Psychiatrist deems Laconia stalker mentally unfit

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — An Oak Street man who is incarcerated at the local House of Correction for stalking has been deemed incompetent but restorable by a state doctor of forensic psychologist.

Answering a recent request for a competency evaluation for Daniel Tusi of Oak Street from the Belknap County Superior Court, Dr. Sharon Bader wrote that in late August another psychologist from her office performed on at the request of the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, and in her opinion not enough time has passed for any kind of treatment or medication has passed.

"An order for an additional review would serve to place additional stress on this office's limited resources and not provide any new, relevant information to the court," wrote Bader.

Tusi was convicted in 2015 of stalking a teenaged girl he didn't know for a misdemeanor stalking conviction in the 4th Circuit Court. He appealed his conviction to the state Supreme Court and was been free on bail during his appeal.

In July of 2016, the victim made a complaint to the Laconia Police that Tusi came within 50 yards of her, violating a provision of his bail agreement. He was charged with one new felony count of stalking and his attorney had asked for a second competency evaluation.

In November of 2016, a three-judge panel of the Supreme Court upheld the conviction and he was sentence to serve 12 months in the Belknap County House of Corrections.

Tusi remains in jail as he is serving his original 12-month sentence. It is not know what, if any treatment, he is getting.

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Census data confirms stalled population growth and shrinking workforce here

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — After four decades of steady growth, the population of Belknap County has come to a standstill. Between 2010 and 2015 the population of Belknap County grew by just 311 people, from 60,088 to 60,399, as numbers in two of its 11 municipalities shrank and in only one increased by more than double digits, according to the most recent estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The county population grew at its fastest pace between 1970 and 1980 when it added 10,500 residents, an increase of 32.5 percent, as numbers in eight of the 10 towns in the county jumped by more than 50 percent. The county population increased by more than 6,000 in each the next two decades then rose by 4,763 between 2000 and 2010 before grinding to halt.

Among the 10 towns, the estimated population during the past five years increased the most in New Hampton, which added 101 people, followed by increases of 62 in Meredith, 20 in Alton, 16 in Gilford, 12 in Barnstead, 11 in Sanbornton, 6 in Tilton, and 1 in Gilmanton while the population fell by 37 in Belmont and 84 in Center Harbor. In Laconia the population rose by 56.

For more than half a century the city of Laconia has been an outlier. The population of the city has grown by a mere 719 people, from 15,288 in 1960 to 16,007 in 2015. Between 1970 and 1980, when the population of the county grew by a third, the city's population increased just 5 percent.

As population growth has stalled, the population of the county has aged. The median age of 46.1 years — 45.3 for men and 46.8 for women — is the third highest among the 10 counties in the state, trailing Carroll County at 50.3 years and Coos County at 48.1 years.

During the past decade the workforce in Belknap County has also shrunk slightly, from an estimated 31,920 in 2005 to 31,480 in 2015. In the city of Laconia, where the work force has decreased by nearly 4 percent, from 8,267 to 7,946, and in six of the 10 towns there are fewer people working or seeking work than there were 10 years ago.

In the same period, annual average covered employment, that is jobs covered by unemployment insurance, in goods producing industries in Belknap County has decreased by 1,870, or 34 percent, while average weekly wages have risen 30 percent, from $819 to $1,066. Employment in service industries has grown less than three percent, from 17,424 to 17,859, while average weekly wages have risen from $576 to $774, or by 24 percent. Altogether employment in the private sector has fallen from 22,891 to 21,457, or six percent, and average weekly wages have risen 24 percent from $624 to $774. Meanwhile, government (federal, state and local) employment in the county grew from 4,049 to 4,128 and average weekly wages increased from $636 to $777. or by 22 percent.

In Laconia, between 2004 and 2014 annual average covered employment in the private sector has shrunk by 12 percent, from 9,162 to 8,056 , as employment in goods producing industries decreased from 2,515 to 1,776 and in service industries from 6,647 to 6,280, At the same time, average weekly wages in goods producing industries rose 21 percent, from $786 to $957, and in service industries 38 percent, from $599 to $830. Government employment in the city also decreased, from 1,532 to 1,271, a drop of 17 percent, while average weekly wages rose about 9 percent, from $763 to $830.

The update of demographic and economic data from the Census Bureau confirms the slow growth and rapid aging of the population that while common throughout most of the state has been especially marked in the northernmost counties and Lakes Region.

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Barnstead man faces third DWI charge

LACONIA — Barnstead Police charged a Chichester man with his third charge of driving while intoxicated after the driver crossed the yellow line after a rapid deceleration on Suncook Valley Road Sunday night.

Paperwork obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division said that Kyle Drouin, 28, was convicted of DWI in 2007 and in 2015.

Police said that when they approached Drouin, the pupils of his eyes were the size of pinpoints, he slurred his speech and his eyes were glassy and bloodshot.

The officer asked Drouin to blow into his interlock device and his blood alcohol level registered as zero.

When asked why his eyes appeared the way they did, Drouin told them he had taken some medication and handed them two empty medication bottles.

Drouin consented to a field sobriety test but had a difficult time maintaining his balance once out of the car. He told the police he didn't wear glasses, that he had major knee surgery and a brain injury that affects his balance.

The police performed a "horizontal gaze nystagmus" test on Drouin and he allegedly showed six clues of intoxication. They also said he couldn't perform the walk-and-turn test, the one-leg stand test, and was unable to touch his nose with his finger.

Drouin refused to take a blood test, which is his right, and was placed under arrest. He didn't have a passenger and said he had nobody to pick up his car so police had it towed by a local contractor. The inventory search revealed a plastic bag filled with a green leafy vegetative matter and a burnt pipe that smelled like marijuana. The search stopped and the car was towed to Tilton so Barnstead Police could apply for a search warrant.

Drouin is also charged with possession less than one ounce of marijuana and transporting less than an ounce of marijuana in a vehicle, both of which are misdemeanors.

He was held overnight in the Belknap County House of Corrections and has since posted bail.

– Gail Ober

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