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New Hampshire

October 10, 2012

McDougall fights ban from Town Hall

Town official arraigned in obstruction case

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Patrick MacDougall told the officer his wife was sleeping and blamed MacKenzie for “breaking up his family,” the affidavit said.

While Mackenzie and Patrick McDougall were engaged in heated conversation, Jane McDougall yelled through a window that she was awake. She then came to the door and accepted the subpoena.

Reardon told the judge yesterday he didn’t feel the charges against his client were warranted.

“I think the police overreacted to Mr. McDougall’s dealings with them,” he said.

The confrontation with Breen ensued after Patrick McDougall allegedly asked the fire chief for information about town ambulance bills.

Patrick McDougall was later arrested on three felony witness tampering charges and single misdemeanors counts of criminal threatening and disorderly conduct.

The five charges are expected to be tried together at a later date.

Two weeks after McDougall’s second arrest, the state representative candidate finished last in his Republican primary race. He was one of 12 GOP hopefuls seeking nine seats representing Salem.

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