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Posted in New Hampshire, News, Parents Behaving Badly with tags , , on July 14, 2011 by punauni


GILSUM — A day-long Amber Alert across New England ended peacefully Wednesday night after a New York man wanted for questioning in a deadly fire there surrendered at a Gilsum home without incident.

Matthew Slocum, 23, emerged from a home in Gilsum shortly after 10 p.m. and was escorted by officers to a waiting police cruiser, several hours after a patrolling trooper spotted his black Mustang parked in Gilsum.

New York and Massachusetts police issued the alert — a bulletin in suspected child-abduction cases — because it was believed Slocum abducted his son, 4-month-old Raymond Slocum, and the infant’s 25-year-old mother, Loretta Colegrove.

Slocum was arraigned this morning in the District Division of the 8th Circuit Court in Keene.

About 9:45 p.m., a barefoot Colegrove, carrying Raymond Slocum in her arms, appeared from the Gilsum home. The mother and infant were unharmed and were being taken to the N.H. State Police Troop C barracks in Keene, said State Police Col. Robert Quinn shortly after Slocum was arrested.

About 15 minutes before they appeared, police could be heard speaking to Slocum with a bullhorn, telling the man to answer a cell phone, that no one wanted to hurt him and asking him not to hurt anyone.

Lt. Chris Aucoin of N.H. State Police Troop B, who leads the state police SWAT team, said Slocum surrendered peacefully after successful negotiation. He declined to comment on whether police had talked to Slocum on the phone before his surrender.

“We continued to talk to him throughout the evening,” Aucoin said. “We attempted to reason with him on numerous occasions.

“Fortunately, he did listen to reason and he did peacefully surrender to the authorities.”

Police also declined to comment on whether Colegrove was being held against her will.

“The baby and the mother are fine,” Aucoin said. “They came out on their own, there was no violence, there was no resistance.

“They intentionally gave themselves up.”

Throughout much of the afternoon and into the evening, access was blocked to Alstead Hill Road and Banks Road in Gilsum, and a large portion of the downtown area was evacuated.

Area residents who were home received telephone calls telling them to leave their homes, and yellow police tape stretched across Main Street.

A command post for the authorities, including representatives from the FBI, N.H. State Police, Keene police officers and officers from the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Department, was set up in front of the town post office, about a block from the house where police focused their attention.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m., a large brown State Police SWAT team vehicle rolled along the street and police-dog units were called into the area.

Police declined to comment on why Slocum would have fled to Gilsum, but neighbors said his uncle, Scott Slocum, lived with his family on Banks Road. Several neighbors said that Matthew Slocum’s black Mustang was parked on Maguire Drive, a small dirt road off Banks Road.

Despite being in the evacuated area of town, the Gilsum Village Store across from the post office remained open and employees brought snacks out to evacuated residents and a crowd of news crews gathered on the street.

After an evening thunderstorm passed, many evacuated residents lingered in the street, chatting and watching until Colegrove and the infant and later Slocum were seen coming down the darkened, rain-slicked road.

New York authorities wanted Slocum for questioning in connection with a fire early Wednesday morning in White Creek, N.Y. — about 35 miles northwest of Albany — in which three people died, the Associated Press reported.

Killed in the fire were Slocum’s mother, stepfather and stepbrother, the Associated Press reported.

It was believed that Slocum, a felon who was on parole after serving a prison sentence between 2006 and 2010 on a grand larceny conviction, fled the fire scene before it was discovered, according to the Glens Falls (N.Y.) Post-Star.

Slocum’s vehicle was reportedly seen at about 5 a.m. in Adams, Mass., according to information provided by the Massachusetts State Police in the Amber Alert.

The Glens Falls paper reported this morning that Slocum will face a first-degree arson charge in New York. An arrest warrant was issued for Slocum at 2 a.m. Thursday in White Creek (N.Y.) Town Court, the Post-Star reported.

Slocum will be held without bail at the Cheshire County jail pending extradition to New York after he waived his right to an extradition hearing at his arraignment in Keene this morning.

He was charged with being a fugitive from justice.

New York officials are expected to take him to New York as early as this afternoon or Friday morning, Assistant Cheshire County Attorney David Lauren told the court.

Judge Howard B. Lane Jr. granted petitions by the state to seal the contents of Slocum’s file and transfer his car to the authorities in New York state as evidence.

Quinn, of the State Police, said Wednesday night that an investigation was being conducted in Gilsum.

“This investigation is ongoing, it essentially just started,” he said. “New York authorities are here and they’re going to continue their investigation.

“… We have a potential crime scene here in Gilsum, so the work has just begun.”


Mother accused of murder has history of problems

Posted in New Hampshire, News, Parents Behaving Badly with tags , on May 20, 2011 by punauni

The demons finally caught up to the Texas mom charged with murdering her tow-headed kindergartner and dumping his body on a quiet Maine road, according to friends and family who described a loving woman with a dark history of suicide attempts, drug and prostitution arrests, short-lived jobs and unhappy relationships.

“My son’s dead,” Julianne McCrery said after her arrest in Massachusetts, according to lawyer George Murphy. “I want to go to heaven and be with him.”

Authorities say the 42-year-old Irving, Texas, mom killed her son, 6-year-old Camden Hughes, in Hampton, by asphyxiating him using “physical force” on Saturday. His body was dumped in Maine later the same day.

Murphy – who represented McCrery at a brief Massachusetts extradition hearing – believes she traveled thousands of miles from home to take her son’s life and commit suicide.

“I believe she was up here to bring both herself and her son to heaven,” Murphy said.

On Thursday, McCrery was arraigned in Portsmouth on second-degree murder charges. She silently wept in the courtroom and was held without bail.

The charges marked the horrific end to the life of a boy born to a deeply troubled woman.

Murphy said his client tried to kill herself at least once while traveling in New England and “several times” in 2004.

“Julie had a lot of problems,” said McCrery’s former boyfriend in Irving, Robert Miller. “We always thought maybe she should be on medication.”

McCrery, a native of San Jose, Calif., had lived in Texas for about 25 years, Miller said. A high school dropout with a GED, she lived in a modest mobile home bought for $5,000 –  but she had ambitions. She self-published “Good Night, Sleep Tight,” a book about insomnia. She sought training as a dental hygienist and a court reporter, and held fleeting jobs as a cement mixer driver and at an auto parts truck company. But her ventures seemed doomed to failure and Texas records show she was arrested at least twice on prostitution charges and once for possession with intent to distribute drugs.

McCrery’s love life was no happier. She was married to her ex-husband for more than 15 years, and they had an older son who is in the Navy.

But the marriage disintegrated when she became “obsessed” with a married man who she claimed was Camden’s father. When the affair ended, she attempted suicide, Miller said.

“She would say she basically lost her mind over this man,” Miller said.

McCrery and Miller split up three months ago. A month ago, she was fired from her most recent job. She and Camden had both been ill recently, and she didn’t have money to pay a doctor, Miller said.

But as dismal as her life had become, no one could believe she would kill.

“She loved Camden dearly, practically worshipped the ground he walked on,” said Miller, recalling how McCrery wept with joy when she learned she was pregnant. “There’s no way she could have intentionally done this.”

“I didn’t notice anything leading up to what happened, absolutely nothing,” said McCrery’s mother, LuRae McCrery. “Everything seemed normal.”

And Camden was “a wonderful little boy” who could read and write when he entered kindergarten, Miller said. “We used to wonder how far he’d go. He’d just do great in life, that’s what everyone figured.”

The 6-year-old was a “gifted and talented” student, said Pat Lamb of W.T. Hanes Elementary School.

“His teachers described him as a sponge who loved to learn,” Lamb said.

For days after the body of her son was discovered, McCrery reported him sick to school, telling a secretary thousands of miles away that he had appendicitis but would be healthy enough to return next week.

“I know that speaks to a troubled mind and a troubled soul,” Lamb said.

On Thursday, McCrery’s loved ones mourned two destroyed lives.

“I know Camden is there in heaven with God, so there’s nothing to worry about with him,” Miller said. “It’s just her I’m worried about,”

The fear is warranted, her lawyer said.

Murphy recalled when he was first introduced to McCrery, he said, “Hi, I’m George Murphy.”

She responded: “Hi. How are you doing. I want to die.”

Warrant issued in Hinsdale bank robbery

Posted in New Hampshire, News, People Behaving Badly on May 4, 2011 by punauni

HINSDALE, N.H. — Police have identified one of the two suspects involved in a bank robbery at Citizens Bank, Monday.

According to Lt. Todd Faulkner, of the Hinsdale Police, two white men entered the bank at about 10:58 a.m., Monday and left with an undisclosed amount of money in one of their sweatshirts and fled on foot.

Following multiple leads with cooperation from multiple law enforcement agencies, police were able to identify one of the suspects as Robert Anthony Johnson, 22, of Winchester.

On Tuesday, Hinsdale Police issued an arrest warrant for Johnson.

During the robbery, the two suspects walked into the bank on Main Street and handed a teller a note that stated the bank was getting

Robert Anthony Johnson

robbed and threatened her life if she didn’t cooperate, according to Hinsdale Police Chief Wayne Gallagher.

More than 20 officers from the Bernardston and Greenfield Mass., Brattleboro, Vt., Cheshire County Sheriffs, Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Keene K-9 unit, Winchester and New Hampshire State Police arrived on scene and began canvassing the neighborhood, Monday.

No one was injured during the robbery, Faulkner said, and police were able to recover several pieces of evidence in and around the scene.

The teller was able to slip at least one dye pack in with the money and as the men fled the scene, the red dye discharged when they were about 15 yards from the bank at the rear of the building.

“On May 3, a search warrant was executed on a residence in Hinsdale and additional information was obtained corroborating information and leads obtained during the investigation,” Faulkner wrote in a statement.

The bank was closed Monday but reopened Tuesday and it was business as usual.

For WWII veteran Donald Swift, of Hinsdale, it was just “another day above ground.”

A bank customer for more than three decades, he said he and his wife had heard about the robbery through a friend. He added that the heist wasn’t going to deter him from continuing to bank there.

“It was a good thing I wasn’t in there with my cane,” Swift said. “Out of reflexes, I would have whacked them both.”

Behind the building, the stains of the discharged red dye packs in the gravel and asphalt showed the path the suspects took.

Swift said he was proud of the bank employees’ courage and instincts.

A spokesperson for Citizens Bank declined to comment citing security reasons.

Police are still attempting to identify the second suspect and are asking anyone with information about either suspects whereabouts or anyone who may have witnessed the crime to contact the Hinsdale Police at 603-336-7766.

Missing Southampton man found dead in New Hampshire

Posted in massachusetts, New Hampshire, News, Sad with tags , on April 5, 2011 by punauni


HINSDALE, NH – A Southampton man missing since Tuesday was found deceased inside his SUV in a parking lot in New Hampshire, Southampton police reported Saturday afternoon.

Christopher Campbell, 30, was last seen Tuesday driving in his Mitsubishi Montero. Southampton police publicized a report of his disappearance two days later and the search has been ongoing until the grim discovery.

Around 10 a.m. Saturday, local police in the New Hampshire town of Hinsdale found Campbell lifeless inside his vehicle in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store. The cause of death is not considered suspicious, police said.

The place where Campbell was found is about an hour drive from his home in Western Massachusetts and just over the eastern Vermont border.

The investigation by Southampton police is ongoing in cooperation with New Hampshire authorities.

Taser Used In Road-Rage Incident

Posted in New Hampshire, News, People Behaving Badly with tags , , , on March 10, 2011 by punauni


CONCORD, N.H. — A woman has been charged with assault after a road-rage incident in which a Taser was used on another woman, police said.  Carissa Williams, 22, of Pembroke, was charged with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  Police said that on Monday, Williams was involved in a road-rage incident on Interstate 93 at exit 14 in Concord.  Investigators said Williams was upset at another driver, a 28-year-old woman, who was traveling 35 mph in a 35 mph zone.  Police said Williams threw cans and bottles out of the car and then got out of her car, leaving her 6-month-old in the vehicle. She then got into the back seat of the other woman’s car, pulled out a Taser and used it on the woman, police said.  According to investigators, 911 operators heard the victim yelling and screaming at Williams to stop because she was pregnant. Police said the woman is 10 weeks pregnant, but she and the fetus are fine.Police said Williams has a lengthy criminal history in four states.   She is being held on $100,000 cash bail.