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More charges for two Lee residents accused in separate domestic violence incidents

Union Leader Correspondent

October 05. 2017 11:51PM
Sean Hart 

Brandi Kerns

LEE — Two people in Lee learned the hard way this week that it’s not wise to return home and cause trouble after being arrested on charges related to domestic violence.

Police say Sean Hart, 39, broke out the windows of his girlfriend's vehicle at Darby Fields Commons and was arrested for criminal mischief shortly after 4:15 p.m. Sunday.

Hart was released on personal recognizance bail and an emergency protection order was put in place, preventing him from returning to the apartment. When officers dropped Hart off in Epping, he stole a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado from the Xtra Mart convenience store and drove to the apartment.

Police were called back to the scene 40 minutes later and found the truck in the parking lot upon arrival. Hart was inside and officers arrested him for violating the protective order and receiving stolen property, according to Chief Tom Dronsfield.

As of Thursday morning, Hart was being held at the Strafford County House of Corrections on $12,500 cash bail, according to an official at the jail.

On Monday night, police arrested Brandi Kerns, 38, of Lee, twice for incidents related to domestic violence.

At about 10:30 p.m., police received a call from a residence on Duff Thompson Lane reporting that Kerns discharged a 9mm pistol during a dispute with her partner. The caller said Kerns had been drinking and took off in a 2013 Ford Escape.

Dronsfield said that while responding to the residence, an officer observed the SUV. Kerns was arrested with reckless conduct for discharging a firearm in a residence and driving while intoxicated.

Dronsfield said Kerns was released to a sober friend on personal recognizance bail. Thirty minutes later, police officers were called back to the house where Kearns lives because she allegedly returned home after her arrest and assaulted her partner.

During her arrest, Kerns fought with two Lee officers and an officer from Epping.

Dronsfield said the injuries to the three officers were minor and did not require medical attention.

Kerns was charged with several counts of simple assault and resisting arrest, Dronsfield said, and was taken to Strafford County House of Corrections. A jail official said Thursday morning that Kearns was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and is under the supervision of the community corrections program.

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