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Police look for fugitive man for 10 years, find him now a woman

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — A person who had been running from local police for 10 years is being held on $3,500 cash-only bail after returning to the state on Tuesday.

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Kelly Olson, 30, formerly of Orange Court in Laconia, was arrested on Jan. 17, 2006, for two counts of attempted robbery.

In 2011, Olson's case was turned over to the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force that sought the public's help in finding her. At the time, the sheriff's department had some information that Olson, who presented herself as a man at that time, was working in the adult movie industry in New York.

Perkins said that for most of the time the task force and the sheriff's department were looking for her, that they thought was looking for a man whose most recent photograph was of blond male with a haircut resembling a longish crewcut.

Through affidavits obtained from both the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division and the Belknap County Superior Court, police allege that Olson tried to steal a carton of cigarettes from a woman who was at 103 Blueberry Lane. Olson allegedly threatened the victim with what the victim thought was a gun.

Olson was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail and was later indicted by a Belknap County grand jury for the crimes but never showed up for any scheduled court dates.

Belknap County Chief Deputy David Perkins said Wednesday that he was notified by police in Manhattan earlier this week that Olson was in their custody.

Sheriff's deputies drove to Manhattan on Tuesday to bring Olson back to Laconia, said Perkins.

Perkins said he has no idea what Olson was doing in Manhattan or how she came to be in the custody of the New York Police Department.


Officer Adams, K-9 honored for service

By MICHAEL KITCH, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — At a statewide fundraising event to benefit the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants, Officer Eric Adams of the Laconia Police Department,  whose work with those wrestling with drug abuse has drawn praise from across the state, was honored with a Community Involvement Award presented by Mayor Ed Engler.
Adams serves as the Prevention Enforcement Treatment Coordinator, a position created not long after the bleak dawn of the opiate epidemic. He designed and developed infrastructure and objectives of the new program, effectively creating the responsibilities he has fulfilled. He has undergone  more than 156 hours of training, much of it pursued on his own time, and is seeking certification as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Meanwhile, he has worked with more than 100 high-risk individuals, often representing their sole source of support. He has made himself available by telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Chief Chris Adams said “Eric puts in a lot of time and effort, taking calls late at night, early in the morning on work days and days off.”
Adams stressed that any success he has achieved is the result of “a real community effort. Coming together as a community to fight the good fight. That’s what’s most important.” The success stories, he said, offer rewards seldom encountered in conventional police work. He said that several of his clients are working with him and preparing to become recovery coaches. “I see people at their lowest point and at their highest point,” Adams said, “and that is what makes it all so worthwhile.”
Chief Adams said that Eric Adams has set a precedent by demonstrating that as long as there problems associated with substance abuse and drug addiction he foresees that the position Adams has created and filled as a permeant one on the department’s roster and will expect those who inherit to perform to the high standards Adams has set.
Meanwhile Bob Benson of McDonald’s presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Agbar, the late German shepherd and first  K-9 to serve with the Gilford Police Department, who, with his handler Sft. Dustin Parent, was both hardworking cop and popular celebrity. Born”Agbar od Olocha” in the Czech Republic in July 2003, he joined the department in April 2005 and served for the next nine years. Agbar and Parent shared a penchant for working the night shift and weekends. With his keen sense of smell, Agbar specialized in searching for illicit drugs and missing persons as well as tracking suspects fleeing crimes on foot.  
Parent said that unlike a human officer, Agbar had no fear and was both his partner and his protector. The two were always welcome at schools, fairs and other community events, where Agbar was a special favorite of children. Agbar retired in 2014, spending his last years as his working years with Sgt. Parent.

 

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Bob Benson of McDonald's Restaurants presents Sergeant Dustin Parent of the Gilford Police with Lifetime Achievement Award earned by Agbar, the department's first K-9 who served as Parent's partner for nine years, as Lieutenant James Leach, left, looks on. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)

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Mayor Ed Engler of Laconia, left, presents Officer Eric Adams, center, with his son Keegan and daughter Hallie, with a Community Involvement Award, recognizing his work to spare others from the ravages of drug addiction. To the right are police Commissioner Armand Maheux, Police Commissioner Thomas Tarr, Police Chief Chris Adams and Capt. Matt Canfield. (Michael Kitch/Laconia Daily Sun)

Gilford considers specifics on school resource officer’s duties

By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN

GILFORD — The Gilford School Board agreed Monday with most of the agreement proposed by the police chief regarding the school resource officer but wants to see a few changes before it is implemented.

The proposal, said Superintendent Kirk Beitler, is a way to codify the role of the SRO and to promote good communications between the police and the school district through his efforts.

"The chief wanted something written in place," Beitler explained to the board.

Over the past few years, there has been some confusion as to how many school resource officers would be assigned by the Police Department to the school district. Since the onset of deadly school shootings over the past 10 years in other parts of the country, the school district and the board of selectmen have wanted two full-time officers in the three-building campus of the Gilford School District.

Due to an increased volume of non-school police activity, Chief Anthony Bean Burpee told selectmen earlier this year that he is only able to provide one full-time school resource officer. To compensate for the second officer, Bean Burpee promised he would incorporate routine school visits by daytime patrol officers and management staff and to increase police presence at the beginning and end of school for traffic control. To date, members of the school district agreed he has met that promise.

Upon the first review by the School Board of the draft MOU on Monday night, member Chris McDonough said he would like to some language incorporated into the final copy that addresses those school visits by officers and traffic control during opening and closing hours of school.

McDonough said he understands that there will be some days or parts of days that police cannot be there because of other, more pressing incidents, but he would still like to see something incorporated into the memorandum.

"I would hate to see that go away," McDonough said.

In addition, there is a clause that states that if the school resource officer misses five consecutive school days, or more that 10 days per month, the two parties will meet and make staffing arrangements suitable for both.

McDonough said he'd prefer to see two consecutive days trigger a conversation between departments about a replacement, rather than five.

Board Vice Chairman Rae Mello Andrews said she would like to see a clause that mandates school resource officer to be at the school during pickup and drop-off times. She noted there has been one minor incident already and would hate to see any more.

Gretchen Gandini said the draft memorandum specifically allows for communication between school officials and the police regarding theft, destruction or violence. She said she would like to see alcohol and drugs added to the list of mandatory reports by staff.

However, the memorandum of understanding is meant to satisfy the the mandates of RSA 193-D:4 and D:5, which includes drugs and alcohol in the law, so it would appear those two violations are already included in the state law governing the memorandum.

Town Administrator Scott Dunn said Tuesday that he has long wanted a memorandum between the school and the police and believes the one being used as a draft is one he developed about six or seven years ago.

He said once the police and the school district reach a final decision, the agreement must be approved by both the Board of Selectmen and the School Board.

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