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Public helps nab fugitive, another being sought

September 20, 2012
REGION — Carroll County Probation and Parole has announced that their July Fugitive of the Month, featured in a news article in this paper earlier this summer, was arrested in Parsonsfield, Maine on Sept. 13.

Dwayne Blanchette was wanted on an outstanding warrant for probation violations stemming from original convictions in Carroll County Superior Court and sentences for burglary, witness tampering, falsifying evidence and animal cruelty. The 24-year-old had served his 134-day prison sentence and was released on the order that he be on supervised probation for three years, beginning in 2009 and that he pay restitution. He had fugitive warrants, according to Probation and Parole for a variety of probation violations stemming from early 2011 when he allegedly failed to notify probation officers of his change of address and failed to obey all laws.

With the assistance of the Maine State Police, U.S. Marshals-N.H. Joint Fugitive Task Force and Strafford County Sheriff's Department, Blanchette was located at a Fenderson Road home in Parsonsfield, Maine, hiding in a bedroom closet and was taken into custody. Blanchette reportedly tried to initially deny his identity though was "clearly identifiable by his numerous tattoos. He was taken to York County Jail in Maine to await an extradition hearing.

According to a press release from NH Probation and Parole, since the inception of the N.H. Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, the partnership has resulted in 4,392 arrests, ranging in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and "numerous other serious offenses.

According to Probation and Parole Officer Chuck Wolfert, information received from individuals in the community led them to Blanchette. "I appreciate your assistance in running these fugitive articles as it may have played a part in Mr. Blanchette's apprehension," Wolfert said.

As of press time, the August Fugitive of the Month, 36-year-old Douglas Buck remained at-large. Buck was reportedly last seen in the Rochester and Wakefield area. He was convicted in Third Circuit Court in Ossipee in August 2011 for simple assault, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct. He received a sentence of a year in jail, serving just 37 days of that and was ordered that upon his release he would be on one year supervised probation and would have to pay $734 in restitution. Since he was released on probation, he has allegedly committed crimes including assault, fraudulent use of a credit card, and receiving stolen property. He has warrants for these charges as well as probation violations of failing to be on good behavior, report to his probation officer, and report an address change.

Buck is considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone who knows Buck's whereabouts is asked to call Wolfert at (603)569-0124, extension 2. Callers can remain anonymous.

Garnett Hill
Northern Human Services
Parker Village
Martin Lord Osman
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