Mother and son arrested

On the evening of Dec. 21, police found a Jaffrey man with an active warrant out for his arrest on burglary charges in his mother’s North Street, Jaffrey, residence. Police also arrested the man’s mother, who wouldn’t allow officers to search the building for her son.

After doing surveillance on the area, police had reason to believe that Mario Dumas, 22, was in the apartment owned by his mother, Lynn Dumas, 46. Mario Dumas, who was indicted on burglary charges by the Cheshire County Grand Jury in May, had an active warrant out for his arrest issued by Cheshire County Superior Court after he allegedly failed to appear in court. When police asked Lynn Dumas if they could search the apartment, she refused, denying that her son was there.

Upon returning with a search warrant applied for and granted by Judge Gregory E. Michael of 9th District Court, Manchester, police found Mario Dumas hiding in the attic of the apartment. He was taken into custody and picked up by the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Office to be transported to the Cheshire County House of Correction.

Lynn Dumas was also arrested and charged with hindering apprehension. She was released on $7,500 personal recognizance and was issued a court date of Feb. 6 at 8th District Court, Jaffrey.

While searching the building on Dec. 21, police found two pipes containing a controlled substance, believed to be marijuana, but no charges were pressed as police were unsure to whom the pipes belonged.

Mario Dumas’ burglary charges stem from three separate break-in incidents that took place between July 1, 2012, and July 13, 2012. Mario Dumas allegedly took items, including tools, furniture, electronics, metal, ammunition and a game camera, from two private cottages and one town-owned trailer — taken by the town after back taxes had not been paid.

Lynn Dumas was also indicted in May on one count of accomplice or principal to burglary in relation to the alleged break-in and thefts at the town-owned trailer.

In the unrelated case of James Michael Porter, who was found by U.S. Marshals hiding under a bed on Dec. 19 in a relative’s North Street residence, Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White said in a phone interview on Monday that currently, no charges have been brought forward against the relatives for harboring Porter.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” White said. “I don’t know if [charges] will happen or not.” When asked if he thought the family knew they were hiding Porter and understood that there was a warrant out for his arrest, White said, “Absolutely.”

Porter, who was convicted in 2010 for interstate transportation of stolen property, was found and arrested on warrant issued out of the U.S. District Court in Concord. The U.S. Marshal’s N.H. Joint Fugitive Task Force was looking for Porter after he failed to return to a Manchester halfway house at a designated time on Nov. 27. Porter had been incarcerated at the halfway house as part of his sentence, but he could leave during the day to go to work.

Elodie can be reached by phone at 924-7172 ext. 228, or by email at ereed@ledgertranscript.com. Elodie is also on Twitter @elodie_reed.

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