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December 2012 Archives

What court do I need to go to? A guide for New Hampshire residents

If you'll be appearing in court next year for any reason, it's important that you prepare yourself as much as possible beforehand. Just as legal issues are complex and in many cases confusing, so is representing yourself in court, filing necessary documents and determining when and where you need to be. Over the coming weeks, the staff at the New Hampshire law firm of Stephen C. Brown & Associates will attempt to elucidate some fundamentals of the court system.

Two second-time offenders appear in Manchester Circuit Court

Susan Lombard and Elizabeth Freitas both appeared in Manchester District Circuit Court on Monday, according to The Union Leader's Crime Watch report. The two women have both had prior run-ins with the law: Lombard was accused of simple assault in 2011, and Freitas was charged with shoplifting in 2008.

Accident with school bus sends students, teenage driver to hospital

During the morning commute on Tuesday, chaos erupted in Exeter when a teenager's sedan struck both a minivan and a school bus. The collision resulted in seven people being injured, with the teenager listed in critical condition at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center in Boston.

Disoriented man racks up numerous charges after back-to-back arrests

Over the weekend, a man identified as Sean Irish was arrested twice following police reports regarding his odd behavior. Irish, whose last known address was in Salem, Massachusetts, was taken into custody by New Hampshire police on both Friday and Saturday.

Man accused of dragging Salem police officer behind vehicle not guilty

A resident of Massachusetts was cleared of a felony charge of reckless conduct late last month, according to the Union Leader. Judge Kenneth McHugh of the Rocking County Superior Court rendered his verdict following a November 19 trial, though the news only became available in recent days.

Bus driver in fatal New York crash found not guilty on 53 of 54 charges

On Friday, December 7, the jury in the trial of Ophadell Williams announced its verdict: Williams was guilty of just one misdemeanor charge for unpaid tickets. He was acquitted of 53 other charges relating to a fatal bus crash that occurred outside New York City last year.

Manchester theft results in holiday good deed

On Tuesday, December 4, Salvation Army Lieutenant Miriam Rader was collecting donations outside of the Hobby Lobby, located on South Willow Street in Manchester, New Hampshire. She had received a fair amount of money from passers-by when, around 7:30 p.m., a tall, thin man approached her kettle to make a donation.

Drunken passenger charged with assault of driver in Merrimack

A Nashua woman was arrested and charged with criminal mischief and several counts of assault following an incident that occurred Sunday evening. Elisheva Galan was riding as a passenger in a car driven by an unidentified male around 6 p.m. on December 2 in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

Charges dismissed for man accused of assaulting police officer

In June, Aaron Bickford, a 23-year-old New Durham, New Hampshire, resident was arrested outside of a bar in Rochester and accused of assaulting a police officer. Bickford was apparently engaged in a fight with another patron outside Gary's Sports Bar when the incident occurred.

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