Lawrence, MA

Former shelter head gets jail for stealing from organization

BOSTON (AP) — The former head of a publicly funded nonprofit that ran homeless shelters in Massachusetts has been sent to jail for a year for stealing $1.5 million from the organization and lying under oath, prosecutors said. Manuel Duran, 70, was also sentenced Thursday to four years of probation and 250 hours of community service after pleading guilty to larceny and perjury related to his time as executive director of Casa Nueva Vida, which sheltered about 150 primarily Spanish-speaking families at more than a dozen locations in Boston and Lawrence, according to the state attorney general’s office. He was also ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be determined. An investigation initiated after an anonymous tip found that Duran leased four properties he owned and one owned by a relative to the shelter. He then signed disclosure forms under oath that falsely said the organization was not a party to any transaction in which any of its officers, directors, or trustees had a material financial interest, authorities said.

Man sentenced for stealing $1.5M from Boston homeless shelter he ran

A former executive director of a now-defunct Boston homeless shelter was sentenced on Thursday for stealing $1.5 million from the non-profit organization. Using shell accounts and fraudulent invoices in a scheme to siphon over a million dollars from an organization he had “complete control” over, according to Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office.

Two-alarm fire ravages Nashua, New Hampshire, strip mall

NASHUA, N.H. — A large fire ripped through a Nashua, New Hampshire strip mall Friday evening, the two-alarm blaze destroying the businesses inside. The Nashua Fire Department said the blaze is believed to have started around 7:30 p.m. inside the Lanna Asian Market at 495 Amherst St. in Nashua.

Massachusetts man breaks Topsfield Fair giant pumpkin record

TOPSFIELD, Mass. — A Massachusetts man broke the Topsfield Fair giant pumpkin record with the size of his gourd, measured as part of the annual New England Giant Pumpkin Growers Contest. Jamie Graham of Tyngsboro had his pumpkin top the scales at 2,480 pounds. The previous record was 2,294.5...

Have You Seen the Devil Monkey of New Hampshire?

Editor's note: This article was written by a Townsquare Media Northern New England contributor and may contain the individual's views, opinions, or personal experiences. There’s been a lot of talk about scary animals lately. Mostly from me. But in researching New Hampshire’s most dangerous animal (not who you’d think...

Massachusetts man used Uber to deliver fentanyl across state lines: feds

A Massachusetts man ordered an Uber to drive him across state lines to deliver fentanyl before authorities squashed his potential drop-off, according to federal prosecutors. Johan Rodriguez, 37, allegedly used the ride-sharing service to travel from Lawrence, Massachusetts over to Dover, New Hampshire, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire. Rodriguez is accused of attempting to deliver ten kilograms of the deadly drug for a Lawrence-based drug supplier, prosecutors said. The trip between the two New England cities takes close to an hour and is about 50 miles apart. Rodriguez rode in the Uber to the New Hampshire home Tuesday before he allegedly grabbed a toolbox and tool bag from the vehicle’s trunk. Law enforcement then intercepted him as he walked to the door, prosecutors said. When authorities searched the toolbox they seized ten kilos of fentanyl that were packed in individual bundles, the US Attorney’s Office said. Rodriguez faces one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute fentanyl, US Attorney Jane E. Young said.

What’s happening, New Hampshire? Things to do Oct. 1-2, 2022

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Looking for something fun to do? Here's a check of what's happening around the Granite State this weekend. The annual BioBlitz dawn-to-dusk biological survey is back at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye. Families and nature enthusiasts team up with Seacoast Science Center naturalists to explore...

Two 20-year olds found deceased on Boston’s MBTA tracks

On Monday morning at 6:00am, an MBTA Red Line train operator came across two bodies on the tracks just north of Wollaston Station, in Quincy. The subsequent investigation caused significant delays on the Red Line for several hours while shuttle buses replaced train service until the scene was eventually cleared.