Ex-Selectman Pleads Not Guilty
Hartford Man Snared In Son’s Investigation
White River Junction — A former Hartford selectman pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana charge yesterday, as court documents revealed that the charge arose after he became ensnared in an investigation that targeted his teenage son.
Reginald Tatro, 63, who earlier this month pleaded guilty to a federal drug charge, pleaded not guilty to a state charge of drug possession in Windsor Superior Court and was released without having to post bail. His son Adam Tatro, 17, also appeared in court, pleading not guilty to a felony drug charge.
Police affidavits show that Tatro was not the target of the initial Hartford police investigation that led to his arrest — his son was the subject of a search warrant after a tipster told police that she had bought a small amount of marijuana from Adam Tatro.
The Tatros lived together in a home off Route 14 — and when police went there to execute the search warrant on the son, they also discovered a small amount of marijuana in the father’s bedroom.
Tatro’s attorney, Christopher Dall, of Norwich, declined to comment yesterday.
Earlier this month, Reginald Tatro was sentenced in federal court to one year of probation plus time already served in prison to resolve a federal charge of having a package of hydrocodone mailed to him in November 2010.
His attorney in the federal case said that Tatro had been driven to crime because of his addiction, but subsequently successfully spent two years in a drug treatment program.
An affidavit filed by Hartford police officer Mark McComas gives the following account.
Around 10 p.m. on Dec. 17, Hartford police pulled over a woman on Route 5 on a minor traffic violation, and found marijuana in her car. She said she bought it from Adam Tatro as his home, for $20.
Police obtained a search warrant for the Tatro home, and conducted the search around 6 a.m. the next day.
Police say they found scales and other paraphernalia, along with more than 80 grams of marijuana in Adam Tatro’s room, police said.
Inside Reginald Tatro’s room, they found less than 10 grams of marijuana. Police also confiscated 12 firearms, which he was prohibited from possessing as part of his federal conditions of pre-trial release, including several rifles, police said. They also found a set of nunchucks.
The arrest on a state charge also placed Tatro in violation of his federal conditions of his pre-trial release — He was sent to prison and served 27 days.
Adam Tatro’s attorney, Brian Marsicovetere, did not respond to a request for comment.
Tatro won election to the Selectboard in 2008 but was ousted in 2010.
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