BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) – A former school bus driver has been charged with selling marijuana to a teenager who used to ride her bus.

Police said Nancy Hatch, 40, of Manchester, was arrested in a sting Tuesday after the pupil’s parents found marijuana at their home in Bedford.

Police said a search of Hatch’s apartment yielded a pound of marijuana and $400.

She was released on $10,000 bail on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and possession and sale of illegal drugs.

Officer indicted in jail fight plot

OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) – A Carroll County correctional officer has been indicted on charges he suggested an inmate beat up another inmate at the county jail.

Ronald Hutchins, 31, was suspended after being arrested last month. The indictment charges Hutchins encouraged inmate Carl Brooks to assault inmate Guy Priel of Conway, who was being held in pretrial confinement on child pornography charges.

The indictment alleges the officer told the inmate it wouldn’t hurt if Priel was roughed up and nobody would know.

Priel has been transferred to another jail.

N.H. eyes hospital for office park

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -State lawmakers like a plan to renovate the old state mental hospital buildings in the city into a state office park.

A group proposing an $81 million plan revealed details Tuesday. The idea is to save historic buildings and move state offices into state buildings instead of paying to lease private offices elsewhere.

The project would be conducted in four two-year phases.

Supporters say the renovation could pay for itself, as the state pays less to rent office space around the city.

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Democrat Justin Nadeau says Republican U.S. Rep. Jeb Bradley broke a promise by voting against a plan to reimport drugs from Canada.

Nadeau said that if elected he would pursue legislation he says could cut costs for New Hampshire consumers by at least 35 percent.

Bradley said that during his first campaign in 2002 he vowed to support the “safe reimportation” of Canadian drugs, but he says the bill he voted against fell short of that mark.

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