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 …

Massachusetts Town Reckons with Cosby

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shelburne Falls, Mass. — Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby’s compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family. Most in this normally reserved New England community are content to …

Closing Arguments to Begin Today in St. Paul’s Rape Case

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Concord — A former student charged with raping a freshman girl two days before he graduated from an elite prep school acknowledged Wednesday that he deleted a Facebook message to a friend in which he wrote he used …

Vt. Woman Charged in Relatives’ Deaths

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Barre, Vt. — A Vermont woman accused of killing a state social worker and three relatives because she was upset about losing custody of her 9-year-old daughter pleaded not guilty Tuesday in the deaths of her relatives. Jody …

St. Paul’s Grad’s Lawyer Argues Unfair Tactics

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Concord (ap) — The attorney for a young man accused of raping a fellow student at an elite prep school in New Hampshire on Tuesday questioned police tactics, suggesting his client had been treated unfairly. Concord Police Detective Julie Curtin previously outlined in an affidavit and testified Tuesday …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lyme Post Office Reopens After Rodent Problems Lyme — The post office in downtown Lyme that closed more than a month ago because of a rodent issue has since reopened, U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Maureen Marion said on Tuesday. While closed, the postal service had an outside contractor …

Claremont Church Cleans Up After Vandals; Suspect Released, Faces 3 Felonies

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Claremont — The 18-year-old Charlestown man charged with three felonies in connection with the extensive vandalism of St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Central Street was released Monday after his arraignment on $25,000 personal recognizance bail — and with …

Classmates at St. Paul’s Testify in Rape Trial

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Concord (ap) — More details of an elite prep school’s campus tradition of sexual conquest emerged Monday at a recent graduate’s rape trial as former classmates testified. Owen Labrie, of Tunbridge, is charged with multiple felonies. Prosecutors say …

Child Services System in Vt. Overburdened

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont’s defender general says juvenile court dockets are “out of control,” choked with cases filed by the state to take children away from their opiate-addicted parents. Vermont’s chief administrative judge says “if this is the new norm, we’re in trouble.” Defender General Matt Valerio and Chief …

N.H. Mental Health Unit Opening on Hold

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Concord — The state budget stalemate means a 10-bed mental health crisis unit at New Hampshire Hospital won’t open as planned this fall. New Hampshire has been working to improve its mental health infrastructure since settling a lawsuit with the federal government in late 2013 over inadequate services. …

Social Worker’s Shooting Haunts Prosecutor

Monday, August 24, 2015

Barre, Vt. — The prosecutor is drawn time and again to the parking lot where flowers and candles now mark where he tried to save a social worker’s life. Going back, he says, helps him cope with the guilt he feels because he lived and she didn’t. Scott …