Pubdate: Sat, 10 Jul 2010
Source: Union Leader (Manchester, NH)
Copyright: 2010 The Union Leader Corp.
Note: Out-of-state letters are seldom published.
Author: Ray Carbone


CONCORD - Concord police were at the home of 13-year-old Frances 
Burke-Bevis yesterday to gather information for an official report 
after the youngster was bitten by a New Hampshire State Police 
drug-sniffing dog in her Warren Street neighborhood Thursday morning.

"It's about time," said Kelly Burke, the girl's mother. She said the 
police agreed to file the report only after it was suggested by her 
husband and Francis' father, Mark Bevis. Bevis is news director for 
New Hampshire Public Radio.

On Friday, Maj. Russell Conte of the State Police admitted that a 
German shepherd K-9, which was in the area to aid Concord police with 
a drug investigation, charged across the road and attacked Burke-Bevis' pet.

The girl, attempting to protect her dog, was bitten several times on 
her left arm and hand. Conte said the incident is under investigation 
by the department and that State Police have been in touch with the 
victim's family.

In related news, Sgt. Jim Berry of the Concord police released 
addition information about two people central to the drug 
investigation, which came on the heels of a reported accident after 
their car ran into a utility pole on Warren Street.

Jessica Caseley, who was identified as the driver, is 26 years old 
and a resident of Mansfield, Mass. Berry said she was hospitalized 
and later arrested for DWI and multiple other charges.

Berry identified the passenger as Jessica Malin of Concord. She was 
not arrested but may face charges after the testing of what appears 
to be drugs found at the accident scene is completed at the state's 
forensics laboratory, he said.

"That's months away," Berry said. "That's how far the state crime lab 
it backed up."
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