MONDAY, May 27

Memorial Day — no paper published.


A Massachusetts man died Monday morning while hiking on Mount Monadnock, according to N.H. Fish and Game.

The 78-year-old, whose name is being withheld, was with two companions just below the summit when he passed out.

A preliminary investigation indicated the man died of natural causes, Fish and Game said.

Talk of the city taking over the former Kingsbury site is on hold, as the owner says he plans to demolish the building soon.

City councilors had restarted talks of taking the polluted site for unpaid taxes, but delayed the issue to June 13.

Owner Brian Thibeault said he aims to demolish the main building by midsummer and build new office space.

Stephen Murrell is thinking when it comes to small-town policing, cooperation may have its benefits.

On May 1, the Alstead police chief became Langdon’s interim chief, a part-time role.

Murrell is interested in the idea of merging the two departments, something briefly considered last year.


A project to redo Lower Main Street crosswalks gets underway Thursday.

The plan has been discussed since a Keene State College student was struck crossing in that area in 2016.

The two-month project will extend curbs and build raised traffic islands for two crosswalks.

Cheshire County has been awarded $200,000 to help improve the region’s response to the opioid crisis.

The grant is from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program.

Such grants pay for planning efforts in rural areas suffering from high rates of substance-use disorder.

A Keene man was sentenced recently on charges stemming from an altercation involving a knife.

Jacob A. Morel, 20, pleaded guilty to committing reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and simple assault.

He was sentenced in Cheshire County Superior Court to 360 days in jail, with all but 30 days suspended for two years.


At a public forum Wednesday, a company described its plans for a medical marijuana dispensary in Keene.

Temescal Wellness will operate the clinic, regulated by the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services.

Only a handful of residents showed up for the 40-minute meeting on the dispensary, planned for 69 Island St.

A local man whose 2011 sexual-assault conviction was vacated last year pleaded guilty to lesser charges Wednesday.

The deal allows Jason Wilbur, 44, a former Jaffrey resident, to avoid further prison time.

He served about 7½ years before the N.H. Supreme Court in October granted him a new trial on the grounds of ineffective legal representation.

A children’s furniture manufacturer in Keene was broken into over the Memorial Day weekend.

Whitney Bros. is cleaning up after vandalism at the company’s building on Railroad Street.

Graffiti was spray-painted on walls and computer screens, and fire extinguishers had been set off, according to Keene police.

FRIDAY, May 31

Hundred Nights Inc. is hoping for a funding bump from the city, while the humane society is seeking help for the first time.

Hundred Nights asked for $30,000 — up $10,000 from last year — while the humane society seeks $20,000.

Last week, the council’s finance panel recommended increasing funding for other social services agencies by $2,815.

A month after its liquor license was suspended, a bar in downtown Keene appears to be shuttered for good.

Scores Sports Bar and Grille closed April 29 when the state liquor commission temporarily revoked its license.

Owner John Brewster surrendered Scores’ license via email last Saturday, a spokesman for the commission said Thursday.

A Connecticut man arrested in Chesterfield last year with more than $5,000 in stolen goods pleaded guilty Thursday.

James R. Falk, 38, of Preston, Conn., pleaded guilty in federal court in Concord to conspiracy to transport stolen goods.

Prosecutors say Falk and an accomplice stole more than $5,000 in merchandise from Home Depot and Kohl’s in Keene, among other stores.