Crime

Nashua woman’s witness-tampering case resolved

NASHUA – Prosecutors in the case of Kaysha Barriffe, the 25-year-old Nashua woman charged in March with assaulting a man with a knife and slicing his pants in the groin area, have dropped four of the charges in exchange for Barriffe agreeing to plead guilty to one count of witness ...

Locals indicted by grand jury

NASHUA – Charges of sexual assault, identity fraud, and the ramifications of an alleged road rage episode in Brookline are among the allegations on which the Hillsborough County Superior Court-South grand jury handed up indictments for the January term. An indictment is not proof of guilt, ...

Houle charged with sexually assaulting girl

NASHUA – Kenneth Houle, 54, of Goffstown, faces special felony charges for alleged aggravated sexual assault against a juvenile female known to him. At 1:15 p.m. Friday, officers received the report about the alleged activity. Nashua officers arrested Houle at 12:05 a.m. Saturday. This ...

Man arrested for alleged domestic assault

HUDSON – Police early Monday morning took into custody 24-year-old Justin Soeum, charging him with a series of felony and misdemeanor offenses stemming from allegations he threatened a family member, fired a gun and assaulted officers as they tried to arrest him. Soeum, who is believed to be ...

Impaired driver gets 14-day jail sentence in crash

NASHUA – Judge Charles Temple does not believe the Scott Bourque he sentenced Thursday to 14 days in jail – the minimum for a felony offense – is the Scott Bourque who two years ago crashed his car head-on into a truck while driving under the influence of opioid drugs. Virtually everyone ...

Three New Yorkers sentenced to prison

CONCORD – The third member of the trio that conducted what authorities called an organized theft and fraud ring in which the identities of nearly 200 New Hampshire residents were stolen over time has been sentenced to four years in federal prison, officials said Tuesday. Everton Ellis, 41, ...

Second Maine man reaches agreement in witness tampering case

NASHUA – Richard Hildreth, the 63-year-old Maine resident arrested last year for allegedly trying to convince the victim of another man’s sexual assaults to stop helping authorities prosecute the man, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one of the charges as part of an agreement. Hildreth, whose ...

Nashua man granted PR bail

NASHUA – Matthew Verstraete has no criminal history, has lived and worked full-time in Nashua for at least 10 years and cooperated fully with police after they arrested him Sunday on child porn possession charges, but a prosecutor said Monday these images were so “devastating” Verstraete ...

Malloch sentenced for ‘really horrific assault’

NASHUA – The woman former Pelham resident Justin Malloch was convicted of beating unconscious a year ago this week said she “truly thought Justin was going to kill me that night,” and her mother was just as convinced that both women would end up dead, they said in court Monday. “He ...

Local man arrested on multiple sex charges

MERRIMACK – Kevin Welch, 44, of 12 Hillcrest Drive, Merrimack, faces multiple sex charges for acts allegedly committed against a child under age 16. Authorities allege that in November 2017, Welch exposed himself to, and engaged in sexual contact with, a child under age 16. Officers ...

Feds reviewing local woman’s drug sales allegations

NASHUA – A Superior Court judge has agreed to put on hold for the time being the drug-sales case of Brittany Bellino in order to give federal authorities time to review it, according to Bellino’s court file. Judge Charles Temple’s order involves Bellino’s most recent case, which was ...

Litchfield man reaches plea in firearms case

NASHUA – Jay Hargreaves, the 33-year-old Litchfield man arrested in June for pointing a firearm at two people and ordering them to “get on the ground,” can stay out of jail as long as he abides by conditions of an agreement he reached Monday with prosecutors. The two felony charges of ...

March hearing set for Nashua man

NASHUA – The court has set a March pre-trial conference for Joshua Vlahos, the 43-year-old Nashua man charged earlier this month with more than a dozen offenses accusing him of beating up and threatening to kill a woman with whom he is acquainted. Vlahos, of 63 Harbor Ave., posted the $750 ...

Staffing agency employee charged with allegedly taking payroll funds

NASHUA – Police said Tuesday that Osama Zghoul, a Manchester resident affiliated with the Nashua branch of a worldwide employee staffing and temp agency, has been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing payroll funds from the agency. Zghoul, 32, of 154 Second St., Apt. 2, was ...

Nashuan arraigned in felony assault

NASHUA – The public defender for the Nashua man charged with felony domestic assault upon a female acquaintance early Monday morning asked a Superior Court judge for personal recognizance bail for his client, citing his lack of both a criminal record and bail funds. “Nothing like this has ...

Preventative detention ordered for suspect with lengthy history

NASHUA – John Rundlett, a 55-year-old man with no fixed address whose criminal record, according to a prosecutor, currently lists some 77 convictions in two states, was about to be arrested on theft warrants earlier this week when police encountered a woman “crying frantically” because ...

Nashua man sentenced to time served in 2016 beating

NASHUA – Michael Pavlas was dealt an “extremely lenient sentence” on Monday, a day on which “the cards fell right” for the 27-year-old Nashua man, according to the Superior Court judge who imposed the sentence. Pavlas, last known address of 10 Linjay Circle, entered a guilty plea to ...

Charges filed against kidnapping suspect

HARTFORD, Vt. (AP) – A man who authorities said forced a woman and her child into a car in New Hampshire, drove to Vermont, and sexually assaulted the woman, was arraigned Monday in a hospital in Pennsylvania, where he was apprehended after a manhunt and car chase, police said. Everett ...

Hearing continued in alleged teen sex solicitation case

NASHUA – Now that an indictment has been handed up against Jean Yazbek, the 63-year-old Massachusetts man accused of soliciting sex from a person he thought was a 15-year-old girl, a Superior Court hearing has been tentatively set for February as federal officials consider whether to ...

Arson suspect granted PR bail

NASHUA – While a prosecutor insisted Nashua arson suspect Shane Farnsworth is “a danger to the community,” and should therefore be held in jail, a Superior Court judge granted him personal recognizance bail – with the understanding he will abide by several conditions. Farnsworth, 31, ...