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Epsom man indicted on new rape charges, raising count of alleged victims to 4

Friday, October 24, 2014

A 67-year-old Epsom man accused this summer of raping two children hundreds of times in the early 1990s has been indicted in Merrimack County Superior Court on new charges alleging sexual assaults on a 10-year-old girl earlier this year. Kenneth Day is charged in Merrimack County with seven counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two of which claim “pattern” abuse. …

Ex-Mountie hero of shootout at Canada’s Parliament

Friday, October 24, 2014

The standing ovation began even before Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers entered the Parliament chamber in his black robe, carrying the golden ceremonial mace on his right shoulder. For more than two minutes, the lawmakers applauded and pounded their desks yesterday for the white-haired former Mountie, hailed as a hero for shooting the gunman who …

Suit claims school staff abused disabled students

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Relatives of two disabled students are suing a Greenfield special needs school, claiming staff pinched, hit and taunted the children and took photos of a naked boy sitting on a toilet. Lawyers for the parents of a 9-year-old New Hampshire boy and the grandmother of an 11-year-old Vermont girl filed the lawsuit in federal court in Concord, claiming abuse by several staff members …

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 …

Wind sends bounce house flying, hurting 2 toddlers

Monday, October 13, 2014

The police and fire officials yesterday were working to find out why an inflatable bounce house lifted off the ground and flew some 40 feet across a farm before crashing down and injuring two toddlers who were inside. Authorities said two boys, ages 2 and 3, had climbed …

Franklin man dies in Canterbury crash

Monday, October 13, 2014

A 24-year-old Franklin man died this morning after a car crash on Interstate 93 in Canterbury. Joseph Nelson was pronounced dead at Concord Hospital, said Lt. Greg Ferry of the state police. At 11:45 p.m. Sunday, the state …

Teen killed, more than 20 hurt in Maine hayride crash

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Halloween-themed hayride loaded with passengers crashed down a hill in the Maine woods and slammed into a tree, fatally injuring a teenage girl and leaving more than 20 other people hurt, police said Sunday. Seventeen-year-old Cassidy Charette …