Four Bristol candidates jump into Grafton County District 9 race


BRISTOL — Former Republican state representatives Burt Williams and Paul Simard have filed for the Grafton County District 9 House seat vacated by Jeffrey Shackett (R-Bridgewater), and former Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway intends to file as an independent, according to Bristol Town Clerk Raymah Simpson.

Bristol Democrat Joshua Adjutant will be running as a write-in candidate after being denied the opportunity to file in Bridgewater because he is not a resident, and in Bristol because he had not registered as a voter there, according to Simpson. Adjutant has filed now, but will have to wait for the Supervisors of the Checklist to certify his residency, which will occur too late for the current filing period.

The governor and Executive Council last week approved a request by the town of Ashland to hold a special election, setting in motion a statutory process that allows candidates to file this week for a primary on July 18, with the general election set for Sept. 5. Candidates could file with their respective town clerks on Monday and Tuesday, or with the Secretary of State’s Office in Concord between Monday and the end of the day this Friday.

The seat opened up in February when Shackett, who had been sworn in for a new term just 30 days earlier, abruptly resigned, citing work commitments. The five towns of the district — Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol and Grafton — initially declined to file for a special election, due to the expense and the fact that, by the time a new representative could take office, the most important business of this legislative session — the budget — will have been dealt with. They also took into account the fact that they still have representation from Robert Hull of Grafton.

Ashland selectmen reconsidered their decision and decided to call for the special election, after all. Their failure to let the other towns know irked Bristol selectmen when they learned an election had been scheduled. The statute governing special elections requires a request by only a single town to send it on to the governor and council for action.

The town clerks in other District 9 towns were not available for information on any other candidate filings, but Bridgewater’s Vincent Paul Migliore, who serves on the Newfound Area School Board, confirmed that he intended to file as a Republican candidate at the Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday.


Laconia Police Log May 3-17, 2017

Laconia police responded to 878 calls from May 3 through Wednesday, including two for assault, six for drugs cases and 15 thefts.
A total of 21 people were arrested.
Arrested on May 3 was Cody Wentzel, 24, of 41 Elm St., Apartment 3, on a warrant.
Arrested on May 4 was Luis Antonio Gonzales, 22, of 21 West St., Concord, on a charge of operating without a valid license.
Arrested on May 5 were Kenneth R. Kelly, 36, of 322 South Main St., Apartment B, on bench warrants for driving after revocation, disobeying an officer and controlled drug act; Leonard M. Constant, 24, of 27 Morrison Road, Tilton, on bench warrants for non-payment of fines and driving after revocation.
Arrested on May 7 were Stacy L. Bonan, 33, of 129 Franklin St., for her conduct after an accident; Kyle J. McManus, 20, a transient, on a bench warrant for criminal mischief; Stephanie M. Hough, 34, a transient, on criminal trespass.
Arrested on May 8 were Bryon Thomas Hilliard, 25, a transient, on a charge of domestic violence (simple assault); Aaron L. Rubbo, 29, of 296 Messer St., Apartment 1, on charges of domestic violence, assault.
Arrested on May 11, were Carson C. Woodward, 18, of 81 Pine St., Apartment 2, on a warrant; Travis Patten, 25, of 2 Andrews Road, Tilton, on charges of operating without a valid license, possession of narcotic drugs and on a bench warrant for simple assault; Andrew D. Nagel, 25, of 440 State Route 140, Gilmanton, on a charge of possession of controlled drugs.
Arrested on May 12 was Tyler P. Young, 26, a transient on a bench warrant for violation of probation and possession of a controlled narcotic drug.
Arrested on Saturday were James C. Saint John, 29, of 13 Beaman St., on a charge of criminal trespass; Charles M. McCarthy, a transient, on a charge of driving after suspension; William Eugene Fort II, 34, of 33 Howard St., on a charge of driving after revocation or suspension due to DWI; Mamie Murray, 19, of 296 Ossipee, Moultonboro, on a charge of possession of controlled drugs; Jason E. Clairmont, 39, of 104 New Salem St., on a bench warrant.
Arrested on Sunday was Casey R. Brown, 25, a transient, on a warrant.

Arrested on Monday was Eric T. Dion, 26, on a charge of driving after revocation.
Arrested on Wednesday was Michael D. Lima, 46, of 16 Kimball Road, Apartment 36, Gilford, on charges of driving after revocation or suspension due to DWI. 

Belmont police and fire departments clean WOW Trail

BELMONT — Members of the Belmont police and fire departments teamed up Wednesday for a cleanup/safety walk along the Winnipesaukee-Opechee-Winnisquam Trail, the town beach and surrounding town property on the lake.

Among the items discovered during the sweep was a discarded needle that Fire Capt. Michael Newhall removed for destruction. The two departments issued a warning to the community to avoid touching any discarded needles they come across, and instead to contact a police or fire official who has the right tools to safely handle them.

Police also discovered two people tenting on town property and directed them to community services for assistance.


Belmont firefighter Michael Elkin and Police Cpl. Evan Boulanger came across a tree down near the WOW trail during Belmont's recent cleanup/safety walk along the multi-use trail, and used the town's new Kubota utility vehicle winch to remove the obstruction. (Courtesy Belmont Police Lt. Richard Mann)