Crime

At least 4,500 abuse complaints at migrant children shelters

WASHINGTON (AP) – Thousands of accusations of sexual abuse and harassment of migrant children in government-funded shelters were made over the past four years, including scores directed against adult staff members, according to federal data released Tuesday. The cases include allegations of ...

Stolen heating oil truck recovered

MANCHESTER (AP) – Police say a delivery truck taken from a New Hampshire heating oil company has been found. The truck was taken about two weeks after a service van was also stolen. Police said the truck was found in a parking lot Thursday, and its over 2,000 gallons of oil appeared to be ...

Local to plead in theft of $4,000 of leggings

NASHUA The Lawrence, Massachusetts woman charged in 2017 with the theft of thousands of dollars worth of women’s leggings from a Victoria’s Secret store in Nashua has agreed to plead guilty to one felony offense in exchange for a suspended prison sentence. Yesenia Torres, 44, entered a ...

Political operative arrested in N.C. scandal

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The political operative at the center of an election fraud scandal that has engulfed a North Carolina congressional race was arrested Wednesday on charges of illegal ballot handling and conspiracy. Four people working for him were also charged. Leslie McCrae Dowless ...

Coast Guard officer accused of drafting hit list is indicted

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) – A Coast Guard officer accused of being a white supremacist who compiled a hit list of prominent Democrats was indicted Wednesday on drug and firearms charges. A federal grand jury in Maryland indicted Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, on charges of illegal possession of ...

Indictments for several area residents

NASHUA – Men and women who allegedly committed crimes as recently as mid-January and as far back as 2013 were indicted this week by the grand jury for the February term of Hillsborough County Superior Court-South. An indictment is not an indication, or proof of, guilt, but represents the ...

Kraft charges lead officials to call for tightened regulations

BOSTON (AP) – Attorney General Maura Healey renewed her call on Tuesday for passage of legislation that would tighten state laws around the licensing and regulation of massage therapy and bodyworks in Massachusetts, in the aftermath of allegations that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft ...

Woman convicted in infant’s 2006 death seeks sentence reduction

NASHUA – For the past 10 years, former Nashua resident Nicole Belonga has found herself “wishing I could change what happened” back in January 2006. That’s when Belonga’s 21-month-old daughter, Rylea, died of what some doctors called the worst case of “shaken baby syndrome” they ...

Shelter resident charged with felony arson

NASHUA – A homeless shelter resident allegedly punched an employee, then gathered cardboard from a dumpster, arranged it inside the shelter’s bus, and set it ablaze. Brandon Middaugh, 27, who gives his address as 40 Chestnut St., the Southern New Hampshire Rescue Mission, was charged with ...

Court ruling pending in Marden rape case

NASHUA – A prosecutor’s Supreme Court appeal in the case of Nashua resident Jonathan Marden, who was convicted of rape in 2017 but was granted his motion for a new trial, remains under review nearly a year after the high court accepted the appeal. State Attorney General Gordon MacDonald ...

Money following relatives’ deaths trial

CONCORD (AP) – A probate court trial of a man accused by relatives of killing his millionaire grandfather for inheritance money is now scheduled for June. The New Hampshire trial initially was scheduled in January for 24-year-old Nathan Carman, of Vernon, Vermont, who’s denied any role in ...

Convicted assailant up for parole

CONCORD – Of the 26 cases the state’s Adult Parole Board is scheduled to hear on Thursday, the name of one inmate on the list is certain to evoke a lot of unpleasant memories for many residents of the greater Wilton-Lyndeborough area. The name is Peter Gage, the now 85-year-old former ...

Man convicted in 2014 denied new trial

NASHUA – Attorney Mark Osborne employed “a reasonable trial strategy,” and was otherwise effective in defending felonious sexual assault suspect Christopher Slayback in 2014, according to the Superior Court judge who denied Slayback’s request for a new trial. Slayback, convicted by a ...

High speed chase

HUDSON – A pending felony arrest warrant appears to be the motivation behind a Nashua man’s alleged attempt to elude police, which triggered Wednesday’s four-town pursuit on both sides of the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border. Arrested after crashing his nearly tireless Toyota Camry ...

Car dealer convicted of theft

BRENTWOOD – The first of what could become a series of Superior Court jury trials for disgraced former classic car dealer Stephan Condodemetraky ended Wednesday with a jury verdict of guilty on one count of felony theft. The charge was one of eight Condodemetraky faced in Rockingham County ...

‘Selfies’ and online posts prove alleged felon’s downfall

PELHAM – Police apparently chose the right bait when they set out to reel in an alleged felon wanted in New Hampshire and two other states. Joseph Giroux, 41, who police said briefly lived in Pelham last year, had been sought since he was bailed on a nearly $300,000 bond from the Sarasota ...

Conviction for selling fatal fentanyl gets 12 to 24 years

NASHUA – William Luna, the 45-year-old former Lowell, Massachusetts, man convicted in December of drug-related offenses that include selling the fentanyl that caused a Pelham man to overdose and die, was dealt a State Prison term of 12 to 24 years, with five years suspended, at Wednesday’s ...

Gunfire kills NYC detective

EDITOR’S NOTE: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday confirmed to The Telegraph that he will not come to Nashua on Friday as had been scheduled on Tuesday. This occurred in the aftermath of the death of New York Police Department Detective Brian Simonsen. NEW YORK (AP) – A New ...

Man held after second drug-related arrest in four days

NASHUA – When a police officer patrolling Main Street allegedly noticed Craig Harper texting while briefly stopped at a red light, he pulled him over, presumably to warn him against the practice. However, when the officer noticed a cut straw “in plain view,” and got Harper’s ...