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Rochester man facing up to 30 years in prison for brutal assault

DOVER – A Rochester man was indicted last week by a grand jury sitting in Strafford County Superior Court for allegedly partially blinding another man during a robbery in February.

Clifford Gagnon Jr., 24, of 159 Milton Road, East Rochester, was charged with first-degree assault and robbery for allegedly striking a man in the face, blinding him in the right eye and causing multiple fractures Feb. 14 in Rochester.

The grand jury handed up the indictments May 16 and Gagnon is scheduled to be arraigned May 30 at 9 a.m. in Strafford County Superior Court.

First-degree assault and robbery are Class A felonies, which could each result in a maximum of 7½ to 15 years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

In other grand jury indictments on May 16:

A Rochester man could face up to 23 years behind bars after being indicted on several drug charges. Jeffrey Chandler, 21, of 14 Nutter St., East Rochester, was charged with four counts of acts prohibited — possession of oxycodone, alprazolam, methadone and marijuana — and resisting arrest stemming from a March 20 incident in Rochester. Chandler allegedly interfered with Officer Jamey Bailey, who he recognized as a police officer attempting to arrest him, according to the indictments. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 30 at 9 a.m. in Strafford County Superior Court.

A Dover man could spend the rest of his life in prison for allegedly sexually assaulting a child, beginning when he was 8, for a three-year period beginning in 2004. Joshua Knapp, 26, of 71 Adelle Drive, Dover, was charged with eight counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. Knapp allegedly assaulted the child, who is now 17, between Jan. 1, 2004, to Dec. 31, 2007, according to the indictments. Knapp is scheduled to be arraigned May 30 at 9 a.m. in Strafford County Superior Court.

Another Dover man could be spend the next 56 years in prison and pay $800,000 in fines for allegedly selling cocaine in three Seacoast communities. Malcolm Young, 28, of 25 Hanson St., Dover, was charged with eight counts of selling less than a half-ounce of cocaine to a confidential informant of the N.H. Attorney General’s Drug Task Force. The sales alleged occurred in the fall and winter in three communities – on Oct. 3, 2012, in Gonic; Nov. 8 and 15, 2012, and on Jan. 6 in Somersworth; and on Jan. 24, Feb. 12, March 12, 14 and 20, in Dover, according to the indictments. Gagnon is scheduled to be arraigned May 30 at 9 a.m. in Strafford County Superior Court.


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