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Rockingham assistant prosecutor faces drug charge

BRENTWOOD (AP) – A Rockingham County assistant prosecutor has been charged with drug possession, Attorney General Joseph Foster said Wednesday.

Foster said the arrest of 29-year-old Zachary Cross on Tuesday, the same day his boss Rockingham County Attorney James Reams resigned, has nothing to do with Reams or Foster’s efforts to remove him from office. Foster said the two events were a coincidence. ...

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BRENTWOOD (AP) – A Rockingham County assistant prosecutor has been charged with drug possession, Attorney General Joseph Foster said Wednesday.

Foster said the arrest of 29-year-old Zachary Cross on Tuesday, the same day his boss Rockingham County Attorney James Reams resigned, has nothing to do with Reams or Foster’s efforts to remove him from office. Foster said the two events were a coincidence.

“It’s completely independent of anything that has to do with Reams,” Foster said.

Cross was arrested after an investigation by the New Hampshire Drug Task Force and Manchester police. He was charged with possession of oxycodone. He posted $2,500 cash bail and is due in court July 14.

Cross was not at the county attorney’s office Wednesday and it was not immediately known whether he has a lawyer.

Foster declined to comment on the investigation, saying it’s ongoing.

Reams resigned after a seven-month investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and financial mismanagement.

Foster initially removed Reams from office Nov. 6, at the outset of the investigation. Absent criminal charges, a judge ultimately put Reams back in office, lifting the suspension while Foster pursued permanent removal of Reams on ethical charges.

Reams’ resignation put an end to Foster’s efforts in superior court to permanently remove the eight-term county prosecutor.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said Wednesday that Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti will return to the county attorney’s office to oversee cases while the attorney general’s office works with county commissioners on a successor.