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Jury to decide fate of Mass. State Trooper charged with assault

NASHUA – Lengthy closing arguments delivered Wednesday morning by a prosecutor and the lead defense attorney brought to a close the testimony phase of Massachusetts State Trooper Joseph Flynn’s assault trial, thereby giving way to the start of jury deliberations. Flynn, 33, a Tewksbury, ...

Group organizes for performing arts center

NASHUA – A volunteer group focused on the performing arts center proposal on the November ballot is looking for volunteers to join its ranks. “We started with a core group of 20 committed volunteers, and since we launched the Facebook page for our committee this past Monday we have already ...

Mount Pleasant, Elm Street schools would be pricey renovations

NASHUA – The Board of Education Finance Operations committee met Wednesday night to discuss the proposed renovations to Mount Pleasant Elementary School and Elm Street Middle School. Each school has undergone assessments of the physical attributes of the building, and of the suitability for ...

Judge consolidates cases against state

NASHUA – A Hillsborough County Superior Court judge consolidated the lawsuits against the state brought by the League of Women Voters and the state Democratic Party into one case ahead of a hearing set for later this month. Judge Charles Temple ruled Wednesday that the two lawsuits against ...

Mass. Trooper Flynn acquitted of assault charges

NASHUA — A jury Thursday afternoon found Massachusetts State Trooper Joseph Flynn not guilty on both counts of assault by an on-duty law enforcement officer, bringing to an end a seven-day trial in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. Emotions flowed on the defense side of the room, ...

Closing arguments slated for today in Mass. Trooper Flynn’s assault trial

NASHUA – When he jumped from his cruiser and ran toward the battered truck at the end of Nashua’s Brigham Street following a two-state, 50-mile police pursuit last year, Massachusetts State Trooper Joseph Flynn saw several police officers surrounding a “non-compliant suspect” who, ...

Man hit by garbage truck dies

NASHUA – A man died Wednesday morning after he was reportedly hit by a garbage truck on Allds Street. On Wednesday, Oct. 11 officers responded to the parking lot of 30 Allds St. at 7:55 am for the report of a collision involving a pedestrian that was struck by the truck. The pedestrian was ...

Railroad memo is approved by Nashua Aldermen

NASHUA – Aldermen approved the signing of a memorandum of understanding with a Rhode Island company to bring commuter rail service to Nashua. Tuesday night’s unanimous decision means city officials can start working with Boston Surface Railroad Co. executives on the details of the plan to ...

Lowell, Mass., woman allegedly stole from her Nashua-based job

NASHUA – A Lowell woman allegedly stole more than $56,000 in merchandise from her Nashua employer, according to police. Jennifer Tanguay, 33, of 38 Marlborough St., Lowell, Mass., was arrested Sunday in Nashua on a warrant charging her with one count of theft by unauthorized taking. The ...

Merrimack’s PFOA problem addressed at public meeting

MERRIMACK – A public information meeting in Merrimack Tuesday night to discuss the ongoing investigation of PFOA water contamination released from Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Inc. drew a large crowd of concerned citizens. Community members filled the all-purpose room of James ...

Amherst family takes in friend’s son following Hurricane Irma

AMHERST – Left eating tuna fish and crackers for dinner and taking “bucket baths” with rainwater for three weeks, Rochelle Lawrence knew she needed to get Rey, her 11-year-old son, off of Tortola, a British Virgin Island devastated by Hurricane Irma. More than 95 percent of the island ...

Blood tests positive for elevated PFOA

MERRIMACK – Initial results from the blood tests done on Merrimack residents impacted by the Saint Gobain water contamination show elevated levels of potentially dangerous chemicals. The Department of Health and Human Services is set to make the total results from last year’s blood tests ...

A True Leader

When Nashua’s Michael Costa, a longtime member of the YMCA of Greater Nashua, is asked how he spent his summer vacation, he may reply with an unexpected answer. That’s because the freshman at Keene State College spent a few glorious moments in front of a crowd of more than 200 as he ...

Inaugural N.H. Legislative Softball Classic on tap

MERRIMACK – New Hampshire legislators will take a swing at raising funds for homeless veterans at the inaugural New Hampshire Legislative Softball Classic, set for noon Saturday at Anheuser-Busch Athletic Complex. New Hampshire House Democrats and Republican lawmakers will divide into two ...

Pumpkin Patch: Ghost pumpkins are a draw for kids

HOLLIS – A tradition of farming that continues to bring a smile to the face and a dollar to the wallet makes growing pumpkins an added joy for Adrien Lavoie, green-thumbed honcho of the family owned enterprise that is Lavoie’s Farm in Hollis. The Lavoie Farm, at 172 Nartoff Road, is ...

Hollis event to benefit ailing firefighter

HOLLIS – At first, Darin Sabine, a deputy fire chief in Newington and the husband of Brookline native Jennifer Belanger, was told he wasn’t feeling well because his blood pressure was high, he was stressed and he wasn’t getting enough sleep. Several months later, still not feeling well, ...

Downtown Nashua part of national initiative to spread kindness

NASHUA – It’s hardly surprising that people who research such things tell us that flowers have an inherent ability to boost one’s emotional health – especially when the bouquet or arrangement has your name on it. But new research, it’s said, indicates that those who give flowers ...

September, cool and wet start, with warm and dry finish

September’s weather went in a reversed manner to what we would expect for falls’ first month. Fall weather early in the month was followed by summer weather mid- and late-month. For those who felt shortchanged by the limited summer weather when it was actually summer, you got your ...

Masterpieces: Nashua’s taking pride in the art of Aponovich

NASHUA – If you are an art lover and have the time, the city of Nashua has several treasures available for all to gaze upon. Some of these amazing works of art have been right in front of you, and you probably didn’t notice them or know their history. Two paintings of historic Nashua are on ...

Wilderness course to teach first aid, CPR

MERRIMACK – New Hampshire has many resources, and its abundance of outdoor adventures are among them, a draw to tourist and native residents alike. This fall, Merrimack Parks and Recreation Department officials said they hope to take advantage of peak foliage time in the Granite State to ...