Connecticut Man with Claremont and Manchester ties Sentenced to 7.5-20 years at the New Hampshire State Prison for First Degree Assault

 Newport, NH – Tommy Edwards, 54, of Connecticut was sentenced in Sullivan Superior Court on August 9, 2018 to serve a term of incarceration at the New Hampshire State Prison of 7.5-20 years.  Mr. Edwards was sentenced after entering an Alford plea for two counts of first degree assault, witness tampering, and criminal solicitation to commit perjury.  Mr. Edwards received a 5-15 year term of incarceration for witness tampering, which will run concurrent to one count of first degree assault.  Mr. Edwards was further sentenced to 10-20 years at the New Hampshire State Prison for a second first degree assault conviction, which was suspended for a period of 20 years conditioned upon good behavior, and a second 5-15 year suspended sentence for criminal solicitation to commit perjury, which was also suspended.

Mr. Edwards was arrested in the city of Manchester in April 2017.  The arrest occurred as a result of a lengthy criminal investigation conducted by the Claremont Police Department into the violent sexual assault of a juvenile.  Captain Stephen Lee and Captain Colby Casey further uncovered Mr. Edwards subsequent attempts to manufacture an alibi for his whereabouts on July 22, 2016.  Captain’s Lee and Casey were provided assistance in the investigation by Sullivan County Sherriff Lieutenant Denis O’Sullivan.

The law enforcement community of Sullivan County remains steadfast in its efforts to stop dangerous physical and sexual assaults.  The Sullivan County Attorney’s Office is determined to prosecute these types of crimes in ways designed to achieve justice for those impacted individuals, to keep the people of Sullivan County safe,  and to meet the punitive, rehabilitative, and deterrence objectives of sentencing.

The Claremont Police Department conducted this investigation, were provided assistance by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, and the case was prosecuted by Deputy Sullivan County Attorney Justin Hersh.

Claremont Woman Sentenced to 12 Months at the Sullivan County House of Corrections for Falsifying Physical Evidence

Newport, NH – Kasey Decato, 29, of Claremont was sentenced in Sullivan Superior Court on August 14, 2018 to serve a 12 month term of incarceration at the Sullivan County House of Corrections.  Ms. Decato received a 12 month term of incarceration for falsifying physical evidence.  Ms. Decato was further sentenced to 2-5 years at the New Hampshire State Prison for a probation violation, which was suspended for a period of 5 years conditioned upon good behavior, and if imposed, will be served consecutive to the 12 month sentence at the Sullivan County House of Corrections.  Ms. Decato, as part of the 12 month sentence at the Sullivan County House of Corrections, will be evaluated for the Sullivan County TRAILS Program, which is an intensive incarceration based treatment program.

Ms. Decato was taken into custody by the New Hampshire Department of Corrections on May 3, 2018.  After further investigation, it was determined that Ms. Decato had orally consumed a quantity of the controlled drug marijuana in the presence of the New Hampshire Department of corrections, Probation/Parole, had responded to a residence in Claremont to conduct a home visit relative to their Probation Supervision of Ms. Decato.

The law enforcement community of Sullivan County is resolute in the efforts to stop the influx of dangerous drugs in this community, and the impact that they have on the people of Sullivan County.  The Sullivan County Attorney’s Office is determined to prosecute these crimes in ways designed to keep the people of Sullivan County safe, meet the punitive, rehabilitative, and deterrence objectives of sentencing, while also addressing the dangerous influences of controlled drugs at all phases of the criminal prosecution.

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections, Probation/Parole, conducted this investigation, and the case was prosecuted by Deputy Sullivan County Attorney Justin Hersh.

 

Multiple Local Individuals Sentenced for the Distribution of Controlled Drugs within Sullivan County

Newport, NH – Samantha Davis, 28, of Claremont was sentenced in Sullivan Superior Court on August 13, 2018 to serve a 5-12 year term of incarceration at the New Hampshire State Prison for a charge of being a drug enterprise leader, and possession with intent to distribute heroin in an amount greater than 5 grams.  Ms. Davis was further sentenced to 3.5-7 year sentence, on two charges of possession with intent to distribute 4-fluoroisobutryrl fentanyl and a controlled drug analog, which were both suspended for a period of 12 years conditioned upon good behavior, and if imposed, would be served consecutive to the 5-12 year stand committed sentence.  Ms. Davis had previously entered pleas of guilty on July 10, 2018 to the above referenced charges.

Ms. Davis was initially arrested on January 31, 2018 after an investigation into the illegal distribution of controlled drugs by the Claremont Police Department, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, and the New Hampshire State Police Mobile Enforcement Team.  A subsequent search warrant was executed at Ms. Davis’ residence, located at 12 Spofford Street, Claremont, NH.  Law enforcement located a large quantity, approximately 630 bags, of the controlled drug heroin.  Also located during the search, was a quantity of the controlled drug 4-fluoroisobutryrl fentanyl, approximately 16 grams of the controlled drug analog N-ethyl pentylone, a large quantity of Untied States currency, and various other indications of the distribution of narcotics.

Ms. Davis was subsequently released on conditions of bail from Sullivan Superior Court pending trial.  Ms. Davis was arrested again, during the month of April 2018, as the result of a second investigation into the distribution of controlled drugs conducted by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, along with the Claremont Police Department.

A second individual, Johnnie Malik Kyles, 34, was also arrested in February 2018 in the State of Vermont.  Mr. Kyles had been observed arriving at 12 Spofford Street on January 31, 2018 prior to a drug transaction.

On July 16, 2018, Mr. Kyles entered pleas of guilty to a charge for the sale of the controlled drug cocaine, a conspiracy to sell cocaine, conspiracy to sell marijuana, and for the sale of marijuana.  Mr. Kyles received a 3-7 year term of incarceration at the New Hampshire State Prison for the charges of conspiracy to sell cocaine and sale of cocaine.  Mr. Kyles was further sentenced to a 3-6 year term of incarceration for the charges of conspiracy to sell marijuana and the sale of marijuana.  Those sentences were suspended for a period of 10 years conditioned upon good behavior.  If imposed, those sentences would be served consecutively.

On July 5, 2018, Destiny Rogers, 20, entered pleas of guilty to multiple charges related to the distribution of the controlled drug heroin.  Ms. Rogers was sentenced to a 12 month period of incarceration, with 6 months of said sentences suspended, on two charges of conspiracy to sell the controlled drug heroin.  Ms. Rogers was further sentenced to a consecutive 12 month period of incarceration, at the Sullivan County House of Corrections, on two counts of sale of heroin.  Ms. Rogers also received a series of consecutive suspended state prison terms of 2-7 years and 3.5-7 years.  Those sentences are suspended, conditioned upon good behavior, for a period of 5 years, and if imposed, will be served consecutively to the 18 month period of incarceration at the Sullivan County House of Corrections.

The law enforcement community of Sullivan County is determined to stop the influx of dangerous drugs in this community, and the grave impact that they have on the people of Sullivan County.  The Sullivan County Attorney’s Office is determined to prosecute these crimes in ways designed to keep the people of Sullivan County safe, meet the punitive, rehabilitative, and deterrence objectives of sentencing, while also addressing the dangerous influences of controlled drugs at all phases of the criminal prosecution.

The above referenced investigations were conducted by the Claremont Police Department, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, and the New Hampshire State Police Mobile Enforcement Team, and the cases were prosecuted by Deputy Sullivan County Attorney Justin Hersh.

The above referenced investigations remain open and additional cases are pending.

 

LeClair Acres Farm Named NH’s Outstanding Dairy Farm

Claremont NH – LeClair Acres Farm in Claremont was named as NH’s Outstanding Dairy Farm of the year. Each year, one dairy farm from each of the New England states is chosen as Outstanding Dairy Farm of the Year as part of the New England Green Pastures program. All six dairy farms will be honored at the Big E  Agricultural Fair held in West Springfield MA in September.

Gary and Jean LeClair own and operate LeClair Acres a dairy and agriculture farm with their two grown sons Jason and Tim.  Both Gary and Jean come from farming families. The LeClairs began their farm on Piper Hill Road in 1978 after updating a farm that was once owned by Gary’s father.

The LeClairs own 500 Holsteins and about 250 of them are milked three times a day with the milk being sold to Agri•Mark the parent company of Cabot Dairy in Vermont.  In addition, they run a farm stand that sells vegetables, bread, jams, and maple sugar products.

Gary LeClair said he is honored by being named Outstanding Dairy Farm of NH but it is all about agriculture and he wants to spread the word about farming and agriculture life.  Congratulations to LeClair Acres.

Townshend VT Woman Charged with DUI – Drugs

Townshend VT – On August 13, 2018, at approximately 8:10 PM, the Vermont State Police were notified of a medical call on Vermont Route 30, in the town of Townshend, where the operator of a vehicle, identified as Lisa Johnson, was slumped over the steering wheel. After an investigation, it was determined that Johnson was under the influence of drugs.

Johnson was arrested and transported to the Westminster State Police Barracks for fingerprints and photographs. Her vehicle was also seized and transported to the Westminster State Police Barracks, where Troopers will be applying for a search warrant in order to search the car for further evidence. Johnson was released on a citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court on October 2, 2018, at 8 AM.

Sullivan County’s Fugitive of the Week

Newport NH -Sullivan County’s Fugitive of the Week is 47-year-old Lisa Robie. In
December of 2017, A Sullivan County Grand Jury indicted Robie on three
counts of sale of a controlled drug. Robie failed to appear in
Sullivan County Superior Court for her sentencing hearing on April 2nd
of this year and the Sullivan County Superior Court issued a warrant
for her arrest.
Robie is 5’4’’ weighs 135 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Robie’s last known address was 2 Zotto Lane in Claremont NH.  Anyone
with information on Robie or her whereabouts should call their local
police department or the Sullivan County’s Sheriff’s Office at
603-863-4200

Oregon Man Charged in Cornish Bridge Accident

Cornish NH – On 8/7/18 at approximately 3:00 PM Troopers from NHSP- Troop-C were dispatched to a call regarding a box truck that struck the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge on Route 12a in Cornish and left the scene.  Upon arrival at the scene, Trooper Edward Horton observed minor damage to the face of the bridge and minor scuffing on support beams inside the bridge.  The bridge was closed briefly and inspected by the Cornish Fire Department. Once it was confirmed that no structural damage occurred the bridge was re-opened for vehicular traffic.  A witness at the scene was able to obtain a license plate for the box truck which was found to be a rental.  Through a brief investigation, the driver of the box truck was found to be 24-year-old Tymon Teichroeb of Albany OR.

An arrest warrant for Conduct After an Accident was obtained for Teichroeb and he  subsequently turned himself in on 8/12/2018.  Teichroeb was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail and provided with a Claremont District Court date of September 17th, 2018.  Claremont Police Department, Plainfield Police Department, Cornish Fire/Rescue and NH DOT assisted state Police.

This is the second time in less than a month the historic Cornish-Windsor Bridge has been struck by a large truck attempting to cross the bridge that is clearly marked maximum height of 9′ 2″ . We would like to remind all operators to be careful when trying to enter a covered bridge in a large vehicle or truck.

Registered Sex Offender Arrested for Possessing Child Pornography

Lebanon NH –  In July 2018, the Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit received an investigative referral from the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding an individual residing in the City who was engaged in trading child sexual assault images and videos. The information provided suggested that this male subject was accessing an online chat room where individuals engaged in conversation about, and traded, child pornography.

The Lebanon Police Department Cyber Crimes Unit began investigating and subsequently executed a search warrant at a residence on Hanover Street in Lebanon on August 9th. Electronic devices were seized from the residence and the content was reviewed. Digital media belonging to John Laybourne, age 56, of Hanover Street in Lebanon, were found to contain videos of very graphic child pornography involving young children, some under the age of 5.

Laybourne was arrested on August 9th and is charged with ten counts of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Images, all Class A Felony charges.

Laybourne is a registered Tier III sex offender in the State of New Hampshire and is required to register for life. Laybourne refused the services of a Bail Commissioner and was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections, pending arraignment today, August 10th, in the Grafton Count Superior Court.

The investigation continues, and additional charges are expected.

Lebanon Man Arrested After Fleeing Accident Scene

Lebanon NH – On August 9, 2018 at approximately 10:20 AM the Lebanon Police Department received a call regarding a single vehicle accident involving a van on Slayton Hill Road. Responding officers arrived to find a white utility van off the roadway and on its side in the woods, with the driver apparently having fled the scene.

Officer Tyler Hewes and his K9 partner Kymba tracked the driver into the woods and into a swamp area. A short time later a male subject was located by Lebanon Officers and subsequently arrested. Patrick S. Pruitt, age 21, of Bennet Court in Lebanon, was charged with Driving While Impaired by Drugs, a Class B Misdemeanor, and Conduct After an Accident, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Pruitt refused the services of a Bail Commissioner and was transported to the Grafton County Department of Corrections. He will be arraigned in the New Hampshire 2nd Circuit Court, District Division Lebanon on August 10, 2018.

Proctor VT Man Leads Police on Chase From Claremont to Newport and back to Claremont

Claremont NH -On August 8, 2018, at approximately 4:48pm, the Claremont Police communications center received numerous 911 calls of a black Ford F150 pickup truck driving erratically eastbound onMain Street in Claremont. A short time later, a Claremont Police Officer at the scene of an unrelated collision on Washington Street observed the vehicle drive through the collision scene at a high rate of speed, nearly striking a Claremont firefighter.

The officer broadcast a description of the vehicle, and a “Be On the Lookout” was sent to the Newport Police Department.

At approximately 4:56pm, a Newport Police Officer located the vehicle on Main Street in Newport, and attempted to stop it. The vehicle did not stop when signaled, and the Newport Police Officer pursued it on John Stark Highway back into Claremont. The vehicle left the roadway on Washington Street and came to a stop, at which time the operator fled on foot. Hewas taken into custody shortly thereafter by New Hampshire State Police Troopers.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as 40-year-old Richard Duncan of Proctor, VT. Duncan was arrested by New Hampshire State Police and transported to the Sullivan County House of Corrections pending his scheduled arraignment on August 9, 2018.

The Sullivan County Attorney’s Office has filed the following complaints in Sullivan Superior Court: three counts of Reckless Conduct with a Deadly Weapon, one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, one count of Possession of Controlled Drugs With Intent to Distribute, and one count of Armed Career Criminal.

The case is still under investigation by the Claremont Police Department, the Newport Police Department, and the New Hampshire State Police. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Claremont Police Detective Captain Stephen A. Lee at (603)542-7010 or slee@claremontnh.com, or New Hampshire State Police Trooper Eric Fosterling at (603)223-4381 or eric.fosterling@dos.nh.gov.