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Protestors march for Freddie Gray through downtown Baltimore, Thursday, April 23, 2015. Gray died from spinal trauma a week after being arrested by a group of officers, hoisted into police van and driven to a Baltimore station.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Rough ride? Lawyer says fatally injured arrestee lacked belt

Friday, April 24, 2015

No video captured what happened to Freddie Gray inside the police van where officers heaved him into a metal compartment after pinning him to a sidewalk. The cause of his fatal spine injury has not been revealed. But a troubling detail emerged as hundreds of protesters converged on city hall again yesterday: He was not only handcuffed and put in …

Prosecution rests in penalty phase of Boston bomber’s trial

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A video played yesterday at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed a mother crouched over her 8-year-old son as he lay dying on the sidewalk, a scene prosecutors hoped would linger in jurors’ minds while they determine whether Tsarnaev lives or dies. Prosecutors rested their case after playing the video …

Bow resident who fled on foot Tuesday is wanted by the police

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Bow police are looking for Keenan Hibbard, 29, who fled from the police Tuesday night and is wanted on outstanding arrest warrants. The police arrived at 59 Knox Road in Bow on Tuesday night, the home of Kathleen Hibbard, to assist the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Department with a civil matter. Two residents …

Video offers glimpse of fatal brawl between family, police officers at Arizona Wal-Mart

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Police officers at the scene of a deadly brawl outside a Wal-Mart store in a small Arizona town deployed electronic stun guns and made multiple efforts to stop a large family from attacking them, according to a video …

2 Alabama students suspended after charges in Florida beach sex assault

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Two college students from Alabama’s Troy University have been suspended after authorities discovered a cell phone video that allegedly shows them sexually assaulting a woman at a Florida beach while a large crowd of spring-break revelers watches. Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen described the video as “very, very …

Residents allowed to return to tornado-hit Illinois town

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Residents of a small northern Illinois farming community that took a direct hit from a half-mile-wide tornado were allowed back into the area yesterday to assess damage and salvage what they could. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office bused …

Crowd gathers to mourn Walter Scott at funeral

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Walter Scott – the black driver who was fatally shot while running away from a white police officer during a traffic stop – was remembered at his funeral yesterday in South Carolina as a gentle soul who fell …

10 deputies on leave after California horse chase beating

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ten sheriff’s deputies in Southern California have been put on leave after several of them were shown on video kicking and punching a man following a 2½-hour chase involving a stolen horse. San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon …

Ray Duckler: 30 years ago, a CHS student took hostages and was killed by the police

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Pat Lena wondered if the gun was real. Scot Hayes did, too. So Louis Cartier showed them the cartridges inside, cracking open his double-barreled shotgun into the shape of a jackknifed truck, then snapping it shut with a …

Sometimes, fiction and truth are both equally strange

Saturday, April 11, 2015

More than two decades after writing his initial version, local author Merle Drown’s fictional account of a shooting at Concord High has made it onto book shelves. Drown, who taught English at Concord High for more than 20 …

State moves to exclude non-DNA evidence at Breest hearing

Saturday, April 11, 2015

As Robert Breest’s attorneys prepare to argue next month why recent DNA evidence entitles the 77-year-old convicted murderer to a new trial, prosecutors are pressing to exclude all other evidence from the debate. The state attorney general’s office …

Video shows California deputies beating man fleeing on horse

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A news video shows a California sheriff’s deputies tracking down a man fleeing on horseback and then punching and kicking him dozens of times once he’s on the ground. The sheriff has placed 10 deputies on paid administrative …

Hiker sore, but OK after 60-foot fall down Mount Ascutney

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A hiker who was injured when she tumbled about 60 feet down Mount Ascutney in Vermont says it didn’t feel like much of a drop. Jan Lambert of Charlestown was hiking along the Weatherfield Trail, Lower Cascade Falls. She was wearing ice cleats, but slipped on ice near …