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People stand atop an overturned car in Keene, N.H. on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, during a night of violent parties that led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries, near the city's annual pumpkin festival.  The parties around the school coincided with the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival, where the community tries to set a world record of the largest number of carved and lighted jack-o-lanterns in one place. (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Jeremy Fox)  BOSTON HERALD OUT, QUINCY OUT; NO SALES

Students hand over video, photos of Keene pumpkin chaos

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The president of Keene State College said students are turning over video and photos depicting the mayhem that broke out during a family-friendly pumpkin festival. More than 80 people were arrested following the violent disturbances over the weekend that led to property damage and dozens of injuries. College President Anne Huot told WMUR that students are volunteering images to help …

Theft charge for ex-New Hampshire chief from Maine

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The former fire chief in Farmington has been indicted on charges he stole at least $1,500 in town funds. Fosters Daily Democrat reported that 48-year-old Richard Fowler of Skowhegan, Maine, was charged with taking the money between November 2009 and June of this year. Fowler was fired in August from his job leading the Skowhegan department. Strafford County Attorney Thomas Velardi tells the …

Fire officials say 60-old man dead at Manchester fire scene

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Hampshire fire officials said the body of a 60-year-old man was found after a fire in a Manchester apartment. WMUR reported that the body was found after a fire was extinguished at an Amherst Street apartment yesterday afternoon. A 1-year-old child was rescued unharmed from an adjacent apartment. Fire officials said they don’t know whether the man died before the fire started …

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 …

Weare police Chief John Velleca offers resignation; AG releases report on assault accusations

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weare police Chief John Velleca has moved to resign amid claims that he assaulted his secretary and brief romantic partner, despite an announcement yesterday by the state that there is no clear evidence of criminal wrongdoing. The findings …

Concord home invader sentenced to four years in prison, admits to threatening teens

Friday, October 17, 2014

A 23-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday to breaking into a Concord home this spring and threatening two adolescents inside with a BB gun as he and another man hunted for cash and other items. Benjamin Boynton of Franklin pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery. As part …

Supreme Court rejects appeal of man who shot officer

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A man convicted of attempted murder in the 2012 shooting of a Manchester police officer had his appeal rejected yesterday by New Hampshire’s highest court. Myles Webster’s lawyer had argued that the release of Webster’s booking photo five …

New Hampshire jury convicts reputed cartel member

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A federal jury yesterday convicted a man of working with others to expand the cocaine-trafficking empire of one of the world’s most notorious drug networks into northern New England and Europe. The jury convicted Rafael Humberto Celaya Valenzuela, a member of Mexico’s violent Sinaloa cartel, of conspiracy to …

State Supreme Court takes up convicted murderer Breest’s appeal

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The state Supreme Court yesterday considered whether Robert Breest, a 76-year-old convicted murderer, should be allowed to seek a new trial because of recently discovered DNA evidence that calls into question a key element in his case. Breest …

Indiana police: Megabus crashes, 18 injured

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A double-decker passenger bus flipped onto its side on a highway in suburban Indianapolis yesterday after striking a crashed car, leaving 18 people with mostly minor injuries, the police said. The bus, operated by Megabus, was traveling from …