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February 05. 2014 9:27PM

Plaistow police chief, deputy chief defend actions

BRENTWOOD — Plaistow Police Chief Steve Savage and Deputy Police Chief Kathleen Jones deny they led a campaign to force out a former Plaistow officer by making false accusations, according to court paperwork.

Savage and Jones are defending their actions after Nicolas Fiset filed suit against them and Rockingham County Attorney James Reams last fall.

Fiset, now an Atkinson police detective, is fighting to have his name removed from the so-called “Laurie List.”

The list kept by the state attorney general and county attorneys contains the names of officers who have engaged in conduct that could affect their credibility.

The list was generated after the state Supreme Court overturned the first-degree murder conviction of Carl Laurie in the 1990s because prosecutors withheld from the defense information in a detective’s personnel file that could have raised questions about his truthfulness when he testified.

In his suit brought in Rockingham County Superior Court, Fiset seeks an injunction to withdraw the Laurie letter sent to Reams containing what he claims was false information about his conduct. He also wants his name removed from the list.

Fiset accuses Savage and Jones of launching a “campaign to discredit, defame, and eventually try to fire” him when he worked as a Plaistow police officer.

He argues the two fabricated a claim that he had falsely reported a motor vehicle stop in June 2011, prompting a “bogus investigation” into the incident.

The suit claims Savage and Jones then “maliciously” sent a Laurie letter to the county attorney detailing false accusations.

In their written response to the suit filed recently, Savage admitted that a Laurie letter was sent to Reams in October 2011 notifying him of “possible reportable matter” but denied that it was malicious or false.

Savage and Jones deny they led a campaign to get rid of Fiset and that they made up a false claim about the vehicle stop.

According to their response, the two confirmed that an investigation into Fiset’s actions was conducted, but they denied that it was “bogus.”

They also deny Fiset’s claims that he was never given an opportunity to contest the accusations or notified that a letter was sent to Reams.

The suit also accuses Jones of illegally providing information about the “fabricated charges” and the Laurie list allegations to the town of Atkinson, where Fiset is now employed.Jones admitted that she completed a referral form in response to inquiries from the town of Atkinson, but the information provided on the form was not outlined in the written response to Fiset’s suit.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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