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Arrest made in Belmont road rage shooting


BELMONT — Police arrested a Nashua man for allegedly firing a gun into a car during a road rage incident on Route 106 on July 4.

Christopher D. Bonilla, 20, of Forge Drive was charged with one felony count of reckless conduct. He was released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail and given an arraignment date of July 21.

Police released few details Friday, saying only that they were able to identify Bonilla from interviews with several witnesses and the victim who all provided information about his vehicle.

Lt. Rich Mann said one .40 caliber bullet was fired into the rear of the victim's car and became lodged in the passenger rear window frame. He said the specific information on the trajectory of the bullet is still being investigated but the rear glass was blown out of the car.

"Thankfully, no one was injured in this very dangerous act," said Mann, who noted that there was heavy holiday traffic headed southbound after the long weekend and that someone could have easily been injured or killed.

Mann said Bonilla didn't meet the criteria for cash bail because he turned himself in, has fully cooperated with police, and relinquished the .40 caliber handgun to them.

"He has done what we have asked," Mann said.

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The back window of this car was shot out on Route 106 in Belmont on July 4 in an apparent case of road rage. A bullet hole is clear on the window frame to the right. (Courtesy photo)

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Christopher Bonilla

Grace Capital Church buys former Goodwill building in Laconia


LACONIA — The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, with which the Grace Capital Church is affiliated, this week completed its purchase of the property at 22 Pleasant St. from Goodwill Industries of Northern New England for the listed price of $350,000.

Pastor Mark Warren of the Grace Capital Church said Friday, "We're very excited to be staying downtown and being part of the investment that will make our community thrive." He said that the church will undertake renovations and improvements to the building with an eye to begin holding services there in September.

Since October 2012, the church has leased 22,000 square feet of space in the building attached to the downtown parking garage. Its new home sits on a on a 0.46-acre lot with 11,652 square feet of largely undivided space on one floor. Warren said that with seating for some 200 worshippers and a congregation numbering about 350, the church will be holding two services.

"I expect we will outgrow the space," he said, "then we can rent out the Colonial Theatre on Sundays.

Grace Capital Church was founded in 1996 by Peter Bonanno and, after meeting in private homes and school rooms around Concord, moved to a building in Pembroke in 2005. Soon after being established, the church affiliated with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, a Protestant Pentecostal denomination begun by the evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson in 1932 and headquartered in Los Angeles. The congregation grew rapidly, with about 1,000 worshippers, many of them from the Lakes Region, attending two services on Sundays. In October 2010, the church opened in the Lakes Region, holding its services at the Laconia Middle School and maintaining an office on Canal Street before moving to the building attached to the downtown parking garage.

The Grace Capital Church has been the major tenant of the private portion of the parking garage complex, which consists of seven commercial units and 36 spaces in the garage itself owned by Downtown Crossing LLC. Earlier this year, Daniel DiSangro, the principal of Downtown Crossing LLC, expected to sell the property to Genesis Behavioral Health, but the deal foundered when it was discovered $200,000 would be required to repair the private part of the garage.

Soon afterwards Warren announced that the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel had entered a purchase and sales agreement to acquire the Goodwill building on behalf of the Grace Capital Church. In anticipation that the church would relocate, DiSangro accepted an offer to purchase the commercial units from Steven Borgi, who plans to open a fitness center in the space vacated by the church. This transaction has yet to close.

Meanwhile, the city has entered a purchase and sales agreement to acquire the privately owned portion of the parking garage, consisting of 36 spaces and the southernmost stairwell. When that transaction closes, the city will own the entire parking garage with no obligation to maintain it to ensure access to privately owned parking spaces.

BNH Pavilion wants later concert hours

GILFORD — Concerts may go longer and be louder if the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion has its way.

A special request for extended hours and higher low-frequency volume for a two-day show at the concern venue will be reviewed Monday by department heads.

The request for a temporary site plan amendment is for the two-night Pretty Lights Episodic Festival scheduled for Aug. 5 and 6.

The specific request is for an extension of the noise curfew from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. and for an increase on low-frequency or bass decibels from 108 to 120.

The Pretty Lights tour is one of four two-day events scheduled at the pavilion this year. Earlier this year, the Planning Board gave permission to BNH Pavilion to host up to 1,000 camping spots at each of the four two-day event.

After a review by department heads on Monday at 10 a.m., the request will go to the full Planning Board for discussion and action on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

— Gail Ober