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The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office says it has decided to join a massive multi-state lawsuit against makers of generic drugs.

The move comes after the AG’s office faced pressure from state lawmakers for not joining the suit sooner.

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A Superior Court judge heard testimony Thursday in the case of a Nashua man accused of threatening a transgender woman.  The case is being pursued by the Civil Rights Unit at the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.

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A former investment adviser in New Hampshire has pleaded guilty to stealing $345,000 from an elderly client.

Sixty-six-year-old James Knee, of Bow, recently pleaded guilty to financial exploitation, perjury and witness tampering charges.

The attorney general's office said Knee accepted checks from his 76-year-old client but didn't re-invest them. Instead, he deposited them into personal accounts and used the money to pay his expenses, including money sent to a Florida woman whom he had met online.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General is paying a tax consultancy firm up to $900 an hour to help determine if the state Liquor Commission’s policies for handling large all-cash transactions violate federal tax regulations. 

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As the New Hampshire Attorney General continues to examine the legality of the state Liquor Commission’s policies for large all-cash sales at state-run liquor stores, the agency is retaining a private law firm, as well as a tax advisory company, to assist in what it calls ongoing "discussions" with the Internal Revenue Service.

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New Hampshire authorities say a man found dead along a trail in Berlin had been missing for nearly two weeks.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said in a news release Wednesday that 27-year-old Tyler Supry was last seen on May 9. His body was found on May 21.

MacDonald said an autopsy was done, but the cause of Supry's death is pending toxicology testing. He said based on the circumstances of Supry's death, there's no evidence to suggest that there is any threat to the general public.

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New Hampshire police have arrested and charged a man with second-degree murder for allegedly killing a Laconia resident at his home.

The Attorney General's Office said Hassan Sapry, 21, of Laconia, was apprehended Friday. 

Sapry is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, April 29, in Belknap County Superior Court.

Police had identified Sapry as a "person of interest" Wednesday, following the death of 57-year-old Wilfred Guzman Sr.

A list containing the names of approximately 250 New Hampshire law enforcement officers who may have credibility issues must be made public, according to an order issued by a Superior Court judge.

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Authorities say a man charged in the shooting deaths of a man and a woman was found dead in Vermont.

The New Hampshire attorney general's office said in a news release Friday that police found 28-year-old Derrick Shippee dead in Vernon, Vermont.

Officials issued warrants for Shippee and charged him with two counts of second-degree murder in the slayings of 29-year-old Neal Bolster and 19-year-old Aaliyah Jacobs. Bolster and Jacobs were found inside a Hinsdale, New Hampshire home on Thursday. An autopsy shows both died of gunshot wounds.

 

A new survey is available for crime victims in New Hampshire.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced Friday the New Hampshire Victim's Needs Assessment Online Survey at www.NHCrimesurvey.com .

Crime victims are encouraged to provide feedback related to their experience and satisfaction with the support services they received in the state. It's not a prerequisite that a crime be reported in order to respond.

A separate survey also is available for stakeholder groups at www.NHStakeholdersurvey.com .

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New Hampshire authorities say they've arrested a man in the shooting death of a man in Amherst.

The attorney general's office said in a news release Thursday that 27-year-old Bryson Peluso was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Brandon Kluz at a home. They said Kluz was shot early Thursday. An autopsy Friday confirmed he died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Peluso pleaded not guilty to the charge at his arraignment Friday. A judge ordered him held without bail.

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The ACLU of New Hampshire, along with a group of news organizations, is suing the N.H. Attorney General over the release of an internal list of police officers with credibility issues.

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A former Canterbury, New Hampshire, man has been indicted on charges that he fatally stabbed his mother in May.

The attorney general's office said Monday that Phillip Nash is formally charged with two alternative counts of second-degree murder, one alleging that he knowingly killed his mother and the other alleging that he recklessly caused her death on May 17 in Canterbury.

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A Seabrook woman faces several felony charges in the death of a pedestrian after she allegedly aimed her vehicle at and drove into her neighbors Wednesday night. 

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office announced Thursday morning that Catrina Costello, 38, was arrested on multiple charges, including two counts of second-degree assault and aggravated DWI.

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 Governor Sununu and the Executive Council approved more than $168,000 for the Attorney General's office to raise salaries.

 

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says his attorneys make less than they would in many county offices, and that some are leaving as a result.

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The New Hampshire attorney general's office and local police are investigating a suspicious death at a home in Nashua.

Police responded to a 911 call at the residence around midnight and found a deceased man. He's been identified as 49-year-old David Smith of Nashua.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

The attorney general's office and police said Sunday that at this time they do not believe that there is any threat of harm to the public.

 

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New Hampshire authorities have found a body that they believe to be a woman who has been missing for four days, and her son has been arrested in Virginia on a charge of stealing her vehicle.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said the body was found in Canterbury on Monday afternoon and is believed to be that of 51-year-old Frances Nash, of Chichester. Her vehicle was previously reported missing and was found Wednesday in Canterbury.

An autopsy was scheduled.

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission is denying allegations made by Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky that the state-run agency is engaging in questionable business practices surrounding all-cash transactions and possible money laundering.

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The New Hampshire Department of Justice is launching a new Civil Rights Unit to strengthen its enforcement of anti-discrimination law. The move is one of two equity and inclusion efforts announced by Gov. Chris Sununu on Thursday.

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The Maura Murray missing person case has not been "reopened," as an Oxygen Network show called "The Disappearance of Maura Murray" reported earlier this week, because according to New Hampshire officials, the case was never closed.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's office announced Tuesday it is one of several agencies looking into allegations of sexual misconduct at Dartmouth College.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office filed a lawsuit this week against Purdue Pharma, maker of the popular opioid OxyContin. According to the Attorney General, Purdue peddled its drugs to prescribers using deceptive marketing techniques that understated the risks of addiction and overstated the drug’s benefits.

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New Hampshire will receive a little over $70,000 as part of a multi-state settlement with a pharmaceutical company accused of off-label marketing and kickbacks for two of its cancer drugs, the attorney general’s office announced Friday.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee today as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Sessions is expected to take questions about his recusal from the Russia investigation, his own meetings with Russian officials, and what if anything he knew about a private Oval Office meeting between President Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey. Here is Sessions' prepared opening statement to the committee, annotated by NPR journalists.

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Gov. Chris Sununu has nominated Gordon MacDonald, a well-known Manchester attorney, to serve as Attorney General. MacDonald's clients include a major opioid maker being investigated by the state.

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While Republican governors in Massachusetts and Vermont expressed concern over the weekend about President Trump’s recent executive order on immigration and refugees, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu took a more neutral stance when weighing in on the issue Monday.

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Lawmakers heard input Tuesday on a bill that, if left unchanged, could drastically expand the power of the Secretary of State’s office.

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Lawmakers have decided that, for the time being, New Hampshire will only be accepting a portion of a federal grant intended to help the state Medical Examiner work through a backlog of opioid-related autopsies. 

Attorney General Joseph Foster met with resistance during Friday’s fiscal committee meeting in Concord when he requested that the state accept approximately $285,000 in federal grant money to aid the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

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New Hampshire’s governor doesn’t have a whole lot of executive power, at least compared to peers in other states. But one of the few ways a governor can exert his or her influence is through nominations to fill open seats across state agencies.

The New Hampshire Attorney General has given a positive review to one aspect of the proposed acquisition of Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover by the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Because of Wentworth Douglass’ charitable work in the Dover area, the proposed acquisition was subject to a review by the state Attorney General’s office.

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