BELMONT — Additional charges have been filed by police against two other people who attended a party that police said got out of hand at Forest Drive on the evening of June 27.
Frederick Scheffer, 44, of Forest Drive has been charged with a Class A misdemeanor crime of resisting arrest, for allegedly getting between Sgt. Steve Akerstrom and Jeremy Cole, 37, while Akerstrom was trying to arrested Cole.
Daureen Harding, 57, of Brook Road in Sanbornton was charged with one Class A misdemeanor crime of hindering apprehension for allegedly grabbing Erika Cole's, 34, arm and pulling her away from K-9 Officer Evan Boulanger while he was trying to arrest Cole.
The arrests stem from a police response to a large yard party where a neighbor reported to police that there was an argument and possibly a fight. Upon arrival, police said K-9 Officer Evan Boulanger saw a man and a woman arguing but after he separated them, he was surrounded by a group of intoxicated adults who objected to his presence. Boulanger said he was pushed by Jeremy Cole, who also allegedly assaulted Akerstrom. Jeremy Cole was previously charged with two counts of assault on a police officer and one count of resisting arrest.
Police said Erika Cole got between her husband and Akerstrom during the arrest. She was previously charged with one count of hindering apprehension.
The woman who is the primary renter of the home says there was a verbal argument between two men just before police arrived but it was over. Jennifer Winfrey said both during an interview and in a letter to the editor to local newspapers that in her opinion the police were the instigators and they overreacted to the situation. Winfrey is challenging the police version of what happened that night as being wildly inaccurate.
All of those charged are free on personal recognizance bail and are scheduled to appear in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division on August 20.
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