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2 local women charged with trading sex for pot

LACONIA — Two area women are scheduled to be arraigned this morning in the Fourth Circuit Court, Laconia Division on one count each of prostitution for allegedly engaging in sexual acts with a local man in return for marijuana.

Police complaints that are dated January 4, 2014 say Courtney L. Hirtle, 19, of Province Street allegedly performed fellatio on Peter Colson, Sr. on October 1, 2013 at 7 Church St. in exchange for $20 worth of marijuana.

A second woman, Brianna Blanchard, 21, of Sherwood Forest Road in Weare, but formerly of Gilford Avenue, allegedly had sex with Colson on the same date in the same place in exchange for $35 worth of marijuana.

Colson was arrested and charged with sales of marijuana in December of 2013 for allegedly standing at Busy Corner and peddling marijuana.

Police said Colson had 10 bags of marijuana and $500 in cash on him at the time. Police allegedly found scales and packaging materials in his apartment.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 01:19

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Gilford police say Tilton man had to be Tasered twice to execute DUI arrest

GILFORD — A Tilton man is charged with operating under the influence of alcohol – subsequent offense – and disorderly conduct after alegedly becoming violent and aggressive after being stopped by police Tuesday night.

Police said two officers responded to Patrick's Pub when an employee called them for an unruly patron — identified by police as Dana Hadlock, 45, of 846 Laconia Road.

Lt. James Leach said Hadlock had been "shut off" by the club and became belligerent, leaving the club and driving west on Route 11 in a tan van.

Officers located the car but once Hadlock was being transported to the Belknap County Jail, he became unruly and told police he was having a seizure.

The officers called Gilford Fire Rescue and emergency workers arrived with an ambulance. Police said once Haddock was on the stretcher he continued to struggle with police, EMTs, Lakes Region General Hospital security officers and emergency room nurses.

At one point, Haddock allegedly assaulted one police officer and second officer used a Taser to stun him twice in the leg.

He was released for the hospital about 30 minutes after being zapped and was taken to Belknap County Jail. Police said he was kept there in protective custody until yesterday morning when he was released.

Gilford Police said additional charges are expected.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 01:16

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Victorious Joe Kenney did well in the Lakes Region

LACONIA — In the special election for the Executive Council in District 1, Republican Joe Kenney of Wakefield topped Democrat Michael Cryans of Hanover in the city of Laconia and all seven of the towns in Belknap County within the electoral district.

Kenney won Laconia by 594 to 417, carrying all six wards: Ward 1 by 105 to 82, Ward 2 by 92 to 63, Ward 3 by 121 to 107, Ward 4 by 77 to 50, Ward 5 by 61 to 33, and Ward 6 by 138 to 82. Altogether 1,014 of the 9,533 registered voters in the city , or 11-percent, cast ballots.

Kenney recorded his widest margin in Alton, where he polled 659 votes to 278 for Cryans while Cryans made his strongest showing in Sanbornton, where he fell five votes short, 155 to 159. Kenney carried Center Harbor by 139 to 87, Gilford by 539 to 390, Meredith by 473 to 327, New Hampton by 232 to 156 and Tilton by 198 to 141.

Kenney also ran strongly elsewhere in the Lakes Region. He won Moultonborough by 579 to 285, Tuftonboro by 436 to 271 and Wolfeboro by 969 to 697.

Cryans carried Tamworth 219 to 165, Holderness 179 to 126 and Plymouth 387 to 195, but was beaten in Ashland 269 to 178 and Bristol 418 to 238.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 01:09

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Gilford nighting new 10 year deal with MetroCast

GILFORD — Selectmen last night unanimously agreed to a 10-year franchise contract between the town and MetroCast Cablevision. The vote came after a brief public hearing where one person spoke in favor of the renewal.

The contract, said Town Administrator Scott Dunn, has no effect on the two things most MetroCast customers care about the most — the cost of cable television and the programming and channels.

"We squeezed everything we could," Dunn said saying the town will still get a three-percent franchise fee that amounts to about $90,000 annually.

Dunn was Gilford's negotiator and served as the chairman of the negotiating committee.

He said 11 other cable communities negotiated the same contract with MetroCast and the terms of the agreement are the same for Gilford as they are for them.

"It probably won't change anybody's life in any way," Dunn said.

Chan Eddy served as a technical adviser to the committee and he said that this contract was the "best the town was going to get at this point."

"Everybody is equally displeased," he said.

In other Gilford news, the roads have been posted for weight and selectmen said the police are taking notice. Selectmen said exemptions will be granted by the Department of Public Works on a case-by-case basis and are largely contingent on the air temperature at the time of the exemption.

Selectmen, in their capacity as Trustees of the Kimball Wildlife Forest Trust Fund gave permission for the committee to pay up to $3,500 from the trust fund to pay for a private appraisal for the castle and its 20 acres.

The goal of the Kimball Wildlife Forest Committee is to get the appraisal and seek money from grants and private donations to buy the land from the private owner and it to the 280 currently maintained for wildlife and hiking.

They hope to put a protective fence around the castle and let it fall naturally into ruins.

Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 01:05

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