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This February 2000 photo provided by Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows Charley Saturmin Robinet after his arrest for robbery. Robinet was killed Sunday, March 1, 2015, after a confrontation with police. Authorities say he tried to grab a probationary officer's gun and three officers fatally shot him. The three officers who fired their weapons in a videotaped struggle that left a homeless man dead were veterans of the Skid Row beat who had special training to deal with mentally ill and other people in the downtrodden area, police leaders said. (AP Photo/Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)

Officials: Man killed by Los Angeles police was wanted by U.S. Marshals

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A homeless man who was killed by the Los Angeles police on Skid Row was living under an assumed name and was wanted for violating probation terms for a bank robbery conviction, French and U.S. officials said yesterday. A law enforcement official identified Charley Saturmin Robinet, 39, as the man the police shot Sunday. The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and talked to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. But Axel Cruau, the consul general for France in Los Angeles, said the man stole the identity of a French citizen and was living in the United States under an assumed name. He had …

India orders TV stations not to give rapist a platform

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Indian authorities ordered television stations yesterday not to broadcast a documentary about a gang rape on a New Delhi bus in which one of the attackers blames the victim and says she could have avoided being killed if she had not fought back, a government official said. The order followed an outcry over …

Trooper: Fingerprints show victim in Hernandez’s rented car

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A state police trooper who specializes in fingerprint analysis testified yesterday in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez that the fingerprints of the former NFL player and his alleged victim, Odin Lloyd, were found inside a car that was allegedly used to drive Lloyd to his death. Prosecutors say Hernandez, then a New …

N.H., Merrimack County locked in polygraph dispute with former DEA agent

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Frank Suarez spent nearly a quarter-century as a special agent with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, and in that time he received numerous accolades, including performance awards and letters of praise from the New Hampshire attorney general, the …

Concord official: Rafter joint likely cause of sliding roof

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The two-story colonial at 11 Pond Place is still missing its roof, but Concord building inspectors at least think they know what happened when the back half slid off Saturday. Code Administrator Michael Santa said he suspects the …

2 appear in N.Y. court on charges they sought to join ISIS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Three men were arrested yesterday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of shooting President Obama or planting …

AP: Trayvon Martin’s mother says killer got away with murder

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The mother of Trayvon Martin said she’s disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago. Speaking with the Associated Press yesterday before the …

Refracted rays from Nutella jar blamed for UK house fire

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

London’s firefighters say sun rays refracted by a Nutella jar likely caused a house fire. The city’s fire brigade says investigators believe the glass jar – which had been emptied of the hazelnut spread – had been placed on a window sill and refracted sunlight, setting blinds alight. …

Justices appear to favor Muslim denied job over headscarf

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Have you heard the one about the Sikh, the Hasidic Jew, the Muslim and the nun who walked into a job interview? Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito channeled his inner stand-up comic yesterday in indicating that he and …

Newport ends backup ambulance service

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Officials in Newport, New Hampshire, say they need to focus on their own residents first when it comes to ambulance service. The Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/1ajteDD) that starting June 30, Newport will no longer provide backup ambulance service to Lempster, New London, Newbury, Springfield, Grantham and half of …

Video shows Aaron Hernandez fiancee’s removing box from home

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Prosecutors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez yesterday played video surveillance that showed his fiancee removing a trash bag from the home and putting it in a car the day after the …

Belmont family displaced after mobile home burns

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Belmont family is safe but homeless after a fire tore through their mobile home last night at 58 Perkins Rd. Firefighters responded shortly before 9 p.m. and were able to contain the damage to the rear of …

Body found outside Concord Walmart identified as 29-year-old homeless mother

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Concord police have identified the person found dead Friday morning in the Wal-Mart parking lot as Maura Laughlin, a 29-year-old mother who was recently homeless. Detective Sean Ford said the cause of death is still unknown, but that “nothing appears to be suspicious.” An autopsy was being conducted …