Local News | Web Feeds Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us Missing Nashua teen feared drowned; body may have been found in Tyngsborough NASHUA – While positive identification remained pending as of Sunday evening, authorities say the body of a young man pulled from the Merrimack River in Tyngsborough is believed to be that of Jacob Goulet, the 16-year-old Nashua resident who fell into an open storm drain during Friday’s heavy rainstorms. On Sunday, moments before Nashua police were to begin a noontime news conference, a Massachusetts State Police helicopter spotted a body in the Merrimack River in Tyngsborough, Mass., roughly two miles south of the Hudson-Tyngsborough town line. “Positive identification is pending, (but) based on the investigation and the clothing description and the condition of the body, it is believed to be” Goulet, Nashua police Sgt. Daniel Mederos said in a statement. At the news conference, which began about 30 minutes late due to the development, Police Chief Andrew Lavoie said “every available asset” was being used to find the teen as quickly as possible. Mayor Jim Donchess said it wasn’t yet known how the cover of the storm drain, which he described as very heavy and about 4 feet by 4 feet, became dislodged. “right now our focus is on finding Jacob,” he said, standing next to Lavoie. “We’ll look into that later.” The drain is one of three set in the sidewalk that runs from Main Street, adjacent to the bridge, along a railing and eventually to Water Street. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 20:04:00 EST Torrential wind, rain cause chaos NASHUA - Authorities in Nashua say wind and heavy rain Friday night caused some serious chaos. Nashua Fire Rescue said it responded to more than 50 calls during the three-hour period of heavy rain. Several vehicles were stranded in water on flooded roadways, and occupants were removed from vehicles on Amherst Street, French Hill and Eaton Street. There was also serious accident on the F.E. Everett/East Dunstable Road overpass involving two vehicles, which resulted in four people being transported to the hospital - two of them with serious injuries. They also responded to major flooding in several homes and businesses and to fire alarms that were activated by electrical surges. A vault cover for a water line that brings rain water to the Nashua Wastewater Treatment facility also burst open on Main Street. The plant's operations were unaffected. At some points during the storm, NFD said all of its resources were being used to respond to the calls. Nashua Fire Rescue said this serves as a reminder that drivers should not drive through standing water on roadways. It is difficult to determine the depth of the water, and only a few inches of water can stall a vehicle - and in fast-moving water, a vehicle can easily be swept away. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-6589, or @Telegraph_Derek. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:01:36 EST Festive feeling at 40th Santa Fund Run It may have been a bit early to be playing Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" on Saturday at The Telegraph's 40th annual Santa Fund Run, but judging from the crowd, you wouldn't have known it. More than 300 runners, many of them dressed in Santa outfits or holiday gear, braved the rain to kick off the newspaper's biggest annual fundraiser, the Santa Fund drive. The event, which consists of both a 5K and 10K race, began and ended at the YMCA of Greater Nashua. All net proceeds from this race will benefit the Santa Fund, which is in its 55th year of helping those less fortunate in Greater Nashua during the holidays. The Santa Fund gathers donations from area residents, which are then distributed through local organizations. Sarah Tressler, of Salem, and Marnie Shambo, of Windham, both sported festive holiday gear as they prepared for the race. "We're very excited to run for this cause," Tressler said. Both Tressler and Shambo said they had been training for the 10K race and felt they were ready. Bill Studley, of Merrimack, said it was his 10th Santa Fund Run. He admitted he was a bit nervous because he was running his first 5K after having triple bypass surgery about a year ago. "But my doctor says I'm OK." Alvirne High School student Josh Charron, 15, was one of the event's many volunteers. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:01:07 EST Nashua honors six officers for lifesaving work Six Nashua police officers received accolades this week from the department for lifesaving actions, one of the officers for the third time in two years. "The actions these guys took in each of these scenarios are nothing short of remarkable and heroic," said NPD Deputy Chief Denis Linehan. On April 23, police responded to Fairmount Street, where they found that a 17-year-old boy was threatening to jump off the Fairmount Street Bridge onto the Broad Street Parkway. Police say the boy was standing outside the bridge's railing, leaning outward with his arms behind him. They say the boy was yelling, indicating that he wanted to die. While Nashua police officer Richard Treem began talking to the boy, officer Dennis Lee and officer Kevin Delaney move discreetly behind the boy. Lee grabbed the boy as he loosened his grip on the railing. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:59:18 EST Wilton native returns home to open eatery WILTON - Kirk Burelle spent much of his life at Gary's Harvest Restaurant in West Wilton. When his mother closed the operation two years ago, Burelle went to a restaurant in Harvard Square. Now he is home again, and so is Gary's. Burelle, with some help from his mother, Linda, will soon reopen the former C&S Pizza at 35 Main St. as Gary's Harvest. C&S closed earlier this year. "We opened (Gary's) in 1976," Linda Burelle said. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:59:16 EST Sen. Ayotte honored her for work to end animal cruelty U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte was recently honored as the Legislator of the Year Award from the American Kennel Club (AKC) for her work on measures to help end animal cruelty and abuse. The award presentation took place during a dog obedience competition hosted by the Souhegan Kennel Club at American K-9 Country in Amherst. Ayotte worked with Michigan Democrat Gary Peters to introduce the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act to expand current federal law to better shields domestic violence victims and their pets' from abuse. Oftentimes an abuser will threaten to harm a victim's pet in order to assert control and trap victims in a dangerous situation, and by restricting the ability of abusers to harm pets, the PAWS Act helps victims and their pets reach safer environments. "I am honored to be recognized by the American Kennel Club and I appreciate the Souhegan Kennel Club for hosting Friday's event and obedience competition," Ayotte said in a statement. "We can all agree that ending animal cruelty is not a partisan issue, and as New Hampshire's former Attorney General, I've been proud to work on a number of bipartisan bills to address these crimes." Final waste collection Nov. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:59:13 EST Recent rain a boost after long drought Recent rains may provide a glimmer of hope to homeowners worrying about low water wells, but according to state officials, things aren't getting better. In fact, they're getting worse. According to the New Hampshire Drought Management Team, which is coordinated by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and state climatologist Mary Stampone, drought conditions are worsening in areas and spreading. The DES says that currently 80 percent of the state is experiencing moderate to extreme drought conditions, and approximately 20 percent is experiencing abnormally dry conditions. The current U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook indicates little improvement in the southern portion of the state, but potential for improvement in the north by the end of January 2017. "Unfortunately, for many, drought relief cannot come soon enough. At this point, we know hundreds of private wells in New Hampshire have experienced water supply issues due to the drought and we expect to see more," said Brandon Kernen, NHDES Hydrology and Water Conservation and Water Use Program manager. There is some good news locally, however, as Pennichuck Water CEO Larry Goodhue said on Friday. "With the rain that has happened, we have seen a reasonable recharge into the Pennichuck Brook system. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:58:03 EST Official out over weapon discord WILTON - Selectman Dan Donovan resigned abruptly at the board meeting on Monday, Oct. 10, after a discussion concerning the carrying of concealed weapons by town personnel on town property. Former Selectman Steve McDonough has agreed to fill the position until town elections in March. "I am vehemently against them carrying concealed weapons," Donovan said in a phone interview on Monday, Oct. 17. Donovan said Selectman Bill Condra was in favor of the idea, with Kermit Williams in the middle, but in the end agreeing with Condra. At that point, Donovan said, "I resigned." He submitted his official letter of resignation Tuesday morning. The discussions arose during amendments to the personnel file, he said, and some changes that had been made during the period when he was off the board. The board had held conversations with the Police Department and the town's insurance carrier, both of which were opposed. Donovan said state RSA 159 prohibits towns from developing a strategy for gun control. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:57:23 EST Alternatives to four-year college grow in demand Thirty-six thousand, one hundred and one dollars - that's the average college loan burden for New Hampshire students who graduated in 2015, according to the latest annual Project on Student Debt report by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Institute for College Access and Success. The report, released earlier this month, makes New Hampshire officially first in the nation in another, less meritorious category. And yet high school curriculum remains designed to prepare students for four-year colleges whose degrees increasingly guarantee only one thing: large quantities of  unforgivable, high-interest debt. But there are other opportunities for students seeking practical skills without having to drown in debt. Michelle Papanicolau is the director of the Nashua Technology Center at Nashua High School North. There is also one at Nashua South. The centers provide real-word experience for students in a variety of fields, including auto technology, cosmetology and precision machine technology. Papanicolau said the programs give students a taste of different professions and let them pursue what interests them. "There are different pathways for different students, and there's not one path that's the right way," she said. NTC also offers dual enrollment, which allows students to earn high school and college credit at the same time through the New Hampshire Running Start program. Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:00:38 EST Milford officials ponder land gift MILFORD - Town officials are considering whether to accept a gift of riverside land across from the Pine Valley Mill. Mark Prolman and Eli Levine sold the eastern portion of the 28-acre property to Matthew Ciardelli and MAC Milford Realty, and Ciardelli will build self-storage units there, across Wilton Road from the mill complex. Prolman and Levine want the town to take the rest of the property, about 17 acres. Prolman and Levine were at a joint meeting of the Planning Board and Conservation Commission last week, and Prolman indicated they are anxious to give up ownership of the property before the end of the year. But the boards are taking their time, concerned about possible contamination, as well as access over the railroad tracks and whether the town could eventually build some kind of structure on the property. Prolman also said that along with 2,000 feet of Souhegan River frontage, ownership would give the town access to about 60,000 cylinder yards of sand and gravel. "What's really the downside?" said Tim Finan, of the Planning Board. "I don't see a reason not to support. It's not unreasonable to expect that the railroad will not be there in 50 years. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:40:46 EST Middle school participating in Red Ribbon Week Friday morning, a handful of exuberant Pennichuck Middle School girls decked out in red T-shirts walked out of the school to make an important announcement. And make it, they did - in a big way. The group, known at the school as the Raiders Care Club, took on the task of preparing the school for its kickoff of Red Ribbon Week, which will be held from Oct. 23-31. The girls did so armed with a bag full of red plastic cups and a giant handmade banner. Red Ribbon Week is a national effort to promote a drug-free lifestyle for kids. Sponsored by the National Family Partnership, the ribbon tradition began in the mid-1980s as a sign of solidarity after the murder of U.S. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:40:40 EST NH Fish and Game making changes to endangered species list New Hampshire nature lovers can rejoice, as the ringed boghaunter and Puritan tiger beetle are out, although the round whitefish may be in. And the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department wants input on other proposed changes to the state's endangered and threatened species list. The curiously named boghaunter, a dragonfly, and the beetle have been taken off the list. The department plans to hold a hearing at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 to gather input from the public about other possible changes, including removal of the more commonly known bald eagle and American marten, a mammal that the department says can be confused with fishers. The meeting will be held at Fish and Game Department Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord. According to Fish and Game, the proposal re-adopts with amendments the current rule on conservation of endangered and threatened species. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:39:56 EST Hassan plans to drive bipartisan negotiations at national level Gov. Maggie Hassan says she has chosen give up her role in New Hampshire to challenge U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte so she can get things done on a national level that will have an impact on the state. "I want to see a state and a country where we can build on that kind of progress, where we're focusing on a bipartisan approach," Hassan said in an editorial board meeting with The Telegraph on Thursday. "When I look at Washington, I see a city in gridlock, captured by corporate special interests. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:38:49 EST Remembering ‘kind,’ ‘influential’ Nashua music teacher, church organist I seem to recall being involved in a few church-related activities - Sunday School and youth groups and such - while growing up and coming of age as a regular - perhaps even faithful - communicant of Nashua's historic Church of the Good Shepherd. But one thing I was not was a good singer, nor even a so-so one with enough (well-hidden) potential to be deemed salvageable. Despite the patience and determination of some dedicated choir directors who invested more time in me than they probably should have, my "singing career" was relegated to the shower and my car. One of those directors was James A. Wood - Mr. Wood to us hundreds of baby boomers lucky enough to have taken music lessons from him or sung in his years' worth of top-notch choirs - or, like me, simply watch him sit down in front of the sea of keys, levers, buttons and switches and fill the church with pitch-perfect organ music. Jim Wood was 90 when he died earlier this week, and upon seeing his obituary when it landed here at The Telegraph, my first thought was something like, "Oh, man, Mr. Wood -  I mentioned him in a story just the other day." I was also a tad red-faced: I referred to him as "the late James Wood," having violated one of the most basic and important rules of journalism: Never assume. The mention came in an Oct. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:35:28 EST Burke Street garage plans still developing Nearly a year after the city spent $4.2 million to buy property on Burke Street for a consolidated Public Works and Parks and Recreation garage, there are still no formal plans ready. "There really is no update at this time," Lisa Fauteux, Nashua's Department of Public Works director, said this week. That doesn't mean work hasn't been done to further the effort to turn the property into the city's new DPW garage. Fauteux has been working with an architectural firm to firm up a proposal to bring to aldermen in the next two to three months. Right now, though, there still isn't a firm figure on how much the project will cost, she said. The 4-acre parcel contains a spacious garage and 50,000-square-foot office facility, the former HMAI building abutting the city wastewater treatment plant. The property features a two-story office building, an 188,000-square-foot warehouse, a 3,200-square-foot garage and 356 parking spaces. At the time of the purchase, the cost of rehabilitating the property was estimated to cost $10 million to $15 million. Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:31:31 EST Clinton imposter charged in assault MERRIMACK - Police initially had no problem with local resident Nicholas Bonzagni donning a Hillary Clinton mask and red jumpsuit and staging a one-man protest for passing motorists several hours before Wednesday's final presidential debate. But when one driver called police around 5:30 p.m. to report that he'd allegedly been assaulted by the Clinton impersonator, officers had to take action. Having identified Bonzagni during their earlier visit to the intersection of Route 101A and Continental Boulevard, police knew he was their suspect as soon as they heard the description given by the alleged victim. Officers subsequently drove over to Bonzagni's residence, 10 Shore Drive in Merrimack, to speak with him about the report. After a brief investigation, police issued a warrant for Bonzagni's arrest on one count of simple assault, a Class A  misdemeanor. Bonzagni later turned himself in at Merrimack police headquarters, police said. He was booked and later released on $1,500 personal recognizance bail pending arraignment, which is scheduled for Dec. 1 in Merrimack district court. The male driver Bonzagni is accused of assaulting told police he was stopped at a light at the intersection when he noticed someone "protesting loudly" while wearing the Clinton mask. The driver acknowledged he told the suspect "to get a job," prompting the suspect, later identified as Bonzagni, to walk up to the victim's car. Words were exchanged, police said, and at one point Bonzagni allegedly grabbed onto the driver's arm "in an attempt to pull him out of the vehicle." The two parted, at which time the driver called police. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:48:52 EST Nashua woman charged after brawl with ex-boyfriend, another woman NASHUA - Kimberly Masson, a 33-year-old Nashua resident also known as Kimberly Doiron, landed in Valley Street jail this week after allegedly assaulting a passenger in her ex- boyfriend's vehicle, pulling her out, then jumping in the car and beating on him as he tried to drive away, according to court documents. Police said that by the time the several officers dispatched to a reported domestic disturbance arrived at the corner of East Hollis and Spring streets, they found a woman later identified as Masson on top of a 53-year-old man, "trying to hold him down" on the lawn behind a Main Street bank. The location is two blocks from Masson's residence at 12 Mason St., where the series of events that led to Masson's arrest began to unfold. Once police sorted things out, Masson was taken to police headquarters for booking on multiple charges that included three counts each of simple assault and domestic violence, along with one count each of stalking - domestic violence and breach of bail conditions. Hours later, as police were wrapping up the booking process, they allowed Masson to make a phone call - reminding her of the protective order that prohibited her from calling the ex-boyfriend. Nevertheless, police said, moments after she made her call, the ex-boyfriend called police to report Masson just called him "telling him she needed him to bring her $5,040 for her bail." Police promptly added two more charges - one count each of stalking - domestic violence and breach of bail conditions - to Masson's file. Earlier, as police spoke with an "intoxicated" and "only somewhat cooperative" Masson on Spring Street, she allegedly told them that she was trying to help the alleged victim because he was having trouble getting up. When asked why she was on top of him, police said, Masson "could not provide an answer." The alleged victim, however, said he couldn't get up because of a leg injury - plus the fact that Masson was on top of him. He later told police he now lives in Lowell, Mass., and had come to Nashua to find Masson's exact street address, which he said he needed in order to keep in effect the protective order he took out against Masson in July in New Hampshire. He and the other alleged victim, a 23-year-old woman known to him and Masson, told police that when he stopped in front of Masson's residence, the 23-year-old woman asked him for a ride to the store, according to police. When they returned, Masson allegedly "ran to his vehicle, pulled (the 23-year-old woman) out and began to assault her," police wrote. The woman "defended herself by striking Masson in the face," police said, after which Masson "turned her attention" to the ex-boyfriend, allegedly jumping into his vehicle and striking him in the face. He told police he then drove off, with Masson allegedly continuing to hit him. He made it as far as Spring Street, he said, where he stopped, got out and tried to flee - but Masson caught up, took him down and "got on top of him ... keeping him from getting up," police said. A review of Masson's record, police said, confirmed the protective order that the ex-boyfriend took out against her in July. The order, police said, stemmed from Masson's arrest on stalking-related charges in the town of Hillsborough. It wasn't clear whether Masson was eventually able to post bail. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:18:23 EST Biden stumps at NCC, spurs memories of potential candidacy NASHUA - As Vice President Joe Biden took the stage Thursday in front of a packed crowd at Nashua Community College, he made his support for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton loud and clear. But the Delaware lawmaker's presence brought back the question of another potential candidacy - his own. Last October, as Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders prepared to square off in the first Democratic Party presidential debate, Biden contemplated a possible run. He eventually publicly announced he would not, citing grief from the loss of his son, Beau, as the main factor. But what if Biden had in fact ran for president as he had considered last fall and became the Democratic nominee? Liberals ponder whether a matchup between Biden and Republican Donald Trump would have been more positive and avoided the ugly politics of the current race. "I think it would be, because of his ability to gain trust," said Florence Pohlek of Mansfield, Mass. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:17:52 EST Statehouse committee to study NH dairy industry CONCORD - New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper this week appointed lawmakers to a Dairy Producer's Task Force to study and recommend a short-term plan for preserving New Hampshire's dairy industry. Jasper, a Hudson Republican, called the drought situation a "natural disaster," and, along with state Senate President Chuck Morse, announced Wednesday the board members and their task. "The crisis which the industry is facing at this time is twofold," Jasper said. "They may be able to adapt to the issue of low prices, but they cannot survive low prices and scarce feed at the same time." The creation of the task force comes after the Milk Producers Emergency Relief Board's recent two meetings to discuss the issues surrounding drought and milk production. Three proposals were presented after the meetings, one was aimed specifically at directing state money into an existing emergency reserve that never saw regular funding. Another dealt with a federal formula concerning milk prices. The other was aimed at immediate emergency relief. Task force member Robert Haefner, R-Hudson, said Thursday that he expects "a proposal on funding the $3.6 million in drought assistance," though he was not sure when the money would be made available. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:16:22 EST Nashua PD to hold drug take-back NASHUA - Police Chief Andrew Lavoie is expecting a good haul on Saturday when the Nashua Police Department takes part in National Drug Take-Back Day. Nashua is among the dozens of police departments in the region participating in the event, sponsored by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. It starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 2 p.m. "It's going to be four hours, and we typically get 200 pounds," Lavoie said. "It's amazing when you think how little a pill weighs," he said. Residents with expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs can bring them to the police station for disposal. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:15:21 EST Lawsuit: DCYF allowed children to be abused CONCORD - A family of children sexually abused while in the care of the Division for Children, Youth & Families are calling for immediate reforms to the department as part of the lawsuit they filed against the state on Thursday. Bedford attorney Rus Rilee is representing the family in the lawsuit that concerns two girls, known as N.B., 4, and J.B., 18 months, at the time of what Rilee called horrific sexual abuse perpetrated by their biological parents. The children's adoptive parents, known in the court filing as T.C. and D.C., claim that DCYF and New Hampshire Easter Seals knew of credible abuse allegations when they put the girls into their biological parents' home for what amounted to unsupervised visits. "These horrific acts of sexual abuse were 100 percent foreseeable and 100 percent avoidable, and these two girls should never have been placed back into the care of the two monsters who inflicted this abuse on them," Rilee said. The biological parents confessed to the crimes in 2014, and are now serving prison sentences. The Telegraph is agreeing not to use the names of the biological parents and the adoptive parents so as to protect the identity of the two sexual abuse victims. The lawsuit states: "In July, 2012, N.B., who was 3 months old and J.B., who was almost 3 years old, were removed from their parents' custody by DCYF because of physical abuse by the biological father. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:46:51 EST Signs damaged, stolen ahead of vote NASHUA - Steve Negron isn't sure why it's happening, but he'd like whoever is stealing and vandalizing his campaign signs to stop. "If there's an issue with my signs, they should discuss that with me," he said. Instead, he's lost more than 30 of the lawn signs he bought to put out in his campaign for a New Hampshire House of Representatives seat in Ward 5 as the Republican candidate. Signs have been stolen, knocked over and, in at least one case, "mutilated" with a knife, he said. "I don't know why anyone would do that to me," he said. "That's not the way Nashuans should express their political views." The lawn signs cost him about $3 apiece, bringing damage up to around $100, and he's also had a large 3-foot-by-6-foot banner that cost him $150 taken. Negron isn't alone. Democrat Patricia Klee, running for a Statehouse seat in Ward 3, has said she and others running with her have had their signs stolen. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:32:02 EST Hollis, Milford men charged with blowing up LBGT newspaper box SALEM, Mass. - The police investigation into the August explosion that destroyed a vending box owned by an LGBTQ newspaper has led to charges filed against men from Hollis and Milford. John Richard, 23, of Hollis, and Milford resident Lawrence Gilman, 20, are scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday in Salem (Mass.) district court, according to Boston TV station WCVB and the Salem, Mass., Patch news website. Richard and Gilman are each charged with one count of malicious or wanton defacing or damaging of property over $250, and throwing, secreting, launching or placing of an incendiary device. They are accused of placing explosives inside a vending box for The Rainbow Times, a Boston-based publication that bills itself as "New England's largest LGBTQ newspaper." The explosion of the box, which was in Lappin Park in the North Shore town of Salem, was caught on video surveillance cameras on nearby businesses. According to the WCVB report, the men were not charged with hate crime or bias offenses because police don't have solid evidence that they targeted the box because it held an LGBTQ publication. A spokesperson for the newspaper told news outlets that their vending boxes have been vandalized roughly 10 times, including the August incident and a spate of vandalism in June, which is Gay Pride Month. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:03:14 EST Race Saturday to mark start of The Telegraph’s Santa Fund drive NASHUA - Volunteers will take to the track Saturday at The Telegraph's 40th annual Santa Fund Run. The event, which consists of both a 5K and 10K race, will kick off the paper's biggest annual fundraiser, the Santa Fund drive, beginning at 9 a.m. at the YMCA of Greater Nashua at 24 Stadium Drive. "It's a great way to bring the community together," said Tracy Dionne, The Telegraph's event producer. All net proceeds from this race will benefit the Santa Fund, which is in its 55th year of helping those less fortunate in Greater Nashua during the holiday. The Santa Fund gathers donations from area residents, which are then distributed through local organizations. This year, the Nashua Police Athletic League and The High Hopes Foundation, both first-time volunteers, will be joining forces with The Salvation Army and The Front Door Agency to dole out donations. "We're excited to be a partner with The Telegraph this year," said Shaun Nelson, executive director of Nashua PAL, adding that it will help the Ash Street nonprofit serve more families in the community. Nashua PAL will also be sending volunteers to this weekend's race. Nashua Community College Massage Therapy students also will offer massages for runners after they cross the finish line. Registration is $30 for those 19 and older and $15 for those 18 and younger. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:02:42 EST Guilty pleas entered in 2015 Hudson stalking, protective order violations case NASHUA - Former Hudson man Jason Bean, accused of violating protective orders and stalking an ex-girlfriend in 2015, has pleaded guilty to six related charges as part of an agreement reached by his attorneys and a county prosecutor. Bean, 33, entered the guilty pleas Monday in Hillsborough County Superior Court South, at which time Judge Charles Temple scheduled his sentencing hearing for 11 a.m. Thursday in Temple's courtroom. The charges accuse Bean, whose last known address is Valley Street jail in Manchester, of "repeatedly" text-messaging and calling the alleged victim on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2015, in violation of a court order that prohibited him from having any contact or communication with her. The orders had been issued by Nashua district court's family division about a week before the alleged violations, documents state. The three charges of violation of a protective order are Class B felonies, based in part on the fact that Bean was convicted of misdemeanor-level violation of a protective order in March 2008 in Berlin district court. A grand jury indicted Bean in February on the three felony counts, along with the three stalking charges, which are Class A misdemeanors. Assistant County Attorney Leslie Gill, who is prosecuting the case, and Bean's attorneys, Amanda Henderson and Kara Simard, told Temple at Monday's hearing that the sides had entered a capped-plea agreement on one of the felony charges, with the remaining five agreed upon through fully-negotiated plea agreements. Under a capped plea, each side presents to the judge its recommendation on the length, and terms, of a defendant's sentence, leaving it up to the judge to make the final decision. In this case, Gill recommended Bean serve 11/2 to five years in state prison, while the defense asked for 12 months in Valley Street jail. On the other felony charges, the sides agreed to a sentence of 21/2 to five years in state prison, all suspended for five years, consecutive after the first sentence. In regard to the misdemeanor charges, the attorneys agreed to 12 months in jail on each count, all suspended for five years. Each side will present its sentencing arguments at the outset of Thursday's hearing. All sentences carry stipulations that Bean enter and meaningfully participate in a batterer intervention program and that he have no contact with the alleged victim or her minor child, according to the attorneys. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:02:13 EST Alleged stealing of Macy’s merch Manchester resident William Mejia-Delisle was charged over the weekend by Nashua police with felony theft for allegedly stealing more than $1,200 in merchandise from Macy's department store. Police said Mejia-Delisle, 23, of 515 Lincoln St., Apt. 2, Manchester, was taken into custody shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, roughly 45 minutes after officers were called to the Pheasant Lane Mall store. Mejia-Delisle was booked and later released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail, police said. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:01:41 EST Robbery charge in phone theft A Manchester man was charged Monday with felony robbery and trying to elude police after he allegedly assaulted a Nashua man and stole his cellphone to cover "a previous debt," according to police. Jamal George, 32, whose last known address is 287 Green St., refused bail and was later transported to the Valley Street jail in Manchester, police said. He faces one count of robbery, a Class B felony; along with one count each of resisting detention and resisting arrest, both Class A misdemeanors. Police said officers were called around 9:30 Monday morning to Amherst Street near Sargent Avenue for the report of a robbery that occurred at a local residence. The suspect, later identified as George, allegedly ran from the area, but officers gave chase and apprehended him after a brief pursuit. Police said the victim told detectives that George assaulted him and took his cellphone due to a previous debt. Police ask that anyone with additional information on the incident contact the department's crime line at 589-1665. - DEAN SHALHOUP Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:01:11 EST Conn. women charged in $3K card scheme NASHUA - A pair of Connecticut women who allegedly went on a daylong, $3,000 liquor shopping spree in July using stolen credit card information have been arraigned in Nashua district court and are awaiting their next court dates. Rockel Samas, 22, of Norwalk, Conn., and Samira Leon, 23, of Bridgeport, Conn., each face one count of theft by deception, Class A felonies, according to police. The two are accused of using credit card information, which police said had been stolen from three local residents' accounts, to purchase more than $3,000 worth of liquor on July 27 at two state liquor stores in Nashua. Criminal investigation bureau detectives launched an investigation, speaking with the victims and their respective banks to develop information that eventually led to the two women, police said. Samas was arrested first, on the afternoon of Oct. 3, while Leon was taken into custody Tuesday in Bridgeport on an arrest warrant, police said. She subsequently waived extradition and was returned to Nashua for arraignment, which took place Wednesday in the Nashua court. Bail for Samas was initially set at $20,000 cash or surety, while Leon's was set at $25,000 cash or surety. It wasn't immediately known if either defendant's bail was modified at arraignment. Police ask that anyone with any additional information on the case call the department's Crime Line at 589-1665. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:00:10 EST Chase ends with arrest in Windham WINDHAM - A 24-year-old Nashua man with a history of arrests in the Nashua-Manchester area was captured by police late Wednesday morning after he allegedly crashed a stolen car on Interstate 93 then took off on foot. Victor Rosario, whose last known address is 20 Heon Court in Nashua, was jailed in the Rockingham County lockup in Brentwood after being booked on one count of receiving stolen property, a felony, and one misdemeanor count each of conduct after an accident and operating after suspension - second offense, according to a state police statement. Rosario, who in February 2014 was charged in Nashua with four counts of domestic violence-related assault and in May with disobeying an officer, reportedly crashed a 2000 Honda Civic into a portable electronic highway construction sign, then bailed out and fled on foot, police said. They said Rosario allegedly stole the car in Lowell, Mass., earlier in the day. Trooper Kieren Fagan, who was working a construction detail on I-93 just north of the Route 111 exit at the time and was the first officer on the scene, found the heavily damaged Civic, but no driver was present, police said. Fagan was approached by numerous witnesses who said they had seen the Civic weaving through traffic "at a high rate of speed" in the northbound lanes of I-93, and that it appeared the driver was trying to use the breakdown lane to pass lines of traffic. Those who witnessed the crash told Fagan that the driver got out and ran east into a wooded area. Police said they provided a detailed description, which was broadcast to other troopers and Windham officers. Minutes later, police said, three Windham officers spotted a man who matched the description walking along Ludlow Road, part of a residential subdivision just east of the interstate. Other officers and troopers identified him as Rosario and took him into custody. Police said Rosario is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Thursday morning in Salem district court. The incident remains under investigation, police said, adding that anyone with any additional information is urged to contact Fagan or Trooper Michael Berntsen at 223-4381. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:00:35 EST Bucknam named managing editor of The Telegraph Publisher Jim Konig announced Tuesday that Sandy Bucknam has been chosen as the new executive managing editor of The Telegraph. Konig made the announcement at a companywide meeting on Tuesday. “We are happy to name Sandy Bucknam as our new executive managing editor,” Konig said. “We took a look at his resume, and it was obvious he was the right choice for the position. “He has been with us for 38 years, and during that time he has done just about every job in the newsroom. He really has a feel for the pulse of the community, and I know the readers will benefit greatly with Sandy in the role of executive managing editor.” Bucknam most recently was weeklies and community news editor of The Telegraph. “I’m grateful to Jim for the faith he has placed in me,” Bucknam said. “This is a particularly exciting time to be named the executive managing editor as we prepare for our move back to Main Street in Nashua, especially since I began my career with The Telegraph in 1978 when we were at 60 Main Street. “Hudson has been a good host to us all these years, but it’s nice to be moving back home to downtown Nashua.” Bucknam started at The Telegraph in June 1978 as a sports reporter after graduating from Pittsfield High School in 1973 and earning a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1977. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:32:27 EST Nashua Democrat Dan Weeks wants Executive Council to keep government open, in check NASHUA – Dan Weeks wants to be an Executive Councilor who holds government accountable to the people, without falling into ideological fights over party politics. “I simply don’t see the role of Executive Council as being an ideologue,” he said Tuesday in an editorial board meeting with the Nashua Telegraph. “I see it as being a good government watchdog.” Weeks, a Nashua Democrat, is running for the District 5 seat on the council against Republican incumbent David Wheeler. As a councilor, Weeks wants to serve as someone who makes sure the state contracts are appropriate, and as someone who makes sure the state is doing right by the taxpayer. “I want to ensure that we’re spending money the right way,” he said. For Weeks, that means making the right investments in Granite Staters and their futures. Top on his agenda is getting a commuter rail line to service Nashua and Manchester. “This is about a lot more than getting some cars off the road; this is the single biggest economic development opportunity New Hampshire has faced in a generation,” he said. The Capitol Corridor study, done by the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, proposes millions of spending in taxpayer dollars in return for a potential of an economic boom, Weeks said. “We haven’t seen anything like it,” he said. The $246 million costs to start the project would be mostly paid for by federal grants and in-kind donations from the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:26:22 EST Former Red Sox pitcher stumps for Trump in Nashua NASHUA – Former Boston Red Sox star pitcher Curt Schilling said Tuesday that he thinks the media is firmly focused on making sure that the Republican nominee doesn’t win the election, a claim which GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has also made consistently over the past few weeks. “Anybody denying that doesn’t have the TV on and doesn’t read the newspaper,” Schilling told a packed crowd at the Trump Nashua Victory Office on Main Street. “But I think we’re better than them, I think we’re bigger than that, I think we’re smarter than that.” Schilling’s visit was one of three stops at Trump phone banking events in the state Tuesday, including events in Stratham and Salem. His visit to the Granite State also coincided with the announcement he plans to challenge U.S. Sen. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:58:00 EST Scout's Honor: Nashua’s Mahfuz honored for community service Standing at a podium on Tuesday, Larry Gammon, president of the Easter Seals organization in New Hampshire, praised local businessman Sy Mahfuz for the difference he’s made in the lives of Nashua-area soldiers and their families. Gammon shared with a luncheon audience, of about 70 people at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, that Mahfuz, along with another citizen, Tom Tessier, have helped raise $1.5 million for Veterans Count, an Easter Seals program that supports veterans, service members and their families, over the past four years. Gammon’s remarks were made just before Mahfuz received the 2016 Nashua Good Scout Award. He was honored by the Daniel Webster Council of the Boys Scouts of America for his service to his community and local businesses along with exemplifying the values of Scouting in his daily life. “We’re all here, and we have to make a difference in people’s lives one way or another,” Mahfuz told the audience. “It’s a legacy that I think we should be thinking about.” Legacy is an important word to him, Mahfuz continued. Although his father, Fred, didn’t use the word, Mahfuz said, leaving a legacy of helping others was important to him. Mahfuz, who followed his father into the family rug selling business, considered him to be a role model while growing up. “He was someone I really looked up to and he taught me every single day,” Mahfuz said. Mahfuz and Tessier are two of the charter members of the Veterans Count Nashua chapter. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:52:00 EST Merrimack teen charged with threatening police, damaging relative’s car MERRIMACK – Police say a Merrimack teen was arrested twice within a couple hours Monday, initially for allegedly calling 911 to have a close family member removed from his house and threatening police, then on accusations that he smashed out the rear window of the car belonging to the family member who had just bailed him out. Illya Scott II, 18, a former Nashua resident and 2016 Nashua High School North grad now living at 16 Mill St. in Merrimack, was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday morning in Merrimack district court on a total of six charges stemming from the alleged incidents. They include one count each of criminal threatening, making a false public alarm, resisting arrest, willful concealment, criminal mischief – domestic violence, and breach of bail conditions, according to police. Police said the first three charges stemmed from the initial incident, in which Scott called police shortly after 11 a.m. Monday claiming there was an unknown man in his house who was refusing to leave. Arriving officers located the man, whom police identified as “a close family member” of Scott’s. Police said Scott then “made repeated threats toward officers,” and when they tried to take him into custody he allegedly resisted and struggled with the officers. The willful concealment charge stems from a previous investigation in which Scott was accused of stealing a cigar from a local store, police said. He was transported to police headquarters and booked on the four charges, with bail being set at $5,000 personal recognizance. A short time later, police said, Scott was released to a family member, but when the family member arrived at police headquarters to pick him up, Scott allegedly smashed out the rear window of the family member’s car. Officers found Scott in the front parking lot and promptly took him into custody again, adding the charges of domestic- related criminal mischief and breach of bail conditions to his list of offenses. This time, Scott’s bail was set at $5,000 cash only, which resulted in him being transported to Valley Street jail in Manchester overnight pending Tuesday’s arraignment. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, or @Telegraph_DeanS. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:52:00 EST Corn again: Maize mazes return for fall Corn mazes have become a draw all on their own, just like pumpkins and pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. They’re now part of modern harvest experiences and Halloween fun, and some sport their own brand of scary. “It’s a big draw,” said Cameron Hardy, a sixth-generation farmer at Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis. Large operations feature mazes dozens of acres in size. His maze is 2 acres. “At three bucks, it’s a great value,” he said. Maze making Though many of the more complex designs are created using software and GPS technology to carve out intricate designs only truly visible from the air, Hardy’s technique is simpler and begins with a sketch on paper. ‘”Every year, I come up with a design. I stake it out, spray-paint the design in orange on top of the stalks when they’re waist-high and trim it out,” he said. The corn itself, cow corn not intended for human consumption, is planted in a much denser pattern than corn for sale at the farmstand. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:49:00 EST School says Merrimack teacher out before arrest MERRIMACK – The former Merrimack High School teacher accused of soliciting nude photos of one of his 16-year-old students was removed from his classroom last Tuesday and formally resigned Oct. 13, several days before his arrest, according to the town school district. Just hours after his arrest on Monday, the Merrimack School Board acknowledged the resignation of longtime educator Robert Todd Wiley, with board chairwoman Shannon Barnes saying the move is a standard resignation outside his inability to collect retirement incentives. Police said the 63-year-old Wiley turned himself in Monday morning on a warrant that “stemmed from a thorough investigation” into allegations he solicited naked photos of a 16-year-old female student and “supplied images and videos to the victim of himself manipulating his genitals.” Wiley submitted a one-sentence letter of resignation last Thursday that stated, “After 37 dedicated years as a teacher of English and philosophy at Merrimack High School, this letter serves as my intent to retire from the Merrimack School District, effective Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.” Marjorie Chiafery, Merrimack’s superintendent of schools, said the board was relieved that Wiley submitted his resignation and that it “hadn’t been forced upon” them. She said Wiley was removed from the school on Tuesday, Oct. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:48:00 EST Maine man accused of firing multiple shots from car Police say suspect eluded officers NASHUA – A 26-year-old man from Maine was ordered held in jail on high bail Monday on multiple felony charges stemming from the alcohol-fueled spate of random gunfire that rattled a north Nashua neighborhood in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Police said Sean D. Camlin, of 186A Twombley Road in Sanford, Maine, is facing 10 felony and three misdemeanor charges that accuse him of repeatedly firing one or another of his two handguns out the window of a moving vehicle, then leaping from a second-floor window in an attempt to flee officers as they closed in on him at a friend’s condo off Coburn Avenue. Police were able to catch up with Camlin after a brief, but tense, foot pursuit, during which Camlin allegedly walked toward a pursuing officer with a dark-colored firearm in his hand, according to police reports. He then ran from the officer, who, police said, observed Camlin throw that gun and another that he took from his waistband. The officer also saw Camlin reach into a pocket from which ammunition was falling onto the ground. The pursuing officer caught up to Camlin, police said, but continued to struggle, forcing the officer to pepper-spray him. The series of events began around 2 a.m. Saturday, when several residents of Blue Hill Avenue and neighboring streets called police reporting that they heard multiple gunshots in the area. Later, after the suspect was taken into custody, his friend, who police say was driving the vehicle in which Camlin was a passenger, told detectives that Camlin initially fired a series of shots as they drove on Daniel Webster Highway. Camlin allegedly began firing from the car again on Blue Hill Avenue, where police later recovered multiple shell casings in two different clusters, all of which matched the .40 caliber Glock or the Taurus “Judge” revolver that Camlin had allegedly been carrying. Officers later also recovered the two guns Camlin allegedly tossed while fleeing, and a Yankee Candle bag containing nearly $24,000 in cash – which, police said, Camlin told officers is his “life savings” that he carries with him. Police contacted the Sanford Police Department regarding any firearm permits Camlin has and found that he has none. All together, Camlin is charged with nine counts of reckless conduct and one count of falsifying physical evidence, all Class B felonies, along with one count each of carrying a loaded handgun without a license, resisting detention and resisting arrest, all Class A misdemeanors. Judge Paul Moore at Monday’s arraignment in Nashua district court ordered Camlin held on $200,000 cash bail and set a probable cause hearing for Oct. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:29:18 EST Merrimack taxes to rise as cash gap saps $900K of school surplus MERRIMACK – While the town’s school system has one of its biggest budget surpluses in years, the district is going to need some of that cash again very soon. Matt Shevenell, assistant superintendent for business of schools, said during an Oct. 3 school board meeting that the New Hampshire Department of Education reduced adequacy grant funding for Merrimack by around $928,000. “So, call it a million,” Shevenell said in a grimaced manner. He said the main reason for the loss of funding was a recalculation of Merrimack’s average daily student enrollment figures. “So, when we lose 149 students from our base average daily membership, that takes away aid; when free and reduced (meals) go down by a certain percent, that reduces aid; special ed average daily membership decreased, as well,” he said. The Merrimack school system has a surplus of about $4.9 million this year. $3.3 million of it is an appropriations surplus, which means the school system spent less than what was budgeted by about $3.3 million of its $71 million budget. “The areas that savings were realized in were salaries, benefits, maintenance – because of utility costs – and special education – around $800,000 savings in special education alone, ” Shevenell said, adding that the special education savings were the result of retaining more students instead of sending them to schools outside of the district. The remaining surplus is a revenue surplus, which is mostly the result of the third and final $1 million settlement in regard to a health trust that was overcharged for several years. Shevenell said that the budget is intentionally calculated for there to be a slight surplus in order to avoid a deficit. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:28:33 EST Witness: Three injured in ceiling collapse at Nashua Bertucci's NASHUA – One male and two females were injured Monday when a portion of the ceiling inside the Bertucci’s Restaurant on Amherst Street collapsed onto them. First responders from Nashua Fire Rescue, Nashua Police Department and AMR Ambulance responded to a reported ceiling collapse. Deputy fire chief Glen MacDonald confirmed three people were hurt when a 12-foot-long and 8-foot wide decorative component of the restaurant’s ceiling fell on them shortly before 2 p.m. “It came right down in front of me, boom,” said Pete Richard, of Hudson, who was having lunch in the dining room with his wife, Kathie, and his sister Marianne Lacourciere, of Hooksett. He stood outside with containers of food as first responders worked inside. The sound of the ceiling coming down was “loud,” he said, “like glass breaking.” “One guy got it pretty good across his back,” Richard said. “A waitress got bopped on the head, too.” Several fire trucks from Nashua, Hudson and Merrimack were in the restaurant’s parking lot near the Somerset Parkway, along with a handful of ambulances. “It’s a decorative section of the ceiling that’s right under the skylight,” MacDonald said. Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:28:28 EST Wheeler enjoys "watchdog" role NASHUA – David Wheeler takes a very traditional view of his role as an executive councilor. “For me, I like being the watchdog,” Wheeler said. Wheeler, a Milford Republican, is running against Nashua Democrat Dan Weeks for the District 5 seat on New Hampshire’s Executive Council. The council serves as a brake on the powers of the governor and Legislature, showing the distrust that the framers of New Hampshire’s constitution had for concentrated political power, he said. “They did not like the colonial governors, so the came up with the council to weaken the power of the governor intentionally,” he said. As a councilor, Wheeler has taken to the role, like when he opposed the Legislature and the governor when he voted against the Medicaid expansion in New Hampshire, saying it simply put 50,000 more people on welfare. The Medicaid expansion did allow that number of New Hampshire residents to get health insurance coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act, and Wheeler sees it as a problem. He thinks the expansion will lead to an unaffordable system that will eventually require a state income or sales tax, or worse. “This is part of moving to a single-payer health care system, this is part of Obamacare,” he said. Wheeler wants to roll back the expansion, and he’d like to see the whole Affordable Care Act done in. In its place, Wheeler advocates some form of what he calls a free-market solution, though he is not sure how it will look. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:47:29 EST Merrimack teacher charged with soliciting nude photos of student MERRIMACK – A community Facebook account Monday afternoon buzzed with a wide range of comments as parents and other residents learned of the arrest of veteran Merrimack High School English teacher Todd Wiley on charges related to the solicitation of naked photos from a 16-year-old female student. Swinging from praise of Wiley as a “great” and “respected” teacher to outrage over his alleged conduct, the comments flowed in reaction to a notification some parents received from the school district as well as news outlets’ reports based on a police press release sent out around 3 p.m. Monday. Police said the 63-year-old Wiley, whose full name is Robert Todd Wiley, turned himself in earlier in the day on a warrant that “stemmed from a thorough investigation” into allegations he had “solicited naked photos of the victim ... and supplied images and videos to the victim of himself manipulating his genitals,” according to police. Wiley, who lives at 14 Mayflower Drive in Milford, was booked Monday on one felony count of criminal solicitation to the manufacturing of child abuse images, along with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, which are Class A misdemeanors. He was later released on $20,000 cash bail, and is scheduled to appear in Merrimack district court for arraignment on Dec. 1. Merrimack police Lt. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:46:09 EST Famed activist Brockovich calls on state to open up Merrimack water testing MERRIMACK – Famed environmental activist Erin Brockovich is calling on New Hampshire to open up the testing for all Merrimack residents possibly impacted by the environmental contamination found in drinking water. “The people of Merrimack were poisoned for years without their knowledge thanks to a negligent company operating in the area,” Brockovich wrote in a letter to Jeffrey Meyers, New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services commissioner. “At the very least the community deserves to know just how much damage has been done.” The contaminants PFOA – or perfluorooctanoic acid – and PFOS – or perfluorooctanesulfonic acid – were found in Merrimack water within the last year, and more was discovered in Merrimack, Litchfield, Bedford, Londonderry, Manchester and Amherst. The state’s contamination investigation centered around Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics in Merrimack and the former site of a Textiles Coated International facility in Amherst. Earlier this year, Merrimack residents filed a class action lawsuit against Saint-Gobain, though it has not been definitively proved that the company is the cause of the contamination. Brockovich, best known as the subject of a Julia Roberts-led, Oscar-winning movie about her battle with a utility company over a water contamination issue, is a consultant with a New York-based law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, which is also investigating the contamination. The state is going to be testing 200 Merrimack residents to learn about the impact of the water contamination. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:45:54 EST Merrimack traffic stop leads to charges for Lowell woman MERRIMACK - A Massachusetts woman was jailed over the weekend pending a Monday arraignment after police took her into custody Saturday after she allegedly tried to drive away from a traffic stop. Jemimah F. Ndungi, 29, of 333 1st St., Apt. 106 in Lowell, Mass., was ultimately charged with one count each of operating after revocation, subsequent offense; disobeying a police officer; and open container violation, police said. An officer on patrol stopped the car Ndungi was driving around 6 p.m. Saturday on the Exit 12 southbound onramp to the Everett Turnpike for what police described as a minor motor vehicle infraction. The driver, later identified as Ndungi, allegedly told the officer that she had no identification with her, but then provided what the officer determined was conflicting information. It was at that point that Ndungi allegedly tried to drive off, but the officer was able to prevent her from getting away, police said. He subsequently took Ndungi into custody, and in checking her record found that her license had been revoked. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:45:51 EST Hudson man pleads guilty to Social Security fraud A Hudson man accused of taking Social Security money from his deceased mother pleaded guilty Monday in a U.S. District Court. U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice announced that Robert Duquette, 74, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public money. Court records indicate Duquette’s mother was receiving widow’s benefits from the Social Security Administration at the time of her death in October 2006. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:45:48 EST At Science Cafe, a look at technology to move farming indoors It's hard to think of a technology older than farming - chipping flint? creating fire? hitting people with sticks? - but that hasn't stopped agriculture from adopting new technologies with enthusiasm. From drones to microbiomes, GPS to GMOs, the ancient task of growing food is trying out plenty of different tools these days. But maybe the most interesting and radical idea is to move some or all of the growing into controlled environments, often indoors, with an eye toward boosting yields, cutting pollution, expanding the growing seasons and reducing costs. That's why Science Cafe Concord will be discussing the issue on Tuesday, Oct. 18, featuring a representative from the area's biggest example of the trend: The soon-to-open Lef (pronounced "leaf") Farms in Loudon. "Here in America we're kind of behind the technology; we're not the leaders by any means," said Donald Grandmaison, sales and marketing manager at the facility, which is about to harvest its first crop from the automated hydroponic operation inside a huge greenhouse that they say represents a $10 million investment to generate salad greens year-round. This is a radical change from my usual idea of farming, which is expressed in a hymn I sang as a kid: "We plow the fields and scatter / the good seed on the land / but it is fed and watered / by God's almighty hand." There's no plowing and scattering at Lef Farms - not even any land as far as the crops are concerned, because they're grown in nutrient-rich water. Nobody leaves the feeding and watering up to the hand of the Almighty, either; it's all carefully controlled through automation and software. Lef Farms isn't alone in growing things indoors to grow more of them, or in growing them at unusual times of the year or in unusual places. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:31:21 EST Nashua event raises money, awareness for cancer research NASHUA - Bright with their orange team shirts, Tom's Troops stayed together as they walked among 400 other people carrying red, white and gold lanterns down Concord Street on Saturday evening. Tom's Troops held the gold lanterns as a symbol for the loss of a loved one to cancer. Tom Dwyer was a loving father and mentor to Evan Dwyer, who is now 19, as well as to 21-year-old Lyndsey and LeAnna Hall, who is 24 and recently married. Tom Dwyer also adored his wife, Jane, and the family on Saturday participated in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk to honor the loved one they had lost. "There are people everywhere that have been affected by blood cancer," said Louise Popp, deputy executive director of LLS. "Cancer doesn't discriminate." Tom Dwyer, a Comcast employee, fireman, breeder and member of the conservation commission, had battled myelodysplastic syndromes, a group of bone marrow disorders that results in decreased production of healthy blood cells from bone marrow. Before his death, Dwyer had wanted to participate in the LLS's Light the Night Walk in Boston. However, Dwyer's doctors did not let him attend due to the high volume of people. It was a Thursday in February 2014 when Dwyer died surrounded by his loving family at Massachusetts General Hospital. About six months after Dwyer's death, the family was asked to make a donation in support of Light the Night while shopping at the local Burlington Coat Factory. "I said (yes) and turned to LeAnna and said, 'This is the walk that Dad wanted to do,' " Jane Dwyer said. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:46:45 EST Families build fairy houses in Brookline Using bark, leaves and other materials from nature, along with a bit of creativity and inagination and a big dose of glue, a group of youngsters and adults created miniature houses Saturday to welcome fairies and critters. A Fairy and Critter House Building Workshop was held by the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline. Seated at tables inside the institute's art and visitor center, participants let their imaginations run wild as they worked on their projects. "She's a very lucky fairy," 8-year-old Lanie Forest said of the small, supernatural being that she expects to occupy the fairy house she made - complete with a bed, blanket, pillow and mirror inside. Lanie's work and the seven other projects completed during the two-hour workshop were praised by instructor Gwen Tiller as she sprinkled glitter - she told the children it was fairy dust - at the end of the class. "All the fairies know they have places to come to where they'll know they'll be loved and cared for and feel safe," Tiller told them. "I'm amazed - totally an inspiration." The ingredients for the house-making projects were spread out on long tables for participants to take and use. These included acorns, sea shells, pine needles, moss, twine, pinecones, and other natural items, most of which came from the institute's sculpture park. "There's so much out there," Tiller said. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:46:10 EST School board to mull plan to flatten costs NASHUA - As the city's school board prepares to meet Monday evening, one of the main items to consider is a request from Mayor Jim Donchess in an Oct. 7 letter to Nashua's superintendent of schools, Dr. Connie Brown, regarding the city's upcoming financial concerns. In the letter, Donchess says that an additional $2 million in city pension obligations will make the fiscal year 2018 budget "most difficult." He then requests that the board draw up an initial fiscal year 2018 budget, and subtract from that the budget for 2017. Whatever remains must then be cut, and the level budget must be submitted to the city CFO, John Griffin, by Friday, Oct. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:33:13 EST Arrest on drug felonies, warrants NASHUA - Police last week arrested 23-year-old former Francestown resident Zachary Frost on multiple charges - including nine arrest warrants - when he showed up at a local pharmacy to pick up allegedly fraudulent prescriptions. Frost, who listed his current address as West Mitchell Street in Gaylord, Mich., but said his family still lives on New Boston Road in Francestown, was jailed on $50,000 cash bail following his arraignment, which took place Oct. 11 in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester. He is next due in the Nashua court on Oct. 24 for a probable cause hearing. Police said officers began investigating Frost when a pharmacist at Walgreens, 283 Main St., told police that a Nashua physician had contacted the pharmacy after the physician learned that her name was listed on several fraudulent prescriptions. Finding the name "Frost F. Zachary" and Frost's date of birth, Francestown address and phone number on the prescriptions in question, police conducted a records check on Frost and learned that he allegedly had nine outstanding arrest warrants "issued by various jurisdictions in New Hampshire," according to police reports. The fraudulent prescriptions that Frost allegedly tried to have filled at Walgreens were for the narcotic drug clonazepam; zolpidem tartrate, a sedative; alprazolam, commonly called Xanax; and gabapentin, used to treat epilepsy and chronic pain, reports state. A police officer posing as a Walgreens employee called Frost, who said he would be there shortly to pick up his prescriptions. Instead, Frost arrived to find police waiting for him, police said. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:29:32 EST There will always be that puppy costume on Halloween Why do my kids start planning their Halloween costumes on Nov. 1? Because planning on the ride home after trick-or-treating is obnoxious. I know we're still a couple of weeks away, but in my house this is the homestretch, after months and months and months of planning. This year we've got Hellboy, and then a bunch of characters from cartoons I don't watch. An Avatar? Is that a thing? Oh, and a ballerina and a puppy. Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:29:17 EST