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Crime

Trial starts for convicted New York City bomber

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A man already serving a life sentence for a bombing in New York City is going on trial in New Jersey, where he faces attempted murder charges for allegedly firing at police officers during a gunfight preceding his arrest. Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of ...

Nashua man arrested, accused of sexually assaulting young girl

NASHUA – Police maintain that about a month ago, a 4-year-old girl approached her parents and told them about what a man she knows allegedly did to her when the two were alone. Hearing the alarming allegations prompted the girl’s parents to go to Nashua police headquarters the next day ...

Man acquitted of sex assault back in court

BRENTWOOD – When a Superior Court jury acquitted former Brookline resident Johnathon Purcell last November on all four felony sexual assault charges, indications were that prosecutors were nevertheless growing increasingly confident they would see him back in court sitting at the defense ...

Hudson man was reportedly suicidal when he allegedly assaulted police officer

NASHUA – Tormented for the past two months by the recurring image of his son shooting and killing himself in front of him and his wife, Hudson resident David Horne drove into a utility pole, then allegedly attacked police officers, while hoping they would be forced to shoot him, Horne’s ...

Allegations of thefts, failures to appear land former Nashua man in jail

NASHUA – William Mejia Delisle, a 26-year-old former Nashua man most recently living in Manchester, should be held on $25,000 cash-only bail, a county prosecutor said this week, because he “has many convictions” and presents “an absolute flight risk.” That risk, Assistant County ...

Man pleads guilty on fentanyl charge

CONCORD – David Nguyen, 37, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing fentanyl, U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said. According to court documents and statements made in court, on Nov. 1, a cooperating individual, at the direction of law enforcement officers, arranged to buy ...

Nashua man held on $5K bail for failure to appear in court

NASHUA – A series of alleged failures to appear in court as ordered, including allegedly not showing up for a December plea and sentencing hearing in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North, have landed occasional Nashua resident Nicholas Guerrero in jail. Picked up by police during the ...

Man in NY jail pleads guilty to Nashua burglary

NASHUA – Already in the process of serving what a prosecutor called “a lengthy sentence” behind bars in the state of New York, former Nashua resident Shane R. Hirth agreed Monday to serve an additional sentence of one year as part of a plea deal. Hirth, 29, most recent address of 2 New ...

The alleged ‘wife poisoner’ of Wilton Centre

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part story on the “Wilton Centre Wife Poisoner,” the 19th century murder case that captivated the rural farming community for weeks. Part II will run in this space on Sept. 15. Since the first newspapers rolled off of comparatively tiny presses ...

Mayor charged with taking bribes to help pot businesses

BOSTON (AP) – A young Massachusetts mayor’s tortuous tenure took another strange turn Friday when he was arrested on charges he conspired to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies seeking to operate marijuana businesses. Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia, who became the old ...

N.H. Attorney General Takes Control Of Hillsborough County Attorney Office

MANCHESTER -- Friday, New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced that he is wresting control of the Hillsborough County Attorney Office from elected County Attorney Michael Conlon. MacDonald cited "systemic failures in the leadership of the prosecutorial function of your ...

Nashua man nabbed on warrants must get treatment to stay out of jail

NASHUA – Agreeing, at least to some degree, with Aaron Sisto’s attorney that the 22-year-old Nashua man has been taking seriously his mental health and drug treatment, Judge Jacalyn Colburn granted Sisto’s request for personal recognizance bail at a Superior Court hearing this week. “I ...

City man charged with sexual assault

NASHUA – Blake Romano, 19, of Nashua, faces an allegation of aggravated felonious sexual assault (AFSA) after his Wednesday arrest. At 4:54 p.m. Tuesday, officers from the Nashua Police Department’s Uniform Field Operations Bureau received a report of a sexual assault. Romano was ...

N.J. man pleads guilty on cocaine charges

CONCORD – Shariff Britton, 36, of Jersey City, New Jersey, pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing more than 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said. According to court documents and statements made in court, on Feb. 15, 2018, a New Hampshire ...

New Ipswich man facing assault charges

NASHUA – Apparently satisfied with the progress New Ipswich resident Michael Kane Sr. has made in treatment programs while confined at the State Hospital, a Superior Court judge on Tuesday granted Kane personal recognizance bail – with a number of conditions attached. Kane, 51, faces two ...

Woman pleads guilty, goes to jail

NASHUA – Although Allison Grande’s most recent arrest, on Friday in Manchester, led to a Tuesday hearing in which she was sentenced to one to three years in State Prison, she nevertheless believes the arrest “is, quite honestly, the best thing that could happen to me.” That’s ...

Vasquez-Larkin trial: ‘not guilty’ decision on 10 of 11 charges

NASHUA — Jurors in the assault trial of David Vasquez-Larkin on Friday convicted the former Crown Hill resident on just one of the 11 charges he faced in connection with a physical altercation with his wife last December. The jury deliberated for about four hours Friday before returning a ...

Feds investigating Nashua School ELL program

NASHUA — The typical New Hampshire public school teacher is responsible for educating 12.6 students at a time, but English Language Learner teachers in Nashua are assigned an average of 49 pupils per class. As students with first languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, and dozens of other ...

Woman who allegedly starved German shepherd headed to trial

MERRIMACK – While court filings have not yet detailed the circumstances behind a troubling episode of alleged animal neglect and cruelty in Merrimack, the 20-year-old suspect, Alexa Mei Cho, has opted to take the case to trial. Cho, of 48 Brek Drive, faces four charges stemming from her ...