News Release: March 21, 2014

March 25, 2014 in Logs


Estes, Raymond

On Friday March 21, 2014, after an investigation conducted by the Canaan Police

RAYMOND E. ESTES, age 36, of Canaan, New Hampshire

was arrested for one (1) count of Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault, a Special Felony
that carries a maximum penalty of twenty (20) years in prison. He was held at the Grafton
County House of Corrections on $30,000 cash bail. The charges allege that Raymond
Estes sexually assaulted a fifteen (15) year old girl.

NIESSA A. ESTES, age 34, of Canaan, New Hampshire

was arrested for two (2) counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, both Class A
Misdemeanors that carry a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine of up to $2,000 on
each charge. She was held at the Grafton County House of Corrections on $5,000 cash bail.
The charges allege that Niessa Estes knew of the sexual abuse and did nothing to stop it.

An arraignment was held Monday March 24, 2014 in the 2nd Circuit Court – District
Division Lebanon. Raymond Estes’ bail was increased to $50,000 cash only and Niessa
Estes’ bail remained at $5,000 cash only. The couple is still being held at the Grafton
County House of Corrections. The investigation is ongoing.


Authorized: Samuel W. Frank II, Chief 603.523.7400

Booking Photo Available: contact

News Release: February 10, 2014

March 25, 2014 in Logs

RC Photo

On Monday February 10, a Grafton County Superior Court
Justice, sentenced 41-year-old Russell Christian, of Canaan
to the New Hampshire State Prison for not less than 1 ½ years
and not more than 3 years for a charge of aggravated driving
while intoxicated. Christian was also given a 1 ½ – 5 year
State Prison sentence that is suspended for ten years.
Christian was found guilty after a jury trial.
The charges stem from a December 13, 2012, motor vehicle
collision that occurred on Route 118 in Canaan late at
night. When first responders arrived on the scene, they
found Christian’s Dodge truck halfway up an embankment.
Christian suffered serious injuries that required him to be
airlifted from the scene. A passenger in the vehicle was
launched through the windshield and was located 20 feet away
in the woods. The passenger, 34-year-old Steven Cotting,
suffered multiple fractures to his spine, pelvis and hip.
Canaan Police investigated the scene and determined that both
alcohol and speed played a factor in the crash. Chief Samuel
Frank determined that after the defendant lost control of his
vehicle, the vehicle rolled multiple times before coming to
rest where it was located by first responders. At some point
before coming to rest, the vehicle struck an electric pole
with enough force to break the pole in two places.

As part of his statement to the Court, Christian thanked the
Canaan Police and other first responders, noting that their
quick response meant he could get medical treatment for his
injuries sooner.
AUTHORIZED: Chief Samuel W. Frank, II:
Grafton County Attorney Lara J. Saffo
Booking Photo Available: contact

News Release: December 18, 2013

December 18, 2013 in Logs


Morse Booking Photo -CPD

On Wednesday December 18, 2013 at 6:35 PM the Canaan Police Department was informed that the Danbury Police Department was pursuing a vehicle on US Route 4. The vehicle was reported to be approaching Canaan at a high rate of speed. The 2013 Christmas in Canaan was in full swing, with hundreds of people in the downtown Canaan area. Canaan Police Officers deployed spike strips on US Route 4 near the Orange town line in an attempt to stop the vehicle before it reached crowded downtown Canaan. The vehicle struck the spike strips but continued to travel westbound on US Route 4 nearly striking Canaan Police Chief Samuel W. Frank II. Canaan Police officers pursued the now damaged vehicle on US Route 4 as it recklessly traveled through the crowded downtown Canaan area, while other Canaan Police Officers cleared numerous pedestrians from the road and sidewalks.


The vehicle continued to travel westbound on US Route 4 through Enfield and into Lebanon at a reduced speed because of the severe tire damage caused by the spike strips. The vehicle eventually came to a stop near the old Lebanon Junior High School on Bank Street where Canaan and Lebanon Police officers took the driver into custody. The driver of the vehicle was identified as twenty year old JAMES ALLEN MORSE of Concord, New Hampshire. Morse was charged with:


  • Reckless Conduct with a Deadly Weapon – B Felony
  • Disobeying a Police Officer – A Misdemeanor
  • Driving after Suspension – Violation


Morse’s bail was set at $25,000 cash and he was transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections pending an arraignment in the 2nd Circuit Court on Thursday. Anyone who witnessed the event is asked to contact Sergeant Ryan R. Porter or Officer Samuel P. Provenza at the Canaan Police Department 523-7400 or by e-mail at or