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NH Supreme Court takes up Exxon appeal

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Two years ago, a jury in Concord fined Exxon Mobil $236 million for knowingly contaminating thousands of groundwater wells across the state with the gasoline additive MTBE. It was the largest such verdict in New Hampshire history, and Exxon, perhaps predictably, has been contesting it ever since. The battle appears to be finally nearing a head. Last week, Exxon’s attorneys asked the state Supreme Court to vacate the judgment and, …

Cleveland officer acquitted in killings of unarmed pair

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Cleveland police officer was acquitted Saturday for his role in the 2012 fatal shooting of two unarmed people in a car after officers mistook the sound of the car backfiring as gunshots. After a four-week trial, a judge found officer Michael Brelo, 31, not guilty of two counts of felony voluntary manslaughter …

Within 24 hours, two inmates walk away from halfway houses in Concord

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Two inmates walked away from their respective transitional housing units in Concord on Friday night. Christy Blondeau, 32, of Manchester was given permission to leave the Shea Farm Transition Housing Unit for a two-hour outing at 7 p.m. Friday. Blondeau, who was convicted of forgery in Rockingham Superior Court, never returned. The New Hampshire Department of Corrections put her on walkaway status about …

Concord authorities say brush fires may have been intentionally set

Friday, May 15, 2015

Authorities are investigating a spate of recent brush fires in and around Concord that may have been intentionally set. The Concord fire and police departments have launched a joint inquiry into seven blazes since April 25. Officials in Hopkinton and at the state Division of Forests and Lands …

Boston bombing jury finishes 1st full day of deliberations

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev must make one of the most difficult decisions a jury can be faced with: Should they sentence him to death or spare his life? As they deliberate, they …

McLain sentenced in Hill and Franklin rape case

Thursday, May 14, 2015

An Auburn man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping and molesting a young girl years ago in Hill and Franklin. Kendall McLain, 46, was found guilty in January of aggravated and attempted felonious sexual assault, misdemeanor and felony sexual assault, and endangering the welfare …

Former Pembroke man acquitted of rape charges years after he was sent to prison for the same claims

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A jury in Concord has acquitted Macario Sanchez of raping a young girl with whom he once lived, a decision that comes five years after the former Pembroke man was convicted of the same crimes and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Jurors were unable to reach a …

Prosecutors urge jury to sentence Boston Marathon bomber to death

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Prosecutors urged a federal jury yesterday to sentence a former college student responsible for bombing the Boston Marathon to death for the heinous nature of the attack, arguing that his placement of explosives near a young child was evidence of his depravity. During closing arguments in the penalty …

Man suspected of trying to rob 95-year-old turns self in

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A man suspected of trying to rob a 95-year-old World War II veteran who used his cane to fight back in Manchester has turned himself in to the police. Arthur Kamberis was leaving a pharmacy May 2 when a man approached and reached for his wallet, which was …

Police identify body pulled from Merrimack River

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The police have identified the body of a homeless man recovered from the Merrimack River in Manchester. Divers from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department pulled the body of 34-year-old Torin Brown on Tuesday. The search was conducted by New Hampshire Fish and Game, Manchester Fire Department, …

Investigators: Train in deadly wreck was going over 100 mph

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, was hurtling at more than 100 mph before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve where the speed limit is just 50 mph, federal …

72 years ago, a deadly derailment occurred at same Philadelphia spot

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The victims’ bodies were “strewn along tracks.” It was Labor Day weekend in 1943, and eight cars of a 16-car train derailed at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia – reportedly along the same stretch where Tuesday night’s deadly crash occurred 72 years later. Nearly 80 people died in the …

nashua / canada: Man granted parole in home invasion case

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A man who hid evidence and concocted an alibi for his friends after they killed a woman and maimed her daughter during a home invasion was granted parole yesterday. Autumn Savoy, 25, admitted helping Steven Spader and Christopher …