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Testimony underway in Brookline man’s trial on child sexual assault charges

By DEAN SHALHOUP Senior Staff Writer NASHUA – Whenever her children host sleepovers at their Brookline home, Johnathon Purcell’s wife of nine years said Wednesday, they know they must abide by certain rules. “The rule is, (the guests) must stay in their room,” Purcell’s wife told ...

Massachusetts man arrested for alleged theft

NASHUA – On Monday, officers arrested John Scott Tully, 50, of Littleton, Massachusetts, on one felony count of theft. Tully turned himself in at the Nashua Police Department without incident. On July 26, officers responded to a report of a theft at a tire shop on Daniel Webster Highway. ...

Man arrested for criminal mischief

NASHUA – On Tuesday, officers arrested Tony Cunha, no age or address given, on a count of felony criminal mischief. The case involves alleged damage to a vehicle’s exterior. This felony is punishable by up to seven years imprisonment, exclusive of fines. Cunha was released on personal ...

Governor overcomes early deficit to earn second term

MANCHESTER – Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican, will serve a second two-year term after fending off a challenge from Democratic candidate Molly Kelly in the Tuesday general election. “We get stuff done – that’s what good public service is all about,” Sununu told supporters at his ...

Democrat ‘blue wave’ sweeps through Nashua

NASHUA -- It appears the Democratic "blue wave" drenched the Gate City on Election Day, as preliminary results show that all 27 of Nashua's representatives in the New Hampshire House will now be Democrats. Also, it appears both senators representing portions of the city will also be Democrats. ...

Rosenwald takes N.H. Senate seat, Avard leads

NASHUA – Preliminary results late Tuesday showed indicated Democrat Cindy Rosenwald would win the New Hampshire state Senate race to replace fellow Democrat Bette Lasky, who did not seek re-election. District 11 In the race for the District 11 seat, preliminary results showed Democrat ...

Medical incident causes crash at Nashua Ward 8 polls, elderly woman dies

NASHUA – A vehicle driven by an elderly woman struck several parked cars outside Nashua’s Ward 8 polling place Tuesday morning after she apparently suffered a medical emergency, police said. Officers said no injuries occurred because of the crash. The woman was rushed to a local hospital ...

Pignatelli leads Wheeler for Council

NASHUA – Democrat Debora Pignatelli maintained a slim lead in the race for New Hampshire Executive Council late Tuesday, preliminary results showed. Pignatelli, a former member of the council, is challenging Republican incumbent David Wheeler. At around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, results ...

County offices are up for grabs

NASHUA – The race to claim a Hillsborough County office seats came to an end on Tuesday. Hillsborough County Commissioner Paul Bergeron, a Democrat, was challenged by Republican Mike Soucy. Additionally, County Commissioner Robert Rowe, a Republican, faced off with Steve Spratt, a ...

Voters make voices heard

NASHUA – Residents expressed several reasons for voting on Election Day, ranging from just being heard to seeking true change in government. “It was the right thing to do,” Donna Payne said Tuesday after casting her ballot at Amherst Street Elementary School. Payne said she hopes people ...

Sununu, Kelly headline N.H. ballot

NASHUA – The final University of New Hampshire poll shows each of the state’s major party gubernatorial candidates – Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and Democratic challenger Molly Kelly – tied at 46 percent support among “likely voters” heading into today’s general election. On ...

City mourns passing of Brian McCarthy

NASHUA – Once he recovered from the shock upon hearing the news Monday morning regarding the unexpected death of veteran city Alderman Brian McCarthy, fellow Alderman at Large Mike O’Brien Sr. knew just what to do next. “It’s time now for me to sit down and reflect on all the ...

Students discuss Meals Matter with Mayor, United Way

NASHUA – Nashua High School South students who worked to create the Meals Matter proposal met with Mayor Jim Donchess and United Way of Greater Nashua President Mike Apfelberg on Monday to discuss the steps they will take to implement the plan, which endeavors to provide food to hungry ...

Two dead after car crash

NASHUA – Police on Monday said they may be able to release further details regarding the serious crash on Bridge Street once the autopsies of the two victims are complete and a report is issued. Three people were ejected from the vehicle when it apparently struck a curbing, crossed Bridge ...

Merrimack elementary students walk for St. James Food Pantry

MERRIMACK – James Mastricola Upper Elementary School students expended some energy for a good cause on Monday by participating in the eighth annual Harvest 3k Walk/Run to benefit the St. James Food Pantry. About 80 students participated, while some parents ran alongside their children. The ...

48th annual Senior Outing set

NASHUA – The city’s 48th annual Senior Outing is set for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at The Courtyard by Marriott, 2200 Southwood Drive. Attendees must obtain a ticket to the free luncheon. Tickets are available at the city’s Parks & Recreation Department, 100 Concord St. One ticket is ...

‘Have a Voice in Your Future’

NASHUA – Mayor Jim Donchess will host a “Have a Voice in Your Future” listening session from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Nashua Senior Center, 70 Temple St. This event is co-hosted by St. Joseph Community Services and the Nashua Senior Center and is open to the public. For the older adults ...

Holiday waste collections set

NASHUA – The curbside collection of soft yard wastes will continue through the week ending Dec. 7, weather permitting. The Solid Waste Department will follow the normal curbside collection schedule during the week of Nov. 12-16. However, the Four Hills Landfill/Nashua Recycling Center and ...

Pizza chain closes dozens of stores

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) – The company that owns Papa Gino’s pizza parlor and D’Angelo sandwich shop chains announced Monday it has closed about 95 locations throughout New England, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reached an agreement to sell the business. PGHC Holdings Inc.’s ...