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Cops / Courts / Fires

High-value Guantanamo detainees call home for the first time in nearly a decade

Saturday, January 24, 2015

For almost a decade, the 15 detainees considered to be the most dangerous at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been locked in a special top-security facility and deprived of some of the privileges granted to other prisoners, such as communal living, live television and periodic calls with their families. Now, as the Pentagon moves to improve prisoner conditions, officials have allowed several “high-value” inmates to make …

GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Texas lawmaker would strip the salaries from government officials who honor same-sex marriage licenses. Other states would protect government officials who opt out of performing gay nuptials. In Georgia, where lawmakers are considering a bill that critics fear could allow businesses to discriminate against gay customers, the former head of the country’s …

Manchester police: Twins, 9, left mostly alone for months while parents were abroad

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Twin 9-year-old boys were left mostly alone in their Manchester apartment for four months after their parents took three siblings to Nigeria and left an uncle to care for them, authorities said yesterday. The Manchester police said the uncle, 25-year-old Giobari Atura, told them he would stop by every couple of days to …

Kentucky teens on alleged crime spree captured in Florida

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Two teenage Kentucky sweethearts suspected in a crime spree of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks across the South have been taken into custody in Florida, authorities said yesterday. Eighteen-year-old Dalton Hayes and his 13-year-old girlfriend, Cheyenne Phillips, were …

Washington, D.C.: Marchers turn out to support police

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Demonstrators carrying signs saying “Blue Lives Matter” marched to the U.S. Capitol yesterday in a show of support for police officers across the country who organizers say are not thanked enough for the danger they face in the line of duty. “They feel unsupported,” said Kelly Wince, 52, …

Teen sweethearts blaze trail of crime across South

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The police said two teenage sweethearts have blazed a trail of crime across the South, leaving in their path a string of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks and stirring concern about their increasingly bold behavior. The 18-year-old and …

France attacks reinvigorate privacy versus security debate

Saturday, January 17, 2015

President Obama argued yesterday that a resurgent fear of terrorism across Europe and the United States should not lead countries to overreact and shed privacy protections, even as British Prime Minister David Cameron pressed for more government access …

Holder limits seized-asset sharing that split billions with local, state police

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without proving that a crime occurred. Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to …

Contoocook man accused of pointing gun at driver in a fit of road rage

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A 48-year-old Contoocook man was arrested yesterday morning in Manchester after allegedly pointing a gun at another driver in a fit of road rage. The incident took place about 8 a.m. on Route 293. The state police released few details of the incident, saying in a statement only …

Man convicted in Hill and Franklin rape case

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A 46-year-old Auburn man has been convicted of raping and molesting a young girl several years ago in Hill and Franklin. Kendall McLain was found guilty Wednesday of aggravated and attempted felonious sexual assault, misdemeanor and felony sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. A sentencing …

Bradford worker injured in mill accident, flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A man was reportedly injured yesterday in a machine shop accident in Bradford. Few details were known yesterday. WMUR reported that the man got caught in a milling machine and was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He was not identified, and his condition was not known. No one …

Unoccupied home in Henniker catches fire

Thursday, January 15, 2015

An electric heater being used to thaw frozen pipes caused a fire in Henniker early yesterday morning, according to a preliminary investigation. The Henniker Fire Department responded to the fire at 133 Lone Pine Road at 1:37 a.m. yesterday, Henniker fire Chief Steve Burritt said. The fire started …

Prosecutor: Vt. man accused of murder told friend he’d kill wife

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Vermont man accused of murdering his wife the day she filed for divorce told a friend weeks earlier that he would kill her, a prosecutor said during opening statements yesterday, and a witness described the gruesome condition of her body when it was discovered in the woods. …