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Clarksville man facing 14 felony charges


LANCASTER — Coos County prosecutors presented a number of alternative charging options to a grand jury that sat again this month in the case of a 51-year-old Clarksville man originally indicted last December.

Lawrence J. Eldridge III, formerly of 205 Blue Jay Lane in Clarksville, is accused of kidnapping, terrorizing and raping a 29-year-old woman over 10 days in August 2009.

After the grand jury’s session this month, Eldridge is now charged with 14 felonies: kidnapping, 12 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault against the woman, and one count of second-degree assault that accuses him of punching a seven-year-old boy during that same time period.

Eldridge, “knowingly and with a purpose to terrorize another person” kidnapped the woman who is not identified in the court records, and held her “under his control” between Aug. 13 and Aug. 23, 2009, in Clarksville, according to the indictments.

During that time, Eldridge and the woman traveled to Lancaster, Colebrook and “Moose Alley,” went grocery shopping and installed drywall in his Clarksville cabin. He also kept her locked in his camper, according to the indictments, which also say Eldridge bruised a boy — who is not identified in the indictments — when he punched him.

Eldridge is an inmate at the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord following a previous conviction. He began serving two to four years there in April 2012 following an escape conviction out of Merrimack County Superior Court.

bhookway@newstote.com

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