CORRECTION: A story published Saturday should have stated that Doris Kent, of 785 Craney Island Road, New Market, has been summoned to appear in Rockingham County General District Court on two misdemeanor charges.
By Preston Knight -- firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW MARKET -- A town resident has brought two misdemeanor criminal charges against a New Market police officer in Rockingham County General District Court.
Three days before his arrest on Aug. 15, the police officer, Marty Breeden, 45, of 831 Craney Island Road, actually had the woman bringing charges against him arrested, according to online court records.
Doris Ann Kent, of 785 Craney Island Road, was arrested Aug. 12 on charges of entering a property to damage it and allowing a dog to run at large on Aug. 7. Breeden is listed as the complainant.
On Aug. 15, Kent is listed in court records as the complainant when Breeden was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and shooting a dog. In a criminal complaint filed that day, Kent states that the officer shot her dog Aug. 7, and when she went to his house to confront him about it, he became angry and threatened her and her family, calling them "white trash."
Breeden, whose complaint against Kent could not be viewed before the court's closing Friday, could not immediately be reached for comment. He is being represented by Bruce Albertson.
Town Manager Chris Boies said Friday that the town has reviewed all of the evidence and does not think its officer did anything wrong. He added that the town has spoken with the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office and commonwealth's attorney's office, and neither is pressing charges against Breeden.
Boies said that while the town is "very concerned," the situation would be different if the Sheriff's Office were pressing charges.
"We've looked at the evidence and talked to people and don't see where anything illegal has occurred," Boies said.
Breeden continues to work as the case goes through court proceedings. He and Kent are scheduled to appear again in Rockingham County General District Court at 2 p.m. Sept. 9, according to court records.
Breeden is a local hero to many after his efforts during a fire at Luther Crest Apartments in April. With another police officer, he ran into the burning building without any fire gear to save residents. Breeden suffered an asthma attack during the rescue. The Town Council later recognized him for his bravery.