Neighbors complain to police over Nazi, Confederate flags outside NH home
PITTSFIELD — A man accused of beating a woman with a metal bat is also under scrutiny from neighbors for flags hung outside his home.
Guy Hanson, 57, decorated the outside of his 8 Chestnut St. home with the Nazi flag symbol and Confederate flags, leading those who live close by to call police.
Pittsfield Police Chief Jeffrey Cain said the items posted in Hanson's yard could be offensive to some people in the town, but added the department can not do anything with what he places on his property.
"These are viewpoints that Mr. Hanson holds and feels that he wants to express them on his own private property, and he's certainly entitled to do that under the freedom of speech," Cain said.
The flags and signs have since been removed, replaced with American flags, a "Support Our Troops" banner, a "Don't Tread On Me" flag and a New Hampshire state flag. Cain believed Hanson has a tendency to change the items outside of his home.
Cain added the department has received noise complaints about the Chestnut Street home and that officers have dealt with those complaints appropriately.
On the night of May 10, Hanson allegedly hit a 45-year-old woman with a bat before grabbing her by the head and dragging her down the driving saying, "have you had enough b---- have you had enough," a request for an arrest warrant by the Pittsfield Police Department read.
The woman, who went to confront Hanson after he beat up her boyfriend the night before, said she attempted to grab at his legs while he yelled something to the effect of, "if you call the cops, I will shoot and kill you," court paperwork reads.
Officials took the woman to Concord Hospital for treatment and followed up with Hanson and his girlfriend at the Chestnut Street home.
Officers observed blood in the driveway, and the next day was allegedly told by Hanson's girlfriend that he has a temper and "was teaching Bonnie a lesson in the road," court documents read.
After filing for the arrest warrant, police arrested Hanson on May 26 for criminal threatening, reckless conduct and three counts of simple assault. Hanson is currently out on bail and has a trail date scheduled for Sept. 29.
This isn't the first time this month Pittsfield police have dealt with flags that could be construed as hateful. Someone hung a homemade Islamic State group flag at the town's dam.