Crime

Jury finds man not guilty of branding former wife

NASHUA – A Superior Court jury Friday returned not guilty verdicts on felony assault, criminal threatening and animal cruelty charges in the trial of Blake Colella, the Massachusetts man accused of striking, strangling and cutting his now ex-wife in April 2017. Jurors convicted Colella on ...

Nashuan suspected of intentional car crash

NASHUA – Antony Deleon Espinal, 21, of 28 Vine Street Apartment C, Nashua, faces a felony reckless conduct charge after he allegedly intentionally crashed a vehicle into another. Officers on Thursday arrested Espinal on the felony charge, which stemmed from the alleged events of May 22. ...

N.H. man allegedly tried to fight police officer

MANCHESTER — At 5:10 p.m. Monday, Community Policing Officer Anna Marie Martin was on a bike patrol on when she allegedly saw two men coming out of Bunny’s Market with beer. The men sat down in an alleyway off Elm Street and Martin saw them drinking beer. She rode over to them, prepared ...

16 charges lodged against man for series of incidents

NASHUA – Within one tumultuous hour late Friday night, an intoxicated Francis A. Wool allegedly beat and stabbed a family member, attacked another one, grabbed a 4-year-old child, put her in a car amongst a bunch of empty beer cans, then sped off, eventually crashing the car into a fence and ...

Stanford found not guilty in stabbing trial

NASHUA – The jury in the stabbing trial of Marques Stanford on Monday found the 30-year-old Nashua man not guilty on all three felony charges he faced in connection with the December downtown brawl. Stanford broke a smile for the first time in the four-day trial, which featured a series of ...

Jury in Stanford stabbing trial to resume deliberations

NASHUA – Jurors in the trial of Marques Stanford, the Nashua man charged with felony assault in a downtown stabbing in December, are scheduled to resume their deliberations this morning in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. Testimony wrapped up late Friday morning, after which the ...

Man arrested for allegedly leaving dog in hot car

MERRIMACK – Moments after Merrimack Premium Outlets security personnel told police officers patrolling the area they spotted a dog inside a closed-up vehicle parked in Monday’s bright sun, the temperature inside had already passed the 100-degree mark, police said. While the front windows ...

Morrill sentenced to minimum 16 months in prison

NASHUA – A Superior Court judge on Monday imposed a prison term of one and a half to four years in the case of former Nashua resident Ronald Morrill, who pleaded guilty in March to charges accusing him of raping a young girl last year. Morrill, 59, entered the guilty plea at a March 21 ...

11 killed in Virginia Beach shooting

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) – A longtime, disgruntled city employee opened fire at a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday, killing 11 people before police fatally shot him, authorities said. Six other people were wounded in the shooting, including a police officer whose bulletproof ...

Man pleads guilty to transporting stolen item

CONCORD – James Falk, 38, of Preston, Connecticut, pleaded guilty in federal court to participating in a conspiracy to transport stolen goods, U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said. According to court documents and statements made in court, from approximately April 2018 to December 2018, Falk ...

Goffstown man pleads guilty to fentanyl charge

CONCORD — Jonathan Felch, 37, of Goffstown, pleaded guilty in federal court to participating in a fentanyl drug trafficking conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said. According to court documents and statements made in court, during an ongoing drug trafficking investigation that included ...

New Hampshire repeals death penalty as Senate overrides veto

By HOLLY RAMER Associated Press CONCORD (AP) — New Hampshire, which hasn’t executed anyone in 80 years and has only one inmate on death row, on Thursday became the latest state to abolish the death penalty when the state Senate voted to override the governor’s veto. The Senate vote ...

Driver convicted in 2012 fatal Nashua crash seeking new trial

NASHUA – James Bazinet, the Massachusetts man serving State Prison time on a negligent homicide charge stemming from a fatal drunk-driving crash in Nashua, was back in court Wednesday to argue for a new trial. Bazinet, now 54, filed the motion for a new trial, claiming ineffective ...

Woman allegedly stabs man, licks knife, in downtown Nashua

NASHUA – A Superior Court judge Tuesday set prompt mental health treatment as a priority for Samantha Iodice, the local woman who allegedly stabbed a man in downtown Nashua during the weekend, then reportedly stated “it tastes good” while licking the knife. Iodice, 21, of Nashua, faces ...

Butcher indicted in Wilton deer-processing investigation

NASHUA – A Hillsborough County grand jury has handed up criminal indictments in the case of Wilton wild game butcher Phillip Pellerin, who is accused of bilking two dozen would-be customers by failing to process their deer meat before it spoiled, according to the indictments. Pellerin, 30, ...

Lawsuit against Symphony NH remains in court

CONCORD – Last year, former Symphony NH music director Jonathan McPhee filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the organization. He alleged he was fired for expressing concerns about financial issues to his superiors, including “an unexplained loss of $80,000.” The back-and-forth ...

Local pleads guilty to felony drug charge

NASHUA – Barring future run-ins with the law, Krystal Kenny on Tuesday settled the last of a series of drug and theft-related cases by entering a guilty plea to one count of possession of a controlled drug. Kenny, 35, currently in State Prison on a violation of probation charge filed ...