Environmental nominee's support grows

CONCORD (AP) — Gov. Craig Benson's pick to lead the Department of Environmental Services appears to have enough support to win confirmation. After weeks of delay, two of the five Executive Council members say they will vote for Michael Nolin, and a third says he is leaning heavily in that direction. Nolin was a planner with a state commission that became the department and was a key figure in cleaning up sewage that had been dumped in the state's largest lake. Despite that background, ...

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Mother convicted of smothering baby loses appeal

CONCORD (AP) — A mother sentenced to prison for suffocating her baby lost an appeal to the state Supreme Court on Monday. Jessica Fleetwood is serving an 18-year prison sentence for the January 2000 death of her 2-month-old son, Skylar. She appealed her second-degree murder conviction, arguing that neither her statements to police nor the medical examiner's testimony should have been used against her at trial. The state Supreme Court, however, upheld a lower court's decision that the ...

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Court rejects challenge to state stalking law

CONCORD (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a man who argued the state's stalking law was too vague. Raymond Porelle was convicted of stalking in 1999 for following his wife's car after she obtained a restraining order against him. The state's definition of stalking includes following someone from "place to place" after being served with a protective order, but Porelle argued that the law was unclear and didn't necessarily apply to him because he never ...

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