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Sperm bank sued after donor details emerge 7 years later

Sunday, April 19, 2015

He was good on paper: eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot. That’s why Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson say they chose Donor 9623 to be the biological father of their child. Then last June, almost seven years after Collins gave birth to a son conceived with his sperm, they got a batch of emails from the sperm bank that unexpectedly – and perhaps mistakenly – included the donor’s …

Officials: 3 shot, injured at Delaware State University cookout

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Three men were shot and injured Saturday night at a cookout on the Delaware State University campus, officials said, and authorities are searching for the shooter. The shooting happened about 8 p.m. at a university- sanctioned fraternity and sorority event, DSU spokesman Carlos Holmes said. The victims were taken to Kent General Hospital …

Survivor: Smugglers locked hundreds in hold of capsized boat in the Mediterranean

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A smuggler’s boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya’s coast as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean’s deadliest known migrant tragedy, and intensifying pressure on the European Union yesterday to finally meet demands for decisive action. Survivor accounts of the number aboard varied, with the Italian Coast Guard saying …

Ray Duckler: 30 years ago, a CHS student took hostages and was killed by the police

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pat Lena wondered if the gun was real. Scot Hayes did, too. So Louis Cartier showed them the cartridges inside, cracking open his double-barreled shotgun into the shape of a jackknifed truck, then snapping it shut with a …

Sometimes, fiction and truth are both equally strange

Saturday, April 11, 2015

More than two decades after writing his initial version, local author Merle Drown’s fictional account of a shooting at Concord High has made it onto book shelves. Drown, who taught English at Concord High for more than 20 …

State moves to exclude non-DNA evidence at Breest hearing

Saturday, April 11, 2015

As Robert Breest’s attorneys prepare to argue next month why recent DNA evidence entitles the 77-year-old convicted murderer to a new trial, prosecutors are pressing to exclude all other evidence from the debate. The state attorney general’s office …

Video shows California deputies beating man fleeing on horse

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A news video shows a California sheriff’s deputies tracking down a man fleeing on horseback and then punching and kicking him dozens of times once he’s on the ground. The sheriff has placed 10 deputies on paid administrative …

Hiker sore, but OK after 60-foot fall down Mount Ascutney

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A hiker who was injured when she tumbled about 60 feet down Mount Ascutney in Vermont says it didn’t feel like much of a drop. Jan Lambert of Charlestown was hiking along the Weatherfield Trail, Lower Cascade Falls. She was wearing ice cleats, but slipped on ice near …

BOWW gang member sentenced to 38 years for fatal prison ambush

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The mother of an inmate who was fatally ambushed five years ago at the state prison in Concord confronted one of her son’s two attackers yesterday at his sentencing, recalling the 16 excruciating months she spent tending to her child as he withered in a vegetative state. “I …

Martell, Pembroke woman missing since last week, returns home safely

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A 30-year-old Pembroke woman missing since last Friday was reunited safely with her family yesterday. “After speaking to Kalie (Martell), there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances for her unknown whereabouts,” Pembroke police Chief Dwayne Gilman said. Gilman previously said that Martell had been without her …

TV cameraman banned from Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A photographer for a Boston TV station was banned from the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez yesterday after he acknowledged following jurors to their parking spots, which the judge said was prohibited. …

Maple sugaring operation led to house fire, official says

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A maple sugaring operation gone bad led to a New London home catching fire Wednesday afternoon, Lt. Sam Cahan said. Firefighters got a call at 1:11 p.m. and responded to 324 Stoney Brook Road within eight minutes to …

Accomplice in killing of Pam Smart’s husband granted parole

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A second New Hampshire man who helped kill Pamela Smart’s husband 25 years ago in a lurid case that inspired sensational media coverage was granted parole yesterday after being warned to stay away from the victim’s family at …