Jaffrey Police Log: July 10, 2014
Wednesday, Aug. 6
Shoplifting: At 7:18 p.m., police responded to a call from a Peterborough Street business regarding an alleged shoplifting incident. Upon arriving, police spoke with a Jaffrey resident who was in the store with a bag of goods that he had paid for. There was a lighter on the counter, which the assistant manager stated the man had stolen out of the packaging and put in his pocket. Employees’ names were taken and police expect to file charges.
Arrest/warrant: At 9:44 a.m., Dawn Christian, 60, of Jaffrey was arrested on a bench warrant for non-appearance in court. She allegedly told police she didn’t go to court because she feels she didn’t have to. Police escorted Christian with another resident who was present to court. Christian was released on $500 personal recognizance with an Aug. 21 court date.
Complaint: At 10:45 a.m., police responded to a report from Parks and Recreation director Walt Pryor that people at 12 Union St. were stealing dirt that is used for the baseball diamond. Upon arrival police found the same, and spoke to two Jaffrey residents who were at the scene. They were very apologetic and stated they thought it was just a pile of dirt and they were filling in potholes on town property and their driveway. Pryor arrived and asked them to cease activities. No further action was required.
Friday, Aug. 8
Arrest: At 2:30 a.m., police stopped a 2003 Audi A-6 driven by Ravi Shankar, 39, of Manassas, Va., for speeding and during the course of the stop detected the odor of marijuana eminating from inside the vehicle. Shankar ultimately handed over a quantity of marijuana and was taken into custody. His license status in Connecticut was under suspension. Shankar was arrested and charged with possession of controlled/narcotic drugs, speeding and driving after revocation or suspension. He was released on $2,500 personal recognizance with a Sept. 4 court date. The vehicle was towed and he was given courtesy ride to the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough.
Warrant: At 10 a.m., police received information that Shaju C. Little, 37, of Jaffrey had been arrested in Massachusetts, then transported to Valley Street Jail, Manchester, by Bow Police Department. Jaffrey police officer Joseph Golinski contacted the jail and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department and a copy of the warrant was faxed to the jail. Little was released on a summons for Jaffrey Police Department charges of disorderly conduct.
Arrests/warrants: At 11:29 a.m., Kelly Coll, 37, of Jaffrey and John R. O’Neil, 45, of Jaffrey turned themselves in on warrants them with criminal mischief (vandalism) and taking without owner consent. They were each released on $1,500 personal recognizance with Sept. 4 court dates. The warrants were the result of golf carts taken from Shattuck Golf Course and driven on the course.
Summons: At 5:58 p.m., while on patrol police observed a 1999 Acura TL driven by Mark A. Sanders, 32, of Jaffrey and learned that Sanders’ license and registrations had been suspended. Police spoke with him after he pulled into a gas station. He was issued a must appear summons for driving after revocation or suspension, and suspended registration and given a Sept. 4 court date. His vehicle was allowed to stay in the parking lot until the issues were resolved.
Arrest/warrant: At 6:12 p.m., police stopped a vehicle driven by Tiffany A. Bellerose, 39, of Jaffrey due to an outstanding warrant issued by Jaffrey police for possession of controlled drug with intent to distribute, and dealing in or possessing prescription drugs. She was released on $5,000 personal recognizance with a Sept. 4 court date in the 8th Circuit Court Jaffrey.
Arrest: At 8:20 p.m., police responded to a report of a person possibly passed out on Turnpike Road. The person was awakened and found to be intoxicated. While conducting a search before putting him in the cruiser for a courtesy ride, police felt a baggie and a pipe in his front left pants pocket. He admitted to having marijuana. Corey Laine, 26, of Templeton, Mass., was arrested and charged with possession of controlled/narcotic drugs. He was released on $500 personal recognizance.
Protective custody: At 11:15 p.m., police responded to a report of a person lying on the side of the road in the bushes/high grass. James Frederick Gray, 29, of Jaffrey was located and found to be intoxicated. He refused to have someone pick him and take custody of him, so he was transported to the jail on protective custody.
Sunday, Aug. 10
Arrest: At 2:10 a.m., as the result of a motor-vehicle stop for operation/solid line violations, the driver, Peter W. Stebbins, 26, of Jaffrey performed and failed field sobriety tests and allegedly had a breath test result of 0.17. He was arrested and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, and driving or operating under the influence of drugs or liquor. He was released on $1,500 personal recognizance and brought home and released to a responsible party.
Monday, Aug. 11
Arrest: At 9:30 a.m., after Jaffrey police receiving a total of seven 911 calls from the same number, police responded to a Main Street residence and confronted Sanfrid Niemela, 75, of Jaffrey, who was sitting on the front steps and on the phone. Police reviewed the phone he was using and observed 39 calls to 911. The phone was confiscated and Niemela was arrested and charged with misuse of 911 system. He was released on $500 personal recognizance with a Sept. 4 court date. He also was informed that if he calls 911 for a non-emergency again, it will be breach of bail and cash bail will be requested.
Tuesday, Aug. 12
Arrest: At 1:34 a.m., Sanfrid Niemela, 75, of Jaffrey called 911 to report that Police Chief Oswalt threw him to the ground earlier in the day and now his neck and back hurt and he needed an ambulance. Police responded and asked Niemela why he called 911 and asked him if he was going to go with the ambulance to the hospital. He replied he was not. He then stated that he never called 911. It was confirmed through 911 and dispatch that he did request an ambulance. Niemela refused to cooperate with the ambulance crew. Niemela was arrested and charged with misuse of 911 system, and default of breach of bail conditions (contempt). He was transported to Hillsborough House of Corrections in lieu of $500 cash bail with a court date later that morning.
Assist other agency: At 6:15 a.m., police assisted the fire department with an odor investigation at a Squantum Road address. The source was a fire in a barrel near a barn in the back of the property. The fire was extinguished and the fire department will be following up.