Crime

Former Nashuan guilty of fentanyl trafficking

CONCORD – A former Nashua resident pled guilty in federal court to a fentanyl trafficking charge after a search yielded about 76 grams of fentanyl. On Friday, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Murray announced that Arthur Voutselas, 27, previously of Nashua, pled guilty to possession of fentanyl with ...

NPD drug sweep nabs six

NASHUA — Extensive investigations into the distribution of illegal drugs in the city culminated with the arrest of six individuals earlier this week. On Wednesday and Thursday, Nashua police targeted drug-related activity, reeling in Jonathan Griffin, 35, of Nashua charging him with two ...

N.H. man indicted by federal grand jury

CONCORD – On the same day one-time Hudson resident Joshua Smith was sentenced last week to only suspended jail and prison time – and had his sentencing order sealed by the judge – he was in the process of being indicted by a federal grand jury for his alleged role in a major fentanyl ...

Merrimack teen charged with injuring relative

MERRIMACK – An 18-year-old Eden Street resident turned herself in to police late Monday, shortly after she allegedly struck a family member in the head and took off, police said. Maria Hernandez faces one count of domestic violence, a Class A misdemeanor, in connection with the assault, ...

Police, AG’s office continue investigation

NASHUA – The police vehicles are gone and narrow Buck Street has reopened to traffic, but investigators continue following leads, interviewing people and reviewing evidence in the murder of David Smith. Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati said Monday he has no information he ...

Nashua man arrested for trying to pawn stolen goods

NASHUA – A local man was arrested Saturday for allegedly trying to pawn stolen property. Officers responded to a call at Tradeland, a Nashua pawn shop, for a report that someone tried to pawn stolen property. Joseph Catanzano, 26, of 14 Rancourt St., was arrested and charged with one ...

Judge mulls prisoner’s request for third attempt at Adult Drug Court

NASHUA – Unless the lawyers in the case of incarcerated criminal offender Justin Leonard uncover “substantially different” information in the next month or so, there’s a good chance a judge will grant Leonard’s request to apply once again to the Adult Drug Court program. Judge ...

Lawyer: Convicted carjacker denied medical help at ER

NASHUA – The lawyer for Anthony Plourde, the 23-year-old man charged in December with carjacking a vehicle in Manchester then striking several cars before stopping in Hudson, said Plourde went to a hospital four times seeking help for his psychosis in the hours leading up to the ...

City man held on $50K cash bail

NASHUA – Hudson police assisted Nashua police in arresting Omar Rivera, 34, of Nashua around 1:39 p.m. Thursday. At 3:46 a.m. officers responded to a Nashua address for a report of a domestic dispute, with the female victim, known to Rivera, reporting that he assaulted her numerous ...

Local man receives suspended sentence

NASHUA – Hudson resident Joshua Smith stood before a Superior Court judge Wednesday and entered guilty pleas to four felony charges, including one count of armed robbery, all stemming from the 2017 rampage in which he robbed a person and threatened three others with a knife. Add to that the ...

‘Hesitant’ defendant prompts judge to halt sentencing hearing

NASHUA – Corey Moody, one of three people picked up during a Nashua police Operation Granite Hammer drug sweep in May 2017, was in court Wednesday prepared to enter a plea agreement when the judge said he felt he should halt the proceeding and resume another day. “You’re hesitant ... I ...

Reports: Man shot by police said, ‘just wanted you guys to kill me’

NASHUA – Justin Contreras, the 29-year-old Nashua man shot by police June 26, allegedly told police he raised his gun in hopes officers would kill him. On July 2, after Contreras got out of the hospital, authorities arrested him on a charge of criminal threatening. He was released on bail, ...

Weekend death ruled a homicide

NASHUA – A Monday autopsy indicated Nashua resident David Smith is the victim of a homicide, with his death resulting from a single gunshot wound. Smith, 49, was reportedly found early Sunday morning “not breathing ... cold to the touch” by someone who then called 911, according to ...

Pair arrested for criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct

MERRIMACK – Police on Saturday arrested two people for criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct, one of whom was allegedly found hiding under a bed. Officers responded to a call that Christian Prater, 22, of Merrimack and Brittney Elwell, 22, of Lowell, had entered a home without ...

Police investigate Nashua man’s death

NASHUA – The police investigation into the suspicious death early Sunday of Nashua resident David Smith will continue Monday with an autopsy, which police say will be conducted at the State Medical Examiner’s office in Concord. Details surrounding the circumstances of Smith’s death were ...

Nashua man died of gunshot wound, autopsy shows

NASHUA – David Smith, the 49-year-old Nashua man whose body was found around midnight Sunday inside 19 Buck St., is the victim of a homicide, an autopsy shows. Senior Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Agati said Monday afternoon that Chief Medical Examiner Jennie Duval determined via ...

Former Nashua judge disbarred

CONCORD – Paul S. Moore, the former Nashua District Court judge convicted of fraud earlier this year, has been formally disbarred by the New Hampshire Supreme Court. “In light of the seriousness of the misconduct, the court concluded that (Moore) should be disbarred,” the Friday court ...

Pantsless man with porn has conviction overturned

CONCORD – The Milford man previously convicted on seven counts of child pornography possession, Robert Norman, saw the convictions overturned by the New Hampshire Supreme Court on Friday. Justices cited a lack of evidence for the search warrant in the case. Associate Justice Anna Barbara ...

Man shot by Nashua officer faces felony

NASHUA -- Justin Contreras, who was hospitalized after Nashua police officer James Ciulla shot him last week, now faces criminal threatening charges for allegedly pointing a gun at Ciulla during the encounter. According to Nashua Police Capt. James Testaverde, officers responded to the second ...

New Boston lawyer arrested for fraud

CONCORD – A New Boston lawyer and property developer, Joseph Foistner, was arrested this week on federal charges of bank fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. The five-count indictment, unsealed Friday in the U.S. District Court in Concord, alleges that Foistner received a $2.9 million ...