Four arrested in Meredith home invasion (577)


LACONIA — Four people are each being held on $5,000 cash-only bail for their alleged role in an home invasion and armed robbery at 125 Livingston Road on March 6 at 4:20 a.m.

Keith Renaud, 40, whose last known address was 72 Chestnut St. in Franklin, is charged with criminal liability for the conduct of another. Lt. Keith True said Monday Renaud was arrested on a warrant while he was incarcerated in the Merrimack County House of Corrections on a separate issue.

Affidavits obtained from the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, said Renaud appears to be the ringleader and allegedly sat on the victim's couch and ordered the other three alleged participants, Robert Estes II, 27, of 35 Woodrow Ave. in Franklin, Meghan Tighe, 22, also of 35 Woodrow Ave. in Franklin, and Tyler Best, 37, of 35 Woodrow Ave. in Franklin to commit the crime.

True said Franklin Police picked up Tighe and Best while Estes turned himself in to the Tilton Police.

Affidavits said Best pulled the female victim from her bed and smashed her in the head with the butt end of a handgun. She was able to describe him by a tattoo she drew for police that was later identified as one on Best's left forearm. A second man who was a guest in the hone also said he was hit with a metal pipe and a baseball helmet by a darker skinned man. A third man in the home was also threatened with a metal pipe.

Police said Estes, while armed with a metal pipe and a handgun, was present at the armed robbery, while Tighe was allegedly going around the residence stealing items at the direction of Renaud. Tighe and Renaud are each charged with one count of criminal liability for the conduct of another.

Affidavits said police were called to the home shortly after 4:20 a.m. and alleged victims identified Best, Tighe and Estes as people who had been there earlier because they recognized the clothing they were wearing when they came back.The female victim was able to pick identify Renaud by a photo.

Numerous items were stolen from the home, including but not limited to electronics, a wallet with credit and debit cards, a PS 4 with game controllers, a cell phone and other items.

On March 11, police said an anonymous female caller notified the Meredith Police that she overheard the four of them "bragging" about what they had done and their comments included statement about assaulting people and stealing several things.

The information told police that Renaud allegedly talked about sitting on the couch and ordering everyone around.

Meredith Police obtained a search warrant for the Franklin home and learned that Renaud and Best had just kicked Estes and Tighe out of the house. During a search of the home, police found a debit card belonging to the female victim in Best's bedroom and in an outside shed the found a green shirt with four other cards belonging to the female victim as well.

In court Monday, Tighe, Best, and Estes were not represented by an attorney, as the Public Defenders Office is representing Renaud. Best told the judge he couldn't afford the bail, as did Tighe, who said she only wanted to get out and work and would return to jail at night and on her days off. Estes said nothing.

Probable cause and bail hearings will be held for all three on Monday, March 28.

Police continue to investigate and said additional charged could be forthcoming.

Beer, wine sales at Muskrats games tabled


LACONIA — Once again, the Parks and Recreation tabled the request of the Winnipesaukee Muskrats to sell beer and wine before and during home games at Robbie Mills Field last night pending the required approvals of the Licensing Board, City Council and New Hampshire Liquor Commission.
Kristian Svindland, general manager of the team, outlined the proposal to operate a food and drink concession from a 20-foot-by-30-foot tent within a fenced area behind the grandstand on the third base side of the diamond. He said that if the request to serve beer and wine is denied, he would seek approval for a food concession offering hot dogs and hamburgers prepared on a small grill.
Svinland also proposed having a vinyl picket fence, 3-and-a-half feet tall, which he described as "aesthetically pleasing." If the height is insufficient, he said, "If I have to go to 4 feet, I'll go to four feet and if I have to go to 10 feet, I'll go to 10 feet."
Mitch Hamel, who chairs the commission, said the security arrangements, including the fencing, would require the approval of the Licensing Board and New Hampshire Liquor Commission. Svinland explained that he will present the proposal to the Licensing Board next month and Dave Henrick, owner of Lakeside Famous Roast Beef and the 405 Pub & Grille who would operate the concession, is dealing with the Liquor Commission.
Hamel indicated the commission's "willingness to participate" if the proposal meets with the approval of the Licensing Board, City Council and Liquor Commission. But, he added "there are still some unknowns and we need to connect the dots."
Mayor Ed Engler, who has said he expects the request to serve alcohol at the ballpark to come before the City Council, attended the meeting of the Parks & Recreation Commission, but did not speak. Last month, Engler said that there is some confusion over the respective responsibilities of the Parks and Recreation and the City Council and has met at least once with Hamel and Kevin Dunleavy, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, to clarify what he called "gray areas."
Meanwhile, Svindland said "I'll keep going until someone says no."

'A hard one to swallow' - Belmont-Gilford coach laments chaotic end to DIII hockey final (660+pics)

Time seems to freeze as players from Belmont-Gilford and Berlin-Gorham watch the possible game-tying shot ricochet of the far goal post with just seconds remaining in the game. Berlin-Gorham hung on to win 2-1 and win the Division III hockey championship. (Harry Kozlowski photo/for The Laconia Daily Sun)


Time seems to freeze as players from Belmont-Gilford and Berlin-Gorham watch the possible game-tying shot ricochet of the far goal post with just seconds remaining in the game. Berlin-Gorham hung on to win 2-1 and win the Division III hockey championship. (Harry Kozlowski photo/for The Laconia Daily Sun)



Special to The Laconia Daily Sun

MANCHESTER — Football is sometimes called a game of inches. The same description can apply to hockey.

The NHIAA Division III boys' hockey final ended in chaos when the Belmont-Gilford Bulldogs thought they scored the tying goal in the final seconds of their game against Berlin-Gorham at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester Saturday afternoon. Instead they lost the game 2-1.

"I don't mind losing, but losing like this? That's a hard one to swallow," said Bulldog head coach Jay Londer to reporters after the game. "We'll be dreaming about that or having nightmares about that till next year, when we're here again."

Belmont-Gilford was trailing 2-1 but had a two-man advantage thanks to a pair of Mountaineer penalties. Plus the Bulldogs pulled their goalie for an extra skater for a six-on-three advantage with 25 seconds left in regulation.

With just seconds remaining, Dylan Treamer fired a shot that struck the far post of the Berlin-Gorham goal. The puck then bounced along the goal line. Some Bulldog players raised their arms believing they scored. Their fans and the players and coaches on the bench thought so too.

But the puck hadn't gone in just yet. It was still dancing along the red line. The Bulldogs' Ethan Baker got behind the scrum in the goal crease and had the entire net open to tap in the puck but it bounced over his stick.

What happens after is unclear because a mass of bodies in white and blue jerseys converged in the crease, knocking the net off its moorings as the buzzer went off.

So did they score? According the officials on ice, no.

One official was in proper position behind the net and emphatically waved his arms indicating 'no goal' during the melee. And as far as the NHIAA is concerned his opinion is the only one that matters.

While Berlin-Gorham players celebrated, players from Belmont-Gilford looked at each other in confusion. Head coach Jay Londer ran across the ice toward the scorer's table pointing up arena's video screen above the ice, asking officials to review what just happened.

The game's three officials huddled together to confer and apparently agreed no goal was scored and the Mountaineers were the victors. Londer's plea for an NHL-style review fell on deaf ears.

"I asked them, I said can we go to the video for that?" said Londer. "I asked the ref and they don't want to hear it. I tried to ask them to look but they don't want to look at it."

That's because, according to an NHIAA official at the arena, there is no rule allowing for video review of scoring plays. So even if video showed a goal being scored before time expired, the official's call is the only one that matters.

"Not to take anything away from Berlin ... They deserve to be champions, absolutely," said Londer. "But I believe we got hosed on that call and that's my opinion."

When asked if he saw the replay, Londer said from what he saw, "It looked good to me. Maybe I'm looking at it wrong, but who knows?"

Londer acknowledged he wasn't sure if the NHIAA rules allowed for video replay but thought it ought to.

"I'm not sure. I don't know why we're playing in this arena – we have the technology, let's utilize it and get it right," said Londer. "Maybe next year it will be different."

The Bulldogs scored first when Caleb Drouin shot from the slot at 3:24 of the second period. Christian Karagianis and Dylan Treamer assisted on the goal.

Berlin-Gorham tied the game with 5:35 left in the second period when Noah Schoenbeck's shot trickled through the pads of Bulldog goalie Bailey Defosie.

In the third, Trevor Lebreque of the Mountaineers scored the game-winner at the 7:28 mark. The loss spoiled Bemont-Gilford's bid to repeat as Division III champions.


Caleb Drouin raises his arms in celebration after his goal at the 3:24 mark of the second period put Belmont-Gilford up 1-0 in the Division III hockey championship. (Harry Kozlowski photo/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Caleb Drouin raises his arms in celebration after his goal at the 3:24 mark of the second period put Belmont-Gilford up 1-0 in the Division III hockey championship. (Harry Kozlowski photo/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Drouin named Player of Year

Senior forward Caleb Drouin of the Belmont-Gilford cooperative hockey team was named the Division III Player of the Year by the NHIAA on Saunday. Drouin was also named first team All-State.

Other B-G players receiving honors include senior Dylan Treamer who was named second team All-State. Freshman defenseman Alex Muthersbaug and sophomore forward Hunter Dupuis receved honorable mention.

Junior forward Mike Dalzell of Moultonborough-Inter Lakes was named second team All-State and teammate senior defenseman Gus Kromer received honorable mention. Senior goalie Richie Caron of Kearsarge-Plymouth also received honorable mention.