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Former NH Guard commander sentenced to 15 years for child sex trafficking

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ray Valas, a former New Hampshire National Guard commander convicted last fall of soliciting sex from an underage prostitute, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Valas, 41, of Bow, was found guilty in November of one count of sex trafficking of a minor. Prosecutors said he twice paid for sex with a 15-year-old girl during a work …

8 shot to death, including gunman, in Missouri rampage

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A man who authorities say may have been unhinged by the death of his ailing mother killed seven people and then took his own life in a house-to-house shooting rampage that wiped out a swath of a tiny town in the Missouri Ozarks. Joseph Jesse Aldridge, 36, carried out the killings with a …

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov reported killed in Moscow

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Boris Nemtsov, a longtime Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot and killed in central Moscow, the Russian Interior Ministry said early yesterday. Nemtsov, a central figure in Russian political life since the breakup of the Soviet Union, was a longtime leader of the opposition to Putin. He …

FBI examining 3 slain in NC; family says it was hate crime

Friday, February 13, 2015

Muslim groups planned to take their demands for a federal hate-crime investigation of three young Muslims slain in North Carolina to the White House yesterday. The groups said on social media that they would hold prayers in front …

Utah mother pleads guilty to killing six newborns

Friday, February 13, 2015

A Utah mother pleaded guilty yesterday to killing six of her newborns and storing their bodies in the garage, bringing a case prosecutors called uniquely heinous closer to resolution. Megan Huntsman, 39, faces up to life in prison when she’s sentenced April 20. Her voice broke as she …

Talks of a new Merrimack County Superior Court resurface in wake of fire

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bill McGraw was driving home from the supermarket two Sundays ago when he got an urgent call from his wife, who said she had just heard that smoke was wafting from a building at 163 N. Main St. …

Day pleads guilty to Epsom molestation charges, receives 20 years in prison

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kenneth Day pleaded guilty yesterday to molesting a now 10-year-old girl in Epsom last year, an offense that adds to a list of hundreds of other sexual assaults in Belknap County years ago. The 67-year-old admitted earlier this year to the other assaults and is serving 20 to …

Costa Concordia captain sentenced to 16 years in prison

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The captain of the shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship was convicted yesterday of multiple charges of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years in jail, Italian court officials said. Francesco Schettino was convicted of manslaughter in the deaths of …

Police: Parking dispute sparks killings

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A long-running parking dispute between neighbors motivated a man to kill a woman, her newlywed husband and her sister at a quiet condominium complex near the University of North Carolina, police said yesterday. A Muslim advocacy organization asked …

DSK trial: Prostitute said orgy was like ‘antiquity’

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Disgraced former International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn sat nonchalantly with folded-arms and stretched legs today, before telling a French court he was completely unaware that women who participated in orgies at luxury hotels in Paris and Washington, …

Florida lawyer sparks debate about rights at DUI checkpoints

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Drivers at drunken-driving checkpoints don’t have to speak to the police or even roll down their windows. They just have to place their license and registration on the glass, along with a note saying they have no comment, …

Prosecutors: Concordia ship captain should have saved all

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The failure of Costa Concordia’s captain to promptly order an evacuation of the cruise ship was the sole reason 32 people died, prosecutors said in their final arguments in court yesterday. A verdict in the 19-month-old trial is …

Jurors hear testimony in Robarge murder case

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The lawyer for a man charged with killing his estranged wife on the day she filed for divorce told jurors yesterday his client is an innocent man who lost all sense of normalcy the day she disappeared. Prosecutors …