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Stinson Lake shooter won't be charged with murder or any other crime

RUMNEY — The man who shot an area chiropractor during an altercation between the two at Stinson Lake on June 29 will not face criminal charges.

According to a report issued by the N.H. Attorney General, the state would not be able to prove that Edward Healey, 61, of Randolph, Mass. was not acting in self-defense when he fatally shot David Landseadel, 48, of Rumney.

"In light (of the investigation), Edward Healey's conduct will not be ruled justified, but no criminal charges will be brought against him for causing David Landseadel's death" concluded the report.

According to the report, Healey and Landseadel had a history of acrimony dating back to the summer of 2013 when the two men and their wives were involved in a lakeside, verbal altercation that turned physical between the two men.

Although the 2013 fight was never reported to police, witnesses said Landseadel went on to Healey's sailboat and began choking him. The two were separated but had not spoken since the incident. There was also continual tension between the two families over access to a community dock.

The 2013 incident began when wet dogs belonging to the Landseadels began shaking in vicinity of the Healeys. Ms. Healey referenced Ms. Landseadel with a vulgar four-letter noun and the fight between the men commenced.

On June 29 of this year, police investigators determined that the Landseadels had been kayaking and the Healeys had been out on their sailboat. Both David Landseadel and Edward Healey had been drinking alcohol and the coroner later determined Landseadel's blood alcohol content was .20 – or twice the legal drinking limit on .08.

Healey was armed with a .38 caliber handgun — it was in a soft container in his cooler — and held a valid concealed weapon carry permit. Investigators determined that Healey regularly carried a gun. Healey admitted to having a few drinks. His wife told police he had consumed four rum and cokes.

In the year since the 2013 altercation and the fatal shooting, Healey has suffered a minor stroke and had some residual weakness on his right side. Healey said he lacked dexterity in that he couldn't pickup a penny but could grip a coffee cup.

There were only three eye-witnesses to the shooting — Healey, his wife Christine and Lanseadale.

Police said there are some inconsistencies in Healey's own story including some spontaneous utterances during his first interview at the Plymouth Police Station and his interview 11 days later also at the same station.

Healey initially said that Landseadel had come down from his house and was sitting cross-legged on a landing between two staircases that led from the lake to Stinson Lake Road. Healey and his wife were sitting in their sailboat. He said Healey came down to his boat and knocked his tooth out.

During this interview he told police he remembered getting beaten by Landseadel the year before.

Healey had a second interview with police on July 10 and was represented by a lawyer. An attorney from the A.G.'s office was also present.

He told them that time that Landseadel was sitting cross-legged on the mid-staircase platform and that he and his wife could not return to their homes without walking past him. He said that he and his wife walked up the stairs and Landseadel jumped up and notified them that he had a right to be there.

Healey said Landseadel attacked him and knocked him down on his back on the landing. He told police that Landseadel "proceeded to beat the living (expletive) (out) of me."

He said Landseadel was kneeling on his arm and chest while punching him. He said his left arm was pinned to the ground and his right arm was weak from the stroke and he was unable to punch back.

Healey said he "felt there was no way out" and that he was going to die and his wife would be next.

Healey's cooler had dropped next to him on his right side. He told police he knew the revolver was inside the cooler, so he reached inside for it, raised his arm and fired it without aiming it.

He told police that as soon as the gun went off, Landseadel "popped off like he was having a spasm" and dropped on to his back.

He said his actions after that were unclear. Healey's wife told a similar story to his adding that she went up the stairs to a neighbor's for help.

She told police that "Eddie didn't like being beat up, so he pulled out a gun and shot him."

The physical evidence, said police, showed Landseadel was lying on his back on the landing and blood was pooling behind his head. A black gun holster was found under his leg. Blood was also found on a tree branch about two feet above the ground and police said the blood evidence was consistent with the gun being fired during a struggle on the ground.

The autopsy showed Landseadel died from a single gunshot wound to the head fired from a range of six inches to two feet.

"In summary, given the differing physical condition between (Healey) and (Landseadel), the prior incident where (Lanseadel) choked (Healey), the intoxication of both men, their history of animosity, the nature of the landing where the altercation occurred, and the fact that there are no indipendent witnesses or other evidence to refute (Healey's) self-defense claim, the State would be unable to disprove (Healey's) self-defense claim beyond a reasonable doubt at trial," concluded the report.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:21

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King's Grant owner sues Gilford officials over 2011 raid

CONCORD — Will Drew, the owner of Kelsey's at the Grant, the watering hole and exotic-dancing night club in Gilford, has filed suit against the state of New Hampshire and the town of Gilford, along with half a dozen agents of each, charging that their actions before and after October 18, 2011 when the New Hampshire Drug Task Force raided the nightclub, then operating under independent management as Mardi Gras North, violated his constitutional rights and damaged his reputation.

Historically, Drew's property has been known as King's Grant Inn.

The suit names the Drug Task Force, together with James Norris, its commander, and Adam Fanjoy, one of its agents, as well as the town, its then selectmen — John O'Brien, Gus Benavides and Kevin Hayes — and town administrator Scott Dunn. All persons are named both individually and in their official capacities. Claiming losses to his business and reputation, Drew seeks compensatory, enhanced compensatory and damages against the defendants jointly and severally. He has asked for a jury trial.

Filed by attorney David Bownes of Laconia, the suit charges that the Drug Task Force, accompanied by agents of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission and officials of the town of Gilford, "conducted a broad search of the premises which plainly exceeded the scope and authority of the warrant" in violation of the fourth and fourteenth amendments of the United States Constitution, by which all persons are secured against "unreasonable searches and seizures" and guaranteed "due process" and "equal protection" of the law.

Furthermore, following the raid on the club and proceedings before the Liquor Commission, Bownes alleges that Dunn and the selectmen "used artifice and pretext" for more than a year to deny Drew's application for a live entertainment license that included exotic dancing, in clear violation of his first amendment rights. In 2003, when a different Board of Selectmen in Gilford denied a similar application, Drew, who was represented by Bownes, prevailed in federal court, where Judge Steven McAuliffe struck down the town's licensing policy on exotic dancing as a "prior restraint on a particular type of artistic speech."

The current suit stems from an investigation into drug trafficking at the night club, that began in June, 2011. During the investigation undercover agents of the Drug Task Force purchased illicit drugs from a number of female dancers working at the club.

Though Drew was not involved in the management of Mardi Gras North, the operators were using his liquor license.

In October, Fanjoy obtained a warrant to search the club for illicit drugs, drug paraphernalia, items, documents and records related to drug trafficking, evidence of proceeds from drug sales or of resources for drug purchases, items identifying the occupants and owners of the property, devices for monitoring police communications and firearms, ammunition and dangerous weapons. Fanjoy also secured arrest warrants for six employees of the club.

The suit claims that the Drug Task Force and its agents never requested "an administrative warrant for the search of the premises or asked that any independent state or town authorities be permitted to inspect the premises.

Bownes notes that at least four agents of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission conducted an inspection at the club. Likewise, he claims that the Gilford selectmen, along with the town administrator, police chief, fire chief, code enforcement officer and director of Public Works also entered the building with "the sole purpose of inspecting the interior of the commercial building for town code violations contrary to the clear mandate of the search warrant and contrary to established law." The suit charges that neither the inspections to investigate violations of liquor laws or town codes "were supported by probable cause" and both were undertaken in violation of the fourth and fourteenth amendments.

The day after the search the Board of Selectmen asked the Liquor Commission to revoke Drew's license. The commission charged Drew with seven violations of liquor laws and, following a hearing in May, 2012, found evidence of three — serving an intoxicated patron, allowing an employee to drink while working, and giving away free drinks — and imposed a fine of $350 and suspended his license for three days.

In July, Drew applied for a license to stage exotic dancing. Dunn presented him with a list of a dozen densely worded questions and "strongly suggested" he address them. He asked Drew to provide photo identification of managerial employees, licenses for presenting copyrighted music and copies of all citations, notices and decisions issued by the Liquor Commission to all businesses entities operating under his jurisdiction at 15 Kimball Road. "Although you are not legally required to answer these questions," Dunn closed, I anticipate that any refusal on your part to demonstrate a genuine sense of cooperation in dealing with these matters will likely result in the denial of your license. Furthermore," he continued, "your responses will be used by me in making my final recommendation to the Board of Selectmen on your application."

Bownes describes the questions as "simply a pretext in that he (Dunn) had expressed both publicly and privately in the past that he would do all in his power to ensure that Kelsey's at the Grant was not able to obtain a live entertainment license that included exotic dancing." Several of the questions, Bownes noted, referred to allegations for which the Liquor Commission found insufficient evidence.

The suit alleges that when the board considered the application Dunn said that it should be denied "based principally and solely on his view that exotic dancing in the town of Gilford should not be permitted under any conditions." With Benavides dissenting, the board granted Drew a license for live entertainment, but specifically excluded exotic dancing. While O'Brien and Hayes are named for wrongfully inspecting the premises and hindering Drew's application, Benavides is not. Drew submitted a fresh application on behalf of Lakes Region Cafe and Tavern in October, 2013 and, advised by legal counsel that denial would violate his first amendment rights, the board granted it. The club has featured exotic dancing since November 2013.

Throughout consideration of Drew's license application the suit alleges that Dunn and the selectmen maliciously "caused to be published" false and defamatory statements about the property at 15 Kimball Road, including that it had "the elements of a methamphetamine lab," was used for "manufacturing, possession, use, sale and distribution of illegal drugs, and had repeatedly violated liquor laws. As a result Drew "suffered a loss to his reputation and good standing in the community."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:17

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Hearing on motion to dismiss charges against Billy Baer is Nov. 10

CIRCUIT COURT — A judicial hearing for the Gilford man who is facing three misdemeanor charges as a result of his alleged illegal actions at a school board meeting has been postponed until November 10.

William "Billy" Baer was charged with three counts of disorderly conduct after he allegedly disrupted a school board meeting, where he went to complain about a book that was assigned to his daughter, who was in ninth grade at the time.

Baer's attorney has filed with the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division motions to dismiss all three charges. The state has objected.

The hearing was supposed to have been held at 8:30 a.m. this morning but both parties agreed to a continuance to allow them to process the information gathered at recent depositions.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 11:48

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Bailey, Garfield & Lewandoski honored in Belmont

BELMONT — The fourth annual Community Heritage Awards were given last night by Heritage Commission Chair Linda Frawley and Selectboard Chair Ruth Mooney to three people who "make Belmont Belmont."

Everett Bailey was recognized for his outstanding contribution to traditional crafts and rural New Hampshire. After retiring from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bailey began learning and has since mastered the art of Shaker broom making.

He teaches the story of Shaker and innovation and entrepreneurship at the Canterbury Shaker Village, sells his brooms at its store through the League of New Hampshire and gives yearly workshops.

Bailey was active for 14 years in the Belmont Baseball Organization.

Thomas Garfield was recognized for his regional leadership and outstanding service to town-meeting tradition.

Garfield was first elected town moderator in 2004 and is noted for his fair administration of town meeting with tact and humor. He served during the transition from traditional town meeting to Belmont's transition to SB-2 or being an Official Ballot community.

Garfield recently retired as the executive vice president at the Bank of New Hampshire in Laconia, served as chairman of the Belknap Economic Development Council, on the board of the LRGHealthcare, on the Lakes Region Community College Advisory Council and Lakes Region Rotary.

Chester A. Lewandoski was recognized for his exceptional committee to baseball, Belmont and the community.

Years ago, he attended a gathering of Little League parents to see if they had uniforms and spent the next 37 years a sponsor. His grandson Jordan Cote is on a farm team for the New York Yankees.

Lewandoski continues to be an Old Home Day supporter and holds down the back page of their annual publication. He is also very active in the Belmont Rotary.

CUTLINE: (Heritage awards) Everett Bailey, Selectman Ruth Mooney, Chester Lewandoski and Thomas Garfield at the Belmont Selectboard meeting last night. Bailey, Lewandoski and Garfield were the recipients of the Belmont Heritage Commissions Fourth Annual Community Heritage Awards. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 11:45

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