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McDougall Misdemeanor Trial Slated For Today

Local elected official faces Class A misdemeanor for June obstructing government administration charge.

The trial for Salem Budget Committee and Zoning Board of Adjustment member Patrick McDougall on a misdemeanor obstructing government administration charge is scheduled for today.

On Friday, a clerk at the 10th Circuit Court of Salem said McDougall's trial will take place at 1 p.m this afternoon.

McDougall, 38, was charged with the misdemeanor after a June 26 incident when he allegedly refused to allow paramedics to take his wife to the hospital after she'd called 911 complaining of a migraine. McDougall later took his wife to the hospital himself.

At a hearing in October, the charge was changed from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor. Class B misdemeanors carry up to a $1,200 fine while Class A misdemeanors carry up to a $2,000 fine and a year in prison.

McDougall pleaded not guilty to the charge in July. one involving Salem Fire Chief Kevin Breen and the other when Salem Police were attempting to serve McDougall's wife with a subpoena on the misdemeanor.

McDougall faces three felony witness tampering charges and misdemeanors of criminal threatening and disorderly conduct from those incidents.

McDougall has remained serving on both boards while the charges are pending. He failed in his bid for a Republican nomination to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in September.

Scott-NH December 10, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Out of curiosity, if he's convicted of any of these charges, do the town laws then require him to resign his seats, or does the town have to live with him on these boards until the next election?
Jeff Hatch December 10, 2012 at 04:44 PM
You have to live with it unless his sentence prevents him from performing his duties and that is unlikely to happen
Love NH December 10, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Does anyone know when he will be tried on the felony charges?
F Jackie Marlow December 10, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Maybe with the misdemeanor charges he will skate, but with a little luck, he could get a month or two in the pokey on the felony charges. That should do it.
joan rivera January 17, 2013 at 07:44 PM
sentence mc dougal to some counseling not prison he does not deserve prison some help in judgement calls is what he needs and maybe allowing his wife to make her own decisions.

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