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New Hampshire

June 3, 2014

Man faces weapons charges in Pelham

PELHAM — A Nashua man faces weapons charges after an incident in the Gumpus Pond conservation area last week.

Police were called at 4:40 p.m. May 27 for reports of shooting from the restricted conservation area, police said.

The caller, a Hudson resident, said two vehicles went speeding down Gowing Road and parked at the entrance to the conservation area. Five people got out, walked into the conservation area and then shooting began, the caller told police.

Sgt. Anne Perriello arrived first and, while waiting for a second officer, heard what she believed to be target shooting.

Perriello then saw two women and three men emerge from the area, none of them obviously armed, police said.

But when Keven Elliot, 22, of Nashua saw Perriello, he lifted his T-shirt, removed a gun from a holster and threw it into the woods, police sad. Elliot then removed the holster, too, and tossed that into the woods, according to police.

More officers arrived, identified the five individuals and searched them for weapons. No weapons were found on the people, but a loaded, .22-caliber J.H. Higgins revolver was found where Perriello saw Elliot toss it, police said.

The revolver’s barrel had been cut off, police said, and some identifying marks missing. Police also located the holster Elliot is believed to have thrown into the woods.

Elliot was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, unauthorized use of a firearm and changing marks. He was later released.

Ellio is scheduled to be arraigned in 10th Circuit Court in Salem July 14.

Police found marijuana in the possession of Elizabeth Belanger, 26, of Hudson. She was arrested and also is scheduled for arraignment July 14.

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