Nashuatelegraph.com: Local News | Web Feeds http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news Daily news from The Telegraph of Nashua en-us pkincade@nashuatelegraph.com onlineeditor@nh.com Marin gets to 45 years to life in daughter’s death http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087887-469/marin-gets-to-45-years-to-life.html NASHUA - The mother convicted of murdering her 3-year-old daughter in a brutal 2014 attack is heading to prison for at least 45 years after a sentencing hearing at Hillsborough County Superior Court South on Friday. "The victim of this crime, and the pain, the terror and the fear she felt is unspeakable, it's indescribable," Judge Charles Temple said. "The horrific death of the little 3-year-old girl defies any description." Katlyn Marin, 27, was silent as an at times angry Temple imposed the sentence for killing her daughter, Brielle Gage. Marin was seeking the minimum sentence of 35 years to life in prison, while Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin sought at least 45 years to life, which is what Temple handed down. "The question is, how can (Marin) not get more when she beat Brielle to death and inflicted more the 150 injuries on her body, and then she left her on the floor to die?" Strelzin said. Marin's attorney, Justin Shepherd, said Marin's own history of childhood abuse should temper the sentence. He said Marin was abused at home by her mother and ping-ponged between parents after a divorce before she was sexually used as a teen by older, lecherous men. "The day she was born, Katlyn didn't stand much of a chance," Shepherd said. Strelzin didn't buy that argument. "That's to be excused because the defendant had a tough life?" he asked. Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:01 EST ‘Granite Hammer’ sweep nets 7 arrests; The police operation is aimed at illegal drug trade in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087894-469/granite-hammer-sweep-nets-7-arrests-the.html NASHUA - Police arrested seven more individuals on Thursday under "Operation Granite Hammer," the initiative targeting the city's illegal drug trade. The sweep, conducted by the Nashua Police Department, brought in six suspects from Nashua and one from Concord on what police described as "various drug and related crimes." Police also reminded residents to call the department's Narcotics Hotline at 594-3597 or visit www.nashuapd.com if they have any information concerning illegal drug activity. Those arrested Thursday, and their charges, were: • Kathleen Caron, 55, no fixed address, Nashua: One count, sale of a controlled drug - morphine, felony. Refused bail; held pending arraignment. • Erika Barlow, 25, 1 Pacific Blvd., Nashua: One count, sale of controlled drug - heroin, felony. Held on $25,000 cash bail pending arraignment. • Sean Muldoon, 28, no fixed address, Nashua: One count, possession of a controlled drug - crack cocaine, felony. Refused bail; held pending arraignment. • Ryan Little, 58, 23 Temple St., Apt. Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:15:46 EST Lifelong member leaves $175,000 in his will http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087893-469/lifelong-member-leaves-175000-in-his-will.html NASHUA - Steve Mazur was a pretty simple man. The World War II veteran loved the Red Sox, and worked hard all his life. A self-employed barber in the city since he moved up from Lowell, Mass., in the 1950s, Mazur started going to the Nashua YMCA every day. He ended up being a member for more than 50 years. "He was a fantastic old man," said Joan Conde, a friend of Mazur's. "I never thought in a million years he had all that money." Mazur died in 2013 at age 101, and he left $175,000 in his will to the city's YMCA. Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:13:33 EST Charlotte Ave. Elementary students do chores for charity http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087891-469/charlotte-ave.-elementary-students-do-chores-for.html NASHUA - The fruit of Charlotte Ave. Elementary School students' labor was on display Friday, as staff prepared to donate bags of toys to children in need through The Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Students did chores at home to earn money to purchase the gifts, which children requested through the Salvation Army. Among the toys donated were a pink tricycle, a Mickey Mouse stuffed animal and a sleeping bag. Moira Conley, a fifth grade teacher at the school, coordinated the event. She said students have been doing "chores for charity" for the past five or six years. This year, students donated 13 bags of toys to Greater Nashua children. "It's been pretty powerful," Conley said. Fifth grader Lily said she used money from her allowance, which she earns from doing chores and for good behavior, to pay for the gifts. "I feel good giving this money to donate to a kid who doesn't have a lot of things like we do," Lily said. Sean, who is also in fifth grade, said he took his dog outside and did work around the house to earn the money his family donated. "I just hope that kids are happy with the donations," Sean said. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, dedry@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_Derek. Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:12:40 EST School official charged in assault http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087889-469/school-official-charged-in-assault.html HUDSON - Hudson School Board member Benjamin J. Nadeau, a former selectman, is free on bail pending a January hearing in Nashua district court in connection with his arrest earlier this week on domestic-violence-related charges, according to police reports and court records. Nadeau, 41, who was elected in 2015 over two other candidates for the three-year term on the board, was taken into custody shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, less than an hour after police were called to his home, 71 Kimball Hill Road, for a report of what police called "a domestic violence situation involving a possible assault." He was charged with one count each of simple assault - domestic violence and reckless conduct - placing another in danger, both Class A misdemeanors. Police said Nadeau was held overnight pending his Tuesday morning arraignment, after which he was released on $200 cash or $2,000 personal recognizance bail. He is next scheduled to be in the Nashua court at 8:15 a.m. Jan. Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:07:57 EST Ski slope OK’d by Planning Board http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087892-469/ski-slope-okd-by-planning-board.html NASHUA - The Planning Board approved unanimously on Thursday a proposal for a ski slope at the Gateway Hills development, formerly known as the Nashua Technology Park. The 60,000-square-foot ski area would would be about 300 feet from top to bottom, with an elevation drop of 38-40 feet. The Gateway Hills Development is owned by the John J. Flatley Co. Users would pay for a ticket. The proposed hours are 4-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:04:12 EST DCYF investigated Marin 10 times before murder http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087888-469/dcyf-investigated-marin-10-times-before-murder.html NASHUA - New Hampshire's Division for Children, Youth & Families conducted 10 investigations into alleged abuse and neglect against Katlyn Marin, it was revealed in court on Friday, including one investigation months before the 27-year-old murdered her daughter, Brielle E. Gage. Marin was sentenced Friday to 45 years to life in prison for killing her 3-year-old daughter in November 2014. Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin said in court during the sentencing hearing that Marin was continually investigated for abusing Brielle and her four sons in the months and years leading up to the murder. A few months before the murder, Strelzin said, Marin's children were taken away because Brielle's leg was broken. Marin gave police conflicting accounts of that break, including that she slipped coming out of the tub and that she broke it roughhousing with her brothers. Brielle suffered more than 150 injuries in the attack that left her dead, with Marin's then boyfriend Michael Rivera and one of her children telling police they saw Marin slam the little girl's head against the floor. The boys told authorities they were beaten with a belt and their heads made to bleed in other instances of abuse, according to the court record. Sat, 03 Dec 2016 07:02:33 EST Abuser receives prison sentence http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087862-469/abuser-receives-prison-sentence.html NASHUA - Prosecutors in the 2015 domestic violence case of former Nashua resident Anthony Martinez on Thursday detailed a chilling three-month spate of physical and mental abuse of a 17-year-old that Martinez called his girlfriend. They also told a story of survival. "In August, the victim escaped. Those are her words, your honor," Assistant County Attorney Kathleen Broderick told Judge Charles Temple, roughly halfway through her nearly 30-minute portrayal of how an unsuspecting teenage girl gradually fell under the control of a then-22-year-old man who beat her, strangled her, tortured her and threatened to kill her while essentially holding her captive for most of the summer. Not long after the girl's August escape, police tracked down and arrested Martinez on a warrant teeming with charges that, when all was said and done, totaled 46 - 18 felonies and 28 Class A misdemeanors. Temple on Thursday, calling Martinez's actions "domestic violence at its most ugly level," sentenced him to seven to 16 years in state prison, minus 458 days he is credited for time he has served in jail pending the disposition of his case. The sentence is slightly less than the eight to 16 year term that prosecutors had recommended, and two years more than the defense's five to 12 year recommendation. The sentence Temple imposed stems from the two felony charges - one count each of first-degree assault and second-degree assault - to which Martinez pleaded guilty as part of the agreement he and prosecutors reached, and which Temple accepted at a Sept. 20 hearing. A sentence of four to 10 years was applied to the first-degree assault charge, with the second-degree assault charge making up the remaining three to six years. Temple also imposed a series of suspended sentences on other charges to which Martinez pleaded guilty as part of the agreement. The felonies include a five to 15 year term on one count of first-degree assault - domestic violence; and 21/2 to five years on each of two counts of second-degree assault - domestic violence. Meanwhile, Martinez pleaded guilty to 12 misdemeanor counts that are representative of the multiple counts of simple assault, criminal threatening, domestic violence and other misdemeanors with which he was initially charged. All suspended sentences are suspended for 10 years upon Martinez's release from state prison, according to the terms of the agreement. They also come with conditions, as do the stand-committed sentences, that order Martinez to participate in all treatment, counseling, sex-offender and substance-abuse programs as recommended by prison officials, as well as enroll in a batterers intervention program. He is also prohibited from having any contact with the victim or members of her family. "Judge Temple used the same description that I would use: 'horrific' and 'torture' for the victim," Nashua police Lt. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:00:08 EST Marin to serve 45-to-life http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087883-469/marin-to-serve-45-to-life.html Katlyn Marin was sentenced on Friday to 45 years-to-life for murdering her 3-year-old daughter Brielle E. Gage in November 2014. The 27-year-old mother was previously found guilty of second-degree murder after she was accused of beating her daughter to death. A full story will appear in the Saturday edition of The Telegraph. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:00:11 EST Opioid funding has bipartisan backing; Good amount of $1B package is heading to New Hampshire http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087860-469/opioid-funding-has-bipartisan-backing-good-amount.html Congress passed a $1 billion package of funding this week to help fight the opioid addiction crisis, and a good amount of that money is heading toward New Hampshire, according to the state's congressional team. "That's real money where I come from," said U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster. The bill, the 21st Century Cures Act, provides funding for the opioid addiction crisis, as well as other pressing medical issues, like cancer research, Alzheimer's disease and even funding to combat Lyme Disease. Kuster, co-founder and co-chairwoman of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, said that if passed, the money will be targeted to districts that have a severe crisis, rather than have the money sent off to large- population districts. This will make sure money comes to New Hampshire and the other rural communities hit hard by the opioid epidemic. "We want to make sure New Hampshire gets its share," Kuster said. U.S. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:58:32 EST Nashua sees fewer OD deaths http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087861-469/nashua-sees-fewer-od-deaths.html NASHUA - Officials hope the grim news about Nashua's opioid addiction crisis may be starting to turn for the better, as the city reports a big drop in the number of overdoses and overdose-related deaths. "It's welcome news," said Chris Stawasz, director of Nashua's ambulance service, American Medical Response. There were 30 opioid-related overdoses reported for November, and of those, two were fatal overdoses. That's in sharp relief to October's 47 overdoses, seven of them fatal. September also had seven fatalities out of 26 overdoses. Most encouraging, Stawasz said, is the number of people who have used Nashua's new Safe Stations program to get help for their addictions. Since it started Nov. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:58:22 EST News Digest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087865-469/news-digest.html CONCORD Nashua's Horn to step down as NH GOP head Nashua resident Jennifer Horn announced Thursday she will not seek a third term as chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party, retiring from the committee in January During her four-year tenure, Horn broke fundraising records for the party and led efforts to win back the Republican majority in the state House in 2014 and control of every branch of state government in 2016, including winning the governor's office for the first time in 14 years. "It's been an honor to serve as New Hampshire Republican Party chairman and to work with countless grassroots activists and elected officials who made our historic victories possible," she said in a statement. "Together, we elected outstanding Republican candidates who will fight to create jobs, reduce bloated government spending and preserve the New Hampshire advantage." Horn will retire from the state committee when her term ends at the 2017 annual meeting on Jan. 28, 2017. Republicans from across the Granite State thanked Horn for her service. U.S. Sen. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:27:40 EST Londonderry moves toward ‘downtown’ feel for site on former orchard http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087864-469/londonderry-moves-toward-downtown-feel-for-site.html LONDONDERRY - The town is one step closer to the development of more than 600 acres of a former orchard into a mixed-use commercial venture. "Last night the planning board gave conditional approval for the first phase of the overall build-out," said town planner Colleen Mailloux. Plans have been in place since 2013 for a combination retail, office and living space on what used to be an orchard. Mailloux said the area will have a "downtown, urban sort of feel of mixed-use development, restaurants, a brewery, retail, hotel; a little bit of everything thrown in there." The first phase will be directed to about 45-50 acres to be called Woodmont Village. "It's unique for the town, unique for New England," said Mailloux. "Mixed-use is a trend we're starting to move towards." A dozen or so miles away in Bedford, a similar project is planned for the site of the former Macy's department store on South River Road. "It's a large project," she said. "The initial phase is several times the size of that Bedford project." The town is also preparing to accommodate another connection to Interstate-93 near Exit 4, which links both Londonderry and Derry. Residents have been both supportive and wary of extending development through the town. Mailloux said the project is not changing the overall character of Londonderry, but creating its own village behind the existing Market Basket. "Londonderry is uniquely positioned in the state," she said, and the town wants to "make sure development happens correctly. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:25:55 EST Hollis Police Department collecting toys for CHaD http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087866-469/hollis-police-department-collecting-toys-for-chad.html HOLLIS - The Hollis Police Department is collecting new toys to benefit the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. Until Dec. 18, toys dropped off at the police department, Town Hall or fire department will be donated to children who are receiving treatment at CHaD who may not be fortunate enough to enjoy the holidays in the comfort of their own homes. Lt. Joseph Hoebeke, who is coordinating the event, said he was inspired by his former employer, the Hudson Police Department, which last year donated toys to Boston Children's Hospital. "It really does reach beyond the holiday season," he said. "The toys are often given to children going through therapy and treatment to comfort them." As a last hurrah, on Dec. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:25:26 EST Local health officials: Time to get that flu shot http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087867-469/local-health-officials-time-to-get-that.html NASHUA - The region may not be able to count on snow this winter, but it can count on one thing for sure: influenza. For state officials who monitor and battle the bug, it's nothing to sneeze at. National Influenza Vaccination Week runs from Dec. 4-10. It comes at a time when federal Centers for Disease Control studies show that people tend to be slack at getting protected against the flu. Vaccines are available for the more common strains of the flu, but it's a moving target as strains morph over time. Regardless, most people 6 months and older are encouraged to step up for their inoculation as the season begins. "It has started," said Beth Daly, chief of the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control for New Hampshire. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:23:23 EST Ground broken on Bridge Street housing development in Nashua http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087868-469/ground-broken-on-bridge-street-housing-development.html NASHUA - Years of work cumlinated in Thursday's official groundbreaking on the new waterfront housing development on Bridge Street. "This project has been in the making for 10-plus years, and I am pleased to see it come to fruition," Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess said. The project is owned by Renaissance Downtowns and will be called The Residences at Riverfront Landing. Construction on the Bridge Street property near where the Merrimack and Nashua rivers meet is set to begin before the end of the year. Once complete, it will offer 152 units as part of a multi-family housing complex. Employers have continuously told city leaders that finding a qualified workforce is difficult in Nashua partly due to the lack of affordable housing in the city. This new development will ease the housing shortage, Donchess said, and make it easier for employers to hire within the community. Donchess said the work to get the project done could not have happened without former mayors Donnalee Lozeau and Bernie Streeter, as well as Nashua's Business and Industrial Development Authority. The BIDA's Jack Tulley said the location of the property, right by the rivers and near the border with Hudson, makes it a perfect spot for a new development. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:23:06 EST Remembering World AIDS Day together http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087870-469/remembering-world-aids-day-together.html About 30 people gathered Thursday evening at Harbor Homes in Nashua to mark World AIDS Day. Wendy LeBlanc, vice president of the Southern New Hampshire HIV Taskforce, said the group holds an annual remembrance to coincide with a worldwide recognition of the disease and work done to prevent its spread. "World AIDS Day is an annual event that began in 1988 to remember those lost lives, support for those still fighting," LeBlanc said. People joined together at 45 High St. to socialize, create a mural and for some, make video testimonials to "show that this is still a disease that impacts people in our community. It hasn't gone away." The group moved their event to Nashua City Hall Plaza. There, they gathered in a circle with lit candles to read the names of loved ones who had died from the disease. LeBlanc's 83-year-old mother, Raejean Lester, was one of those attending the vigil. Fri, 02 Dec 2016 07:19:51 EST MLB players, owners have verbal labor deal http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087851-469/mlb-players-owners-have-verbal-labor-deal.html IRVING, Texas - Negotiators for baseball players and owners have a verbal agreement on a five-year labor contract, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the sides were still putting the deal in writing. They hoped to have a signed memorandum of understanding later Wednesday. The deal extends the sport's labor peace to 26 years since 1995 and was reached about 3 1/2 hours before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement. As part of the deal, the luxury tax threshold rises from $189 million to $195 million next year, $197 million in 2018, $206 million in 2019, $209 million in 2020 and $210 million in 2021, the person said. Tax rates increase to 20 percent for first offenders, 30 percent for second offenders and 50 percent for third offenders. There also is a new surtax of 12 percent for teams 20 to 40 percent above the threshold, 40 percent for first offenders more than $40 million above the threshold and 42.5 percent for second or subsequent offenders more than $40 million above. There will be a new penalty for signing certain free agents that could affect a team's draft order. There is no change to limits on active rosters, which remain at 25 for most of the season and 40 from Sept. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:05:26 EST Mont Vernon site listed as historic place http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087832-469/mont-vernon-site-listed-as-historic-place.html MONT VERNON - In a town known for its unique, dog-shaped gravesite monument and a natural stone formation known as Frog Rock, a classically recognized landmark has garnered the attention of state historical officials. On Tuesday, the New New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources added Mont Vernon's Greek  Revival-style meetinghouse to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places. The division is tasked by the state to preserve New Hampshire's historical and cultural heritage, specifically structures, sites and other elements deemed particularly meaningful. Mont Vernon, located at the crest of Storey Hill, is also known to locals as home to the Stone Dog monument at the gravesite of William G. Bruce, and a glacial erratic in the form of a giant frog-shaped rock. Residents can now claim their meetinghouse as a notable component of its small-town character. Division spokesperson Shelly Angers said Wednesday that placing a building on the register "is a way of showing that the community cares about that resource." "It's a point of honor," Angers said. "It's part of how they identify themselves." According to documents filed with the state, the building's central role in religious and civic affairs in town qualified it for the special designation. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:07:56 EST Nashua police, fire to square off in charity basketball game http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087831-469/nashua-police-fire-to-square-off-in.html NASHUA - The Nashua Police Department and Nashua Fire Rescue will square off this Friday at Nashua Community College for the inaugural Battle of the Badges basketball game. The best of both departments will show off their hoop skills and fight for bragging rights at the college gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. The event will raise money for charity and for the NCC Criminal Justice Club, which was founded this year. Jen Cruz, campus security officer and club adviser, said the event was inspired by similar sporting competitions, including hockey and softball, that has pitted Nashua's police force and fire rescue squad. Half the money from the fundraiser will go to the winning team's charity of choice and the other half to the NCC Criminal Justice Club to use for other charitable purposes. If the fire department wins, proceeds will go to support Operation Warm, which provides winter jackets for kids. Police will donate directly to the club if they win on the hardwood. "This is our first time doing a big fundraiser like this, and we're just hoping people come out," Cruz said. The club is considering using some of the money to buy tourniquets to give to Nashua police, she added. Attendees will receive $2 off admission if they bring a canned good donation for the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter and the Nashua Children's Home. Mike DeBisz, officer with the Nashua PAL (Police Athletic League), who helped make the event happen, said he is excited to pair with the NCC club. "I think it's great that they've been able to get this going," he said. "It will be a great game, that's for sure." In addition to the donations, the club will raffle off a ticket to a suite that can fit 16 people for a Manchester Monarchs home game, as well as concert tickets. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:07:32 EST Nashua man suspected in Merrimack crash, manhunt arraigned http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087830-469/nashua-man-suspected-in-merrimack-crash-manhunt.html MERRIMACK - Reynardo Dejesus Rodriguez Placencia, the Nashua man arrested Tuesday on multiple charges following a hit-and-run crash and police manhunt, was arraigned Wednesday and ordered held overnight pending a Thursday bail hearing in Merrimack district court. Placencia, 22, was taken into custody around noon Tuesday, about an hour and a half after he allegedly crashed his car into a parked truck in a Dunkin' Donuts parking lot and then fled on foot. Not guilty charges were entered on his behalf at Wednesday's arraignment, conducted in the Merrimack court by Judge Michael Ryan via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester. He is charged with one count each of conduct after an accident and breach of bail conditions, along with two counts of resisting arrest, police said. He was jailed on $20,000 cash bail, which Ryan continued pending Thursday's hearing. Placencia is also a person of interest to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, who had  recently placed a "detainer," also called an "ICE hold," on him, according to ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer. Having learned that Placencia was arrested earlier this month on a separate set of charges unrelated to Tuesday's incident, ICE agents had been in town hoping to make contact with him and question him about immigration issues, Neudauer added. "Our officers weren't involved in (Tuesday's hit-and-run crash), the search or the arrest," Neudauer said of ICE agents. Whether the agents plan to lodge immigration-related charges against Placencia, and if so, when, wasn't known as of late Wednesday. At his arraignment, meanwhile, Placencia didn't address the court other than answering Ryan's questions during the roughly 15-minute proceeding, which was conducted with the assistance of a Spanish-English translator. About a half dozen people attended the arraignment in support of Placencia, afterwards speaking briefly with police prosecutor Lisa Rick. They indicated to Ryan that Placencia will be represented at Thursday's bail hearing by Nashua Attorney Adam Bernstein. Placencia's arrest on Wednesday was his second within 10 days in Merrimack. The first, on Nov. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:07:07 EST Dozens seek aid with new Safe Stations http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087829-469/dozens-seek-aid-with-new-safe-stations.html NASHUA - Close to 30 people have sought treatment for opioid addictions in the first 10 days of Nashua's Safe Stations program. Mayor Jim Donchess said 13 people have gone directly to one of the city's fire stations for help, though many more have called to ask about entering treatment. He said, including those 13 individuals, an estimated 27 or 28 people have entered into treatment through the program since it launched earlier this month. Nashua's Safe Stations program is modeled on the effort started earlier this year in Manchester. It allows people suffering from an opioid addiction to go to any fire station in the city and get help. In Manchester, more than 700 people have been helped through the program. Donchess said this week that the city's cost for operating Safe Stations may be about $20,000 for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends on June 30. "We're still developing that information," Donchess said. Nashua is joining with the Partnership For Successful Living, a collaborative of nonprofits including Harbor Homes and Keystone Hall. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:06:38 EST Stolen Red Bull could lead to prison sentence for alleged horse thief http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087828-469/stolen-red-bull-could-lead-to-prison.html NASHUA - Police say a man arrested last year for allegedly attempting to steal a horse in Hollis was arrested again Tuesday for taking a Red Bull. Jeremy Tappan, 27, currently with no fixed address, was arrested on a felony count of theft by unauthorized taking shortly before 7 p.m. after officers with the Nashua Police Department took a report of a stolen Red Bull energy drink from the Shaw's Supermarket on Main Street several hours earlier. Police were able to identify Tappan as the suspect and, during the course of the investigation, discovered his lengthy criminal record. Because of his prior theft convictions, the theft charge was upgraded to a felony, which is punishable by up to seven years' imprisonment. Tappan was held on $2,500 cash bail and arraigned Wednesday in a Nashua courtroom. In July 2015, Tappan was arrested in Hollis after, police say, he was spotted entering a barn on Hayden Road where he tried to mount and ride away on a horse. Police reports from last year say video surveillance shows Tappan, who was known to officers at the time, taking a drink from a refrigerator in the barn and dumping it onto a pile of horse supplements nearby. Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:06:13 EST Mayor Jim Donchess to start series of informal chats with Nashua residents http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087794-469/mayor-jim-donchess-to-start-series-of.html NASHUA – Mayor Jim Donchess may be more of a tea drinker, but he’s up to grab coffee with city residents starting next week. Donchess is launching an “open office” where he will be available to talk with residents and voters about anything on their minds. Donchess has never been shy about meeting with people. “Often, at City Hall, we have an open-door policy,” Donchess said. Donchess will be at JajaBelle’s, a pastry and coffee shop located at 182 Main St., on the morning of Dec. 7 for the first of what he plans will be monthly open meetings with anyone who cares to join him. “One of the best parts of this job is talking to the people of this city,” Donchess said. He wants to hear residents’ concerns about the city’s current standing and he wants their ideas for how to make Nashua move in a positive direction. No appointment is necessary; people who want to take part just need to show up. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:32:22 EST Nashua kicks off season with Giving Tuesday http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087795-469/nashua-kicks-off-season-with-giving-tuesday.html NASHUA – ’Tis the season not only for gifts and celebration, but for charitable giving, and it was kicked off in a big way on Giving Tuesday. The effort was founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the United Nations Foundation. The worldwide effort is considered by many as a kickoff to the “charitable season” much the same way retailers have worked to build a large-scale shopping movement just after Thanksgiving. Giving Tuesday links organizations in need with people looking to give, financially or otherwise. Participants are encouraged to help create a social media buzz by using the hashtag #GivingTuesday to promote their efforts online. Locally, the Adult Learning Center in Nashua has joined the movement. The organization, which provides child care, alternative education resources and language teaching, produced a campaign built around boosting its rolls of volunteer tutors. “We’re taking a different approach to Giving Tuesday,” Executive Director Carol Baldwin said Tuesday. “What we really need is volunteers for our tutoring programs. “Money is important; this year, we’ve asked people to give the gift of your time,” she said. Touring the school’s classrooms on Tuesday, Baldwin said, “It’s really important, whether trying for their HiSet or to improve English speaking skills. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:31:00 EST Nashua man charged after Merrimack hit-and-run crash, manhunt http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087793-469/nashua-man-charged-after-merrimack-hit-and-run-crash.html MERRIMACK – A 22-year-old Nashua man out on bail following a Nov. 18 arrest for robbery and domestic violence was arrested again Tuesday, this time at the end of a roughly hourlong manhunt by state and local police. Reynardo Dejesus Rodriguez Placencia, of 107 1/2 Ash St., Apt. 0, was taken into custody around noontime after several officers surrounded him near the Horseshoe Pond condominium complex, Merrimack Lt. Denise Roy said. The search for Placencia began around 10:40 a.m., when officers were called to Dunkin’ Donuts at 308 Daniel Webster Highway for a report of a hit-and-run crash, and learned that the driver had fled the scene on foot. Placencia was charged with one count each of conduct after an accident and breach of bail conditions, along with two counts of resisting arrest, police said. He was booked at police headquarters, then jailed on $20,000 cash bail pending arraignment, which is scheduled for Wednesday morning in Merrimack district court. Numerous state and Merrimack police, along with Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies, converged just before 11 a.m. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:23:23 EST 2 charged in theft from dead man’s home http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087789-469/2-charged-in-theft-from-dead-mans.html HOLLIS – A 35-year-old Silver Lake Road resident and his 49-year-old aunt, also of Hollis, are due in court in January after their recent arrests on felony theft and burglary charges, police said. Janet Testa-Fox, of 43 Deacon Lane, and her nephew, John Testa, were taken into custody earlier this month, accused of allegedly removing a motorcycle, an ATV and other items from a Federal Hill Road home whose owner died this summer in a motorcycle accident. Police said the two were arrested after a nearly month-long investigation, which began Oct. 22 after relatives of the deceased man called police upon finding strangers on the property. Police said the home, at 121 Federal Hill Road, had been unoccupied since the 60-year-old owner, David A. Grant, died Aug. 13 of injuries sustained in the crash, which happened on Dow Street in Pepperell, Mass., not far from the Hollis town line. The relatives, who police said are from out of state, went to the home in October to begin cleaning up the property. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:23:20 EST News Digest http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087792-469/news-digest.html NASHUA Harbor Homes to offer free Narcan training Harbor Homes will offer a free, one-hour training on Narcan administration on Tuesday, Dec. 13. This critical safety training will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Harbor Homes’ 45 High St. facility. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:46:00 EST Bail hearing set for Hudson man charged in knife threat http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087791-469/bail-hearing-set-for-hudson-man-charged.html NASHUA – Hudson resident Sean Henderson's mother addressed a Nashua district court judge through tears this week, asking him to reduce bail for her son, who struggles with mental illness, with the promise that she would take responsibility for him as his criminal threatening and drunk driving case proceeds. "I have a safe home ... if he can come home with me, he will not be a threat" to others, she told Judge Paul Moore. "I will provide a good home for him." She spoke as Henderson, 27, stood in front of a camera at Valley Street jail in Manchester for Monday's video arraignment, at which he faced charges that accuse him of threatening a man with a knife then allegedly trying to elude police while driving under the influence. He was arraigned on two counts of driving while intoxicated and one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated, along with one count of disobeying an officer and two counts of criminal threatening, one of which is a felony and the other a misdemeanor. Police said officers were on the lookout for Henderson Friday night after witnesses reported that a man, later identified as Henderson, pulled a knife on someone at the 102 Plaza and indicted that he had a gun in the trunk of his vehicle, then sped off in a Honda Civic. After Henderson stopped his car on Sullivan Road, police conducted a "high risk" stop, given their knowledge he had a knife and indicated he had a gun. He was taken into custody without further incident and held pending the arraignment. On Monday, Moore, the judge, told Henderson's mother that he is willing to "work with him" regarding bail. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:40:00 EST Hollis to host Holiday Luminary Stroll and Winter Holiday Concert http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087790-469/hollis-to-host-holiday-luminary-stroll-and.html HOLLIS – Monument Square will be transformed into a winter wonderland Saturday, Dec. 10, for the Hollis Holiday Luminary Stroll and Winter Holiday Concert. Starting at 1 p.m., members of several town organizations, including the Hollis Brookline Middle School Interact Club, the Hollis Woman’s Club, the Girl Scouts and the Hollis Agricultural Committee, will arrange thousands of white luminary bags around the square. At 4 p.m., candles inside the bags will be lit. After the bags are lit, Santa will travel through the center of town in style during a tractor parade. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:34:00 EST Gasoline prices on decline headed into the holiday season http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087750-469/gasoline-prices-on-decline-headed-into-the.html NASHUA - With the holiday season in full swing, gas prices have fallen throughout the region. The average price throughout New Hampshire as of Nov. 15 was $2.16 per gallon, which is 3 cents lower than the previous week - although it's 6 cents higher than a year ago. "Pump prices should continue to drop heading into the holiday season," said Dan Goodman, manager of public affairs for AAA Northern New England. New Hampshire has the lowest average in Northern New England, with Massachusetts at $2.19 per gallon, Maine at $2.26 and Vermont at $2.28. Tom Matthews, who filled up his Ford F-350 on Wednesday at the Sunoco Ultra Service Center on Amherst Street, said that despite driving a big truck, he hasn't put much thought into gas prices lately - especially compared to a few years few years ago. "I definitely think about it less," he said. Inside, Sunoco employee Kevin Griffin said business has been steady. "It's been busier than last year," Griffin said. Globally, crude oil prices are at three-month lows, which Goodman attributes to an abundance of crude oil in the global market. Oil-producing countries continue to discuss production cuts ahead of their formal meeting on Nov. 30 in Vienna, the outcome of which Goodman said could affect retail oil prices. Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, dedry@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_Derek. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:00:31 EST NH officials dispute Trump's claim about voter fraud http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087769-469/nh-officials-dispute-trumps-claim-about-voter.html CONCORD – New Hampshire officials say President-elect Donald Trump is wrong about his claims that the state was the site of voter fraud. Trump won a majority of Electoral College votes nationally, although he lost the popular vote to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The incoming president took to Twitter over the weekend, reacting to efforts by Green Party candidate Jill Stein to have a recount in states he won on Election Day and claimed that he would have won the popular vote were it not for “serious” voter fraud New Hampshire, Virginia and California. “I’m not sure what Mr. Trump is referring to,” state Assistant Attorney General Brian Buonamano said Monday. Buonamano said there is simply no evidence of any widespread, coordinated voter fraud scheme having taken place in New Hampshire. There are currently four unrelated cases under investigation that might be considered a violation of the law, he said. Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:25:56 EST Dentist to reimburse patients after fraud violation http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087770-469/dentist-to-reimburse-patients-after-fraud-violation.html A dentist has been forced to reimburse patients more than $250,000 after the New Hampshire attorney general’s office reports his fraudulent business practices violated the Consumer Protection Act. Hillsborough County Superior Court approved a plan for Marshall A. Baldassarre, who has offices on West Hollis Street in Nashua and Riverway Place in Bedford, to pay more than 1,800 customers for engaging in “unfair or deceptive business practices related to his repeated and unreasonable withholding of patient credit funds,” according to a press release from the state’s Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau. New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster said his office was acting on a tip. His office said Baldassarre was to bill patients for the difference between the capped rate and the amount that insurance would reimburse for procedures and treatment. The state claimed the dentist had patients pay before procedures began and, when insurance companies reimbursed him, he didn’t issue refunds in a “timely or reasonable manner.” James T. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:45:39 EST Ferreira declared winner by 6 votes; No Ward 1 recount appeal file by Gale http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087768-469/ferreira-declared-winner-by-6-votes-no.html CONCORD – Republican incumbent Elizabeth Ferreira is now officially a winner in Nashua’s Ward 1 House of Representatives race. Her Democratic challenger, Sylvia Gale, declined to appeal the close recount to the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission. “It’s a hard pill to swallow,” Gale said Monday. “We had such high hopes.” Ferreira, who will serve in her second term as a Ward 1 representative, is looking forward to her swearing in now that the race is settled. “It’s a privilege and a great responsibility, and I’m happy to do it again,” Ferreira said. Gale was declared the winner on election night, beating Ferreira by six votes, with 2,419 votes to Ferreira’s 2,413. Because of the tightness of the race, Ferreira requested a recount. During last week’s recount overseen by the New Hampshire secretary of state’s office, Ferreira picked up seven votes to get to 2,420, and Gale lost five votes to be left with 2,414, reversing the race by the same six-vote margin. After the recount, Gale said she would appeal – or, to be precise, appeal six contested ballots to the Ballot Law Commission. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:42:05 EST Nashua man charged in Thanksgiving night fracas http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087773-469/nashua-man-charged-in-thanksgiving-night-fracas.html NASHUA – Police trying to pinpoint the source of an open 911 call in the area of 175 W. Hollis St. late Thanksgiving night said they were searching on foot when they suddenly heard noise and hollering coming from a home down the street. The officers, according to police prosecutor Donald Topham, tracked the commotion to an apartment at 171A W. Hollis St., where they found a resident, 44-year-old Michael Fronek, walking barefoot among what appeared to be pieces of broken household items. Fronek was eventually arrested and charged with eight offenses, including six counts of criminal mischief, which accuse him of smashing or breaking numerous items during the alleged late-night rampage. At Fronek’s arraignment, which took place Monday in Nashua district court via video conference from Valley Street jail in Manchester, Topham, the prosecutor, asked Judge Paul Moore to continue Fronek’s $7,500 cash bail, noting that Fronek was allegedly uncooperative with police and pushed one of the officers who answered the call. Fronek had been held since his arrest early Friday morning on charges that include the six criminal mischief counts, along with one count each of simple assault and resisting arrest or detention. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:23:25 EST Republicans looking to tighten New Hampshire election laws http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087774-469/republicans-looking-to-tighten-new-hampshire-election.html CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The state could see a handful of election law changes now that Republicans are in charge at the State House even though there's no evidence behind Republican President-elect Donald Trump's recent claim of "serious" voter fraud. Republican Gov.-elect Chris Sununu wants to eliminate Election Day registration, while fellow Republicans in the legislature have long sought a 10- or 30-day residency requirement. They say the changes would give voters more confidence in the state's election systems. "It's simply about doing things the right way," Sununu recently told WMUR-TV. The offices of the attorney general and the secretary of state say there aren't enough complaints to back up any assertions of wide-scale voter fraud. Trump tweeted on Sunday that the media are ignoring "serious fraud" in New Hampshire, Virginia and California but provided no evidence for his claims. Assistant Attorney General Brian Buonamano, who handles the state's election law complaints, said he's looking into fewer than five complaints concerning voter fraud. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:23:06 EST Salvation Army sets goal for red kettle campaign http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087772-469/salvation-army-sets-goal-for-red-kettle.html NASHUA – The local division of the Salvation Army has set a goal of $210,000 for this year’s red kettle campaign. “The more people, the more funds we can raise,” said Amie Groff, the Nashua Salvation Army’s community relations manager. “In 2015, we did $214,000. It is possible, definitely possible,” Groff said. The ubiquitous red kettles and rhythmic bell found outside retailers are as part of Christmas as mistletoe, stockings and Santa Claus himself. “All of the money goes to running the Salvation Army for the following year,” Groff said. She made a long list of efforts operating under the Salvation Army’s guidance, from a food pantry to its clothing room, a seniors program and more. The organization wants to grow its youth programs next year, including an after-school kids club. “That’s going to be on Fridays, after school to 6 o’clock,” Groff said. The program, to be held at the Salvation Army’s Montgomery Avenue annex, will provide music, games and a dinner in conjunction with the group’s current after-school program. Salvation Army officials hope for a January kickoff. “There’s a definite need for children in the community to feel loved and be part of a group,” Groff said. Gov. Maggie Hassan, speaking at a statewide kickoff ceremony earlier this month, said the kettle effort embodies New Hampshire’s “all-hands-on-deck” spirit, proving that when “we care for each other, we all get stronger.” The kettle drive started Nov. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:21:48 EST Nashua area News digest for Nov. 29, 2016 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087782-469/nashua-area-news-digest-for-nov.-29.html MANCHESTER Man arrested on felony sexual assault charge A Manchester man was arrested last week on a felonious sexual assault charge, Merrimack police said. Officers said David Carr, 21, of 121 Country Club Drive, Manchester, was arrested on a warrant for felonious sexual assault. Police investigated reports that a male had intercourse with a juvenile younger than 16 while he resided in Merrimack. Carr was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail. He is scheduled to appear in a Merrimack court on Jan. 5 to answer the charge. – Telegraph staff AMHERST Police seek answers on string of burglaries Police continue to develop leads in the recent rash of burglaries reported at businesses along Route 101A, and are asking anyone with information to contact the department. One of the businesses that was hit, Sunrise Daycare, reported the theft of roughly $600, which had been collected in a recent fundraiser for classroom enrichment projects, police said. Surveillance footage that police obtained from one of the businesses captured images of a man, who appears to be in his late 20s or early 30s. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:21:46 EST Nashua man charged in alleged parking lot rape http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087766-469/nashua-man-charged-in-alleged-parking-lot.html NASHUA - A 20-year-old Nashua man is due in Nashua district court in January in connection with the alleged sexual assault last month of a woman in a parking lot, police said. Jonathan Marden, of 5 Blackstone Drive, Apt. 27, faces one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault, a Class A felony, on which he is scheduled to be arraigned the morning of Jan. 11 in the Nashua court. Marden was released on $250 cash bail following his arrest, which took place the afternoon of Nov. 21 after detectives with the police department's Special Investigation Division obtained a warrant following their investigation. Police said they were notified around 10:30 p.m. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:00:54 EST Mont Vernon mulls its town center http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087752-469/mont-vernon-mulls-its-town-center.html MONT VERNON - Small businesses in the town center could make Mont Vernon more liveable and "user friendly," planners told residents at a public input session recently. The meeting was intended to get feedback on a proposed zoning ordinance for what is called Town Center District Zoning. The new district would replace the current Residential District and allow both residential properties and small, low-impact businesses in the town center while preserving its character, Planning Board Chairman William McKinney told about 40 people who gathered for the session on Oct. 25. The introduction of zoning in the 1970s limited the ability to have commercial uses downtown, and in surveys and meetings over the last 10 years, residents have expressed a desire for more businesses. They are allowed only by special exception from the Zoning Board, and applying for one can cost thousands of dollars because of state-required plans that have to be submitted. The Mont Vernon General Store, the only current business, is grandfathered. The proposed permitted uses for a Town Center District came from the top picks from a survey of voters at the 2016 Town Meeting. Those uses include farm stands, art galleries, bakeries, personal services, professional offices, coffee and sandwich shops, restaurants (excluding drive-in and drive-thru), bed and breakfasts, and museums. Examples of small towns with commercial downtown businesses are Hancock and New Boston. The district would fall within the Historic District, adding another layer of oversight, Chairman William McKinney said in a phone interview. Many of the people at the meeting were residents of the town center, and they expressed concerns, especially about parking and noise. John Zotcavage, of North Main Street, suggested the town wasn't ready for this now and that residents who live in the town center should have more say. William Archibald, of Bachelder Road, said the changes seem too major, and that businesses on the draft list would destroy the image of Mont Vernon. Kathryn Marchocki, of Old Wilton Road, said the proposal would enrich the town and is consistent with its historic character. Board members said all parking would have to be in the rear of the buildings and that building size would be restricted to 3,500 square feet. The draft is still "a work in progress," McKinney said. The board wants feedback, including whether the maximum size is too big. "We have been meeting for more than a year," McKinney said, and to get input from townspeople, the board sent invitations to the meeting to every household. Residents are asked to email the board at planningboard@montvernonnh.us. Two sixth-graders at Mont Vernon Village School, Keegan O'Keefe and Jackson Hobbs, both of Chestnut Circle, spoke in favor of the district and submitted statements for the board saying allowed businesses should be small, local and family-oriented. The board is working with Jennifer Czysz, of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, on the proposal. She suggested the board identify the residents' major concerns. The board will also look into tax assessment impacts, sign restrictions and other aspects of the plan. Residents were invited to a work session on Tuesday, Nov. 22, for more discussion. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:00:03 EST Assaults, theft among indictments; Merrimack residents face charges for deadly weapons  http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087753-469/assaults-theft-among-indictments-merrimack-residents-face.html MANCHESTER - A 33-year-old Nashua man with two prior convictions for theft has been indicted on a new set of theft- related charges, while a Merrimack resident is facing three indictments accusing him of taking a baseball bat to the head, face, hands and wrists of three people, according to the list of November indictments handed down by the grand jury for Hillsborough County Superior Court Northern division. An indictment is not an indication, or proof of, guilt, but represents the grand jury's determination that enough evidence exists for prosecutors to move the case forward in Superior Court. The Nashua resident, Bryon Bouchie, of 12 Van Buren St., was indicted on two counts each of theft by deception and receiving stolen property, accusing him of pawning stolen power tools for cash at two shops in Manchester on July 1 and 2. The charges are all Class B felonies because Bouchie, according to the indictments, has twice been convicted of theft of property or services. Merrimack resident Robert Russell, 30, of 10 Canterbury Way, allegedly struck two people in the head and face and one in the hands and wrists on July 29 in Manchester, resulting in three indictments for first-degree assault - deadly weapon, Class A felonies. Other local residents indicted in the Hillsborough North division this month follow. n Jessica Normand, 32, of 23A Loop Road, Merrimack. Two counts, criminal threatening - deadly weapon, Class B felonies, for allegedly placing two people in fear of imminent bodily injury by waving a knife at them while "yelling (for them) to get off the property," on Sept. 20 in Manchester. n David Rodriquez, also known as David Roig, 37, of 22 Ash St., Nashua. One count each, attempted theft; stalking; and felon in possession of dangerous weapon, Class B felonies, and one count, stalking, Class A misdemeanor, for allegedly possessing a .22 caliber handgun after being convicted of a felony offense, and violating the provisions of a bail order by making contact with his girlfriend, on Aug. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:16:23 EST ‘Daddy says’ will be my undoing http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087751-469/daddy-says-will-be-my-undoing.html It's never good when one of the kids starts a sentence with "Daddy says ..." I have a hard time paying attention to what I say. I know I have a tendency to speak first, and think about it later after my wife has slapped me. Or one of her friends has slapped me. Or that old lady at the grocery store has slapped me and called for the police. (You know what, ladies? Slap me all you want, that joke about the melons was funny.) Look, the point is, I say a lot of things. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:05:23 EST Hudson man arrested in ‘high-risk’ police stop http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087754-469/hudson-man-arrested-in-high-risk-police-stop.html HUDSON - Witnesses who were able to identify and describe Hudson resident Sean Henderson after he allegedly pulled a knife on another person Friday night aided police in tracking down and arresting Henderson within a half-hour, police reported. Henderson, 27, was ultimately charged with one count each of driving while intoxicated, criminal threatening and disobeying a police officer, which are misdemeanors, along with one felony-level count of criminal threatening, police said. He was transported to Valley Street jail in Manchester, with bail set at $50,000 cash or surety. He is scheduled for arraignment Monday morning in Nashua district court. Police said they received calls around 8:10 Friday night reporting that an intoxicated man had brandished a knife on another person just outside River's Pub and Pizzeria, formerly Capri Pizza, which is in the 102 Plaza at 76 Derry St. Witnesses said the suspect, later identified as Henderson, fled the scene in a gray Honda Civic. Patrol officers were advised to be on the lookout for the car, and about 10 minutes later, Sgt. Michael Gosselin saw a car matching the description going in the opposite direction on Clement Road, police said. As Gosselin caught up to the car, police said, the driver appeared to be trying to elude him by allegedly speeding up and turning abruptly onto Meadow Drive. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:03:59 EST Alvirne music teacher to helm Pops http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087749-469/alvirne-music-teacher-to-helm-pops.html HUDSON - Gerry Bastien, longtime music director at Alvirne High School, will conduct the song "Sleigh Ride" at the SNHU Arena in Manchester during the Boston Pops Holiday Concert on Dec. 10. The Christmas classic was written in the 1940s, and was first recorded by Arthur Fiedler and the Pops in 1949. The contest to lead a tune at the concert at the former Verizon Wireless Arena was sponsored by Manchester radio station WZID. Voting took place from Nov. 14-20. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:01:50 EST Re-sentencing in 1991 Nashua murder postponed to 2017 http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087748-469/re-sentencing-in-1991-nashua-murder-postponed-to.html NASHUA - The re- sentencing hearing for Eduardo Lopez Jr., who was 17 when he was sentenced to life in prison without parole in the 1991 murder of Nashua resident Robert Goyette, has been continued to early 2017, according to his court file. Lopez, a Nashua resident until his arrest and subsequent conviction, is one of four New Hampshire men granted new sentencing hearings since the U.S. Supreme Court, in its 2012 Miller v. Alabama decision, ruled that automatic life without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional because it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The prosecution and defense both agreed to the postponement, which Hillsborough County Superior Court South Judge Lawrence Smukler OK'd at a brief hearing earlier this month. The parties now have until March 1 to file all disclosure documents, including those by an expert for the state. Smukler scheduled the next status conference for 9 a.m. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:01:23 EST Nashua cobbler offers service with care http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087747-469/nashua-cobbler-offers-service-with-care.html Asign that hangs in the storefront window of Saad Moussa's downtown business, Nashua Shoe Repair, features both a "before" and an "after" image of a man's shoe. Unlike its previous look, the "after" appearance of the shoe, which Moussa worked on, includes a new sole and a nice, polished look. Lasting impression Moussa wants people to know that he will take good care of the shoes, boots and other items they will bring to him to be repaired. "I always take care of my customers," said Moussa, who adds that people won't have to wait more than a week to get their repaired footwear back. Moussa is fairly new to downtown. He opened his store on Temple Street about three months ago, and he's still making a name for himself with downtown shoppers. The reason he chose the location? Foot traffic. Heeling and dealing Moussa also sells a variety of brands of men's and women's shoes - he eventually plans to add footwear for kids to his inventory - along with boots, leather jackets, belts, handbags, some luggage and shoe accessories, including laces and cleaning products. Customers walking into his store, which features wooden shelves, metal racks and hardwood flooring, are greeted with the aroma of leather. In the back, the shop is equipped with various machines, including stitching machines; nail machines; and machines to cut, trim, polish and finish repair jobs. Moussa, a Manchester resident, can do a variety of shoe repairs and enhancements - from replacing soles and patching holes to refinishing colors and orthopedic work. He can also fix zippers and luggage, stitch handbags and make other repairs. Most of the time, he said, he can have repairs completed in just a few days. "I have fun," said Moussa, who added that customers are appreciative of his work and are happy when they return to the store to pick up their repaired items. "When I do something, I do it from my heart." Moussa's work hasn't been confined to the types of products he carries in his store. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:00:55 EST Nashuan sentenced in bank fraud case http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087716-469/nashuan-sentenced-in-bank-fraud-case.html BURLINGTON, Vt. - A Nashua man will spend six months in home confinement and six more months with a curfew as part of his sentence in a multi-million dollar bank fraud case that spread across at least three New England states, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for Vermont. Arnold Hanson, 66, is the former co-owner, president and chief executive officer of a bankrupt steel fabrication business in Berlin, N.H., and one of three people implicated in a scheme to defraud several financial institutions, including the Passumpsic Savings Bank based in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Hanson also has been ordered to make $300,000 in restitution by Jan. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:01:58 EST Hudson officials praise voting process; Report positive feedback from community members http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087715-469/hudson-officials-praise-voting-process-report-positive.html HUDSON - The Hudson Board of Selectmen and municipal police department agreed last week the in-town voting during the Nov. 8 presidential election went very smoothly. Hudson Police Chief Jason Lavoie and Capt. William Avery said the feedback about Hudson's election process has been positive following the high turnout of the 2016 race. "I've received numerous comments, not only from people that live in town but also from people outside of our community ... and their family and friends were talking about how impressed they were with the way things went," Lavoie said during the Nov. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:01:33 EST Milford High graduate earns culinary kudos http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087714-469/milford-high-graduate-earns-culinary-kudos.html Jack Burnham readily admits to a passion for preparing juicy steaks, hearty burgers and lobsters soon to be swathed in warm butter. His desire to enhance his culinary skills and claim a niche in the restaurant industry has won him an award. Burnham, 18, graduated in June from Milford High School & Applied Technology Center. There, Burnham earned a ProStart National Certificate of Achievement. The honor entailed mastering a two-year culinary studies program and completing 400 hours of hands-on experience while cooking in a professional environment. The work requirement was accomplished at Giorgio's Ristorante & Bar in Milford, where Burnham is now employed. The ProStart program, instituted at Milford High during his junior year, presented a concentration of classroom instruction augmented with practice in a multitude of kitchen skills, including knife handling and food safety. The program is offered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, which promotes excellence in the restaurant industry. The ProStart program focuses on technical, leadership and management development. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:01:09 EST Agency opens door to kids http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1087713-469/agency-opens-door-to-kids.html NASHUA - The Front Door Agency has been assisting families at risk of homelessness in Greater Nashua for nearly 30 years. With strong community support, we are able to offer security deposit loans, assistance with back rent and utilities, a Rapid Re-Housing Program for those facing eviction and a Transitional Housing Program for single mothers and their children. Our Transitional Housing Program empowers motivated young women to build a brighter future for their families through education and to heal from the crisis that brought them to our agency, be it addiction, domestic violence or another serious situation. We are often moved by the children whose families are in crisis - many of them suffer the strong negative consequences of a family out of balance. Joshua, for example, is 9 years old and in third grade. He had grown up his whole life watching his father physically abuse his mother. When Joshua and his mom came to our Transitional Housing Program after months of "couch surfing" at friends' homes, they didn't have a car and Joshua was missing a lot of school. He never knew from day to day where he would sleep or where he would eat his next meal. Today, Joshua's life has improved dramatically. Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:00:41 EST