Utah man arrested in Mexico after couple found dead in Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Authorities say police have arrested a man in Mexico who’s suspected of stealing a car that belonged to a New Hampshire couple found buried at a South Texas beach.

Kleberg County Sheriff Richard Kirkpatrick told KIII-TV in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Wednesday that Adam Curtis Williams was arrested by authorities in the Mexican state of Jalisco (hah-LEES’-koh) on felony theft charges.

Authorities believe the 33-year-old Logan, Utah, man and Amanda Noverr might have had contact with 48-year-old James Butler and 46-year-old Michelle Butler. They released a surveillance photo of Williams and Noverr crossing the border into Mexico in a car belonging to the Butlers.

James Butler’s sister Debbie Van Loon told WMUR-TV in Manchester, New Hampshire: “We’re glad to hear the arrest has been made and await what’s next.”

Officials say the Butlers’ deaths are being investigated as homicides. Their bodies were found last week in a shallow grave on Padre Island, near Corpus Christi.

In New Hampshire, Klobuchar sees hope in election results

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says Tuesday’s election results across the country give her confidence as she officially signs up for New Hampshire’s 2020 presidential primary.

Klobuchar told supporters Wednesday that “democracy is really hitting back in a good way” and sending the message that “the president is not the king.”

She mentioned mayoral races won by Democrats in New Hampshire, and elections in Virginia, where Republicans lost control of both houses of the Legislature. She called those state and local elections a “value check” on President Donald Trump.

Klobuchar got a quick history lesson as she put her name on New Hampshire’s Democratic primary ballot: her home state of Minnesota had its primary the same day as New Hampshire’s in 1916, but New Hampshire has gone first every cycle since.

New Mexico lawyer to challenge Trump in New Hampshire

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A lawyer from a New Mexico town renowned as the site of an alleged 1947 UFO crash says he will challenge President Donald Trump in New Hampshire.

The Roswell Daily Record reports Roswell, New Mexico, attorney Rick Kraft has filed the paperwork needed to appear on the ballot as a Republican candidate in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

According to the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s website, Kraft filed his declaration of candidacy on Tuesday.

The 61-year-old Kraft says he decided to run after he and his wife visited the New Hampshire State House in Concord, New Hampshire, and learned how easy it is to get on the ballot. He called the move “a bucket list-type thing.”

Kraft says he does not plan on entering any other state primaries or caucuses.

Man gets a year in jail for aiding in roommate’s suicide

NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — A man convicted of helping his friend kill himself has been sentenced to a year in jail.

WMUR-TV reports that Parker Hogan also was sentenced to five years of probation. In August, he was found guilty of aiding in 19-year-old Michael Buskey’s suicide by bringing him a gun and advising him how to use it. Police said Buskey killed himself in May 2018 in Plymouth, New Hampshire.

Hogan also was convicted of falsifying evidence by wiping his fingerprints off the gun.

Hogan’s lawyer, Charlotte Robinson, said Hogan was 19 at the time and was struggling with his own mental health. She said he did not act maliciously.

As part of his sentence, Hogan is required to have a mental health evaluation and treatment.

Castro campaign shutting down New Hampshire operations

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Julián Castro’s presidential campaign is closing down his presence in New Hampshire.

The last day for Castro’s New Hampshire team is Nov. 11, according to a person familiar with the campaign’s plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The person did not say how many staffers were being laid off.

The move comes as some in the crowded 2020 Democratic field reassess their operations in the early voting states.

The campaign for California Sen. Kamala Harris also moved last week to largely end her effort in New Hampshire by laying off all the campaign’s field organizers in New Hampshire alongside plans to close three field offices.

Man just released from jail charged with assault, carjacking

NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say a man just released from jail was arrested on charges of punching a 79-year-old man in the face and stealing his vehicle.

Twenty-one-year-old Brenden Harriman, of Lebanon, pleaded not guilty to assault and robbery charges Tuesday

Police said the driver saw Harriman looking for a ride Monday and picked him up. Prosecutors said Harriman had just been released on personal recognizance bail for not showing up to court on a separate case involving an assault charge.

Police in Haverhill found the driver with blood on his face and clothes. They said Harriman threatened and hit him before driving away.

Harriman was held without bail. His public defender didn’t contest the state’s and judge’s position that he be held in jail.

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