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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 …

Newport ends backup ambulance service

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Officials in Newport, New Hampshire, say they need to focus on their own residents first when it comes to ambulance service. The Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/1ajteDD) that starting June 30, Newport will no longer provide backup ambulance service to Lempster, New London, Newbury, Springfield, Grantham and half of …

Video shows Aaron Hernandez fiancee’s removing box from home

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Prosecutors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez yesterday played video surveillance that showed his fiancee removing a trash bag from the home and putting it in a car the day after the …

Belmont family displaced after mobile home burns

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Belmont family is safe but homeless after a fire tore through their mobile home last night at 58 Perkins Rd. Firefighters responded shortly before 9 p.m. and were able to contain the damage to the rear of …

Body found outside Concord Walmart identified as 29-year-old homeless mother

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Concord police have identified the person found dead Friday morning in the Wal-Mart parking lot as Maura Laughlin, a 29-year-old mother who was recently homeless. Detective Sean Ford said the cause of death is still unknown, but that “nothing appears to be suspicious.” An autopsy was being conducted …

Beloved K-9 gets police escort to be euthanized at Maine clinic

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A beloved K-9 suffering from seizures and arthritis received a final salute and a police escort, with lights flashing, to the Maine vet clinic where he was euthanized. Dozens of officers and firefighters turned out this month to …

Canada: Oil train accident shows new safety rules inadequate

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A fiery oil train derailment in Ontario this month suggests new safety requirements for tank cars carrying flammable liquids are inadequate, Canada’s transport safety board announced yesterday. The accident was the latest in a spate of fiery derailments …

AP Exclusive: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people …

Ferry sinks in central Bangladesh, killing at least 48

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A river ferry carrying up to 140 passengers capsized in central Bangladesh yesterday after being hit by a cargo vessel, killing at least 48 people, officials said. A rescue operation was under way, but it was not clear …

Alabama woman set for trial in granddaughter’s running death

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A prosecutor calls Joyce Hardin Garrard the “drill sergeant from hell,” a woman so mean she made her 9-year-old granddaughter run until the girl collapsed and died, all as punishment for lying about candy. In court, the 59-year-old …

Concord: Discover the ‘glamour’ of police work

Sunday, February 22, 2015

No, you won’t be able to arrest anyone, but you still could learn a lot about police work. The Concord Police Department is once again offering its Citizens Police Academy. Participants will tour the station and learn about everything from field training to Tasers and use of force …