Crime

Fine, community service for teen driver in fiery Hollis crash

NASHUA – The teenage girl from Nashua who in January was charged with several driving offenses after crashing her friend’s mother’s car with three friends as passengers has agreed to plead guilty to one of the charges, pay a fine and attend a driving class. Gabrielle Belanger, 16, of 15 ...

Man convicted of sexually assaulting elderly Nashua woman

NASHUA – An 81-year-old resident of a condominium complex in north Nashua told a state prosecutor Wednesday that on the Monday afternoon after Thanksgiving, she was taking a bag of trash to a dumpster when a “for sale” sign on a car caught her eye. Her granddaughter, the woman explained, ...

Nashua man, imprisoned in 2003, denied early release

NASHUA – Citing the “heinous, harmful” and “brutal” nature of the sexual assaults on which former Nashua resident Matthew P. Caron was sentenced to 20-40 years in state prison back in 2003, along with Caron’s “regular course of violative conduct” in prison, a Superior Court ...

Judge opts against jail time for Milford mom

NASHUA – Noting that “most, if not all, of her (criminal) record involves substance abuse,” the attorney for Milford resident and jewelry theft suspect Selina Akerman asked a Superior Court judge recently to spare Akerman jail time so she can continue working on improving her life. A ...

Bad-checks suspect returned to Nashua for arraignment

NASHUA – Police retrieved a Massachusetts man from the custody of Worcester authorities Monday, returning him to Nashua to face arraignment on a felony charge accusing him of cashing a fraudulent $2,500 check at a local bank. Nashua police charged Kane Bloomfield, 32, of 14 Claremont St., ...

Former UNH wrestler pleads guilty to felony

NASHUA – Former University of New Hampshire wrestler Saxton Lynch, who seven years ago was sentenced to federal prison in connection with a home invasion and robbery in Rochester, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge that stemmed from a 2016 confrontation with Merrimack police. Lynch, ...

Judge lowers bail for fugitive in Nashua chase, crash at City Hall

NASHUA – The allegations that he wiped out several monuments on City Hall Plaza on Sunday morning while trying to elude police brought to three the number of New Hampshire counties in which Lawrence Thomas, a former Bronx resident most recently of Claremont, faces criminal charges. Thomas, ...

Former Hudson official Nadeau back in jail

NASHUA – The alleged victim in the domestic violence case of Benjamin Nadeau, a former Hudson selectman and School Board member, told police that she was so terrified when she suddenly saw him “staring at me” on Saturday that she “almost vomited.” Nadeau, 42, of 18 Hartson Circle, was ...

Mass. man allegedly bilks widow out of husband’s burial payment

NASHUA – Shortly after she lost her husband about a year and a half ago, a Massachusetts widow telephoned the funeral home that handled his services and burial to discuss payment arrangements. It turned out that she misdialed the number, but, according to police investigators, the man who ...

Nashua man charged with domestic violence, 4th DUI

NASHUA – A 36-year-old resident of Nashua’s Crown Hill section is facing charges accusing him of assaulting a family member, then crashing his motorcycle down the street from his home while allegedly driving drunk, according to police. Wilfrid Labrecque, of 4 Benson Ave., Apt. 2, was ...

New, higher bail set for ‘karaoke fugitive’ sex offender

NASHUA – The public defender representing Ronald Duby Jr., a convicted sex offender from Nashua with an alleged history of failing to meet the registry’s notification requirements and not showing up in court when required, told a Superior Court judge Wednesday that his client missed two ...

Counseling ordered, but no jail time for former Merrimack teacher Wiley

NASHUA – Robert Todd Wiley was by most accounts a stand-up guy, a loving husband, the proud father of three grown sons and for some 37 years one of Merrimack High School’s most popular and respected teachers. But for eight days in early October 2016, the now 64-year-old Wiley veered off ...

Not guilty verdicts in pepper-spray attack at mall

NASHUA – The local cab driver accused of damaging a man’s eyes by pepper-spraying him at close range more than a year ago has been acquitted of two felony charges after a week-long jury trial. Anthony Curtis, 52, last known address of 78 Allds St, Apt. 8, was arrested in early December 2015 ...

Probation, counseling for Nashua man accused of assaulting son

NASHUA – Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the case of Eric Bernard, of Nashua, who was charged a year ago with offenses accusing him of assaulting and threatening his 11-year-old son, agreed to suspend jail time in favor of probation and counseling. Bernard, 38, with a last known address ...

‘Turnpike Turmoil’ suspect deemed incompetent; all charges dropped

NASHUA – The Superior Court judge who studied a state forensic examiner’s report and testimony in the case of Jonathan Calvin, the Nashua man accused of carjacking two women, stabbing one of them and causing a massive crash on the Everett Turnpike last year, has ordered all charges against ...

Prison time, treatment programs ordered for convicted Nashua drug dealer

NASHUA – Police who executed a search warrant on Kristopher Balcom’s Nashua residence last year discovered so many different kinds of drugs that it seemed they’d walked into a pharmacy, a county prosecutor said Monday at Balcom’s plea and sentencing hearing. There was heroin, fentanyl, ...

Suspect in Hudson Subway robbery nabbed in Mass.

NASHUA – Steven Potter, the Hudson man wanted in connection with the May 27 robbery of a Hudson sub shop, was in a Nashua courtroom Monday morning, three days after Hudson police retrieved him from the Essex County sheriff’s department in Middleton, Mass. Potter, 27, of 3 Abbott Farm Lane, ...

R.I. fugitive in custody; police chased him through Nashua

A two-state police pursuit of a fugitive wanted by police in New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island came to an end in N. Chelmsford, Mass. early Sunday morning, about 40 minutes and nearly 70 miles after it began on Route 89 in Warner. Police said that when the suspect, identified as Gregory ...

Jail time for GoFundMe theft

NASHUA – The woman who stole close to $5,000 from the GoFundMe campaign meant to pay for her best friend’s funeral is heading to jail as part of a plea agreement reached Friday in Hillsborough County Superior Court. Krystal Gentley, 28, changed her plea to guilty on one felony count of ...

Sachdev found guilty

NASHUA – The jury convened in the Abhishek Sachdev rape trial found he committed two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault on an intoxicated teenage girl in the back of his Main Street Cricket Wireless store last summer. The jury of seven men and seven women, including two alternates, ...