Parolee denies assault on woman
By ERIC FRANCIS
CORRESPONDENT | September 14,2013
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Springfield parolee was returned to jail after he was arraigned on a slate of new charges.
Charles “Chad” Nourse, 36, pleaded innocent Thursday to felony counts of aggravated domestic assault, second-degree unlawful restraint, and home invasion, as well as misdemeanor counts of operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent and petty larceny.
Springfield Police Sgt. Robert Simmons said Nourse’s girlfriend came with her best friend to the police department Wednesday afternoon, reporting that Nourse had put her in a “full nelson” wrestling hold and physically thrown her out of the house after a violent series of arguments.
The woman told police that a short time later Nourse went to her best friend’s house, entered it without permission, took the keys of her pickup and ransacked its interior.
The friend wrote in a statement that a bottle of her prescription medication was missing after Nourse entered her house and that “Nourse was obviously higher than a kite on something.”
In 2011 Nourse was one of a dozen suspected drug dealers rounded up by police in Claremont, N.H., on St. Patrick’s Day in “Operation Shamrock Shakedown.” Prosecutors said Thursday that a detainer has been filed in his new cases by New Hampshire authorities, since his arrest in Vermont may be a violation of his parole conditions in the Granite State.
On the Vermont side of the river, Nourse’s criminal record at the White River Junction criminal court dates back to 1995 and includes convictions for providing false information to police, drunken driving, driving with a suspended license, disorderly conduct, domestic assault, possession of marijuana, possession of stolen property and retail theft.