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Nashua man who drowned was most read story at nashuatelegraph.com last week

In a week featuring resolution to the most popular news story of the last six weeks, a story about tragedy was the most read on nashuatelegraph.com.

Although Arthur T. Demoulas was back on the job at Market Basket on Thursday after a buyout deal ended the protracted
family-feud standoff that had brought the popular supermarket chain to a standstill, more readers were focused on the man who lost his life when he jumped into the Merrimack River on Tuesday evening. ...

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In a week featuring resolution to the most popular news story of the last six weeks, a story about tragedy was the most read on nashuatelegraph.com.

Although Arthur T. Demoulas was back on the job at Market Basket on Thursday after a buyout deal ended the protracted
family-feud standoff that had brought the popular supermarket chain to a standstill, more readers were focused on the man who lost his life when he jumped into the Merrimack River on Tuesday evening.

The Telegraph published six stories about the incident that were viewed nearly 20,000 times.

The most read story, “Body recovered of man who jumped from Nashua-Hudson bridge,” was viewed more than 6,200 times.

Ronald J. Deldotto Jr., 42, of Concord St., Nashua, jumped from either the Taylors Falls or Veterans bridge, which span the Merrimack connecting Nashua and Hudson.

Londonderry resident Chad Gagnon, who was fishing near the bridges, heard the splash and saw Deldotto come the surface three times before disappearing.

Although Gagnon said the victim appeared to be smiling, he became concerned and called police.

The incident remains under investigation.

The Market Basket saga was the second most popular story of the week, with our six stories generating more than 12,500 views. “Governors’ latest word on Market Basket standoff: Light at end of tunnel,” led the bunch with 2,800 views, although stories published later in the week could slip ahead over the weekend.

The story with the third most views was Dean Shalhoup’s account of the tribute for 22-year-old Patrick Terrin, of Nashua, who was killed when he was struck by a train in California, where he was attending his sister’s wedding.

Dozens of people turned out to the CrossFit Gym in Merrimack last weekend to honor the Nashua High School South wrestler by working out and swapping stories.

“We’ve heard a lot of amazing stories today,” said Dawn Mayo, Terrin’s mother. “They’re really helping me get through this.”

Coming in as the fourth most read story with more than 3,800 views was an article about the Manchester photographer arrested for unlawfully entering a Hollis home to conduct photo shoots.

Police were alerted when the homeowner returned to his property to observe three women leaving in a car.

Karen H. Jerzyk was charged with trespassing. She told police she thought the house was unoccupied.

Rounding out the top five most read stories, with 3,200 views, was a story about Republican U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown being paid $270,000 to sit on the board of directors of a Massachusetts company with a history of exporting jobs to foreign countries.

A key component of Brown’s campaign is his pledge to help create high-paying domestic jobs.

Rounding out the top 10 most read stories were:

Nearby officer makes quick arrests after Nashua drive-by shooting on Wednesday (2,603).

The Buzz on Facebook: Whole Foods opens in
Nashua to cheers, jeers (2,399)
.

Lot sells for hefty $1M per acre on Amherst Street in Nashua (2,381).

Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts “super-cold” winter that will turn U.S. into “refriger-nation” (2,309).

Nashua charges landlords with violations, including dumping sewage (2,291).