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Franklin fire guts School St. home, kills two cats

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A two-alarm fire in Franklin has left a two-family residence uninhabitable. The fire at 40 School St. was reported at 6:17 p.m. Tuesday, Captain Bruce Goldthwaite said. The residents home at the time of the fire, two cats and several pit bulls were safely evacuated, but three other cats died, he said. The fire, which started on the second floor of the building, is under investigation by the state’s fire …

Judge rules two out of three charges against Concord Hospital nurse accused of diverting drugs lacked probable cause

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A district court judge in Concord determined Tuesday that two of three felony charges against a traveling nurse accused of pocketing narcotics from Concord Hospital lacked probable cause to go forward. Kerry Bridges, 47, of Warren, Maine, was arrested June 12 and charged with illegal possession of hydromorphone and morphine during the time …

Police say Sanbornton homeowner interrupted burglary in progress, two suspects in custody

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Two Franklin men were arrested Monday following a reported break-in and assault at a Sanbornton residence. Frederick Temple, Jr., 30, and Cody Merrill, 21, were arrested by the Sanbornton police Monday and are being held on cash bail, police said. A homeowner on Stage Road in Sanbornton called police after he said he …

Man pleads guilty to robbing 3 banks

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A man has pleaded guilty to robbing three banks in 2013 in Claremont and Lebanon. The U.S. Attorney’s office said in each robbery, 31-year-old James Oberfeldt wore a dark face mask and carried an air pistol that appeared to be an automated handgun. He was identified after being …

Little hope of survivors in Indonesian military plane crash

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Rescuers with heavy machinery searched a shattered residential neighborhood Tuesday for any survivors from an Indonesian air force transport plane that crashed shortly after takeoff and killed more than 70 people. The C-130 Hercules, carrying military personnel and …

Official: Prison chief, 11 others put on leave after escape

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into how the inmates pulled off the daring escape, …

Federal report faults police actions during Ferguson unrest

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Police antagonized crowds who gathered to protest in Ferguson after Michael Brown’s death last summer, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a Justice Department draft report that found across-the-board flaws in …

Police in New Hampshire, Massachusetts make $2M drug seizure

Monday, June 29, 2015

The shooting of a woman during an apparent home invasion last week started a cascade of events that led to the arrest of three people in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and the seizure of heroin and the painkiller Fentanyl worth more than $2 million, police said Monday. Manchester …

Police ID Mass. plane crash victims as Tennessee doctor, family

Monday, June 29, 2015

The three people killed when their small plane crashed into a Massachusetts home over the weekend have been identified tentatively as a Tennessee doctor, his wife and college-age daughter, authorities said Monday. Plainville, Mass., police Chief Jim Alfred …

‘Mind blowing’ flames destroy homes in Washington state

Monday, June 29, 2015

From just across the Wenatchee River, Dominick Bonny watched a whole neighborhood in his central Washington town burn as a wildfire destroyed two dozen homes and forced hundreds to flee. “With the wind blowing away from us, it …

Investigators: Belmont man who hit a deer with his car confesses to insurance fraud

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Belmont man who hit a deer with his car without having insurance is accused of trying to get two insurance companies to pay for the damages after posting photos of the crash on social media, according to …

2nd escaped murderer is shot, captured after other killed

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The second of two convicted murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday, two days after his fellow inmate was …

Supreme Court ruling makes pride parades historic, jubilant

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of people Sunday packed gay pride events from Chicago to New York City, Seattle to San Francisco, with overall attendance expected in the millions for what amounted to a celebration of a freshly endorsed right …