Crime

Nashuan allegedly threatened to blow up armory

NASHUA – Jeremy Raskiewicz, 38, with a listed address of 21 Underhill St., faces felony charges for allegedly threatening to blow up the Nashua National Guard Armory. Police documents allege Raskiewicz has been calling the armory, located at 154 Daniel Webster Hwy., to make threats. ...

Grand jury hands up indictments

NASHUA – A Nashua man who, in August, allegedly threatened a person with a semi-automatic BB gun then tried to hide the weapon from police has been indicted on three related charges. Randy Katanga, 25, of 5 Denton St., Apt. 1, is among several Nashua area residents for whom the grand jury ...

FBI investigates reports of ‘vicious shakedown’ at Rickety Ranch

HOLLIS – A Hollis family that owns Rickety Ranch farm on Nartoff Road has been the target of extortion letters, harassment and incidents of animal cruelty going back more than a year, so the FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 that results in the arrest of those responsible. Kristen ...

Manchester man pleads guilty in library heist

NASHUA – Noting Nicholas Walker’s lack of criminal history and the fact he agreed to repay Litchfield’s Aaron Cutler Memorial Library for things he stole earlier this year, a Superior Court judge on Tuesday promptly accepted a plea agreement that keeps Walker out of jail as long as he ...

Trial to begin for local accused of selling drugs that killed Pelham man

NASHUA – Opening statements and the start of witness testimony are scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of William Luna, the 45-year-old man charged with several drug offenses – including one that accuses him of selling fentanyl to a man who died after overdosing on the drug. Luna is ...

Judge jails Nashua man

NASHUA – All Kevin Olena Jr. wanted to do, he told police and a Superior Court judge Monday, was to say “hi” and chat a little with a woman he knows when he allegedly went to her residence in violation of a court order and his bail conditions. While Olena never threatened to harm the ...

Attorney: Dusty Old Cars owner tried to pay debts

NASHUA – Stephan Condodemetraky, the Bedford man facing nearly three dozen indictments accusing him of bilking scores of classic car owners through his now-defunct consignment business, scrambled to “keep his business going” in order to pay them what they were owed, his lawyer said ...

FBI Investigating Extortion Case Involving Hollis Family

HOLLIS – The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect or suspects behind a spate of "multiple extortion attempts, harassment and animal cruelty" against a Hollis family and their farm, Rickety Ranch, an FBI ...

Four new indictments filed against car dealer

BRENTWOOD – While embattled former car dealer Stephan Condodemetraky and his attorneys were preparing last week for Monday afternoon’s motions hearing in a Nashua courtroom, a grand jury in Rockingham County was in the process of handing up four new indictments accusing him of additional ...

Court date set for man accused of fighting police

MERRIMACK – Police said the man arrested over the holiday weekend on allegations he tried to assault an officer during a brawl in a local Chinese restaurant is due in court later this week to answer to the charges. Steven McIntyre, 29, a Merrimack resident whose street address police ...

Nashua, Merrimack residents indicted on various charges

BRENTWOOD – Charges related to drug possession, a firearms offense and a theft case led to the indictments of three local men by a Rockingham County grand jury. The men were among numerous suspects for whom the grand jury for November handed up indictments just before the Thanksgiving ...

Man nabbed for suspected heists

NASHUA – Police officers arrested one of two suspects in a two-year spree of break-ins of automated coin kiosks and ATMs in Nashua and in Massachusetts. Kenneth Dexter, 33, who is identified as Kenneth R. Dexter III in some court documents, was arraigned Wednesday in Nashua district court ...

Peluso pleads not guilty in Amherst murder

NASHUA – Facing a charge of second-degree murder for the death of Brandon Kluz in Amherst, Bryson Peluso on Friday entered a plea of not guilty before Judge Charles Temple. Peluso, 27, is charged with shooting Kluz, 23, with a handgun at approximately 1 a.m. Thursday at 19 Baboosic Lake Road ...

Judge agrees to forgo sexual assault suspect’s arrest

NASHUA – Despite objections by prosecutors, a Superior Court judge this week granted Greenville sexual-assault suspect Kimberly Duthie’s request to vacate a warrant for her arrest after she failed to show up for a court hearing. Duthie, 38, of 6 Adams Hill Road, is free on bail as her ...

One man dead, another arrested in Amherst homicide

AMHERST -- A 27-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the Thanksgiving morning homicide that claimed the life of 23-year-old Brandon Kluz, local and state law enforcement authorities said. Bryson Peluso, whose address wasn't provided, is accused of shooting and killing ...

Charges in three cases settled with plea

NASHUA – A plea agreement that involves only suspended prison time but orders the defendant, Krystal Kenny of Manchester, to behave and enter recommended counseling and treatment programs has settled several charges she accumulated in three separate Superior Court cases within 11 ...

Nashua Police seek robbery suspect

NASHUA – Police officers are seeking a suspect in a robbery reported at the Harbor Mart store on Harbor Avenue last week. At 1:15 p.m. Nov. 7, officers responded to the store for a report of an armed robbery. Surveillance footage appears to show the suspect brandish a knife and demand money ...

Judge cancels hearing after outburst

NASHUA – Dennis Higgins Sr.’s loud, boisterous objection to a judge’s ruling to allow a victim impact statement to be read during his recent plea hearing prompted the judge to cancel the hearing and order his five cases be scheduled for trials. Higgins, 53, formerly of Nashua but ...

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 ...