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N.H. lawmaker calls for statewide audit of untested rape kits

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A New Hampshire lawmaker is proposing an audit of all untested sexual assault kits statewide, saying his research suggests that no one seems to know how many there are and that the gap that could allow serial rapists to keep committing crimes. Democratic state Rep. Renny Cushing of Hampton, a member of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, proposes putting the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety in …

Pastor’s sermon: ‘Violence will not have the last word’

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A pastor whose daughter survived last week’s deadly rampage in a college classroom told his congregation on Sunday that “violence will not have the last word” in the southern Oregon timber town of Roseburg. More than 100 people gathered to hear pastor Randy Scroggins speak at New Beginnings Church of God, including his …

Ray Duckler: Retelling a day of horror and bravery that lingers

Sunday, October 4, 2015

‘We have a few characters from that day who are present tonight,” author Richard Adams Carey told us. We turned our heads and searched the book store, eyes wide and scanning, waiting for Carey to introduce people connected to the Colebrook shootings 18 years ago. Soon we met Col. Kevin Jordan of Brentwood, …

Local towns and cities will participate in national drug take back program this weekend

Friday, September 25, 2015

Local police departments are participating in a national drug take-back program Saturday, an initiative that allows people to turn in drugs with no questions asked. Expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs will be collected, the Concord police wrote in a press release. Pills and patches will be accepted …

Gorham man gets 35 years for shooting man near town common

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Gorham man has been sentenced to at least 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the April shooting death of a man near the town common. Christopher Drouin pleaded guilty to the charge Wednesday in Coos County Superior Court in Lancaster. The 25-year-old …

Massachusetts tractor-trailer driver indicted after Dover toll booth crash

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Massachusetts man has been indicted after a tractor-trailer he was driving hit another vehicle and smashed into a New Hampshire toll booth earlier this year. Foster’s Daily Democrat reported a Strafford County grand jury indicted 38-year-old Roland Joy of Malden on three reckless conduct charges and one …

PHOTOS: Fiery display showcases capability of sprinklers

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The New Hampshire Fire Sprinkler Coalition and the National Fire Protection Association showed a small audience at the New Hampshire Fire Academy the speed and intensity of a typical home fire and the impact a home fire sprinkler …

Small plane crash claims Colgate student

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The upstate New York college student who was piloting a small plane that crashed, killing her and a classmate, was flying with a pilot license and qualified to carry a passenger, according to federal aviation authorities. Colgate University students Cathryn “Carey” Depuy and Ryan Adams, both 18-year-old freshmen …

Life in prison for Canadian train terrorists

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Two men found guilty of plotting to derail a passenger train in Canada with support from al-Qaida were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison. Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser must serve a minimum of 10 years before becoming …

Sex offender’s son became informant in Franklin prostitution case

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Facing financial ruin, William Shine and his wife, Julie, tried to sell two underage girls to several men, including at least one registered sex offender named Ronald Martin, according to Martin’s son, Anthony O’Hickey. O’Hickey, testifying on the …

Mother with no custody of her 8-year-old daughter charged with felony after running off

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Derry mother who didn’t have custody of her daughter has been charged with a felony after running off with the 8-year-old this weekend, police said. Vanessa Braisier, 33, of 42 Ledgewood Drive, is alleged to have criminally …

Prosecutor: Short life of Baby Doe marked by neglect, abuse

Monday, September 21, 2015

In her short, tumultuous life, Bella Bond loved cats, dancing to country music and the color green. Those were but brief flashes of happiness in a life marked by neglect, abuse and a horrible ending, according to descriptions …

Pastor: ‘Jittery’ suspect aimed directly for woman’s head

Monday, September 21, 2015

A man who allegedly walked into church and sat down in the front pew before pulling out a gun and opening fire on his estranged girlfriend and infant son aimed directly at the woman’s head, a minister wounded …