Crime

Plea deal reached in downtown robbery

NASHUA – A Superior Court judge this week told 18-year-old defendant Alexander Crockett he’s “obviously a smart guy” who, especially given his age, has “a lot of potential.” But if Crockett continues “to do crazy things like robbing a man at knifepoint,” Judge Jacalyn Colburn ...

Nashuan’s sentences deferred as part of plea agreement

NASHUA – Shortly before he received deferred State Prison sentences Wednesday as part of the plea agreement covering his several burglary cases, Shivam Yadav heard one of his victims express disappointment that he didn’t receive the maximum sentence of up to five years behind bars. “Mr. ...

Alleged thief in sandwich swindle in police custody

NASHUA – Authorities jailed city resident Misty L. Brown after she allegedly stole two sandwiches, salad dressing, cheese and a couple of beverages, a haul valued at a total of $16.40. The reason for the seemingly stiff sentence is that Brown, 41, of 28 Railroad Square, Apt. 44, has two ...

Granite Shield nabs four

NASHUA – Granite Shield officials arrested four more people this week as part of the statewide initiative to combat the opioid epidemic. Max Brown, 38, Three Cross St., faces two felonious charges for the possession and sale of heroin. He may face enhanced penalties due to prior ...

Hearing on tap for woman charged in domestic incident

MERRIMACK – A late-night incident Tuesday at an unspecified Merrimack address resulted in the arrest of a 27-year-old woman, who police said was later released on bail, pending arraignment. Rachel C. Benjamin, whose address police didn’t provide, was charged with three counts of criminal ...

Ukrainian man pleads to role in Russian scheme

CONCORD – The Ukrainian man caught buying electronics in New Hampshire with gift cards obtained through the fraudulent actions of a criminal organization based in Russia pleaded guilty Wednesday. Yuriy Khalabuda, 37, appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Joseph DiClerico in the federal ...

Nashuan arrested on several charges

NASHUA – Eric Perez, 30, of 240 Pine St., faces burglary and assault charges after he allegedly forced his way into a woman’s home to attack the occupants. Perez was arraigned on the charges Tuesday in Hillsborough County Superior Court South, where Judge Charles Temple modified his ...

Merrimack woman arrested with six bags of drugs in her stomach

MERRIMACK — With two children alongside her in the car, police arrested a Merrimack woman who had six bags of heroin and fentanyl in her stomach. Officers arrested Lois Masci, 51, and Shane Masci, 43, both of 246 Daniel Webster Highway, after a month-long investigation that began when ...

Mass. woman sentenced for role in heroin trafficking

CONCORD – U.S. Attorney Scott Murray announced Friday the sentencing of a woman who participated in a drug trafficking organization from April 2016 to September 2016. Michell DeJesus, 38, of Lowell, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison and five years of supervised ...

Hanscom found guilty of rape

NASHUA – A Hudson man is going to prison after jurors found him guilty of raping a woman he met through his church. Christopher Hanscom, 34, of 2B Boyd Road in Hudson, was placed in handcuffs and led out of the Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua on Friday after the jury of nine ...

Alleged Russian scammer set to plea

CONCORD – An alleged member of a Russian crime syndicate that reportedly scammed people across the U.S. is scheduled to plead guilty to federal charges next week. Yuriy Khalabuda is scheduled to appear in the U.S. District Court in Concord on Wednesday for a change of plea hearing. ...

Domestic disturbance leads to arrest of Nashuan

NASHUA – City police on Thursday arrested a Nashua woman after responding to a residence for a report of a domestic disturbance. After responding just before 6 p.m., officers learned the victim sustained a minor injury that did not require medical attention. Upon further investigation, ...

Merrimack shooting victim recovering in Mass. hospital; suspect held

MERRIMACK – Police Chief Denise Roy was in the midst of updating reporters on the Wednesday night shooting on Mill Street when word came over police radios that officers were holding a suspect at gunpoint near a Dunkin' Donuts. Roy departed the interview to head to the scene, where police ...

Hearings for Slayback’s bid for new trial put on hold

NASHUA – Hearings on former Merrimack resident Christopher Slayback’s motion for a new trial, filed in January after being convicted on multiple sexual-assault charges, has been put on hold for at least three months, according to court documents. The reason for the summertime hiatus is the ...

Grand jury hands up array of indictments

NASHUA – Faith Byers, the Hudson woman arrested in February following a lengthy police investigation into allegations of identity fraud, has been indicted on a dozen charges, all of which are Class A felonies punishable by up to 15 years in state prison and a $4,000 fine. And an alleged ...

$25K bail assigned for alleged drug dealer

NASHUA – A former Pine Street resident went before a Superior Court judge Monday to address the issue of bail, the result of his arrest over the weekend in connection with a police drug investigation. Shane Velez, 28, of 9 Lancelot Court in Salem, faces one felony charge of possession of a ...

Motor vehicle stop leads to Nashuan’s arrest

HOOKSETT – An early-morning motor vehicle stop by an officer who spotted defective plate lights on the vehicle led to the arrest of a Nashua man, police said. Corey Lake, 28, whose street address wasn’t provided, was charged around 1 a.m. Sunday with one count each of possession of ...

Man behind alleged mayhem pleads ‘not guilty’

NASHUA - The man charged with allegedly carjacking two women, stabbing one of them and causing a massive crash on the Everett Turnpike two years ago waived his scheduled arraignment Friday, entering not guilty pleas to the numerous felony counts weighed against him. Jonathan Calvin, 33, was ...

14 arrested in recent Granite Shield bust

NASHUA - Nashua Police conducted another Granite Shield operation on Thursday where fourteen individuals were arrested for various drug crimes, and crimes associated with drug activity. Lieutenant Brian Kenney with the Narcotics Intelligence Division said, “To use this most recent ...

Thief stole more than $5K worth of leggings from Nashua retailer

NASHUA - A Manchester man is in trouble for allegedly stealing more than $5,000 worth of leggings from the Nashua Victoria’s Secret store. Jorge Alvarado, 39, of 288 Hanover Court, Manchester, is indicted on three felony counts of theft by unauthorized taking for the alleged theft of more ...