CONCORD, N.H.

Manchester lawyer cited for exploiting child for sex

Federal agents in New Hampshire charged a Manchester lawyer with seven counts of child exploitation, including transporting a child for illegal sexual conduct.

A federal magistrate Friday ordered Lisa Biron, 43, held without bail until her trial, which is scheduled for Jan. 8.

In addition to transporting a child for illegal sexual activity, Biron is also charged with manufacturing and possessing child pornography.

Biron was first arrested by Manchester police last month on charges of possessing child pornography. They alerted federal authorities when they learned the pornography had been manufactured out of state. Manchester police say the videos and pictures found on Biron’s computer depict a teenage girl Biron knows.

HAMPTON, N.H.

Mother and son charged with trafficking in pot, hash

Police have arrested a mother and son in New Hampshire on possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute.

Arrested Thursday were 24-year-old Michael Walker and 48-year-old Terri Lynn Walker in Hampton.

Detectives with the Hampton Police Department said they have been conducting a months-long investigation, during which they bought marijuana and hashish from the Walker home.

Both suspects were released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail. They are to be arraigned on Dec. 12.

TUFTONBORO, N.H.

Woman dies as fire engulfs Lake Winnipesaukee home

Firefighters say a woman has been found dead following a house fire in Tuftonboro, N.H.

Firefighters tell WMUR-TV a man and a woman were inside the house on Lake Winnipesaukee when the fire started early Friday. The man escaped. A firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.

Their names have not been released. Neighbors said an elderly couple lived in the home.

The state fire marshal’s office was at the scene. Investigators have not said what they think caused the fire.

Fire officials said the house was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

“The whole house was heavily involved at the time and the house is unsafe and questionable as far as life safety,” said Chief Adam Thompson of the Tuftonboro Fire Department.

Firefighters said an underground propane tank was feeding the blaze.

LOUDON, N.H.

Speedway’s 2.5-mile loop lights way for 50 charities

New Hampshire Motor Speedway is flipping the switch on a two-mile, 2.5 million-bulb light display that helps raise money for nearly 50 different children’s charities.

The “Gift of Lights” tour started Friday at the speedway in Loudon. The drive-through tour includes twice as many lights as last year arranged in more than 400 holiday light displays that took nearly three weeks to set up.

Admission is $15 per car Mondays through Thursdays, and $20 per car on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 5.

BOSTON

Auto registry clerk accused of ripping off immigrants

A Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles employee is accused of charging illegal immigrants for driver’s licenses she never delivered and falsely claiming she could help them delay deportation.

Adriana Ferreira of Boston was arrested Friday and pleaded not guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to charges including corruption, bribery and larceny. A judge set $50,000 cash bail.

Authorities claim Ferreira, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Brazil, charged victims $2,000, but didn’t deliver any documents. They said she also falsely told the victims she knew someone in the federal government who could delay a deportation for a fee.

The RMV said it has “zero tolerance” for behavior that compromises its integrity and continues to cooperate with law enforcement.

Ferreira’s attorney is questioning the strength of the evidence.

Nevada drug suspect cited for beating her dog

A Nevada woman was arrested and animal control officers seized her Yorkshire terrier after police say witnesses saw her beating the dog in a Boston train station bathroom.

Witnesses told police 26-year-old Ana Prada suspended the animal by its leash, and punched and kicked it at South Station. A woman alerted transit police after witnessing the alleged beating Thursday morning.

Authorities say the dog, named Dolce, was dressed in a pink bow and striped sweater.

Prada of Henderson, Nev., was in Boston for arraignment on a drug trafficking charge after allegedly leaving two gloves full of painkillers in an airport hotel in September. She pleaded not guilty Friday and was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and not to leave the state without permission.

Prada pleaded not guilty Thursday to animal cruelty.

YARMOUTH, Mass.

Buyer of grapes gets black widow and a refund

A Cape Cod woman got a bonus with the bunch of grapes she bought at a local supermarket — a black widow spider.

Laurie Kaiser of Yarmouth said she grabbed a handful of grapes off the bunch stored in the refrigerator for about a week on Wednesday when she noticed a spider.

She told the Cape Cod Times that she was going to let the spider go in her yard, when she saw the telltale red hourglass shape on the spider’s body indicating that it was a black widow. Black widows are venomous, but rarely fatal to humans.

The Shaw’s supermarket gave her a refund and the manager said he’d inform the distributor about the spider.

ATTLEBORO, Mass.

Retired police officer to fight theft charges

A retired police officer is facing charges for allegedly skimming nearly $5,000 from the coin-operated children’s rides he was paid to maintain at a North Attleborough mall.

Drew Framson of Norton pleaded not guilty Thursday in Attleboro District Court to stealing $4,900 from by CTM Group of Salem, N.H., and was released on personal recognizance.

The 52-year-old Framson is a retired Falmouth officer.

North Attleborough police say Framson was employed by CTM Group, collecting money and maintaining the rides at the Emerald Square Mall from April until July, when the company reported the missing money to police.

His lawyer told The Sun Chronicle that Framson intends to fight the allegations.

The lawyer says Framson retired on medical disability after being injured apprehending a felon.

BEVERLY, Mass.

Woman does ‘right thing’ returns handbag, $11,000

A Beverly woman was shopping for sweaters at a Swampscott store when an attractive Vera Bradley handbag on the rack caught her eye.

Cheryl Gavazzi decided to check it out, looked inside, and found more than $11,000 in cash.

She took the bag to police.

Police told The Salem News the handbag had been left at the Marshalls store earlier by another customer, and the money had been raised by a man to help build a church in Guatemala. Gavazzi, who works for a bank, said the man told her his wife had placed the bag on the rack while tending to their children and forgot about it.

Gavazzi says she returned the money because it was “the right thing to do,” although she did get a small reward.

WOBURN, Mass.

Man’s bloody ‘token of love’ earns him a bail of $25,000

A Lowell man who sent his ex-girlfriend bloody metal rods he removed from his hand during what prosecutors called an ongoing pattern of harassment has been held on $25,000 bail.

Neil Sylvester pleaded not guilty Thursday in Middlesex Superior Court to multiple counts including stalking, assault and battery, kidnapping and witness intimidation.

Prosecutors say the couple dated until January, when the woman broke it off. Sylvester allegedly threatened to kill her.

Prosecutors say while behind bars the 43-year-old Sylvester called the woman hundreds of times, and sent numerous letters, including one in August that included the metal rods placed in his hand to help him heal after he punched a wall when she took out a restraining order against him. He wrote that the rods were “a token of love.”

- From news service reports