Crime

Merrimack man could get life in prison

MANCHESTER – Merrimack resident Nathan Booker could go to State Prison for life if he is convicted of attempted murder, an act which allegedly took place Feb. 1 in Manchester. Booker, 20, of 31 Indian Rock Road, also faces indictments by the Hillsborough County grand jury on one count of ...

Two indicted on unrelated child sex charges

MANCHESTER – A grand jury has indicted Amherst resident Richard Avery on more than a dozen charges accusing him of molesting a young girl over 16 months. In an unrelated case, 37-year-old Kimberly Duthie of Greenville is under indictment for allegedly inappropriately touching and otherwise ...

Police station break-in foiled

NASHUA – A city man already familiar with police stations allegedly tried to break into one, as 33-year-old Robert Ngari stands accused of removing a window frame and screen at a Nashua substation. Ngari, known to law enforcement officers and court officials for his frequent arrests and ...

Judge grants assault suspect PR bail so he can keep his job

NASHUA – After hearing assault suspect Michael Benoit’s impassioned plea for personal recognizance bail so he wouldn’t lose his job, district court Judge Elizabeth Leonard on Monday agreed to “take a leap of faith” and grant the request. Benoit, 28, last known address of Temple ...

Police: Video chat may have caused Pelham crash

PELHAM – Megan Lemay, the 20-year-old driver whose Jeep crashed and rolled over on Simpson Road early Sunday, may have been carrying on a videophone conversation when she lost control of the vehicle, police said. Lemay emerged uninjured from the 2 a.m. Sunday crash, during which her 2013 ...

Merrimack man pleads guilty to theft of public money

CONCORD – After more than a decade of stealing public money, David Laughton, 52, of Merrimack, entered a guilty plea in federal court on two counts of theft of public money. In making the announcement Friday, U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said Laughton converted approximately $118,031 in ...

Nashuan gets prison for gun trafficking

Eric Valentin, the Nashua man known by his gang name “Jefe,” is headed to federal prison after he was sentenced in the U.S. District Court in Boston on a federal gun trafficking conviction. Valentin, 22, is a reputed member of the Latin Gangsta’ Disciples gang, based in Lawrence, ...

Two Nashua women facing multiple charges in unrelated incidents

NASHUA – Two unrelated incidents of alleged domestic assault, one in the city’s Crown Hill section and the other in a downtown residential area, led to the arrests of two women who both now face a series of charges, police said. Andrea Luciani, 38, of 41 Newbury St., Apt. Three, and Sarah ...

Hudson man killed, Nashua man facing charges after crash

CHELMSFORD, Mass. – A Nashua man faces charges for driving while drunk and other offenses in connection with Sunday’s three-vehicle crash on U.S. 3, which claimed the life of a 63-year-old Hudson resident, police said. Massachusetts State Police as of late Monday hadn’t released the name ...

Jury finds man innocent on rape charges

NASHUA – Jailed since November, Brendan Breen faced the possibility of decades behind bars for aggravated felonious sexual assault before the jury returned 12 not guilty verdicts Friday afternoon. Breen cried and hugged his lawyers, and then family members and supporters after the jury ...

Nashua man appeals attempted murder conviction

NASHUA – The man sent to prison for trying to kill his wife by slashing her throat wants the case overturned by the New Hampshire Supreme Court, partially because he now claims he was not competent to stand trial. Mohammad Salimullah’s attorney, Stephen Rosecan, filed the appeal this week, ...

Granite Hammer arrestee avoids trial with plea deal

NASHUA – Less than a day before Danny Sun planned to take his seat in a Nashua courtroom to hear testimony in his trial on drug charges, prosecutors and his lawyers reached a late plea deal to spare him jail time, as long as he complies with the orders in the agreement. Sun, 30, of 6A High ...

Nashua man stands trial for allegedly molesting young girl

NASHUA – The jurors have been seated, and the lawyers in the case of accused child molester Brendan Breen are finalizing their respective strategies in preparation for the start of Breen’s trial. Proceedings are scheduled to get underway at 10 a.m. today in the courtroom of Chief Justice ...

Pook charges reinstated

CONCORD – The criminal charges against former St. Paul School teacher David Pook are back on after Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker issued an order reinstating them. The four charges, two counts of witness tampering and two counts of perjury, were automatically dismissed ...

Suspect in child pornography case fights to suppress evidence

NASHUA – A hearing on Milford resident William Hatheway’s motion to suppress certain evidence and statements in his child pornography case began Monday in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. Hatheway, 28, most recently of 96 Powers St., Apt. 184, faces five counts of possession of ...

Charges dropped against former teacher

CONCORD – David Pook, the private school teacher fired amid allegations he lied to a grand jury about an alleged affair with a student, is free from criminal charges after the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office failed to indict him within the legal time limit. At the end of February, ...

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 ...