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Epsom man indicted on new rape charges, raising count of alleged victims to 4

Friday, October 24, 2014

A 67-year-old Epsom man accused this summer of raping two children hundreds of times in the early 1990s has been indicted in Merrimack County Superior Court on new charges alleging sexual assaults on a 10-year-old girl earlier this year. Kenneth Day is charged in Merrimack County with seven counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two of which claim “pattern” abuse. …

Ex-Mountie hero of shootout at Canada’s Parliament

Friday, October 24, 2014

The standing ovation began even before Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers entered the Parliament chamber in his black robe, carrying the golden ceremonial mace on his right shoulder. For more than two minutes, the lawmakers applauded and pounded their desks yesterday for the white-haired former Mountie, hailed as a hero for shooting the gunman who …

Suit claims school staff abused disabled students

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Relatives of two disabled students are suing a Greenfield special needs school, claiming staff pinched, hit and taunted the children and took photos of a naked boy sitting on a toilet. Lawyers for the parents of a 9-year-old New Hampshire boy and the grandmother of an 11-year-old Vermont girl filed the lawsuit in federal court in Concord, claiming abuse by several staff members …

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 …

Owner of horse seized from Northfield farm sues police, rescue handlers

Monday, October 6, 2014

The owner of one of five malnourished horses seized from a Northfield farm in June has sued the town’s police department and the rescue farm now housing the animal. Harold Kelley, 58, of Laconia claims in the suit that authorities never notified him about their concerns or gave …

Ray Duckler: McCann speaks softly and carries a big stick

Sunday, October 5, 2014

‘Something’s off,” the Sports Illustrated editor told the Concord law professor. “Figure it out.” So Mike McCann did. He requested records from the University of Arkansas and pieced together a story, about sex, betrayal and corruption, that brought …

Ray Duckler: From domestic violence to murder, McCann judges the facts

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sometimes, touchdowns and jump shots are nudged aside on the sports pages, replaced by legal issues that are harder to understand. For us, Mike McCann, a professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, simplified these topics, some of which he’s written about as a correspondent …

MH370 seabed search begins in 4-mile-deep Indian Ocean waters

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Investigators hunting wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are set to scan the ocean floor in waters as much as 4 miles deep in the southern Indian Ocean today amid a renewed hunt for the vanished plane. The GO Phoenix search vessel is scheduled to arrive in its …