NH man found in ‘deplorable’ conditions arrested on outstanding warrant

FRANKLIN, NH (WHDH) — A Franklin, New Hampshire, man was arrested on an outstanding warrant after police said they found him, a woman and children living in what they called “deplorable” conditions.

On June 5 at around 3:30 p.m., Franklin Police responded to a house on West Bow Street in reference to a person wanted on drug charges. When officers arrived they said they saw the person, identified as 29-year-old Joseph Hern, enter the home. Officers then entered the home looking for Hern. Moments later, officers radioed that Hern had climbed out a rear window, down a tree and ran away. After a brief foot pursuit, an officer was able to apprehend Hern.

Upon returning to the house, police said they found Hern’s girlfriend, Heather Avery, and three children inside. Police ordered them to leave when they found the house’s conditions so filthy. Trash and junk could be seen piled up inside each room of the house, as well as outside.

Hern was charged with the original warrant of sales of controlled drug and an additional charge of resisting arrest. Neighbors said Hern grew up in the house and problems began after he started selling drugs.


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