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Police still examining deputy manager's cell phone

February 1, 2014

By Liz Markhlevskaya, Foster's Daily Democrat, Dover, N.H.



Feb. 01--ROCHESTER -- Police are still examining the cell phone of Deputy City Manager Karen Pollard after obtaining a search warrant for the device in connection to the investigation of her husband.

Leslie Pollard, of Rochester, who is Karen's husband, is accused of striking a pedestrian with a vehicle on Dec. 29, and fleeing the scene while driving intoxicated. He is facing a felony conduct after an accident charge, and a misdemeanor DWI charge in connection with the incident.

The woman who was struck suffered a broken collar bone, according to court documents. The accident happened on Lowell Street, after the Pollards were allegedly drinking at Club Victoire earlier that evening. The Pollards and the female pedestrian are acquainted.

According to police, it's believed that Karen, who was a passenger of the vehicle at the time of the accident, was using her city-owned cell phone to communicate with others about the accident. A police affidavit, used to support a search warrant for her phone, states that after the accident she sent at least three text messages to Police Chief Michael Allen asking for help. Last week Allen said he didn't respond to those messages.

While police have had Karen's phone in their possession for the past month, they have been unable to access her phone because she did not provide the passcode to the device until Monday, according to County Attorney Thomas Velardi. He said that early this week, the county attorney's office and Karen's defense attorney made an agreement, and Karen provided the passcode to authorities. In return, the state agreed to not use any confidential information on the phone that does not pertain to the police investigation of Leslie.

According to Police Capt. Paul Toussaint, police have been examining Karen's phone over the past several days. He would not comment on any findings on the phone so far.

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