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Hackers extorting with stolen photos increasing focus of police

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The email terrified the young mother. “What if I told you I had pics of you?” the unknown writer asked. “Like a lot. Would you send me more?” “They were pretty x-rated,” he added. To prove he wasn’t bluffing, the mysterious emailer sent four naked or suggestive photographs of the woman, which had been stored in a laptop computer stolen in a recent burglary of her New Hampshire apartment. He … 0

Opening statements expected today in 2010 prison murder trial

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Opening arguments are scheduled to begin this morning in the murder trial of William Edic, a 34-year-old inmate and alleged gang member who is accused of assaulting a fellow prisoner in 2010. Edic was serving time at the Concord prison for a previous attack when he and another inmate, Thomas Milton, allegedly stomped … 0

Judge denies Concord inmate’s request for new hate crime trial

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Concord judge has denied a request by Donald Freese, the first man convicted in Merrimack County of a race-based hate crime, that he be given a new trial because of inadequate counsel. Freese’s current attorney, Nicholas Brodich, claimed in a motion filed this spring that Freese’s trial lawyer, Ted Barnes, had failed to call two key witnesses who would have testified that … 0

William “Billy” Flynn, who killed Pamela Smart’s husband gets work release

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A man who was 16 when his adult lover recruited him and his friends to kill her husband in a case that inspired the Nicole Kidman movie To Die For has been moved to a minimum-security prison. William … 2

Life of service led Concord’s Tobin to NHLA, where he ends 40-year career

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lawyers at New Hampshire Legal Assistance know they can’t take every case that comes across their desk. But Executive Director John Tobin has made sure the cases they do take have the most possible benefit to the state’s … 0

Manchester officer freed early returns to jail per court order

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A former Manchester police officer who was released from jail after serving a fraction of his one-year sentence for injuring two teens in a hit-and-run last year was back behind bars yesterday. The lawyer for former veteran Manchester police officer Steven Coco said his client returned to the … 0

Man charged with attacking pizza deliveryman

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The police in said they have made an arrest in an attack on man delivering a pizza to a vacant house in Somersworth. Twenty-one-year-old Jonathan Wilson was arrested Thursday and charged with beating and robbing the pizza delivery driver onJuly 2. He’s also charged with credit card fraud, … 0

Judge: Mount Sunapee condo project can proceed

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A state judge has ruled that the owners of the Mount Sunapee Resort should be allowed to access state land to build condominiums on a piece of adjacent private land. The ruling released late yesterday by Merrimack Superior Court Judge Larry Smukler said the state park land leased … 0

Fire investigated at disposal service building in Jaffrey

Friday, July 11, 2014

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating a fire at a building where trash is sorted in Jaffrey. The fire happened Thursday afternoon at the Monadnock Disposal Service. An excavator also caught fire. WMUR reported one firefighter was treated for heat-related symptoms. Officials said the fire was similar … 0

New Hampshire opens first criminal court for vets

Friday, July 11, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan and top judicial and military officials gathered yesterday to dedicate the state’s first court designed to handle the criminal cases of military veterans whose crimes were driven by substance abuse, trauma and anger management issues that stem from their service. “This collaborative effort exemplifies the … 0

Former UNH staffer gets suspended sentence

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The former director of basketball operations at the University of New Hampshire accused of secretly taking photos of players in a locker room has received a suspended sentence. Scott Weitzell of Newmarket, had been accused of taking the photos during a Jan. 20 UNH game hosted at the … 0

Judge: Jail official wrong to free officer early

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A county jail superintendent acted inappropriately when he released a police officer who served less than three months of a yearlong sentence for a hit-and-run accident that injured two teens, a judge ruled yesterday. Hillsborough County Corrections Superintendent David Dionne released former Manchester police sergeant Stephen Coco in … 1

Maine police get Facebook boost with stuffed duck

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Police officers in a Maine city believe they have quacked the code for finding followers on social media. The 80-officer Bangor Police Department, which serves a city of about 33,000, has attracted more than 20,000 likes on its … 0