In custody: Alleged stabbing suspect arraigned

Staff photo by Dean Shalhoup Courtney Ward, Nashua resident charged with first-degree assault for allegedly stabbing a man in Nashua on Sunday, enters court Monday for her arraignment on the felony charge.

NASHUA – A 21-year-old resident of the Forest Ridge Apartment complex was arraigned Monday on charges accusing her of stabbing a man she knows – who shouldn’t have been on her property to begin with, a prosecutor said.

Courtney Ward, of 26D Hampshire Drive, is facing two counts of first-degree assault – domestic violence, both Class A felonies, in connection with the alleged assault, which police said occurred at Ward’s apartment shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday.

Police said Ward was arrested around 5 p.m. on a warrant, which detectives with the department’s Special Investigations Division issued following their several-hour investigation.

Ward was booked and later transported to Valley Street jail in Manchester pending Monday’s arraignment in Hillsborough County Superior Court South.

Nashua police photo Courtney Ward, age 21, of 26 D Hampshire Drive, Nashua

Judge Jacalyn Colburn, who presided over the arraignment, told the parties she found probable cause in the case. Assistant County Attorney Cassie Devine and Ward’s attorney agreed to continue Ward’s $2,500 cash bail.

Police said that around 7 a.m. Sunday, they received a call from a local hospital reporting an assault. Officers were directed to the alleged victim, whom they didn’t identify.

They determined that the man sustained two stab wounds that weren’t considered life-threatening, and he was injured when Ward allegedly assaulted him.

If Ward makes bail, she is ordered to remain on good behavior, refrain from alcohol and illegal drugs and possess no firearms, according to the terms.

She is also ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, and he, in turn, is ordered to stay away from Ward’s residence.

The reason he is not allowed at Ward’s residence wasn’t addressed at Monday’s arraignment.

“You’re not to go to Ms. Ward’s apartment,” Colburn told the man,

who was present at the arraignment. “Ms. Ward, you’re to have no contact with him.

“If you’re found together, both of you are going to be in trouble,”Colburn added.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.