Man charged with threatening to kill firefighters

LACONIA — A man who allegedly threatened to kill several city firefighters will stand trial in 4th Circuit Division Laconia District Court on November 16 on a Class A misdemeanor charge charge of criminal threatening.
According to a police affidavit filed with the court, Ernest Thompson II , 31, of 47 Strafford St., is alleged to have threatened to murder firefighters who had administered Narcan, a medication designed to counteract opiate overdoses, to his girlfriend at his apartment on Sept. 16. She later died.
The affidavit says that the threats were reported to police by the Fire Department, which had received a call at 5:06 p.m. Sunday from a local businessman who reported that his secretary had heard threats from Thompson when she had stopped by his residence on Saturday, October 10 to offer her condolences to Thompson over the death of his friend.
According to the affidavit, Officer Kevin Shortt interviewed the woman who had stopped at Thompson's residence and she told him that Thompson walked up to her car and said ''the paramedics killed his girlfriend by giving her Narcan,'' and that he had a .357 firearm and would find members of the Fire Department that were there that day and kill them because they had killed her, saying ''everyone who was at his house was going to pay''
She said that Thompson kept repeating the threat and said that he was going to shoot them and that after he did it he was going to leave for West Virginia.
Several members of the department were specifically mentioned as targets, including Assistant Chief Kirk Beattie according to the affidavit.
Thompson was arrested Sunday on the criminal threatening charge and also arrested for possession of meth, a Class B felony, and will face a probable cause hearing on that charge in 4th Circuit Division Laconia District Court on October 29 at 8:30 a.m.
He was arraigned on both charges in District Court on Tuesday and released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail on the criminal threatening charge and $1,000 cash bail on the drug charge. He was ordered to have no contact with the woman who reported the threats to her employer and to remain away from the employer's business as well as to refrain from going near the Laconia Fire Department's central station at 848 North Main Street. He was also prohibited from possessing a firearm or other destructive devices.

Ohio Governor John Kasich wants Americans to live lives 'bigger than themselves'

LACONIA — Running near the back of the pack with poll numbers mired in single digits, Ohio Governor John Kasich kick started his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in New Hampshire this week by naming a leadership team topped by former senators John E. Sununu of New Hampshire and Trent Lott of Mississippi one day and unveiling an ambitious fiscal and economic plan the next.

In between he stopped at The Laconia Daily Sun on Wednesday where, after demonstrating the mechanics of his golf swing and hustling a cup of coffee, he spoke about his candidacy and fielded questions about how he would address the challenges of a threatening world and sluggish economy.

Kasich who served nine terms in the House of Representatives, all of them on the Armed Services Committee and a third of them as chairman of the Budget Committee, and is serving his second term as governor, said his executive experience as governor prepared him for the presidency. "I can do this," he declared. It'll be hard. But, I can do this."

Kasich, who has called the Republican Party "my vehicle, not my master," dismissed the dissension in the ranks of the GOP, particularly the turmoil that has left the speakership of the House in limbo. "I don't worry about the party," he said. "As president I can pull it together with an aggressive agenda."

That agenda includes what Kasich called an "assertive" foreign policy suited to "the leader of the world with a military presence second to none. We must say what we mean and mean what we say," he said." He stressed the importance of bringing the western powers together and favored the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a means of cultivating friends and partners in Asia.

In the Middle East, Kasich said that the Obama Administration erred in failing to arm the rebellion seeking to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. He favors establishing no-fly zones to delineate sanctuaries in Syria, where the end game should be to remove Assad. At the same time, he said that American "boots on the ground", as one element of a coalition of Arab and European states, will be required to eliminate the threat to the Middle East posed by Isis. Finally, Kasich insisted the United States "must never go back on Israel" and said a closer relationship with Turkey would contribute to greater stability in the region.

Kasich said he is "wary" of both Russia and China. Putin he called "a bully," adding that "Russia is not a force for good in the Middle East." The United States, he said, should be assisting the Ukraine, including shipments of weapons, in maintaining their independence against the rebellion supported by Russia. Likewise, Kasich said that America should respond to China's sponsorship of cyber attacks on American governmental institutions and private corporations and encroachments in the South China Sea.

Firmly rejecting the notion that the weak recovery and slow growth following the 2008-2009 recession represents a "new normal," he outlined the plan he announced yesterday, claiming it would increase the rate of economic growth to around four-percent and balance the federal budget in eight years.

The plan includes lowering the top individual income tax rate from 39.6 percent to 28 percent, capping the rate of the capital gains tax at 15-percent, reducing the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent, eliminating the estate tax altogether and doubling the research and development tax credit for small businesses. The earned income tax credit,a refund to working people with meager and modest incomes, would be increased by 10 percent.

Kasich proposed bundling federal funding for education, transportation, job training and Medicaid into grants to the states, which would be authorized to administer these programs. Spending on both Medicare and Medicaid would be cut and increases in discretionary spending on other federal programs, except for defense, would be frozen for eight years. Meanwhile, Kasich intends to increase defense spending by 17 percent, or $102 billion, between 2017 and 2025.

Acknowledging that lower taxes would add to the budget deficit in the early years, Kasich claims that reductions in federal spending and greater economic growth will offset foregone revenue and balance the budget.

As the interview drew to a close Kasich remarked he had not touched on an important problem — "our broken families and broken communities." Asked if they sprang from economic roots, he replied "to a degree", then added somewhat wistfully that "we need to live lives bigger than ourselves, to be responsible to our spouses, our children and our neighbors."

Man who shot at Meredith house will be in prison for at least 2 years

LACONIA — A man charged with reckless conduct for firing two shots from a 9mm handgun through a screen door at a Corliss Hill Road home in Meredith while the occupants were in the building has been sentenced to serve a two to four year sentence in the New Hampshire State Prison
Jesse Lohman, 33, this week entered a negotiated plea of guilty to the charge in connection with the incident. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon and received a suspended three and a half year to seven year sentence conditioned on seven years of good behavior.
The incident took place around 10 a.m. on a July 26, a Sunday. An affidavit filed by Meredith police said that Lohman drove a car into the driveway of the Corliss Hill Road home, knocked on the door and told the homeowner he was looking for a woman named Cassandra. The homeowner said that he told Lohman that he had the wrong house and that Lohman shook his hand and walked back to the car.
The affidavit said that the homeowner looked out the window and saw Lohman throw a knife out of the car. He then raised a gun, aimed it toward the home and fired two rounds into the screen door, police said.
The homeowner was only 10 feet away from the door when the shots were fired and he and his wife ran across the street and hid in a barn and called 911.
Lohman was still on the property when police arrived and was described as agitated. When police searched him they found a live round, a holster strapped to chest and a hypodermic needle with suspected methamphetamine inside it. They also found a 9mm handgun in the car. Police later discovered that the car had been stolen.
A charge of receiving stolen property against Lohman was nol prossed.
Lohman had also been charged with criminal trespass for an incident five days earlier in Laconia during which he was found inside a home on Pleasant St. by the owner of the home. That charge was dropped by Laconia police.
Three months of the minimum sentence on the reckless conduct charge will be suspended if Lohman remains on good behavior while incarcerated and takes part in drug and alcohol counseling. He was credited with 81 days of pre-trial confinement.