Man indicted in fatal wreck
A Hillsboro man accused of drunken and negligent driving in a crash that led to the death of a Hancock man was among those recently indicted in Cheshire County Superior Court.
Also leading the indictments is a pair of men from Bellows Falls and Walpole who police say used several forged prescriptions at Monadnock Region pharmacies.
An indictment is not an indication of guilt; it is a determination by a grand jury that prosecutors have enough evidence to move forward with a trial.
Eric Mays, 24, faces two counts of negligent homicide, two counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving after revocation or suspension.
Mays lost control of the vehicle he was driving in Stoddard in June and crashed, leading to the death of 24-year-old Brandon Farrow of Hancock, who was a passenger in the car, according to court records.
Mays was injured in the crash, along with another passenger — Lesley Mouradian, 24, of Milford, who suffered a fractured spine and concussion, according to court documents.
Shaun P. Legasse, 32, of Bellows Falls and Robert S. Phelps 3rd, 34, of North Walpole face multiple charges in connection with alleged forged prescriptions.
Legasse is charged with seven counts of uttering a forged prescription and Phelps faces 10 counts of the charge.
Police say the men used fake prescriptions purported to have been written by a Rockingham, Vt., doctor numerous times at pharmacies in Keene and Walpole between April and July, according to court documents.
They were arrested following a long-term investigation by state police in New Hampshire and Vermont and the Walpole and Keene police departments.
In a news release following their arrest, police said Legasse is also slated to face charges in 2nd Circuit Court District Division in Lebanon Nov. 7.
Other recent indictments include:
u Thomas G. Willard Jr., 21, whose last known address is listed as the Cheshire County jail in Keene, faces a charge of felon in possession of a firearm.
Willard, who was previously convicted of a felony in Cheshire County, is accused of having a rifle in September in Winchester, according to court documents.
u Ryan A. Knight, 21, of Rindge is charged with driving after being certified a habitual offender of motor vehicle laws.
Knight was caught driving a vehicle in June in Rindge, after he had been ordered not to drive by the N.H. Department of Motor Vehicles, according to court documents.
u Tyler D. Howard, 21, of Bellows Falls, Derrick Shippee, 20, of Northfield, Mass., and Jasmine Fosburgh, 18, of Bellows Falls, face charges in connection with a burglary in August in Westmoreland.
The trio were each charged with burglary, principal or accomplice to burglary and receiving stolen property.
They’re accused of taking an Xbox video game system and accessories, a laptop computer and a flat screen television, according to court documents.
u Bradley A. Beistel, 22, of Keene faces a charge of receiving stolen property.
In July, Beistel had a 2007 Honda 450X dirt bike valued at more than $1,000 in Swanzey that police say he knew was stolen, according to court documents.
u Thomas Sapp, 20, of Alstead was charged with receiving stolen property.
Sapp had an IBM Lenovo laptop computer that he knew or believed had probably been stolen in August in Alstead, according to court documents.
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