Laconia arrests one more in drug sweep, Northfield grabs two

LACONIA — City police arrested one of the people they couldn't find during the drug sweep conducted Wednesday morning after a patrol officer spotted him near the Laconia Community Center.

Police said Christopher Hodges, 40, of 54 Adams St. was wanted on four separate warrants: one for conspiracy to sell a controlled drug, one for sales of a controlled drug, and two warrants issued in November 2015 for two separate counts of breach of bail.

Hodges allegedly tried to run from police when they went to apprehend him and faces additional charges of resisting arrest, falsifying physical evidence and possession of controlled drugs.

He is being held on $10,000 cash-only bail.

Northfield Police have arrested two of the other people who were wanted by Laconia Police for drug sales. Krystal Sanborn and Phay Pheuychandauong were arrested yesterday.

— Gail Ober

Head-on crash closes Route 3 in Holderness

HOLDERNESS — Two people were seriously injured in a head-on car crash at 12:50 p.m. Thursday on Route 3 near the Squam Lakes Association building.

Fire Chief Eleanor Mardin said that the man, who was driving a mid-sized Toyota sedan, suffered serious life-threatening injuries. She said a DHART helicopter came to the scene and landed on the soccer field at Camp Deerwood but the man ended up being transported by Plymouth ambulance to Speare Memorial Hospital.

Mardin said the woman, who was driving a Nissan SUV, was taken by Stewart's Ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital and was stable at the last report.

She said rescue crews from Holderness, Plymouth and Center Harbor needed three extrication devices to remove the two victims from their cars.

She said Route 3 was closed for four hours and traffic was rerouted over Shepard Hill Road. The New Hampshire State Police Accident Reconstruction Team investigated the crash while area police closed off the road.

– Gail Ober

Corrections workers up for first raise in four years


LACONIA — Unionized employees of the Belknap County House of Corrections will vote Tuesday on a proposed contract with the county which would provide them with their first pay raise in four years.
Beknap County Commission Chairman David DeVoy (R-Sanbornton) did not reveal details of the proposed contract but said that he is very hopeful that the contract will win approval of union members so that commissioners can bring it before the Belknap County Delegation in the near future.
Commissioners when they met last week discussed what they called a "consensus agreement with corrections employees" which was described as cost-neutral and said that it was similar to the collective bargaining agreement between Teamsters Local 633 and the county which was approved by a 10-5 vote by the County Delegation last August.
The employees at the Corrections Department are members of one of the three unions of county employees represented by the State Employees Association. The other two unions cover employees of the Belknap County Home and the Belknap County Sheriff's Department.
The contract which was approved last August with the Teamsters, who represent 23 mid-level managers in several county departments, provided a 1.4 percent pay raise as well as step increases, which increased total compensation by 4.4 percent for eligible workers.
It also provided for health insurance changes from an HMO plan to a "site of service" plan which provides for $1,000, $2,000 and $3,000 deductibles on single, two-person and family plans for which the county now pays the entire bill. Currently employees pays 5 to 6.5 percent of the premiums for the HMO plan.
DeVoy said in August that the change reduced the amount the county pays for the current HMO plan by as much as $4,000 per employee. Several legislators who voted against the contract said at that time that they though it was a good agreement but didn't like the idea of the county assuming the entire cost and not having employees continue to pay a percentage of the premium costs.