Crime

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 ...

Deferred jail term for Nashua’s Webster

NASHUA – Prosecutors at Timothy Webster’s plea and sentencing hearing this week agreed to a deferred jail term and to amend a felony assault charge to a misdemeanor, as long as Webster abides by the terms spelled out in his sentencing order. In exchange, Webster, 22, most recently of 14 ...

UPDATE: Whitey Bulger, Boston gangster, killed in West Virginia Prison

BOSTON (AP) — James “Whitey” Bulger, the murderous Boston gangster who benefited from a corrupt relationship with the FBI before spending 16 years as one of America’s most wanted men, was slain in federal prison. He was 89. Bulger was found unresponsive Tuesday morning at the U.S. ...

Alleged pumpkin vandals nabbed

NASHUA – Five juvenile suspects have been arrested in connection to the pumpkin vandalism that occurred last week. Through the evening of Oct. 23 and into the morning of Oct. 24, multiple residents reported vehicles being damaged using pumpkins. The Nashua Police Department received several ...

Nashuans receiving scam calls

NASHUA — “Right now, you and your physical property, those are being monitored and it’s very important that I do hear from you as soon as possible before we proceed further in any legal matter,” states one transcript of a monitored call to Nashua resident Chris Wilcox. The caller, ...

Hudson state representative reaches plea deal in 2016 sexual assault case

BRENTWOOD – In the wake of Friday’s plea agreement that sends him to jail for at least 30 days, State Rep. Eric Schleien, a Republican who represents Hudson and Pelham, is facing pressure from officials of both parties to resign. Schleien, 30, whose address is listed as 26A Pine Road in ...

Bail reduction denied for Nashuan accused in summer burglary

NASHUA – Citing his history of arrests on various felony charges, including burglary, firearms and drug possession, a Superior Court judge on Monday denied 25-year-old Marcus Persons’s request for a substantially lower bail. Persons, who lists addresses of 64 W. Hollis St. and 52 Kinsley ...

Locals charged with department store theft

NASHUA – Kevin Dumont, 31, of no fixed address, and Fallon Peno, 32, of no fixed address, face charges with allegedly trying to steal from a store at the Pheasant Lane Mall. At 5:52 p.m. Saturday, officers arrested Dumont on felony counts of unauthorized taking or transfer, as well as ...