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Former Miss New Hampshire USA faces assault charge

Sunday, April 29, 2012
This photo provided by the Manchester Police Dept. shows Nicole Houde. Police say the former Miss New Hampshire USA faces a simple assault charge stemming from a confrontation with her boyfriend. Houde, 26, of Manchester, was arrested Wednesday after allegedly punching, kicking, scratching and biting Scott Nickerson, 33, also of Manchester, police confirmed Sunday, April 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Manchester Police Dept.)

This photo provided by the Manchester Police Dept. shows Nicole Houde. Police say the former Miss New Hampshire USA faces a simple assault charge stemming from a confrontation with her boyfriend. Houde, 26, of Manchester, was arrested Wednesday after allegedly punching, kicking, scratching and biting Scott Nickerson, 33, also of Manchester, police confirmed Sunday, April 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Manchester Police Dept.)

Police say a former Miss New Hampshire USA faces a simple assault charge stemming from a confrontation with her boyfriend.

Police say Sunday that 26-year-old Nicole Houde (hud) was arrested Wednesday. Authorities say the Manchester beauty queen punched, kicked, scratched and bit 33-year-old Scott Nickerson, also of Manchester.

Police say the two were arguing and Nickerson took Houde's cellphone, prompting the physical confrontation.

Houde was the 2010 Miss New Hampshire USA.

Miss New Hampshire USA and Miss Teen New Hampshire USA are distinct from Miss New Hampshire and Miss America pageants.

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