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Crime

Man in NY jail pleads guilty to Nashua burglary

NASHUA – Already in the process of serving what a prosecutor called “a lengthy sentence” behind bars in the state of New York, former Nashua resident Shane R. Hirth agreed Monday to serve an additional sentence of one year as part of a plea deal. Hirth, 29, most recent address of 2 New ...

The alleged ‘wife poisoner’ of Wilton Centre

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part story on the “Wilton Centre Wife Poisoner,” the 19th century murder case that captivated the rural farming community for weeks. Part II will run in this space on Sept. 15. Since the first newspapers rolled off of comparatively tiny presses ...

Mayor charged with taking bribes to help pot businesses

BOSTON (AP) – A young Massachusetts mayor’s tortuous tenure took another strange turn Friday when he was arrested on charges he conspired to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies seeking to operate marijuana businesses. Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia, who became the old ...

N.H. Attorney General Takes Control Of Hillsborough County Attorney Office

MANCHESTER -- Friday, New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced that he is wresting control of the Hillsborough County Attorney Office from elected County Attorney Michael Conlon. MacDonald cited "systemic failures in the leadership of the prosecutorial function of your ...

Nashua man nabbed on warrants must get treatment to stay out of jail

NASHUA – Agreeing, at least to some degree, with Aaron Sisto’s attorney that the 22-year-old Nashua man has been taking seriously his mental health and drug treatment, Judge Jacalyn Colburn granted Sisto’s request for personal recognizance bail at a Superior Court hearing this week. “I ...

City man charged with sexual assault

NASHUA – Blake Romano, 19, of Nashua, faces an allegation of aggravated felonious sexual assault (AFSA) after his Wednesday arrest. At 4:54 p.m. Tuesday, officers from the Nashua Police Department’s Uniform Field Operations Bureau received a report of a sexual assault. Romano was ...

N.J. man pleads guilty on cocaine charges

CONCORD – Shariff Britton, 36, of Jersey City, New Jersey, pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing more than 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said. According to court documents and statements made in court, on Feb. 15, 2018, a New Hampshire ...

New Ipswich man facing assault charges

NASHUA – Apparently satisfied with the progress New Ipswich resident Michael Kane Sr. has made in treatment programs while confined at the State Hospital, a Superior Court judge on Tuesday granted Kane personal recognizance bail – with a number of conditions attached. Kane, 51, faces two ...

Woman pleads guilty, goes to jail

NASHUA – Although Allison Grande’s most recent arrest, on Friday in Manchester, led to a Tuesday hearing in which she was sentenced to one to three years in State Prison, she nevertheless believes the arrest “is, quite honestly, the best thing that could happen to me.” That’s ...

Vasquez-Larkin trial: ‘not guilty’ decision on 10 of 11 charges

NASHUA — Jurors in the assault trial of David Vasquez-Larkin on Friday convicted the former Crown Hill resident on just one of the 11 charges he faced in connection with a physical altercation with his wife last December. The jury deliberated for about four hours Friday before returning a ...

Feds investigating Nashua School ELL program

NASHUA — The typical New Hampshire public school teacher is responsible for educating 12.6 students at a time, but English Language Learner teachers in Nashua are assigned an average of 49 pupils per class. As students with first languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, and dozens of other ...

Woman who allegedly starved German shepherd headed to trial

MERRIMACK – While court filings have not yet detailed the circumstances behind a troubling episode of alleged animal neglect and cruelty in Merrimack, the 20-year-old suspect, Alexa Mei Cho, has opted to take the case to trial. Cho, of 48 Brek Drive, faces four charges stemming from her ...

Milford suspect appears in court

NASHUA – A Superior Court judge denied a Milford man’s request for low bail or personal recognizance release Tuesday, agreeing with a prosecutor’s allegations that Winstone Muturi’s alleged spate of domestic violence indicates he remains a “serious threat” to the alleged victim and ...

Burglar’s $7K restitution in question

NASHUA – Although a judge has denied his motion to suspend his restitution order, there’s still a chance former Nashua resident Kempton Doyle will get his wish – but only if the insurance company to which he owes $7,300 agrees to let him off the hook. The restitution order was one of ...

Couple suspected in AZ death escape extradition

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a couple suspected in a Tucson murder have escaped while being extradited from New York to Arizona. Tucson police say 56-year-old Blane Barksdale and 59-year-old Susan Barksdale reportedly overpowered two security officers Monday evening in Blanding, ...

Local woman charged in domestic stabbing granted PR bail

NASHUA – A Superior Court judge Monday granted personal recognizance bail for 40-year-old Lizvette Orozco, who is facing three felony and six misdemeanor charges in a domestic incident in which she allegedly stabbed a man known to her. Judge Jacalyn Colburn ordered Orozco, of 1 Highland ...

Verstraete going to prison in child pornography case

NASHUA – In the eyes of veteran Superior Court Judge Charles Temple, Matthew Verstraete, who stood before the judge Monday for his plea and sentencing hearing on charges of possessing child pornography, is “a unique, atypical defendant ... who got involved in some horrible crimes. “I ...

Man allegedly damages cars on two-day spree

NASHUA – Less than 48 hours after Tyler Desclos allegedly poured liquid tar on numerous vehicles at a city apartment complex, he reportedly damaged even more cars by running across their roofs and hoods. Desclos, 21, was released on personal recognizance bail after his first arrest on Aug. ...

Hall arrested on meth charges in Nashua

NASHUA – Justin Hall, 28, of no address listed, faces a second offense felony charge for allegedly selling methamphetamine. Nashua officers arrested him on Wednesday. In April, members of the Narcotics Intelligence Division conducted an investigation into the sale of methamphetamine in the ...

Nashua police arrest three on fraud charges

NASHUA – A Maryland woman and two Florida men face various fraud allegations after their Wednesday arrests in Nashua. At 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a theft in which identification and credit cards were allegedly stolen. During the course of the investigation, officers ...