Police in Manchester are dealing with a recent spate of fatalities caused by drug overdoses.
Between Nov. 26 and Dec. 7, the city saw six overdose deaths.
Sgt. Brian O’Keefe says the department is waiting for toxicology results to confirm, but the suspicion is heroin use was involved in each case.
“Heroin today is roughly 30 to 40 percent purity," he said. "So if they add a few percentage of more pure ingredients such as heroin to the current product on the market, that can cause the uptick in fatalities.”
FairPoint Communications says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance led to a loss of high-speed Internet service for thousands of customers in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Spokesman Jeff Nevins says the hardware problem knocked out service for all of Vermont and part of New Hampshire on Thursday.
With about 1,800 FairPoint workers on strike in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, a management employee was performing the maintenance late Wednesday on equipment that routes Internet traffic. The first outages were reported early Thursday.
New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says she has concerns about the timing of a report released Tuesday exposing the CIA’s harsh interrogation of suspected terrorist detainees following the Sept. 11 attacks.
The report from the Senate Intelligence Committee described the CIA’s techniques as “deeply flawed” and found the agency misled Congress and the White House about its methods.
New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she’s disturbed by the findings and said releasing the report was the right thing to do.
"Paul [Goodwin's] 25 birthday - April 2013," writes DeSantis. "That's who we usually talk about when we refer to the Hill kids from our year. That's Pat [Jackman] up front left, then James Thompson in back, then Paul [Goodwin], then Emmett, Aaron [Wysocki], Me, and Leigh [Messier] is in front. At the time of that picture, only James wasn't living in Somo'" - Maddie DeSantis
When it comes to our state’s economic future, policymakers and business leaders bemoan New Hampshire’s aging population and the state’s failure to lure young people back to the state after college. Usually, jobs are seen as the antidote. But in Somersworth, a youth renaissance is taking place thanks not to any employer – but to the strength of twelve millennials’ childhood bonds.
First, picture Somersworth. It’s got a couple pizza and sub shops, a pawn shop, a thrift store, and like in a lot of old New England mill towns, that’s about it.
An unlicensed New Hampshire driver charged with driving into a group of bicyclists last year, killing two of them, is facing a Friday deadline to let a judge know if she will enter a guilty plea.
Related: Click here to see a photo gallery of the aftermath of the crash.
Police said 20-year-old Darriean Hess of Seabrook was speeding and under the influence of drugs when she ran into the bicyclists in Hampton. Hess was stopped for speeding in the same area hours earlier.
The Manchester Police Department has announced the formation of a multi-agency collaboration to tackle gun and gang-related crime in the city.
The group was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from a federal Department of Justice program. The money will be used to increase patrols in high crime areas and parole check-ins with probationers and at-risk youth. Manchester Chief David Mara says a big part of this program is showing potential offenders that they mean business.
Outgoing Department of Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement says fixing a long-standing deficit in the state's highway fund should be a critical priority for lawmakers this session in order to keep roads and bridges safe for drivers.
Plymouth State University is working with a local crisis intervention agency to raise awareness about sexual assault.
The university is partnering with Voices Against Violence to create a bystander intervention policy to help prevent sexual violence and provide support to victims. Similar to programs at the University of New Hampshire and elsewhere, the bystander policy encourages students to safely intervene when they see a risk of danger.
Meg Kennedy-Dugan, director of Voices Against Violence, says her organization will provide resources to students, faculty and staff.
Standing in Market Square Friday afternoon, you could hear a hoarse striker’s voice cracking as he chanted along to “what do we want?” “A contract.” “When do we want it?” “Now.”
About 100 striking FairPoint workers were rallying to mark the 50th day of the strike. These unionized telecommunications workers haven’t seen a paycheck since they walked off the job in October. Many have spent the time attending rallies as far away as Montpelier, Vermont and Portland, Maine.
Around the country, protestors have been gathering to voice their concern over violence against black Americans by police officers. Last night, one of those protests was held in Hanover. (You can see photos of the protest here.)
New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte says Secretary of Defense nominee Ashton Carter has a strong resume, but says she’s not yet ready to pledge her support.
During a stop in Nashua Friday, Ayotte, a Republican member of the Armed Services Committee, says it’s important to get through the nomination hearing process before making that decision.
“One of the things I will want to ask him a number of questions about is the administration’s foreign policy, and what his views are for a strategy for the challenges we face, whether it’s ISIS, whether it’s Russian aggression.”
A mobile-home park in New Ipswich has become the 110th in the state to be purchased by its residents. That means that nearly a quarter of the state’s 450 so-called “trailer parks” are now owned by the people who live in them.
Juliana Eades, President of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund which financed the deal, says banks won’t give mortgages to people who live in manufactured homes located on someone else’s land.
The state has handed out grants to 36 historic, cultural, and land conservation projects as part of its Land and Community Heritage Investment Program.
The grants range from about $7,500 to study Jones Hall in Marlow to $400,000 to permanently protect 1,114 acres in Epping.
This year's recipients include 26 historic properties from the 1764 Park Hill Meeting House in Westmoreland to the 1918 Peterborough Town House. There are also 10 natural resource projects providing permanent protection of almost 3,000 acres in all of the state's 10 counties.
A judge has ruled that the public can use private land to get to Rye Beach because they've been doing so for more than 20 years.
The case was brought by 24-year Rye resident Robert Jesurum. The Sanders Poynt property and adjacent Wentworth by the Sea Country Club are owned by Bill Binnie.
The Portsmouth Herald reports that Superior Court Judge Marguerite Wageling said her ruling "may extend not only to beach access, but to parking and boat-launching rights." That will be determined later.
The president of Keene State College is participating in a White House summit exploring how to increase college completion, particularly for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students.
Anne Huot will join President Barack Obama and others Thursday at the White House College Opportunity Summit. The conference brings together colleges and universities, business leaders, nonprofit groups and others working to support more opportunities for students.
This week the Portsmouth police department launches a new program called “Cops on Corners,” in an effort to make department operations more transparent.
Deputy Police Chief Corey MacDonald says the community events are a response both to local tensions and a national conversation arising out of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He says “the goal here is to get out in front of the public, go neighborhood by neighborhood --because different neighborhoods have different issues -- and just meet with people.”