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Ray Stevens listens as his attorney makes her case before the judge sentenced him Wednesday in Merrimack Superior court.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Former Concord man pleads guilty in racist graffiti case, receives one-year jail sentence

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The messages were erased years ago, their bitter words scraped off, painted over, the clapboard sidings on which they were scrawled restored. But for the families inside, they lingered as terrifying reminders of the lives they once fled thousands of miles away, in Rwanda, Somalia, the Congo. “Your subhuman culture,” opened one. “You are not welcome here,” read another. “You …

Judges deny attempted cop-killer’s bid for shorter sentence

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A panel of New Hampshire judges has denied the bid for a shorter prison sentence for a man convicted of trying to kill a Manchester police officer. In a one-sentence ruling released Wednesday, the judges unanimously upheld the 60-years-to life sentence for 25-year-old Myles Webster. He was convicted of attempted murder after shooting …

State to release its Common Core results this fall

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A handful of states that participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the testing that corresponds with the Common Core State Standards, have released results, including two New England states. But New Hampshire, which participated in the testing for the first time this past academic year, is not going to join that list until later in the fall. Some of the states – …

'Free the Nipple' in Laconia: Protest targets ‘unconstitutional’ law

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

In a statement for equality, women are planning to go topless all weekend on Weirs Beach in Laconia, a city that activists believe has violated the Constitution by enacting an ordinance against showing the female nipple. Heidi Lilley, …

At the start of a new school year, a day of firsts for Concord students and administrators alike

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Concord’s elementary schools buzzed with activity Tuesday morning as hundreds of kids returned to school. It was a day of firsts for students of all ages, and also for new Superintendent Terri Forsten. Forsten, who officially started in …

CRIMELINE: Concord police looking for suspect in attempted armed robbery

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Concord police are looking for a young man who tried to rob a Penacook convenience store Saturday night. Police were called to Sam’s Food Store on Village Street shortly after 9 p.m. for an attempted armed robbery. The clerk told officers that a man entered the store, …

Woman accused of planning to kill estranged boyfriend

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A woman has been accused of soliciting her ex-boyfriend in a plot to kill the father of her child in exchange for $5,000. Police said they began investigating 25-year-old Kerri Reason of Keene over the weekend. They said she was on surveillance when she met with the ex-boyfriend, …

Nashua: Man accused of drowning lizards

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A 26-year-old Nashua man is accused of drowning his ex-girlfriend’s two pet lizards. The Telegraph of Nashua reported Richard Waite was arrested Sunday after officers were called for a domestic disturbance. He’s currently on probation from an assault case. Police said Waite drowned two lizards known as bearded …

State, ACLU join push for release of body camera footage in fatal police shooting

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

State prosecutors and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire have joined calls to release body camera footage from two police officers when they shot a Canterbury man to death in July. The footage was scheduled to …

Labrie conviction on felony may fall outside of law’s intent, but appears to meet definition

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It was the charge no one talked about: Certain Uses of Computer Services Prohibited, a Class B felony. “Owen Labrie did utilize a computer on-line service and/or internet service to seduce, solicit, lure or entice a child under …

Town of Haverhill urges release of videos from deadly police-involved shooting

Friday, August 7, 2015

Lawyers representing the town of Haverhill want the public to be able to review the video footage from body cameras worn by two town officers when they shot a Canterbury man to death in July. The video footage …

Concord woman accused of encouraging child porn

Monday, August 31, 2015

A 37-year-old Concord woman has been arrested and accused of encouraging child pornography. Alyssa Azotea was charged Friday with four counts of child pornography prohibited and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The Concord police said she exchanged images of young children known to her …

Police: Driver hits several parked cars on Washington Street in Concord

Monday, August 31, 2015

A man was arrested and charged with operating under the influence Monday night after he hit several parked cars on Washington Street in Concord, police said. The driver of a red pickup with Louisiana license plates hit cars …