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Ray Stevens listens as his attorney makes her case before the judge sentenced him Wednesday in Merrimack Superior court.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Former Concord man pleads guilty in racist graffiti case, receives one-year jail sentence

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The messages were erased years ago, their bitter words scraped off, painted over, the clapboard sidings on which they were scrawled restored. But for the families inside, they lingered as terrifying reminders of the lives they once fled thousands of miles away, in Rwanda, Somalia, the Congo. “Your subhuman culture,” opened one. “You are not welcome here,” read another. “You …

Judges deny attempted cop-killer’s bid for shorter sentence

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A panel of New Hampshire judges has denied the bid for a shorter prison sentence for a man convicted of trying to kill a Manchester police officer. In a one-sentence ruling released Wednesday, the judges unanimously upheld the 60-years-to life sentence for 25-year-old Myles Webster. He was convicted of attempted murder after shooting …

Kentucky clerk, citing God, defies courts on gay marriage

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Invoking “God’s authority,” a Kentucky county clerk denied marriage licenses to gay couples again Tuesday in direct defiance of the federal courts, and vowed not to resign, even under the pressure of steep fines or jail. “It is not a light issue for me,” Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis said later through her …

CRIMELINE: Concord police looking for suspect in attempted armed robbery

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Concord police are looking for a young man who tried to rob a Penacook convenience store Saturday night. Police were called to Sam’s Food Store on Village Street shortly after 9 p.m. for an attempted armed robbery. The clerk told officers that a man entered the store, …

Woman accused of planning to kill estranged boyfriend

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A woman has been accused of soliciting her ex-boyfriend in a plot to kill the father of her child in exchange for $5,000. Police said they began investigating 25-year-old Kerri Reason of Keene over the weekend. They said she was on surveillance when she met with the ex-boyfriend, …

Nashua: Man accused of drowning lizards

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A 26-year-old Nashua man is accused of drowning his ex-girlfriend’s two pet lizards. The Telegraph of Nashua reported Richard Waite was arrested Sunday after officers were called for a domestic disturbance. He’s currently on probation from an assault case. Police said Waite drowned two lizards known as bearded …

Police in Illinois hunt for 3 suspects after officer killed

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Police with helicopters, dogs and armed with rifles were conducting a massive manhunt in northern Illinois on Tuesday after an officer was fatally shot while pursuing a group of men. An emotional Fox Lake Mayor Donny Schmit described …

State, ACLU join push for release of body camera footage in fatal police shooting

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

State prosecutors and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire have joined calls to release body camera footage from two police officers when they shot a Canterbury man to death in July. The footage was scheduled to …

Town of Haverhill urges release of videos from deadly police-involved shooting

Friday, August 7, 2015

Lawyers representing the town of Haverhill want the public to be able to review the video footage from body cameras worn by two town officers when they shot a Canterbury man to death in July. The video footage …

Police: Driver hits several parked cars on Washington Street in Concord

Monday, August 31, 2015

A man was arrested and charged with operating under the influence Monday night after he hit several parked cars on Washington Street in Concord, police said. The driver of a red pickup with Louisiana license plates hit cars …

Service pays tribute to slain television reporter, cameraman

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Community religious leaders gathered Sunday to remember 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward, the two television journalists who were shot and killed while working last week. The interfaith service at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke, …

Police investigate motive in ambush of Houston area deputy

Sunday, August 30, 2015

The man charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a uniformed suburban Houston sheriff’s deputy had a lengthy criminal record going back a decade, but never spent more than short stints in jail. Shannon Miles, whose …

Ray Duckler: Rape trial forces boarding schools to look in the mirror

Saturday, August 29, 2015

During the Watergate investigation 41 years ago, Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee, wondering about Richard Nixon’s role in the scandal, asked, “What did the president know and when did he know it?” Baker’s succinctly worded curiosity has resonated …