Crime

NH News
5:09 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Details Emerge About Officer-Involved Shooting In Manchester

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:

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NH News
7:25 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Arrest Made After High School Lockdown

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.

Word of Mouth
12:18 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

The Ritual Of Death Row's 'Last Meal'

Ted Bundy's last meal, as pictured on photographer Jonathon Kambouris' site, The Last Meal Project
Credit Jonathon Kambouris

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.

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NH News
4:16 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Third Person Charged In Deadly Hampton Bike Crash

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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.

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NH News
8:29 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Candia Cemetery Theft Prompts Police Investigation

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.

NH News
4:15 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Woman Charged With Negligent Homicide In Deaths Of Bicyclists

  Police have charged a 20-year-old woman with negligent homicide in connection with a weekend crash that killed two cyclists in Hampton, N.H.

Investigators say a car driven by Darriean Hess, of Seabrook, was speeding, crossed the center line and struck a group of riders at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on a bridge during an annual long-distance ride.

Hess was also charged with assault Tuesday.

The crash killed two Massachusetts women, Pamela Wells, of South Hamilton, and Elise Bouchard, of Danvers. Two other riders were injured.

NH News
8:42 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Claremont Man Charged In Multiple Hanover Burglaries

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Police say a man in Oklahoma City has turned himself in on charges that he burglarized multiple homes in Hanover, N.H.

Police say 23-year-old Brandon Mull of Claremont was arrested Tuesday in Charlestown on two counts of burglary. The break-ins happened on July 30.

Police said their investigation identified a vehicle registered to a woman in Claremont, and was later connected to Mull. A warrant was issued for him on Aug. 2.

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NH News
8:39 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Nashua Man Charged In Woman's Death

Police have a charged a New Hampshire man with manslaughter in the death of a woman in July.

They've arrested 51-year-old Daniel Burke of Nashua. He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

He's accused of pushing Christina Hill into a cabinet, causing her to strike her head and resulting in injuries that caused her death.

Police said Hill's body was in her apartment for about two weeks before they were told about a suspicious odor within the building and found her on July 20. She had been wrapped in plastic.

Queen City Crime
3:29 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

As Burglaries Spike, Manchester Police Turn To Mapping, Database For Clues

This is a map showing burglaries broken down by sector, comparing the summers of 2012 and 2013.
Designed by Sara Plourde. Data courtesy of the Manchester Police Department.

Burglaries tend to increase in the warmer weather, but Manchester saw its numbers spike significantly in the recent summer months.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, there were 338 burglaries in the city, a 23 percent increase over the same period last year.

The man who showed up at her front door one day in July seemed like a Godsend to 94-year-old Lorraine Fitzgerald.

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Queen City Crime
5:02 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Infographic: Drugs In The Queen City

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

With any black market, it's impossible to track the full extent of its reach. One way to estimate the relative quantity of various drugs in the city is to track undercover drug buys and seizures by the police department. This system of measurement, however, is an imperfect science; large busts (see: cocaine, 2009) skew numbers for a particular year, throwing off the curve, and budgetary and tactical considerations can restrict potential drug buys.

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Word of Mouth
3:45 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Guilty Verdict Punctures The Myth Of Whitey Bulger

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James “Whitey” Bulger’s lawless run came to an end on Aug. 12 when a federal jury found him guilty on 31 of 32 counts including racketeering, extortion, money-laundering and participating in 11 of the 19 murders with which he was charged. Few people know his story better than Shelley Murphy. The Boston Globe reporter has covered Whitey Bulger and his criminal empire for 17 years. She and Globe columnist Kevin Cullen are authors of “Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice”. We spoke to Shelley when the book came out about Whitey’s path from the housing projects of South Boston to career criminal…to FBI informant…to 16 years as a fugitive on the Lam. Shelley spoke with us about the mobster’s recent trial and convictions, and life after Whitey.

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

The Tussle Over Police Tactics

Recently, more New Hampshire police departments have been acquiring the controversial armored truck, called the BearCat, causing outrage among some groups concerned about civil liberties and what they see as an increasingly militarized police force. But officers say they increasingly face deadly threats and that these methods help protect them and the public.

Guests:

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Word of Mouth
9:48 am
Wed August 7, 2013

The Real Life Walter White?

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Breaking Bad follows a high school science teacher who cooks up meth with a former student, kicking off a fast slide into murder, extortion and unsavory partnerships as a bona fide drug lord. Too crazy to be true…right? Well, maybe not. In 2011, police in California arrested Stephen Kinzey; professor by day, outlaw biker and meth distributor by night. Kinzey has been out on bail since his initial arrest. The preliminary hearing to determine whether or not the case against him is strong enough to go to trial was scheduled for June, it’s since been delayed.

Natasha Vargas-Cooper wrote about the real-life Walter White for BuzzFeed, and took the time to talk with us. She’s also a frequent contributor to The Atlantic, and The New York Times among others.

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Word of Mouth
11:02 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

Credit Harper Collins

Nearly three years have passed since Long Island police uncovered the bodies of four dead girls along their local ocean parkway. Following the discovery, authorities uncovered commonalities among the deceased that included internet prostitution and a poor, working class socio-economic background. These revelations, coupled with a fifth girl who disappeared nearby under similar circumstances, resulted in the pursuit of a faceless serial killer who left behind very few leads.

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Word of Mouth
11:01 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Lost Girls: An Abbreviated Timeline

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We spoke with author Robert Kolker about the unsolved case, dubbed the Long Island Serial Killer by the press and public. Here's an abbreviated version of the timeline in Lost Girls of the events surrounding the ongoing investigation. The full story and timeline is discussed in Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery.

April 20, 1996: Two female legs, wrapped in a plastic bag, are discovered on Fire Island west of Davis Park Beach.

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