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Convicted killer Robert Breest looks around the courtroom during his hearing in Merrimack County Superior Court, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in Concord, N.H. Lawyers for Breest, convicted of killing an 18-year-old New Hampshire woman more than four decades ago, asked a judge Tuesday to grant him a new trial based on DNA evidence, but prosecutors said the case against him remains strong. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Breest’s request for new trial denied; judge says evidence still convincing in 1971 killing

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A judge in Concord has denied Robert Breest’s request for a new trial, saying the convicted murderer has failed to show that new DNA evidence would sway a jury to exonerate him. In an order this week, Judge Larry Smukler of Merrimack County Superior Court said the evidence, taken from dried blood under Susan Randall’s fingernails, does not prove she …

Motorcyclist dies in collision with pickup truck

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A 59-year-old man died Friday after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in the area of Route 106 and D’Amante Drive in Concord, police said. The collision was reported to police Friday about 3:45 p.m. The motorcyclist was transported to Concord Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The two people in the pickup truck suffered no injuries. Police have not identified …

Accused S.C. gunman pleads not guilty, but plans to plead guilty to hate crime charges

Friday, July 31, 2015

The man accused of gunning down nine African-Americans last month inside a historic black church known as “Mother Emanuel” has told his lawyers that he currently plans to plead guilty to federal hate crime charges, attorney David Bruck told a federal judge Friday. However, Bruck said that because federal officials have not decided …

Barnstead man hospitalized after crash with bridge

Thursday, July 23, 2015

An elderly Barnstead man was brought to the hospital Wednesday after he drove his car through the middle of a fork in the road on Route 4 and eventually crashed into a bridge abutment, police said. James Brickner, 72, was westbound on Route 4 in Pembroke in the …

Police saturation drives out reported burglaries on North Pembroke Road

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A rash of break-ins on North Pembroke Road in Pembroke have apparently subsided after police increased patrols in the area, Chief Dwayne Gilman said. Police in Pembroke recently took reports of four burglaries in nine days on the wooded thoroughfare that connects routes 106 and 28, Gilman said. …

Prosecutor: Woman’s autopsy revealed no evidence of homicide

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The autopsy of a black woman who was found dead in a Texas jail revealed no injuries that would suggest she was killed by someone else, authorities said Thursday. Waller County prosecutor Warren Diepraam said the autopsy showed …

Fire destroys businesses in historic area of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A massive fire hit the historic area of Harpers Ferry, W. Va., early Thursday morning, destroying several businesses. No one was hurt. Several fire departments from Maryland and Virginia sent rescuers to help fight the three-alarm blaze. The fire broke out around 3 a.m. Thursday in the 100 …

Concord woman drifts off side of Interstate 93 in Londonderry, accident clean up causes delays

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Concord woman driving a box truck on Interstate 93 in Londonderry fell asleep at the wheel, veered off the road and drifted into the woods Wednesday morning, police said. The Budget box truck, driven by Karyn Wornick, …

Police identify man who drowned after canoe overturned

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The State Police’s Marine Patrol has identified a Massachusetts man who drowned in an Albany pond after his canoe overturned. Marine Patrol officials say 49-year-old Mark Wellig of Randolph, Mass., was pronounced dead Sunday after being pulled from Whitton Pond. Authorities were called to the pond at 11:18 …

Bicyclist dead after collision with 10-wheel garbage truck

Thursday, July 23, 2015

State police say a bicyclist is dead after a collision with a truck in Exeter. Lt. Jerry Maslan said the accident occurred about 2 p.m. Wednesday on Epping Road in Exeter. The bicyclist was later identified as 64-year-old Margaret Rugg of Exeter, according to a press release from …

Portsmouth challenging expansion at Sea-3 propane terminal

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A judge heard arguments from both sides in the city of Portsmouth’s efforts to overturn the approval of a propane rail project in Newington. Sea-3, Inc. is seeking to bring five more rail-unloading berths, three 90,000-gallon above-ground storage tanks and additional equipment to its facility. The Newington Planning …

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 …