Crime

Nine arrested on cocaine charges

CONCORD – U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said authorities arrested nine individuals for their alleged participation in a cocaine trafficking operation. Those arrested include: • George Cruz, 30, Nashua; • Lawrence Fortenberry, 65, Nashua; • William Greenleaf, 42, Nashua; • ...

Survivor of 2016 stabbing now jailed

NASHUA – A prosecutor on Tuesday convinced a Superior Court judge to hold domestic violence suspect Freddie Buchanan in jail, referring to him as a danger to the public and himself and accusing him of perpetrating a violent, prolonged attack on a female acquaintance. Buchanan, 38, ...

Employee arrested on theft charge

NASHUA -- Officers arrested Christopher Hopf, 40, of 30 Lancaster Road, Shirley, Massachusetts, for alleged felony theft. In October, officers responded to a business at 55 Northeastern Blvd. in Nashua for a report of employee theft. It was alleged that Hopf was manipulating the cards in a ...

Temple grants man early release

NASHUA – After spending about 12 years in the New Hampshire State Prison after his conviction on five aggravated felonious sexual assault charges, the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel became a lot brighter this week for Juan Carlos Marquez. This is the result of Judge Charles ...

Man allegedly votes in two towns on same day

CONCORD – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald said Douglas Carl Smith Jr. of Warner, 30, was arrested Sunday on three counts of wrongful voting for voting in two places during the Town Election. Smith was charged with a felony for violating RSA 659:34, I (e) for knowingly voting in an ...

N.H. man sentenced on probation violation

CONCORD – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Concord Police Chief Bradley Osgood said Charles Maynard, 30, formerly of Hooksett, was sentenced by the Merrimack County Superior Court on a violation of probation and was ordered to serve six months of a previously suspended sentence for ...

N.Y., feds join to get 100K rape kits tested around U.S.

NEW YORK (AP) – Languishing evidence in over 100,000 sexual assault cases around the country has been sent for DNA testing with money from a New York prosecutor and federal authorities, spurring over 1,000 arrests and hundreds of convictions in three years, officials say. It’s estimated ...

Former Nashuan sentenced

NASHUA – A somewhat less animated and more controlled Dennis Higgins Sr. was sentenced to suspended and deferred prison time, some four months after his courtroom outburst prompted a Superior Court judge to cancel that hearing. Higgins, 53, a former Nashua resident most recently of 9 Melendy ...

Alleged police, and EMT impersonator arrested in Merrimack

MERRIMACK – Police say 22-year-old Obadiah Croteau drove a green Dodge Charger outfitted with “much of the same equipment” as a police cruiser, including emergency flashing lights on the roof, so it’s not surprising most people who saw Croteau stopped at crashes or other road incidents ...

N.H. man sentenced on $621K tax evasion count

CONCORD – Blake Ruggiero, 44, of Salem, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for tax evasion, U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said Friday. According to court documents and statements made in court, the defendant has owned and operated Romano’s Pizza in Salem since 1994. The ...

Concord man sentenced for drug trafficking

CONCORD – Jason Sfara, 44, of Concord, was sentenced to 77 months in prison for possession of fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said Friday. According to court documents and statements made in court, parole officers attempted to ...

Hudson man must undergo assessment

NASHUA – Serge Michaud, the Hudson man who allegedly retrieved a handgun during a domestic altercation and warned several family members “I’m going to kill everyone,” was released from jail Tuesday with orders to immediately undergo assessment by a crisis intervention team. Superior ...

Judge halts sentencing hearing

NASHUA – Despite a prosecutor’s contention nothing has happened within the last year that would indicate John R. Miller Jr. is not competent to assist his lawyer in arguing his case, a Superior Court judge still halted last week’s sentencing hearing and ordered Miller to undergo an ...

Massachusetts man arrested for opioids

NASHUA – Jeffrey Montero, 24, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, allegedly possessed more than 50 grams of heroin and fentanyl with intent to distribute. Nashua officers arrested him on this count, along with a count of falsifying physical evidence, at 9:37 p.m. Monday. Montero refused bail and ...

Multiple gunshots, domestic altercation prompt arrest

NASHUA – Hudson resident Serge Michaud, charged Sunday with a series of felony offenses accusing him of firing a gun several times during an alleged altercation with family members, is due back in court Tuesday for a review and bail hearing, according to court documents. Police said Michaud, ...

Mass. man charged with painting swastika

NASHUA – Authorities allege George Carty, 20, drove from his Lowell, Massachusetts home in June to paint a swastika and the phrase “National Socialist Legion” at Nashua High School North. The officer investigating the offensive graffiti used security video, a tip from another officer, ...

21 animals removed from Hudson property

HUDSON – A lot of animals were seized down a little side street in town concerning an animal neglect case. After an investigation by the Hudson Police Animal Control Division in conjunction with the state of New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, a search warrant was served Wednesday at 6 ...

Local charged with exposing child to drugs

NASHUA – Charles Daye, the Nashua resident facing various drug-related charges that include allegations he exposed a 1-year-old child to a near-fatal dose of fentanyl, remains in jail awaiting an opening in Nashua’s Adult Drug Court, according to a review of his case heard in court ...

Patriots owner pleads not guilty

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in a Florida case, according to court documents released Thursday. Kraft’s attorney Jack Goldberger filed the written plea with the Palm ...

Charges reduced for alleged pill theft

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) – Prosecutors have reduced a charge filed against a former Massachusetts pharmacy technician accused of stealing nearly 18,000 pills. The Salem News reports the Essex District Attorney’s office said Wednesday they were changing the charge filed against 50-year-old Lisa ...