Epping

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Update: Republican Michael Vose defeated Democrat Naomi Andrews to win a special election for a state House seat representing Epping.

Vose won, 880 votes to 806, according to the New Hampshire Secrertary of State's office. Vose, a former state representative, is a retired software technical writer and U.S. Air Force veteran.

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Liberty Utilities was in Epping Wednesday night making its pitch for the proposed Granite Bridge natural gas pipeline – with an unusual science demonstration.

At the front of a middle school gym, with a few dozen locals watching, California-based energy consultant Erik Neandross donned a white lab coat and picked up a balloon.

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Matt Hagan and Steve Torrence were repeat winners at New England Dragway, both racing to victories Sunday at the NHRA New England Nationals.

Hagan won for the third straight year at the track in Funny Car, going 4.014-seconds at 322.81 mph in the final round in his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to beat Shawn Langdon's 4.046 at 317.49.

Hagan, a two-time world champion, picked up his second win this year and 31st of his career.

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Students and administrators say e-cigarettes are becoming more popular and harder to control in New Hampshire.

E-cigarettes - which look like flash drives or pens - produce a flavored vapor with nicotine. Manufacturers say they help adults quit smoking, but with flavors like cotton candy and lagging regulations on products, many say vaping has become an epidemic among teens.

Speaking with Senator Jeanne Shaheen at Epping High School on Tuesday, freshman Dylan Comeau suggested the original intent of vaping had changed.

 

A vigil is planned for a New Hampshire woman who was reported missing and later found dead in the Lamprey River.

The body of 25-year-old Nicole Davis was pulled from river in Epping on Tuesday afternoon. She was last seen Sunday.

Police say she had been camping with friends in Raymond, was drinking and went for a walk. They believe she drowned; her death was ruled accidental.

An autopsy was planned Wednesday. A vigil was planned for Wednesday night on the Raymond Town Common.

 

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Residents in Epping say their schools need to encourage acceptance of all kinds of political speech, in the wake of a controversy at the high school earlier this month.

At least 100 people came to a forum about the incident, centered on a a student's pro-Donald Trump T-shirt, during Thursday night’s school board meeting.

Authorities say a Massachusetts police sergeant and his wife were killed in a New Hampshire highway crash involving a driver who was going the wrong way.

Police said a pickup truck traveling eastbound on the westbound side of Route 101 in Epping late Thursday crashed into a westbound car. Another westbound driver unable to see the crash ran into the pickup.

 

The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office says a State Trooper's use of deadly force in September was legally justified.

The incident began when Trooper Kevin Dobson responded to multiple calls about a drunk driver on Route 101.

Dobson found the vehicle parked off the road in Epping.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's office is continuing its investigation into the death of a man in Epping during a confrontation with a state trooper.

The man who was killed has been identified as 40-year-old Walter Welch, Jr. of Epping.

An autopsy revealed that he died of gunshot wounds to the head but the details are still under investigation.

The AG’s office says on Saturday night, a trooper responded to a 911 call about an erratic driver in a white pickup truck near Route 101.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office says a state police officer fatally shot a man in Epping on Saturday night.

Walter Welch, Jr. 40, died at the scene. Police said a gun was found in his hand.

The shooting occurred on Route 101 near Exit 6. No officers were injured.

The trooper, who was not identified pending interview by investigators, was responding to a 911 call of an erratic driver heading westbound. The trooper saw the vehicle pulled over off Exit 6.

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Town officials in Epping held a school safety forum at the local high school last night. The meeting came just a day after a juvenile was arrested in relation to a threat made at the school.

The meeting drew a strong crowd of parents, teachers, and students. They heard from school administrators and local police, like Police Chief Michael Wallace, about the security precautions already in place.

“Every incident is different, but we like to feel that we have at least taken the steps necessary to ensure the safety of kids – that is first and foremost.”

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The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office has reached a settlement with New England Dragway in Epping over violations of state environmental laws.

At issue were alterations the company made to about three and a half acres of wetlands during an upgrade of their facilities in 2012.

According to the attorney general’s office, the company later realized they made the alterations without the required permits and self-reported the violation to the state.

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A medical marijuana dispensary has been proposed in Epping, New Hampshire, after the state passed a law allowing seriously ill residents to use marijuana to treat their illnesses.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the plan will be presented to selectmen on Monday night at Epping Town Hall.

The program is being administered through the Department of Health and Human Services, which plans to license up to four facilities in the state.

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A New Hampshire police station sheltered, then released a confused homing pigeon that went the wrong way in a race. But the bird didn't go far after cloudy, rainy weather affected its ability to navigate.

For now, the pigeon is hanging out at the Epping Police Department, waiting for sunny weather. He rested in a box and ate popcorn Wednesday night.

The 4-month-old pigeon showed up Monday after getting lost in a race from New York to its home in New Braintree, Massachusetts.