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Tenant testifies against CATCH Neighborhood Housing at opening day of trial in lawsuit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Emotions high, Cathy Wyrenbeck reached for a tissue from the box in front of the witness stand. She had just described to a jury and a federal judge the chronic and painful hives that have kept her from working for the past eight years. Having blown her nose, she continued to describe her one-bedroom apartment at Mennino Place in Concord and the way those hives inflamed during summer 2012. “The …

Man pleads guilty to role in home invasion

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A man accused of being an accomplice in a 2012 violent home invasion in Bedford has pleaded guilty to multiple charges and has agreed to spend at least five years in prison. WMUR reported Nathan Lamontagne appeared in court Monday, pleading guilty to criminal liability to first-degree assault and other charges. Prosecutors said Lamontagne drove another man to the empty home, which was …

Attorney general: No charges in Rumney lakeside shooting

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A long-smoldering feud between neighbors in Rumney over the use of a lakeside dock erupted in an alcohol-fueled fight this summer that ended when one man, who said he feared for his life, shot another to death, the state attorney general said yesterday. Attorney General Joe Foster said there is not enough evidence to charge Edward Healey, 61, in the June 29 killing …

Lead FBI agent testifies in trial of alleged cartel member

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Encoded text messages. Cocaine wrapped in party balloons. Shopping bags filled with cash and handwritten notes to and from the world’s most wanted drug lord. For a few hours yesterday in Concord, a federal agent provided a rare …

Two more arrested in Concord double stabbing

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Concord police have arrested two more people who they believe took part in a downtown robbery last week that resulted in a nonfatal double stabbing. Lt. Timothy O’Malley said the department arrested Scott Perkins and Trevor Partridge, both 20, on charges including simple assault and conspiracy to …

Murder trial underway in Vermont teacher killing

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The murder trial for a snowplow driver charged with killing a popular teacher after luring her from her home began yesterday with a prosecutor saying the suspect gave a detailed confession and the defense blaming the man’s wife. …

4 Northeast states stand together against heroin

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Four Northeastern states have agreed to collaborate in investigations of heroin trafficking that often cross state lines, authorities said yesterday. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said their coalition, so far, also …

Drug czar: Teen pot use could fuel opioid abuse

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The nationwide trend toward legalization of marijuana is making it harder for health care and law enforcement officials to fight the nation’s most dangerous drug problem – rampant abuse of prescription opioids, the Obama administration’s senior advisor on drug policy said. Despite activists’ insistence that marijuana is harmless, …

Gay marriage decision reignites GOP debate

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision has reignited a debate inside the GOP that many Republican leaders hoped to avoid ahead of the 2016 presidential contest. The court’s decision Monday to reject appeals from five states that sought …

Protesters at hearing to cut sex-assault sentence

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The victim in a child sex-assault case keeps reliving what happened after a judge said he is inclined to reduce her attacker’s prison sentence, her mother said yesterday. “This has had a big backlash on my daughter,” the …

Wynn land owner pleads not guilty to fraud charges

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

An owner of the land that Wynn Resorts is developing into a $1.6 billion casino pleaded not guilty yesterday to federal wire fraud charges in connection with the land deal. Charles Lightbody, 54, of Revere, Mass., was released from custody on an unsecured $50,000 bail bond that comes …

Trial opens for alleged Mexican drug cartel member

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Members of one of the world’s most notorious drug cartels met with undercover federal agents two years ago at Wentworth by the Sea to discuss expanding the gang’s cocaine sales into Europe and northern New England, a federal prosecutor said yesterday in Concord. Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Feith …

18-year-old woman arrested in Concord double stabbing; more arrests possible, police say

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Concord police have arrested one of two people stabbed last week in a downtown parking garage and said they believe she and others had planned to rob the second victim, a 42-year-old man, after he paid to have sex with her. Pierce Osgood, 18, of Warren Street …