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Osweiler provided several big assists

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:00:24 EST

Post-game scenes from the locker room and tunnel at Gillette Stadium in the wee hours of Sunday morning: New England Patriots personnel guru Nick Caserio talking with Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien in the busy tunnel, where golf carts whiz by and equipment trucks are being loaded. No doubt O'Brien was talking about how bad his quarterback was in a 34-16 playoff loss to the Patriots and Caserio was telling him where he might find one. Yeah, right. O'Brien, by the way, had just announced to the media he wasn't going to walk away from the Texans. That had to take resolve. The ire of his dismay, 6-foot-7 quarterback Brock Osweiler, standing in a remote corner off to the side of the busy tunnel, dressed to kill, talking on his cell phone. No one knew he was there, and no one wanted to talk to him.

With Lewis, Pats remain unbeaten

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:12:22 EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -Londonderry's Ryan Griffin was quick and to the point in the Houston Texans' locker room late Saturday night. "We didn't get it done," Griffin, one of Houston's tight ends, said. "That's all it comes down to. You can talk about missed opportunities and this and that, but we didn't win the game, that's all that matters." One of the reasons why? Try New England Patriots running back Dion Lewis.

Last-second field goal bails out Packers

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:12:46 EST

ARLINGTON, Texas - This time it was a catch, and another win for the Green Bay Packers. Call it a "Half Mary" from Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers threw a 36-yard pass to a toe-dragging Jared Cook on the sideline, and Mason Crosby kicked a 51-yard field goal as time expired, sending the Packers to the NFC championship game with their eighth straight win while thwarting a huge Dallas rally in a 34-31 victory in the divisional round of the playoffs Sunday. The throw on the run from Rodgers to Cook - confirmed on review - wasn't nearly as debatable as Dez Bryant's famous catch that wasn't in the Cowboys' divisional round loss to Green Bay two years ago. Cook kept both feet inbounds with a knee just above the ground out of bounds. And it came after the Cowboys tied the game twice in the final 5 minutes behind rookie sensations Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott in their playoff debut. It was the third field goal of more than 50 yards in the final 1:38 - two from Crosby and one from Dallas' Dan Bailey. And Crosby had to make the winner twice after Dallas coach Jason Garrett called timeout before the first attempt. Rodgers, who sparked last week's wild-card win over the New York Giants with another Hail Mary before halftime, is headed to an MVP showdown with Atlanta's Matt Ryan next Sunday. It will be his third NFC title game - all on the road. Green Bay's win was the first by a road team after 12 straight home victories in the playoffs dating to last season. The Cowboys (13-4) almost became the third team in the Super Bowl era to win in the playoffs after trailing by 15 points in the fourth quarter. The first was Dallas in 1972, when "Captain Comeback", Roger Staubach, rallied the Cowboys for a 30-28 win over San Francisco. Instead, Dallas ended up with its fifth straight loss in the divisional round and a 21-year drought in trips to the NFC championship game. Prescott got the Dallas rally going with a 40-yard touchdown toss in the first half to Bryant, the first playoff TD for the star receiver. Then he set the stage for the first tying score on a 6-yarder to Jason Witten, also the first postseason touchdown for the 14th-year tight end. Rodgers led the Packers to a go-ahead 56-yard field goal from Crosby with a big boost on a pass interference penalty against rookie Anthony Brown that wiped out an interception from Jeff Heath, whose pick earlier in the game helped Dallas rally. The Cowboys answered with a 52-yarder from Bailey.

South’s Osgood accepts football offer from URI

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:13:20 EST

NASHUA - Max Osgood's football story just keeps getting better. Two years ago this time, the Nashua High School South athlete had yet to play a single football game for the Panthers program. And when his phone rang the other night, it was the University of Rhode Island offering him a spot in its Division I football program. He accepted and will be a Ram come September. "I think he'll do great," South coach Scott Knight said. "It's a whole change of your life, but I don't doubt he'll do fine." Osgood, who also plays basketball and lacrosse, was steered toward football by Knight and offensive coordinator Bill Monsen, who coaches the 6-foot-4 senior in lacrosse. He played last year, but as Knight said, "It wasn't scholarship film yet." But this season, Osgood took his game to the next level. During South's regular season, he had 35 catches for 470 yards and six touchdowns from the tight end position. He was nearly an impossible matchup for opposing defenses. According to Knight, Osgood drew more interest this fall, including Bryant University, Albany, and the University of New Hampshire, among others.

Sununu, Hassan set to speak at MLK ceremony

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:06:04 EST

CONCORD - Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and his Democratic predecessor will speak at a Nashua dinner in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The theme of the Monday dinner is "Healing America's Ethnic and Racial Division." The dinner marks one of Sununu's first public speaking engagements as the new governor. Democratic U.S.

Meals on Wheels gets $20K to help with fifth delivery day

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:05:40 EST

MERRIMACK - In support of reinstating a fifth meal delivery day, St. Joseph Community Services Meals on Wheels recently received a $20,000 grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. "The contribution from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation makes a real difference in our ability to provide full service to all those who need our help," Meghan Brady, president of St. Joseph Community Services, said in a Jan. 11 press statement. SJCS reached the reinstatement project goal in part because of the support of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. "All of us at SJCS are deeply grateful for the continued support," Brady said. According to SJCS, the foundation's grant further demonstrates the community's support for the Meals on Wheels program and the SJCS mission of fostering independence and life enrichment for seniors and other qualified adults through nutrition, social engagement and community services. "The Meals on Wheels Program provides a hot meal and a safety check for isolated, homebound older and disabled adults," Brady said.

Proposal for full-day public kindergarten on warrant

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:05:16 EST

MILFORD - School officials have backed away from a plan to have taxpayers help subsidize a new full-day public kindergarten program. Instead, costs for the program will come from increased tuition. The pilot program will have places for a maximum of 80 5-year-olds in five full-time sessions at a cost of about $510 a month. At their Dec. 19 meeting, School Board members had said they were concerned the warrant article would fail. Now the tuition, which had previously been set at $340 a month, will go up to $510 to pay for an estimated 20 students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The warrant article calls for extending some sessions of the kindergarten program to all day, but the School Board expects tuition fees to offset the cost. Schools Superintendent Robert Marquis said the tuition is competitive with private kindergartens. "We looked at the cost of comparable programs, and it's well within the ballpark," he said. Parents can still choose half-day kindergarten. Four half-day sessions will remain. The 80 5-year-olds for the extended-day program will be selected through a lottery.

Milford’s school budget up for debate; building improvements will be heard

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:04:51 EST

MILFORD - A public hearing for the School District's budget and other warrant articles, including an extended kindergarten program, will be held this week. The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 182 at Milford High School. The operating budget for next year is $40,631,738, which is slightly less that the $40, 686,405 default budget. "While it is unusual for the default budget to be higher than the proposed budget, it does happen on occasion," School Board Vice Chairman Kevin Drew said. "The default budget is a calculation based on the prior year's budget, with some adjustments. Reductions carried in the new budget will not necessarily have a corresponding reduction in the default." Article 1 is a $3 million bond for repairs and upgrades to school buildings.

Children are the future, and we are doomed

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:04:26 EST

It's normal for parents to worry about their children. You worry about their health, about how they perform in school and maybe about why that boy always seems to have his hands in his pockets. (I asked. It's because that's where he keeps his action figures.) This biggest worry I have, though, is what will become of my children? What will they do with the rest of their lives? Will they be able to earn a living, lead meaningful and fulfilling lives? Will they be able to afford a good nursing home for me, one with real meat on the menu and clean sheets and such and not like the ones you see in a Drudge Report headline? After watching these kids grow, I think I'm beginning to see some paths opening up for them. If I can, I'd like to steer them in fruitful directions.

Nashua man to do jail time for possessing, selling drugs

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:04:02 EST

NASHUA - Matthew Escamilla, one of several men and women arrested last summer in a Nashua police drug sweep, has agreed to plead guilty to two of his charges in exchange for a roughly six-month term in Valley Street jail. Escamilla, 28, who at the time of his indictment in October had no fixed address but has previously listed addresses of 23 Temple St., Apt. 119, and 2 Reading Road, entered guilty pleas on two counts of sale of a controlled drug, which are special felonies accusing him of selling fentanyl to undercover police agents on June 22 and 30. The plea agreement Escamilla reached with prosecutors calls for a 12-month jail sentence on one of the charges and 11/2 to 3 years in State Prison on the other. The prison sentence is suspended in its entirety for three years. Escamilla also received credit for 170 days already served in jail, leaving him with six months and 10 days to serve at the Manchester jail. Judge Philip Mangones, who presided over Escamilla's plea hearing last week in Hillsborough County Superior Court South, listed several provisions of the agreement, including that Escamilla remain on good behavior, that he make restitution to Nashua Police in the amount of $160, that he participate meaningfully in, and complete, any counseling, treatment and educational programs as directed by corrections officials or his probation or parole officers. He also must complete drug treatment as directed by probation. The prosecutor, Assistant County Attorney Leslie Gill, agreed to nol pros, or dismiss, the two other charges against Escamilla, both Class B felonies accusing him of sale of a counterfeit drug, also on June 22 and 30. Escamilla was charged with two of the offenses when he and seven others were arrested in late July as part of a Nashua police combined drug impact initiative. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.

Milford library chooses director

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:04:12 EST

MILFORD - A library can be a place to borrow books and movies, a place to do research, a place to use a computer or even a 3-D printer. Then there's the idea of a public library as a living room - a community living room, a place for all kinds of people to gather, relax and enjoy themselves. That's the definition that Betsy Solon likes best. Solon is the new director of the Wadleigh Memorial Library, taking the place of Michelle Sampson, who left last summer to become director of the York, Maine, public library. She comes to Milford from the Mary E. Bartlett Library in Brentwood, where she served as director for five years. Last week, Solon said she accomplished in Brentwood everything she had intended to do, including increasing the library's senior citizen programming and expanding the library's collaboration with other groups in town, including the Historical Society and Garden Club. That helped Bartlett win the title of Library of the Year from the New Hampshire Library Association. She also worked at improving relationships with town leaders. What she did not do in Brentwood is lead a building project, although during her tenure the basement of the building was renovated and turned into usable space for meetings, with a full kitchen and a book sale area. Wadleigh's building is considered overdue for renovation and has been on Milford's capital improvement plan for many years. A $5.6 million replacement project was rejected by voters two years in a row. Solon says she wants to see how the building's needs fit into the needs and goals of the rest of the town. "I'd like to form my own opinion," she said.

Warrant articles move to next stage

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:03:12 EST

HUDSON - A public hearing to consider the Hudson Budget Committee's proposed town and school budgets Jan. 11 proved to be uneventful, and all warrant articles recommended by the committee will move forward to the next stage - a public deliberative session on Feb. 4. The one speaker during the public comment period was Dan Wells, a school counselor at Alvirne High School and president of the Hudson School District's leadership team, which includes counselors and school administrators. Wells spoke in defense of the leadership team's new collective bargaining agreement, which drew criticism from some members of the budget committee, in part because it adds two paid days to their schedule. Wells said that because the calendar for school year employees was lengthened two days, the leadership team also needed to add two days to its calendar in order to meet its needs. Eric McDowell, vice-chairman of the committee, originally voted against this collective bargaining agreement, but said that after further research, he is now in support of it. One of the reasons he said he supports the updated contract is because, like the teacher's union contract, it now provides an increase in wages to those who have a master's degree. "I think a fair day's pay for a fair day's work is what should be expected out of anyone here," McDowell said. Thaddeus Luszey, committee member and chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said he still opposes the contract because it requires the town to pay 93 percent of staff insurance costs - a greater percentage than any other contract. The contract was passed 8-2, with committee members Thaddeus Luszey and Ted Trost in opposition. In total, the committee recommended five school budget warrant articles to be considered during the public deliberative session. The articles include: • A collective bargaining agreement between the district and Teamsters Union Local 633, which represents School District employees. • A request for $175,000 to replace the roof of the gymnasium at Alvirne High School. • A warrant article representing the final school budget for fiscal 2017-2108 at a total of $52,534,706. The committee recommended 12 town warrant articles. They include: • A two-year collective bargaining agreement between the Hudson Police Employees Association and the town. • A two-year collective bargaining agreement between Hudson Highway Department AFSCME Local 1801 Union and the town. • A warrant article representing the proposed fiscal 2017-18 town general operating budget of $25,062,815. The town deliberative session will be held Feb.

Getting out of ‘The Life’; human trafficking survivor tells her story

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:02:46 EST

She was 19 when she first entered "The Life," as she calls it. A life of drugs and addiction, of violence and manipulation. A life of being forced to sell her body. Jasmine Marino is now 36 and has been clean and sober for nearly a decade. Today, the Massachusetts resident works to help other girls and women caught in the world if human trafficking, offering her story and her help to get them out. Human trafficking is coming to greater attention in New Hampshire as the problem grows along with the opioid addiction crisis.

Reading ahead; Merrimack mulling options for library

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:02:15 EST

MERRIMACK - People in Merrimack are evaluating the current library systems and space as consideration is given again to future renovation or perhaps the creation of a new library in town. The trustees, development board and Friends of the Library held a joint meeting in December and "looked at different revenue streams," said Yvette Couser, the library director. A strategic plan has been presented to trustees "in pieces," Couser said. The rejuvenated effort to renovate the library and its services began last fall. "We really started to look at it again and are asking, What will we need?" Couser said. The renewed discussions have had officials looking carefully at how the library operates, the physical space available to them and its future place in the town. "I can tell where problems are with what we have, what services we can't do due to limitations," Couser said. It isn't clear yet what the exact plans are for the library, which is located at the intersection of Baboosic Lake Road and Daniel Webster Highway. Efforts to build a new library have been defeated during past town elections. "We haven't raised enough funds yet," Couser said. "The goal of the trustees is to maybe do an addition on this building or eventually go forward with a new structure." Plans to receive public funding for a library expansion have been previously shut down by voters.

Best prospects; 5 best industries for aspiring entrepreneurs

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:00:49 EST

This could be the year you decide to stop working for someone else and start your own business. While your individual skills and interests are key to determining what type of venture to pursue, the last thing you want to do is start a business in an industry with a gloomy outlook. Here are five industries with promising futures, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, market research firm IBISWorld and financial information company Sageworks. 1.

Takata will pay $1B for hiding defect; company agrees to guilty plea in faulty air bag deaths

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:00:24 EST

DETROIT - Takata Corp. has agreed to plead guilty to a single criminal charge and will pay $1 billion in fines and restitution for a years-long scheme to conceal a deadly defect in its automotive air bag inflators. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit announced the deal Friday, hours after it unsealed a six-count grand jury indictment against three former Takata executives who are accused of carrying out the scheme by falsifying and altering test reports that showed the inflators could rupture. Takata inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers. At least 11 people have been killed in the U.S.

Pats’ playoff season has resumed

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:07:56 EST

It all began 15 years ago and it never gets old, does it? The New England Patriots have been on quite a ride during that stretch, and there's only been three seasons when they haven't made it to the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs. That's all led to four Super Bowl championships and two other appearances. But of course this particular ongoing era all began in the memorable final contest in the old Foxboro Stadium, the Snow Bowl. It had all the drama. The Tuck Rule.

Griffin now making Londonderry proud

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:07:32 EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler went into Saturday night's AFC Divsional Playoff game against the New England Patriots with an obvious affinity for throwing to his tight ends. And one of those includes Londonderry's Ryan Griffin, the former University of Connecticut standout. Griffin has caught the fourth most passes on the team, 50, for 442 yards and two TDs. He was targeted by Oseweiler 75 times. In turn, Houston's other tight ends have also been big cogs, as C.J.

Nashua wrestling’s founding father feted

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:06:40 EST

NASHUA - For a quarter century, Nashua High School's first wrestling coach, Paul Bellavance, was always prepared. He was finally caught by surprise on the mat on Saturday, though, when he was named the first inductee to the Nashua High School Wrestling Hall of Fame. Bellavance, already a Nashua High School and NHIAA Hall of Famer, introduced the wrestling program in 1970 and compiled a gaudy dual-meet record of 246-15-5 during his 25-year tenure. Under his watch, Nashua won the 1978 New England championship and six state crowns. It was also announced that the first Nashua Hall of Fame Classic would be the final one. Next year, it will be known as the Paul Bellavance Hall of Fame Classic. "This is a total surprise to me," Bellavance said. "I didn't expect this.

Ryan leads Falcons past Seahawks 36-20

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:06:14 EST

ATLANTA - Matt Ryan looked very much like an MVP, and the Atlanta Falcons are headed to the NFC championship game. Ryan threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Falcons to a 36-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round Saturday. Atlanta will face either the Dallas Cowboys or the Green Bay Packers, who meet Sunday in the NFC's other divisional game. After the Seahawks zipped down the field for a touchdown on the opening possession, Atlanta's young defense largely shut down Russell Wilson & Co. the rest of the way. Ryan and the high-scoring Falcons took it from there - getting a huge boost from a holding penalty that wiped out an 80-yard punt return by Devin Hester. Ryan hooked up with Julio Jones on a 7-yard touchdown and Tevin Coleman for a 14-yard score before finishing off the Seahawks with a 3-yard toss to Mohamed Sanu in the corner of the end zone with just under 4 minutes remaining, sparking a raucous chant of "MVP! MVP! MVP!" from a Georgia Dome crowd that stood most of the game, giving the Falcons the sort of home-field advantage that Seattle is used to having at the Link. "It feels good," said Ryan, who came in with a 1-4 record in the playoffs. "I think we executed really well across the board. We weren't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, we made some mistakes.

Lamarche claims 120 title for Nashua South

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:05:20 EST

Wrestling Panthers place 9 at Nashua HOF Classic Matt Lamarche navigated his way to the 120-pound Nashua Hall of Fame Classic championship on Saturday at Nashua High School South, pacing the host Panthers to fourth place out of nine teams. South placed nine wrestlers overall. Ryan Jigijian (106), Jeremy Bridge (126), Trevor Froburg (132) and Shad Lacombe (152) finished as runners-up. Pranav Prabhala (138) was third; Tom Cullerton (145) and Kyle O'Connor (182) earned fourth. Pilgrim, R.I, won the tournament, while Natick (Mass.), Exeter, South and Salem rounded out the top five. The Panthers will host Alvirne on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Broncos go 3-0  at Alvirne duals The Broncos had the help of five forfeits to earn a 40-30 victory over the Bulldogs. Jackson McGovern earned the first varsity victory of his career with an 8-0 triumph at 106 over Bedford's Matt Cosio.

Chiefs aim to even the score

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:26:37 EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Alex Smith endured watching film of the Kansas City Chiefs' meltdown in Pittsburgh earlier this season "a bunch of times" this week, still trying to figure out where everything went wrong. As if he hasn't relived it enough in his nightmares. Ben Roethlisberger threw five touchdown passes. Le'Veon Bell starred in his return from a three-game suspension. The Steelers scored 22 first-quarter points, led 36-0 before the Chiefs finally scored and they proceeded to route the eventual AFC West champions 43-14 that October night. "It's been a long time," Smith said, "so they've changed. Over the course of the season, they've progressed and gone a certain direction.

Packers-Cowboys rivalry goes way back

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:26:14 EST

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers go way back, as in the 1967 NFL championship game played in such frigid conditions at Lambeau Field that it is known in league annals as the "Ice Bowl." Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has more recent memories, and they're painful for reasons other than the cold. Two of the league's marquee franchises share a postseason history that dates back five decades. They have met seven previous times in the playoffs , with Dallas holding a 4-3 edge going into the divisional round game on Sunday against the Packers at AT&T Stadium. While the teams may not be heated divisional rivals, their postseason meetings often leave an impression. "I hope the Cowboys don't spoil it, or I'll be really (angry) if they do," said former Packers offensive lineman Jerry Kramer. He was one of the blockers for Hall of Famer Bart Starr's game-winning, 1-yard quarterback sneak with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Green Bay's 21-17 win in the Ice Bowl. Each team has made 32 postseason appearances, tied with the New York Giants for most in NFL history. Dallas and Green Bay have unique owners. For the Cowboys, owner Jerry Jones is part-showman, part-personnel executive and part-spokesman.

Broncos hire Davidson to guide offensive line revival

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:04:04 EST

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The man charged with fixing the Denver Broncos' biggest bugaboo is new offensive line coach Jeff Davidson. He was hired by new coach Vance Joseph on Saturday, following former Chargers coach Mike McCoy to Denver. McCoy was Joseph's first hire, replacing Rick Dennison as offensive coordinator. Davidson, 49, worked on McCoy's staff in San Diego last season, when second-year running back Melvin Gordon had a terrific comeback season with 997 yards and 10 TDs in just 11 games. Davidson has 22 years of coaching experience, including 15 years with the offensive line. He replaces Clancy Barone, one of several offensive assistants whose contracts have been terminated since Joseph replaced Gary Kubiak . The Broncos struggled up front in each of the past two seasons, preventing Kubiak from using his run-based offense quite the way he wanted. They were able to patch things up enough to go on a terrific playoff run last season thanks to the savvy of veterans Ryan Harris, Evan Mathis, Louis Vasquez and key backup Tyler Polumbus. None of them returned in 2016 with Polumbus retiring and the others becoming free agents. General manager John Elway replaced four-fifths of his line, but free agent tackles Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson flopped. Max Garcia and Ty Sambrailo, two of Elway's draft picks, struggled as well, and the Broncos (9-7) failed to make the playoffs a season after winning the Super Bowl. The most consistent lineman was center Matt Paradis despite playing through two bad hips, one of which was surgically repaired this month with the second operation scheduled for February. Too often, the Broncos' leaky line was unable to protect the passer or spring a battered backfield. Rookie running back Devontae Booker, who struggled as the lead after C.J. Anderson (knee) went on IR in October, led the team with 612 yards rushing. The tight ends too often had to stay in to help protect quarterbacks Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch and none had more than 22 receptions.

5 locals win Elks ‘Hoop Shoot’ district titles

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:03:39 EST

Five locals won the 2017 State Elks Southwest District "Hoop Shoot" Free Throw contest recently at the Derry Boys and Girls Club and will move on to the state finals on Feb. 5 in Epson. Twelve-year-old Ariana Sofa had the hottest hand in Girls competition, sinking 20 of 25 free throws. Other local girls division winners included Nashuans 9-year-old Taylor Joyal, (8-9) and 10-year-old Aliyah Vasquez (10-11 division). Nashua's Ryan Haskel, 11, dropped in 21 out of 25 free throws to win the 10-11 boys division, while 9-year-old Navein Sribalaharan of Nashua hit 14 of 25 to take the 8-9 boys division title. Keene's Mathew Wagner dropped in 22 of 25 to win the 12-13 boys division with Hudson 12-year-old Colin Toohey placing third with 17 free throws. The six winners all received gold trophies.

‘Live Free or Die’ state not alone; other gun-friendly statehouses see occasional reckless conduct

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:36:41 EST

CONCORD - Gun-friendly New Hampshire is back in the spotlight after a lawmaker dropped a loaded firearm this week in a House hearing on a kindergarten bill. But lawmakers packing guns on statehouse grounds - and occasionally handling them recklessly - isn't unique to the "Live Free or Die" state. At least 19 states, from Kansas to Texas to Idaho, allow legislators to carry guns in parts of or the entire capitol. In a handful of others that prohibit it, such as Oklahoma, lawmakers sometimes bypass security measures in order to carry concealed firearms. "I've testified in a number of states where I've had legislators show me they were carrying even though they weren't allowed to do so," said John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Resource Center, which has gathered info on guns in statehouses. No violent incidents of lawmakers carrying guns at statehouses have been recorded in recent memory. Carelessness is another matter. In 2014, Democratic Kentucky Rep.

Man stabbed during robbery

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:07:34 EST

NASHUA - Police say a Temple Street man was stabbed during a robbery on Saturday. Police were called to a home at 23 Temple St. sometime after midnight on Saturday for a report of a robbery and assault. They found a man injured from a stabbing, and brought him to a local hospital for treatment. The identity of the victim was not disclosed by police. No information about the alleged attacker was released, and police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call Nashua Police Department at (603) 594-3500 or the Crime Line at (603) 589-1665. - DAMIEN FISHER

NE News Digest

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:37:14 EST

STATE 36 farm animals seized in Stratham STRATHAM - Police have seized 36 goats, sheep, chickens and other animals from a farm in Rumney, New Hampshire, following a complaint of animal cruelty. The New Hampshire SPCA says the animals are being cared for and will be evaluated by a farm animal veterinarian. They were brought in Tuesday. The SPCA is asking for the public's assistance in caring for the group. More information is at - The Associated Press Inmate visitations resume at prison CONCORD - Inmate visitation will resume at the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord following an investigation into several drug overdoses that canceled visits for three days. Corrections officials did not release any more information Friday on their investigation. Staff at the Concord prison found three unresponsive inmates in the prison's residential areas last weekend.

Man allegedly punched, suffocated woman; female told police 30-year-old Nashuan also stole from her

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:42:49 EST

NASHUA - Following an investigation that began in December, police say a Nashua man is charged with punching and suffocating a woman. Officers with the Nashua Police Department responded to a call of a domestic disturbance in the city about 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 7. A woman told officers the suspect, later identified as Curtis Gomez, 30, of 110 Alban St., Apt.

Handy helpers wanted; senior-to-senior volunteers needed for Fixit program

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:43:25 EST

Southern New Hampshire Services seeks volunteers 55 and older to help fellow seniors complete home maintenance and repair projects through the organization's "Fixit" program. The Retired & Senior Volunteer Fixit Corps, known as RSVP, needs skilled tradespeople over 55 to help tackle a list of household projects for seniors across the Nashua and Manchester area, according to Jennifer Sanders, volunteer services director at Southern New Hampshire Services. "The demand exceeds the number of volunteers we currently have," Sanders said, "For example we have about three to four calls per week and enough volunteers to complete one to two jobs per week." As it stands, clients wait an average of two to three weeks for jobs to be completed, she said, "With increased volunteers, jobs can be completed within a week or even within days of the initial client call." Examples of the type of services needed include carpentry, plumbing and electrical projects such as repairing a leaky faucet, replacing a porch step and replacing light bulbs. "All materials will be provided by homeowners and work can be scheduled entirely at a volunteer's convenience," Sanders said. There is a high need for volunteers to assist seniors and disabled homeowners with maintenance and repairs across Hillsborough county, she added, noting that there is a particular need for assistance in Nashua and Manchester. RSVP Fixit volunteers provide the labor without a set fee to the client, aside from the cost of materials. However, donations are encouraged to allow the program to continue operating. For more information about Fix-It or to volunteer, contact Heather LaTourette at 634-1169 x11 or More information on SNHS programs and other volunteer opportunities can be found online at Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-1246, or @Telegraph_ TinaF.

Town allocated $580K for fixes

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:05:50 EST

BROOKLINE - A plan to construct a pedestrian bridge over the Nissitissit River on Mason Road and a sidewalk along South Main Street from Route 130 to the newly constructed rail trail in Brookline has been approved by the Department of Transportation to receive $580,000 in federal funding. The project, which would cost a total of $725,000, would be funded 80 percent by the federal transportation alternatives program and 20 percent by the town. Brookline residents will be able to vote on the proposal during a town meeting March 15. Brookline Town Administrator Tad Putney said these projects have been in the works since 2009, when the town Selectboard and Conservation Commission developed a plan to connect town sidewalks to trails. "What we recognized at that point in time, is that we had lots of trails and sidewalks, but not much connectivity. People would have to get in cars to drive to trails," Putney said. Putney said the pedestrian bridge was one of the plan's highest priorities because the only current crossing, a two-lane vehicular bridge, is too narrow for pedestrian traffic. Tom Jameson, project manager for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, said the state initially received 46 proposals totaling $26.5 million. An independent committee ranked each project on a variety of factors, including feasibility and overall benefit, to choose which ones to fund. Brookline's application was ranked fourth overall. Putney expressed hope that voters will approve the project in March. "If we are able to move forward, that bridge would go a long way toward reaching our goals," Putney said. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, or @Telegraph_Derek.

Man arrested, charged with public urination

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:42:21 EST

Following reports of a male subject urinating on the outside of an air conditioning unit at a Hudson bank, Hudson police responded to Santander Bank at 15 Ferry St., around 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12. The bank was open at the time. On their arrival, officers used the reported description of the subject to locate him at the traffic median of Ferry Street across from the bank. During the course of the investigation, officers identified the subject as William Vongsavath, 26, of Nashua. Vongsavath was also in possession of a controlled drug.

News Digest

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:41:49 EST

Nashua Lung cancer support group to launch at YMCA A new support group for lung cancer survivors and caregivers is set hold its first meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the YMCA of Greater Nashua, located on Stadium Drive. The monthly meetings will take place on the third Tuesday of every month. "This support group is intended to provide a safe space for lung cancer survivors to come together for community, sharing and learning from each other," said YMCA member Eric Bergeson, who facilitated the launch of the group. "As lung cancer survivors, we are in this together, each having been diagnosed with lung cancer at some time in the past. It may have been recently and you are in need of knowing others with the same disease, and it may have been some time ago and you continue to have a need to talk about your experience with others who will understand you anxiety, aches, pains, treatments, prognosis, et cetera." The group is open to lung cancer survivors, their caregivers and close friends.

Beyond the ‘Dream’; MLK honored at First Baptist

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:39:51 EST

NASHUA - Guest speaker Rev. Willie Bodrick II told those celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday on Saturday night to go beyond King's dream of justice and equality, and make that dream a reality. "Our actions are the tools that will bring (our dreams) to life," Bodrick said. First Baptist Church on Manchester Street hosted its annual celebration of the life of King, the Civil Rights hero whose commitment to nonviolent civil disobedience changed the country. First Baptist Church on Manchester Street was the first church in New Hampshire to honor King on his birthday, starting in 1982. The city of Nashua followed suit, recognizing King's Jan.

Health care is key to success

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:04:12 EST

CONCORD - With New Hampshire facing a looming workforce crisis, state leaders gathered Friday to discuss strategies to keep and retain workers. The New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute's fourth annual budget and policy conference, "Investing in New Hampshire's Future: Strategies to Maintain a Strong Workforce and a Vibrant Economy," featured dozens of speakers on the topic of building up the state's economy by taking care of the people who contribute to it. For Vasuki Nagaraj, the medical director at Nashua's Lamprey Health Care in Nashua, the key idea to keeping the economy running is that employees who have access to health care are able to stay in their jobs and contribute to the community. "Health care is important to each and every one of us," Nagaraj said. Nagaraj shared the stories of a few patients at his clinic who deal with chronic medical conditions. Without proper treatment and medication, these people would not be able to work. But thanks to initiatives in New Hampshire's Medicaid Expansion and access to insurance through the Affordable Care Act, these patients are able to take part in the economy and be there for their families, he said. Even in his own business, Nagaraj is seeing the benefits that happen when employees are able to get medical care. Many employees couldn't afford health insurance until the Affordable Care Act was passed, and that meant missed time from work, trips to the emergency room and low morale.

Droning on; lawmakers tackling new drone bills

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:03:48 EST

The most recent attempt at tackling the issues around the surge in unmanned aerial vehicle sales and use has landed in Concord. A new measure seeking to regulate drones by individuals and government agencies has been placed in front of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Besides setting parameters for operators, House Bill 97 also sets forth penalties for violations for both individuals and government fliers, specifically law enforcement agencies who would leverage the capabilities of the small, maneuverable and easily-launched aircraft that could view and record what it flies over in real-time. Past attempts at drone regulation in New Hampshire have failed. There are restrictions in place through the Federal Aviation Administration, including rules banning flight within 5 miles of airports. The FAA also mandates users register their aircraft. Statehouse to tackle regulations Neal Kurk, a Weare Republican who introduced the latest bill as one that was defeated last year, said he "wants to make sure they are available for whatever creative uses people may have for them," but also wants to protect people's privacy. The new measure, said Kurk, is a "common sense" bill and "essentially the same" as a similar draft that died last year with "minor improvements and refinements." The House Committee of Executive Departments and Administration is scheduled to discuss the legislation on Jan.

Patriots manage to pull away from Texans, 34-16

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 01:06:55 EST

By TOM KING Staff Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - They're on their way to an NFL record sixth straight AFC Championship Game. But why weren't the New England Patriots generally all smiles after dispatching the Houston Texans 34-16 in Saturday night's AFC Divisonal Playoff at Gillette Stadium? "I feel like we're going to have to play better and coach better than we did tonight or unfortunately there won't be much left of our season," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "Give (the Texans) credit, but we've got to do better than that." Especially, they feel, against the likes of either Pittsburgh or Kansas City next Sunday night at 6:40 p.m. at Gillette.

As Patriots move on, Wilfork says so long

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 04:02:24 EST

It's going to be fitting Saturday night. Former New England Patriots fan favorite Vince Wilfork will play his final NFL game at Gillette Stadium after all. We thought for sure after that last Patriots' Super Bowl win that Vince was going to take the hint that the team tried to give him the previous year and hang it up. But he had some familiarity in Houston with defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel and head coach Bill O'Brien, not to mention linebackers coach Mike Vrabel. So, what the heck. But now we keep hearing Big Vince may say enough is enough. And his Texans really have no shot Saturday night in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs.

Texans’ chances rated slim and fat

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 04:02:00 EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Houston Texans face an enormous challenge against the New England Patriots on Saturday night. The Texans are 1-7 against the Patriots. They are winless in New England all time, including a shutout loss earlier this season when Tom Brady was out because of a suspension. The Patriots enter the game as 15-1/2-point favorites over the visiting Texans - just the sixth time since 1966 that a team has been favored by at least 15 points in a playoff game. In the five previous occasions only one underdog - the New York Jets in Joe Namath's Super Bowl guarantee - won the game. New England says it isn't taking anything for granted in the divisional-round matchup against the NFL's top-ranked defense. But how does Houston, which lost 27-0 in Week 3 to a Patriots team without Brady, go about beating a team that is one of the biggest favorites in playoff history? "The first thing that jumps out, you have to protect the ball. If you are going to beat the Patriots, especially in Foxborough, you can't have any turnovers," Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler said. "If you have turnovers, you are giving Tom additional chances to score points.

Celtics escape Hawks

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 04:01:35 EST

ATLANTA - Isaiah Thomas scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, Al Horford made a triumphant return and the Boston Celtics snapped the Atlanta Hawks' seven-game winning streak with a 103-101 victory Friday night. Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. each had 23 points for Atlanta. The Hawks had won 12 of 16 to move into fourth place in the Eastern Conference. But the third-place Celtics hit 17 3-pointers and got a season-high 26 points from reserve forward Kelly Olynyk to push past a Hawks team that missed too many open looks from the perimeter. Horford, a fan favorite during his nine seasons in Atlanta, was booed many times throughout the night after leaving the team as a free agent last summer. He received a standing ovation, though, and waved happily to the crowd after the Hawks showed a brief video tribute between the first and second quarters. Horford finished with 10 points, six rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes. Thomas was unstoppable in the closing minutes, hitting a 15-footer and a 3-pointer before knocking down a 19-footer just with 2 seconds remaining to make it 103-101. Millsap missed a jumper at the buzzer. Boston blistered Atlanta in the third, using a 20-5 run to go up 77-57 on Terry Rozier's 21-footer. Hardaway's short jumper trimmed the lead to 91-85 with 4:24 remaining, and Mike Dunleavy, making his Atlanta debut for the first time since last week's trade, rattled in a corner 3 to pull the Hawks within two at the 2:12 mark. The Celtics hit eight of its first 11 beyond the arc to take a 28-16 lead at the 2:33 mark of the first, but missed their next 10 attempts on 3s to help Atlanta force a 42-all tie on a pair of free throws by Millsap. Jae Crowder added 18 points, including four 3s, for Boston. Notes Boston began the night ranked 29th in rebounding - 18 spots behind Atlanta - but each team grabbed 43 boards.

Cards hold off Panthers

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 04:01:11 EST

NASHUA - Friday night was the effort first-year Bishop Guertin coach Matt Regan was waiting for. The Cardinals maintained a modest lead over Nashua South for the majority of the evening and held off the Panthers for a 60-52 victory at Roedel Field House. "We finally played hard for four quarters," Regan said. "In our first four games this year, we've played hard in spurts and we've done well, but tonight we actually played hard for four quarters, which was nice to see." Clay Crowell scored a team-high 18 points for the Cardinals, while Mike Rinko filled the stat sheet with 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Pat Donovan was also scored in double-figures for Guertin (2-3) with 13 points, including free throws down the stretch to prevent any chance of a South (2-3) comeback. "I was very happy with the way Mike Rinko played. He kind of asserted himself in the first quarter all the way throughout the whole game," Regan said.

BG girls cruise past South

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 04:00:45 EST

NASHUA - In some respects, it was a mismatch from the start. Bishop Guertin, the defending Division I champion, is loaded with talent and experience, while Nashua South is a plucky group of mostly underclassmen trying to learn to win. The Panthers hung around for the first quarter, but the Cardinals eventually flexed their muscle en route to a 64-30 victory on Friday night at the the Colligidome. BG senior Meghan Cramb, an Assumption College recruit, led the way with 27 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. "She's a good player. She's aggressive on both ends of the floor," BG coach Brad Kreick said. "Really in all phases, she's doing a nice job for us right now." Guertin (6-1) scored the first nine points of the game, but South (1-7) responded with hoops from Shardeia Spearman and Jasmine Sylvester trimmed the gap to 9-4 going into the second quarter. However, it was all Guertin from there. The Cardinals built a 34-11 advantage by halftime and extended the advantage to 54-22 heading to the final quarter. "The first quarter, we competed with them," Nashua South coach Dan Wyborney said. "We still created some shots and looks in the other quarters, some of them just didn't fall.

Several locals named to CHaD All-Star team

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 04:00:21 EST

Several local high school football seniors will be taking part in one more game in late June before they head off to college in the fall. Merrimack High School record-setting quarterback and Telegraph Player of the Year Justin Grassini heads an impressive list that includes five Tomahawks, three from Nashua North, two each from Milford, Souhegan and Nashua South, and one from Bishop Guertin to play in the sixth annual ChaD (Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock) New Hampshire East-West All-Star football game at Saint Anselm College's Grappone Stadium at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 30. A total of 84 players out of 170 nominated fill up the rosters. All the locals are on the West squad. Grassini threw for 3,546 yards for the Tomahawks, who made it to the Division I semis before losing to overtime to Bedford. He also set the state record with an incredible 43 touchdown passes. Fellow Tomahawks joining him on the West squad are running back-safety Alec Bronchuk, receiver-defensive back Ryan Fournier, receiver-defensive back Tyler DeNeil and wideout-defensive end Danny McKillop. DeNeil stands out with 474 receiving yards, four interceptions and 12 all-purpose TDs. Nashua North will have tight end/linebacker Levi Gosselin along with two-way linemen Finn Littlefield and Trey Legraw made the squad.

Four more Granite Hammer arrests made

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:04:40 EST

NASHUA - Four people were arrested and charged with drug offenses after the latest arrest in a series of Granite Hammer operations. Nashua police say two Nashua women and two additional suspects, with no fixed addresses, were arrested and charged with possessing heroin. These individuals were charged by the Nashua Police Department: Miranda Mello, 22, of 801/2 West Hollis St., was charged with one count of heroin possession. Mello was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail. Vicki Uran, 36, of 7 Fourth St., Apt. B, was charged with selling heroin. Uran was held on $10,000 cash or surety bail. Linda Rancourt, 47, with no fixed address, was charged with one count of heroin possession.

Man is charged in strangling; Merrimack resident faces 2nd degree assault charges

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:03:51 EST

MERRIMACK - A Merrimack man faces second-degree felony assault charges after being charged with strangling a family member. Police arrested Ronald Alberts Jr., 27, of 22 McElwain St., after responding to a domestic disturbance call at his residence at 2:47 a.m. Jan. 12. Family members at the home informed police that Alberts, who is 6 feet tall and 240 pounds, "knowingly engaged in the strangulation of (the victim) by applying pressure to her neck with his hands ... causing (her) to experience impeded breathing," according to court documents submitted by Merrimack Police Officer Stephen Wallin. Wallin was arraigned Thursday at the Merrimack district court, and is scheduled for a Jan.

Modernizing effort; library renovating 7,000 square feet of lower level

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:03:27 EST

NASHUA - The Nashua Public Library's renovation project is seeing progress as the March completion date nears. The lower level of the building, which used to contain racks of media-centric books, discs and magazines, is being transformed into what library director Jennifer McCormack calls "collaboration space." "We're actually shrinking the space that physical stacks take up," McCormack said. "We see a need for this." A large meeting room will occupy one corner of the roughly 7,000-square-foot space. At the opposite corner, overlooking the Nashua River, will be an activity room that will be outfitted with a sink, countertops and hard-surfaced floor. In between them will be a small stage for live performances. Nearby, small meeting rooms share wall space. A room for computer instruction is at the other end of the now wide-open room. An open area with cafe-style seating will take up some open space. New walls have been erected and new electrical systems have been "roughed in" as the project progresses.

Milford could see dip in taxes

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:03:03 EST

MILFORD - Taxpayers heard some good news Monday night: The town tax rate will go down by 23 cents per thousand, a 3.2 percent decrease, if the operating budget and all other warrant articles are approved in March. Town Administrator Mark Bender explained during his PowerPoint presentation at the budget hearing that the town's operating budget of $13.9 million is a small increase over the default budget under which the town is working this year. That's offset by a town revenue increase and a rise in the overall value of property, which is up by 1.5 percent. The tax rate calculation don't include a $2 million bond for road reconstruction. If it passes, the bond payment will affect taxes the next year. That tax rate decrease comes despite more than $800,000 worth of other articles. Six of them establish capital reserve funds for bridge replacement, communications equipment, fire apparatus, ambulance replacement, Keyes Memorial Park expansion and property revaluation. Another $110,000 article would pay for installation of energy-efficient outside lighting, including street lighting, which is expected to give the town a payback in less than two years. "It's an extremely good deal," Selectmen's Chairman Mark Fougere said. Two other articles, for lease purchases of a Public Works dump truck and a tractor backhoe, received split votes from selectmen, who are recommending them 3-2. The board is also split on an $8,500 article for fireworks. It gave unanimous yes votes to social services funding, the regional bus service, summer band concerts and parade funding. Selectmen tabled two articles from the Conservation Commission. One would merge two town parcels with the Mile Slip Town Forest, with Gary Daniels saying selectmen need more information. They also tabled a $20,000 petition article for the conservation land fund. Daniels said the board should know how much is in the fund before making a decision. Selectmen recommend unanimously an article that would give them the authority to grant tax relief to downtown property owners who restore their buildings. They tabled a petition article regarding sports fields on Heron Pond Road, saying it's confusing and that the fields have already been built. The town Advisory Budget Committee has not yet prepared its recommendations. The town Deliberative Session is scheduled for 9 a.m.

News Digest

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:02:39 EST

Nashua Contractor recognized for work at State House NASHUA - Local contractor, Arthur King, CEO/CFO of D.L. King & Associates, Inc., received a letter of appreciation signed by Senate President Chuck Morse and House Speaker Shawn Jasper for his help restoring the gold dome on the Statehouse in Concord. King received the letter of appreciation in a private ceremony at the New Hampshire State House on Dec. 21, 2016. State officials recognized D.L. King for the the craftsmanship and work in Phase II of the restoration project at the Statehouse, which included the dome restoration, painting and guiding.

Boys & Girls Club celebrates awards

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:02:14 EST

NASHUA - The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua welcomed new board members and officers, recognized years of service and presented awards at its recent annual meeting. Officers elected for a one-year term are Jonathan Shirley of Devine Millimet as chief volunteer officer; new vice presidents Deborah Blondin of Eastern Bank, Mary Jane King of Conway Management Company and Steve Travaglini, Sr. of Epic Wealth Strategies; Lori Liberty of Melanson Heath as treasurer; and Sal Magnano, a retired Sanders finance executive as secretary. The club also welcomed newly elected board members, who were nominated from the community because of their dedication to the club's mission. New board of directors and advisors members include Reinhardt Ramas of CH2M Hill, Suzi Korsak of Sam Hospitality, Inc., and Angel Burgado of Santander. Outgoing president Fouad Mahfuz and CEO Norman Bouthilette presented several board members awards for their years of service to the club, including ------------------------Deborah Blondin, Jared Breault and Jonathan Shirley for five years, Thanasi "TC" Liakos for 10 years of service, and Maurice Simard, a trustee, celebrated 15 years. Also recognized were members David Elliott and Michael Jeans, who each volunteered for 20 years, and David Heath was recognized for 25 years with the club. Ellen Arouchonfor was honored for 45 years of service, and Dr. Robert Moheban, a trustee, was presented with a special plaque for 50 years of service.

Woman accused of taking jewelry from nursing home

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:01:47 EST

BEDFORD - Police in Bedford, New Hampshire, say they've arrested a nursing home aide who allegedly stole multiple pieces of jewelry from residents. They've charged 24-year-old Megan Lakos, of Londonderry, with two felony counts of theft and one misdemeanor. Police responded to the nursing home in October about the missing items. They allege Lakos was taking them from residents' rooms and bringing them to a local pawn shop to sell. A warrant was issued for her arrest. She's been released on $10,000 bail pending her appearance in court on Feb. 9. It wasn't immediately known if Lakos had a lawyer who could speak on her behalf.