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Suspect in Hartford shooting appears in NH court

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 5/3/2021 9:52:02 PM
Modified: 5/3/2021 9:52:01 PM

NORTH HAVERHILL — A 40-year-old man who pleaded not guilty last week to a charge he broke into a Hartford home and shot a man was back in another court Monday morning on an unrelated drug case out of New Hampshire.

Calvin Therrien, who does not have a permanent address, was ordered held without bail on a felony drug possession charge during a virtual hearing in Grafton Superior Court Monday. Therrien, who appeared virtually for the hearing from the Grafton County jail, did not speak throughout his court appearance.

The charge stems from an arrest Lebanon Police made in late 2019 when they pulled over a car Therrien was riding in that contained heroin and marijuana, according to an affidavit written by Lebanon Police Officer Ben Bailey. Therrien initially pleaded not guilty to the drug charge and was released on bond in March 2020.

However, during Monday’s hearing, prosecutors successfully argued that the new charge against Therrien related to the December home invasion case in Hartford warranted revoking his bail in New Hampshire.

“Given the serious nature of his new charges in Vermont… He should be held without bail,” said Grafton County Assistant County Attorney Viktoriya Kovalenko. She also argued that Therrien has failed to appear on multiple occasions at court dates in both states over the years.

“The state has no confidence that he will appear unless he’s released on a high cash bail,” she said.

Therrien is accused of breaking into a home on Christian Street in Hartford on Dec. 28 and shooting 32-year-old Adam Runnals in the arm. His alleged accomplice, Anthony Cormier, is accused of hitting 31-year-old Matthew Shumway with a metal pipe before Cormier and Therrien fled the scene, according to court records.

The injuries were not life-threatening, and Runnals and Shumway knew Therrien and Cormier, according to police.

Cormier, who has also pleaded not guilty, was arrested soon after the incident and was ordered held without bail during an arraignment but police could not immediately find Therrien. Police in New Hampshire were also looking for Therrien after he failed to appear in court on the drug charges in January, according to court records.

Hartford police eventually located Therrien and arrested him last week on the break-in charges. He was arraigned in Windham Superior Court on Thursday, where he pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Following his arraignment in Vermont, he was extradited to New Hampshire to face the drug charge.

Windsor County State’s Attorney Ward Goodenough said he’d like to see Therrien’s drug charge resolved in Grafton County so the break-in case can then be prosecuted in Windsor County.

Anna Merriman can be reached at or 603-727-3216.

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