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Town votes to suspend Lt. Thomas Foye without pay

LUDLOW, Mass. — A high-ranking Ludlow police officer charged with stealing drugs from the department’s evidence locker has been suspended without pay.

Lt. Thomas Foye had been suspended with pay since his arrest in August, but because he was indicted by a grand jury last week, the town’s Select Board voted unanimously Tuesday to suspend him without pay.

According to court documents, video surveillance captured the 49-year-old Foye entering the locked narcotics locker at the police station, where he appears to handle and open evidence bags. He is charged with tampering with evidence, theft of drugs from a dispensary and cocaine possession.

In a brief statement at Tuesday’s board meeting, the 25-year veteran thanked the board and said he “went into surgery a hero and came out a drug addict.”

Scott Weitzell accused of trying to destroy phone identified as evidence

DURHAM, N.H. — A former University of New Hampshire athletics employee has been arrested after a locker room incident triggered a criminal investigation.

UNH said Monday that Scott Weitzell, 50, of Newmarket, had been fired amid an investigation into unspecified allegations. On Wednesday, UNH officials said the investigation involved voyeurism accusations connected to a men’s basketball game played in January in Vermont.

UNH police said Weitzell was accused of taking pictures in a men’s locker room designated for UNH players after a game at the University of Vermont.

Police said nothing was reported until about two weeks ago, but after the accusations were made, Weitzell was placed on administrative leave. He was fired days later.

Weitzell was a part-time employee whose responsibilities included community relations and organizing clinics for students and coaches.

Police said that as they investigated the accusations, they obtained a search warrant for his home to look for a phone he used. Officers said Weitzell tried to destroy the phone, and they arrested him for falsifying evidence.

“At this point, it doesn’t appear that any of the images seized include people under the age of 18, and investigators are exercising every avenue to make sure the victims are all identified and provided counseling or support services,” said Chief Paul Dean.

Police said they have more search warrants for Weitzell’s home and work, and they said more charges could be filed.