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Franklin man arrested for DWI was on parole for 1981 murder conviction

NORTHFIELD — A Franklin man who was convicted of murder in 1981 is back in prison tonight after being arrested by local police last Thursday for driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest.

Northfield Police said Todd Johnson, 53, of 90 South Main St. Apt. A in Franklin allegedly tried to buy beer at the Big Apple in Tilton but was turned away by the clerk who felt he appeared "disoriented."

The clerk gave police a description of the car Johnson was driving and Northfield Police spotted it on Concord Road at 11:58 a.m.

Police said Johnson appeared disoriented and seemingly impaired. They said he was uncooperative with police and was allegedly telling them he wanted to hurt himself. Johnson is said to have mentioned he had guns at home.

Northfield Police took Johnson to Franklin Regional Hospital to rule out any medical or mental health issues. Police said his blood alcohol levels were nearly three times the legal driving level.

Police learned Johnson was on parole for a homicide he committed in 1980 in Andover, N.H.

Department of Corrections Spokesman Jeff Lyons said Johnson was convicted of murder in 1981 in Merrimack County Superior Court and sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. He was just 21 at the time.

He said Johnson was paroled on February 28, 1997 but was returned to prison on April 10, 1998 where he remained until June 7, 2000. Lyons said he has been on parole since then but because of last week's encounter with police has been returned to prison on a "technical parole violation."

Lyons said he didn't have any details of the homicide other than to say it occurred in Andover.

Northfield Police said the Franklin Police are investigating Johnson's claims of having guns at his house.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 02:34

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Manville to serve as Center Harbor fire chief for probationary period

CENTER HARBOR — The Board of Selectmen has appointed Leon Manville as the permanent, part-time fire chief and will either confirm its decision or begin a formal search for a replacement in January, after he completes a six-month probationary period.

Manville was named interim chief on the sudden resignation of John Schlemmer in July. A resident of Center Harbor, he began his career in the fire service in 1985 and served as chief in his hometown between 1994 and 1998. Selectmen Harry Viens said that Manville has performed well after stepping in at short notice and managing the department during the busy summer season.

Last month the selectmen met with Don Jutton of Municipal Resources, Inc. in Meredith, who recommended they convene a search committee, which would include professional firefighters, to select a chief to succeed Schlemmer. However, the board rejected the recommendation for want of sufficient funds.

Manville will work 28 hours per week according to the same job description that applied to Schlemmer, Viens explained. He said that to meet Jutton's suggestion that members of the Fire Department participate in the hiring process, firefighters will be asked to submit anonymous evaluations of Manville's performance in December, prior to the end his probationary period.

When Schlemmer resigned, members of the department urged the Selectboard to resolve their differences with him. However, when the selectmen learned that Schlemmer had retained an attorney, efforts at reconciliation were abandoned.

In a statement released to press, Schlemmer claimed that while he needed to work 40 hours per week to fulfill the responsibilities of his job description, he was only compensated for 28 hours and that when he sought to address the issue he was instructed to limit his work hours to 28.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 01:59

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Police provide court with details of Gilmanton chase on Sunday

GILMANTON — A local man who allegedly led a town police sergeant on a high-speed chase through the town's back roads near Crystal Lake Sunday around 2 p.m. Sunday was ordered held on $6,000 cash or corporate surety bail on three felony charges, including car theft, following his video appearance in court yesterday.

Police said Sean P. Mulcahy, 41 of 15 Spaulding Road, endangered the lives of two minor children, and resisted arrest during his attempts to stop them from arresting him. He was also ordered held on $3,000 personal recognizance bail for the four misdemeanors, that included driving a car without authorization — a lesser charge than felony auto theft.

Mulcahy, whose girlfriend and son were in court, didn't say anything during a session of 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division yesterday afternoon. His appearance was via an audio and video connection with the Belknap County Jail.

His girlfriend, who was with him for most of the alleged car chase, told The Daily Sun she thought the police were making a big deal out of nothing.

According to affidavits filed with the court, Gilmanton Police Sgt. Matt Currier said he was alerted by a dispatcher at the Belknap County Sheriff's Office that someone who was possibly intoxicated had just left a ball field in New Durham and was headed toward Alton and Gilmanton. Dispatch said the man was driving a Mercury Sable.

Currier said he first noticed Mulcahy driving a 2003 Mercury Sable on Places Mill Road in Alton near the Gilmanton town line. He said the car was driving in the middle of the road and was headed west. He estimated it was driving 40 mph in a 25-mph speed zone.

Currier said he sounded the siren to get Mulcahy to stop. He said as the car entered into Gilmanton he saw Mulcahy's face in the side mirror. Currier said he knows Mulcahy and said he also knows he doesn't have a valid drivers license.

He followed the car onto Crystal Lake Road where he said Mulcahy increased his speed. Currier, who was driving a marked police cruiser, said he was still using his emergency lights and siren to get Mulcahy to stop.

Mulcahy slowed as he neared Hill Road and made a wide right turn on to Hill. Currier said he also turned on to Hill Road but said he nearly hit Mulcahy and drove off the road to avoid contact.. During the near miss, Currier said he noticed there were two younger children in the back of the Mulcahy's car.

Currier said Mulcahy drove quickly on to Hill Road and made a left on to one of the dirt roads off Hill. Currier saw the car moving rapidly, sliding on the dirt, onto McPhee Road and stopped chasing it because of the two children in the back.

Currier said he was driving back toward Hill Road when he saw Mulcahy come around one of the corners of the loop created by Hill Road and McPhee Road.

With the two cars now facing each other on Hill Road, Currier said Mulcahy slammed the car into reverse and drove back onto Crystal Lake Road and headed north this time.

About a minute later, Currier rounded the loop and saw the Sable parked on Rainbo Lane — another dirt road off the Hill Road loop. He said he saw Mulcahy running from the car, leaving the driver's door open.

He said Mulcahy's girlfriend grabbed what he thought were the keys and threw them on the ground as she moved away from the Sable.

About seven minutes later, Currier saw a Red Jeep Cherokee being driven by Mulcahy come out of Hill Road and turn onto Crystal Lake Road. He said he drew his weapon but kept it in a "low ready position."

He said Mulcahy threw the Jeep into reverse when he saw Currier.

Currier spoke to the owners of the red Jeep who confirmed that Mulcahy was driving it and had allegedly stolen it from their Hill Road home. He said he found the Jeep near Miller Road and called for a K-9 from the Gilford Police to track Mulcahy.

Currier went to the Mulcahy's home and spoke with his girlfriend who told him Mulcahy hadn't been drinking but that he ran from police because he was scared. About one-half hour later, Currier arrested Mulcahy on Crystal Lake Road.

Mulcahy allegedly admitted he was driving the cars.

Along with two felonies for operating a motor vehicle after being deemed an habitual offender and an additional one for stealing the car, Mulcahy also faces two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child, one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, and one misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

At 5:30 p.m. yesterday Mulcahy was still in the Belknap County Jail, however a corrections sergeant said he believed he would be able to post bail.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 02:26

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Innovative database developed to match local teens with internship opportunities

LACONIA — In 2011, to match the demand of businesses for skilled employees with the aspirations of students for fruitful careers, Granite United Way and its partners launched "200 by 2020," a program aimed at enrolling 200 firms in the Lakes Region in offering learning opportunities for high school students by the year 2020.

The program has taken a giant step forward with the development of an internship data base open to any business and any school in the region, which streamlines the process of linking employers and students. "It is our biggest project to date" said Carmen Lorentz, executive director of the Belknap Economic Development Council.

At lakesregioninternships.com students, working with their guidance counselors can set up an account. Lorentz said that almost 30 firms, representing ever sector of the local economy, are offering some 50 opportunities for internships and job shadows and anticipates that another 25 businesses will soon make similar offerings. Each entry provides an explanation of the position and how to apply for it.

The project was funded with a $15,000 grant from the Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation and the sale of $120,000 worth of tax credits from the Community Development Finance Authority to Eptam Plastics, NGM Insurance, Bank of New Hampshire and Cross Insurance. A data base was developed with Mainstay Technologies designed software. Mainstay, located in Belmont, designed the software, donating significant time and talent to what Lorentz called "a pretty complex project."

Recently Lorentz presented the project to rave reviews at a conference held by the Northeastern Economic Developers Association, where the six New England states as well as New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware were represented. She said that she is weighing the prospects of licensing and marketing the unique program, which would generate a revenue stream to maintain and operate it in the future.

Lorentz encouraged all interested students and their parents to visit the website with its opportunities to explore the world of work .

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 September 2013 02:49

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