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Portsmouth Community TV has a new show this spring – featuring the city’s police department. It’s just the latest effort by the department to mend its public image following a well-publicized lawsuit.

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The lawyers who overturned a fired Portsmouth police officer's $2 million inheritance from a woman's disputed will are asking for more than $300,000 in legal fees from the city. 

The Portsmouth Herald reports attorney David Eby filed a motion in Strafford County probate court on behalf of two hospitals that financed the case. The money they're seeking represents a portion of what the city is expected to receive from the estate of Geraldine Webber.

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Governor Maggie Hassan says the state will review a case in which a judge stripped a fired Portsmouth police officer of most of a $2 million dollar inheritance from a woman’s disputed will.

According to the Portsmouth Herald, the governor says she’ll work with state agencies to review how they handled complaints that Sergeant Aaron Goodwin might be exploiting Geraldine Webber.

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Portsmouth Police Chief Stephen DuBois will resign, effective March 28, 2016.

DuBois became chief in early 2012 after 19 years on the force.

The resignation is voluntary. It comes one month after a judge ruled against now-fired Portsmouth police Sergeant Aaron Goodwin.  Goodwin’s inheritance of now diseased Geraldine Webber’s $2 million estate was contested by beneficiaries from an earlier will.

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Attorneys say a fired Portsmouth police officer will not appeal after being stripped of most of a $2 million inheritance from a woman's disputed will.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the judge says it hasn't been determined if Geraldine Webber's 2009 will should stand. He dismissed her 2012 will and trust last month, saying former police Sgt. Aaron Goodwin acted on Webber's "fears and hopes" to extract her inheritance, which included a waterfront home, Cadillac, stocks and bonds.

A Portsmouth Auxiliary Police officer submitted his resignation letter Wednesday to get out from under a gag order imposed by the city’s police department.

The gag order was part of a case involving a now-fired police officer accepting an inheritance from a neighbor.  The department placed Officer Connors under the gag order more than a year ago after he spoke with a local newspaper about the now-fired Portsmouth police Sargeant Aaron Goodwin.

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A judge has stripped a fired Portsmouth police officer of the roughly $2 million he inherited from an elderly woman.

In his ruling, Judge Gary Cassavechia says former Sergeant Aaron Goodwin exerted undue influence over the late Geraldine Webber by "acting upon her fears and hopes."

Webber was in her 90s and suffering from dementia when she changed her will in 2012 to leave Goodwin with the bulk of her estate, including her waterfront home and a Cadillac.