Gilford felon caught with stiletto knife

LACONIA — A Gilford man is being held on $1,000 cash bail for having a stiletto knife on him while being a felon and for having criminal contact with police while he is out on bail for another alleged crime.

Police affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said that Brandon Heacox, 20, of 6 Cumberland Road said police were called to the home because of an argument.

After verifying there was an active arrest warrant from Laconia Police for willful concealment, police arrived at the home and arrested him. While being searched and handcuffed, police found a green stiletto knife in his front pocket. Heacox allegedly told police he carried it for personnel protection and that he thought it was legal for him to have.

Affidavits said Heacox was convicted in 2013 of receiving stolen property and being in possession of a stolen firearm. In 2012 he was convicted of attempted burglary.

Heacox was arrested in November of 2015 for criminal threatening and was scheduled to appear yesterday for charge.



Gilford board OK's continuation of joint football program with Belmont

GILFORD — The Gilford School Board Monday night agreed to continue a cooperative football team program with the Shaker Regional School Distinct for the next two years.
It calls for Gilford to be the lead school district in the partnership and retain regulatory decision-making power over the cooperative program, which has been in place for two years and will provide opportunities on both varsity and junior varsity teams for athletes from Belmont and Canterbury.
The agreement calls for the Shaker District to pay $15,000 in each of the next two years with costs to be shared equally in ensuing years. The Shaker District is also responsible for transportation costs to practice sessions.
Superintendent of Schools Kent Hemingway said that as a result of Belmont players now being eligible for varsity competition, the Gilford-Belmont Golden Eagles will likely be competing in Division II instead of Division III.
He said the school district has appealed to New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association to remain in Division III but it is unlikely the NHIAA will grant the request, as the combined student population of Belmont and Gilford is more than 1,000, making it one of the largest Division II student bodies.
The change means that Gilford-Belmont football team will most likely be playing in the 11-team Division II North Conference, which includes area schools such as Laconia, Plymouth, Kingswood and Kennett.
The two school districts currently operate a cooperative high school hockey program in which the Shaker School District is the lead district.

Commissioners approve two county hires

LACONIA — Belknap County Commissioners approved requests to fill two vacant positions when they met Wednesday morning at the Belknap County Complex.
Facilities Manager Dustin Muzzey's request to hire a part-time maintenance worker for 16 hours a week to provide custodial service to the sheriff's wing, administration wing and restorative justice wing of the Belknap County Complex was approved.
He noted that there is also a vacant four-hour-per-week custodial position that may be combined with this.
He had obtained quotes from private contractors to do the work and it would cost abut $15,000 a year, compared to the $11,700 a year the county has budgeted for 2016 for the position.
Sheriff Craig Wiggin's request to fill a dispatch supervisor position was also granted. The position has been vacant since the former dispatch supervisor retired in 2012.
"We need someone there to run the day-to-day operations," said Wiggin, who said he placed an administrative sergeant in charge of communications center operations following the retirement.
The sergeant has since moved on to a detective position and Wiggin said he intends to fill the dispatch supervisor position through a competitive promotion, which would have a minimal impact on his budget.
The dispatch center has seven full-time and three part-time employees.