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Man in 2012 police standoff seeks new trial on abuse charges

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A man who initiated a police standoff three years ago in Concord after allegedly threatening to kill his girlfriend, and who was later convicted of abusing her at an earlier date, has requested a new trial on the abuse charge, claiming that his lawyer failed to fully defend him. Marc Mallard, 33, alleges that Ted Barnes should have tried to stop a Merrimack County Superior Court judge from instructing jurors …

Maine lawmakers eye hayride regulations after deadly crash

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Maine must ensure that hayrides are inspected to help prevent accidents like one that killed a 17-year-old girl and injured more than 20 others last year, a state lawmaker said yesterday. Republican Rep. Robert Nutting told the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee that someone who pays for a hayride should be able to expect that it has been judged to be safe. …

Teen in custody case wants contact with mom

Monday, April 27, 2015

A 19-year-old woman back in the United States after fleeing with her mother and stepfather a decade ago in a custody case is begging a judge to allow contact with her mother, who faces trial next month, and calls her stepfather “the only man I consider to be my dad.” In her legal …

N.H. police reporting spike in motor vehicle fraud; points to drug crisis

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A spike in the number of cases involving people trying to obtain fraudulent identification could have ties to the region’s ongoing opioid crisis, according to the state police. Already this year, the state has opened 14 cases – about double the roughly half-dozen it saw in all of …

State settles liquor contract suits for $2.5 million

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The state has agreed to pay Law Warehouses Inc. $2.5 million to terminate all pending litigation from the Nashua-based company, which accused the state Liquor Commission of violating its bidding procedures by favoring an out-of-state competitor for a $200 million, 20-year liquor warehousing contract. The agreement, reached last …

Millionaire Robert Durst pleads not guilty to federal charge

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Jailed millionaire Robert Durst pleaded not guilty yesterday to the newest charge against him – a federal charge of possessing a gun after a felony conviction. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk set a trial date for June 22. Durst is an estranged member of the wealthy family that …

A year after kidnap of schoolgirls in Nigeria, hope dwindles

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

They have been gone a year now, the hundreds of girls abducted by Islamic militants from their school in northeastern Nigeria. And while the cry to “Bring Back Our Girls” remains a worldwide cause, the new president yesterday …

Police: N.C. college shooting possible hate crime; victim was gay

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A former community college student dismissed from a work-study program for too many absences is accused of fatally shooting his former supervisor, who was gay, and the police are investigating the campus slaying as a possible hate crime. …

Police: 2 arrested; $200,000 of suspected stolen tools found

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Hampshire State Police said they have arrested two Claremont men and recovered $200,000 worth of suspected stolen tools and equipment from a string of burglaries of construction trailers. The police arrested Russell Anderson and Michael Cote last week. Authorities said yesterday they had searched Anderson’s residence and …

Ex-guards get lengthy prison sentences for Iraq shootings

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rejecting pleas for mercy, a federal judge yesterday sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and …

Prison tightens mail policy in effort to curb drug influx

Monday, April 13, 2015

State prison officials plan to introduce new across-the-board mail restrictions next month in an effort to further clamp down on the influx of drugs and other contraband. Beginning May 1, inmates in all security classes will be prohibited from receiving greeting cards, decorative postcards or stationery with drawings, …

Concord motorcyclist collides with deer in Deerfield

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Concord man riding his motorcycle collided with a deer on Route 43 in Deerfield on Sunday afternoon about 12:30 p.m., according to the police. John Brown, 58, was transported to Elliot Hospital in Manchester with serious injuries, according to the Deerfield police. Deerfield police Officer Joel Hughes …

Sex offender who cared for boy denied double jeopardy claim

Monday, April 13, 2015

A sex offender convicted last year of illegally caring for a young teen is headed for sentencing after losing a bid to terminate three of four felonies on grounds that they violated his double jeopardy rights. Max Wilson, 70, was found guilty in September of breaching his registry …