Contact: Chief Richard Kane
Email: rkane [at] exeternh [dot] gov
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: john [at] jgpr [dot] net
EXETER -- Chief Richard Kane reports that the Exeter Police Department is investigating the robbery of a local pharmacy and asking members of the public to review a surveillance photo and contact the police department with any information.
On Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, at 6:50 p.m., a man walked into the Walgreens Pharmacy on Portsmouth Avenue. He approached the pharmacist and handed him a note demanding Oxycontin and Oxycodone. The pharmacist turned over a bottle containing an unknown quantity of pills, and the suspect left the store.
No weapons were shown or threats were made, but the subject should still be considered dangerous.
The suspect is described as a white male, 6-feet to 6-foot-2, 30-35 years old, with scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a dark gray knit hat, light gray sweatshirt, lightly-colored jeans, and gray sneakers. He was also wearing sunglasses.
A Portsmouth Police K-9 attempted to track the suspect's departure but was unsuccessful.
"People who are seeking opioids often commit desperate acts to get what they are seeking," Chief Kane said. "We are actively investigating this robbery and asking for the public's assistance. Hopefully, someone will recognize this suspect and do the right thing."
Anyone who may recognize the suspect pictured above, or who may have information on the robbery, is encouraged to call Exeter Police at 603-772-1212. All callers may remain anonymous.
If you wish to remain anonymous and have information on unsolved crimes, please call Seacoast Crime Stoppers at 603-431-1199 in New Hampshire or in Maine 207-439-1199. You can submit an anonymous tip at www.seacoastcrimestoppers.org or send us an anonymous text to CRIMES (274637) and include TIPSCS in your message.
EXETER -- Chief Richard Kane and the Exeter Police Department regret to inform the community that a young man died of what is believed to be heroin overdose earlier this week.
Exeter Police and the Exeter Fire Department responded at 5:22 a.m. on Nov. 2 for a report of an unconscious person in a camper on a property on Court Street.
Officers arrived on scene where they located an unconscious male and immediately began administering CPR. The 21-year-old man from Hampton, N.H. was then transported to Exeter Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The victim is identified as Jordan Welch, age 21, of Hampton, N.H.
The investigation into the death is active and ongoing, as the department is awaiting the toxicology results from the state lab. However, evidence found at the scene indicates the young man died of a heroin overdose. If confirmed, this will be Exeter's third fatal heroin overdose this year.
"The death of this young man is a devastating loss to the community and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim's family and friends," Chief Kane said. "The disease of addiction has taken yet another life too soon. As a community we must come together to find a solution and offer help to those who need it."
It is important to recognize the signs of a drug overdose. If a person you know is experiencing the following symptoms, immediately dial 911 and administer Nasal Narcan if on site:
• Small, contracted pupils
• Slowed or absent breathing
• Extreme fatigue/loss of consciousness
• Changes in heart rate
• Slurred speech
Those struggling with addiction, or family members looking to helped a loved one, should remember you are not alone. There are resources available to those looking for help or guidance: The New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services provides hotlines, 12-step programs, resources for veterans, sober housing and more for those in need, including a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) 24-Hour Help and Information Line: 603-645-4777.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that works to to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities, is also available to residents. Their National Helpline is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, informational service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. Contact the helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
EXETER -- Chief Richard Kane reports that the Exeter Police Department arrested a man last week for assault on a child.
SOLOMON MARTINEZ, 19, OF MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASS. is charged with two counts of Second Degree Assault. MARTINEZ turned himself into the Exeter Police Department on an arrest warrant on Oct. 23.
These charges stem from an investigation into injuries suffered by a five-year-old female relative at a home that MARTINEZ was visiting in Exeter. The suspect allegedly choked the victim by placing his hands around her neck.
MARTINEZ was held at the Rockingham County Jail on $20,000 cash bail pending his arraignment.
The arrest came as a result of the Police Department's cooperative efforts with the Child Advocacy Center, Division of Children, Youth, and Families, and the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office.
"This is a disturbing crime in which we allege that a man abused a young female relative," Chief Kane said. "We are very grateful for the partnerships that exist between the Exeter Police Department and our counterparts in the state and county, which helped bring this suspect to justice."
MARTINEZ was arraigned Monday in the Exeter District Court, and he is now currently held on $10,000 Cash Bail or $25,000 Cash Surety. He faces the two Class B felony charges, which, together are punishable by up to seven years in prison.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Exeter residents George and Judy Dufour have worked very hard to provide us with a list of all of Exeter Chiefs of Police dating back to 1889. They are also working on identifying all deceased Exeter officers buried at the Exeter cemetery to enable us to honor them at events throughout the year. A big thanks to them for the time and great effort they've put into this project!
Please click the title "Exeter Chiefs of Police" to see the full list.
The Exeter Police Department has taken a step further to help keep harmful, unused medications out of the hands of children as well as out of the environment. Open Source Research shows that every day 2,500 kids abuse prescription drugs for the first time. Seventy percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers say they got them from friends or relatives.
The place to read all about the Exeter Police Department's Employee Achievements!
2014 Champions for Children
Exeter Police Det. Ryan Veno was honored by the Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County (CACRC) for his investigations of crimes against children and his work on the NH Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
The CACRC works with police, child protection services, the county attorney, victim advocates and health providers to prevent abuse and keep children safe. The center helps children and non-offending family members during their darkest moments, when they have been victimized and don’t know where to turn. At these times, children and families need to figure out how they are going to prevent future abuses, to survive the trauma and to seek justice.
The CACRC operates on a shoestring budget, while serving approximately 300 to 350 clients a year. The state, National Children’s Alliance, the Rockingham County Attorney’s office and local police chiefs contribute about $23,000 of the $250,000 budget. The rest comes from individuals, organizations and businesses who feel it is important to protect children and to remove those who abuse them from society.
Because the Child Advocacy Center has so little money it relies heavily on its community partners and it honored a number of those partners at its Champions for Children breakfast Monday.
The breakfast provided a rare opportunity to meet some of the men and women who work heroically behind the scenes to protect our children.
The men and women honored, by the nature of their work, are rarely in the spotlight. Most receive little pay and even less recognition because they need to protect the privacy of the children and families in crisis.
Welcome to the website of the Exeter Police Department. We are a full-time police agency located in the seacoast region of New Hampshire consisting of 24 full-time sworn officers and handling approximately 20,000 calls for service a year.
The Exeter Police Department exists to serve and protect all people within our jurisdiction with respect, with fairness, and with compassion, without prejudice. We do this to ensure a safe, healthy enviroment in which to reside, work, and enjoy life.