GILMANTON — A Loon Pond Road man is being held on $3,000 cash only bail after allegedly stealing his father's car and trying to sell it.
Paperwork obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, said Gilmanton Police charged Tony A. Hartford with one count of theft of a motor vehicle.
Sgt. Matt Currier said Hartford's father called police at 4 p.m. on October 25 and said he just learned his son had taken his 2008 GMC pickup and had tired to sell it to a used car dealer on Seavey Road in Belmont.
Hartford's father (who is also named Anthony) said he didn't have his permission to sell the truck and learned from one of his friends that young Hartford was heading to a used auto dealer in Laconia to "see if they'd give him more money."
Currier said he called the manager at the Laconia dealership and got of description of young Hartford. He also learned from the manager in Laconia that young Hartford was returning to Seavey Road in Belmont so Chief Joe Collins called the Belmont Police who also went to Seavey Road.
When Belmont Police arrived they saw a 2008 GMC pickup parked in the back parking lot with the same plate number Hartford senior reported. Currier reported that when he arrived, young Hartford was removing the plates from the truck.
Belmont Police also learned that Currier had already arrested young Hartford because he had an outstanding warrant from the Tilton Police.
At some point, Hartford's father showed up at the Seavey Road dealer and he identified the GMC as his. He told all of the officers from both community's that his son did not have his permission to drive or sell his GMC.
Affidavits also said that when Anthony Sr. asked his son if he was trying to sell the truck, young Hartford admitted it.
After speaking with the people who own the business on Seavey Road, police learned they gave young Hartford $4,000 saying he had the title to the truck and the name "Anthony Hartford" was on it. Belmont Police charged Hartford with receiving stolen property.
As to the charges from Tilton, Detective Cpl. Matt Dawson said yesterday young Hartford had been implicated in the theft of 12 computers from Walmart.
Dawson said young Hartford has a court date next month in the 6th Circuit Court, Laconia Division.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 02:25
LACONIA — As part of their Red Ribbon Week, the Laconia Police and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency will today (Saturday) be hosting a drug-take-back day at the city police station.
The service is free and anonymous and people can safely dispose of their unused, expired, or unwanted medication.
In the past five years at these event, police said the DEA and their partners took back nearly 2-million pounds of pills and medication.
Unused or unwanted medications are more likely than others the end up in the hands of people who can abuse them and the Laconia Police encourages residents to use the service. Police will have representative on hand to answer any questions.
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013 03:11
BELMONT — The town's Planning Department is a considering the adoption a property maintenance code for the immediate village area, said selectmen earlier this week.
Town Administrator Jeanne Beaudin said Monday that Town Planner Candace Daigle and the Code Enforcement Officer Steve Paquin had spoken to her about concerns with garbage piling up in front of some homes.
"I think it's worth pursuing," said Chair Ron Cormier, saying that the village district looks so nice now that Phase 1 of the Village District Revitalization Plan is completed.
Cormier suggested that if the town were to adopt a property maintenance code that he would recommend the town create an official overlay district and adopt an ordinance for that district only.
Selectmen Ruth Mooney said she is a little concerned about the code enforcement officer having to deal with property maintenance and said she didn't want to see something overly restrictive like regulating how high someone's grass can grow.
None of them suggested anything as draconian as that but all said they would be interested in something that would help keep the village looking as nice as it does now.
All selectmen agreed that since the first phase of the Village Revitalization Project has been completed that many people in the village area have made efforts to keep the outsides of their property nicer.
Daigle said Belmont has a designated Village District for zoning purposes but it encompasses more area than the area officials may regulate through an ordinance. She said should the Planning Board decide an ordinance is appropriate and needed, she would recommend creating an official overlay district called the Village-Factory District which is confined to the immediate village.
Daigle said yesterday that she spoke with Laconia City Planner Shanna Saunders, who said Laconia adopted the International Property and Maintenance Codes of 2006.
Saunders said yesterday that the city most often used the code as an enforcement tool for junk and debris that pile up in yards. She said the bulk of the violations in Laconia occur in absentee-owner properties.
Daigle said the Planning Board is scheduled to review all ordinances and suggestions at the meeting scheduled for November 4.
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013 02:42
BELMONT — Belmont High School sophomores, many wearing orange to show their support for anti-bullying efforts, took a little time between classes Friday morning to sign an anti-bullying pledge on a wall near the school office which read ''The End of Bullying Begins Here.''
High School health teacher Laura Lavalle said that anti-bullying efforts are featured in her wellness class and that the orange sign was put up as part of national Anti-Bullying Month efforts.
''We're trying to get kids to think about how to deal with bullying and placing a special emphasis on cyber-bullying this year,'' said Lavalle, who added the national slogan for anti-bullying efforts is ''Make it Orange and Make it End!"
In 2011, Ellen DeGeneres promoted the cause on television by wearing orange and reminding millions of viewers about the importance of bullying prevention.
Lavalle said that eventually all of the students at the school will have an opportunity to take part kin anti-bullying efforts and that there will be special programs at the school during the week of Nov. 18-22, which Gov. Maggie Hassan has proclaimed as "anti-bullying" week in New Hampshire.
She and another faculty member and four or five Belmont High School students will be attending a ''Stand Up to Bullying'' event at the Whittemore Center at the University of New Hampshire on November 15.
Thousands of middle and high school students and teachers from across New Hampshire will come together for a one-day program to take a stand against all forms of bullying.
During the day, students will discuss the issue in a town meeting, hear from inspirational speakers, and caucus to exchange ideas and discuss action plans for their schools.
New Hampshire passed a widely praised anti-bullying law which was signed by Governor John Lynch in 2009. One of those who helped write the law was Dr. Malcolm Smith, youth and family education and policy specialist with UNH Cooperative Extension and extension associate professor in the family studies department.
Smith, a bullying expert is co-author and project director of the "Courage to Care" project through Cooperative Extension.
Belmont High School sophomore Alise Shuten signs an anti-bullying pledge at the school. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
Last Updated on Saturday, 26 October 2013 02:39
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