NH News Roundup for Friday, Dec. 23

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Welcome to InDepthNH.org’s roundup of news that matters in New Hampshire, Dec. 23

When it Comes to Northern Pass, Who Controls the Roads? (InDepthNH.org)

Pittsburg Select Board Chairman Steve Ellis says Northern Pass is sidestepping local permission in its proposal to build a 192-mile high-voltage powerline from Pittsburg to Deerfield to import hydropower from Hydro-Quebec.

Inmate chases another appeal, cites attorney romance with Kelly Ayotte (Concord Monitor)

A man convicted of sexually assaulting and killing a child nearly 20 years ago wants to be let out of prison and appeal his case at the federal level, again citing a relationship between his defense attorney and then-prosecutor Kelly Ayotte as a justification for his appeal.

Claremont Chief Scott to Retire (Valley News)

Claremont — The police commission has named Capt. Mark Chase the city’s next police chief after Chief Alex Scott told the commission he intends to retire from the force early next year to pursue a position he has been offered in the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

Lebanon City Council Approves 2017 Budget (Valley News)

Lebanon — The City Council on Wednesday night unanimously approved a $55 million budget, increasing spending by about $2.8 million for the coming year.

Ex-police officer accused of stealing truck from Manchester dealer arrested (WMUR)

Police say Derek Guthro test drove truck, never returned

Authorities investigate death of Dover man (WMUR)

Police said emergency officials responded to a home on Portland Avenue Tuesday night and an unresponsive man. The man, later identified as John Vavra, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two more charged in connection with attack on Keene brothers (Keene Sentinel)

Two more people have been arrested in connection with a violent attack on two brothers in their Keene home.

New Groveton Company Acquires Londonderry Metal Fabricator (Berlin Daily Sun)

GROVETON — With its plant in Groveton scheduled to start operations by the end of January, NSA Industries LLC Wednesday announced it has acquired New Hampshire Precision Metal Fabricators of Londonderry.

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As More Drones Take to the Skies, N.H. Lawmakers Could Add More Flight Rules (NHPR)

There are more than 2,500 drones registered in New Hampshire. And with their popularity on the rise you can expect to see more of these unmanned aircrafts buzzing around the Granite State skies in 2017.

AROUND THE NATION AND WORLD

Berlin attacker Anis Amri killed in Milan (BBC)

The Tunisian criminal fired on police who asked him for ID during a routine patrol in the Sesto San Giovanni area in the early hours of Friday.

Libya Malta hijack: Hijackers arrested (BBC)

The hijackers of a Libyan jet have been arrested following a stand-off at Malta International Airport. The domestic flight with 118 people on board was hijacked in the morning after taking off from Sabha, bound for the Libyan capital Tripoli.

China fines GM $29M for violating anti-monopoly rules (Detroit Free Press)

One week after media reports that China was investigating an automaker’s alleged “anti-competitive” behavior, China levied a fine of $29 million (201 million yuan) on Shanghai General Motors for violating anti-monopoly rules.

Putin to Democratic Party: You lost. Get over it (Washington Post)

“They need to learn to lose with dignity,” the Russian president told journalists at his annual press conference. Putin also said it’s “not important” who hacked the Democratic National Committee, but important that the “information that was revealed was true.”

Trump Vows to ‘Outmatch’ Rivals in Nuclear Arms Race (New York Times)

President-elect Donald J. Trump told MSNBC that if a new arms race occurred, “We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”

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