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Maryland governor to close Baltimore detention center

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Maryland’s governor announced plans Thursday to immediately shut down Baltimore’s state-run jail, where inmates and guards ran a criminal conspiracy inside vermin-infested, 19th-century walls and thwarted decades of attempted reforms. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said the state would save $10 million to $15 million a year by closing the Baltimore City Detention Center, which houses hundreds of inmates awaiting trial or serving short sentences. Current employees and inmates will be …

Flight 370: A barnacled bit of wreckage has investigators scrambling

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The cold case known as Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been jolted by a piece of flotsam that washed ashore, and now investigators are scrambling again. Authorities in France plan to examine what appears to be part of a wing that was found on a beach on Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean, to see if it came from a plane that …

Motorcyclists seriously injured in crash with tractor trailer in Franklin

Thursday, July 30, 2015

An accident involving a motorcycle and tractor-trailer left two people seriously injured and shut down a road in Franklin on Thursday. Two adult motorcyclists were transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team helicopters Thursday, according to a press release from the Franklin Fire Department. The Franklin fire and police departments responded to the accident on South Main Street shortly after …

Police say missing woman found in a shed on her property

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Authorities say a 72-year-old woman who was missing for a day has been found safe in a pool filter box in a shed on her property. Londonderry police said Paulette Couture was last seen about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, walking back to her home from a neighbor’s house. She …

2nd court dedicated to veterans set to hear cases in NH

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Officials in Lebanon are preparing to launch New Hampshire’s second court dedicated to veterans charged with crimes. New Hampshire Public Radio reported that military veterans accused of nonviolent crimes could be steered away from jail and into treatment programs. Judges and other officials at Lebanon’s district court began …

Victim: Police could have prevented Maine shooting spree

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The young Maine woman who police say was kidnapped last week by a former convict said Wednesday that she believes law enforcement could have prevented the shooting spree that killed her boyfriend and another man. Brittany Irish told …

Woman who died in cell mentioned previous suicide attempt

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A woman whose death in a Texas jail has raised suspicions about the official conclusion that she hanged herself told a guard during the booking process that she had tried to kill herself in the past, the sheriff …

Dylann Roof, accused Charleston gunman, indicted on federal hate crime charges

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The man accused of gunning down nine people inside a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C., last month has been indicted on federal hate crime charges, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Wednesday. Some of these charges carry the death penalty, though Lynch said no decision has been made …

Burn victim recovering, happy to have love sent his way

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Mont Vernon man recovering in Taiwan after being severely burned in an explosion at a water park there last month has celebrated a birthday and is grateful for all the get-well wishes. Speaking in a hoarse voice from his hospital bed in a recent brief video message, …

Belmont man charged with simple assault, criminal threatening

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Belmont man was arrested Tuesday and charged with eight criminal offenses as a result an investigation by the Belmont Police Department and response to a call by Loudon police. Kenneth Blankenship, 33, was located at the Red Roof Inn in Loudon early Tuesday morning, according to a …

Belmont police investigate theft of Daniel Webster Highway work site equipment

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Thousands of dollars worth of construction equipment was stolen from a work site in Belmont this past weekend, the Belmont Police Department announced in a press release Tuesday. The police are investigating the theft at the work site on Daniel Webster Highway across from the Belknap Mall. The …

Parents: Maine shooting spree began when daughter reported assault

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The parents of a young Maine woman who police say was kidnapped during a violent rampage that left two people dead believe the gunman was furious at their daughter when he found out that she went to police …

Texas jail where woman died admits breaking rules

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The operators of a Texas jail where a black woman died after she was arrested in a traffic stop have acknowledged violating state rules on guard training and the monitoring of inmates. The Waller County Jail, about 60 …