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Former NH Guard commander sentenced to 15 years for child sex trafficking

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ray Valas, a former New Hampshire National Guard commander convicted last fall of soliciting sex from an underage prostitute, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Valas, 41, of Bow, was found guilty in November of one count of sex trafficking of a minor. Prosecutors said he twice paid for sex with a 15-year-old girl during a work …

8 shot to death, including gunman, in Missouri rampage

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of a tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, carried out the killings with a …

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov reported killed in Moscow

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Boris Nemtsov, a longtime Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot and killed in central Moscow, the Russian Interior Ministry said early yesterday. Nemtsov, a central figure in Russian political life since the breakup of the Soviet Union, was a longtime leader of the opposition to Putin. He …

Mexico official: Police capture top capo ‘La Tuta’ Gomez

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Servando “La Tuta” Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico’s most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early yesterday by the federal police, according to Mexican officials. Gomez was arrested …

Inmate missing from halfway house

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Authorities said a minimum security inmate has walked away from a transitional housing unit in Manchester. The Department of Corrections says 42-year-old David Joseph Dionne was given permission to leave the facility yesterday afternoon to look for a job. He was scheduled to return at 3:30 p.m. and …

Peterborough man buried in snow for more than 3 hours

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A New Hampshire man has survived being buried in the snow for more than three hours. Drew Mullins says he was using a snow rake to clear snow off the metal roof of his Peterborough home on Sunday when it came down all at once. Within seconds, Mullins …

Court call center evacuated over roof concerns

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A temporary court call center was set up today in the state’s emergency management headquarters in Concord after concerns were raised over a possibly sagging roof at the permanent center. Court spokeswoman Carole Alfano said fire officials ordered an evacuation last night at the permanent center on Chenell …

N.H., Merrimack County locked in polygraph dispute with former DEA agent

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Frank Suarez spent nearly a quarter-century as a special agent with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, and in that time he received numerous accolades, including performance awards and letters of praise from the New Hampshire attorney general, the …

Concord official: Rafter joint likely cause of sliding roof

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The two-story colonial at 11 Pond Place is still missing its roof, but Concord building inspectors at least think they know what happened when the back half slid off Saturday. Code Administrator Michael Santa said he suspects the …

2 appear in N.Y. court on charges they sought to join ISIS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Three men were arrested yesterday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting President Obama or planting …

AP: Trayvon Martin’s mother says killer got away with murder

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The mother of Trayvon Martin said she’s disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago. Speaking with the Associated Press yesterday before the …

Refracted rays from Nutella jar blamed for UK house fire

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

London’s firefighters say sun rays refracted by a Nutella jar likely caused a house fire. The city’s fire brigade says investigators believe the glass jar – which had been emptied of the hazelnut spread – had been placed on a window sill and refracted sunlight, setting blinds alight. …

Justices appear to favor Muslim denied job over headscarf

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Have you heard the one about the Sikh, the Hasidic Jew, the Muslim and the nun who walked into a job interview? Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito channeled his inner stand-up comic yesterday in indicating that he and …