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Intoxicated Souhegan High School official arrested after ruckus at Salisbury strip club

SALISBURY, Mass. A Souhegan High School official was arrested after refusing to leave a northern Massachusetts strip club and being combative with police officers called for assistance by club security, according to court documents.

Peter Gagnon, 37, of Pelham, is the dean of students at Souhegan High School in Amherst. He was arrested early Wednesday on charges of disorderly conduct, trespassing and resisting arrest in Salisbury, Mass. Salisbury police were called to Ten s Show Club around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday for a report of an unwanted guest that refused to leave. Club security said the man, later identified as Gagnon, was standing close to other patrons private dances and was seen going in and out of the women s restroom, police said. Officers stated in sworn affidavits filed in Newburyport (Mass.) District Court that Gagnon appeared to be extremely intoxicated, with severely red and glassy eyes and was unsteady on his feet.

At first, we were trying to get him a ride home, Chief Thomas Fowler said Friday. Then we put him into protective custody. He resisted to that.

Gagnon became combative when officers attempted to handcuff him in the lobby area of the club, police said, and continued resisting despite being restrained and escorted from the club, Sgt. James Leavitt said in his signed report. Once outside, Gagnon refused to get in a police cruiser for several minutes and was warned a Taser would be used if he continued resisting, police said. One officer reported Gagnon said go ahead and Tase me. Leavitt applied the Taser with a five-second shock to Gagnon s chest, pushing him back into the rear of the car, where officers were able to tuck his legs into the cruiser and drive him to the police station, according to Leavitt s report.

Gagnon continued acting irrationally while he was being booked, police said, refusing to get out of the cruiser until officers physically removed him and brought him inside.

Each time a question was asked of him, he would become verbally insulting, Leavitt wrote. He would, however, change his attitude and show signs of being polite and apologetic. Police said Gagnon remained difficult as officers attempted to take his picture, holding up his middle finger, and later told officers his phone number was 1-800-(expletive)-you. Gagnon also resisted when officers attempted to place him in a cell, grabbing at the door until police forced him inside, according to the police reports. Leavitt and two officers who assisted him at the scene all documented the arrest in reports obtained Friday at District Court in Newburyport, Mass.

In a statement, SAU 39 Superintendent Peter Warburton said Gagnon has been placed on administrative leave but refrained from commenting any further on the matter as it involves a personnel issue.

The allegations involving Mr. Gagnon did not involve any students of the district, and did not occur during work hours. There are no known allegations related to student safety, Warburton said. The reports of Gagnon s behavior stood in stark contrast to images Gagnon posted recently on social media, showing him playing happily with two small children and celebrating Christmas and family birthdays. Attempts to reach Gagnon on Friday were unsuccessful. A woman who answered a call from a Union Leader reporter said no thank you and hung up.

Gagnon was charged with trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was arraigned Thursday and a pretrial hearing date was set for June 27.

Gagnon s car was impounded after police located it a short distance from the club. An officer that took inventory of the vehicle s contents said it contained several empty beer containers, a ring and a cell phone.

Union Leader correspondent Kimberly Haas contributed to this report.

President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Additions to his …

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

April 28, 2017

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following key additions to his Administration:

David Bernhardt of Virginia to be Deputy Secretary of the Interior. Mr. Bernhardt is a native of Rifle, Colorado. He is an avid hunter and fisherman. He recently served on the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries for the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has previously served as the United States Commissioner to the International Boundary Commission, U.S. and Canada. From 2001 and 2009, he held several positions within the Department of the Interior, including, after unanimous confirmation, serving as Solicitor, which is the Interior s third ranking official and chief legal officer. Currently, Mr. Bernhardt chairs the natural resource law practice at Brownstein, Hyatt Farber and Schreck, LLP. Mr. Bernhardt earned a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado. He graduated with honors from the George Washington University National Law Center and is admitted to various state and federal court bars. He is married to Gena Bernhardt. They have two children, and reside in Arlington, Virginia.

Pamela Hughes Patenaude of New Hampshire to be Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Ms. Patenaude is currently the President of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for America s Families. Previously, she served as Director of the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission. Ms. Patenaude earned her B.S. from Saint Anselm College and her Master of Science Community Economic Development degree from Southern New Hampshire University. Her awards include: HousingWire 2013 Woman of Influence and the Saint Anselm College Alumni Award of Merit 2006.

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Personnel to Key Administration Posts

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to appoint key additions to his Administration.

Jovita Carranza of Illinois to be Treasurer of the United States. Ms. Carranza currently is the Founder of JCR Group which provides services to companies and non-governmental organizations. She previously served as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under President George W. Bush, after receiving unanimous confirmation. Prior to her service in SBA, Carranza had a distinguished career at United Parcel Service where she started as a part-time, night-shift box handler and worked her way up to be the highest ranking Latina in company history where she served as president of Latin America and Caribbean operations. Ms. Carranza earned her MBA from the University of Miami in Florida. She also has received executive, management and financial training at the INSEAD Business School in Paris, France; Michigan State University; and the University of Chicago.

Thomas DiNanno of Florida, to be Assistant Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Administration, Grant Programs, Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Dinanno is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of management and consulting experience in both government and the private sector. He has successfully worked at the highest levels of Federal government in developing security and counterterrorism programs. Mr. Dinanno has served as a consultant to major chemical and petrochemical companies and security system and technology providers, including more than a dozen Tier 1 CFATS sites. From June 2004 to March 2007, Mr. Dinanno served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security, where he was responsible for DHS initiatives to identify and protect the Nation s physical and information infrastructure. Previously Mr. Dinanno served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Department of Homeland Security, and in the White House Office of Homeland Security as Director of Corporate Relations from November 2001 to March 2003. Mr. Dinanno received his MS in Business and Urban Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999, an MA in Government Administration & International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in 1993. He received a BA in Economics and Latin American Studies from Middlebury College in 1989.

Brock Long of North Carolina to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Long has more than 16 years of experience assisting and supporting local, state, and federal governments with building robust emergency management and public health preparedness programs. Since 2011, he has worked as Executive Vice President at Hagerty Consulting, where he provides strategic direction and leadership to the firm s full complement of emergency management programs and professionals. Mr. Long has served as Project Executive for more than 50 projects in all parts of the United States, ranging from complex attack scenario exercises to designing multi-jurisdictional, all-hazard evacuation plans for major Urban Area Security Initiative designated jurisdictions. From 2008-2011, Mr. Long served as Director of Alabama s Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) under Governor Bob Riley. As Director, he served as the State Coordinating Officer for 14 disasters, including eight presidentially-declared events. Mr. Long also served as an on-scene State Incident Commander for the Alabama Unified Command during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Prior to his position as Director at AEMA, Mr. Long was a FEMA Regional Hurricane Program Manager, FEMA Hurricane and Evacuation Liaison Team Leader, and statewide school safety coordinator for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency. His areas of expertise include strategic emergency operations planning, exercise, evacuation, school safety, recovery management, and response logistics.

Richard Staropoli of New Jersey to be Chief Informations Officer, Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Staropoli most recently served as Managing Director, Counter-Party Risk/Chief Information Security Officer at Fortress Investment Group, a New York-based international hedge fund with approximately $80 billion in assets under management. In this role, he established a formalized program for conducting investigative due-diligence across the firm as it relates to Credit, Real Estate, Private Equity and Liquid Markets deals relying on traditional and non-traditional investigative and intelligence gathering approaches. Mr. Staropoli served as a Special Agent within the United States Secret Service (USSS) for 25 years. His tenure included service within the Presidential Protective Division, as Operator/Team Leader assigned to the USSS s hostage rescue unit, the Counter Assault Team, and as the Chief of Polygraph Operations. In recognition of his service, he has received awards from the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Homeland Security and the New York City Police Department. He also received a commendation from President George W. Bush for his actions in the White House on September 11, 2001. Mr. Staropoli holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from New York University.

Charmaine Yoest of Virginia to be Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, Public Affairs. Dr. Yoest will serve as Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Yoest is a Senior Fellow at American Values in Washington, D.C. She earned a B.A. from Wheaton College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Government from the University of Virginia, where she received Mellon, Olin, Bradley and Kohler fellowships. She served as the Project Director of a national study funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation which focused on paid parental leave in academia. Dr. Yoest previously served as President and CEO of Americans United for Life, a public interest law firm. She began her career serving in the White House under Ronald Reagan in the Office of Presidential Personnel. She also served as a Trump for President surrogate and as a Senior Advisor to the 2008 Huckabee for President campaign. Dr. Yoest and her husband are the parents of five children and live in Virginia.

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint the Following Individuals to be Members of the President s Commission on White House Fellowships

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to be members of the President s Commission on White House Fellowships.

  • Robert M. Duncan and Designate Chair
  • Aldona Z. Wos and Designate Vice-Chair
  • Lee H. Bienstock
  • Somers White Farkas
  • Marlyn McGrath
  • Damond R. Watkins

Former Pawtucket group home employee accused of sex-trafficking teen in DCYF care

Katie Mulvaney Journal Staff Writer kmulvane

CRANSTON A former staff counselor at a group home was charged this week with sex trafficking a teenage girl who was under the care of the state Department of Children, Youth and Families. The Cranston police, working with U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigators, arrested Reysean Williams, 27, Monday at the Blackstone Valley Youth and Family Collaborative in Pawtucket. He has since been fired from his job working at the group home that helps transition men ages 18 to 21 who are in state care into independent living, according to Dan Brito, Blackstone Valley executive director. The charge did not relate to Williams’ work at Blackstone, according to a spokeswoman for DCYF.

“It’s extremely disturbing. These are the people we should be helping,” Brito said Thursday. He added: “It’s sad that we have people in this field who engage in this behavior.”

Williams, of 52 Manton St., Pawtucket, was in District Court, Warwick on Tuesday. Judge Mary E. McCaffrey released Williams on a $10,000 property bond, court records show. He was referred to the public defender. Kerri White, spokeswoman for DCYF, confirmed that a call was placed to the state hotline about Williams’ arrest, and that the victim’s case was open to the department. White said Williams had never been a caregiver to the child. The Blackstone Valley Collaborative is contracted with the state to provide services to individuals in DCYF care.

White said that she couldn’t provide more information due to confidentiality laws, but that DCYF is investigating. According to an affidavit supporting Williams’ arrest, filed in District Court by Cranston police, on April 17 the department’s special victims unit, working with Homeland Security, conducted a sting for juveniles posting advertisements for commercial sex on the Backpage website. A 17-year-old girl, identified as J1, was located. Three days later, investigators accompanied J1 to an apartment in Cranston for a sex transaction. As a result, an unnamed man and woman were arrested for prostitution. Two cellphones were seized from J1.

Two conversations between the girl and Williams, using the handle “Sincere,” were found, the affidavit said. J1 had sent Williams nude and scantily clad images to which Williams would respond with screen shots of provocative Backpage ads he said he had posted. J1 told investigators that she met Williams in late February through an unidentified male for purposes of prostitution, the affidavit says. According to the affidavit, she and Williams reached an agreement in which they would split evenly all money earned for sex acts. Williams managed the posts and took her to hotels in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York, booking rooms for prostitution, under his own name using his credit card.

J1 told investigators that Williams would regularly drive a Blackstone Valley Collaborative van to a “trap house” in Providence, where J1 was staying, to collect money from her and others. She said that she and other females were not allowed to leave the house unless specific permission was granted, the affidavit says. Col. Michael J. Winquist, Cranston police chief, referred all questions to the federal agency involved in the probe. Shawn Neudauer, public affairs officer for Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Boston, referred calls to the state attorney general’s office and said that eventually Williams might be charged federally.

Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for the attorney general, said the department is working with its partners to ensure the mental and physical well-being of sex-trafficking victims. “As law enforcement finishes the investigation, prosecutors from our office and the U.S. Attorney s office will determine the best venue for prosecution either in state court of federal court,” she said.

The Providence Journal does not identify juveniles or alleged victims of sex crimes. The phone number listed for Williams was not accepting calls Thursday afternoon.

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