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Canterbury crash victim died 'doing what he loved'

Friday, May 29, 2015

For Billy Ainsworth, fast was never quite fast enough. Even as a young kid, he was constantly searching for new means of acceleration, by modifying a bicycle, by tinkering on a dirt bike. By the time he got his license, he had already fixed and sold two cars. “If it wasn’t fast, and if it wasn’t loud, we weren’t interested,” …

Van carrying dozens of puppies, cats, overturns on I-95

Thursday, May 28, 2015

An animal shelter volunteer sustained minor injuries when a van carrying dozens of puppies and cats overturned on I-95 in Portsmouth. WMUR reported that the animals — who, rescuers said, all appeared to be fine — were being transported between animal shelters in Pennsylvania and Maine. State police estimate that 50-60 animals were on board. The New Hampshire Society for the Protection of …

Psychiatrist: Colorado shooter ‘knew what he was doing’

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A state-appointed psychiatrist who examined James Holmes two years after his attack on a Colorado movie theater said yesterday that whatever he suffered from that night, he knew what he was doing. Dr. William Reid told jurors he believes Holmes knew the consequences when he opened fire at a midnight Batman movie premiere, …

Theater gunman’s writings alternate between ramblings, plans

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Colorado theater shooting gunman James Holmes’s notebook full of scrawled writings and stick-figure drawings was made public yesterday, a day after it was introduced as evidence in his trial. The writings in the 56-page brown, spiral school notebook …

Federal prison inmate in Berlin sentenced for making stabbing weapon

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A federal prison inmate in Berlin has been sentenced for fashioning a 6-inch piece of wood into a stabbing weapon. The U.S. Attorney’s office said the item was found on 29-year-old Joshua Starr during a routine search last year. Starr was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, to be …

Investigators looking at Weare-New Boston brush fire

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Investigators are looking at a brush fire on the Weare-New Boston line, after a fire happened in the same location two weeks earlier. WMUR reported the fire was contained yesterday afternoon. Firefighters pumped water from a swamp to fight the fire in a remote location and in dry …

Author of Pamela Smart-inspired book asks for her parole

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A woman whose book To Die For was inspired by the case of Pamela Smart, who plotted with her teenage lover to kill her husband, is asking the governor to consider parole. Smart, who began a torrid affair …

Concord woman charged with drug possession

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bow Police arrested two people yesterday morning, charging one with possession of narcotics and cash, according to a press release from the Bow Police Department. Reana Moran, 25, of Concord was charged with possession of controlled narcotics and possession with the intent to distribute after police found 10 …

Concord police search for man who threatened children

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Concord police are searching for a man who reportedly threatened two children last Wednesday. The incident was reported about 3 p.m. near the corner of Thorndike and Pierce streets. The children told authorities that a white man with sunglasses had looked at them from across the corner, …

Cleveland, US Justice Department announce police settlement

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cleveland agreed to sweeping changes in how its police officers use force, treat the community and deal with the mentally ill, under a settlement announced yesterday with the federal government that will put the 1,500-member department under an …

Police: US airman shoots Wal-Mart workers, kills self

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A United States airman “with no apparent motive” walked into a Wal-Mart Supercenter in North Dakota early yesterday and opened fire with a handgun, killing one worker and injuring a second before turning the gun on himself, the …

Police: 3 kids injured when waterspout uproots bounce house

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A waterspout uprooted an inflatable bounce house with three children inside it on a South Florida beach yesterday, but the children were ejected before it flew above palm trees across four lanes of traffic into a parking lot, …

Twister kills 13 in Mexico border city; 12 missing in Texas

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border yesterday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant away from its mother. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said. In Texas, 12 people were …