State / Region

Bear Hunters Could Face Tough 2015 Season

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Portland, Maine — Northern New England’s bear hunters might have a more difficult time bagging a bruin this year due to an abundance of natural food. Most of a black bear’s diet is plant material, such as acorns and berries. Those foods are more readily available this year than last year, and that means bears are less likely to travel for food or take bait laid by humans, wildlife managers …

Attempted Cop-Killer’s Appeal Denied

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Concord — 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 Officer Dan Doherty several times following a foot chase …

Attorney Argues Phone Privacy

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Barre, Vt. — The defense attorney for a woman alleged to have killed four people in central Vermont last month is challenging the state’s application for a warrant to search her cellphone. Defense attorney David Sleigh disputed the state’s application to obtain a warrant to search Jody Herring’s cellphone in a status conference Tuesday. But the issue of access to electronic records extends …

Less-Lethal Weapons Get New Interest Amid Police Shootings

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fitchburg, Mass. — Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least …

Mass. Tosses Sex Offender Residency Law

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Boston — The highest court in Massachusetts upheld a judge’s decision Friday to throw out a local law that severely restricts where sex offenders can live in the city of Lynn, a ruling that could have broad implications for about 40 other communities with similar restrictions. In a …

N.H. Struggles to Expand Addiction Beds

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Concord — Roughly 40 people are waiting for drug addiction treatment at Serenity Place, a center in Manchester with just eight available beds. Serenity Place’s efforts to expand in recent years have been held up by non-responsive landlords …

Algae Drives Down Lake Champlain Property Values

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Georgia, Vt. — The two cottages on the shore of Lake Champlain someday will be passed down to her children, but Enid Letourneau worries the algae that turns the shoreline pea-soup green each August means they won’t amount …

Green Line Project Points to T Board Dilemmas

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Boston — Now comes the hard part for the new board overseeing the T. The MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board, created in the state budget signed into law by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker last month, is quickly confronting difficult operational and political choices it may be forced …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …