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2 teens injured when struck by SUV

MANCHESTER, N.H. —An indictment was handed down Tuesday charging a former Manchester police sergeant with two felonies after an accident.

Stephen Coco faces two counts, one for each teenager he’s accused of striking with an SUV in Bedford in March.

The teens suffered serious injuries, and prosecutors said Coco left the scene.

Prosecutors said Coco was drinking wine in the hours before the crash. They said he was looking at a message on his cellphone and didn’t realize he hit the teens.

In November, a judge rejected a plea deal that would have resulted in misdemeanor charges.

Under the new indictment, Coco faces up to seven years in prison for each count.

Edward Pomponio also facing obstruction charges

Sgt. Edward Pomponio

Sgt. Edward Pomponio

WOBURN, Mass. —An Ashland police officer who was the subject of a Team 5 investigation has been indicted by a Middlesex County Grand Jury in connection with the destruction of evidence and other misconduct he is accused of.

Sgt. Edward Pomponio, 50, was indicted on charges of wanton destruction of evidence and two counts of obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors believe Pomponio discarded key drug evidence in a pending criminal case and then tried to intimidate another officer from reporting it.

Pomponio, who served as the police department’s evidence officer in July 2011, is alleged to have thrown out critical evidence in a then open and active criminal case involving drug charges.

According to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, without the evidence, the case could not proceed and had to be dismissed.

Pomponio’s attorney Joe Hennessey said his client was shocked and intended to fight the charges to the fullest extent.

“We take these allegations and the resulting indictment very seriously both as a department and community, but they are in no way a reflection on the professionalism of the men and women of the Ashland Police Department,” Ashland Town Manager Tony Schiavi said.

An arraignment date has not yet been set.

Roger Desilets Jr. charged with manslaughter

WORCESTER, Mass. —A dentist accused of killing his wife two years ago was indicted Friday on charges of manslaughter and assault and battery.

The body of Kathleen Desilets, 65, was found on the ground beneath a broken third-floor window at the couple’s home in Princeton on Dec. 6, 2011.

Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early said Roger Desilets Jr., 69, will be arraigned in Superior Court Jan. 2 on the charges.

The Telegram & Gazette reports Desilets told police who responded to his 911 call that he and his wife argued and she threatened to jump from a window. Desilets told investigators he found her smashing the window with a chair and she then fell through it, either intentionally or from the momentum of smashing the glass.

The newspaper reports that, according to court documents, Desilets said he and his wife of 44 years argued over an extramarital affair he had had and she struck him. He said they made up but argued again when he made a demeaning remark to her.

A death certificate said Kathleen Desilets died of blunt trauma of the torso with a laceration of the heart and fractures of the ribs and spine.

Desilets’ lawyer, Edward Ryan Jr., said his client has been wrongfully accused and will be vindicated.

“Dr. Desilets had absolutely no role in his wife’s tragic death, and this indictment represents yet another tragedy in this very sad episode,” Ryan said.