Crime

Investigators from three states have wrapped up their underwater search for evidence in the disappearance of a New Hampshire mother and her teenage daughter 13 years ago.

Divers and investigators from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont worked this week at a dam on the Connecticut River in Vernon, Vermont — in the very southeast corner of the state.

The 36-year-old mother and her 15-year-old daughter — Tina and Bethany Sinclair — of Chesterfield, New Hampshire were last seen in February 2001.

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Fabien Cousteau hopes to break the record for longest time spent in an underwater lab, and he's well on his way to achieving that goal. He spoke to us from 63 feet below the surface about Mission 31, a research and outreach adventure intended to promote ocean education and conservation. Plus, between online hacking, stored search histories, social media settings, and malware, protecting one’s privacy has become more important, and more complicated than ever. So, how much is our anonymity worth? And finally, there are over 700 different Emojis out there, and plenty of interest groups asking for more. Why, for example, is there no hot dog Emoji? Turns out, the answer is surprisingly complicated.

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Manchester Police Chief David Mara is one of four finalists to head up the police department in Somerville, Mass.

New Hampshire State Police have safely arrested an armed man sought in an area of southern New Hampshire near the Massachusetts border after an earlier confrontation with police at his home.

Maj. David Parenteau said Tuesday night that officers found 44-year-old Anthony Reardon back in his South Hampton home about five hours after they had condoned off the nearby area with a large police presence.

Parenteau said the first officers who came to his home Tuesday afternoon found Reardon with weapons he refused to surrender.

Police in Concord, New Hampshire, say someone used lighter fluid to form a swastika in the parking lot outside a human rights group that battles anti-Semitism.

The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice was named for Congressman Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor elected to Congress. He died in 2008.

Police said the 6-by-6-foot swastika, discovered Wednesday, was never lighted, and the person who formed the symbol walked away.

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Before the whirring cameras of media from all over New England, representatives from the Attorney General’s office laid out new details Tuesday about the harrowing incident that claimed a police officer’s life and that of the suspected gunman.

Yesterday, a 48-year-old Steven Arkell, a 15-year veteran of the Brentwood police force, husband and father of two lost his life while responding to a domestic dispute. At 4:04 Arkell was sent to respond to a verbal domestic dispute between 86-year-old Walter Nolan and his 47-year-old son Michael.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the constitutionality of sex offender registry requirements for convicts whose crimes were committed before the legislature imposed more stringent rules.  Lawyers for "John Doe'' contend the registry requirements amount to new layers of punishment that weren't in place when Doe was convicted in 1987 of sexually assaulting his 14-year-old stepdaughter. The requirements have been overhauled numerous times since 1998.

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It’s been nearly two years since state health officials announced a major outbreak of hepatitis C at Exeter Hospital. The cause of that outbreak was what's known as drug diversion – a hospital worker stealing drugs and tainting syringes later used on patients.

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Today on Word of Mouth, the Boston Marathon bombings happened a year ago this month, but questions about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s possible involvement in a triple homicide remain. Investigative reporter Susan Zalkind discusses the complicated case, and whether police missed their chance to apprehend Tsarnaev long before the marathon bombs. Plus, between online hacking, stored search histories, social media settings, and malware,protecting one’s privacy has become more important, and more complicated than ever. So, how much is our anonymity worth? We'll ask  And finally, there are over 700 different Emojis out there, and plenty of interest groups asking for more. Why, for example, is there no hot dog Emoji? Turns out, the answer is surprisingly complicated.


A jury is deliberating the case of a former Dartmouth College student accused of raping a female student inside her dorm room.

Last May, Hanover police arrested then-20-year-old Parker Gilbert, a freshman from London, on multiple counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. The arrest followed a complaint from a female student who said she was attacked after Gilbert entered her unlocked dorm room.

Parker pleaded not guilty and the defense argued the sexual encounter was consensual. A judge dropped two of the charges this week.

The trial started March 17.

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A Bedford, N.H., man charged with possessing 49 stolen lobster traps, including some owned by a fisherman who died last summer, has pleaded guilty to several crimes and more than 100 violations.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says Kyle Basoukas pleaded guilty Monday to receiving stolen property and disturbing lobster gear, as well as 133 violations regarding his own equipment. He was given a suspended sentence of 90 days, fined more than $11,000 and had his lobster license revoked for five years.

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Last year, robberies, burglaries and heroin addiction appear to have skyrocketed in the Queen City.

Over the summer we looked at the issue of crime in Manchester and we provided a lot of historical data from the past five years. Now that the year is done, we review some of those numbers. The most surprising development is a 45% growth in robberies compared to 2012. Burglaries spiked to unprecedented highs during the summer, but robberies continued well into the colder months. The city also saw a high number of homicides. The highest in recent memory.

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Ted Gatsas began his third term as Manchester’s Mayor Tuesday. And his inaugural address included promises to improve the city’s safety and public education.


New Hampshire prosecutors are saying for the first time that their investigation into veteran Rockingham County attorney Jim Reams is criminal in nature.

Prosecutors are fighting Reams' motion to release details about the nature of the investigation and complaints they say have been filed against him.

The attorney general stripped Reams of his power to prosecute last month — at the outset of a joint state and federal investigation of his office.

A 31-year-old New Hampshire man who has spent more than half his life in prison for killing his parents when he was 14 can be freed if he completes counseling and learns the skills he'll need to return to society.

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NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Patricia Cornwell. Her best-selling Kay Scarpetta crime fiction series introduced millions of readers to forensic pathology – and inspired popular TV shows from CSI to Dexter. After her 21st Scarpetta novel, Patricia Cornwell reflects on the process of turning grisly real-world crimes into absorbing fiction.

A New Hampshire man accused of bilking investors in Maine and New Hampshire has been banned from the securities industry.

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday that James Philbrook of Concord, N.H., was sanctioned after his convictions for theft and securities violations in Maine, where he was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution.

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A Concord tattoo artist has been charged with criminal mischief Tuesday for the racist graffiti found on four Concord homes. Court documents reveal a detailed account of a Concord detective’s investigation into Raymond Stevens. Handwriting on a 2009 gun license application was the first piece of evidence.


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Investigators say the last call made on a missing New Hampshire girl's cellphone was at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, about four hours after she was last seen.

Fifteen-year-old Abigail Hernandez of North Conway was last seen leaving Kennett High School on Wednesday afternoon. Police say she made it home but was gone when her mother arrived later.

WMUR-TV reports that police said Sunday they have not located the girl's phone, but have determined that the last call was made at 6:30 p.m. It's not clear where the call was made.

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New Hampshire's Supreme Court will decide whether reading a text message while driving is a crime, even though it's not barred by law.

Thirty-year-old Chad Belleville, of Barnstead, is serving a 3 ½-to-7-year sentence for second-degree assault and vehicular assault related to a December 2010 car accident in Pittsfield that seriously injured a teenager.

Belleville's lawyer argues that reading a text message on his phone amounted to a momentary distraction, not reckless or negligent conduct.

Police in North Conway say so far there is nothing suspicious about the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl.

Abigail Hernandez left Kennett High School around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon and police believe she made it home. But when her mother arrived home, the girl was gone.

The search continued Thursday. Conway Police Chief Edward Wagner says police are treating it as a missing person's case "and nothing more." Local, state and federal police agencies are involved in the investigation.

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Gang violence is nothing new, but the rise of social media has catapulted even local gangs into the spotlight...for the police, and for each other.

Ben Austen is magazine writer based in Chicago. He wrote in Wired magazine about how hundreds of youth gangs of Chicago are using social media sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

A 70-year-old New Hampshire man accused of killing his roommate in Hampton has several previous criminal convictions.

Peter Bartoloni is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 56-year-old Robert Roderick last week. Prosecutors say the two men had been roommates briefly before Bartoloni used a sledgehammer to kill Roderick.

New Hampshire investigators admit they got lucky in detecting school bus driver John Allen Wright's sex abuse of children. A woman visiting a friend near Wright's Milton home unwittingly latched onto his wireless Internet connection and found sexually graphic images.

But getting the evidence to convict him of abusing the disabled children he drove and taping the abuse on a hidden camera required nearly 100 hours of computer examination by New Hampshire's Internet Crimes Against Children unit.

Accused Killer Of UNH Student Waives Arraignment

Oct 3, 2013
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The New Hampshire man charged with killing a University of New Hampshire sophomore nearly a year ago has waived arraignment on new charges that he conspired to mislead investigators.

Thirty-year-old Seth Mazzaglia was charged last year with first-degree murder in the disappearance and death of Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott of Westborough, Mass.

Last month, he was indicted for conspiracy to hinder the prosecution and faced arraignment by video Thursday in Strafford Superior Court, but waived arraignment.

In a press release from the N.H. Attorney General's office, new details surrounding the fatal police shooting of a Canterbury woman have been released. It describes the car chase that led to the shooting but not the specific circumstances that caused the state trooper to fire his weapon.

Here is an excerpt from the release:

Arrest Made After High School Lockdown

Oct 1, 2013

A New Hampshire high school was under lockdown after police got a report that a former student was on the grounds threatening several people with a firearm.

Police said shortly after the lockdown at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston on Monday afternoon, they arrested 18-year-old Timothy Soucy of Danville on two counts of criminal threatening. It wasn't known if a weapon was recovered.

It wasn't immediately known if Soucy had a lawyer.

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For his last meal, John Wayne Gacy requested 12 fried shrimp, a bucket of original recipe KFC, french fries, and 1lb of strawberries. Gary Gilmore was served steak, potatoes, milk and coffee. Timothy McVeigh asked for two pints of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Victor Feguer asked only for a single pitted olive. Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were not given a choice.

Brent Cunningham is deputy editor of the Columbia Journalism Review and he wrote about the history of prisoner’s last meals for Lapham’s Quarterly.

Third Person Charged In Deadly Hampton Bike Crash

Sep 26, 2013
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A third person has been charged in connection with a crash into a group of cyclists in New Hampshire over the weekend that killed two women from Massachusetts.

Nineteen-year-old Scott Martin of Seabrook is facing a charge of allowing 19-year-old Darriean Hess to drive his car without a license.

Hess, ordered held on $50,000 bail, was arraigned Wednesday via video from jail. She's charged with negligent homicide.

Forty-eight-year-old Cindy Sheppard of Hampton is charged with selling a painkiller to Hess and allowing her to drive without a license.

Police in Candia, N.H., are investigating the theft of a 1,000-pound granite obelisk taken from the top of an old family gravesite.

Police said the obelisk looks like the Washington Monument and is about 6 feet tall.

WMUR-TV reports police said there is evidence that someone backed a truck into the Candia Village Cemetery and put outriggers into the ground to lift the obelisk from its headstone.

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