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The family of an eight year-old Claremont, N.H. boy is calling into question the police department’s initial handling of an incident they say was a racially motivated lynching attack.

The state attorney general's office is now assisting Claremont investigators with their work.

Gov. Chris Sununu has asked the state Attorney General's office to help police in Claremont with the investigation of an alleged attack against a biracial boy in the city, according to a statement released by the governor's office Tuesday. 

Louise Penny was well into her forties when she published Still Life, the first in what has become the wildly popular Armand Gamache mystery series. The novels are set in Québec, where Gamache is Chief Inspector of the provincial police force. They are meticulously plotted, part police procedurals, part exploration of human nature - and the precarious balance between good and evil. Louise Penny is now out with the thirteenth in the series, Glass Houses.

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Usually, when you hear people making plans for a murder, it’s in a movie or on TV. But conversations recorded just last month in Plainfield, New Hampshire, aren't fiction.

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The mother and son charged in a Plainfield murder-for-hire plot are slated to appear again in court Monday afternoon. At the hearing, more details of their alleged plot will likely become public. 

Pauline Chase, 83, and Maurice Temple , 63, were arrested last month and charged with plotting to pay for the murder of Temple's ex-wife. Both are being held on $1 million bail. 

Mark Horne, the man who police say Temple and Chase planned to pay for the murder, is not being charged. Sullivan County Attorney  Marc Hathaway said Horne is cooperating with investigators. 

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Mark Horne, the man that a Plainfield mother and son were allegedly plotting to pay to kill the son's ex-wife, continues to serve with Plainfield's volunteer fire department. The mother and son,  Pauline Chase and Maurice Temple, allegedly had multiple conversations with Horne to discuss the murder and compensation. 

Horne is not a defendant in the case. Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway said Horne is cooperating with investigators, but declined to offer further information. 

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Bail has been set at one-million-dollars each for a Plainfield woman and her son in a murder-for-hire case.

Pauline Chase, 83, and her son Maurice Temple, 63, appeared briefly by video conference before a judge Friday in Claremont District Court. Both were arrested on Thursday and charged with plotting to have another man, Mark Horne, kill Temple's ex-wife, Jean Temple.

Police in New Hampshire's largest city say crime has decreased.

According to the Manchester Police Department, violent crimes are down from 360 to 329 over the past year. Police Chief Nick Willard tells WMUR-TV the department made an effort to reduce crime after seeing a 2 percent rise last year.

Willard says Manchester police will continue to focus on preventing robberies and aggravated assaults. The department uses predictive analytics to figure out what areas are vulnerable to robberies.

The police chief says his officers are responsible for the crime reduction.

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Police are looking for a man who attacked an 18-year-old woman outside a Planet Fitness gym in Rochester, punching her 39 times and leaving her badly injured.

On Tuesday, Rochester police released a 16-second clip on its Facebook page of the 10 p.m. June 12 attack taken from the gym's surveillance camera. It shows a man in his 20s - dressed in a white T-shirt, dark shorts and wearing sunglasses- getting out of his car and walking toward the gym.

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Today's we're diving into the archives and listening to one of our favorite theme shows: The Shame Show. Listen to the full episode and read more here

Authorities say a New Hampshire state legislator has been accused of stealing over $423,000 in meal and rental tax payments from a restaurant and bar he owned in Manchester.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says 44-year-old Thomas Katsiantonis, of Manchester, has been charged with tax evasion, theft, and other charges, going back to 2011, in connection with his ownership of Grand Slam Pizza and Tommy K's Restaurant and Bar.

  Police are back investigating in a Manchester, New Hampshire, neighborhood where a woman was fatally shot by a single gunshot while out on a routine stroll in 2015.

WMUR-TV reports police with metal detectors were focusing on a backyard Monday, placing evidence markers in the grass.

Sixty-two-year-old Denise Robert was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head on Aug. 30, 2015, while walking her regular route in her North End neighborhood. The bullet was never recovered and no arrests have been made.

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Police say a condemned house exploded and went up in flames in Salem as they responded to a neighbor dispute over stacking firewood, and about eight homes were evacuated.

Police said they tried to approach a man near the home Monday night, but never spoke to him. Police Capt. Rob Morin said they heard a hissing sound, followed by a strong odor of gas, and backed away. An explosion blew off the roof and broke windows. Neighbors said they heard a popping sound.

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The state’s highest court has denied a new trial to 78-year-old convicted murderer Robert Breest.

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The New Hampshire attorney general’s office has identified the man they think was behind two decades-old New Hampshire cold-cases.

Prosecutors believe Bob Evans, who went by at least four other aliases, was behind the disappearance of Denise Beaudin from Manchester in 1981. They also believe he was the murderer of four people whose bodies were found in Allenstown. One of those victims was a child who shares Evans' DNA.

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Doctors Without Borders provides emergency medical aid to people the world over, and is funded almost entirely by individuals. So, why did they turn down free pneumonia vaccines from Pfizer? On today’s show we’ll look into the hidden costs of free vaccines.

Plus, futuristic TV shows and movies make facial recognition technology seem like a sure bet, but a new report reveals problems with racial bias, and reliability. And like it or not, it's already being used today.

We’ll also check in with the latest installment of The Bookshelf with author Chelsey Philpot.

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Fashion week is on in New York and the Burkini ban is off in one French town - with more likely to follow. A high court found no proof that the full-cover swimsuit favored by some Muslim women does not pose a security threat. Today, the long history of women's bodies - and fashion - as political battleground.

Plus, getting locked up is no picnic, especially for crooked executives arrogant enough to think they live by different rules. We'll talk to a consultant who prepares high-rollers for life behind bars. 

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Today on the show, a writer explores the greatest escape plan: pseudocide... We'll hear about the global disappearance industry that plots, facilitates and forges documents for fake deaths - and the investigators who track them down.

And from Team Refugee to Superfan Mavis, a rundown of Olympic tweets, memes, and illegal gifs... Including a very photogenic Tongan flagbearer.

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Mugshots are considered to be public record by the American justice system. They're also a multi-million dollar source of revenue for internet scammers. Today on the show, an investigation of extortionist websites that hold people's images, and reputations for ransom.

Plus, the chancellor of a very unusual school talks about the growing business of cannabis, and a troupe of Muslim women form a B-Girl dance group and show the western world that just because you wear a hijab, doesn't mean you can't bust a move.  

Police say a 16-year-old boy was found shot in the back on a basketball court in Manchester.

Officers responded to a report of multiple gunshots just before 9 p.m. Saturday. Police say the victim and 18-year-old Michael Cartagena of Manchester had been playing basketball at Beach and Green Streets. Cartagena and the victim told police they were heading to the store when they heard shots fired, causing them to run.

To catch a thief, you have to think like one. To prevent a crime, you have to case a joint like a potential infiltrator and find the weak spots. On today’s show, a design critic gives us a burglar’s eye view of the built environment.

Plus, canceling a wedding isn't just emotionally traumatic - it can be a financial disaster. Now, websites are popping up to help unhappy couples sell their canceled weddings & give thrifty couples a chance to get hitched on the cheap.

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Identifying potential terrorists is crucial to thwarting future attacks. The challenge is discerning real threats from bravado. Today on the show, how do security analysts survey thoughts?

Then, we’ll learn about two young men who embarked on a bold crime spree, stealing thousands of dollars worth of gold and weapons right in front of their victims…the hitch? It all went down in a video game.

A former Republican state representative who was arrested in connection with alleged voter fraud during New Hampshire's presidential primary has been arraigned on witness tampering and bribery charges.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports Don Leeman of Rochester appeared in Strafford County Superior Court on Wednesday. He remains out on bail.

The attorney general's office says Leeman, who resigned in May, was representing and voted in a district in which he was no longer domiciled during the February primary.

Police in Manchester were forced to deploy tear gas to resolve an hours-long standoff initiated by a man who threatened to shoot first responders.

The incident began after authorities were called to a Krakow Street apartment on Wednesday for a wellness check on an unidentified man, who police described as "despondent."

The man initially refused to open his door for the property manager, who told police that he noticed a foul smell coming from the apartment and could see plastic bottles through a window.

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To catch a thief, you have to think like one. To prevent a crime, you have to case a joint like a potential infiltrator and find the weak spots. Today, an architecture and design critic gives us a burglars eye view of the built environment

Plus, humans respond to architecture on measurable cognitive and physiological levels - which means boring cities take a steep toll on our bodies and our minds.

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The 32-year-old Manchester man charged with shooting two police officers Friday on the city's west side pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of attempted capital murder. 

Defendant Ian MacPherson is being held without bail at the Valley Street Jail in Manchester.

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Exeter Police have charged a former employee of Phillips Exeter Academy with two counts of sexual assault.

Authorities say Arthur Peekel turned himself into authorities today.

The man who appears on video being punched by law enforcement officers following a high speed car chase has been taken to Elliot Hospital. 

Richard Simone’s public defender requested a bail hearing on Friday after finding his client had not been transported to a hospital the day before. 

Attorney Tony Sculimbrene says it was expected he would be taken to a hospital following a court appearance on Thursday.

“The result of the bail hearing was that a transport order was issued to have him taken to a hospital,” Sculimbrene says.

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