Man accused of swinging club at step-son

LACONIA — A Whipple Street man was ordered held on $1,000 cash bail yesterday morning after allegedly swinging a wooden club at his stepson's head.

Police charged Jean Masse, 55, with one count of attempt to commit second-degree assault, one felony count of criminal threatening, and one felony count of reckless conduct.

According to affidavits submitted by police, Masse and his alleged victim had a physical altercation Sunday evening. When police arrived they described Masse as "very intoxicated and uncooperative."

The victim told police Masse allegedly threatened to kill him and was swinging the 2-foot-long stick at him and that he appeared to be trying hit him in the head.

The stepson said he used his mother's cane to fend off Masse's allegedly attacks.

Police found the wooden club outside the home in the bushes. They described it as about 24-inches long with a hooked end that had been sharpened to a point.

The said Masse was uncooperative and belligerent throughout the entire booking process and refused the services of a bail commissioner.

He appeared by video arraignment in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday.