MANCHESTER, NH – Allen Proulx, 50, no fixed address, was arrested Aug. 24, charged with criminal trespass and violation of bail conditions after he pitched a tent at the city library, this after being warned not to pitch his tent at Victory Park a few hours earlier.
At about 10 a.m. Officers Mark Ampuja and Ken Brunini approached Proulx as he was setting up a tent inside the city park. The officers informed Proulx that he was not allowed to pitch a tent on city land.
Proulx pointed across the street toward the city library before asking about setting up a camp at the library. Once again, the officers explained the city ordinance that prohibited him from doing so and advised him he could be issued an ordinance violation if he set up his tent at the library because it also sits on city property.
Officer Brunini walked back to his traffic post for his private detail while Officer Ampuja left the area in his patrol car. Approximately 2½ hours later, a passerby alerted Officer Brunini of a tent on the library lawn. Officer Brunini walked to the south lawn of the library and observed a tent on the lawn. He recognized the occupant as Allen Proulx.
Proulx refused to take down his tent and advised the officer that he would not move from the premises. Proulx was found to be in violation of a parole order for a disorderly conduct charge issued July 16. He was scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on August 25, 2015.
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