Crime

Judge weighs murder suspect’s competency

NASHUA – Experts were questioned and segments of phone calls Devin Tappan made from prison were played by prosecutors, as the sides in Tappan’s murder case addressed, at his most recent hearing last week, the topic of his competency to stand trial. Tappan, who turned 32 last week, is ...

Hudson standoff ends with arrest

HUDSON – A roughly four-hour police standoff with a suspect last seen inside a Barbara Lane residence late Saturday morning ended without incident, police said, when the suspect was located and taken into custody. Police said the incident began around 11 a.m. Saturday, when officers ...

Deferred jail term for Nashua’s Webster

NASHUA – Prosecutors at Timothy Webster’s plea and sentencing hearing this week agreed to a deferred jail term and to amend a felony assault charge to a misdemeanor, as long as Webster abides by the terms spelled out in his sentencing order. In exchange, Webster, 22, most recently of 14 ...

UPDATE: Whitey Bulger, Boston gangster, killed in West Virginia Prison

BOSTON (AP) — James “Whitey” Bulger, the murderous Boston gangster who benefited from a corrupt relationship with the FBI before spending 16 years as one of America’s most wanted men, was slain in federal prison. He was 89. Bulger was found unresponsive Tuesday morning at the U.S. ...

Alleged pumpkin vandals nabbed

NASHUA – Five juvenile suspects have been arrested in connection to the pumpkin vandalism that occurred last week. Through the evening of Oct. 23 and into the morning of Oct. 24, multiple residents reported vehicles being damaged using pumpkins. The Nashua Police Department received several ...

Nashuans receiving scam calls

NASHUA — “Right now, you and your physical property, those are being monitored and it’s very important that I do hear from you as soon as possible before we proceed further in any legal matter,” states one transcript of a monitored call to Nashua resident Chris Wilcox. The caller, ...

Hudson state representative reaches plea deal in 2016 sexual assault case

BRENTWOOD – In the wake of Friday’s plea agreement that sends him to jail for at least 30 days, State Rep. Eric Schleien, a Republican who represents Hudson and Pelham, is facing pressure from officials of both parties to resign. Schleien, 30, whose address is listed as 26A Pine Road in ...

Bail reduction denied for Nashuan accused in summer burglary

NASHUA – Citing his history of arrests on various felony charges, including burglary, firearms and drug possession, a Superior Court judge on Monday denied 25-year-old Marcus Persons’s request for a substantially lower bail. Persons, who lists addresses of 64 W. Hollis St. and 52 Kinsley ...

Locals charged with department store theft

NASHUA – Kevin Dumont, 31, of no fixed address, and Fallon Peno, 32, of no fixed address, face charges with allegedly trying to steal from a store at the Pheasant Lane Mall. At 5:52 p.m. Saturday, officers arrested Dumont on felony counts of unauthorized taking or transfer, as well as ...

Local charged with attempted murder

MANCHESTER – Police said Nashua resident David Rodriguez, 39, faces charges that include attempted murder, the result of an early-morning incident Sunday in the city’s downtown. The alleged victim, a 31-year-old man who wasn’t identified, was suffering from an apparent stab wound to his ...

Jury delivers not guilty verdict

NASHUA – It took a jury of seven men and seven women less than an hour Friday to find Hudson resident Jason Trythall not guilty on all five charges accusing him of assaulting a woman in his car in April. The verdict followed roughly two and a half days of often conflicting testimony by ...

Grand jury hands up October indictments

MANCHESTER – A Nashua woman accused of terrorizing an intimate partner with a knife has been indicted on a felony charge of criminal threatening, while two other Nashuans and a Merrimack resident face indictments on drug-related charges in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North. The ...

Local arrested in alleged jewelry heist

NASHUA – Jennifer Fox, 42, of Nashua, faces one count of felony theft after allegedly taking a $1,500 diamond engagement ring from the resident of an assisted living home. Nashua police arrested Fox at 6 p.m. Thursday after a month-long investigation. The ring was reported missing Sept. ...

Nashua man allegedly flips out at laundromat

NASHUA – A 22-year-old local man’s alleged sudden outburst at an East Side laundromat led to a few anxious moments for patrons, one of whom, police said, was threatened with a knife. Taken into custody shortly after police arrived was Kalif A. Brooks, last known address of 40 Chestnut ...

New Ipswich man appeals protective-order violation case

NASHUA – New Ipswich resident Nicholas Diak, who appealed to Superior Court his district court conviction on a charge that accuses him of violating a protective order, insists he did everything he’s supposed to do when he realized he was in the same place as the woman who sought the order ...

Suspect arrested while hiding under clothing pile

NASHUA – Michael Woodbury, 44, now faces several charges after Nashua officers located the sexual assault suspect hiding under a pile of clothing inside a Nashua residence. On Oct. 16, deputies with the Merrimack County Sheriff’s Office contacted Nashua Police Department officers ...

N.Y. couple among those indicted

NASHUA – Six months after a former longtime Hollis resident and U.S. Army veteran died at age 86, a New York State couple known to the man has been indicted on charges accusing them of taking advantage of his “impaired abilities” to steal thousands of dollars from him, according to the ...

Judge OKs local man’s release from jail for treatment

NASHUA – Spending the last month or so behind bars at Valley Street jail, Frank Hampson had plenty of time to reflect on where he’s been, where he is, and where he is going, his public defender told a Superior Court judge Friday. The path Hampson chose, Attorney Eleftheria Keans said, ...

Mann arrested while wearing devil horns and fishnet stockings

MERRIMACK – Authorities are not sure if Eric Mann was getting an early start on Halloween when they arrested him as he wore a devil costume during a Tuesday attempted Merrimack break-in. At 5:29 a.m. Tuesday, Merrimack officers responded to a home on Grouse Lane for a report of someone ...

Merrimack man faces multiple charges after incident

MERRIMACK – At 11:39 p.m. Monday, Merrimack Police Department officers received a complaint about a vehicle operating erratically on the Everett Turnpike. An officer located the vehicle in question at a local business as the operator attempted to pump gasoline. The officer noticed signs of ...