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Sharing or shaming? Arrest logs on Facebook tread a fine line

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Gone are the days when a minor arrest would be buried in a police blotter or reduced to the fine print in the back of the local newspaper. More police departments are communicating through social media, and as they do so, they can find themselves treading a fine line between announcing arrests in a new way and shaming those accused of crimes. Anyone arrested in Pittsfield has their booking photo …

No terror link seen in NYC police hatchet attack

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A man who brazenly attacked a group of police officers with a hatchet on a busy street described himself as a Muslim convert and ranted online against America, but he had no clear ties to international terrorism, the police said. The police were still examining the computer of Zale Thompson yesterday for clues …

Trial ends in hung jury on discrimination claim against CATCH Neighborhood Housing

Friday, October 24, 2014

In eight hours of deliberation, a jury in federal court could not determine whether CATCH Neighborhood Housing discriminated against one of its disabled tenants. Cathy Wyrenbeck, a 55-year-old resident of Mennino Place in Concord, sued the nonprofit and its property management company last year. She has alleged CATCH violated fair housing regulations by denying her an additional air conditioning unit and then refusing …

Two more arrested in Concord double stabbing

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Concord police have arrested two more people who they believe took part in a downtown robbery last week that resulted in a nonfatal double stabbing. Lt. Timothy O’Malley said the department arrested Scott Perkins and Trevor Partridge, both 20, on charges including simple assault and conspiracy to …

Murder trial underway in Vermont teacher killing

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The murder trial for a snowplow driver charged with killing a popular teacher after luring her from her home began yesterday with a prosecutor saying the suspect gave a detailed confession and the defense blaming the man’s wife. …

4 Northeast states stand together against heroin

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Four Northeastern states have agreed to collaborate in investigations of heroin trafficking that often cross state lines, authorities said yesterday. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said their coalition, so far, also …

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 …