November 17, 2012

New England Dispatches


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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