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Nashua charges landlords with violations, including dumping sewage

NASHUA – Three Nashua landlords have been charged with a variety of offenses following lengthy investigations, often prodded by complaints.

“These appear to be getting more frequent, that’s why we had to take a more involved action,” said Nelson Ortega, code enforcement manager for the city of Nashua. ...

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NASHUA – Three Nashua landlords have been charged with a variety of offenses following lengthy investigations, often prodded by complaints.

“These appear to be getting more frequent, that’s why we had to take a more involved action,” said Nelson Ortega, code enforcement manager for the city of Nashua.

On Friday, Aug. 22, the Nashua Police Department and members of the Nashua Building Safety and City of Code Enforcement departments completed a months-long investigation, which led to the following arrests:

Kyle Lamerand, 50, of 6 Cottage Ave., was arrested for fuel gas fitters, a Class A Misdemeanor in April of this year following an inspection of a property he owns at 44 Temple St. It is alleged Lamerand installed a new boiler in the residence without obtaining the proper permits and without being a licensed pipe fitter.

Thomas Bester, 44, of 17 Sawyer St., was arrested for fuel gas fitters, a Class A Misdemeanor in June of this year stemming from an inspection at 19 Mulberry St where he is alleged to have installed a gas water heater without obtaining the proper permits and not being a licensed pipe fitter.

Douglas Dichard, 53, of 42 Parrish Hill Drive, was arrested and charged with Forgery of a City of Nashua Gas Verification tag, a Class B Misdemeanor, along with drainage, a violation, for allegedly dumping raw sewage in a Pleasant Street storm drain, three violations of city housing codes and one violation of city mechanical requirements.

Dichard called The Telegraph to say that he was a victim of harassment by the city.

“I’ve been doing this for over 30 years and I’ve never had a problem with the city of Nashua,” he said. “I’m very disappointed with the Nashua Police Department and very disappointed with officials in the code enforcement department.”

Fuel gas fitters is a Class A misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of imprisonment for up to one year and a fine which shall not exceed $2,000.

Forgery is a Class B misdemeanor, with a fine up to $1,200.

Drainage is a violation, an offense for which the fine shall not exceed $1,000.

Complaints or questions about city housing and codes should be called to the enforcement department, at 589-3100.

– Telegraph staff