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Protesters walk peacefully near where the county prosecutor lives Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Cleveland. Michael Brelo, a white Cleveland patrolman who fired down through the windshield of the car of Timothy Russell, a black suspect, at the end of a 137-shot barrage by police that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by a judge who said he could not determine Brelo alone fired the fatal shots. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Cleveland officer acquitted in killings of unarmed pair

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Cleveland police officer was acquitted Saturday for his role in the 2012 fatal shooting of two unarmed people in a car after officers mistook the sound of the car backfiring as gunshots. After a four-week trial, a judge found officer Michael Brelo, 31, not guilty of two counts of felony voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Timothy Russell, 43, …

Within 24 hours, two inmates walk away from halfway houses in Concord

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Two inmates walked away from their respective transitional housing units in Concord on Friday night. Christy Blondeau, 32, of Manchester was given permission to leave the Shea Farm Transition Housing Unit for a two-hour outing at 7 p.m. Friday. Blondeau, who was convicted of forgery in Rockingham Superior Court, never returned. The New Hampshire Department of Corrections put her on walkaway status about …

Regulators order pipeline testing, other steps after spill

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The company responsible for a pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil along the California coast was ordered to take a series of steps before it can restart the line, federal regulators said yesterday. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration required Plains All American Pipeline to remove the damaged section of …

Capitol cops get bathroom training after guns left in toilet

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Capitol Police officers are getting training after officers accidentally left their guns in the Capitol’s public bathrooms three times this year. One gun was found by a child. “We are now providing additional training on what to do …

Smart meter debate back before Maine supreme court

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The debate over the safety of so-called smart meters installed by Central Maine Power is going back before the state Supreme Court, setting up a legal clash over regulators’ conclusion that they pose no risk. Opponents are challenging a December conclusion by the Maine Public Utilities Commission that …

Motorcycle gang shootout started with parking dispute

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A deadly weekend shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs apparently began with a parking dispute and someone running over a gang member’s foot, the police said yesterday. Waco police Sgt. Patrick Swanton said an uninvited group appeared for Sunday’s …

Robert Breest’s attorneys say DNA undermines state’s claim he acted alone in 1971 murder of Susan Randall

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Robert Breest shuffled into a Concord courtroom yesterday, 42 years older and not an ounce less adamant of his innocence. Since 1973, he has tried time and again to prove he was wrongly convicted of murdering 18-year-old Susan …

Police investigate after teen shoots friend through window

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Authorities are considering whether to bring criminal charges against a Montana 17-year-old who fired a bullet through his bedroom window, killing his friend in a case an investigator has described as an accident. The unidentified suspect had been …

Baltimore prosecutor disputes conflict of interest claims

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baltimore’s top prosecutor has filed a blistering response to conflict of interest allegations raised by lawyers for six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. The defense lawyers asked that a judge replace State’s Attorney Marilyn …

Pembroke man charged with drunken driving while speeding in excess of 110 mph

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The police said a Pembroke man driving a Hyundai Accent was drunk when he sped away from a state trooper at a rate in excess of 110 mph Monday night. Shaun Chase, 42, of Pembroke eventually pulled over and was charged with aggravated driving while under the influence …

2 men plead guilty to selling synthetic drugs

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Two men have pleaded guilty in New Hampshire federal court to charges of selling synthetic marijuana at a convenience store. The U.S. attorney’s office said a warrant was executed at a store in North Andover, Mass., in 2013, where agents seized about 100 packages of the products, sold …

Charges filed against 170 motorcycle gang members in Texas

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

About 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs were charged with engaging in organized crime yesterday, a day after a shootout at a Texas restaurant that killed nine people and wounded 18. The crowd of suspects was so large …

Appeals court sides with Google in anti-Muslim film case

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled yesterday in a victory …