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Sharing or shaming? Arrest logs on Facebook tread a fine line

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gone are the days when a minor arrest would be buried in a police blotter or reduced to the fine print in the back of the local newspaper. More police departments are communicating through social media, and as they do so, they can find themselves treading a fine line between announcing arrests in a new way and shaming those accused of crimes. Anyone arrested in Pittsfield has their booking photo …

No terror link seen in NYC police hatchet attack

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A man who brazenly attacked a group of police officers with a hatchet on a busy street described himself as a Muslim convert and ranted online against America, but he had no clear ties to international terrorism, the police said. The police were still examining the computer of Zale Thompson yesterday for clues …

Trial ends in hung jury on discrimination claim against CATCH Neighborhood Housing

Friday, October 24, 2014

In eight hours of deliberation, a jury in federal court could not determine whether CATCH Neighborhood Housing discriminated against one of its disabled tenants. Cathy Wyrenbeck, a 55-year-old resident of Mennino Place in Concord, sued the nonprofit and its property management company last year. She has alleged CATCH violated fair housing regulations by denying her an additional air conditioning unit and then refusing …

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 …

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 …

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 …