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Young Belmont man charged with stalking & harassing woman

LACONIA — A Belmont man was freed Wednesday on $200 cash bail after he was arrested Tuesday night for  allegedly stalking and harassing a woman. Fourth Circuit Court, Laconia Division Judge Jim Carroll allowed Kevin MacRae, 23, to have until May 12 to post bail.

Police affidavits filed with the court said contact with police was initiated by the woman's boyfriend Tuesday at 4:11 p.m. and he reported that Kevin MacRae, of Wildlife Boulevard in Belmont, had come to his home in Laconia to pick a fight with him about a relationship he was having with the woman, who used to date MacRae.

Police said about 8 p.m. the alleged victim went to the Laconia Police Department herself and told them MacRae had attempted to call her more that 30 times that day.

During her conversation with a city police officer, MacRae is said to have called her several more times and the officer spoke with MacRae on the phone and told him to stop calling the woman.

The woman left the police station short after 8 p.m. but returned by 8:43 p.m. to report that MacRae has been waiting for her in the nearby Bank of New Hampshire parking lot and had followed her. She told police he passed her on a double yellow divider on Messer Street and stopped short in front on her.

She said he got of his car and began walking toward her, putting her "in fear for her safety".

The woman gave police a photo of MacRae's car stopped in front of her and of him getting out of it.

MacRae is charged with one count of stalking, one count of harassment, and one count of reckless operation. He is ordered to stay away from the victim, not to contact her by any means, and not to possess any firearms.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 01:24

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Maine man indicted for robbery of Laconia Spa

LACONIA — A Limington, Maine man has been indicted for the June 14, 2013 armed robbery of the Laconia Spa convenience store on Church Street.

A Belknap County grand jury determined police presented enough information to justify trying George Sproul, Jr., 20, with one count of entering the store and threatening the clerk with what appeared to be a metal pipe.

Sproul was also indicted by the same grand jury for one count of burglary for allegedly entering the Tamarack Restaurant on Rte. 3 North in The Weirs on July 15, 2013 and for one count of attempted burglary for allegedly breaking the glass window at the Salvation Army Store on New Salem Street with the purpose of committing a theft on July 15, 2013.

Laconia Capt. Bill Clary said yesterday that although they were familiar with Sproul during the summer of 2013, he was not initially a "front burner" suspect. He said he believes it was fingerprint evidence gathered by detectives at the Tamerack Restaurant and other evidence that led them to Sproul and some accomplices.

The same grand jury also indicted Sproul for his role in a series of incidents in Alton that occurred on September 26, 2013 that included conspiracy to commit theft for allegedly taking control of a 1996 Ford F250 and a 1987 Honda ATV, of allegedly stealing a .22 caliber revolver, and for accomplice to burglary for allegedly entering a building on Meaderboro Road.

Alton Chief Ryan Heath said the truck stolen and the ATV stolen from his community in September were recovered by the Maine State Police. He said his officers worked with police from Hollis, Waterborough and Sanford and the Maine State Police to connect a series of burglaries in those communities to the Alton crimes.

Sproul was arrested in September by Maine State Police and, according to Maine news agencies was charged with one count of burglary.

Clary said once they were able to connect Sproul to the July crimes in Laconia and once they heard he was being held on cash bail in York, Maine County Jail, one of Laconia's detectives went to interview him in Maine but Sproul was not cooperative.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 01:20

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Belknap County lawmakers split 10-4 against casinos

LACONIA — While the N.H. House of Representatives yesterday rejected a bill (Senate Bill 366) to introduce casino gambling by a single vote, the 14 of the 18 members of the Belknap County delegation who voted split 10-to-four against the bill

Three of the five Democrats — Reps. Lisa DiMartino of Gilford, Ruth Gulick of New Hampton and Davifd Huot of Laconia — voted in favor, together with Republican Dennis Fields of Sanbornton.

One Democrat — Rep. Ian Raymond of Sanbornton — and nine Republicans — Reps. Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, Guy Comtois of Barnstead, Jane Cormier of Alton, Don Flanders, Bob Luther and Frank Tilton of Laconia, Michael Sylvia of Belmont and Herb Vadney and Colette Worsman of Meredith voted with the majority to reject the bill.

Reps. Beth Arsenault (D-Laconia) and Charles Fink (R-Belmont) Bob Greemore (R-Meredith) and Stephen Holmes (R-Alton) were absent and did not vote.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 01:17

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Police charge Plymouth man sexually assaulted girl at his wife's Laconia day care center

LACONIA — Police have charged a Plymouth man with one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault for an incident that allegedly occurred between April 2002 and September 2003 at a daycare business on West Street.

Louis E. Pettingill, 44, of 28 Hancock Street in Plymouth allegedly engaged in a sexual act with a female who was less than 13 at the time.

Pettingill turned himself into Laconia Police and was released on $1,500 personal recognizance bail. He is expected to be arraigned on June 12, 2014.

Det. Sgt. Thomas Swett said the incident is still under investigation. He said the day care center where the offense was allegedly to have occurred has been closed for a while and was an in-home based operation run by Pettingill's former wife.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 01:03

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