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Aug 20, 2015 5:37 AM

All Things New Hampshire: Thursday, August 20, 2015


Yesterday's sinkhole between exits 13 and 14 on I-93 Northbound caused quite a mess. Some people took the delays brought by the sinkhole better than others; state police say a Chichester man was charged with DWI after ignoring the lane closure the sinkhole created.

The accuser in the Owen Labrie rape trial was back on the stand Wednesday, telling the jury how she "tried to block out feeling" during their sexual encounter. Labrie maintains that their interaction was consensual-his defense attorney said that girls considered it an "honor" to be chosen for the 'Senior Salute' tradition that's at the center of this case. We spoke to a sexual assault victims' advocate to get their reaction to the trial.

One day after a deadly shooting in Manchester, neighbors are still looking for answers on what led to the violence.

New Hampshire is receiving federal funding to help in the fight against the state's heroin crisis, but is it enough?

Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump spoke one-on-one with NH1 News in an exclusive interview, and discussed the Education Department and potential running mates.

6 Republican Presidential candidates-minus Trump-gathered in Londonderry Tuesday to take part on a forum on education issues.

Hillary Clinton's lawyer insists that Clinton's email server was wiped clean, as questions persist about her use of personal email during her time as Secretary of State.

Republican lawmakers took new shots at Governor Hassan as the impasse over the state budget continues.

An update to our NH1 Investigates series "Busted Bridges"-a bridge in Bow closed for safety concerns could be replaced within a year.

It's still pretty hot out there. Chief Meteorologist Joe Joyce tells us some warning signs of dehydration.

A Nashua man is facing charges he attempted to strangle a woman.

On the one-year anniversary of the release of the video depicting the death of Rochester journalist James Foley by ISIS militants, Foley's alma mater in Michigan awarded its first scholarship named in his honor.

An armed robbery of a convenience store by a man wearing a bicycle helmet is under investigation in Milford.

The Dartmouth fraternity that partly inspired the movie "Animal House" won't face criminal charges in connection with a hazing incident last fall; the fraternity was de-recognized by the school in the wake of those allegations.

A Rochester man has pleaded guilty to charges he shot the family dog after mistakenly believing it bit his young son.

A Hollis teen is being recognized for her effort to build bookshelves and donate books to a Nashua shelter for homeless women and children.

If you were one of the first to buy a transponder when EZ Pass debuted in New Hampshire, it may be time to check to see if you need a replacement.

Events we're following from the NH1 Media Center

Cross-examination of the accuser in the rape trial of Owen Labrie continues today in Concord.

NH1's Kevin Landrigan is at the legislature's Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee meeting, where several bills related to body cameras on police officers will be discussed.

Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush is in Keene today.

Former President Jimmy Carter is holding a news conference this morning to discuss his cancer diagnosis.

Gas line work has led to the closing of Lincoln Street in Dover today.

Firefighters from New Hampshire who helped battle wildfires near Crescent City, California return home tonight.

Top News

A 9 year-old is being credited for quick thinking in Manchester after police say she stopped a man who told them he was "tweaking out" on meth when he tried to kidnap the girl's 6 year-old sister.

"Terrifying". That's what one mother of a 5 year-old exposed to contaminated water at the Pease International Tradeport calls her daughter's blood test results.

Residents in Rochester remembered journalist James Foley on the one-year anniversary of the release of a video depicting his death.

The trial involving a group of Exeter residents who want to prevent a homeless day shelter from opening in their neighborhood, scheduled to begin next week, has been delayed.

One of the main sponsors of the state's medical marijuana law is unhappy with the way the process has played out, after 2 years and no dispensaries open yet.

The Bank of New Hampshire has unfrozen Carroll County's line of credit, following concerns over the county having enough money to cover its bills.

Portsmouth is now asking residents to voluntarily conserve water.


Lots of action on the campaign trail Wednesday aside from Donald Trump and the education forum in Londonderry. Jeb Bush held a town hall meeting in Merrimack and tooks some shots at Trump. Chris Christie was in Concord talking up the mayor of Franklin. Carly Fiorina traveled to Belknap County and was critical of Hillary Clinton. Scott Walker attended a house party in Derry and also made a stop in Barrington.

Local endorsements in the race for the White House include husband-and-wife Doug and Stella Scamman siding with John Kasich, Republican National Committeeman Sean Mahoney endorsing Jeb Bush, and a pair of business leaders endorsing Chris Christie.

Governor Hassan has nominated a Massachusetts Department Of Transportation official to head up New Hampshire's DOT.

DHHS workers are being moved out of their offices at Manchester Mill West building.

The race for mayor in Nashua could be the most expensive in city history.

Two Manchester elementary schools will receive $2.8 million dollars in funding to help improve the health of students both in school and at home.


There's been a mistrial in the case of Kerry Joseph, the Rochester man accused of shooting another man in July of 2014.

The former Lee man accused of attempting "suicide by cop" when he was shot by police during a 2012 incident outside his home will plead guilty rather than be retried on the remaining charges against him.

The man who is accused of sucker-punching another man outside a bar in Dover earlier this year is objecting to prosecutor's request for more time to return an indictment against him.

A former MBTA officer was sentenced this week to jail time for drunken driving and crashing into a local bank and parked cars while fleeing from police in Salem.

A man serving time for his role in a "war game" turned deadly is asking for his early release.

Charges against a Dublin man accused of a armed home break-in are moving forward after he waived his probable cause hearing.

The trial of a former Rochester Fire Lieutenant accused of taking painkillers from Frisbie Memorial Hospital has been rescheduled for this March.

The State Supreme Court will decide a discrimination case involving the former owner of Fred Fuller Oil.


U.S. Marshals are asking for help in tracking down a former Hooksett man wanted in connection with the rape of a 16 year-old.

Police in Franklin say they're working on 'active leads' in the investigation into a bank robbery last Friday.

A Manchester man is facing charges after police say he stole a woman's car while she was inside a convenience store.

A motorcyclist from Massachusetts was airlifted to the hospital after an accident in Hudson Wednesday afternoon.

Some good news out of Rochester, where police say property crime is down 32 percent this year.

Fish and Game officers helped three inexperienced hikers down one of the most difficult trails in the White Mountains after they feared for their safety on a particularly steep part of their hike.


The President of Eversource says critics of the Northern Pass transmission line project shouldn't expect additional concessions to win them over after the utility company presented an alternate proposal this week.

New Hampshire could soon be getting a break on electricity prices.

The sale of Manchester's old police station to a Candia company that intends to convert the space into a climate-controlled storage facility is complete.

The newer, bigger, location for Gary's Beverages in Portsmouth-forced to move because of the planned new downtown parking garage-has won approval from the zoning board.

Two top managers at the Concord Food Cooperative remain on leave, but board members still aren't talking about what precipitated the decision.

Other News

Another "Busted Bridge" to tell you about, this one in Sandown, where structural issues have forced the closure of the Phillips Road Bridge over the Exeter River.

Strawbery Banke will get to keep its ice skating ring open an extra month this year, though some Portsmouth residents worry about the "commercialization" of the museum.

Keene residents are planning a community forum on heroin next week.

The new parking garage on Orchard Street in Dover won't need parking attendants, as the city has purchased electronic parking meters for the facility.

A renovation for a home for a veteran is the latest project for Greater Nashua's Habitat for Humanity.

National and World News

Could Iran be carrying out its own inspections as part of its nuclear deal with the US?

Artillery fire exchanged between North and South Korea.

High levels of dangerous chemicals remain at the site of last week's massive explosion in China.

Trouble for Hillary Clinton? A new national poll suggests her lead in the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination is dwindling.

Remember that sinkhole that killed a man in Florida? It's back open.


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