Crime

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, ...

Nashuan ordered to serve two days of deferred sentence

NASHUA – Joseph Hanby agreed in March to plead guilty to a misdemeanor-level domestic violence charge in exchange for a deferred one-year jail sentence – as long as he complied with all the conditions listed on his sentencing order. But at a review hearing last week in Hillsborough County ...

Merrimack PD nets six

MERRIMACK – Police officers in Merrimack have been quite busy during the holiday season, arresting multiple individuals for a variety of alleged offenses. Eric Dearborn Dearborn, 29, of Nashua, faces charges of stalking and breach of bail. According to police, officers responded to a ...

Nashuan accused of stabbing to stay in jail

NASHUA – Facing charges of first-degree assault and possessing a deadly weapon as a convicted felon related to an alleged Dec. 20 stabbing, 30 year-old city resident Marques Stanford appeared before Judge Jacalyn Colburn at Hillsborough Superior Court-South for an evidentiary bail hearing, ...

Boston Marathon bomber’s lawyers want conviction, death sentence tossed

BOSTON (AP) – Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s convictions or death sentence should be tossed because it was impossible for him to get a fair trial in the same city where the shrapnel-packed, pressure cooker bombs exploded, his lawyers told a federal appeals court on Thursday. In ...

Driver in 2012 negligent homicide crash seeks new trial

NASHUA – James Bazinet, the former Worcester, Massachusetts man sentenced in May 2016 to a term of five to 10 years in State Prison in the 2012 drunk-driving crash in Nashua that killed his fiancee, was back in court this week with a new attorney by his side – and apparently with the intent ...