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NH delegation: Revised order is about politics
by onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
7 Mar 2017 at 1:04pm
MANCHESTER - New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation said Monday that changes to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban still left them feeling as if it was more about politics than security. U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan said she supported improving the vetting process but didn't believe the revised ban would achieve that. She noted that the Department of Homeland Security's "own analysis showed no intelligence basis for the ban, and former defense and intelligence officials from both parties have said that the ban would make us less safe." "Despite the changes, this is just another attempt by the Trump Administration at a backdoor Muslim ban - with Trump's own advisers admitting that the goals are the same as his previous executive order," Hassan said in a statement. The Republican president on Monday released a new version of the temporary ban that he revised after a federal judge blocked his old one last month.

Nadeau resigns from board
by onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
7 Mar 2017 at 1:08pm
HUDSON - Embattled Hudson School Board member Benjamin J. Nadeau formally stepped down Monday night from the board three weeks before he expects to plead guilty to domestic assault and violating court protective orders charges. A letter from Nadeau, 41, was read aloud at the start of the board meeting in which he states he cannot serve the trust of the voters at this time and submitted his immediate resignation. He hopes to return to public service when he can do it "to the best of my ability." Patty Langlais, chairwoman of the board, read the letter in the first two minutes of Monday's meeting. "We wish Ben well," she said. Langlais told the board they will allow the Town Meeting election to take place and then address the remaining year of Nadeau's term. Prior to his time on the school board, Nadeau served on the Board of Selectmen beginning in 2005.

Guilty plea in cocaine sting
by onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
7 Mar 2017 at 1:09pm
CONCORD - A Manchester man pleaded guilty last week to a federal charge of trafficking cocaine in Nashua last July. U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice announced Luis D. Capo-Nieves, 33, formerly of Nashua, pleaded guilty March 1 to possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute. Capo-Nieves is scheduled for sentencing on June 12. Wilfredo Tanon Rodriguez, the other individual involved with Capo-Nieves during the July 1 incident, recently pleaded guilty to a related charge. Police reports indicate Rodriguez and Capo-Nieves were arrested following an undercover stakeout that was conducted after numerous complaints of illegal drug activity at the Amherst Park Apartments. Nashua officers reportedly seized about 279 grams of cocaine - worth about $10,000 - as a result of the surveillance at the Amherst Street apartments. According to police reports, Capo-Nieves was operating a beige 2000 Lincoln LS with tinted front windows that pulled alongside a parked green 1999 Volkswagen Jetta when the incident occurred.

Judge opts not to revoke man?s bail, orders no contact
by onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
7 Mar 2017 at 1:10pm
NASHUA - Delivering firm warnings that he have no contact by any means with a witness in his ongoing criminal case and that he under no circumstances go anywhere near Facebook, a judge nevertheless agreed not to revoke Martin McHugh's bail as his case moves forward in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. McHugh, of Nashua, was arrested in December 2015 for allegedly letting a juvenile watch him and his girlfriend engage in sex and again in August 2016 on allegations he contacted a witness numerous times asking her to provide false statements to investigators, had been accused of violating the no-contact order by contacting the witness - his ex-girlfriend - via text message and through Facebook. But while prosecutors cited instances where, they allege, McHugh communicated with the witness, including a Jan. 28 conversation and several Facebook posts meant for her, defense attorney Chuck Keefe, by scrolling through McHugh's cell phone, was able to point out numerous instances in which the witness contacted McHugh. The witness, called to the stand by First Assistant County Attorney Michael Valentine, who prosecuted the case, said she and McHugh were once in a relationship and have children in common. She said she called police in January after McHugh allegedly contacted her through the "messenger" feature on Facebook. She said McHugh posted a photo of a hand holding a gun and the words, "Lord, forgive me, it's time to go back to the old me." She also noted someone she believed was McHugh created another Facebook account with an inappropriate screen name. But Keefe, in cross examination, read a text message from McHugh's phone that, he said, came from her. "At 8:07 this morning, you texted him, saying 'you don't have to talk to me but talk to your friend,' correct?" She answered yes, that she'd texted him twice that morning. But when Keefe asked her how many times she's "reached out" to McHugh, she responded, "I can't tell you.

Donchess: ACA critical in opioid fight
by onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
7 Mar 2017 at 1:06pm
NASHUA - Mayor Jim Donchess wants to see the Affordable Care Act, currently being dismantled in Congress, remain in place at a time when the city struggles to deal with the opioid addiction crisis. "The heroin, opioid and fentanyl crisis is devastating families and businesses in Nashua," Donchess wrote to Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, asking the former New Hampshire governor to work to keep the law, also known as "Obamacare," on the books. Congress, controlled by Republicans and buoyed by President Donald Trump, is looking to end the signature health care law enacted by former President Barack Obama, although no formal plan to replace the health care access standard has been presented. Donchess said Nashuans' lives are in the balance if the ACA is taken away. "Repealing the Affordable Care Act, and as a result Medicaid expansion, would threaten critical services to thousands of Granite Staters," he wrote. Under a deal Hassan worked out with a GOP-controlled Statehouse, New Hampshire expanded Medicaid, giving 55,000 residents access to medical care. This has meant that those battling addiction have health insurance to pay for recovery treatment, as well as medical and mental health issues related to their addiction. Although Congress has yet to offer a formal plan to replace the ACA, and especially the expanded Medicaid, some plans have been floated that would take the Medicaid funding and send it to the states in the form of a block grant.

No probable cause in assault case; judge lowers bail for DWC hoopster Caudill
by onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
7 Mar 2017 at 3:29pm
NASHUA - Former Daniel Webster College basketball star Marquise Caudill told a district court judge Monday that he "faked like I was going to stomp" a Southern Vermont College player when the teams' Feb. 18 game erupted in a brawl after a scramble for a loose ball. But Caudill stopped short of following through, he said, telling the Vermont player, Kyle Depollar, "you're lucky I'm not that kind of guy." Caudill, called to the witness stand by his lawyer, Nashua attorney Tim Bush, recounted for the court the series of events leading up to, during and after the melee, which broke out about six minutes into the second half of what would be the final game ever for the DWC men's basketball program. Caudill, 22, currently of South Hadley, Mass., ended up being charged with a felony count of second-degree assault, accusing him of "stomping" Depollar after allegedly leveling him with a punch to the face. But after reviewing the testimony and the evidence, Judge Lucinda Sadler said she found no probable cause to support a felony charge, and reduced Caudill's bail to $2,500 cash or surety from the original $50,000 set at his Feb. 20 arraignment. The County Attorney's office can still bring the felony-level charge to a grand jury for possible indictment, but the fact the district court judge found no probable cause lessens considerably the chances that a grand jury would return an indictment. "We're very pleased that Judge Sadler agreed that there is no probable cause for a felony charge, based on the evidence presented today," Bush said in brief remarks following the hearing. Caudill, who turns 23 on March 17, also faces three Class A misdemeanor offenses - disorderly conduct, simple assault and criminal threatening - stemming from the incident. Sadler set Caudill's next hearing for April 3 in the Nashua court. In the meantime, if he makes bail, he is ordered to have no contact with Depollar; refrain from consuming alcohol or illegal drugs; not possess any firearms and to sign a waiver of extradition. Attorney Steve Ranfos, the prosecutor, amended the felony second-degree assault complaint minutes before the start of Monday's hearing. To the original wording accusing Caudill of "recklessly causing bodily injury" to Depollar with "extreme indifference to the value of human life" by stomping Depollar's head "while he was on the ground in a defenseless position," Ranfos added "resulting in a swollen lip and loss of feeling in his teeth and gums." Bush called attention to the new wording, reading to Sadler pertinent excerpts from the state statute regarding second-degree assault, which Bush claimed don't support the charge. "This was a basketball fight," he said.

More units added to Franklin Street project; total apartments in development ...
by onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
7 Mar 2017 at 12:03pm
NASHUA - Brady Sullivan Properties is aiming for a bigger mill development project on Franklin Street, with more than 30 apartment units added to the large-scale proposal. The company, though the corporate entity Lofts 34 LLC, is seeking to amend its original proposal for 168 apartments by adding enough units to bring it to 200 apartments in the project. The developer has worked on renovating the Franklin Street mill property for more than a year. City Planner Scott McPhie said Monday the company plans to add the new units in what is now the basement of the former mill building. He said the company determined there was enough space in the basement area to work once renovation efforts begin. "Sometimes you don't know what you've got until you get in there," McPhie said. The project lines up with city goals of adding housing to the downtown area to meet demand. Mayor Jim Donchess said in his State of the City address that between the Franklin Street project and the Renaissance project off Bridge Street, Nashua is looking to add 350 housing units, with more in the works in other locations. The city has already given the go-ahead for the project's initial 168-unit proposal, and Lofts 34 LLC is going before the Planning Board this week for a site plan review on the amended proposal. Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245, dfisher@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DF.

Adult Spelling Bee to benefit local students
by onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
7 Mar 2017 at 11:36am
NASHUA ? The Nashua Education Foundation will hold its first Adult Spelling Bee to raise funds for city public schools. The competition will include up to 50 teams composed of three individuals each. The teams of local businesses, law firms, families, medical providers, community organizations, financial services and other community members will compete for the title of ?champion speller.? Unlike most spelling bees, this event doesn?t involve solo spelling. Instead, each team can collaborate on the spelling of a word and then display its answer on a slate, according to the foundation. Seven or eight teams in a round will spell each word simultaneously by writing their answers on a slate after the master of ceremonies announces the word. The teams will have 25 seconds, and then must display their answer.

NCC professor joins lecture series to discuss new book
by onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
6 Mar 2017 at 8:37pm
NASHUA ? In her book ?Writing Hard Stories,? Nashua Community College faculty member Melanie Brooks explores how writing a memoir affects the author. Brooks, who teaches short story writing at NCC, will discuss her book and the nonfiction genre Thursday, March 23, as part of the college?s spring lecture series. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Gregg Hall Auditorium, and will be followed by a book sale and signing with Brooks. For ?Writing Hard Stories,? Brooks profiled well-known memoir including Andre Dubus III, Sue William Silverman, Michael Patrick MacDonald, Joan Wickersham, Kyoko Mori, Richard Hoffman, Suzanne Strempek Shea, Abigail Thomas, Monica Wood, Mark Doty, Edwidge Dantict, Marianne Leone, Jerald Walker, Kate Bornstein, Jessica Handler, Richard Blanco, Alysia Abbott and Kim Stafford. ?Writing Hard Stories? was published by Beacon Press in February. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, Bustle, the Manifest-Station, Hippocampus, the Huffington Post, Modern Loss, Solstice Literary Magazine, the Recollectors, the Stonecoast Review and Word Riot. Brooks received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Southern Maine?s Stonecoast MFA program.

Sale makes spring debut for Red Sox
by onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
7 Mar 2017 at 4:19am
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. ? Chris Sale gave himself a mixed review after his first spring training performance for the Boston Red Sox, an outing that ended a little earlier than originally planned. Boston manager John Farrell had Sale set to go three innings Monday against Houston. But after 37 pitches in two innings, Farrell decided the debut was over. ?I understand why, I mean I racked up a pretty good amount of pitches, which is another thing I?d like to get down,? Sale said. Acquired from the Chicago White Sox in December, the dominant lefty gave up two runs, one of them earned, and struck out two. ?Happy? I don?t know,? Sale said. ?I got some good work in.

South-Merrimack duel highlights Tuesday's slate of D-I boys prelims
by onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
7 Mar 2017 at 4:13am
The final pieces to the local high school tournament puzzle have been added as the Division I and II boys basketball tournament gets underway Tuesday and Wednesday. Six area teams are involved in preliminary-round games this week, while four other locals will compete in their respective tournament semifinals in girls basketball and boys hockey, as well. Tuesday is the busiest day. There are three Division I preliminary round boys hoop games set for 7 p.m.: No. 11 Nashua South (8-10) at No. 6 Merrimack (12-6), No.

School officials to tackle budget Wednesday
by onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
6 Mar 2017 at 12:03pm
NASHUA - Hoping to approve the education budget by March 29, the school board Budget Committee is set to begin working on the draft document on March 8. The committee has met on almost a weekly basis since the draft budget was presented by Superintendent Connie Brown in January, but members used the meetings to understand budget details, not make changes. The March 8 meeting will be the first time Board of Education members can vote to add or reduce items from the budget. The budget process unofficially began in October when Mayor Jim Donchess asked what a "status quo" budget would look like given the concerns on the city side. The mayor's request for a level-fund budget was because of an additional $2 million in city pension obligations. At the time of Brown's presentation of her draft budget in January, school officials assumed a spending cap of 1.2 percent. However, by the end of February, the cap was recalculated closer to 1.4 percent. In January, the 1.2 percent budget proposed for fiscal 2018 was $105,940,366, or $1,256,210 over the current budget of $104,684,156. Brown's 2018 budget, which covers the 2017-18 school year, featured the addition of all-day kindergarten for every elementary school in the district.

Ales for tails; Merrimack brewery hosts fundraiser
by onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
6 Mar 2017 at 1:34pm
MERRIMACK - Beer and animal lovers can celebrate both at the Ales for Tails fundraiser, which will be hosted by the Anheuser-Busch brewery on March 26. The event, featuring games, a brewery tour, swag and beer, will benefit the Humane Society for Greater Nashua. "We have a good relationship with the brewery, and we have crafted something a little different," Laurie Dufault, director of development for the Humane Society, said. Dufault said Ales for Tails launched in March 2016 to replace a golf tournament that wasn't "growing like we hoped." The inaugural event last year was a success, with 80 guests raising $4,800, she said. "We are not looking to make this massive," Dufault said, adding their goal is closer to 100 guests versus the thousands who turn up for their signature Wags to Whiskers event at Anheuser-Busch every fall. Ales for Tails tickets are $50. The event features a 1 1/2 hour "Beermaster Tour" of the brewery, including a question-and-answer session with the Anheuser-Busch beermaster on the beer-making process. Tickets also include photo prints of the tour group, a photo opportunity with a Clydesdale and a barbecue spread from McNulty & Foley Caterers. Remembering last year's Ales for Tails, Dufault said her favorite part was relaxing after the tour. "When everyone was done with the tour, we came back to the hospitality room, and it was really nice," she said. "It's casual and social, and there's a lot of strong games going on." In 2016, attendees got into a competitive corn hole tournament and life-size Jenga game. "It was very laid back," Dufault said.

Woman held on multiple charges; Mass. resident held without bail after incide...
by onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
6 Mar 2017 at 12:02pm
NASHUA - A spate of alleged bizarre behavior, including attempts to harm herself with items of clothing while being processed after her arrest, landed a Massachusetts woman in jail pending her next court appearance this week. Cheryl A. Whitney, 49, of 27 Marita St., Leominster, was ordered held following last week's Nashua district court arraignment on charges accusing her of breaking into an ex- boyfriend's Hudson home by allegedly damaging a door with a broomstick, stealing a check from him and cashing it, and contacting him in violation of a court order, according to court documents. The charges include one count each of theft, burglary and forgery, Class B felonies, along with one Class A misdemeanor count each of stalking and criminal mischief. Whitney was also served with an arrest warrant on a charge of conduct after an accident, which, according to police, stemmed from a Jan. 26 hit-and-run crash in which a vehicle knocked over a traffic-signal pole at Derry and Elm streets. Police said they tracked down the suspect vehicle by comparing evidence from the scene to damage on the vehicle. The car, a Nissan Altima, was registered to a Massachusetts leasing company under the name Cheryl Whitney, police said. She denied involvement in the crash, but police issued the warrant they ended up serving last week.

Tricked into shopping trip
by onlineeditor@nashuatelegraph.com (The Nashua Telegraph)
6 Mar 2017 at 12:02pm
It finally happened, my wife found a way to trick me into buying a new shirt. It's not that I don't like having nice things, or looking nice, or what have you. Well, to be honest, I might. But the overriding issue is that I just hate buying clothes. The whole experience of going into a store to think about how I look, and then paying for the privilege, seems like such a colossal waste of time and effort. If I wanted retrospection and self-loathing, I'd save some money and just go to confession.

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