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David Brown of South Paris, Maine, pleaded not guilty Thursday, Juy 30, 2015 in Androscoggin County Superior Court to a misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct in in an  Halloween-themed hayride crash that killed a teenager and injured more than a dozen other passengers. Brown was the driver of a jeep pulling a flatbed trailer filled with passengers at Harvest Hill Farm in Mechanic Falls. All three defendants in the Halloween-themed hayride crash that killed a teenager and injured more than a dozen other passengers pleaded not guilty Thursday in their first court appearance. (Daryn Slover/The Sun Journal via AP)

Defendants in fatal hayride crash in Maine plead not guilty

Friday, July 31, 2015

All three defendants in a Halloween-themed hayride crash in Maine that killed a teenager and injured more than a dozen other passengers pleaded not guilty Thursday in their first court appearance. The driver, 55-year-old David Brown of South Paris, and a farm mechanic, 38-year-old Phillip Theberge of Norway, appeared in court to enter their pleas to reckless conduct. A Portland …

Federal prosecutors convict Campton man of growing pot

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A jury in federal court has convicted a Campton man of running a marijuana growing operation. Acting U.S. Attorney Donald Feith said the jury on Thursday found 31-year-old Peter Apicelli guilty of one count of manufacturing marijuana. He faces five years in prison when sentenced Nov. 12. Feith said agents searched the house …

Maryland governor to close Baltimore detention center

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Maryland’s governor announced plans Thursday to immediately shut down Baltimore’s state-run jail, where inmates and guards ran a criminal conspiracy inside vermin-infested, 19th-century walls and thwarted decades of attempted reforms. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said the state would save $10 million to $15 million a year by closing the Baltimore City Detention Center, which houses hundreds of inmates awaiting trial or serving short …

Flight 370: A barnacled bit of wreckage has investigators scrambling

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The cold case known as Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been jolted by a piece of flotsam that washed ashore, and now investigators are scrambling again. Authorities in France plan to examine what appears to be part of a wing that was found on a beach on Reunion, …

Motorcyclists seriously injured in crash with tractor trailer in Franklin

Thursday, July 30, 2015

An accident involving a motorcycle and tractor-trailer left two people seriously injured and shut down a road in Franklin on Thursday. Two adult motorcyclists were transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team helicopters Thursday, according to a press release from the Franklin Fire Department. The …

University of Cincinnati police officer who shot man during traffic stop charged with murder

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A University of Cincinnati police officer was indicted Wednesday on a charge of murder for fatally shooting an unarmed black man during a traffic stop earlier this month. “It was so unnecessary for this to occur,” Joe Deters, …

Shooter’s mom: Silence was his loudest cry for help

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

James Holmes’s mother insisted Wednesday that she would “have been crawling on all fours” to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater. Arlene Holmes said …

Zimbabweans in lion hunt in court; kill was ‘unethical’

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A hunting guide and a farm owner appeared in court Wednesday on allegations they helped a U.S. dentist kill a protected lion named Cecil, and the head of Zimbabwe’s safari association said the big cat was unethically lured …

Virginia: ‘Rolling Stone’ sued by 3 university graduates

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

3 University of Virginia graduates sue Rolling Stone over retracted rape story …

Police seeking suspects after residential burglary reported in Bow

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bow police are investigating a home burglary on Woodhill Hooksett Road. Jewelry and laptops were stolen Tuesday sometime between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., police said in a press release. Police said they did not know the total value of the stolen items. Entry into the house was …

Portsmouth man hurt in accident buys his rescuers lunch

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A man is thanking Dover rescue crews after his utility van collided with a semitrailer and became lodged underneath it. Foster’s Daily Democrat reported Jeff Cullen of Portsmouth bought lunch Tuesday for members of Dover Fire and Rescue and shared stories of the crash with the people who …

Suspect in teen kidnapping accused of threatening prosecutor

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The man accused of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and raping her over the course of nine months was indicted on new charges that he threatened the lead prosecutor in the case. Nathaniel Kibby of Gorham is scheduled to go on trial in March 2016. Prosecutors said Kibby, 35, …

2 missing New Hampshire inmates found, 1 of them in Canada

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

State authorities say they have found two inmates – one of them in Canada – who left a transitional living facility in Manchester last week. Both inmates left for work from Calumet House and never returned. Corrections officials say 43-year-old Charles Namiot and 41-year-old Bruno Martin were nearing …