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Correction: All LHS students will begin classes on Monday

CORRECTION – Laconia High School will be staggering its Monday, first-day-of-school, schedule so that freshman will arrive at 7 a.m. to do an orientation and walk through to each of their classes. Sophomores, juniors and seniors will be coming in at 9 a.m. and will start school after first period ends. This will allow them to get their schedule needs taken care of and have breakfast before they starts their day. The facts concerning the Monday schedule were incorrectly reported  in the Thursday edition of The Daily Sun.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2015 01:21

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Belknap County Indictments - August 2015

BELKNAP COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT — The following indictments were handed down by a Belknap County grand jury in August.

Cody Merrill, 22, of Franklin was indicted for one count of burglary and one count of robbery in Sanbornton.

Maurice Dejesus, 28, of Nashua was indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking in Tilton.

Beth Gilson, 21, of Gilmanton was charged with one count of theft by unauthorized taking in Gilford.

Joshua Murray, 32, of Belmont was charged with one count of possession of a controlled drug — buprenorphine.

Adam Roz, 41, of Loudon was indicted for two counts of possession of controlled drugs — fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Kenneth Blankenship, 33, of Belmont was indicted for one count of witness tampering, one count of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, and three counts of domestic violence related simple assault.

Christopher Miller, 25, was indicted for one count of possession of a controlled drug — fentanyl and heroin and one count of falsifying physical evidence.

Heather O'Connor, 52, of Gilford was indicted with once count of possession of a controlled drug — heroin.

David Nelson, 27, of Laconia was indicted with being a felon in possession of a dangerous — a switchblade.

Noah Rafuls, 21, of Meredith was indicted for one count of felonious sexual assault in Laconia.

Eugene Rivers, 42, of Laconia was indicted for one count of second-degree assault and one count of simple assault.

Travis Dickinson, of 34, of Belmont was indicted for Class A felony robbery with a knife.

Benjamin Geddis, 27, of Franklin was indicted for two counts of possession of controlled drugs — fentanyl and heroin, one count of operating after being deemed a habitual offender.

William Doody, 52, of Belmont was indicted for one count of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and one count of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon.

Burt Chalson, of Manchester was indicted for one count of sale of a controlled drug — cocaine — in Laconia.

Ryan Means, 37, of New Durham was indicted for one count of escape in Laconia.

Brandon Andrade, 24, of Manchester was indicted for two counts of sales of a controlled drug — cocaine — and one count of conspiracy to commit sales of a controlled drug in Laconia.
Sean Andrus, 27, of Tilton, was indicted for one count of possession of a controlled drug — fentanyl.

Melissa Peaslee, of Franklin was indicted for one count of possession of controlled drug — methamphetamine in Tilton.

Adam Bentley, 27, of Laconia was indicted for one count of felony criminal threatening, one count of domestic violence related second degree assault, and two counts of domestic violence simple assault.

Kenneth Blankenship, 35, of Belmont was indicted for one count of bail jumping in Laconia.

Izaiah Conway, 20, of Laconia was indicted for one count of possession of methamphetamine in Laconia.

Teresa Mauro, 51, of Laconia was indicted for one count of burglary.

Christopher Greene, 22, of Laconia was indicted for one count of possession of heroin.

Joshua Murray, 32, of Belmont was indicted for one count of soliciting the sale of a controlled drug in Tilton.

Michael Townsend, 45, of Gilford was indicted for one count of conspiracy to possess a controlled drug in Laconia.

Kenneth Blankenship, 37, of Belmont was indicted for one count of domestic violence criminal threatening and one count of domestic violence related second-degree assault.

Rhonda Thibeault, 25, of Ashland was indicted for two counts of being an accomplice to the sale of a controlled drug in Tilton.

Alex Stockbridge, 33, of Nashua was indicted for one cont of possession of a controlled — fentanyl.

Adam Jenna, 35, of Rochester was indicted for one count of burglary and one count of theft by unauthorized taking in Gilmanton.

Fred Cross, 45, of Franklin was indicted for theft by unauthorized taking in Meredith.

Jeremiah Proulx, 38, of Laconia was indicted for two counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute — heroin and marijuana and one count of possession of a controlled drug.

Ronald Martin, 65, of Hill was indicted for two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts of felonious sexual assault.

Timothy Dearborn, 36, of Bristol was indicted for one count of burglary in Tilton.

Frederick Temple, 31, of Franklin was indicted for one count of robbery with a double edged boot knife, one count of being a felon in possession of a weapon, and one count of burglary in Sanbornton.

Shane Downs, 29, of Laconia was indicted for one count of possession of a controlled drug — cocaine.
Christopher Truett, 27, of New Hampton was indicted for three counts of possession with the intent to sell a controlled drug — heroin, oxycodone, and cocaine.

Peter Dauphin, 45, of Laconia was indicted for two counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute — methamphetamine and one count of possession of a controlled drug — heroin.

Randall Root, 26, of Bristol was indicted for one count of burglary in Gilmanton.

David Hobbs, 29, of Laconia was indicted for one count of conspiracy to possess a controlled drug — heroin and three counts of possession of a controlled drug — dextroamphetamine, marijuana and alprazolam.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2015 01:18

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Gilford firefighter honored for Mass. rescue that occurred during time-off

GILFORD — Firefighter Nick Proulx was awarded the 2015 Liberty Mutual Insurance Firemark Award Wednesday evening for rescuing a 20-year-old man on Easter Sunday after he fell through some thing ice while snowmobiling in Massachusetts.

According to Suzi Mard, who presented Proulx the award, Proulx was visiting his family in Methuen for the holiday when one of the other people at dinner witnessed the snowmobiler go through the ice.

She said Proulx's father called 911 while Proulx, who is an 8-year veteran of the Gilford Fire/Rescue Department and trains with his department regularly on ice rescues, ran to the water.

In an interview given by Proulx and his father to the Lawrence Eagle Tribune in early April, Proulx's father said his son knew where he kept his life preservers and his canoe.

Mard said Proulx used the canoe to get himself over the thin ice to reach the young man and pull him from the water. She said he waited while the Methuen Fire Department responded, as is protocol, and the Methuen team pulled the canoe with Proulx and the young man to safety.

In the Eagle Tribune article, both Proulx and his father, who is a fire instructor in Concord, N.H., complimented the Methuen Fire Department and Police Department for their quick response.

At Wednesday's presentation at Town Hall, Mard said no one in Methuen knew who Proulx was but reporter Peter Francis found him and wrote the story. She said the Liberty Mutual team learned of the rescue by reading it in the newspaper.

She said the Firemark Award goes annually to someone who best represents his or her community and who performs an act of heroism.

 

CUTLINE: Gilford Firefighter Nick Proulx (right) gets the Liberty Mutual Annual Firemark Award from Suzi Bard of Liberty Mutual Wednesday night at the Selectboard meeting. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2015 01:00

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Phase 2 of WOW Trail clears 2 big hurdles

LACONIA — The Winnipesaukee-Opechee-Winnisquam (WOW) Trail this week overcame the second of two obstacles that have slowed construction of the stretch from Veterans Square to Belmont when the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) granted the wetlands permit required to cross Durkee Brook.

The permit was required for the grading and filling necessary to provide drainage for the trail, replace an existing culvert, construct a boardwalk and build a 26-foot bridge over the brook. In May, Lawrence Joyce, whose residence — the last on the north side of Court Street — abuts the railroad tracks right-of-way where the the trail will be built, asked DES to deny the permit.

The northwest corner of Joyce's home sits on the boundary between his lot and the state's land and his lot reaches to within about 10 yards of the shore of Lake Winnisquam. Joyce claimed the impervious surface of the trial would add to the stormwater run-off on to his property. Moreover, since the trail would be fenced, he would no longer enjoy access to the lake. Finally, Joyce said that pedestrian and bicycle traffic along the trail would jeopardize the safety and security of his property and, with the fence, obscure his view of the lake and compromise the privacy of his home.

HEB Engineers, Inc., the firm designing the trail, responded to Joyce's objections on behalf of the WOW Trail. They assured DES any increase in run-off would be negligible, not least because the trail will be sloped away from adjacent properties and stormwater collected in a ditch lined with stone. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation confirmed that Joyce has neither rights nor permission to cross the railway to reach the lake and noted he would be required to apply and pay for a lease to do so. Finally, HEB Engineers conceded that the fence would "likely detract from the aesthetics" of Joyce's lot, but added that the WOW Trail is seeking state permission to erect a split rail wooden fence rather than a chain link fence, which would be more attractive.

DES granted the permit over Joyce's misgivings, but noted that its decision can be appealed to the New Hampshire Wetlands Council within 30 days.

Meanwhile, finessing a way past two abandoned wooden sheds along the railway just north of Water Street, had hindered the final design of Phase 2 of the trail for months. The New Hampshire Bureau of Rails designated the sheds, which have been neither used nor maintained since regular rail traffic ceased years ago, as "historic" structures to be preserved not demolished. Since the sheds stand in the route of trail through the railroad right-of-way, a way around them had to be found.

Alan Beetle, president of the WOW Trail, said that negotiations were opened with Lionel Labonte of Stratham Tire, which owns the property surrounding the sheds, for easement that would allow the trail to bypass them. Last December, before agreement was reached, Labone passed away. However, Beetle said that Labonte's daughter, Denise Littlefield, who succeeded her father at the firm, offered to donate enough land to bend the trail around the sheds. In addition, Stratham was among the corporate supporters of the annual WOW Ball in May to benefit the project.

Beetle said that on the advice of HEB Engineers bids for the construction will be solicited in the winter with an eye toward beginning work in the spring of 2016 and completing the project in the next construction season. He said that the WOW Trail has approximately $750,000 in hand, including $400,000 appropriated by the city, and has already funded the design and engineering portion of the project.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 12:51

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