Officials have chosen a "preferred" site for a train station and layover facility, but it's hardly the end of the track for the proposal. Plans have been in discussion to extend the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority rail line, build a station and site a layover facility for years.
A fight over how the town's animal control calls should be handled could be decided soon when a judge hears a case brought by Sheila Johannesen, who was elected animal control officer but hasn't been allowed to do the job.
Plaistow's town planner is facing identity theft and fraud charges for allegedly hacking into town email accounts belonging to the fire chief, health officer and administrative assistant over the course of three days in October.
Jacob Brown, 24, Plaistow, criminal mischief, $200, suspended for 24 months, 30-day commitment to the House of Correction suspended for 24 months on condition of payment of $300 restitution. Michael Carrio, 39, Troy, reckless driving, possession of controlled or narcotic drugs, $620, license revoked for 60 days, plus 30-day suspension of license; DWI, charges not carried forward.
Maine resident Josh Johnson grinned when asked if there was a special occasion for the cigar and scotch he was enjoying in the dimly lit, speakeasy-style bar and lounge below Federal Cigar in the downtown area.
A 31-year-old New Hampshire man is facing drug charges after police investigating suspicious activity allegedly found him with nearly 50 individually-wrapped baggies of marijuana and about $1,800. Police said they were called to the area of the Bahama Breeze restaurant on Middlesex Road Tuesday about 1:45 a.m., when someone reported a man was reaching into mailboxes from his vehicle.
A former Plaistow police detective was sentenced to nine days in county jail for holding a knife to another man's throat at a wedding after-party in Newton last May. George Wickson, 41, was taken into custody on Tuesday morning following his brief sentencing hearing in Rockingham County Superior Court.
Connor McGonagle of Owls Head, right, and friend Kelvin Griffin of Berwick, the only two boys from New England to make it to finals in the middle school division during the Battle For The Belt Super 32 Challenge Nov. 1-2 in Greensboro, N.C. McGonagle finished first and Griffin second in their weight divisions. McGonagle wrestles for Smitty's Wrestling Barn of Danville, N.H. and is enrolled at Timberlane Regional Middle School in Plaistow, N.H. The 14-year-old McGonagle, an Owls Head resident who began wrestling in 2008, has won numerous talent-laden tournaments in his six years on the mat.