Suspect Caught After Chase and Car Crash
The man suspected in a carjacking with a knife and assault of a Claremont Wal-mart employee has been arrested. Claremont Police say they tried to stop a 1999 Jeep Cherokee they believed was driven by 39 year old Wayne Keough the suspect in the case. Keough, failed to stop and officers pursued him through Claremont and ended the pursuit at the Vermont Border. Claremont officers notified the Vermont State Police who located Keough on Rt. 12 in Weathersfield Vt. Keough refused to stop and police pursued him as he drove onto I-91 at speeds reaching 120 miles per hour. Keough exited in the Town of Springfield where he crash the Jeep and fought with police as they tried to arrest him. After police arrested Keough he was transported to the Southern State Correctional Facility for active VT warrants for robbery and reckless conduct. After Keough serves his sentences for the VT crimes, it is the intention of the State of NH that Keough be returned to the NH to answer to the assault and carjacking charges and any others filed against him.
Franklin Man Convicted of Producing Child Porn
After a three day trial a Franklin man was found guilty of six counts of producing child pornography. Court papers show the investigation of 33-year-old Brad Smith began in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, where Smith was living at the time. Law enforcement officers conducted an analysis of a Smith’s hard drive uncovering a series of videos he had created. The investigation determined that Smith had filmed himself engaging in multiple sexual acts with a three-and-half-year-old child in Loudon, New Hampshire.
Acting United States Attorney Farley commended the jury’s verdict and hoped the jury’s verdict provides some comfort to the victim and the family. Smith’s sentencing is scheduled for July 18, 2017.
The investigation in this case was led by Homeland Security Investigations in Lafayette, Louisiana and Manchester, New Hampshire, the Louisiana State Police, and the Concord, New Hampshire Police Department with the assistance of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Charlestown NH Woman Pleads Guilty in SS Fraud
A Charlestown NH woman pleaded guilty to one count of Social Security Fraud and two counts of Making False Statements last Friday. Federal Court documents showed Ruth Chandler a/k/a Ruth Patterson 55, began receiving Social Security disability benefits in 2008 along with Medicaid benefits and Food Stamps. Benefits for the programs are based in part on the applicant’s limited income and resources, a spouse’s income is always considered.
Chandler married in May 2008 ad failed to inform Social Security and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Chandler stated she was divorced and not currently married. In 2014 Social Security officials discovered a bank account held jointly by Chandler in her married name Patterson with her husband. Chandler stated the bank listed her name incorrectly on the account.
Chandler’s husband’s income would have made her ineligible to receive any Supplemental Security Income benefits, Medicaid, and Food Stamps in most months, and severely reduced her benefits in other months. The government estimates that Chandler fraudulently received is approximately $51,000 in disability benefits, $40,753.01 in Medicaid, and $11,001 in Food Stamps. She is scheduled for sentencing on July 25, 2017.
Best Selling Author In Newport Tonight
Join The Friends of the Richards Library in Newport for a lecture by bestselling author Diane Les Becquets. The Centurion Lecture is tonight at 7:00 pm in the Library Arts Center. Diane Les Becquets is an award-winning author of four novels including the bestselling Breaking Wild. Breaking Wild was selected as one of the ten most addictive books of year by Kirkus. Becquets was also the recipient of the NH Outstanding Fiction Award and a finalist for the 2017 Colorado Book Award.