Press Release: March 31, 2016

April 1, 2016 in Logs, News

michael_w_wrightOn Wednesday March 30, 2016 the Canaan

Police Department, in conjunction with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, arrested Michael W. Wright, Age 34, of Canaan, New Hampshire for two (2) felony counts of

Sales of a Controlled Drug – Methamphetamine.

Wright was held at the Merrimack County House of Corrections and will be arraigned on Thursday March 31, 2016.

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AUTHORIZED – SAMUEL W. FRANK, II

CHIEF OF POLICE

603.523.7400

Press Release February 29, 2016

March 1, 2016 in Logs, News

In early December 2015 the Canaan Police Department began a sexual assault investigation. The subsequent investigation revealed that

David James Devost, age 66, of White River Junction, Vermont

sexually assaulted a 28-year-old female. Devost was acting in a position of trust, providing services as a care provider for the victim who suffers from a severe developmental disability.

On February 9, 2016, Devost was arrested by the Canaan Police Department and charged with one count of Sexual Assault, a Class A Misdemeanor. Devost was released on bail and will be arraigned on April 4, 2016 in the 2nd Circuit Court – District Division Lebanon.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this case to contact Sergeant Ryan Porter at the Canaan Police Department.

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AUTHORIZED – SAMUEL W. FRANK, II

CHIEF OF POLICE

603.523.7400

 

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Press Release: December 1, 2015

December 3, 2015 in Logs, News

On Sunday November 29, 2015 at approximately 9:30 PM, Canaan Police Sergeant Ryan R. Porter and Officer Wayne F. Agan attempted to stop a black 1999 Infinity sedan on US Route 4 for a motor vehicle violation. The operator increased the vehicle’s speed, passed several vehicles in a no passing zone and violated numerous motor vehicle laws in an attempt to elude Sergeant Porter and Officer Agan.

The incident began on US Route 4 in Canaan, continued onto NH Route 118, and
eventually into Orange, New Hampshire. Due to safety concerns, Sergeant Porter discontinued the pursuit and continued at a safe speed in the same direction of the vehicle. A short time later, Sergeant Porter and Officer Agan located the vehicle overturned in the middle of Burnt Hill Road in Orange.

The operator crawled out of the overturned vehicle and ran into the woods. Sergeant Porter and Officer Agan pursued the operator and took him into custody. The suspect was identified as

MARTIN P. O’CONNOR, 40 Years old of Grafton,

New Hampshire O’Connor suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene. O’Connor was charged with DISOBEYING AN OFFICER and OPERATING AFTER SUSPENSION (Subsequent Offense). Each offense is an A Misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of $2,000 and 1 year in the House of Corrections. He was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail to ensure his appearance in the 2nd Circuit Court – District Division Lebanon on Monday January 11, 2016 at 8:15 AM.

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AUTHORIZED – SAMUEL W. FRANK, II

CHIEF OF POLICE

 

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News Release: October 2015

October 20, 2015 in Logs, News

Pink Ribbon CampaignOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Chief Samuel W. Frank and the Officers of the Canaan Police Department are proudly showing their support for Breast Cancer Survivors, those fighting Breast Cancer and those who have courageously fought the battle to the end. For the month of October, all Canaan Police Department cruisers are proudly displaying a Pink Ribbon. It is our hope that this continues to raise awareness as well as a way to honor those mentioned above.

News Release July 5, 2015

July 6, 2015 in Logs, News

alexanderFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE >WANTED NEW YORK STATE PAROLEE CAPTURED IN CANAAN, NEW HAMPSHIRE

On Saturday July 4 at 10:55 PM, Officers from the Canaan Police Department conducted a motor vehicle stop on US Route 4 for defective equipment. During the motor vehicle stop, Officers attempted to identify a male passenger in the vehicle. The passenger provided a false name and did not possess identification. The female driver of the vehicle also provided false information about the male passenger. With the assistance of our Communications Personnel, eventually the Officers were able to identify the passenger as

ANTHONY ALEXANDER, 25 years old, of Claremont, New Hampshire

Alexander was found to be a wanted parolee from New York State. He had a nationwide extradition warrant for PAROLE VIOLATION – DANGEROUS DRUGS.

Alexander was arrested and transported to the Grafton County House of Corrections where he was held without bail. He will be arraigned on Monday July 6th in the 2nd Circuit Court, District Division – Lebanon on a charge of being a Fugitive from Justice. Alexander was also issued a summons to appear in court for Obstructing Government Administration.

The female driver of the vehicle

ALLA ROSE EVANS, 30 years old, of Claremont, New Hampshire

was issued a summons for Hindering Apprehension and Obstructing Government Administration. She will also face charges of Failure to use Child Restraints – Subsequent Offense. Evans was issued a citation for failing to obtain a New Hampshire driver’s license within sixty days of residency.

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AUTHORIZED – SAMUEL W. FRANK, II CHIEF OF POLICE PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE – contact:SProvenza@CanaanPolice.com

News Release October 18, 2014

October 25, 2014 in Logs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On Saturday October 18, 2014 at 1:53 PM, The Canaan Police Department, along with the Canaan Fire Department and Ambulance, responded to 129 River Road for a report of a person trapped under a vehicle.

When emergency responders arrived, it was determined that

CRAIG ISABELLE, 39 years old of Canaan, New Hampshire

was trapped under a vehicle and was not breathing. Emergency responders quickly removed Isabelle from underneath the vehicle and determined he was deceased.

Canaan Police Officers with the assistance of the Fire Department and Ambulance conducted the on-scene investigation for several hours.
Based on the investigation, it appears that a jack device Isabelle was using slipped, causing the vehicle to fall onto him.

Authorized: Samuel W. Frank II, Chief 603.523.7400  SFrank@CanaanPolice.com

Media Contact SGT. Ryan R. Porter 603.523.7400

News Release: August 30, 2014

September 9, 2014 in Logs

On Saturday August 30, 2014,

STEVEN M. VIELGUTH, age 28, of Canaan, New Hampshire

was arrested for the following felony offenses: (1) count of Controlled Drugs – Acts Prohibited with intent to sell Heroin, (1) count of Controlled Drugs – Acts Prohibited possession of Xanax, (1) count of Attempted Burglary at Night, (1) count of Operating as a Habitual Offender

Vielguth was arrested for the following misdemeanor offenses: (1) count Disobeying a Police Officer, (1) count Aggravated Driving Under the Influence, (1) count Resisting Arrest, (1) count Controlled Drugs – Acts Prohibited possession of Marijuana, (1) count of Possession of Drugs in a Motor Vehicle.

The above charges carry a combined total of over 100 years in prison.

ASHLEY M. MORSE , age 27, of Canaan, New Hampshire
was arrested for one (1) count of Allowing an Improper Person to Operate a Vehicle, a Violation level offense that carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine.

At approximately 9:50 PM, Officers from the Canaan Police Department attempted to make a motor vehicle enforcement stop near the intersection of US Route 4 and Goose Pond Road. The vehicle turned onto Goose Pond Road, accelerated and refused to stop for the police officers. Officers pursued the vehicle, for approximately 2.8 miles, with the vehicle increasing it’s speed to over 80 MPH.

The vehicle eventually came to a stop on West Shore Road, where the driver, Vielguth and passenger, Morse ran from the vehicle. Vielguth unsuccessfully attempted to enter an occupied residence and was quickly apprehended after the police officer deployed a Taser.

Vielguth was found to be in possession of 332 bags of Heroin, Xanax and Marijuana. The heroin has an approximate street value of $7,000.

Vielguth was arraigned in the 2nd Circuit Court – District Division Lebanon and is currently being held at the Grafton County House of Correction in lieu of $50,000 cash only bail.

Morse was released on her own recognizance.

Officers from the Canaan Police Department were assisted by the New Hampshire State Police, Enfield Police Department and Canaan Ambulance.

Authorized: Samuel W. Frank II, Chief 603.523.7400  SFrank@CanaanPolice.com

No Booking Photographs are Available

News Release: April 7, 2014

April 8, 2014 in Logs

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The Canaan Police Department made seven (7) arrests over the weekend of April 4-April 6.

The arrests on Friday April 4, 2014 were

  • Operating after suspension
  •  Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

The arrests on Saturday April 5, 2014 were

  • Taking a vehicle without owner’s consent, Operating after suspension, Electronic bench warrant, Criminal Trespass, Possession of a controlled drug with intent to sell
  • Resisting Arrest or Detention, transporting alcoholic beverages
  • Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (minors in vehicle)

The arrests on Sunday April 6, 2014 were as follows:

After conducting an investigation, Officers of the Canaan Police Department applied for and were granted a search warrant for a residence located at 52 Maple Road in Canaan.

During the execution of the search warrant, Canaan Police seized:

  • 44 Grams of Heroin, street value $11,000
  • 13.5 Grams of Cocaine street value $ 1,700
  • 5.8 Ounces Marijuana street value $ 1,450
  • Numerous Oxycontin tablets street value $2,250
  • Suboxone
  • Multiple firearms, including semi-automatic rifles
  • Drug packaging equipment to include razor blades, baggies and scales
  • Marijuana growing equipment

Estimated drug street value $16,400

The following individuals were arrested at the scene:

CHARLES A. NEILY, 31 years old of Canaan, NH

  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Possession of Hydrocodone
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of Anabolic Steroids
  • Possession of Suboxone

GERION D. SILVA, 39 years old of Danbury, NH

  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession of Cocaine
  • Possession of Marijuana
  • Possession of Oxycontin

Neily and Silva were held at the Grafton County House of Corrections on $10,000 cash only bail. They were arraigned in the 2nd Circuit Court – District Division Lebanon on Monday April 7, 2014 where a judge continued the bail at $10,000 cash each and additional charges are pending.

The Canaan Police Department was assisted by the New Hampshire State Police Troop.

Authorized: Samuel W. Frank II, Chief 603.523.7400 SFrank@CanaanPolice.com

Booking Photo Available: contact SProvenza@CanaanPolice.com

News Release: March 21, 2014

March 25, 2014 in Logs

 

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

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.

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Authorized: Samuel W. Frank II, Chief 603.523.7400 SFrank@CanaanPolice.com

Booking Photo Available: contact SProvenza@CanaanPolice.com

News Release: February 10, 2014

March 25, 2014 in Logs

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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.
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AUTHORIZED: Chief Samuel W. Frank, II: SFrank@CanaanPolice.com
Grafton County Attorney Lara J. Saffo
Booking Photo Available: contact SProvenza@CanaanPolice.com