SUPERIOR COURT — The Belknap County Attorney's Office has filed a motion to revoke the bail of an area man who allegedly burglarized a home on Cherry Valley Road in Gilford in December of 2014.
Kenneth Blankenship, 33, whose last known address was 17 Orchard Street in Belmont had been free on bail since his arrest the same night by Gilford Police.
A Belknap County grand jury indicted Blankenship in February for one count of burglary and one count of resisting arrest for allegedly running from the Gilford Police Officer who arrested him.
According to paperwork filed in the Belknap County Superior Court, Blankenship was arrested by Belmont Police on March 26 for domestic violence. Asst. County Attorney Roni Karnis said not only was Blankenship arrested while he was on bail but left his address on Elm Street in Laconia and moved to Belmont to allegedly hide from the police.
Blankenship was arrested by Belmont Police on June 16 for allegedly threatening his girlfriend for allegedly telling her he would "cut her finger off" if she left. Police allege he also kept "picking" at her legs with a knife and eventually hit her in the face. Affidavits submitted by Belmont police said when they spoke with her both of her eyes were blackened. He was charged with one count of domestic violence criminal threatening and two counts of domestic violence simple assault.
On June 20, he was arrested a second time by Belmont police for one count of felony witness tampering for allegedly asking the assault victim to "help him out" after he learned she had spoken with police.
She told police he sent her repeated text messages asking her to come to his house. She said she relented, went to his house and that's when they had the conversation.
As his latest arraignment for the new Belmont charge, Judge Jim Carroll ordered Blankenship held on 2,000 cash bail — $1,000 for witness tampering and $1,000 for the assaults.
He posted bail on June 29 and is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. today in Superior Court to argue the bail revocation motion.
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