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In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is depicted sitting in federal court in Boston Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, for a final hearing before his trial begins in January. Tsarnaev is charged with the April 2013 attack that killed three people and injured more than 260. He could face the death penalty if convicted.  (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

Friday, December 19, 2014

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court yesterday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings. Security was tight at the federal courthouse in Boston for Tsarnaev’s final …

License revocations: Dec. 19, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The director of motor vehicles, Richard Bailey Jr., released the following list of driving while intoxicated license revocations. ∎ Kevin P. Roark, 23, of Andover ∎ Robert M. Casey, 41 of Belmont ∎ Joshua R. Laplant, 24, of Belmont ∎ Michael S. Hurley, 30, of Boscawen ∎ Danielle E. Mooney, 22, of Bow ∎ Stephen J. Tobin, 18, of Bristol ∎ Ganga R. Darji, 34, of Concord ∎ Breanna J. Moreau …

Greenland worker spends 90 minutes stuck in mud up to waist

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fire officials say a fuel delivery worker sank in soggy ground up to his waist and it took nearly 90 minutes to pull him back out. Greenland Deputy Fire Chief Myrick Bunker told the Portsmouth Herald that John Hanscom was filling a propane tank Wednesday afternoon when he dropped into the heavily saturated ground. He was able to call his boss who got …

Detectives meeting with possible Bill Cosby victim

Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Los Angeles police opened an investigation yesterday into a woman’s claims that Bill Cosby molested her when she was 15 years old, a department spokeswoman said. The investigation was opened after Judy Huth, who is suing Cosby …

Ex-justice Horton dies after long illness

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Retired New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice Sherman Horton Jr., who served on the high court during a turbulent decade that included the attempted impeachment of the chief judge, died earlier this week, his son said Friday. He was …

White South Carolina cop who shot unarmed black man charged

Friday, December 5, 2014

A white police chief who fatally shot an unarmed black man in South Carolina in 2011 was charged with murder, and his lawyer accused prosecutors of taking advantage of national outrage toward the police to get the indictment. …

US: Cleveland police poorly trained, reckless

Friday, December 5, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department and Cleveland reached an agreement yesterday to overhaul the city’s police department after federal investigators concluded that officers use excessive and unnecessary force far too often and have endangered the public and their fellow …

Police cases converge to stir national debate

Friday, December 5, 2014

From the White House to the streets of some of America’s biggest cities, the New York City chokehold case converged with the Ferguson shooting and investigations out of South Carolina and Cleveland to stir a national conversation yesterday …

Former state rep acquitted of sexual assault

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A jury has acquitted a former state representative and city councilor from Dover of sexually assaulting a woman in 2012. Foster’s Daily Democrat reported that Michael Weeden’s parents and other family members sobbed as the jury announced its decision Wednesday. The 23-year-old Weeden had been charged with a …

Death penalty challenge pending in carjack deaths

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Lawyers for a man who confessed to carjacking and killing two men in Massachusetts and killing a third man in New Hampshire argued yesterday that the federal government should not force the death penalty on Massachusetts, a state that has rejected capital punishment. Gary Lee Sampson was sentenced …

No indictment for N.Y.C. officer in chokehold death case

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A white New York City police officer was cleared yesterday in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes – a case that sparked outrage and drew comparisons to the …

Footprints in snow lead to arrest

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The police in Rochester have arrested a man suspected of robbing a gas station after following some footprints left in the snow. The police said they were called to investigate the robbery at the Irving Circle K about 12:30 a.m. yesterday. The store clerk said she was robbed, …

Second BOWW prison murder trial opens in Concord

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The second-degree murder trial of a white supremacist inmate opened yesterday in Merrimack County Superior Court, with prosecutors alleging that he helped fatally ambush a fellow prisoner in Concord on July 26, 2010. Thomas Milton, 31, is charged …