Guinta cancels local town hall forum

LACONIA — U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta's town hall forum scheduled to take place Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Lakes Region Community College has been canceled, according to Guinta's Communications Director Brendan Thomas.

In an email sent to local media, Thomas gave no indication whether for forum would be rescheduled to a later date.


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Rumney man leads officers on wild ride through Holderness


PLYMOUTH — A Rumney man allegedly led police officers on a wild chase through Campton, Ashland and Holderness Tuesday after a state trooper recognized the car he was driving as one that had been reported stolen.

According to a media statement from State Police Troop F, Cory Conant-Gould, 28, was allegedly driving north on Interstate 93 in New Hampton in a blue Jeep Cherokee that had been reported stolen by a student at Plymouth State College.

The trooper was able to get behind the stolen Jeep and turn on his blue lights, but the driver, presumed to be Conant-Gould, refused to stop and got off the highway at the Ashland exit. The trooper reported the driver was driving recklessly and erratically.

The driver continued north on Route 3 in Ashland eventually turning on to Route 175 where he allegedly traveled through Holderness and Campton. Police saw the vehicle continue onto Beebe Road and said he drove on to the railroad tracks in the director of Blair Road.

When police reached the Jeep on foot, it had been abandoned. A short time later Campton Police received a report of a Jeep Wrangler that had been stolen from Strong Road.

A Campton police officer noticed the second reported stolen vehicle heading south on Route 175 and turned on his lights and siren in an attempt to stop it. The pursuit continued back into Holderness and north on to Perch Pond Road where the Wrangler headed back into Campton.

Other officers in the area put down a tire deflation device along Perch Pond Road that punctured the tires of the Wrangler. The driver allegedly continued onto Page Road where he and his passenger, Nicole McGowen, 25, were taken into custody.

Conant-Gould is being held on $20,000 cash-only bail in the Grafton County House of Corrections after appearing yesterday morning in the 2nd Circuit Court, Plymouth Division. He is charged with one count of receiving stolen property, two counts of disobeying a police officer, one count of resisting arrest, two counts of driving after revocation, one count of breach of bail and one speeding violation. Police said additional charges could be forthcoming.

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Power lines downed, Jeep left unattended, owner is arrested

LACONIA — Police arrested the registered owner and alleged driver of a Jeep that struck a utility pole and downed power lines on Province Road around 9:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Stephen Azotea, 48, was charged with conduct after an accident and driving while under the influence of drugs or liquor. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Fourth Circuit Court, Laconia Division on Feb. 25 and released to a responsible adult.,

When police reached the scene of the accident at the Belmont town line they found the Jeep abandoned and unoccupied while the power lines in the roadway left Province Road impassable. Azotea was located and subsequently arrested.

Police ask anyone with information about his accident to contact Officer Kyle Jepsen of the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252.

— Michael Kitch

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