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.
Police say Derek Guthro test drove truck, never returned
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.