CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A Lyndeboro man accused of faking his own kidnapping and seeking ransom was sentenced Tuesday to 15 months in federal prison.

Steven Bromley, 37, had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Prosecutors said the self-proclaimed high priest of the Wiccan faith used his parents in the hoax.

Bromley’s parents reported him missing in May, and one month later received e-mails that he had been kidnapped by a rival sect and would be killed unless a $300,000 ransom was paid. They said they also received calls from their son, and he said he had been kidnapped.

Drug lab owner gets 7 years in jail

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Kevin Gilford, 33, of Keene, on Tuesday was sentenced to nearly seven years in federal prison after pleading guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine in a Walpole apartment.

Authorities said Gilford’s laboratory was discovered by firefighters who responded to a fire alarm at the apartment in February.

Accused arsonist arrested after fire

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) – Police on Tuesday arrested a resident of a four-apartment building destroyed in a four-alarm fire.

Police said Jean Nicholas will be arraigned Wednesday.

Tuesday afternoon’s fire left seven people homeless.

No injuries were reported.

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