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He also told reporters how his new bride, who started writing him letters while he was in prison, visited him there regularly on weekends and holidays in recent years.

The two have not talked about what prompted her to choose him as a pen pal.


Divers search pond for sign of missing girl

STEWARTSTOWN — Divers were deployed to a pond in northern New Hampshire on Sunday in the search for an 11-year-old girl who’s been missing for several days.

State Fish and Game Department divers searched Back Pond for any sign of fifth-grader Celina Cass, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said. The small pond is less than a mile from Celina’s home in Stewartstown, a community of 800 residents with one blinking streetlight and a handful of stores.

Vermont and New Hampshire state police, the FBI and other agencies also were continuing their ground search in those states and in Canada, Ms. Young said.

“We’re searching for Celina Cass as a missing person,” she said. “We have no evidence to categorize this any other way.”

Celina, who lives with her mother and stepfather, was last seen Monday night at her home computer in her small town in far northern New Hampshire.

In the search for the tall, gap-toothed girl, investigators have knocked on hundreds of doors, and hundreds of fliers with her photo have been put up throughout Stewartstown and nearby communities. Law enforcement agencies have set up a command post at the local school.

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information in the case, and a community member has added $5,000.


Judge: Abortion billboard can stay, for now

ALAMOGORDO — An Alamogordo man can keep his controversial billboard along the city’s main thoroughfare, for now, a state district judge has ruled.

Judge James Counts wants to schedule a full hearing in the case since it concerns freedom of speech and the right to privacy, the Alamogordo Daily News reported Friday. He made the decision during a hearing Thursday.

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