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Two indicted for March home invasion in Meredith

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — Two of four people allegedly involved in a home invasion in Meredith in March have been indicted by the Belknap County grand jury for their alleged roles in the incident.

Tyler Best, 37, of 35 Woodrow Ave. in Franklin faces two separate counts of armed robbery. The first is for allegedly pointing a gun at three people inside a Livingston Road home on March 6 and ordering them to the floor, or words to that effect.

The second armed robbery charge alleges Best pulled one of the female victims from her bed and struck her in the head with the butt of the gun.

Meghan Tighe, 24, of 95 Winter St. in Tilton faces one count of being an accomplice to armed robbery for allegedly accompanying Best to Livingston Road.

The female victim was able to help police identify Best by drawing a tattoo that matched one on Best's forearm. Other victims recognized one of the four people who allegedly entered the home at 4:10 a.m. by some clothing they were wearing when they were there earlier.

Police got a lead in the case on March 11 when a woman called them to report she had overheard the four people "bragging" about what they had done and that their comments included statements about assaulting people and stealing several things.

Meredith Police obtained a search warrant for the Franklin home that they were staying in at the time. During a search of the home, police found four credit cards belonging to the the female victim in a shed behind the house and one debit card in the home.

Best is being held on $5,000 cash only bail in the Belknap County House of Corrections and has been there since his arrest. Tighe is not incarcerated at this time.

Meredith man indicted for raping ex-wife

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — A Meredith man accused of raping his ex-wife with a wire brush has been indicted by a Belknap County grand jury for one count of special felony – aggravated felonious sexual assault.

Alan Marceau, 61, of 230 Meredith Center Road is also facing three counts of misdemeanor simple assault-domestic violence related for grabbing the victim's hair, pushing her over a counter, and holding her down by her shoulders.

Marceau allegedly attacked the victim in March while she was asleep, house sitting in New Hampton.

Police accounts at the time said the victim was able to stop the sexual assault and reported the crime to police the next day when she realized how much damage she suffered.

When she went to Lakes Region General Hospital for treatment, staff reported the incident to the New Hampton Police.

While police were investigating, they learned Marceau had gone to the emergency room for treatment of a foot injury. Police found Marceau there and arrested him.

After spending the weekend in the Belknap County House of Corrections, Marceau appeared in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division and was ordered held on $1,000 cash bail.

As of Friday at 5:45 p.m., Marceau was not incarcerated in Belknap County.

Belmont library brickwork to be fixed

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

BELMONT — Selectmen approved a request for $15,000 for the Belmont Library to finish repointing the brickwork on the back of the building. The money will come from the library capital reserve account.

Trustee Mary Charnley told the board that the bottom portion of the back of the building had been completed in the summer of 2015 and the goal for the end of this year is to finish the brickwork in rear of the building.

The lower half, said Charnley was paid from the Duffy Fund – a trust fund left to Belmont for the library by the brothers Walter and George Duffy who endowed the library in late 1920s.

Librarian Eileen Gilbert said Friday that the goal of the library is to repoint - or replace old mortar between bricks with new mortar – all three remaining sides of the library over the next two to three years.

Last year, the library spent $80,000 from the Duffy Fund to renovate the downstairs and an additional $40,000 from the capital reserve fund to trench around the rear of the building to prevent water leaks that temporarily forced the closure of the basement.

Gilbert said they are seeking alternative grants from various state funds to help offset the costs of the project.

Belmont Library

Over the next two to three years, the Belmont Library Trustees plan to completely repoint all of the brickwork in the nearly 100-year-old library. (Gail Ober/Laconia Daily Sun)

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