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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

[NH] Fired Trooper says he's entitled to come back, retire with benefits - regardless

...Court records remain sealed. Conrad also was accused of violating a protective order by harassing and intimidating his wife of 24 years, Laura... He worked at state police for 14 years and before that for Laconia Police Department for 5 1/2 years...

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Fired NH trooper fights to regain job
A fired state trooper awaiting trial for allegedly threatening to shoot co-workers and a Concord police officer last November during an altercation at state police headquarters...
The Union Leader, NH - Apr 6, 2008
New Hampshire Sunday News
By NANCY WEST
Apr. 6, 2008
[Excerpts] James A. Conrad, 49, of Concord, who worked in the major crimes unit, was fired March 18. He is fighting to get his job back for at least nine months so he can qualify for full retirement benefits. Conrad was accused of threatening to take Concord police officer Miguel Cebollero's gun and shoot him and everyone in the room at state police headquarters in Concord after local authorities were called to the dispute last Nov. 28... "What happened to me shouldn't happen to anyone. My rights were taken away from me by people who had no right to do so," Conrad said... "NHSP (New Hampshire State Police) command staff members should not have restrained Trooper Conrad, and therefore he was not the cause of the problems which resulted from his efforts to leave NHSP headquarters," [Conrad's attorney, James] Donchess wrote. Conrad was charged with criminal threatening, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors. He was also accused of creating an outburst with State Police Lt. Mark Myrdek, commander of the internal affairs unit, when Myrdek attempted to detain him that afternoon. State police were investigating a "non work-related complaint"... A hearing on the criminal charges is scheduled April 24 in Concord District Court. Court records remain sealed. Conrad also was accused of violating a protective order by harassing and intimidating his wife of 24 years, Laura. Conrad was initially suspended by state police after his arrest and was taken to the state hospital for psychological evaluation. He has since been free on bail. He worked at state police for 14 years and before that for Laconia Police Department for 5 1/2 years. Although Conrad had written a letter of resignation and submitted it to a member of State Police command staff, who refused to accept it , he now wants his job back... Conrad said he doesn't want to jeopardize the criminal case or the appeal of his termination by making public statements, but did want to set the record straight about allegations he used state and local police to try to track down his wife Sept. 23, 2007, believing she was having an affair... Conrad said when he asked for police help to find his wife that night and got permission for a canine search after the car she was driving was found behind Inter-Lakes Elementary School in Meredith, he was sincerely worried for her well-being... [Meredith police officer Daniel] Wood said he chased Conrad using his siren and flashing emergency lights and Conrad didn't stop until he reached the school where the vehicle his wife had been driving was parked. "(Conrad) explained to us that he thinks that his wife is seeing another man, and that his head is not in the right place. During my entire contact with J. Conrad, he made several comments about his 'head not being in the game,'" Wood wrote... "I didn't do anything to use my powers. I was not in a State Police car. There was no chase. This had to do with the breakdown of my marriage, and they didn't do anything different for me searching for my wife that night than they would have done for any other person"... [Full article here]

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