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Prosecutor Catherine Ruffle delivers her opening arguments against Owen Labrie to the jury in the Merrimack County Superior Court, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Concord, N.H. Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of the "Senior Salute," a practice of sexual conquest at the prestigious St. Paul's School in Concord. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, Pool)

Ahead of sentencing in St. Paul’s sex assault, prosecutor files motion in support of felony conviction

Friday, October 9, 2015

A St. Paul’s graduate convicted of having sex with an underage schoolmate is a “textbook” example of the intent behind a New Hampshire law against using a computer to seduce a victim, prosecutors argued in a motion filed Thursday. Owen Labrie, 19, was found guilty in August of statutory rape, a misdemeanor, but acquitted of aggravated felonious sexual assault. Because …

Probable cause hearing in rape case postponed until Oct. 22

Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday’s probable cause hearing and trial management conference in the rape case against Donald Levesque, a former local coach and assistant teacher charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy, were postponed until Oct. 22, according to case summaries obtained Thursday from Concord’s district court. No reason was cited. David Rotman, the prosecuting attorney in the case, and Merrimack County Attorney Scott Murray were …

Inmate walks away from men’s halfway house in Concord

Friday, October 9, 2015

An inmate from Chichester walked away from the men’s North End Transitional Housing Unit on Thursday. Robert Michael Mozeika, 50, of Chichester, left the halfway house at 11:50 a.m. to go to work. According to a press release from the state Department of Corrections, he left his work site without permission and did not return. Mozeika was placed on escape status about 3:15 …

Amtrak train hits rocks on track, derails in central Vermont

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

An Amtrak train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., on Monday hit rocks that had fallen onto the track from a ledge, spilling the locomotive and a passenger car down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring …

N.H. lawmaker calls for statewide audit of untested rape kits

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A New Hampshire lawmaker is proposing an audit of all untested sexual assault kits statewide, saying his research suggests that no one seems to know how many there are and that the gap that could allow serial rapists to keep committing crimes. Democratic state Rep. Renny Cushing of …

Pastor’s sermon: ‘Violence will not have the last word’

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A pastor whose daughter survived last week’s deadly rampage in a college classroom told his congregation on Sunday that “violence will not have the last word” in the southern Oregon timber town of Roseburg. More than 100 people …

Ray Duckler: Retelling a day of horror and bravery that lingers

Sunday, October 4, 2015

‘We have a few characters from that day who are present tonight,” author Richard Adams Carey told us. We turned our heads and searched the book store, eyes wide and scanning, waiting for Carey to introduce people connected …

Oregon: Gunman spared student

Saturday, October 3, 2015

As a 26-year-old killer gunned down victims inside a college classroom, he spared one student and gave him a package to deliver to authorities, according to the grandmother of a student who witnessed the deadly rampage in Roseburg, …

Williams’s kids, widow settle fight for estate

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Robin Williams’ widow and his three children from previous marriages reached a settlement in their legal fight over the late actor’s estate, ending a public dispute following the beloved comedian’s suicide last year. Terms of the out-of-court settlement …

Concord inmate missing from transitional work unit

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A minimum security inmate went missing late Friday night from the Concord prison grounds. Adam Bergeron, 21, of Middleton, Mass., had yet to return as of Saturday morning, prison spokesman Jeff Lyons said. Lyons said Bergeron was last seen during a 9:30 p.m. head count at the Transitional …

NH Supreme Court upholds landmark contamination verdict against Exxon

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld a $236 million fine imposed two years ago on the gas giant Exxon Mobil for contaminating thousands of groundwater wells with the additive MTBE. The decision, issued Friday morning, removes one of the last obstacles for the state in retrieving its …

Name of victim in fiery crash on I-89 still withheld

Saturday, October 3, 2015

State police said they are awaiting dental records before releasing the identity of a woman who was killed in a head-on collision Wednesday on Interstate 89 in Concord. State police Lt. Jerry Maslan said an identification could come Monday, at the earliest. The woman’s Jeep Liberty was traveling …

New Hampshire has no plans to activate emergency center

Friday, October 2, 2015

New Hampshire authorities say they don’t plan to activate the State Emergency Operations Center at this time, as it seems likely Hurricane Joaquin will pass well east of the state. Perry Plummer, director of Homeland Security, said conference calls were held with Gov. Maggie Hassan, department heads, and …