Shots fired call ends in domestic violence arrest

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HINSDALE, N.H. — A report of shots fired early Sunday morning resulted in the arrest of a Hinsdale man.

According to Hinsdale Police Chief Todd Faulkner, around 2 a.m., dispatch received a call of shots fired in the area of 23 Canal St. Officers from Hinsdale and Winchester as well as game wardens from N.H. Fish and Game responded to the scene and were able to identify the location and arrested Paul Spaulding Jr.

"Spaulding is a known member of the Iron Militia Motorcycle Club, which has a chapter in Vernon [Vt]," said Faulkner.

Upon his arrest, Spaulding, 55, was found to be in possession of two firearms and a large knife. Because he is a convicted felon, said Faulkner, he was prohibited from possessing firearms.

Spaulding was charged with reckless conduct for discharging a weapon inside a dwelling in a residential area, a felon in possession of a firearm, domestic violence and simple assault.

"His action of discharging a firearm in a congested area was a danger," said Faulkner.

He was arraigned on Monday and ordered held without bail. The Reformer was unable by press time to obtain information on Spaulding's prior conviction.

There were no reported injuries, said Faulkner. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who might have information is urged to contact Faulkner at 603-336-5723 or 603-336-7766.

In August, the town of Vernon learned the Iron Militia had rented the former Nesbitt's Portside Tavern and is now running it as a private BYOB club.

According to a Vernon town official, there have been no problems at the bar since the club opened.

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