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Sharing or shaming? Arrest logs on Facebook tread a fine line

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gone are the days when a minor arrest would be buried in a police blotter or reduced to the fine print in the back of the local newspaper. More police departments are communicating through social media, and as they do so, they can find themselves treading a fine line between announcing arrests in a new way and shaming those accused of crimes. Anyone arrested in Pittsfield has their booking photo …

No terror link seen in NYC police hatchet attack

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A man who brazenly attacked a group of police officers with a hatchet on a busy street described himself as a Muslim convert and ranted online against America, but he had no clear ties to international terrorism, the police said. The police were still examining the computer of Zale Thompson yesterday for clues …

Trial ends in hung jury on discrimination claim against CATCH Neighborhood Housing

Friday, October 24, 2014

In eight hours of deliberation, a jury in federal court could not determine whether CATCH Neighborhood Housing discriminated against one of its disabled tenants. Cathy Wyrenbeck, a 55-year-old resident of Mennino Place in Concord, sued the nonprofit and its property management company last year. She has alleged CATCH violated fair housing regulations by denying her an additional air conditioning unit and then refusing …

Epsom man indicted on new rape charges, raising count of alleged victims to 4

Friday, October 24, 2014

A 67-year-old Epsom man accused this summer of raping two children hundreds of times in the early 1990s has been indicted in Merrimack County Superior Court on new charges alleging sexual assaults on a 10-year-old girl earlier this …

Ex-Mountie hero of shootout at Canada’s Parliament

Friday, October 24, 2014

The standing ovation began even before Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers entered the Parliament chamber in his black robe, carrying the golden ceremonial mace on his right shoulder. For more than two minutes, the lawmakers applauded and pounded their desks …

Suit claims school staff abused disabled students

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Relatives of two disabled students are suing a Greenfield special needs school, claiming staff pinched, hit and taunted the children and took photos of a naked boy sitting on a toilet. Lawyers for the parents of a 9-year-old New Hampshire boy and the grandmother of an 11-year-old Vermont …

Students hand over video, photos of Keene pumpkin chaos

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The president of Keene State College said students are turning over video and photos depicting the mayhem that broke out during a family-friendly pumpkin festival. More than 80 people were arrested following the violent disturbances over the weekend …

Theft charge for ex-New Hampshire chief from Maine

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The former fire chief in Farmington has been indicted on charges he stole at least $1,500 in town funds. Fosters Daily Democrat reported that 48-year-old Richard Fowler of Skowhegan, Maine, was charged with taking the money between November 2009 and June of this year. Fowler was fired in …

Fire officials say 60-old man dead at Manchester fire scene

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Hampshire fire officials said the body of a 60-year-old man was found after a fire in a Manchester apartment. WMUR reported that the body was found after a fire was extinguished at an Amherst Street apartment yesterday afternoon. A 1-year-old child was rescued unharmed from an adjacent …

Tenant testifies against CATCH Neighborhood Housing at opening day of trial in lawsuit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Emotions high, Cathy Wyrenbeck reached for a tissue from the box in front of the witness stand. She had just described to a jury and a federal judge the chronic and painful hives that have kept her from working for the past eight years. Having blown her nose, …

Man pleads guilty to role in home invasion

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A man accused of being an accomplice in a 2012 violent home invasion in Bedford has pleaded guilty to multiple charges and has agreed to spend at least five years in prison. WMUR reported Nathan Lamontagne appeared in court Monday, pleading guilty to criminal liability to first-degree assault …

Attorney general: No charges in Rumney lakeside shooting

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A long-smoldering feud between neighbors in Rumney over the use of a lakeside dock erupted in an alcohol-fueled fight this summer that ended when one man, who said he feared for his life, shot another to death, the state attorney general said yesterday. Attorney General Joe Foster said …

Suspect in Va. abduction charged in DC area rape

Monday, October 20, 2014

The suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student was charged yesterday with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington, D.C., in 2005. The indictment against Jesse Matthew Jr. was handed up by a circuit …