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Great Bay National Estuarine Reserve

New runoff controls are coming to Great Bay after three adjacent cities reached an agreement with the Conservation Law Foundation to avert an appeal of a key federal water quality permit.  

The Environmental Protection Agency issued the long-awaited permit for a dozen towns around Great Bay last year.

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Fat Katz Food and Drink en Hudson enfrenta una multa por violar órdenes de emergencia por coronavirus

Un restaurante en Hudson enfrenta una multa de $2,000 [dos mil dólares] por violar órdenes de emergencia por coronavirus.

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A Strafford County grand jury has indicted a former Dover Police officer for allegedly stealing drug evidence in 2016.

R.J. Letendre is accused of taking a “significant” quantity of marijuana-laced Jolly Rancher candies from a Dover home during an arrest, according to County Attorney Tom Velardi.

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Prosecutors are dropping assault charges filed against a woman who claims she was the victim in a domestic violence case involving a former Dover police officer.

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The Dover Police Department has fired an officer after an altercation with his wife left her with multiple rib fractures.

Ronald “RJ” Letendre, a former mixed martial arts fighter, has been on leave from the department since July 10, when he called 911 alleging his wife Sarah was assaulting him inside their Rollinsford home. She was arrested by Rollinsford police and charged with simple assault.

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El gobernador Sununu no considera necesario ordenar el uso de cubrebocas en las urnas

Empezamos con noticias sobre las votaciones 2020. 

Sarah Letendre photographed smiling, wearing a hat

Both the Rollinsford and Dover police departments are undertaking internal investigations following a domestic violence call last week that resulted in the arrest of an off-duty police officer’s wife.


A Dover resident detained in Lebanon for more than six months is expected back safely in the United States late Thursday evening.

Amer Fakhoury, 56, was arrested last September after returning to his native Beirut for the first time in nearly two decades. Lebanese officials alleged that while Fakhoury served in the South Lebanon Army in the 1990s, he participated in the torture and killing of prisoners inside the Khiam prison. 

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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is calling for sanctions against Lebanese officials stemming from that country’s arrest and continued detention of a Dover resident. 


The cities of Rochester, Dover and Somersworth are considering a new way to provide temporary shelter for people experiencing homelessness during the coldest parts of winter.

Rochester was the first of the Tri-Cities to adopt a new permit on the issue. It lets private properties become emergency shelters during cold weather for up to 48 hours, so long as the building that wants to house people meets fire protection requirements.

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Dover-based band the Soggy Po Boys have a new album interpreting the classics of New Orleans jazz. The seven-member band has been bringing jazzy, funky tunes to audiences throughout New Hampshire and up and down the East Coast since 2012. The new album is called "All In Favor."

The band's singer, Stu Dias, sat down with All Things Considered host Peter Biello to discuss the album. 

More information on the Soggy Po Boys and their new album can be found at

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Hundreds of people protested outside a federal immigration detention center in New Hampshire this weekend, after spending a week marching to the facility from across New England in a show of solidarity with migrants at the southern border.

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Senator Maggie Hassan visited Strafford County on Monday to learn how officials there dealt with a June cyberattack. Hassan, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, says she's looking for ways federal legislation can help local governments deal with cybercrime. 

Echoing the input she heard from local officials, Hassan said there needs to be a structure in place to help large and small organizations collaborate in combating cybercrime.

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Under a tent next to Castaway’s restaurant in Dover, former Vice President Joe Biden delivered a stump speech that never strayed far from his central campaign theme--what he calls restoring the soul of America. 

“I think it’s time to lift our heads up,” Biden told the crowd alongside the Cochecho River. 

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  Members of the Dover youth advocacy group Youth to Youth  gathered this morning in Dover’s Henry Law Park, in an attempt to change public perception about teen substance use. 


They chanted “Monsters, aliens, just aren’t real. Most teens don’t drink, that’s the deal!” To accompany their words, students held signs, posters and and inflatable mythical creatures.

The debate over immigration policy and migrants showing up at the southern border can feel far away, but these stories are also playing out much closer to home in New Hampshire. On Monday, a 28-year old Somali man was released from the Strafford County Jail in Dover after more than two-and-a-half years in detention.

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A New Hampshire man who avoided jail time on bigamy charges could end up behind bars after all after authorities say he lied about his whereabouts and then disappeared.

Forty-three-year-old Michael Middleton pleaded guilty last month and was given a 12-month suspended sentence. A warrant was issued for his arrest Wednesday after a probation officer said Middleton was missing.

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A 43-year old man accused of being married to multiple women across multiple states will be released pending trial.

Michael Middleton, who appeared in Strafford County Superior Court on Friday, was ordered to pay $1,000 cash bail, wear an ankle bracelet with GPS tracking ability, and have no contact with any of his wives.

Middleton made headlines across the country last month when the man dubbed the “Cupid of Chaos” was arrested in Ohio on charges of bigamy.

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Dover school officials say they won't heed renewed calls from regional NAACP leaders for a teacher at the center of a racist controversy to be fired.

Dover High School history teacher John Carver gave an assignment on the Reconstruction Era last fall that led students to sing a racist parody of Jingle Bells, including references to the KKK and murdering African-Americans.


Divers in New Hampshire have recovered the body of a 12-year-old boy from a river where they believe he fell through the ice and drowned.

The body of Nathaniel Boily, of Dover, was recovered at about 1 p.m. Friday from the Bellamy River. Boily had been missing since Thursday afternoon. Authorities said his backpack was found on the shoreline beneath a bridge Friday morning, along with footprints leading onto the ice and a frozen-over disturbance in the otherwise smooth, ice-coated river.

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The Dover High School teacher at the center of an uproar over a recent racist incident in the classroom will keep his job.

John Carver gave the class assignment late last year that led Dover students to sing racist lyrics to the tune of Jingle Bells. It was caught on video, and Carver was put on paid leave while the district investigated.

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Around 200 Seacoast-area residents met Wednesday night to talk about their community’s relationship to race and stereotypes.

The forum was part of the district’s response to a video that surfaced last month of Dover High School students singing racist lyrics to the tune of Jingle Bells as part of a class assignment. 

Dover School District

Dover residents can delve into their experiences with racism and stereotypes at a forum at the city's high school tonight.

The district organized the discussion in the wake of an uproar over a video posted late last year, showing an incident of what the district called "extreme racial insensitivity.”  


A video posted on social media last week which shows Dover High School students singing a song about the Ku Klux Klan to the melody of "Jingle Bells" was the subject of more than two hours of testimony from residents Monday evening.  

The hearing was moved to the school's auditorium to accommodate the more than 100 people who attended.

During emotional statements, friends and family members of John Carver - the teacher who was supervising during the incident - spoke to his good standing in the community.

Teacher Placed on Leave Over KKK-themed Holiday Jingle

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The teacher for a class in New Hampshire in which students were videotaped singing about the Ku Klux Klan to the tune of "Jingle Bells" has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Dover Superintendent William Harbron told Foster's Daily Democrat Tuesday that putting John Carver on leave will allow school officials to fully investigate what happened.

Cellphone footage surfaced over the weekend of the students singing, "KKK, KKK, Let's kill all the blacks," in class at Dover High School.

Dover School District

The Dover School District says it is investigating an incident of what it's calling "extreme racial insensitivity" at Dover High School.

A video posted on social media shows students singing a song about the Ku Klux Klan and violence against African Americans to the melody of "Jingle Bells." It was part of an assignment for an 11th grade history class.

William Harbron is Superintendent with the school district.



A federal judge has freed a Somali immigrant who was held for nine months in a New Hampshire jail without a hearing.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire contends Immigration and Customs Enforcement unlawfully detained 45-year-old Abdigani Faisal Hussein, of Portland, Maine, who was released from the Strafford County Jail on Thursday.

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New Hampshire's Attorney General announced the arrest Monday night of Jeramie Colella for allegedly murdering his wife and his father in Dover.

Chief Medical Examiner Jennie V. Duval, after an autopsy Wednesday, determined it was a homicide. She concluded the cause of death for Joanna Colella, 43, and Francis Colella, 69, was "manual strangulation."

Colella, 44, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife and his father.

Their bodies were discovered at 18 Tideview Drive in Dover on Monday morning.

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UNH is teaming up with a private partner and the City of Dover to test traffic lights that are capable of communicating wirelessly with cars. Researchers say he technology paves the way for safer autonomous vehicles.

Right now, cars from several major manufacturers use visual imaging and vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity to make cars more autonomous.

But the tech UNH and its partners are working on allows cars to talk with infrastructure too.  


Last week, the city of Dover became the first New Hampshire municipality to raise their smoking age from 18 to 21. The new city ordinance prohibits anyone under 21 from buying, using or possessing tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices. We look at what kind of impact this law may have on the Dover community, and the state as a whole, and look at similar legislation in Maine and Massachusetts. 

Later in the hour, an update on marijuana legalization across New England.