Helping With Bombing Suspect Search in Watertown, Mass.

New Hampshire State Police are in Massachusetts assisting with the search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

State police deployed its SWAT team and bomb squad to Watertown. Massachusetts State Police requested the assistance.

In addition, Nashua Police Lieutenant Michael Moushiegian says 30 officers with the department have been sent to to aid in the search.

He says the officers are with the department's Special Reaction Team and bomb unit.

"I imagine they're going to be relieving some existing teams," he said.

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NH News
10:42 am
Fri April 19, 2013

N.H. Residents Urged To Avoid Boston

Governor Maggie Hassan is urging New Hampshire residents to avoid the Boston area.

Hassan released the message via Twitter this morning.

"NH emergency management and law enforcement officials are on alert and are closely monitoring the situation in the Boston area," she said.

"This is a rapidly changing situation. NH residents should avoid the Boston area if at all possible, heed direction of local law enforcement," she added.

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NH News
10:16 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

N.H. Family Injured In Marathon Blasts Recovering, Know Lives Are Changed

Karen Brassard of Epsom shows the X-ray of the shrapnel in her leg. She was injured in the blast at the Boston Marathon.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

Ronald and Karen Brassard of Epsom were among the nearly 200 people injured when two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

They were there with their daughter, Krystara Brassard, a student at Northeastern University, who was also injured in the blasts.

Karen Brassard has been at Boston Medical Hospital since the explosion, while her husband remains hospitalized at Tufts Medical Center. Krystara was treated for shrapnel wounds and has since been released.

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NH News
1:25 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

N.H. Using Mortgage Settlement To Fund Foreclosure Counseling

New Hampshire is launching a program that provides counseling for homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure.

The$3.5 million to pay for the program comes from a multi-state settlement New Hampshire reached last year with the five largest mortgage lenders over foreclosure abuses.

The statewide initiative is called HomeHelpNH. Homeowners can get free advice on issues such as reviewing mortgage documents and exploring mortgage modification.

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NH News
10:25 am
Tue April 16, 2013

New Hampshire Stories Emerge From Marathon Tragedy

Credit wallyg / Flickr Creative Commons

Three hundred seventy-seven New Hampshire residents were competing in Boston today when two explosions erupted in the crowds near the finish line of the race. An untold number more were in Boston as spectators or volunteers.

Ronald and Karen Brassard of Epsom and their daughter were injured in the blast, but are going to be fine, according to a relative.

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NH News
2:59 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Gov. Hassan Still Pushing Using $80M From Casino In Budget

Governor Maggie Hassan continues her push for $80 million in licensing fees from a casino to fund what she says are critical priorities for the state.

The House version of the budget is stripped of the $80 million in initial revenue from a single casino that Governor Maggie Hassan had built into her proposal.

On The Exchange Monday, Hassan reiterated her position that licensing fees from one high-end, highly regulated casino would help fund programs like higher education, school building aid, and uncompensated care for hospitals.

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NH News
9:01 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Live Blog: Gov. Hassan's First 100 Days

Governor Maggie Hassan on The Exchange Tuesday, April 15.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

9:56: On repealing stand your ground, “I continue to be very concerned that we make New Hampshire as safe a state as we can.” Supports a repeal of the law, says it allows people to open fire in public places when other options available to them. “That just isn’t safe.”

9:54: On Medicaid expansion, Hassan says hospitals have come forward and said if you want us to participate, we need to have some of that money to fund our uncompensated care costs, because we are so strained. 

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NH News
4:59 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Family Of Brittany Tibbetts Doesn't Want Her To Be Forgotten

Donna Tibbetts keeps her daughter Brittany's urn on the mantle.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

People in Greenland are remembering their former police Chief Michael Maloney. He died a year ago, when authorities say 29-year-old Cullen Mutrie shot Maloney through a basement window during a drug raid.

Mutrie then shot 26-year-old Brittney Tibbetts, who was also wanted for dealing drugs.

He then shot himself.

A year later, the family of Brittany Tibbetts says they don’t want what happened to their daughter that night to define her.

Diesel, a brown mini pincher, is one of the last connections that Donna Tibbetts has to her daughter, Brittany.

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NH News
5:39 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Officers Continue With Civil Suit Against Greenland Shooter's Mother

A year after the shooting in Greenland, four drug task force officers wounded in a raid continue to seek damages from Beverly Mutrie, the mother of the gunman.

Identifying themselves as John Does one through four, the officers wounded in the Greenland drug raid filed a civil suit against Beverly Mutrie last summer.

She is the mother of Cullen Mutrie, the man police say killed Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney and wounded the officers.

Police say he then shot his girlfriend, killing her, and then shot and killed himself.

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NH News
4:57 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

One Year Later, Greenland Plans To Honor Its Hero, Move Forward

Greenland Town Administrator Karen Anderson holds ribbons that people will wear Friday to honor Chief Michael Maloney.
Michael Brindley NHPR

As the town of Greenland marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Chief Michael Maloney, residents say the painful memories of that night are still fresh in their minds. But they also agree it’s important to remember the sacrifice the chief made to the community.

In the town of Greenland, life goes on.

On a recent morning, Town Administrator Karen Anderson is getting briefed about a small fire at the transfer station.

It’s the kind of minor issue Anderson deals with on a normal day.

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NH News
4:04 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

50 Years After Tragedy, Crew Of USS Thresher Submarine Recognized

The USS Thresher
Credit From the collections of the Naval Historical Center. USNHC # NH 97551.

Governor Maggie Hassan is ordering flags at half-staff Wednesday to recognize the 50th anniversary of the loss of the USS Thresher.

All 129 crew members aboard the nuclear submarine were killed on April 10, 1963 when it sank roughly 200 miles east of Cape Cod.

The USS Thresher was based at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

D. Allen Kerr wrote a series of articles last year about the ship’s history for Seacoast Online. He says it went out to sea to make deep water test dives.

But because there were no survivors, what happened next is only conjecture.

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NH News
5:04 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

A.G.: 'Several' New Complaints Against Former New London Chief

David Seastrand
Credit Town of New London

The state Attorney General’s office is investigating several new complaints against former New London Police Chief David Seastrand.

This comes after he stepped down following a complaint last month.

Assistant Attorney General Jane Young says she can’t go into detail about what the new complaints allege while the investigation is ongoing.

“We have received additional complaints from women regarding the conduct of the former chief.”

David Seastrand resigned as New London Police Chief last week and gave up his certification as a police officer.

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