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Ex-youth worker charged with rape was known for ‘wrestling’

Apr 12 2021 — Holly Ramer, The Associated Press — CONCORD, N.H. — A former counsellor accused of raping one boy and repeatedly groping another at New Hampshire’s youth detention centre in the 1990s denied the allegations when questioned by police but acknowledged being reprimanded for “wrestling with children,” a prosecutor said Monday. Frank Davis, 79, of Hopkinton, is one of seven former workers at […]

Ex-youth worker charged with rape was known for ‘wrestling’

Apr 12 2021 — Holly Ramer, The Associated Press — CONCORD, N.H. — A former counsellor accused of raping one boy and repeatedly groping another at New Hampshire’s youth detention centre in the 1990s denied the allegations when questioned by police but acknowledged being reprimanded for “wrestling with children,” a prosecutor said Monday. Frank Davis, 79, of Hopkinton, is one of seven former workers at […]

7th man arrested in sex abuse case at youth detention centre

Apr 8 2021 — Holly Ramer, The Associated Press — CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire police arrested a seventh former youth detention centre worker Thursday, a supervisor who is accused of responding to a bruised and crying teenager’s rape allegations by saying, “Look little fella, that just doesn’t happen.” Gordon Thomas Searles, 65, of Brooksville, Florida, was charged with one count of rape a day […]

Unmuted lawmaker calls colleague vulgar name during hearing

Feb 10 2021 — Holly Ramer, The Associated Press — CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire state senator unaware he was unmuted during a remote hearing Wednesday called a female colleague a vulgar name, then apologized. Sen. Sharon Carson, a Republican from Londonderry, was leading the meeting of the Executive Departments and Administration Committee when she briefly paused the committee's work. “I’m sorry, my daughter […]

American idle: New Hampshire House holds drive-in session

Jan 6 2021 — Holly Ramer, The Associated Press — DURHAM, N.H. — Bumper-to-bumper parking replaced the usual shoulder-to-shoulder seating for the New Hampshire House of Representatives on Wednesday as one of the world’s largest legislative bodies convened from the socially distant confines of their cars instead of the Statehouse. “This is my first term, I’ve never been a representative and I’ve not been to […]

Messner’s law firm represented state-run Chinese insurer

Oct 6 2020 — Holly Ramer, The Associated Press — CONCORD, N.H. — Republican Senate candidate Corky Messner takes a hard line against China in his campaign, but his law firm once represented an insurance company run by the Chinese government that sued a U.S. manufacturer. Messner, who hopes to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen next month, is a founding partner of Messner Reeves, […]

Democratic primary for NH governor too early to call

Sep 9 2020 — Holly Ramer, The Associated Press — CONCORD, N.H. — The Democratic gubernatorial race between two Concord attorneys hoping to upgrade their Statehouse experience remained too early to call early Wednesday, while Republican Gov. Chris Sununu easily defeated two longshots on the GOP ballot. With almost 91% of the precincts reporting, Sen. Dan Feltes led Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky by just under […]

Changing electorate could affect New Hampshire’s primary

Feb 11 2020 — Holly Ramer, The Associated Press — New Hampshire has been holding the first-in-the-nation presidential primary for 100 years, but a significant number of Tuesday's ballots could be cast by newcomers to that storied tradition. New Hampshire has one of the nation's lowest percentages of native-born residents, with only a third of those age 25 and older having been born in the […]

Klobuchar pushes to defy expectations in New Hampshire

Feb 9 2020 — Holly Ramer, The Associated Press — MANCHESTER, N.H. — Amy Klobuchar's campaign staff initially set up 250 chairs ahead of a Sunday rally at Southern New Hampshire University. But in the moments before the Minnesota senator arrived on campus, the aides scrambled to remove most of them to accommodate a capacity crowd of more than 700 people. Klobuchar is still lagging […]

New Hampshire officials confident they’ll avoid Iowa chaos

Feb 6 2020 — Holly Ramer, The Associated Press — CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire voters rarely rubber-stamp the results of the Iowa caucuses. And they won't follow the lead of Iowa's chaotic caucuses when votes are counted and reported from the state's first-in-the-nation primary, state officials said Thursday. Both New Hampshire officials and outside experts agree the state is unlikely to experience the problems […]

Pence files Trump’s paperwork for the New Hampshire primary

Nov 7 2019 — Holly Ramer, The Associated Press — CONCORD, N.H. — Vice-President Mike Pence on Thursday added President Donald Trump's name to the Republican primary ballot in New Hampshire, the state where he achieved his first victory of the 2016 campaign. Accompanied by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, Pence signed the paperwork and paid the $1,000 filing fee at the secretary of state's office […]