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Trial for alleged child rapist ends in mistrial after witness statement

Friday, January 30, 2015

The trial of Macario Sanchez ended in a mistrial Wednesday after the alleged victim’s mother testified that he has been imprisoned recently, his attorney said yesterday. The trial has been rescheduled for March in Merrimack County Superior Court. Sanchez, a 35-year-old Hooksett man who is accused of sexually abusing a young girl more than five years ago, was released on bail yesterday morning. This is the first time he has …

Judge dismisses convicted killer’s claim that former defense had improper relations with Ayotte

Friday, January 30, 2015

A superior court judge has dismissed James Dale’s claim that his trial attorneys ineffectively defended him 16 years ago, and that one of them had an inappropriate relationship with then-prosecutor and current U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte. In a 17-page order issued Wednesday, semiretired Judge Kathleen McGuire ruled that Dale is no longer eligible to argue the claims, and that none of them, “individually …

Gas blast wrecks Mexico children’s hospital, at least 2 dead

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Injured and bleeding, mothers carrying infants fled from a maternity hospital shattered by a powerful gas explosion yesterday, and rescuers swung sledgehammers to break through fallen concrete hunting for others who might be trapped. At least two people were killed and more than 60 injured, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said at …

Washington, D.C.: Marchers turn out to support police

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Demonstrators carrying signs saying “Blue Lives Matter” marched to the U.S. Capitol yesterday in a show of support for police officers across the country who organizers say are not thanked enough for the danger they face in the line of duty. “They feel unsupported,” said Kelly Wince, 52, …

Teen sweethearts blaze trail of crime across South

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The police said two teenage sweethearts have blazed a trail of crime across the South, leaving in their path a string of stolen vehicles and pilfered checks and stirring concern about their increasingly bold behavior. The 18-year-old and …

France attacks reinvigorate privacy versus security debate

Saturday, January 17, 2015

President Obama argued yesterday that a resurgent fear of terrorism across Europe and the United States should not lead countries to overreact and shed privacy protections, even as British Prime Minister David Cameron pressed for more government access …

Holder limits seized-asset sharing that split billions with local, state police

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without proving that a crime occurred. Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to …

Contoocook man accused of pointing gun at driver in a fit of road rage

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A 48-year-old Contoocook man was arrested yesterday morning in Manchester after allegedly pointing a gun at another driver in a fit of road rage. The incident took place about 8 a.m. on Route 293. The state police released few details of the incident, saying in a statement only …

Man convicted in Hill and Franklin rape case

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A 46-year-old Auburn man has been convicted of raping and molesting a young girl several years ago in Hill and Franklin. Kendall McLain was found guilty Wednesday of aggravated and attempted felonious sexual assault, misdemeanor and felony sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. A sentencing …

Bradford worker injured in mill accident, flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A man was reportedly injured yesterday in a machine shop accident in Bradford. Few details were known yesterday. WMUR reported that the man got caught in a milling machine and was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He was not identified, and his condition was not known. No one …

Unoccupied home in Henniker catches fire

Thursday, January 15, 2015

An electric heater being used to thaw frozen pipes caused a fire in Henniker early yesterday morning, according to a preliminary investigation. The Henniker Fire Department responded to the fire at 133 Lone Pine Road at 1:37 a.m. yesterday, Henniker fire Chief Steve Burritt said. The fire started …

Prosecutor: Vt. man accused of murder told friend he’d kill wife

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Vermont man accused of murdering his wife the day she filed for divorce told a friend weeks earlier that he would kill her, a prosecutor said during opening statements yesterday, and a witness described the gruesome condition of her body when it was discovered in the woods. …

Timeline shows long wait for help on smoke-filled D.C. subway

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Passengers were still pleading for a rescue 27 minutes after smoke filled their subway cars under the nation’s capital, as communications breakdowns between the train’s operator, his command center and firefighters left help waiting at a station just …