Manchester Man Sentenced for Probation, Suspended Sentence Violations

Rockingham County Attorney’s Office
Patricia G. Conway, County Attorney
10 Route 125
Brentwood, NH 03833

For Immediate Release

Monday, July 2, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Manchester Man Sentenced for Probation, Suspended Sentence Violations

BRENTWOOD — Rockingham County Attorney Patricia G. Conway reports that a Manchester man will serve prison time for imposition of a suspended sentence after he was charged with sexual assault while out of state last year.

JAMES BANKS, 24, OF MANCHESTER has been sentenced to 6 1/2 to 13 years in the New Hampshire State Prison for a probation violation and imposition of a suspended sentence.

Judge Marguerite Wageling issued her ruling on June 18 at Rockingham County Superior Court.

In March of 2016, BANKS pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree assault and one count of criminal threatening for three separate assaults committed against three different women in Portsmouth. He was sentenced to one to four years in prison, with additional sentences that were suspended, which were conditioned upon a number of factors, including good behavior.

In 2017, BANKS, who did not have permission from his Probation Officer to be travel outside of New Hampshire, was seen on surveillance video entering and exiting a New York apartment with a woman, who later reported he had sexually assaulted her. His car was confirmed to have passed through three different toll/checkpoints around the scene of the assault, and his DNA was found on the victim when she underwent an exam after being taken by ambulance to an area hospital.

Due to his probation violation, BANKS was arrested and returned to jail. In calls intercepted by the state, BANKS is heard directing others to find information about the victim, her contact information, and her family, ultimately directing them to reach out to her through social media in an effort to keep the victim from testifying.

During the June sentencing, Judge Wageling, in speaking about her findings, reflected back on the 2016 case, stating the facts of the New York assault were “chillingly similar” to those that BANKS admitted to perpetrating against the three Portsmouth victims and that the allegations from the New York victim culminated in rape. It is with that evidence that Judge Wageling imposed the maximum sentence on BANKS in an effort to protect the community.

“We are extremely pleased that the court recognized the defendant’s proven pattern of behavior and gave him the maximum prison sentence allowed by law,” County Attorney Conway said.

The outcome of this case was the result of collaboration between the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office, Portsmouth Police, Manchester Probation and Parole, the New York Special Victim’s Unit and the Forensic Laboratories in New Hampshire and New York. BANKS‘ conviction would not have been possible without the courageous assistance of the New York-based victim, who traveled to New Hampshire and testified about the violent assault that she endured.

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Statement of Rochester City Attorney Terence O’Rourke

  City of Rochester
Daniel Fitzpatrick, City Manager
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Statement of Rochester City Attorney Terence O’Rourke Regarding New Hampshire Supreme Court Decision

ROCHESTER — City Attorney Terence O’Rourke issues the following statement to the public in regards to the State of New Hampshire Supreme Court decision in the case of John W. Weeden & a.v. v. City of Rochester:

“The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled that all structures in the Amazon Campground must meet the City of Rochester’s fire and life safety codes and building codes.  The City of Rochester is very pleased with the decision of the Supreme Court, in that it extends the rights to safe, healthy, and structurally sound living conditions to all residents. The City looks forward to meeting with the property owner to ensure that certificates of occupancy are obtained for all residential units, that proper inspections are conducted, and that all units meet code.”

Added Rochester Fire Department Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Tim Wilder:

“I am pleased that the Supreme Court recognizes that all citizens are entitled to equal rights to health and safety in their residence, and it is encouraging in our line of work to hear that the high court understands that life and fire code are paramount to overall land use. The Rochester Fire Department looks forward to working with the property owner to ensure that all citizens reside in structures that are safe and sound.”

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SAU 16 Implements Reporting System for Anonymous Tips

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New Hampshire School Administrative Unit 16
Christine Rath, Interim Superintendent
30 Linden Street
Exeter, NH 03833

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

SAU 16 Implements Reporting System for Anonymous Tips

EXETER — Richard Kane, Coordinator of School Safety and Security at SAU 16, announces that the district has implemented a new anonymous reporting system to give students, faculty and community members the opportunity to report unsafe behavior.

The “see something, say something” tip line allows users to email any safety concerns they have within the SAU 16 community. This includes, but is not limited to, incidents relating to drugs/alcohol, sexual harassment, suicide, weapons, violence and threats.

To submit a report, visit the Quick Tip Hotline online here. Those filling out the form can put their contact info, or can choose to leave that section blank and remain anonymous.

“We want students, parents, faculty and community members to have a place where they can feel safe and comfortable sharing their concerns with the school department,” Kane said. “Our goal with this system is to be able to address any potential issues early and maintain the district’s safe learning and working environment.”

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Rochester Police Officer to Light Cauldron at Special Olympics State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies

  Rochester Police Department
Paul Toussaint, Chief
23 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Rochester Police Officer to Light Cauldron at Special Olympics State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies

Rochester Police Department Community Engagement Officer Kyle Danie will light the ceremonial cauldron to kick off 2018 Special Olympics New Hampshire State Summer Games. (Courtesy Photo Rochester Police)

ROCHESTER — Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that Community Engagement Officer Kyle Danie will light the ceremonial cauldron to signify the start of the Special Olympics New Hampshire State Summer Games later this week.

The lighting of the cauldron will serve as the culmination of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, during which the Flame of Hope will be carried more than 500 miles by participating law enforcement officers from throughout the state.

On Friday, June 1, residents are encouraged to come out and cheer on the Rochester officers running Rochester’s portion of the Torch Run. Officers receive the torch from members of the Farmington Police Department on Route 11 at the town line at approximately 6:30 a.m.

They will run the torch on an eight-mile stretch from Route 11, through downtown, up Rochester Hill Road and will then hand off the torch to the Somersworth Police Department.

The Flame of Hope will conclude its journey at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium. The Opening Ceremonies parade will begin at 8 p.m. in the stadium, and Officer Danie will light the cauldron to officially open the games.

“Officer Danie has been fantastic in his role as our community engagement officer, and I know he is eager to be involved in an incredible event that brings so many people together,” Chief Toussaint said. “The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a meaningful tradition that we’re all proud to take part in, and we’re all looking forward to it again this year.”

Officer Justin Seckendorf of the Rochester Police Motor Unit will also represent the department at the opening ceremony, where he’ll ride a department motorcycle in the motor parade for the Olympians.

During this year’s Summer Games, 800 athletes from across New Hampshire will compete in numerous events.

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run:
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics (LETR) is a volunteer movement that was established by members of the law enforcement community to support the Special Olympics. The mission of LETR is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.

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