Concert arrest has man in more hot water than just pot bust

GILFORD — A Gloucester, Massachusetts man who came to New Hampshire for a concert may have earned an escorted trip to Florida after police charged him with possession of marijuana at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook on Tuesday night and then learned he was wanted by the state of Florida for a crime he allegedly committed in 1998.

Gilford Police detained Damon Ciaramitaro, 36, of 72 Maplewood Lane after they were called to assist Meadowbrook security for an intoxicated man in the concourse area.

The responding police officer called for medical assistance because it appeared Ciaramitaro was impaired by alcohol and drugs. After being transported, police said emergency personnel at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia cleared him medically but indicated he may be high on LSD.

During his detention, police found marijuana in his pocket and learned there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court in March of 2002 for a charge of resisting arrest that allegedly occurred in 1998 and in which a Sarasota, Florida Police officer was assaulted.

Ciaramitaro pleaded guilty yesterday in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division to one count of possession of marijuana and was fined $350. He was sentenced to one year in the Belknap County House of Corrections — suspended. He was credited with $100 toward his fine for the two days he's spend in jail.

Judge Jim Carroll ordered Ciaramitaro held without bail on the outstanding warrant from Florida.

Gilford Police Lt. Kris Kelley said he's not sure if the state of Florida will extradite Ciaramitaro but said it will be at the state of Florida's expense and not the state of New Hampshire's.

A bail hearing is scheduled for August 1 in the Laconia's Circuit Court.