Franklin fugitive almost shot by police when caught


FRANKLIN — A prosecutor told a judge on Tuesday a Franklin police officer had his finger on the trigger and was prepared to shoot a suspect who had leveled a pistol at him, when another man walked into his line of fire.

"But for another individual coming in between, Mr. Brouillard may not have been here today," Franklin Police Prosecutor Chris Ahern said of the white-knuckle escape.

Ryan Philip Brouillard, 33, formerly of 21 Pleasant St., Apt. #3, Franklin, was ordered held on $251,000 cash only bail following his Tuesday morning arraignment in the 6th Circuit, District Division, Franklin Court.

He has been charged him with two counts of criminal threatening accusing him of pointing a Glock semi-automatic pistol at Franklin Police Sgt. Eric Drouin and Tilton Officer Abraham Gilman and saying he would shoot them.

Brouillard is also facing felony charges of reckless conduct for firing a handgun near Sgt. Drouin, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and driving after being declared a habitual offender. He is additionally charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest.

The incident began in the early morning hours of Dec. 28 when police were called to respond to a noise complaint at 31 Pleasant Street in Franklin.

Franklin Police Officer David Gotthardt and Sgt. Drouin went to the beige apartment building, just a few houses up the hill from the intersection with Central Street about 2:18 a.m. Officer Gotthardt knocked at the door and spoke with Brittney Kearney, 28, who told him that Alexander Bell, 42, and Brouillard had just been at the residence. As the officers knew Brouillard was wanted for violating parole and that Plymouth police had issued a warrant for his arrest, they began looking for him.

As Bell lived at 320 Prospect St., across from Mojalaki Country Club, Officer Gotthardt went there and could see both Bell and Brouillard inside and radioed Sgt. Drouin, who called for backup.

Meanwhile, Brouillard opened the front door, looked out and, using vulgarity, indicated that he knew police were on the property. Sgt. Drouin stepped out from behind a parked vehicle, and "illuminated Brouillard with my flashlight and pistol." Brouillard ignored a command to put his hands up and instead stepped back inside and slammed the door.

According to an affidavit in support of an arrest warrant, Sgt. Drouin went to the southwest corner of the house as Tilton Police Officer Abraham Gilman arrived and began walking up the steep driveway, and heard what sounded like a gunshot. Drouin began heading toward Officer Gotthardt's position on the southeast corner when he heard him make a radio transmission but was unable to make it out.

Brouillard had apparently fled out the back of the house and encountered Officer Gotthardt, who ordered him to the ground to no avail. Gotthardt attempted to Taser the suspect, but the device failed to deploy and Brouillard retreated back inside the house.

As Officer Gilman repeatedly yelled for occupants of the house to come out with their hands up, Sgt. Drouin reported the occupants were yelling and screaming, asking what was going on, and why police were there.

Bell and Shannon Lundy, 31, who also live at the residence, came out with their hands up. Brouillard appeared in the doorway and Sgt. Drouin said the suspect lifted his right hand but that a curtain on the door made the officer unable to tell what was in the suspect's hand. But when Brouillard pulled the curtain away, Sgt. Drouin said he spotted a black grip and a silver colored slide of what appeared to be a Glock pistol. Sgt. Drouin aimed his pistol at Brouillard, identified himself as a police officer and ordered the suspect to drop the gun and put his hands up.

Brouillard responded by pointing his pistol at Drouin and saying that he was going to shoot the police and kill anyone who tried to arrest him before retreating back into the house.

Bell and Lundy got into a truck parked in the driveway behind Sgt. Drouin as Brouillard again approached the door and raised the gun and allegedly began screaming that he was going to shoot the police and kill anyone who got in the way.

Sgt. Drouin again ordered him to drop the gun and put his hands in the air, but Brouillard leveled the gun at the officer. Drouin said he'd lined up his sights and had just begun to pull the trigger on his service pistol when he spotted Bell walking into the line of fire. Bell's body blocked the doorway and he pushed Brouillard back inside while telling him "he wasn't going to do that (shit) at his place."

Brouillard was able to flee from the back of the house and jump a fence and as Drouin pursued and Brouillard tried to negotiate another fence, Drouin reported hearing a second shot, but said he was unable to see if it was fired at him or Officer Gotthardt, or if the gun went off as the suspect was running away.

There was no moon, or outside lights. The sole illumination, according to Drouin, was his flashlight and the weapon light on his pistol.

Following a three-day manhunt, Brouillard was discovered in a mobile home off Manchester Street in Concord, and after a 3.5-hour standoff involving some 20 police officers and two BearCat armored vehicles, tear gas was deployed to force him to surrender.

During the standoff, Brouillard repeatedly said he was going to kill the police, the prosecutor told Judge Edward Gordon. In asking for high cash bail, the prosecutor recounted Brouillard's lengthy criminal history which had resulted in him twice serving state prison sentences.

"Based on the allegations and your prior history I don't think the state's request is totally out of line," Judge Gordon said before bail at $50,000 on each of the five felony charges and $1,000 on the misdemeanor charge.

A probable cause hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 9 at 12:45 p.m. and a public defender has been assigned to represent Brouillard.

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Ryan Brouillard was arraigned via video hook-up in the 6th Circuit, District Division Franklin Court on Tuesday from the Merrimack County jail where he remains held in lieu of $251,000 cash-only bail. (Bea Lewis/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

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Judge Edward M. Gordon reads the five felony and one misdemeanor criminal complaint to defendant Ryan Brouillard when the suspect was arraigned on Tuesday. (Bea Lewis/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Lipman to leave LRGH

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Henry Lipman is leaving LRGHealthcare after 33 years. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)


LACONIA — After nearly 33 years with LRGHealthcare, many of them among its leaders, Henry Lipman will be leaving at the end of the month to pursue what he discreetly called "something different," revealing only that "my goal is to be still involved in health care policy in New Hampshire."

Lipman, who is serving his sixth term on the City Council, added that he will remain in the city and on the council while Kevin Donovan, president and chief executive officer of LRGHealthcare, said that Lipman will not be formally associated with LRGHealthcare, "but informally for sure."

In 1984, three years after completing the health management and policy program at the University of New Hampshire and fresh from earning his Master's in Business Administration at Boston University, Lipman joined Lakes Region General Hospital as "staff analyst" then quickly became budget and planning director. Three decades and many promotions later, he leaves with the title Senior Vice President /Financial Strategy and External Relations.

Henry has been instrumental in every area of the operations and growth of this institution for more than 30 years," Donovan said.

Lipman said that, like his parents, he has always wanted to help people and contribute to the community by applying his talent to administrative and financial affairs. During his career he developed an understanding, appreciation and appetite for public policy, which became the the third strand of his professional identity.

LRGHealthcare was born as Lakes Regional General Hospital, which was quick to sense the need for an array of outpatient services, formed satellites in the community and matured by merging with Franklin Regional Hospital. Lipman counted the merger among his proudest achievements. When Franklin Regional Hospital found itself in difficult financial straits, he said, LRGHealthcare offered the merger as a means of preserving the community hospital and improving access to care for people in the community.

Lipman also secured the federal designation of Franklin Regional Hospital as a critical access hospital and Lakes Regional General Hospital as a sole community hospital, which brought with it $6 million in dedicated funding. Likewise, he played a key role in gaining approval for LRGHealthcare to participate in a program administered by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to finance renovation and expansion project at its two hospitals.

Meanwhile, Lipman steadily emerged as a staunch advocate for hospitals, especially community hospitals serving a disproportionate share of uninsured and underinsured patients, throughout the state. When the state trimmed Medicaid reimbursement rates to hospitals, he was among those to mount a legal challenge. Likewise, LRGHealthcare led the effort to stop the state from taking $110 million from a privately funded malpractice insurance program and, when it was liquidated to the benefit of the hospitals and physicians whose premiums funded it, was among the architects of the Granite Shield Insurance Exchange, a captive insurer that took its place.

Lipman was one of the founders of the Granite Health Care Network, a consortium of five hospitals which leverage their mutual resources to improve the quality and manage the cost of health care by managing common risks, sharing best practices, exchanging information and making joint purchases.Last year four of the member hospitals partnered with the Tufts Health Plan to form the first health insurance company owned by a group of health care providers, which insured the 15,000 employees, spouses and dependents of the five hospitals and operates throughout New Hampshire.

Steve Ahnen, president of the New Hampshire Hospital Association, described Lipman as "creative and tenacious," who always strives to build a consensus among different interests and stakeholders. Lipman served as president of the association board of trustees in 2014 and received its President's Award a year later. "He is a unique individual who brings a lot of skill sets to his work," Ahnen said, stressing that "one of his legacies is to always do the right thing for patients."

"It's been a great ride, great learning experience,"Lipman said. "But, there's a time to step and it's my time."

"There will be plenty of stories to write about Henry in the future," Donovan remarked.

DeVoy re-elected as Belknap County Commission chairman


LACONIA — David DeVoy (R-Sanbornton) was re-elected as chairman of the Belknap County Commission when commissioners met for an organizational meeting Tuesday morning.
Newly elected Commissioner Glen Waring (R-Gilmanton,) who shortly before the meeting had taken the oath of office, was elected vice chairman, and Commissioner Hunter Taylor (R-Alton) was named clerk.
Waring replaces Richard Burchell (R-Gilmanton), whom he defeated in the Republican primary 1,078-678, and went on to win a four-year term in November. Burchell had frequently been at odds with his fellow commissioners and had been ousted as chairman in March of 2015 following disputes with DeVoy and Taylor.
Both DeVoy and Taylor said they are pleased Waring is joining the commission. He currently serves as finance director for the town of Gilford and formerly was the finance director for Belknap County.
Waring said he is pleased by the response to his candidacy by the voters who saw his experience in county government, where he served as finance director from 2011 to 2015, as a plus. He said he is looking forward to working in a professional and collaborative manner with his colleagues .
Also taking the oath of office Tuesday as commissioner was Taylor, who two years ago was appointed to the commission. Taylor defeated Jonathan Smolin of Alton 2,035 to 591 in the District 3 commission primary race and won a two-year term in November.
Burchell became commissioner after defeating incumbent Commissioner John Thomas (R-Belmont) in the 2014 GOP primary 808-671 and winning an uncontested general election. He had campaigned in opposition to the existing commissioners and their assertion of authority over budget transfers, an issue which was later resolved in court in favor of the county delegation.
After Burchell was elected to the county commission, Commissioner Stephen Nedeau (R-Meredith) resigned his seat, saying he was unable to work with the new commissioners, leaving only Burchell and DeVoy, both of whom were newly elected. Burchell became chairman, but when the county delegation appointed Taylor to fill the vacant seat, he soon found himself a minority of one. At a clamorous meeting in March of 2015, Burchell was ousted as chairman by a two-to-one vote, which he challenged without success in Superior Court.
The relationship between the three current commissioners continued to remain stormy. At a June 4 meeting in 2015, commissioners Taylor and DeVoy censured Burchell for leaking information from a nonpublic meeting to former Belknap County Nursing Home Administrator Matthew Logue, held while Burchell was still chairman.
DeVoy and Taylor again censured Burchell in May of last year for what they said was official misconduct in connection with his attempts to access protected medical records in the state Department of Health and Human Services database. Burchell maintained he was only seeking the information in order to find out how state reimbursements to county homes are determined.

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