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Missing University of Virginia student Hannah Elizabeth Graham is seen in an undated photo provided by the Charlottesville, Va., Police Department. Searchers found human remains on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, that could be those of the University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, police said. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of Graham, Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo told a news conference.  (AP Photo/Charlottesville, Va., Police Department, File)

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 court grand jury in Fairfax County. Matthew was also charged with attempted capital murder, according to the indictment. Matthew, 32, is being held in Charlottesville, Va., on a charge related to the Sept. 13 disappearance of Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old from northern Virginia. Law enforcement officials who have been searching for Graham found human remains over the weekend and they were taken to the Virginia Medical Examiner’s …

Autopsies: Fremont man strangled girlfriend, shot himself

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Hampshire authorities say a man strangled his girlfriend and then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. Attorney General Joe Foster said Monday the woman, identified as 52-year-old Mary Lucas of Fremont, was found dead in her home on Friday. The boyfriend, 51-year-old Michael Porter of Fremont, was found dead in a truck in town. Autopsies were completed New Hampshire Deputy …

Police: Indiana suspect hints at more killings

Monday, October 20, 2014

The police investigating the slayings of seven northwestern Indiana women whose bodies were found over the weekend said yesterday it could be the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has told them his victims might go back 20 years. Hammond police Chief John Doughty said at a news conference that …

Convicted murderer sues state over prison porn ban

Monday, October 20, 2014

A convicted murderer sentenced to more than a half-century behind bars is suing the state of Connecticut, saying its ban on pornography in prison violates his constitutional rights. Dwight Pink Jr. says in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in July that guards have used the policy …

Police probe Keene Pumpkin Festival melee

Monday, October 20, 2014

Authorities in Keene vowed yesterday to prosecute the perpetrators of the violent disturbances near Keene’s annual pumpkin festival that led to property damage and dozens of arrests and injuries over the weekend. Keene police Chief Kenneth Meola also …

Students clean up after mayhem near Keene Pumpkin Festival

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Keene State College students quickly cleaned up from a chaotic weekend yesterday after violent parties near the city’s annual pumpkin festival led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries. The parties around the school coincided with the …

Police hunt for clues near where Va. remains found

Sunday, October 19, 2014

After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby Charlottesville, Va., residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence. Forensic tests …

Arbitrator’s ruling details Weare officer’s contested departure

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nearly one year ago to the day, police officers in Weare gathered to meet the man who had just been appointed to lead them out of years of disparaging lawsuits, questionable tactics and a still all-too-raw drug bust gone deadly. One officer was tardy: Frank Jones. Jones, a …

Missouri: Officials: Evidence supports Ferguson police officer’s account

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Forensic evidence shows Michael Brown’s blood on the gun, uniform and inside the car of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, law enforcement officials said, information they believe potentially corroborates the officer’s story that the unarmed 18-year-old tried to take his gun. The evidence will make it harder for …

Cops: Remains may be those of missing UVa. student

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Searchers found human remains yesterday that could be those of a University of Virginia sophomore who has been missing since Sept. 13, the police said. Further forensic tests are needed to confirm whether the remains are those of …

Florida man gets life in prison in loud music killing

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without parole. The life sentence imposed by Circuit …

Weare police Chief John Velleca offers resignation; AG releases report on assault accusations

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weare police Chief John Velleca has moved to resign amid claims that he assaulted his secretary and brief romantic partner, despite an announcement yesterday by the state that there is no clear evidence of criminal wrongdoing. The findings …

Concord home invader sentenced to four years in prison, admits to threatening teens

Friday, October 17, 2014

A 23-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday to breaking into a Concord home this spring and threatening two adolescents inside with a BB gun as he and another man hunted for cash and other items. Benjamin Boynton of Franklin pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery. As part …