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Canterbury crash victim died 'doing what he loved'

Friday, May 29, 2015

For Billy Ainsworth, fast was never quite fast enough. Even as a young kid, he was constantly searching for new means of acceleration, by modifying a bicycle, by tinkering on a dirt bike. By the time he got his license, he had already fixed and sold two cars. “If it wasn’t fast, and if it wasn’t loud, we weren’t interested,” …

Van carrying dozens of puppies, cats, overturns on I-95

Thursday, May 28, 2015

An animal shelter volunteer sustained minor injuries when a van carrying dozens of puppies and cats overturned on I-95 in Portsmouth. WMUR reported that the animals — who, rescuers said, all appeared to be fine — were being transported between animal shelters in Pennsylvania and Maine. State police estimate that 50-60 animals were on board. The New Hampshire Society for the Protection of …

Psychiatrist: Colorado shooter ‘knew what he was doing’

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A state-appointed psychiatrist who examined James Holmes two years after his attack on a Colorado movie theater said yesterday that whatever he suffered from that night, he knew what he was doing. Dr. William Reid told jurors he believes Holmes knew the consequences when he opened fire at a midnight Batman movie premiere, …

Prison guards accused of witness tampering, reckless conduct in Concord knife incident

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Two state corrections officers have been indicted on felony charges accusing them of slicing a Concord halfway house inmate’s shirt and threatening to withhold medical care from him unless he reported that he had “cut himself.” The indictments, released yesterday, identify the officers as Robert Gauthier, 47, of …

Days after Waco, South Carolina braces for bikers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of bikers are expected to descend on South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach area this Memorial Day weekend – and when they do, they’ll be met with beefed-up security. Locals say there are rarely problems during the …

Malaysia orders sea search-and-rescue for migrants

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Four Malaysian navy ships began searching the seas for stranded boat people yesterday in the first official rescue operation since desperate migrants started washing onto Southeast Asia’s shores, and the United States military gave the first indication it …

Prosecutor: 6 officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray

Thursday, May 21, 2015

All six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray were indicted by a grand jury, a prosecutor said yesterday. The indictments were very similar to the charges Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced about three weeks …

License Revocations

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The director of motor vehicles released the following list of driving while intoxicated license revocations. ∎ Jeffrey F. Sapier, 36, of Allenstown ∎ Chad W. Larochelle, 25, of Alton ∎ Thomas W. Beckwith, 54, of Concord ∎ Matthew T. Caldwell, 35, of Concord ∎ Christine E. Graves, 27, of Concord ∎ Todd Paris, 45, …

Waco restaurant video shows bikers, others seeking cover

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

As gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a Texas restaurant, dozens of motorcycle riders ran inside seeking cover and tried to guide others to safety, security video reviewed exclusively by The Associated Press showed yesterday. The …

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 …