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Patricia Pelletier shows her prosthetic legs she wears after her accident with a trolley car in Portland, Maine when she was a smalll child.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Ray Duckler: She’s as strong as ever

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Want to get on Pat Pelletier’s bad side? Suggest she use a wheelchair, or a cane, or a walker. That’ll do it. She doesn’t care that she lost the lower portion of both legs when a trolley ran her over in 1929, the day before her third birthday. And it doesn’t matter that she turns 89 next weekend, or that her prosthetics, old and worn, no longer fit properly, or that many of her neighbors at the Havenwood Heritage Heights retirement home are often wheeled to their meals. Pelletier is optimistic that Tuesday’s appointment at a clinic in Methuen, Mass. – run by a man …

Reagan shooter finds rejection, indifference in future home

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The last man to shoot an American president now spends most of the year in a house overlooking the 13th hole of a golf course in a gated community. He takes long walks along tree-lined paths, plays guitar and paints, grabs fast food at Wendy’s. He drives around town in a silver Toyota …

After Alps crash, some experts ponder flights without pilots

Friday, April 17, 2015

To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots. That radical idea is decades away, if it ever becomes a reality. But following the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the co-pilot, a long-running debate over autonomous jets is resurfacing. At the very least, some have suggested allowing authorities on …

Police: N.C. college shooting possible hate crime; victim was gay

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A former community college student dismissed from a work-study program for too many absences is accused of fatally shooting his former supervisor, who was gay, and the police are investigating the campus slaying as a possible hate crime. …

Police: 2 arrested; $200,000 of suspected stolen tools found

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Hampshire State Police said they have arrested two Claremont men and recovered $200,000 worth of suspected stolen tools and equipment from a string of burglaries of construction trailers. The police arrested Russell Anderson and Michael Cote last week. Authorities said yesterday they had searched Anderson’s residence and …

Ex-guards get lengthy prison sentences for Iraq shootings

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rejecting pleas for mercy, a federal judge yesterday sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and …

Prison tightens mail policy in effort to curb drug influx

Monday, April 13, 2015

State prison officials plan to introduce new across-the-board mail restrictions next month in an effort to further clamp down on the influx of drugs and other contraband. Beginning May 1, inmates in all security classes will be prohibited from receiving greeting cards, decorative postcards or stationery with drawings, …

Concord motorcyclist collides with deer in Deerfield

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Concord man riding his motorcycle collided with a deer on Route 43 in Deerfield on Sunday afternoon about 12:30 p.m., according to the police. John Brown, 58, was transported to Elliot Hospital in Manchester with serious injuries, according to the Deerfield police. Deerfield police Officer Joel Hughes …

Sex offender who cared for boy denied double jeopardy claim

Monday, April 13, 2015

A sex offender convicted last year of illegally caring for a young teen is headed for sentencing after losing a bid to terminate three of four felonies on grounds that they violated his double jeopardy rights. Max Wilson, 70, was found guilty in September of breaching his registry …

Barnstead ATV driver found unconscious, flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Monday, April 13, 2015

An ATV driver sustained life-threatening injuries Sunday evening in an apparent accident on Land’s End Road in Barnstead. The police said they found the driver unconscious on the ground near an overturned off-road recreational vehicle shortly after 7 p.m. The person, a man whose name and age were …

2016 trial date set for suspect in kidnap, rape of girl, 14

Monday, April 13, 2015

A man charged with kidnapping a 14-year-old girl and raping her over the course of nine months will go on trial in March 2016, a judge ordered yesterday. Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Larry Smukler said jury selection will begin March 21 of next year for Nathaniel Kibby …

Man pleads guilty to 1973 sexual assaults

Monday, April 13, 2015

A 72-year-old Florida man has pleaded guilty in New Hampshire to sexually assaulting two boys more than 40 years ago. The boys, now adult men, went to the police in 2013 and reported that they had been repeatedly assaulted by Michael Narbis starting in 1973 when they lived …

Woman charged with conspiracy in connection with trial

Monday, April 13, 2015

A woman has been charged with conspiracy in connection with an upcoming trial for a man accused of fatally stabbing a teenager during a robbery. Attorney General Joe Foster said Alexandria Wyant, 21, of Rochester was arrested Sunday. She was arraigned in Dover’s district court yesterday and was …