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Convict in 1971 Murder Wants to Appeal Latest Trial Ruling

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Concord — A man convicted of killing an 18-year-old New Hampshire woman more than four decades ago wants to appeal a recent court decision denying him a new trial. Robert Breest, 77, denies beating Susan Randall to death and tossing her partially nude body onto the frozen Merrimack River in Concord in February 1971. He has twice been denied parole because he refuses to admit to the crime and take …

Lynx Trapping Lawsuit Continues

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Portland, Maine — A coalition of environmental groups is pressing ahead with a lawsuit it says will provide more protection for Maine’s lynx, despite new trapping restrictions adopted by the state to safeguard the animals. Canada lynx are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, so states cannot allow incidental harm to the wild cats without a permit from the U.S. Fish and …

Local & Regional Briefs for Saturday, Aug. 29

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Parking Pass to Start At Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Manchester (ap) — The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is starting a program for people who park there frequently. “MHT FASTPASS,” starting Sept. 1, will allow customers to quickly enter and exit the airport parking areas using a card tied to a debit or credit card. Drivers would be able to use a designated lane, swipe their …

Legal Aid Kicks Off Fund Drive

Saturday, August 29, 2015

As the amount of public money to New Hampshire legal aid programs shrinks, lawyers are increasingly looking toward businesses and community stakeholders for financial assistance. The 15th annual N.H. Campaign for Legal Services is kicking off to raise $350,000 for New Hampshire Legal Assistance as well as the …

Teen Acquitted of Felony Rape

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Concord — A graduate of an exclusive New England prep school was cleared of rape but convicted Friday of lesser sex offenses against a then-15-year-old freshman girl in a case that exposed a tradition in which seniors competed …

N.H. Prepares Narcan Rollout

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Concord — As drug overdose deaths in New Hampshire maintain last year’s record pace, the state soon will begin distributing an overdose reversal drug to law enforcement and social service agencies free of charge. The state is ordering 4,700 kits of naloxone, known by the brand name Narcan, …

Detour on I-91 Northbound Planned Until Monday Morning; Delays Expected in WRJ

Thursday, August 27, 2015

White River Junction — The Vermont Agency of Transportation is urging drivers and pedestrians to avoid the area around Interstate 91’s Exit 11 interchange in White River Junction this weekend as construction crews plan to shut down the …

Lawyers Recommend New Settlement in Milk Suit

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A class action lawsuit that accused two dairy groups of manipulating the Northeast milk market and driving small farmers out of business is one step closer to being settled. Attorneys for the plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit Allen v. Dairy Farmers of America have asked U.S. District Court …

Vt. Calls for Level-Funded Budget

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration is asking departments and agencies to submit level-funded budgets for the coming fiscal year. In a letter, Justin Johnson, the secretary of the Agency of Administration, urged commissioners and secretaries to be “extremely cautious and restrained” as they develop budgets. The budget instructions …

Deliberations Begin In St. Paul’s Trial

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Concord — Jurors deliberating the fate of a former prep school senior charged with raping a freshman were left to decide Thursday who was more credible: the defendant, who credited “divine inspiration” with helping him end their escalating …

Officers Scared By Students

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fargo, n.d. — Two North Dakota State University students got a scare when armed police officers mistook their telescope for a rifle. WDAY-TV reports that Levi Joraanstad and Colin Waldera were setting up the telescope behind their apartment Monday night when they were blinded by a bright light …

1st Phase of Sorrell Investigation Done

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Montpelier — The first phase of an investigation into allegations that Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell violated campaign finance laws is complete. David Cahill, executive director of the Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs, said on Tuesday that complaints against Sorrell have been evaluated. Tom Little, acting special …

Brattleboro Retreat Focus Of Vt. Probe

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office is conducting a criminal investigation into the Brattleboro Retreat following a whistleblower’s complaints about alleged Medicaid fraud at the private psychiatric hospital, The Associated Press has learned. Attorney General William Sorrell acknowledged that his office was investigating, and his comments coupled …