LACONIA — The following indictments were handed down last week by a Belknap County grand jury:
Ernie Clark, 45, of Laconia was indicted for two counts of allegedly attempting to sell controlled drugs — heroin and methamphetamine — in a Laconia bank parking lot.
Danielle Lavorgna, 31, of Center Harbor was indicted for two counts of alleged possession of a controlled drug - oxycodone and buprenorphine — while in Meredith.
Jose Montezuma, 46, of Belmont was indicted for two counts of insurance fraud for allegedly attempting to file a claim for an accident he had before purchasing an insurance policy.
Dylan Miles, 22, of Laconia was indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking for alleged pocketing customer money while working at a Dunkin' Donuts in Belmont.
Jennifer Downes, 26, of Laconia was indicted for two count of sales of controlled drug — heroin and methamphetamine — and one count of attempted sale of heroin while in Laconia.
Gary Bardsley, 53, of Sanbornton was indicted for three counts of deceptive forestry practices for allegedly failing to provide two customers — one in Tilton and one in New Hampton with accurate sales slips. He was also indicted for one count of theft by unauthorized taking for allegedly taking more than $1,500 in timber from a client without permission in Tilton.
James Morin, 35, of Laconia was indicted for two counts of possession of controlled drugs — methamphetamine and fentanyl — while in Belmont.
Ronald Hussey, 55, of Alton was indicted for one count of allegedly driving a car after being deemed an habitual offender while in Belmont.
Ernie Clark, 46, of Laconia was indicted for two counts of possession of a controlled drug with intent to sell — heroin and methamphetamine — while in Laconia.
Caitlin Fillion, 26, of Belmont was indicted for theft by unauthorized taking for allegedly trying to take between $1,001 and $1,500 of merchandise from Walmart in Tilton.
Janell Dubreuil, 29, of Bristol was indicted for one count of possession of a controlled drug — methamphetamine — while in Tilton.
Richard Cabral, 30, no permanent address given, was indicted for one count of burglary for allegedly entering a home in Tilton.
Jennifer Downs, 26, of Laconia was indicted for attempted sale of a controlled drug — methamphetamine — while in Laconia.
Kelsey McCarthy, 24, of Loudon was indicted for being a felon in possession of a dangerous weapon — brass knuckles — while in Laconia. She was also indicted for one count of reckless conduct and one count of domestic violence related conduct for allegedly narrowly missing a person while driving her car in the Landmark Inn parking lot in Laconia.
Matthew Kelly, 39, of New Hampton was indicted for allegedly driving after being deemed an habitual offender while in New Hampton.
Chad O'Connor, 24, of Laconia was indicted for one count of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon for allegedly displaying a firearm to a surveillance camera while in Laconia.
Brian Watson, 50, of Northfield was indicted for possession of a controlled drug — fentanyl — while in Tilton. Watson was indicted for sale of a controlled drug — heroin — while in Tilton. In a separate charge he was indicted one count of sales of a controlled drug — death resulting for allegedly selling fentanyl to a Tilton man who died after consuming it.
Steven Anderson, 24, was indicted for allegedly driving after being deemed an habitual offender while in Tilton.
Kyle Mcauley, of Thornton was indicted for sale of a controlled drug — heroin — while in New Hampton.
Jennifer Downes, 25, of Laconia was indicted for one count of attempted sale of a unidentified controlled drug.
Cheryl Wyman, 59, of Northfield was indicted for two counts of financial exploitation greater that $1,500 for allegedly unduly influencing an elderly person in Laconia.
Jennifer Mitchell, 42, of Northfield was indicted for two counts of possession of a controlled drug — methamphetamine and heroin — while in Belmont.
Tasha Morin, 26, of Danbury was indicted for one count of felonious use of a firearm for being in possession of methamphetamine while alleged armed with a Serbian-made handgun.
Kory MacDonald, 29, of Meredith was indicted for two counts of possession of a controlled drug — heroin and fentanyl — while in Meredith.
Donald Marcotte, 35, of Laconia was indicted for one count of allegedly driving after being deemed a habitual offender while in Gilford. He was also indicted for one count of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon for allegedly placing others in danger while passing other motor vehicles while on his motorcycle in Laconia. The two indictments stem from the same incident.
Dylan Gilbert, 23, of Laconia was indicted for one count of possession of a controlled drug — fentanyl — while in Laconia.
James Rivers, 23, of Tilton was indicted for one count of identity fraud after allegedly trying to open a bank account in the name of another while in Laconia.
Stephen Fitzgerald, 18, of Meredith was indicted for one count of possession of a controlled drug — Clonazepan — while in Meredith.
Henry Lamontagne, 54, of Laconia was indicted for one count of theft with two prior convictions for allegedly removing some tires and a gas can from the bed of a pickup that didn't belong to him.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 11:51
BELMONT — The support staff of the Shaker Regional School District have formed a union and will now be represented by the National Education Association of N.H.
A decision made by the N.H. Public Employee Labor Relations Board on June 22 certified the NEA's representation of all full- and part-time employees who are working in clerical, custodian, food service, paraprofessional, teacher assistant and other similar positions.
The collective bargaining unit will not include SAU office staff, IT employees, occupation therapists, psychologists, the school-to-work coordination or other positions within the district that are considered temporary or seasonal. No management is included.
Superintendent Maria Dreyer said she argued that the SAU office staff should not be included because of their access to personnel and confidential records and information but said she didn't argue against the rest of the employees organizing.
"I hope they're happy with the results," Dreyer said Thursday.
Dreyer said the fiscal year 2015-2016 budget passed at the annual district meeting in March included $80,000 for raises but the newly organized employees won't get them until they negotiate a contract.
She said the $80,000 was included so the district could address some pay inequities within the administrative support staff.
"They will work at the same pay grade they have now until a contract can be ratified in March (of 2016)," Dreyer said.
When asked why she thought the support staff organized she said she thought it was money and insurance.
"I am happy it will result in relief equity for some people on the lower end of the pay scale," Dreyer said.
The next step for the district, she said, is for the business administrator to determine job descriptions. She said there will be some realignment for consistency.
"The salary will all be negotiated as will step and grade," Dreyer said. "(We) start from square one."
She said performance increases could be negotiated as part of the contract but whether it will be, she doesn't know.
The support staff employees union is the second union in the Shaker Regional School District. The teachers have long been represented by the NEA, but are in a different bargaining unit.
At the March meeting, the district voted to accept the cost provisions for the teacher's contract that took effect on July 1. The negotiated contract with the teachers was for two years and Dreyer said the School Board and administration will be negotiating for the teachers next year for a new contract in fiscal year 2018.
This year, she said, will be when the School Board and the administration will negotiate a contract for the newly organized support staff that will go into effect July 1, 2016, if an agreement can be reached and the district meeting approves the cost provisions.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 11:47
GILFORD — For Ames Farm Inn owners Peter Ames and his daughter, Peggy, the highest compliment they can hear from their guests is "nothing has changed".
''We hear that a lot and it's music to our ears,'' says Peggy, who along with her husband, Patrick Brown, recently sold their Massachusetts home and bought one in Gilford, where they will now be living year round.
Peter says that the inn, which this year celebrates its 125th anniversary as a Lake Winnipesaukee tourist attraction, was established in 1890 by James Noah Ames of Peabody, Mass., on land that had been partially owned by his grandfather, who was a pioneer settler of Gilford.
Peter and Peggy represent the 4th and 5th generations of the Ames family to operate the inn., making it one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the state. The 150-acre property includes a quarter mile of sandy beach, docks for fishing and boating, 17 lakeside cabins as well as rental units across the highway from the inn, trails leading up what is known to the family as Endicott Mountain as well as breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesaukee near Rattlesnake and Diamond islands from all locations on the property.
They agree that one of the biggest attractions of the inn, which has kept some families coming back for 90 years, is the low-key atmosphere which allows people to step back in time and feel totally relaxed.
"We have generations of families who keep coming back every summer,'' says Peggy, who stopped to talk with Lauren Taylor of Cheshire Connecticut, who said that her family had been coming back to the Ames Farm Inn for 50 years and that it was at the inn that she met her future husband.
''We had a home up.here but liked staying at the inn more. Some of my family is here for the holiday and we just had to take them to Ames Farm for breakfast.''
Peter says that food has always been one of the inn's attractions and that one of the first things James Noah Ames did when he bought the farm was to build a large dining room and lodge onto the rear of what had been a farmhouse for many years. The farmhouse had rooms which were rented and meals were served there.
Ames started to invite his friends from Boston area to build cottages at the farm, where cattle and sheep were raised, and built cottages of his own near the shore
The Lakeshore Railroad passed right through the Ames Farm, which had a station built where regular stops were made until the 1930s. The former station was taken across the highway where it now serves as a guest cottage according to Peter.
There was also a wharf where steamers like the Governor Endicott would make stops. A photo in the dining room shows that ship arriving at the Ames Farm dock in 1910.
According to Adair Mullgan's 1995 book History of the Gunstock Parish ''the family kept orchards, raised cattle, sheep and pigs and and vegetables and baked pastries, breads, pies, cookies and biscuits on site.''
A gas-powered generator supplied electrical power for the farm from 1915 until 1928, when it was linked to the grid and the farm had its own ice house for refrigeration until the 1940s.
Today the farm continues its tradition of providing food for guests, offering breakfasts featuring blueberry pancakes and omelets as well as lunches. Many island dwellers drop by the Inn's docks, especially on weekends, for their breakfasts.
Peggy says that many family members are still involved in operating the farm during the summer months and that she and her dad are intent on keeping the business as traditional as possible by maintaining the strong relationships the Ames family has always had with their guests.
Peter Ames, his daughter Peggy and her husband Patrick Brown and their daughter Shealagh stand next to, the lakefront gazebo at the Ames Farm in Gilford, which is marking is 125th year as a Lake Winnipesaukee tourist attraction. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 11:43
Franklin Street residents have yet to discover secret to keeping flocks of geese from making a mess on their lawns
LACONIA — A handful of homeowners on Franklin Street, whose spacious properties border the eastern shore of Lake Opechee are plagued by flock of between 30 and 50 Canadian geese, which has taken to using their lawns as their dining room and bathroom.
"All they do is eat the grass and go to the bathroom," said Stanley Waldorf, who spends his summer with his son in Lakeport.
The geese, which apparently have forsaken migration for residency, have a voracious appetite for Kentucky blue grass and an equal propensity for returning it to the soil.
Doug Shaw explained that the geese, who strew their greasy, green droppings across the lawns, are not only a nuisance but a hazard. "We have young children in the house who play on the lawn and swim at the beach," he explained. "They can't be out until I've cleaned up the mess left by the geese." With a hoe and pooper-scooper Shaw said he regularly collects 10 pounds of droppings after the geese have visited, usually in the early morning.
"They will come all the way up the lawn to the house," said Waldorf, pointing to an expanse of grass been the house and shoreline approaching the length of a football field.
Shaw said he has tried any number of deterrents, so far without success. The geese ignore the ceramic dog (a boxer) he purchased at an antique store and stationed near his beach. Although they flee at the sound of firecrackers and rattling pots and pans, he said "they must not have any memory, because they are back in a day or two." A flashing light, whether posted on the shore or in the lake, has had no deterrent effect.
Shaw recalled that he called the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, where he was told that he could apply a permit that would allow him to shoot two geese with 12-guage shotgun. However, he said that because of the proximity of residences he would not be permitted to fire a shotgun in the neighborhood and, in any event, doubted killing two geese would deter the entire flock. However, the agency provided him with a small plastic pistol that fires blanks with an amplified discharge. Shaw said that pistol will frighten the geese away, but so far has not kept them form returning.
One of his neighbors spent nearly $1,000 for two applications of a chemical, which when sprayed on the lawn was supposed to drive off the geese, but it rained and the geese returned in a day or two.
Shaw said that the dog belonging to Reuben Bassettt, who lives across the street, has chased the geese off the lawn, but he is not always at hand when the geese visit. Moreover, he remarked "it makes no difference. Whatever we do, they always come back, like bad pennies."
But, Shaw has not surrendered. On the advice of a friend he is going to string a line festooned with colored strips of plastic, like those that decorate car dealerships, close to the ground along his shorefront in hopes of discouraging the geese from stepping ashore. "I'm doing it today and I've told my neighbors," he said yesterday, as he raked more droppings into his pooper-scooper.
CAPTION: Doug Shaw collects goose droppings from the lawn of his home in Lakeport overlooking Lake Opechee. He is one of several homeowners who are unwillingly playing host to a large flock of unwelcome guests, who have been fouling their lawns this year. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch)
Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 11:35
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