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Belmont police search for man who fled as officer fired shots at vehicle

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

BELMONT — Nearly four days after a town police officer fired his gun as a former local man allegedly fled from a traffic stop, the New Hampshire State Police have asked the U.S. Marshal Joint Fugitive Task Force for its assistance.11-02 Hayden Moon
U.S. Marshal Jeff White confirmed Tuesday that police are looking for Hayden Moon, 24, formerly of Tilton, in connection with the traffic stop. Police have said that Moon does not present an immediate danger to the general public, but that anyone who knows of his whereabouts should contact police.
White said there is a warrant for Moon’s arrest for obstruction of government administration and reckless conduct.
Belmont Police Lt. Rich Mann said he requested the state Attorney General’s Office to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and to determine why the, as yet, unnamed officer fired his gun during the encounter. He has declined to comment any further.
Lt. Scott Gilbert of the New Hampshire State Police Major Crimes Unit has released almost no details about the traffic stop except to say that the officer came upon Moon’s 2007 gray Toyota Camry at 1:30 a.m. Friday while it was stopped on South Road. He said the car is registered to Moon.
According to a representative with the state Judiciary call center, Moon was convicted of one count of possession of a controlled drug in Merrimack County Superior Court in 2013 and was also convicted of the same thing in Belknap County Superior Court in 2015.
Moon is facing one charge of being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon in Hillsborough County North after his arrest on Aug. 19. He posted bail and has a dispositional hearing scheduled for Nov. 14.

 

Moon’s car was found after someone notified the Loudon Police that they saw a similar car on Blake Road. State Police Detective Sgt. Brian Strong said the car has been impounded.

 

At some point during the encounter with the Belmont officer, Moon fled in his car and shots were fired. The officer was slightly injured during the incident and was treated at the scene by the Belmont Fire and Rescue Department for a minor leg injury.

 

Other news agencies have reported that Moon allegedly drove toward the officer; however, The Laconia Daily Sun has not been able to verify this with state police investigators.

 

As of Tuesday, police have not released the name of the officer involved in the shooting or his status with the Belmont Police. Gilbert said they are not releasing the officer’s name because the investigation into to shooting is ongoing.

 

Because the officer was treated by the Belmont Fire and Rescue, The Laconia Daily Sun sent the department a Right to Know request asking only for the name of the officer involved.

 

The request was denied by Belmont Fire Chief Ken Erickson because he said it would be a violation of the federal HIPAA laws that protect an individual’s health information. However, in 2012 Belknap County Judge Kenneth McHugh ruled in a similar case involving the Laconia Fire Department that the federal HIPAA law was passed “for the protection of certain heath information” and that logic does not extend to the release of someone’s name who used a government service.

 

The Belmont Police policy on the use of deadly force states that police are justified in using it to “defend them or another from what is reasonably believed to be the imminent use of, or actual use of deadly force.”

 

Deadly force can also be used “to stop a person whom the officer reasonably believes has just committed, or is committing, a felony involving the use of deadly force, and the suspect poses a significant threat to the officer or another through his immediate capability to continue the use of deadly force, unless apprehended without delay” and “that the officer has made reasonable attempts to advice the the person that he is a law enforcement officer attempting to affect an arrest, and has reasonable grounds to believe that the person is aware of these facts,” according to the department’s policy.

 

The Belmont use of force policy was reviewed and approved by Chief Mark Lewandoski in 2014.

 

FBI training in Gilford makes good use of new multi-purpose room

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — This entire week, the multi-purpose/emergency management room in the police station is filled with local police officers who are in leadership training with the FBI.

Included in the group are three Gilford police officers, and two of them are attending the $699 training session at no cost because the department is hosting the training session.

"One of the goals of building (the multi-purpose/emergency management room) was to cut down on some of our training costs," said Lt. Kris Kelley who was part of the initial planning process for the 2015 police station renovation.

As part of the $1.64 million police station reconstruction, the department applied for and received a $169,000 federal grant that, in part, provided for the construction of the emergency management room. Kelley said the revamped police station was designed so the room could also serve as a community room that could be accessed from both the internal entrance to Town Hall and from the Police Department.

"In an emergency," said Kelley, "we have the means to completely secure it from the general public."

The Law Enforcement Executive Development Association Training is but one of the training sessions the police have done in the room.

Divided into three segments, this week's training is for entry-level command staff such as sergeants and those who aspire to be sergeants. A command session for mid-level command staff will be held in the end of January, and in March the third section for executive command staff such as chiefs will be held.

Until now, Kelley said the closest available venue for this type of high-level training was in Hampton or in a different state. Fore example, he said he took a similar course when he was a sergeant and spent two weeks in Rhode Island.

"Now our local police agencies have only to drive to Gilford in the morning," he said.

Kelley said there were three primary goals for building the multi-purpose/command center, and the first one was to cut down on department training costs by hosting the classes.

This year, the police department has also sponsored active shooter training for area civilians who were then able to return to their workplaces and impart their knowledge to their coworkers.

He said the second reason was to provide Gilford and other area officers with some of the best training available and eliminate the costs of travel.

Thirdly, Kelley said the multi-purpose room is also a space the community can use. He said that, with the exception of the Gilford Public Library, the police department has one of the best community spaces available in town, which is needed because the library is always so busy.

He also noted that if there were to be an emergency within Gilford, the town has an acceptable and secure spot for an operations center. He said that all of the latest technology interfaces have been installed, so if there is an emergency Gilford is prepared.

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Ron Bayne, a retired commander from the Scottsdale Arizona Police Department, conducted a training session at the new Gilford Police Department training room Monday. (Courtesy photo)

Man accused of rape wants jury to hear evidence of victim’s motive

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — A Gilford man accused of forcibly raping his girlfriend in January has asked that the jury be allowed to read requests he made in family court asking for custody of his minor daughter, saying that his requests for custody gave her a motive to fabricate the alleged rape.

Carroll Thompson, 33, has also requested the jury hear recordings of conversations between him and his alleged victim, extracted by police, that he says are evidence of her drug abuse, her hatred of him, her violent threats, and her desire to take her child back to Concord where she was allegedly involved in heroin use.

Thompson lived in Sergeant Park with the alleged victim and their 3-year-old child from Christmas of 2015 until Jan. 20, 2016, when she called the police and said that he forcibly raped her.

Thompson has said he didn't do it and that she fabricated the entire thing to keep him from petitioning the court a second time for custody of their child because of her alleged heroin use.

The paperwork he wants the jury to see is an emergency written request he made for custody of the child on Nov. 2 to the 4th Circuit Family Court, Laconia Division.

In that request, Thompson said that the alleged victim had contacted him in July and asked him for help in quitting heroin, so he accompanied her to her sister's home in Vermont. He said her sister called the police for fear that the alleged victim was dying but the police said she was not dying.

He said that after three days, she returned to using heroin and told him the the child would be safer with him. He wrote that she called him in August, said she was being abused by someone in Concord and wanted to live with him and the child in Gilford.

He said she came to Gilford in August with the child but left because she didn't get along with Thompson's mother. He wrote that she and the child were staying in various hotel rooms and also learned that the person she was supposed to be staying with hadn't seen much of her or their child.

Thompson said he also learned she was using heroin again and filed an emergency order for temporary custody.

Thompson withdrew his request about two weeks later because he said he was told she had entered into a detoxification clinic on her own and the child was with her family and was safe.

"This is a big step in the right direction for her ... for recovery," he wrote, in his request to withdraw the custody petition.

Thompson feels that if the jury learns about the request he made for custody along with recovered phone conversations in which the alleged victim threatens to kill him and others and also says there never was a detox clinic, that they will understand her motive for fabricating the rape accusations.

The state has yet to respond to the motions and a hearing is scheduled for later this month. No date has been set for the trial and Thompson has been in the Belknap County House of Corrections since his arrest on Jan. 21 after being ordered held on $25,000 cash-only bail.

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