CUTE LITTLE FOX KIT

Shawna Nelsson of Colebrook was out for a Mother's Day ride and spotted this wonderful surprise in Pittsburg, a sight she was kind enough to share.




Several Charged with Possession, Sale of Fentanyl in Multi-Agency Effort


By Jake Mardin

Several local residents were arrested on drug-related charges last week, as a result of a multi-agency drug trafficking investigation conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, N.H. State Police and the N.H. Attorney General's Drug Task Force. The investigation covered Coos, Carroll, Belknap, Merrimack and Grafton counties, and officers seized about six pounds of fentanyl and 11 firearms during the arrests last Monday and Tuesday.

Russell Adjutant, 30, of Stratford, is charged with the sale of fentanyl in Colebrook, conspiracy to sell fentanyl in Stark and nine counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm in Lancaster, all alleged to have been committed on January 28.

Amber Flagg, 32, of Stratford, is charged with possession and conspiracy to sell fentanyl in Stark on January 28. Both she and Mr. Adjutant were arraigned at Coos Superior Court, and are scheduled for dispositional conferences on June 28.

An arrest affidavit alleges that Mr. Adjutant sold three sticks of fentanyl to a confidential source in the Walgreens parking lot while sitting in a vehicle driven by Ms. Flagg, and DEA agents later reportedly saw Mr. Adjutant enter a known drug distribution house in Berlin. A State Police Trooper stopped Ms. Flagg's vehicle with Mr. Adjutant as a passenger for an alleged traffic violation in Stark on the way back from Berlin, and during a search of the vehicle recovered about 25 sticks (250 grams) of fentanyl. Troopers also found a small amount of fentanyl on Ms. Flagg. During a search of Mr. Adjutant's storage unit in Lancaster, law enforcement personnel seized nine firearms and approximately $18,000 in cash.

Three defendants will be scheduled for arraignment in Rockingham Superior Court: Adam Bedard, 41, of Stratford, charged with conspiracy to possess fentanyl and conspiracy to sell fentanyl; Amy Savard 43, of Stewartstown, charged with possession of fentanyl with intent to sell and conspiracy to sell fentanyl; and Michael Savard, 35, of Stewartstown, charged with conspiracy to possess fentanyl and conspiracy to sell fentanyl.

Others arrested following this investigation were Adam Brooks, 31, of Milan, conspiracy to sell fentanyl and controlling a vehicle where drugs were kept; Alexis Gonzalez, 33, of Lawrence, Mass., fugitive from justice based on a New Hampshire arrest warrant for sale of fentanyl and conspiracy to sell fentanyl; Dylan Laflamme, 26, of Berlin, possession of fentanyl with intent to sell and conspiracy to sell fentanyl; Khloe Lamontagne, 21, of Berlin, conspiracy to sell fentanyl and controlling a vehicle where controlled drugs were kept; and Gerinson Leonardo Tejada-Avalo, 27, of Lawrence, Mass., fugitive from justice based on a New Hampshire arrest warrant for conspiracy to sell fentanyl.

Travis Hood and Mariano Andres Santos were also arrested prior to the May 3-4 sweep as a result of the investigation. Mr. Hood is facing three charges of sale of fentanyl in Coos Superior Court, and one charge of fentanyl possession with intent to sell and resisting arrest in Merrimack Superior Court. Mr. Santos faces one charge of sale of fentanyl in Belknap Superior Court, and one charge of possession of fentanyl with intent to sell in Carroll Superior Court.

Two were arrested on outstanding warrants on May 4, and their cases will be prosecuted by the Coos County Attorney's Office. Allegra Dyer, 36, is charged with falsifying physical evidence, and Ranae Ross, 33, is charged with possession of a controlled drug.

(Issue of May 12, 2021)




SPRING CLEAN-UP IN STRATFORD

Stratford Public School students participated in last week's town-wide clean-up effort, which culminated with a free day at the dump on Saturday. Students in grades 3-5 were busy clearing the roadsides on Friday, including Peyton Arellano and Hannah McGee.

(Courtesy photo)




Pittsburg Police Chief John LeBlanc Submits Resignation, Plans to Relocate


By Jake Mardin

Pittsburg Police chief John LeBlanc notified the board of selectmen last week that he is resigning, but will stay on board until August or until a new chief is hired. Selectboard chairman Richard Judd said the board has just begun the process of looking for a new chief and will start advertising soon.

"I would like to thank the Town of Pittsburg and its residents for the opportunity to serve as their chief of police," Chief LeBlanc said. "The decision to resign did not come easily, as I have met a lot of great people and made many friendships along the way."

Chief LeBlanc joined the Army's Military Police and served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He served as an officer with Colebrook Police Department until being hired by Pittsburg to serve as chief in 2015. He replaced former chief Richard Lapoint, who had been in the position since 1987.

"I'm going to continue my career in law enforcement and move closer to family down south," Chief LeBlanc said of his next steps. "It is my goal to make this transition as seamless as possible, and to make sure the town receives the best possible candidate for the position."

(Issue of May 12, 2021)




STARTING THE SLIDE

Great North Woods League opening day didn't include a parade or ceremonies this year, but there was plenty of action on the fields in Colebrook on Saturday. Strike Zone's Kamren Dowse slides into home as Daniel Hebert Inc.'s Michael Inkell comes in to cover the plate in a major division baseball game. More photos in "Sports," pages 30-31. (Jake Mardin photo)




 

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