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Convicted killer Robert Breest looks around the courtroom during his hearing in Merrimack County Superior Court, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in Concord, N.H. Lawyers for Breest, convicted of killing an 18-year-old New Hampshire woman more than four decades ago, asked a judge Tuesday to grant him a new trial based on DNA evidence, but prosecutors said the case against him remains strong. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Breest’s request for new trial denied; judge says evidence still convincing in 1971 killing

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A judge in Concord has denied Robert Breest’s request for a new trial, saying the convicted murderer has failed to show that new DNA evidence would sway a jury to exonerate him. In an order this week, Judge Larry Smukler of Merrimack County Superior Court said the evidence, taken from dried blood under Susan Randall’s fingernails, does not prove she …

Motorcyclist dies in collision with pickup truck

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A 59-year-old man died Friday after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in the area of Route 106 and D’Amante Drive in Concord, police said. The collision was reported to police Friday about 3:45 p.m. The motorcyclist was transported to Concord Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The two people in the pickup truck suffered no injuries. Police have not identified …

Accused S.C. gunman pleads not guilty, but plans to plead guilty to hate crime charges

Friday, July 31, 2015

The man accused of gunning down nine African-Americans last month inside a historic black church known as “Mother Emanuel” has told his lawyers that he currently plans to plead guilty to federal hate crime charges, attorney David Bruck told a federal judge Friday. However, Bruck said that because federal officials have not decided …

Jail releases more footage of Sandra Bland before her death

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Texas authorities on Tuesday released several hours of footage showing Sandra Bland during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving there. Waller County Judge Trey Duhon said such …

Authorities: California teen accused of killing 8-year-old

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A 15-year-old boy lured an 8-year-old girl into his apartment and killed her before hiding her body in a recycling bin at the housing complex for artists where they lived, authorities said Tuesday. Santa Cruz police Chief Kevin …

Sanborn: Drug czar should resign for failure to meet with police chiefs

Monday, July 27, 2015

New Hampshire’s drug czar came under increasing pressure from Republicans on Monday as a prominent state senator called for his resignation, citing reports from police chiefs that the man tasked with coordinating the state’s addiction response had yet …

Police cite lack of seatbelt in fatal Sanbornton crash

Monday, July 27, 2015

A 21-year-old Belmont man died Friday night when his car crashed off Route 127 in Sanbornton, ejecting him from the vehicle. Police said Benjamen Page was speeding without a seatbelt along a northbound curve when his Ford SUV veered off the road and crashed at the corner of …

Get the waffles! Maple syrup spill on New Hampshire highway

Monday, July 27, 2015

The only thing missing was the waffles. Authorities in Keene were in for some sticky times Monday when a load of maple syrup shifted in a tractor-trailer and leaked – very slowly – all over a main highway. Police Sgt. Thaddeus Derendal said some 220 gallons of the …

Woman accused of being accomplice in death reaches plea deal

Monday, July 27, 2015

A woman who initially pleaded not guilty to being an accomplice to first-degree murder in the death of her husband’s ex-wife in 2013 has reached a plea deal. Sarah Desjardins, 36, of Epping was charged in connection with the death of Amanda “Amy” Warf. Desjardins is scheduled to …

Whitey Bulger’s bid for new trial heads to appeals court

Sunday, July 26, 2015

During his 2013 racketeering trial, former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger called the proceeding a “sham” after he was barred from presenting the centerpiece of his defense: his claim that a federal prosecutor gave him immunity to …

Tipsters help police seeking theater shooter’s motive

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Police on Saturday thanked the many people providing tips about John Russell Houser as they work to reconstruct his movements before he killed two people, wounded nine and then killed himself in a movie theater. By interviewing victims …

Pollard’s ex-wife: Israel should fund his legal defense

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The former wife of Jonathan Pollard, an American convicted of spying for Israel, called Saturday on the Israeli government to pay for an attorney to facilitate his freedom amid international speculation he could be released soon. Jonathan Pollard …

MEXICO: Escaped drug lord no saint despite folklore

Sunday, July 26, 2015

People living in the hometown of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman have heard stories of his benevolence: gifts of medicine for the poor, deliveries of drinking water to storm-stricken towns. But finding anyone who’s actually received or even seen such a gift is another matter. In Badiraguato, …