March 19. 2018 11:31AM

Front-end loader upturned more than a pickup

Sunday News Correspondent

Occupants of a car took video of the front-end loader allegedly driven by Edward Evans pushing a pickup truck on its side down Route 16 in Ossipee. (FACEBOOK/CHARLES OVI)

OSSIPEE - Erica DePasquale moved her seven children from Manchester to Effingham to enjoy a simple, rural life. That hasn't happened.

"This is a culture shock. We moved up here for the simple life; so far it has not been so simple," she said.

On Feb. 22, her 16-year-old son, Henry, got a call telling him the Ford pickup truck his uncle helped him buy had just been overturned by a bucket loader and pushed down Route 16.

"I was in shock. I couldn't help but think this was crazy. You hear about people doing crazy stuff but you don't think it's going to happen to you," Henry said in an interview Friday.

"My uncle helped me. I worked every day for it. I'm pretty upset about it. It was my first vehicle and had some sentimental value," he said.

Erica said the truck was registered in her name, explaining that she canceled the insurance on it as it was costing $250 a month to insure a 16-year-old who wasn't driving it.

Now the family is left in the lurch. The truck is destroyed and to date they have been stymied in their efforts to file a claim with the insurer of Edward Evans - the Wolfeboro man charged with its destruction.

Edward was in court Friday to answer a judge's questions about a domestic violence incident that happened before the pickup was run down the road.

According to Henry, the black 2006 Ford F-150 pickup was in good shape but when the check-engine light flashed on and the engine lagged he made arrangements to have it fixed.

Rob Evans, 23, who works for his father, Ron, at Evans Brothers LLC - a general contractor and excavation services business on Route 16 in Ossipee - is a mechanic and had agreed to work on Henry's truck.

Rob told police that he couldn't get the part he needed to fix it, so early in the week of Feb. 18 he called Henry and told him that he had to come get the truck.

But on Feb. 22, shortly before 8 a.m., Edward, 55, a partner in the Evans Brothers business, became angry when he spotted the black pickup still parked at his shop.

According to an affidavit filed by Ossipee police Officer Kimberly Hatch, Evans' sister-in-law, Teresa, 56, who is married to his brother Ron, reported that Edward had come into the office complaining about Henry's pickup truck being in the driveway.

He continued to argue with Teresa and then picked up a metal box off her desk and threw it, putting a hole in the wall.

He then allegedly used his arm to sweep the remaining items off Teresa's desk and pushed her to the ground. As she tried to get up, he pushed her to the ground again, and told her she wasn't leaving. He then pushed her into her office chair, according to the affidavit.

Teresa said she tried to call her husband and that Edward grabbed her phone and threw it. She was able to get by him and fled into the adjoining shop where her son, Rob, was welding, and told him what had happened.

Edward had driven away from the business and Teresa called her husband, who advised her to telephone police.

Authorities allege that Edward then drove about a mile and a half to the sand pit the company owns on Route 28 and climbed into a Caterpillar front-end loader and returned to the shop. According to the felony reckless conduct charge, Edward toppled Henry's pickup truck onto its side and pushed it down Route 16 from his business to Precision Auto, conduct that was recorded on cellphone video by onlookers.

Edward then drove the loader back to the pit, got in his mini-van and drove back to his Wolfeboro home, according to Ossipee police.

While Erica DePasquale said Friday her son should have promptly moved the truck when told to, Edward had other options including calling a tow company.

"When you own a business, you just can't act that way," she said, grateful that gas didn't leak out of the truck as it was being pushed, ignite from a spark and explode.

During a Friday hearing at the Family Division of Ossipee Court, Teresa recounted, tearfully at times, the events that culminated in her brother-in-law's alleged loader rampage.

She also submitted photographs to the judge documenting the bruising she claims she suffered when Edward allegedly pushed her to the ground.

Judge Charles L. Greenhalgh issued a domestic violence final order of protection that bars Edward from having any contact with his sister-in-law.

"The plaintiff's testimony and body language shows she is traumatized by these events," Greenhalgh wrote. He also ordered Edward to complete a batterer's intervention program.

"I'm afraid of him. I didn't think he was capable of this," she testified.

When it was Edward's turn to speak, the judge advised him of his 5th Amendment right to remain silent to avoid incriminating himself and warned that the hearing was being recorded and that anything he said could be used by the state to prosecute him.

"She said the truck was sitting there for two weeks, it was sitting there all winter," Edward said.

"Basically, I'm sorry that it escalated to this point. There is no excuse for hitting a woman or yelling at her. The company problems we have should have been handled a long time ago. I don't want to grind her or my brother into the ground. We need to clean some things up or go our separate ways," Edward said.

As for Erica and Henry DePasquale, they are not thrilled with their recent notoriety around Effingham.

"I wish we were going in the newspaper for winning the spelling bee," Erica said.