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Weare rescinds firing of former discredited police sergeant Joseph Kelley

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Joseph Kelley, the Weare police sergeant who oversaw a deadly and sharply criticized drug bust last year and who was fired months later for allegedly falsifying documents, can potentially return to the job, according to officials and a letter sent Friday by the town’s attorney. Kelley has not officially been reinstated, but the attorney, Mark Broth, indicated in the letter that his firing last fall has been rescinded. Kelley was … 0

Downtown deli scorched in Franklin blaze

Monday, September 29, 2014

A convenience store and meat market in downtown Franklin was all but destroyed Saturday night by a three-alarm fire that authorities said they believe was the result of an electrical malfunction in the basement. The single-story building at 195 Central St. survived the blaze, but had severe fire, smoke and water damage, Franklin fire Capt. Jason Jenkins said. Jenkins declined to speculate whether … 0

At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

Monday, September 29, 2014

Finally reaching the ash-covered summit of a still-erupting volcano in central Japan, rescue workers made a grim discovery yesterday: 31 apparently dead people, some reportedly buried in knee-deep ash. Four victims were brought down and confirmed dead, one day after Mount Ontake’s big initial eruption, said Takehiko Furukoshi, a Nagano prefecture crisis-management official. … 0

Feds chase treasure hunter turned fugitive

Saturday, September 13, 2014

One of the last times anyone ever saw Tommy Thompson, he was walking on the pool deck of a Florida mansion wearing nothing but eye1glasses, leather shoes, socks and underwear, his brown hair growing wild. It was a … 0

Rescuers end ocean search for Navy fighter pilot

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rescuers yesterday called off their search of the Pacific Ocean for a Navy fighter pilot whose jet was one of two that crashed west of Wake Island. The Navy said yesterday that it presumes the pilot is dead … 0

Pa. State Police identify trooper killed in ambush

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Two troopers were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured, and authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond yesterday looking for the shooter or … 0

In labs and in the law, spice poses chemical conundrum

Friday, September 12, 2014

The culprit behind a string of overdoses and a recent state of emergency goes by several names: “spice,” “K2” or, more broadly, “synthetic marijuana.” That last one, however, is a misnomer – and a potentially dangerous one, at … 0

Charges in dead babies case; neighbors soul-search

Friday, September 12, 2014

A woman who lived in a squalid, vermin-infested home in Blackstone, Mass., where the bodies of three infants were found was charged yesterday with covering up the deaths, while neighbors said they wish they had acted themselves to … 0

Concord robber’s high court appeal sparks debate on police personnel files

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The state Supreme Court yesterday seemed open to a request from James Rand, the Concord prisoner convicted of two robberies in 2012 while mistakenly out on parole, to send his case back to superior court and order a review of the personnel files of all police officers who … 4

High school in Bristol locked down after student threatens to harm himself

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Newfound Regional High School was temporarily locked down yesterday morning after a student threatened to harm himself, according to authorities. The student, who has not been identified because he is a juvenile, was found in the school parking lot and taken into custody shortly before 8 a.m., said … 0

Supreme Court hears appeal of man who shot Manchester police officer

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Manchester police Officer Dan Doherty says it’s ludicrous to doubt the reliability of his identification of the man who fired seven shots into his body at near point-blank range. “I looked right at him while he was shooting … 1

Felon seen on Twitter holding guns gets 18 months

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In a photo he posted on Twitter, Kwmaine Davis had a big smile on his face as he held one gun in each hand at a shooting range. His message to his followers: “Yes, I’m really bout that … 0

Colorado woman must aid FBI as part of terror plea

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A 19-year-old Colorado woman pleaded guilty yesterday to trying to help the Islamic State militant group under a plea deal in the terrorism case that requires her to give authorities information about other Americans with the same intentions. … 0