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John Tobin, executive director at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, will step down at the end of the month. He's spent the last 18 years of a 38-year career as executive director. Deputy Director Lynne Parker of Concord is his successor.

Life of service led Concord’s Tobin to NHLA, where he ends 40-year career

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lawyers at New Hampshire Legal Assistance know they can’t take every case that comes across their desk. But Executive Director John Tobin has made sure the cases they do take have the most possible benefit to the state’s neediest residents. After almost 40 years at NHLA, including 18 as its top administrator, Tobin, 65, will step down July 31. Longtime Deputy Director Lynne Parker, a Concord native, will begin Aug. 1. Tobin departs as one of the most respected members of the state’s legal community, a man who fought tirelessly for civil legal aid and carried the group through significant financial changes in the last … 0

Manchester officer freed early returns to jail per court order

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A former Manchester police officer who was released from jail after serving a fraction of his one-year sentence for injuring two teens in a hit-and-run last year was back behind bars yesterday. The lawyer for former veteran Manchester police officer Steven Coco said his client returned to the Hillsborough County House of Corrections after five weeks of freedom. Judge Gillian Abramson had ruled … 0

Man charged with attacking pizza deliveryman

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The police in said they have made an arrest in an attack on man delivering a pizza to a vacant house in Somersworth. Twenty-one-year-old Jonathan Wilson was arrested Thursday and charged with beating and robbing the pizza delivery driver onJuly 2. He’s also charged with credit card fraud, receiving stolen property and burglary. The 29-year-old victim was hospitalized after the attack. WMUR reported … 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

2 arrested in connection with arson in Newbury

Friday, June 27, 2014

Two people have been charged in connection with a residential structure fire that happened in Newbury. The state fire marshal’s office arrested 58-year-old Douglas McCahon of Newbury on Wednesday on one count of arson; 47-year-old Rosemarie Digilio of Newbury was charged with one count of felony conspiracy to … 0

Man faces multiple charges a day after fleeing police custody in Franklin

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A 26-year-old man who escaped police custody for nearly two hours Tuesday in Franklin was arraigned yesterday on several charges related to the flight. Derek Wright of Hopkinton fled custody about 2 p.m. Tuesday. According to an arrest … 0