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Father-son team also indicted in Grafton County

HAVERHILL — A Grafton County grand jury had indicted the same father and son team as has a Belknap County grand jury for various counts of theft by deception.

Joseph Bavis Sr., 47, is charged with allegedly taking money from a man in Campton and a man in Holderness in exchange for the false paperwork to a Caterpillar tractor that didn't exist during the months of July and August.

He faces two Class B felonies because, according to the indictments, he has three prior felony convictions in Grafton County. On August 30, 2011 Bavis Sr. was convicted of theft by deception and on November 20, 2012 he was convicted of theft by deception and receiving stolen property.

Bavis Sr. was also indicted by a Belknap County grand jury for four felony counts of conspiracy to commit theft by deception and two counts of theft by deception.

He is allegedly to have conspired or committed a similar scam of selling equipment he didn't own in August.

On August 14, Bavis Sr, made a similar arrangement with an undercover Laconia police officer and was arrested. In the course of his arrest, police allegedly found heroin on him and he faces one count of possession of a narcotic drug.

The Grafton County grand jury also indicted Joseph Bavis Jr. for two misdemeanor counts of theft by deception and two felony counts of theft by deception for his role in the fraudulent sales in Campton and Holderness.

Bavis Jr. has convictions for theft by unauthorized taking in 2014 from the Plymouth District Court and shoplifting in 2008 from Plymouth District Court.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 October 2014 01:08

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Gilford tables request for Public Access TV funding

GILFORD — Selectmen voted unanimously last night to table a request from Lakes Region Public Access television to fund the station at the same amount as it did during last year — about $18,000.

Selectmen said they wanted to see a different business plan before they make a decision on funding.

On Monday, Belmont selectmen also voted to table a similar request from LRPA for about $15,000 — again the same amount the town authorized in 2013.

The Board of Directors of LRPA have said that the station does not have the money to continue to operate and the lights could be turned off as early as Thursday (October 23).

According to Chan Eddy, the chair of the board who spoke at at LRPA directors' meeting last week, the operating costs of the agency are about $130,000 annually. There are two full-time employees including the station manager, one part-time employee, and two contractors.

As part of the newly negotiated contract with cable service provider MetroCast that went in effect on July 1, local municipalities control content on Channels 24 and 26. LRPA is scheduled to operate Channel 25 and would air programming created by individuals and organizations within the member towns.

The board directors has been slow to execute a business plan that would sustain programming with a goal of generating about $300,000 annually from sponsorships from businesses and small contributions from the governments of the member communities.

The plan has never been put together or implemented and The Sun reported last week that Eddy said they needed an additional year to get the new plan off the ground.

LRPA was sustained by contributions from its six remaining member communities — Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Meredith, Alton, and Northwood. Until the new contract, it also received a $30,000 annual grant from MetroCast.

In other business, selectmen voted unanimously to permanently remove the speed bumps from Cat Path.

Two weeks ago, about 100 residents submitted a petition to the town requesting it remove the speed bumps and re-allow two-way traffic.

About four residents said last night that Cat Path should be two ways because they have seen residents of the small route going the wrong way and think one rule should be in effect for all.

Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee said he has stepped up patrols on Cat Path and said anyone caught going the wrong way would be ticketed — regardless of where they live.

Despite a direct request from two residents, none of the selectmen would make a motion to change the directionality.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:56

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Rotarians to assist Belmont Police with purchase of lock-box for collection on unwated pharmaceuticals

BELMONT — The Belmont Police, Belmont Rotary Club and the CVS Pharmacy are teaming up to put a drug take-back box in the lobby of the Police Station.

Chief Mark Lewandoski told selectmen Monday night that having a permanent box — much like the ones at Laconia and Gilford police departments — would alleviate the need for people to hang on to unwanted medications for a year while waiting for the annual drug take-back day.

He said this is safer because the unwanted drugs are less likely to fall into the wrong hands and people are less likely to flush them down the toilet and into the water supply.

Lewandoski told the board that Belmont recently participated in the National DEA Drug Take Back Program and in four hours collected two industrial sized trash bags of unwanted pharmaceuticals. The drugs were taken to a collection site where they are collected by the DEA and destroyed at the government's expense.

Lewandoski said the box would be emptied only by authorized police personnel and the contents will be treated and store like evidence is the secure evidence room.

He estimated Belmont would collect about four to five medium-sized boxes annually and that there would be plenty of room for them in the evidence room.

The town maintenance department will complete the secure installation and the in-house camera will monitor its use.

Selectmen agreed it would be a good project and thanked Rotary and CVS for their efforts.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:29

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Meredith grants street number for vacant lot

MEREDITH — Reversing its earlier decision of a year ago, the Board of Selectmen yesterday agreed to grant Glen Feener, a resident of Chapman Island, on Lake Waukewan in New Hampton, a street number for his vacant lot on Sawmill Shores Road in Meredith.
A year ago Feener explained that the sole access to his seasonal island home is the southernmost lot on Sawmill Shores Road, where he parks his car. He likened it to a driveway. But, without a street number, he said that the Post Office, United Parcel Service and Federal Express will not deliver to him.
At the time Feener appealed to the Selectboard after Fire Chief Ken Jones, Police Chief Kevin Morrow and Director of Community Development John Edgar denied his request and were upheld by Town Manager Phil Warren. Their decision was endorsed by a three-to-two vote of selectmen.
Yesterday Jones reminded the Selectboard that 911 insists that only lots with buildings qualify for street numbers, but conceded that Feener's circumstances are "unique." He repeated that the Meredith Fire Department and Stewart's Ambulance Service would be the first to respond to an emergency at Feener's property. If an emergency call were made from a cell phone, he said that the GPS system would enable the emergency dispatcher to pin-point the location of the caller within 10 feet.
Feener said that because he only uses a cell phone the concerns of the emergency services are misplaced.
Last night, the board voted four-to-one to provide Feener with a street number. Selectman Lou Kahn, who championed Feener's cause on both occasions, cautioned others against taking the decision as a precedent while Selectman Peter Brothers, the lone dissenter, remarked "but they will."


Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:41

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