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August 27. 2013 7:23PM


Armed man hits Cumberland Farms

A gunman robbed Cumberland Farms on Daniel Webster Highway Monday night.

Police said a man entered the 2308 Daniel Webster Highway store, brandished a handgun and demanded money. He fled toward the parking lot at Pizzeria Uno with an undisclosed amount of cash.A police dog was brought to the scene, but it was unable to track down the robber.

Several customers were in the store at the time of the robbery, and no one was injured.

The robber is described as a white man wearing dark clothing. No other description was available although police were attempting to obtain a photo from video surveillance.Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 594-3500 or Nashua Crimeline at 589-1665.


City man faces gun charge

Police say they arrested a city man after investigating a disturbance outside a Temple Street bar early Saturday morning and finding him with a semi-automatic handgun.The incident happened about 1:30 a.m. Saturday outside the Old Amsterdam Bar, 8 Temple St.

While breaking up a group having a shoving match, an officer saw a man identified as Peter Johnson, 37, of 117 Northwood Drive walk away, carrying a dark object in his right hand.Officers attempted to stop Johnson, but he quickly jumped into the back seat of a vehicle belonging to his girlfriend.

Police “made contact” with Johnson and located a semi-automatic handgun, according to a news release.Johnson is charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.


Homeowner surprises burglar

A burglar was surprised when he encountered a woman as he entered a second-floor bedroom on Spruce Street at about 8:30 Monday morning. The woman said she asked him what he was doing and he responded with a greeting, then fled the bedroom and the apartment.Police said the woman told them she was awake when she heard noises from downstairs and then footsteps on the stairs. She assumed her husband, who had left for work a short time before, had returned home because he had forgotten something.But a stranger entered the second-floor bedroom and when she asked what he was doing, he responded with a brief greeting and left quickly.

Police said a check of the residence indicated the burglar had forced entry through a rear door and had removed a wallet and an iPod Touch from the woman's purse before heading upstairs.The burglar is described as a white male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, slim build, with strawberry blond hair. He was wearing a black sweatshirt or sweater and a black backpack.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Manchester Police at 668-8711. Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at

Barn fire blamed on staining rags

The improper disposal of rags used in wood staining led to a fire Monday night that destroyed a barn on Charles Bancroft Highway.

A little after 9 p.m., homeowner Ed Barringer heard “popping” coming from the 30-by-50-foot barn and when he looked out, flames were through the roof, according to a Litchfield Fire-Rescue news release. He immediately called 911.The barn and its contents, including a 2008 Ford Mustang, were destroyed.Fire officials said the cause of the fire was accidental. The homeowner had done some wood staining in the afternoon and left the rags and cans of stain out near ordinary combustible materials. The rags produced heat and came in contact with ordinary combustibles in the area, which had plenty of air to start the fire.Rags, steel wool and other waste soaked with oil finishes may spontaneously catch fire if improperly discarded, fire officials said, citing a safety disclaimer posted on the Minwax website. Rags and other waste should be placed in a water-filled metal container immediately after use, which should then be tightly sealed and disposed of in accordance with local regulations.

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