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Sharing or shaming? Arrest logs on Facebook tread a fine line

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gone are the days when a minor arrest would be buried in a police blotter or reduced to the fine print in the back of the local newspaper. More police departments are communicating through social media, and as they do so, they can find themselves treading a fine line between announcing arrests in a new way and shaming those accused of crimes. Anyone arrested in Pittsfield has their booking photo …

No terror link seen in NYC police hatchet attack

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A man who brazenly attacked a group of police officers with a hatchet on a busy street described himself as a Muslim convert and ranted online against America, but he had no clear ties to international terrorism, the police said. The police were still examining the computer of Zale Thompson yesterday for clues …

Trial ends in hung jury on discrimination claim against CATCH Neighborhood Housing

Friday, October 24, 2014

In eight hours of deliberation, a jury in federal court could not determine whether CATCH Neighborhood Housing discriminated against one of its disabled tenants. Cathy Wyrenbeck, a 55-year-old resident of Mennino Place in Concord, sued the nonprofit and its property management company last year. She has alleged CATCH violated fair housing regulations by denying her an additional air conditioning unit and then refusing …

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 …

Egypt condemns 7 to death over soldiers’ killing

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

An Egyptian court sentenced seven convicted Islamic militants to death yesterday – all but one in absentia – over the killing of 25 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula last year. The ruling focused on chief suspect Adel Habarra, who is in custody and was previously convicted in connection …

Giffords begins 9-state tour on women, guns

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Former U.S. representative Gabby Giffords yesterday urged women in Maine to help prevent stalkers and abusers from getting guns, part of a nine-state tour to advocate for tougher laws she says can protect domestic violence victims. The former …

Police: 2 park rangers stabbed at Boston Common

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A homeless man was arrested yesterday in what the police said was the unprovoked stabbing of two park rangers at Boston Common, the beloved park in the heart of city. One of the rangers, a 46-year-old sergeant, suffered life-threatening injuries and was in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital; …

Maine, most other states don’t regulate hayrides

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Maine, like most states, doesn’t have strict regulations for hayrides, including the one that lurched down a steep hill and into a tree over the weekend, killing a 17-year-old girl and injuring more than 20 others. A mechanical …