Gilmanton woman faces witness tampering charge

ALTON — Alton Police have charged a local woman with witness tampering for allegedly reaching out to the victims of an allegedly burglary and asking them not to get her in any more trouble.

Prosecutor Anthony Estee said yesterday that Julie Moulton, 42, of 6 Old Town Road in Gilmanton is also charged with one count of burglary and one count of criminal trespass for crimes allegedly committed against the same people.

She faces the same burglary and criminal trespass charges as Brandon Prue of Northfield.

Alton Police said the two entered a home in Alton on December 30, 2014 and were found inside by an Alton Police officer after one of the neighbors called them to report seeing flashlights inside.

They told the officer that they were in the home at the request of the homeowners who was out of town and had asked them to board up the house. Estee said the homeowners denied this.

In early February, after a brief probable cause trial in the 4th Circuit Court, Laconia Division, Judge Jim Carroll determined there was no probable cause to charge Prue with burglary.

Estee said Moulton faces the same charges in the same incident and it will be the Belknap County Attorney's Office that will ultimately determine if the allegedly burglary charge against both of them will be presented to a grand jury for possible indictment.

He said the witness tampering charge is separate and distinct from the other two charges Moulton faces and she is scheduled to be arraigned on April 16 in the Laconia Circuit Court.

Restorative Justice Program moves to more suitable quarters at county complex

LACONIA — Belknap County's Restorative Justice Program has relocated from the Belknap County Courthouse to the administrative wing of the Belknap County complex and program director Brian Loanes says that he and his staff like the change.
''It's so much better here. We have office space for the case managers which provides the privacy we need when dealing with clients. It was very difficult to do that in the courthouse,'' says Loanes.
The program, which has four part-time employees, serves youthful offenders (minors) as well as adult and juvenile diversion and bail supervision offenders. It currently supervises 65 participants, about half of whom are adults. It was originally affiliated with the Belknap County Sheriff's Department and later combined with the former Youth Services Bureau in 2010. It began serving adults in 2011 in a program developed in cooperation with Judge James Carroll in the Laconia Circuit Court.
Loanes says that the goals of the program are to encourage a sense of responsibility and accountability on the part of the offender while saving the county money and resources by minimizing the offender's involvement into the justice system and reduce the amount of recidivism through appropriate education for offenders. There is also a community service requirement ranging from 50 to 500 hours for adult offenders.
''Many of the first-time offenders we deal with are really good kids who have made a mistake and run afoul of the law. We try to turn them around and put them in a situation where they don't have a criminal record and can experience some success and build their self-confidence. It's really rewarding when that happens,'' says Loanes.
He says that many of the first-time offenders have been involved with drugs and that the program utilizes the services of Genesis Behavioral Health, the regional mental health provider, along with Horizons Counseling and the Nathan Brody Center for drug and alcohol programs and is involved with Recovery Court program in Laconia Circuit Court.
The move from the courthouse to the Belknap County complex took less than a month from the time it was first proposed and was based on a plan developed by Loanes in cooperation with Belknap County Corrections Superintendent Dan Ward, County Facilities Manager Dustin Muzzey and County Administrator Debra Shackett.
Restorative Justice now occupies space in the commissioner's wing of the county complex, including the former facilities manager's office, the three offices once occupied by county commissioners and conference room two, which would be used as a classroom. Muzzey's office was relocated to the Belknap County Home.
Loanes says that move allows closer coordination of activities with the Belknap County Department of Corrections, which has access to the offices and conference room and has some of the same responsibilities in pre-trial confinement and community service areas. The only drawback is that the program no longer has the downtown Laconia access, which made it easier for clients to get to the program's offices.
But Loanes said that is offset by having adequate facilities, which include a public restroom where drug testing can take place.
The wing where Restorative Justice is now located remains a mixed-use space and allows access by the public to Conference Room 1, which is used for voting, commission and county convention meetings and public hearings, as well as by other county departments for meetings and training.

Brian Loanes, director of the Belknap County Restorative Justice Program, in his new office at the Belknap County Complex. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)

Moderator, who wants to retire, got most votes in Inter-Lakes election

MEREDITH — Tuesday's election has presented the Inter-Lakes School District with a quandary.

Craig Baker polled 145 write-in votes to take the seat representing Center Harbor opened by the retirement of Carol Baggaley, while John Martin of Sandwich, with 934 votes, and Lisa Merrill of Meredith, with 1,001 votes, were re-elected without opposition.

However, the election to replace moderator Lee Quimby of Sandwich, who did not seek re-election, produced an inconclusive result because there were no names on the ballot. With 28 write-in votes — all from Sandwich — Quimby himself was the top vote getter. Meanwhile, Steve Nedeau, the town moderator in Meredith, and Charley Hanson, the town moderator in Center Harbor, deadlocked for second place, each with seven write-in votes.

Historical Society to host farmer's market at Rowe House

GILFORD — Selectmen voted unanimously Wednesday night to give a permit to the Thompson-Ames Historical Society to operate a farmer's market at the Historic 1838 Benjamin Rowe House on Saturday mornings this summer.

Lancia said all of the proceeds will be designated to the Rowe House to finish repairs that are being done to the exterior of the historic building.

She said the Rowe House has received an Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) grant for $26,999 for repairs to the building that include some repointing, roof and chimney work.

Lancia said the second phase of the project will be to renovate the ell of the Rowe House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Rowe House is located adjacent to the Elementary School on Belknap Mountain Road.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a vendor at the farmer market is encouraged to e-mail or call Lancia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 293-2877.