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Monday, June 16, 2014

Nashuan charged with beating man with a rock, held on $100k bail

Nashua police charged a city man with seriously injuring another man by beating him with a rock Saturday afternoon.

Police were called to the area of Havana and South Groton streets around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday for a reported assault. They found a 52-year-old man who had injuries to his face and head. He was brought to a local hospital and then transported to the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass., where he is in stable condition, police said. ...

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Nashua police charged a city man with seriously injuring another man by beating him with a rock Saturday afternoon.

Police were called to the area of Havana and South Groton streets around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday for a reported assault. They found a 52-year-old man who had injuries to his face and head. He was brought to a local hospital and then transported to the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass., where he is in stable condition, police said.

Police were able to locate a suspect, 29-year-old Joshua Newman near Ledge Street Elementary School and took him into custody, police said. Newman’s last known address was 5 South Groton St.

Detectives investigated and charged Newman with hitting the victim in the face and head with a rock at least 10 times, police said. The two men know each other.

A Nashua district court judge held Newman on $100,000 cash or surety bail following his arraignment Monday morning and scheduled a probable cause hearing for June 25.

Public defender Suzanne Ketteridge said at the hearing she has represented Newman before. She said she raised competency issues and likely would again. She said Newman has been homeless and not taking his medication.

Newman is facing 10 first-degree assault charges. The Class A felonies are each punishable by up to 15 years in prison plus fines, police said.

– JOSEPH G. COTE