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In this July 6, 2014, photo released by the Bangor Police Department, the department's stuffed "duck of justice" greets the sunrise from atop a police cruiser in Bangor, Maine. The mascot, a wood duck that had been stuffed by a taxidermist and rescued from a trash compactor, has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its departmental Facebook page, and is being used as a new way of engaging with the public. (AP Photo/Bangor Police Department)

Maine police get Facebook boost with stuffed duck

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Police officers in a Maine city believe they have quacked the code for finding followers on social media. The 80-officer Bangor Police Department, which serves a city of about 33,000, has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its Facebook page after humorous pictures of a stuffed duck were added. The duck, dubbed “Duck of Justice” or “DOJ,” appears in pictures … 0

New York police see risks with drones’ popularity

Thursday, July 10, 2014

One private drone crash-landed in midtown Manhattan. Another caused alarm by hovering over Times Square amid tight security during Super Bowl week. Most recently, authorities said, another had a close brush with a police helicopter near the George Washington Bridge. Even though it’s illegal to fly the devices just about anywhere in New … 0

Mazzaglia will be tried on escape plot charge

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The man convicted of raping and killing a University of New Hampshire student in October 2012 will be sentenced in August. Prosecutors said yesterday they also intend to prosecute Seth Mazzaglia, 31, of Dover on a charge that he enlisted a cellmate to help plot his escape. Prosecutor Peter Hinckley told WMUR yesterday … 0

Allenstown motorcyclist dies after crash with car Monday morning

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A motorcyclist died at Concord Hospital yesterday of injuries suffered in a crash with a car at approximately 7:40 a.m. in Allenstown. Michael Phelps, 66, of Allenstown was traveling eastbound on his Honda VTX motorcycle on School Street and making a left turn onto northbound Allenstown Road, the … 4

Lynne Parker named executive director of N.H. Legal Assistance

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Lynne Parker has been named as the new executive director of New Hampshire Legal Assistance. Parker, who will move into the role Aug. 1, will take over for John Tobin, 65, who in January announced his retirement. Tobin has been with the organization for nearly 40 years and … 0

United plane’s evacuation slide deploys midflight

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

An evacuation slide inflated inside a United Airlines plane as it flew from Chicago to Southern California, filling part of the cabin and prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing in Kansas. Passenger Mike Schroeder said he … 0

Utah man sent to jail for fight over church seats

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A 52-year-old man accused of punching another man and hitting him with his car in a dispute over pew space in Utah has been ordered to spend 30 days in jail. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Wayne Dodge was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor … 0

Concord attorney requests new trial in Freese hate crime case

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Concord defense attorney has asked that Donald Freese, the first man to be convicted in Merrimack County of a race-based hate crime, be granted a new trial because his original counsel, Ted Barnes, failed to call two key witnesses who would have testified that Freese was acting … 2

Many challenges face ex-inmates living with HIV

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Several times each month, a white bus picks up newly released ex-inmates at New York’s Rikers Island jail complex and drives into Harlem, where helping hands await at a transition program run by a nonprofit called the Fortune … 0

Experts say law enforcement’s use of cell phone records can be inaccurate

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The use of cell phone records to place suspects at or near crime scenes is coming under attack in courts nationwide, challenging an established practice by federal and local law enforcement that has helped lead to thousands of convictions. Cell phone records are often used as evidence, relied … 0

Barnstead neighbors left to wonder days after bombs discovered

Friday, June 27, 2014

Midway down a small private drive on the southern edge of Halfmoon Lake in Barnstead, a 5-inch circle is singed into an otherwise pristine tree-rimmed tarmac. A sullied resinlike substance surrounds it. Nearby, scattered among the foliage: a cotton ball, a roofing nail and a few minuscule shards … 0

Man convicted in rape, murder of college student

Friday, June 27, 2014

A jury yesterday convicted a 31-year-old man of killing and raping a University of New Hampshire college student after a trial filled with lurid details of sexual domination, experimentation and violence. The jury in Strafford County Superior Court … 0

Police: Several New Hampshire men linked to Canadian drug smuggling ring

Friday, June 27, 2014

More than a dozen men are facing federal charges for their alleged roles in a Canadian drug smuggling outfit that authorities claim has for years funneled marijuana, cocaine and millions of dollars in illicit cash through New Hampshire. Several reported players were arrested during police raids Tuesday in … 0