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Hackers extorting with stolen photos increasing focus of police

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The email terrified the young mother. “What if I told you I had pics of you?” the unknown writer asked. “Like a lot. Would you send me more?” “They were pretty x-rated,” he added. To prove he wasn’t bluffing, the mysterious emailer sent four naked or suggestive photographs of the woman, which had been stored in a laptop computer stolen in a recent burglary of her New Hampshire apartment. He … 0

Opening statements expected today in 2010 prison murder trial

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Opening arguments are scheduled to begin this morning in the murder trial of William Edic, a 34-year-old inmate and alleged gang member who is accused of assaulting a fellow prisoner in 2010. Edic was serving time at the Concord prison for a previous attack when he and another inmate, Thomas Milton, allegedly stomped … 0

Judge denies Concord inmate’s request for new hate crime trial

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Concord judge has denied a request by Donald Freese, the first man convicted in Merrimack County of a race-based hate crime, that he be given a new trial because of inadequate counsel. Freese’s current attorney, Nicholas Brodich, claimed in a motion filed this spring that Freese’s trial lawyer, Ted Barnes, had failed to call two key witnesses who would have testified that … 0

Expert: Passengers likely died instantly

Friday, July 18, 2014

The blast force from the missile that slammed into a Malaysian plane over the Ukraine, combined with the plane’s dramatic deceleration, probably instantly rendered everyone on board unconscious or dead. That’s the best guess of James Vosswinkel, a trauma surgeon who led a definitive study of TWA Flight … 0

AIDS workers on downed jet

Friday, July 18, 2014

A prominent researcher, an activist and at least two others headed to an AIDS conference in Australia were on the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine, news that sparked an outpouring of grief across the scientific community. Among … 0

Police: Barnstead bombs result of teen prank

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Barnstead police plan to issue petitions in the state’s family court system against three teens they say detonated three bombs in town last month. The police will not identify the teens because they are under 18 years old. Two are 14 and one is 15, officials said. … 1

Thousands of felons could have prison terms cut

Friday, July 18, 2014

The U.S. Sentencing Commission decided yesterday that nearly 50,000 federal drug offenders currently in prison are eligible for reduced sentences, a move that could flood the nation’s courts and prosecutors with applications for leniency. By a unanimous vote, … 1

Former Webster fire chief found guilty in case

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A former Webster fire chief has been found guilty of placing a camera in a women’s bathroom at his former place of employment in Wilmington, Mass. Colin Colby, formerly of Webster, who resigned as volunteer fire chief in July 2013, will be sentenced today. A jury in Woburn … 0

Man charged in Gilford burglary

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The police said a 21-year-old man broke in to a Gilford home, scuffled with a resident inside and fled the scene. Isaiah Hughes, 18, with no known address, was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest or detention and … 0

Bank customer among 3 dead in holdup and shootout in California

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Misty Holt-Singh had just popped into the bank, leaving her 12-year-old daughter in the car, when the horror began. An hour later, the mother of two lay dead after a bank robbery spun into a chaotic police chase … 0

For Malaysia Airlines, disaster strikes twice

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Two Boeing 777s. Two incredibly rare aviation disasters. And one airline. In what appears to be a mind-boggling coincidence, Malaysia is reeling from the second tragedy to hit its national airline in less than five months. On March … 0

Malaysia says jetliner did not make distress call

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Malaysia Airlines jetliner that went down in war-torn Ukraine did not make any distress call, Malaysia’s prime minister said yesterday, adding that its flight route also had been declared safe by the global civil aviation body. Prime … 0